How are you doing with your main work surface? Have you unearthed it yet? Still working on it?
Several of you sent me pictures, and it really comforts me to know I’m not alone in this mess-making habit of mine! Wanna see some of them?
Here are a couple before shots. I’m withholding names to protect the guilty!
Here are some afters:
And here are a couple of before AND afters. I just keep flipping back and forth between them, because the difference just amazes me!
And I do have to tell you that this one is Macy’s. Only 13, and she’s making messes like the professional she is! I’m so proud of her! Before:
And you can see and read all about Deanna’s progress HERE.
I’ve made a bit of progress my ownself:
But not near enough yet. Let me just state, for the record, that the feeling of overwhelm that washed over me when I first started, nearly made me run to bed and pull the covers over my head (especially since it was snowing outside), but I managed to grab hold of the waistband of my big girl panties just in the nick of time!
First, I had to clean out the chest of drawers under my ironing table, so I could put away some projects in the drawers. As I did that, I made a list of what I’m putting in each drawer, so I can easily find the projects when I need to. If I just cram stuff in the drawers, and then try to remember later where I put it, I end up making my studio look like a cyclone hit while searching for it. The list will direct me to the exact place the project is stored, without me having to ransack the studio — I hope. I’m amazed at how many projects that little chest will hold! And even more amazed that I still have too many projects to fit them all into that chest!
The projects left on my cutting table are either ones I will deal with before the deadline on the 7th, or are the current ones I’m leaving out to work on. Then I need to make some rules for myself. I’ll be thinking on that while I’m cleaning the rest of it off. I’m always baffled by some of the things I find on my cutting table, and think to myself, “WHY?”
So . . . moving on to our next task, I’ve picked the next biggest issue I have in my own studio — fabric storage! Is fabric storage and stash control an issue for you? This is another one that may cause me a bit of anxious overwhelm.
Today’s task is to:
I have piles and boxes of fabric everywhere! And every time I clean up a spot, I find more!
Here’s a pile of boxes, bins, and bags on the floor beside my cutting table:
Here’s a pile I made on my ironing board. Half of this came from cleaning off the cutting table yesterday!
I did not purchase much fabric over the last year. Truth be told, I’m not a huge online shopper, and with trying to stay in as much as possible, my shopping consisted of calling in my order to Sew Sweet Quilt Shop, and then dropping in just to pick it up and pay for it. And when I did that, it was to buy things I absolutely HAD to have to finish something I was working on. And backing — I bought quite a bit of backing fabric, when it was for something I couldn’t piece a backing from my stash for. And I did use up a LOT of my stash for scrap quilt backings, and pillowcases for our guild’s community service projects.
Which allowed me to clean off a shelf in my storage closet and put away a bunch of yardage that needed a home. And I also went through the bins under my cutting table and cleaned those out and neatly refolded the messed-up bits. But I was unable to put away much more fabric into those bins because they’re all still pretty full!
So that’s what I will be working on for this task: getting as much of the homeless fabric put away as possible.
While I’m at it, I may piece some more backings, and cut out more pillowcases, just to use up some more of it. I also want all of my scraps to fit into one big bin until I can get them dealt with, and so I can use out of them when a project calls for it, but honestly, I don’t think they will just yet.
I worked on all of this quite a bit over the past year, so I’ve made some progress, but I’d like to make some more progress before I start 2021 — just to make myself feel better. How about you?
It’s the time of year where lots of people are talking about getting organized, and I ran across this article from Missouri Star Quilt Company. As you work on your stash, they have some good suggestions for organizing your fabric (among other things), so you might want to read it before you start. The one problem I would have is their first suggestion: dragging it all out into one pile before you start. There’s no way I can do that! But I might be able to at least make one pile of all the fabric that still needs to be put away. We’ll see. I’ll keep you posted. That will probably mean messing up my cutting table again — I can’t win for losing!
This is, again, a repeat of a task we’ve done before, so you can revisit those posts for more ideas on things to consider, ways to store your fabric, how to deal with your scraps, and many other ideas. And don’t forget to read the comments on those posts, where others have offered up good suggestions as well!
Again, if you peruse those posts, you can see how unsuccessful I’ve been at handling this over the years, which is why I’m once again challenging myself to get it under control. Hey, it’s at least good for a laugh!
So . . . I’d love to hear your fabric storage dilemmas and ideas, so be sure and leave a comment to be eligible for the prizes. If you want to send me pictures to post, just email them to me, and I’ll include them tomorrow (anonymously).
And check back tomorrow for our third and final organizing task on the last day of 2020!