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Thread: Sad shape of My Sewing Area

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    I can't seem to get any enthusiam for quilting. This is the sad state of my sewing area. There are fabrics for six quilts in these pictures. The fabric on the chair was all just washed and dried. It is for the Piecemaker's 2003 Calendar Quilt.
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    Great sewing area Kitty! What kind of machine is that? Looks like mine!

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    ok do you know what you just did? you challenged yourself. By posting for all to see now you HAVE to finish something. TADA! you did it! inspiration again! no problem we will keep asking well how is that chair quilt going?? bookmarking this so I can pester you on a regular basis (right after you book mark me to finish my Dec quilt that is not getting any more finished either).

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    Have some friends come over, bring their irons and have an ironing party! Have lots of chocolate, cookies, etc. You'll feel better when that is done.

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    OK, kiddo. Get yourself motivated... straighten up the area, then get the iron out. First things first....a little wine, a little music. You'll have it ready for your next project in a jiff!!! :thumbup: :wink: :lol:

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    You Are a brave soul! I won't post a pic of mine....unless I clean it first..LOL!

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    Just re fold your stash, other is normal :-D

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    OK...here is solution: Box it all up and send it to me!

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    you are not suffering a lack of enthusiasm. you are simply "between projects". there's a subconscious process going on ... your brain is gathering, sorting, and cooking up some creative juice. ;-)

    pick up one piece of fabric; fold it neatly for storage. if that doesn't trigger the instinct to grab and fold the rest, then just wait to fold another one tomorrow. one a day is better than none a day.

    who cares whether the studio gets straightened first or the urge to quilt again comes first? either way you're doing something that will make you feel good. ;-)

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    Oh geeze I can so relate to your dilema! I am up to my eyeballs in mittens and have postponed quilting for a bit. I do love to iron so it is too bad we don't live closer, I'd do the ironing in a split second!!! I am not organized by nature I really have to work at it. And it is such a struggle for me to know where everything is. The other day my husband said he hadn't seen my Ginger snips he bought me years ago and went over to my tiny snap purse and pulled out 2 pair he had given me. He nearly passed out. I was thrilled to know where they were, it made me feel so good. Really and truely he was shocked to pieces I went right to them. :lol:

    Chin up you'll get through it just relax! :-D

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    Overwhelmed! It happens to all of us. My personal solution is baskets. I would get six pretty baskets out and put each project in it's own little space. Stack those baskets up in a corner. Instant organization. Now, only one basket at a time comes out to be worked on. If anyone should look into the sewing room they think that you're really organized too!
    I never iron until I'm ready to use the fabric. Ironing is not my favorite occupation so it's iron as I go. Leaves less time for the fabric to "re-wrinkle"!!

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    Looks like mine at times, when I have all kinds of stuff going on.

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    I'd suggest to at least fold the fabric and stack it. I spent the better day of yesterday cleaning off half of my sewing table. It's only 2x4 feet - so you can imagine. It feels so much better already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisalovesquilting
    Have some friends come over, bring their irons and have an ironing party! Have lots of chocolate, cookies, etc. You'll feel better when that is done.
    Just don't get the chocolate and cookie crmbs on the fabric! But, maybe if that happens, you'd have designed a new fabric line :wink: !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yvonne
    Overwhelmed! It happens to all of us. My personal solution is baskets. I would get six pretty baskets out and put each project in it's own little space. Stack those baskets up in a corner. Instant organization. Now, only one basket at a time comes out to be worked on. If anyone should look into the sewing room they think that you're really organized too!
    I never iron until I'm ready to use the fabric. Ironing is not my favorite occupation so it's iron as I go. Leaves less time for the fabric to "re-wrinkle"!!
    I like your idea! I have fabric for several prjects, but still in the bags from the shops I purchased the fabric in! I need to get them out where I will SEE the stuff and get going on all the things I want to do!

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    You are brave! And you have challenged us all, at least those of us who could give your sewing room a run for its money. I am constantly challenged with the dilemma of clean up or just sew! I do practice the mantra "ten things away and then you can play!" But my true weekly cure most months of the year is my sewing space is where my charity group Comfort Quilters works. I love the ladies I sew with so much and they motivate me to be organized and ready for our next meeting.

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    Just stack all the fabrics you aren't going to use and get started so you can go on to the next. Your room would be to overwhelming as it is.

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    It'll come back to you. After frantic sewing before Christmas to finish the quilts DD wanted to give as gifts I didn't want to ever sew again. Here it is the 11th and I'm ready to go again. Just give yourself some time.

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    It just shows you've been busy. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisalovesquilting
    Have some friends come over, bring their irons and have an ironing party! Have lots of chocolate, cookies, etc. You'll feel better when that is done.
    Did someone say cookies? Where, when, I'll be there and gladly help press all that fabric! :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltykitty
    I can't seem to get any enthusiam for quilting. This is the sad state of my sewing area. There are fabrics for six quilts in these pictures. The fabric on the chair was all just washed and dried. It is for the Piecemaker's 2003 Calendar Quilt.
    I can't seem to get enthused either. At least, you have some projects going on.

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    I'd crank up some Lynard Skynard, shut the world out, and just do it!

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    No wonder you aren't inspired to sew!

    Once that space is sorted, organised and clean, you will be enthused all over again. My room gets messy during a project, but I make sure it's all tidied at the end of it - including cleaning the machine & changing the needle. So next time inspiration hits, everything is good to go.

    I think you need a system, some rules for yourself and less projects happening at once. You can do it - and once you are organised, you'll be whizzing out projects faster than you can collect them!

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    I would love to come and help you, as I love to organize but Texas is a long way from North Dakota, although I wouldn't mind some warm sunshine this time of year! I absolutely love your windows, as my sewing area is in the basement. Just go to it and you will love the results!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kasmitty1
    I'd crank up some Lynard Skynard, shut the world out, and just do it!
    Skynard is good, but I think I work a little better to BeeGees. :-D

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