Wow! Some of you took last month’s challenge to heart — not only were you getting rid of THAT piece of fabric, but some of you were getting rid of entire bins and boxes! Way to go!
Now that I’ve finished my oldest UFO, I’ve been on the hunt for my next oldest UFO. When I located it, I discovered that it’s missing a block. So I’ve been searching through bins and cleaning out even more stuff trying to find it — so far unsuccessfully. So for now, I’ve had to push it aside yet again (could this be why it’s been pushed back so many times? I don’t know), but in searching for the missing block, I found a LOT more stuff that needed to be put away. Yards and yards more fabric.
In that mess, I discovered that I have a lot of shirting fabrics. So that is the fabric I’ve decided to use up. Not just one piece, but I’m trying to use all of them up in a scrap quilt. So I have them all pulled out, ready to start. But I haven’t been able to talk myself into cutting into them yet, because that would mean that I’m starting something new, which I haven’t done all year yet, and I’m reluctant to break my streak! Oh, the quandary!
And meanwhile, it’s now time for the next organizing challenge. And this month, yes, I am forcing myself to do this one, because I’ve been putting it off all year, and the year is nearly half over already:
For me, it’s the cutting table island in my sewing room, and this is its current state:
It just keeps getting worse! But here’s why I need to clean it off this month . . . I ordered new cutting mats! The old ones are so chopped up and ridged that they keep dulling my rotary blades too quickly, and they have worn spots, and . . . it’s just time — I’m sure they’re over 10 years old, so they’ve had a good run. But in order to put the new ones down, I’ll need to be able to get to the surface of the table, right?
I also have a project coming up that is going to require a large area to lay it out to work on, so I need some real serious work space. So this has to be the month. I know I have my work cut out for me. I have no idea what I’m going to do with all the stuff that’s on there, either. As I clean it up, I’m going to count the number of projects I find laying around — I’ll report back on that! Last time I counted, it was in the 40s — ridiculous. I know there’s one entire pile of quilt tops waiting to be quilted on one corner — that’ll make the count shoot up instantly! Uff!
So how about you? How’s your main work surface? Surely it can’t be as bad as mine, right? Let me know what you’ll be working on this month in the comments, and have fun organizing!