Loving all the photos you are sharing ( mainly because I love getting peeks into other people’s sewing spaces)! Here are a few more photos . . .
Some afters from yesterday’s befores:
Amazing differences, right? Like a breath of fresh air, I always say . . .
Some befores, and I’m showing you these, not because they’re before pictures, but because they’re really good ideas for fabric storage! They actually look fairly organized already, to me. And how handy is it to have your fabric all so accessible? Also, note the great lighting in this space!
Another before, and this is a closet, so in my estimation, it’s allowed to be a little messy. I’m particularly amused at how she’s using the ladder as a shelf — teehee! That’s something I can see myself doing, easily!
Here are some befores and afters of work surfaces:
An after of a neat fabric stash:
Before and after of a corner of a sewing room — again, amazing difference!
And me, well . . .
I haven’t tackled the boxes yet (you can see them taunting me in the background), but I decided I’d first tackle all the scraps that were residing on my cutting table, because that would help me with both tasks at the same time.
I had 2 baskets, 1 bin, and 1 large baggie full of scraps, and I’m down to the last basket, which I hope to finish today. Then I can start tackling the pile of boxes and try to stuff some more fabric into my bins. I already know it’s not going to fit, so I need to come up with a good temporary solution to store it neatly till its turn to be used comes up, but also not such a good temporary solution that I feel comfortable with it becoming permanent — how’s that for some requirements? I have until the 7th to make this all look neater.
The one last major thing (trust me, there are many minor things, too, but for this, I’m concentrating on major issues) that is plaguing organizational efforts in my studio is the myriad of UFOs and WIPs I have laying around. So for our last Final Countdown task, we will:
This can take any form you want it to.
It’s been my goal for several years to make the number of projects on my list go DOWN, but sadly, as I’ve been unpacking boxes, cleaning up, and reorganizing, I’ve found so many more projects I had stashed away that my list has actually grown exponentially larger! Eek!
And I finished 71 projects this year! And still my list got larger, not smaller, even tho I did not start very many new projects at all. I’m seriously afraid to keep looking through boxes! But then, too, I need to know what I’m dealing with, and get it under control, so that’s part of my plan. And I fully intend to make a list and do some ruminating on it, so that I can at least finish some of the quickest-to-finish projects on that list and get that horrendous number whittled down — a LOT! Even after getting rid of some I don’t like, and downsizing others, I realize that I really LIKE the projects I have started, and want to finish them — so there’s that, too.
Here are some options for that:
One of the main things I’m going to do is make some categories for my projects. I have a to-be-quilted pile, a pile of vintage quilt tops and projects, personal projects, and business projects. I’m going to try to sort them each into their own areas and get them organized within the categories, and see if that helps.
For example, I’m going to get all my to-be-quilted quilts into one area, then I can see if there are any that need backings prepared, make sure I have bindings ready, and have the sizes listed, so I know what batting pieces I will need. That will make it much easier for me to throw one on the frame if I have a free weekend spot, rather than spending the entire weekend having to prep a backing, make binding, find batting, and then run out of time before I ever get it loaded on the frame. My Cowboy always preaches: “Be Prepared!”
I’m also going to sort all my vintage stuff so that I know which projects only need quilting, which ones are in progress, which ones need help, and which ones I simply will never have time to do anything with and need to get rid of. (I started this to some degree a couple months ago, and have listed some pieces I’m reluctantly parting with in Hazel’s Mercantile. I’m sure I’ll find a few more things to add as I get time to list them.) I also have a stash of vintage fabric that I need to re-organize, since it’s starting to become scattered in places it shouldn’t be. I really have my work cut out for me, and I’m sure I won’t be completely done by the 7th!
Again, this is a repeat task, because it’s one that plagues me constantly, so here are links to some past posts where we’ve done this task, or a similar task that will help finish up projects. Look through them for some more ideas, things to consider, options for dealing with them, etc.
Whew! I’ve addressed this one many, many times, obviously, and my situation is really not any better after all this time! Will 2021 be the year I can get this under control? Time will tell.
I feel like I’ve been on a roller coaster and have been pulling to the top of a big hill, and I’m hovering at the crest, just about to finally start rolling down the other side. I hope I’m in for a smooth ride!
How about you? Are your projects as out of control as mine are?
I’ve been on a serious finishing mission for the last two years, trying very hard not to start anything new, and working hard to finish up things I have going. I plan to continue that throughout 2021, to see if I can finally make that list smaller. I do still have some boxes to unpack, so I may yet find more projects that I’ve forgotten to add to the list, but hopefully, not too many more. (I even ended up with an empty project box after cleaning off my cutting table! Woohoo!)
I participated in American Patchwork & Quilting’s UFO Challenge last year, and didn’t do so well, but I’m joining in again this year, and hope to do better. You can join in, too — find the information HERE. This is just one of the ways I’m planning to deal with more of my projects this year.
My list is so large that I used Random Number Generator to choose the ones I’d put on this list, because, really, with so many, how was I ever gonna decide? Thankfully, it chose several that only need to be quilted and bound, and some of them are small. Maybe I’ll find some time to finally put a few of my own quilts on the longarm this year. Because I really can’t make my number go down, if I never actually finish the quilts!
Don’t forget to leave a comment (and read the comments from others) to give and get some more good ideas for dealing with UFOs and other projects. I’m excited to be more organized about mine heading into the new year. Are you?
Remember, you have until the 7th to complete your tasks (I know mine are going to take a few more days), and leave your comments for the prizes. I’ll draw for the winners on the 7th. And I’ll also have some more announcements about some (hopefully fun) things that are coming up this year, so be sure and stay tuned!