What starting my cleaning frenzy? My daughter gave me a book, “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying” by Marie Kondo. I could hardly walk in my sewing room, so I felt some-what inspired – to do SOMETHING. Not totally though, because obviously the author is not a quilter and does not know the value of a fabric stash!
The ugly fabric – mostly poor quality quilting cottons, polyester fabric – it went. A few flimsy scrappy tops that definitely did not give me joy & the thought of finishing them gave me dreaded horror thoughts. Some garment fabric, some old patterns and 2 boxes of polyester stuffing and batting have disappeared from my sewing area and my house!
In sorting through all of my sewing stuff, I found more STUFF. Actually UFO’s!. I found 9, yes NINE, more that were not on my list … they have been added to my current list. GROAN!!! For most of them, I have no idea when they were started.
One of the first things that the author (Tidying) suggests is that for each category – you gather everything, yes everything, into one spot. So, I gathered all my fabric together. The next thing you do is ask yourself “does this item give me pleasure?” Well, for most of my quilting fabric, the answer was a firm “YES!” I took 4 bags and 2 boxes to the guild meeting. I came home with 2 boxes (the odd fabric stuffed into one box). YES!!! YES!!! I’m so happy that most of it found new homes!
I was also able to organize my latest purchases (of the past 5 or so years) into appropriate containers. Theoretically, I should be able to find what I’m looking for very quickly! Please note: I did say “theoretically”!
No progress on this:
Have started quilting this:
No fabrics bought this week. I did get rid of some quilting fabric (panels and a few other odd items), but I did not measure them and as I don’t have a total of all the fabric I possess, I’m not going to worry about the numbers. Besides, I got rid of it – I didn’t use it!
Fabric Used this Week: 4.8 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 72.30 yards
Fabric Added this Week: 5 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 45.5 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017: 26.8 yards Still doing a happy dance!
I thought I started out the year with 38 UFO’s. But with the discovery of 9 more, I actually started out with 47!!! Oh me, oh my!
I have given away 3 UFO’s … lowering my final number left to complete! But my end tally is more UFO’s than I started the year with! Oh well – perhaps it’ll be more inspiration to complete them!
June: 1 + 3
39 UFOs left to complete