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    Teen, I'm not moving as fast as I'd like to, but I am making progress. Once I get the bed out of the new space I will feel like I've getting somewhere.

    I found some plaid flannel that fits the back of the WIP...seam is sewn and ready for the LA as the flimsy is done! And more stuff gone through as well.
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    In May, I sold a bunch of books/mags. When the leftovers came home, I didn't want to reshelve things I really don't want, so they've been on the floor of the garage. This week I've been going through 5-10 each day finding things I really like and tossing the books/mags. I've already made a quilt from one of the finds and think I'll make it again.

    Just about finished 1 box of 2.

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    In my sorting found another UFO...I ripped out the big stitch quilting I started (about 1/3 of the quilt..didn't take long), then put LArmed it and sent it home today with my DIL for FarmerSon. Now she doesn't have to share the one I finished last week!

    I am making progress in my relocation process. 9yo GS wanted to know why the mattress and spring were in his "play space" yesterday. What that means is the bed is out and I started moving in my fabric shelves. Now filling up the shelves. Once in a while put a piece of fabric in for local donation knowing I won't ever use it. Back to work for another hour or so and then time for bed! Soon I hope to have the one room emptied so the bed can go in there and GS can have his play space back! It all takes time.
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    It sounds like you are making great progress, oksewglad!

    Yesterday, I went into my bedroom to look for my garden gloves that were washed and in the clothes basket. I got sidetracked when I hung some things from the basket up in my closet. The flower pots outside didn't get rinsed out but I finally went through 2 large tubs of my late husband's clothes. Most of them were his denim jeans and shorts along with a few other clothing and miscellaneous things. Some went into the big orange bags from our trash company for recycling. Some will be donated and others will be kept like a few of his Hawaiian shirts. I was always going to make something for family members from the jeans. Oh well. They have sat for almost 9.5 years. Time to let them go.
    Connie

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    We do have to make those kind of decisions, don't we, Connie.
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    Yes we do, oksewglad. It will feel good when the bags are gone.
    Connie

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    Quote Originally Posted by retiredteacher09 View Post
    Yes we do, oksewglad. It will feel good when the bags are gone.


    Was whipped after work yesterday so no progress last night. As I slowly move forward I stop and analyze my projects...what needs to be done to finish UFO's etc. Found a little scrappy 36" quilt...perfect for a new baby---backing and batting included in the bag. It's on the long arm and I'm going to try a pantograph on it using a pastel varigated thread..will be the 2nd panto I have attempted. Wish me luck.
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    I have re-organized all my fabric.
    I took it all down in colour families, decided what was only useful to be made into 2 1/2" strips or strings, cut those and re-folded the rest.
    Took both my scrap drawers, ironed and then cut strings. Strings went into a drawer, strips went into a hanging 8 pocket boot bag that I found at the used store. Perfect for one colour in each long, skinny pocket.
    I now have organized fabric, a lot of strips and strings and a couple more UFO's that I discovered as I cleaned up.
    I have almost come to the end of the quilts I "have" to do for assorted shows/babies/classes and will be moving on to something fun, so at least I'll be able to see what I have to work with!

    Watson

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    Watson..nice to see "light" at the end of the tunnel! Great progress.
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    I've been quiet for a few days... but definitely not idle! I have loads of random and extremely various pieces of wood that I use in my miniature/dollhouse making, and was finding I wanted to make my "designated" sewing area a bit neater. I was able to source a few small dowels and a simple piece of wood from my mini supply stash and made myself a fairly simple spool/bobbin rack to hang on the wall. I'm also able to hang some of my rulers and small plastic bits that I use in my fabric cutting! Silly how much that excites me, but I also went by a dollar store and picked up a cheap vinyl tablecloth and cut that and hung it up underneath. So I can now just stand up from the sewing machine grab bobbins and spools, and hopefully be able to stick up some of my small pieces on the fuzzy back of the tablecloth piece.

    Next up, I'm going to try and reorganize my fabric stash which like the sewing machines seems to be growing w/o my realizing how. lol Not certain how I'm going to get it all folded up to fit in it's storage spot, but that's for tomorrow. Hoping to then be able to sit back down and sew up another mini quilt!

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    sounds like everyone has made some progress! I've been concentrating on getting the books out of my art studio and putting them on shelves in my office. This will also be the new library area at least until I take the time to cull some of the books. I also took two large moveable carts full of finished paintings from a show I did 6 years ago and moved the carts and paintings up to the attic. They're still accessible should I decide I want to pull some of them out for another show, but they're no longer taking up room in my workspace- Yay! There is now room under my worktable for the plastic drawer units that I use to hold jewelry making stuff and also room for the two boxes that I used to organize my foam core and mailing supplies that I use and that had been stuffed into all different nooks and crannies that were a pain to get to. Moving all that stuff to under the table freed up the space in front of the bookshelves and now that the books are no longer in my art studio, those spaces on my bookshelves have been put to use holding all the bits that used to float around on whatever flat surface I wasn't using at the time. I still need to tackle my jeweler's bench, but that will have to wait a while as I really need to get back to the UFO on my design wall. I'm finally feeling creative after being in a dry spell all summer and I now actually have the space in my sewing studio to be able to work on things again!

    Keep up the good work everyone!

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    Watson, could you show a picture of your organized fabric system? I'm curious especially about the boot bag.

    Somebody please give me a shot of motivation to organize my sewing room closet. The rest of the room is in good shape--and part of me wants to keep it that way, but dejunking the closet tends to mean making a mess .

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    Zozee- is the closet set up in such a way that you could dejunk one shelf at a time rather than trying to do the whole thing at once?

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    Yes, it is. I ought to eat the elephant one bite at a time. The worst offenders Are the floors to the left and right of the shelves . Stuff is piled up like a Christmas sleigh and I canít see what I have.

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    Why oh why do we let the floors pile up and then we can't get to the stuff on the shelves. I feel for you zo. I have horizontal spaces that get pile u and then the horizontal space is useless. Worked today til three, and had company when I got home...they just left after a spaghetti/corn/and salad supper. Time to put my feet up.
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    Looks like everyone is still hustling and focused on their organizing projects.

    Connie...my heart hurt reading your updatE but at least you feel good about your decisions.

    My home is about 6-8 weeks to completion....maybe sooner. They painted the interior this week and my lovely sewing room is now a cheery, light lemon color with white trim. We hired the mill worker contractor to build my sewing room furniture cuz I just couldn't find any that would work well in space. I have really big windows. Super excited to design my work space with them. Also, we bought a beautiful queen size Murphy bed for this room today, which I'll use as design board when not in use as I shared with you previously. So funny....when we were designing it at the shop, the guy said he makes a lot of these for quilter's who use them exactly as I am. Lol.. The walk-in closet for this room is fabulous. We had them build the shelves and closet organizer for this and I gave them an empty bolt board so they could make shelves tall enough. And, they mounted the hanging rods high for my quilts. I couldn't be more pleased with the amount of storage I will have. I can't wait to unpack my quilting boxes.. Lol.. I'll share pictures when I have better lighting inside house..
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    Thanks, Teen. I’m glad I went through those tubs. The jeans are gone but I still need to go to a donation place for other things that were in them.

    Looking forward to your house pictures.

    Not enough energy right now to organize more. I knew working 6.5 hour days would be tiring but I never expected my body to get so exhausted. It’s all worth it because I am working with special Ed resource 1st and 2nd graders (all boys) and, for the most part , love interacting with them. 4 more weeks to go but I’m so blessed to have this opportunity.
    Connie

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    Isn't amazing how working can sap our strength? I have a tough time working more than 2 days in a row! Been putting in a extra day a week since coworker moved out of town and that's cut into sewing time.

    Still plodding away in the reorganization. Have all the batting scraps corralled....yeah! Bagged up a bunch to give to a group that sews for charity. I'm tired of piecing the scraps. I had pieced several pieces for the last 5 kid quilts. Time to let someone else have the fun! Gave myself a reward for working on UFO's by putting together a couple of little Halloween quilts.
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    Zozee, here are a couple of pictures....I couldn't get a good pic of the bootbag because it's hanging in my closet, but it is 10 compartments tall and really deep. Perfect for 2 1/2" strips. I got it for a couple of bucks at a charity shop.

    I just stack my fabric...I don't have a huge stash...and scraps go in a drawer to be cut into 2 1/2" strips or strings and strings go in another drawer.

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    Nice and neat, Watson!
    Don't worry spider.
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    have a pile of books and mags left from a sale. still recovering from shoulder surgery. dh moved a box of books by my chair so i can peruse them one last time. then out they go. that 2 empty shelves in the book cabinet.

    i used to critize my dad for his "bone yard"; leftovers from jobs at his business. well it's come back to bite me.

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