Here we go with Task One — are you ready?
But first, you need to go watch this video to put yourself in the mood: The Final Countdown. Oh, the hair! And the drummer’s outfit!
What’d you think?
Are you ready to tackle Task One now? Or are your eyeballs burning from things you can’t unsee?
If you’ve been following along all year with the Studio Organizing tasks, you may have a head start on this first mission, but if you’re like me, it’s a never-ending battle, so it can always use some work.
If you recall, Task One from last year’s Final Countdown also dealt with this issue. If it helps, go back and re-read that post for questions to ask yourself when contemplating your fabric stash and storage methods. Also, read all the comments left by last year’s participants — they offer some other good ideas for how to deal with your stash.
Then think about what progress, if any, you made in that area this year.
I’m repeating this task simply because I feel it’s so very important.
During last year’s task, I started refolding all my fabric, which I have sorted by color into bins that stack under my cutting table. It took me all year, but I finally got it all folded into the bins and put away. I have one box left that won’t quite fit (yet), and all my scraps that don’t go into those bins are still needing to be dealt with, but that is my next goal.
You may not be able to finish this task all in one day or one session, but at least start and come up with a plan for continuing, so that you can eventually get it under control. My friend, Michelle, said she recently re-sorted all her fabric by color, and it’s the best thing she ever did for her sewing self! You may like a different method, but pick what works for you, and if you don’t have that system in place, start working on it.
I say that the fabric stash is a never-ending battle because if you have a stash, naturally, you’re going to use from it, and keep adding to it. This means that even if you had it under control at one point, if you’re quilting at all, it’s gonna get messy again. So now is the time to bring it back in line with your chosen system, and take stock of what you have as you head into 2017.
I say it’s important because if you don’t get it under control, then you have no idea what you have, and it seriously impedes productivity.
I, for instance, have decided that I have waaaayyy too much fabric! My goal is to use up a LOT of it this year, and in addition, I have placed myself on fabric-buying moratorium for the time being. If it isn’t something that I desperately need in order to finish up something I have started, then I’m not buying it for the foreseeable future — not until some of what I have here is used up.
My goal is for all my fabric to fit in these stackable bins beneath my cutting table, and to also have fewer of the bins than I do right now. Fewer bins that hold my entire stash.
So I have my work cut out for me. I still have lots of scraps to deal with, and I have a lot of fabric to use up. My plan is to make LOTS of scrap quilts this year, and I’ll be showing you what I’m working on in order to use up my fabric as we go through the year. I’ll also be elaborating more on my storage methods, and providing more information and other ideas on ways to deal with our fabric — and use it up!
Here are my goals:
1) Work on getting my scraps sorted for at least 30 minutes a day, until they’re all put away where they belong.
2) Use up enough fabric that my entire stash fits into the stackable bins beneath my cutting table, and don’t buy any more unless it’s necessary to complete a project.
3) Make at least 25 scrap quilts this year.
I know these are highly ambitious, but I have to get my fabric under control, and this is the only way to do it. And I’m hoping that this public announcement will hold me accountable so I can actually accomplish these goals.
What about you?
Do you have a plan for your stash?
Are you working your plan?
Do you need a new plan?
Is your stash almost under control, but it just got a little out of hand because you’ve been using from it and adding to it all year?
Did it all used to fit where you had it, but now it’s sort of spilling out into other spaces and areas and making a bit of a mess?
What are your plans for your stash going forward?
Are you setting any stash-related goals for yourself for 2017?
I’d love to hear them.
Good luck with this first task — I’ll be back tomorrow with Task Two!