Yes. Yes. Yes.
No. No. No.
That is how yesterday went for me. I did a sort out. A clear out. A stash detox. It took ages. I did it in my bed which wasn’t all that helpful because I took a nap mid sort. But it was an incredible nap, never had one like it! When I woke up I pressed for the 10 minute snooze, and I was lying there, super comfortable in all my fabrics and insulbrite, (I was very warm) then when I thought it would go off I began looking for my phone so I didn’t have to hear the alarm noises. But it still had 8 minutes on the clock. It was amazing. I felt like a sloth.
You can probably tell that since the highlight of my day was the nap, the clearing out part wasn’t much fun. But I got it done and that’s what counts. So even though it’s not really a Friday Finish, it sort of is..if you don’t think about it too much. Now I am super organised and will become the most efficient quilter in all the land! I’ve got all my projects in one place and homed with all the required fabric too. I cut some lengths of cardboard to created sections in the boxes. I have also set up a scrap system in the smaller paper bags and shoe box. In the smaller box are fabrics with no project in mind so they have been designated to use for the Stash Bee.
I’ve realised that I have a few quilts worth of fabric bundles already set up which is good. I have also found some fabrics I can use as backings for some quilt tops ready to be quilted which is also good. I also found some backing fabrics that I at some point decided to cut into so they are no longer big enough for backing the quilt tops I bought them for. Really annoying. Big pieces of fabric never last long with me I’m always so eager to get the scissors out. Nevermind. Maybe it is time to attempt a pieced backing!
The reason for the reorganisation is my need for a clear focus; sometimes I find myself with the burden of a bunch of UFO’s I don’t actually care about. They seem to linger as I consider finishing them. Now I realise that it really doesn’t matter. I don’t have to make it. It’s not my job, nobody is paying me. They are not my friends. They are not adding to my life, quite the opposite; they will eat up my time that could be spent working on something more exciting. In the end I eliminated so many craft supplies that I have an empty 4 draw dresser now. I was ruthless! Of course there is the safety bag which contains some projects which I would kind of like to see finished but it’s not the end of the world if I don’t have time. That bag is hidden away to be ignored until the time comes. I really recommend using a safety bag if you are doing a big clear out of any type, it relieves the pressure so you don’t get stuck on one item for ten minutes trying to make a decision. The trick is one bag – the size is up to you!
I also need an easier system to keep my desk space clear. My sewing desk is the first surface as I enter my flat so sometimes things get piled up there. To make it harder for me to dump stuff I have placed all the scrap bags and boxes in a line on the left. It’s easy to move them when working on a quilt because they are light. I’m going to try and treat my desk like a temple, a scared area that should not be vandalised.
It was also helpful to see that I really didn’t need to go fabric shopping, I do need batting though and maybe some backing fabric… it’s a vicious cycle of clearing out to find you need more! Looking at all that fabric makes me feel panicked. I REALLY need to get making – I have a deadline but that’s a whole new post. It is tomorrows post actually… It’s exciting and scary news. In a good way…
Please feel free to let me know any tips you have on organising your fabric or craft supplies, I’m actually a bit of a nerd in this department and like trying out different systems – especially in regards to scraps and WIPs. They are my kryptonite.