A few days late, but it’s all because I couldn’t decide what I wanted to work on this month!
Last month, our challenge was to clean off our design walls (or set one up if you needed one and wanted to). Mine had way too many projects just being stored on it, and I wasn’t actually working on most of them.
So . . . I took them all down and organized them into places they need to be instead. And I actually finished one of them!
The wall was bare . . .for a few brief moments.
And now, a little side story . . .
Last fall, I adopted a new cat and her companion, that I believe must be her sister — they had been dumped — I’m still, five months later, struggling to understand how someone could have dumped these sweet girls (already spayed and housebroken, mind you!). I first tried to leave them in the barn, but in three days, they never once emerged from behind the feed storage box in the feed room, and every time I checked on them, they were shaking in fear of our myriad of other barn cats. So even tho I didn’t need any more indoor cats, I took pity on them and brought them inside. They are such sweethearts — I named them Thelma and Louise!
Louise is in love with My Cowboy, and Thelma wants to be permanently attached to my chest. While Thelma was acclimating, I let her into the sewing room a few times because she was having separation anxiety if I left her out. She evidently didn’t come from a house with a sewing room, I guess (or maybe she’s just a tad demented), and she took a flying leap at the design wall one day (seriously?), and stretched my batting cover out of shape (grrr!).
So while the design wall was empty, I tightened up the cover so it’s not sagging any more. And Thelma is no longer allowed in the studio!! (She’s a little TOO helpful, and also likes to remove needles and pins from my pincushions and steal my pencils, so now she’s only allowed to assist downstairs, much to her annoyance.) Here she is, helping with binding, which I do in my chair downstairs of an evening:
And here’s Louise, having a nap with me in my chair:
See? Total sweethearts. I hope they love it here with us, after having been so cruelly abandoned. I’m completely in love with them (and every other animal on this farm — big surprise!)
Back to the task at hand . . . I ran the lint roller over the design wall, to get as many loose threads off as I could, and now . . . only 2 projects are up there! It’s so refreshingly clean!
The set of blocks laid out are from a guild challenge I offered up (last September, I believe) — if you want the block pattern, you can find it HERE for free — it’s called Royal Star. I’m turning these into a Comfort Quilt for our guild’s stash to hand out to folks in need.
So I feel really good about my fresh, clean design wall — how about you? Were you using yours for storage, too?
And now it’s time for another Studio Organizing Challenge, and I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to tackle. I finally landed on:
I’ve had scrap processing on my trackers all year, and it’s really helping me, so I’d like to keep the momentum going. In February, I had a goal of processing scraps for 30 minutes a day, and I made it 23 days. I backed off to 15 minutes a day for March, and I’m still chipping away at it. I’ve gotten rid of one large basket, and several small bags of scraps. As I’m going through them, I’m cutting pieces for all my scrap quilts in progress, and also processing them into my pre-cut boxes for future scrap quilts. Time spent now will save me lots of time later.
So I’m going to continue, and will hopefully be done with all the odds and ends bags and baskets of scraps by the end of the month. All that will be left after that is one HUGE box, and a big rubbermaid tub to go through. My goal is to get ALL my fabric reorganized by the end of the year, and this is a great start so far.
I’ve been using lots of larger pieces from my stash for borders, backings, bindings, and pillowcases. It’s actually making a dent, and I’d like to make an even larger dent going forward.
How about you? Do you have scraps that get out of control? Or do you keep them processed up regularly? My goal is to get them under control once and for all, and then keep them processed up regularly, so that they aren’t a big mess in the future.
I also read this article HERE about how Jolene deals with her scraps, sort of on a yearly basis. Genius! And so many beautiful quilts! I aspire . . .
So that’s probably enough from me today — I got a little long-winded, much like my Uncle Lester used to do — bless his heart!
I hope you all go forth into your sewing areas and have fun playing in your scraps! Happy Spring!