Where to start !... I have spent the last two days purging and cleaning out ALL of the quilting stuff I seem to have collected over the last twenty years of my quilting lifetime.
Why? My Son is moving home for a while, which I am really happy about, BUT all my quilting stuff is in his bedroom cupboards so............... I have had to move it all. After taking a good look through all that was in his cupboards I decided it had all been there for a very long time and I had not even given it a second thought, never needing to go and get something that I could not live without...... the reality being I actually could live without most of it.
Also I have repainted my sewing room, it's so nice and fresh and well organized. I have decided that what does not fit in my sewing room and the cupboard I have for storage does not need to be here. The reality is I have a small space and storage is a minimum so I have to learn to be realistic. The other reality is that I am not getting any younger, so the quilts I make and fabric I use will be what I really love..........
I can hear you all nodding and realating to what I am doing. I bet many of you have been doing the purging and cleaning out too. Do you have any storage tips to share ? My best tips I have discoverd while doing all of this is NOT to tuck fabrics and projects away in seperate little bags lol You would not believe the gorgeous fabrics I discoverd tucked away with UFO projects that will never be finished...... If I had not gone through everything I may of never discovered the fabric. That's the other thing, my taste has changed over time, and some of the projects were from classes and things I wanted to learn at the time. I know I will never finish them, so I have no guilt in passing them on or even (heaven forbid) putting them in the rubbish. That's a real monkey off my back I tell you.
Now that I have a clean and organized space with only the projects I want to work on and the tools and fabrics I need I am so excited about getting into sewing someting fresh. I have made a pact with myself to purge regularly, and not to hoard things.
Here's a picture of my room after painting, I have my sewing machines and cutting table back in place. I have a peg board ready to go on the wall above the cutting table where I can hang all my rulers and cutters etc.
One of the treasures I found while going through everything were a pile of freindship star blocks, which were made by freinds in the Reproduction Fabrics Yahoo Group in 2012. I was only new to the group but decided to participate in my first and only block swap, I had no idea how it all worked but so glad I did. Reading the names on the blocks, I now realize that most of these ladies are freinds with me on facebook. I can now put a face and person to the name, such a treat. These blocks will be the first project I am going to work on now that I have a lovely clean and unclutterd space to work in.
I have sorted through them and I have twenty blocks altogether. I have decided to set them with a plain alternate block.
Then this happend !
Benny has claimed the cutting table, he loves to sleep here everyday and keep a watchful eye on my progress.
I have'nt got the heart to move him, so I work around him.
I am loving working on this quilt, I feel like I am being cheer on by all the freinds who made the blocks.
I have more painting to finish this coming week, but between coats I will be happily working on the Freindship Star quilt.
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Today is a good day, I am in my happy place at the sewing machine. My machine is cleaned and oiled, with a new needle and I am ready to go. I plan to get busy finishing the flying geese units for the final border on my Vintage Nine Patch Quilt.