I can’t contain myself I have to share just a little bit of what I have been working on. I have been busy for two days organizing one section of the room and it is coming together so well. I was folding fabric off and on all day yesterday going through the bins of fabric that have been stacked on top of the dressers in the bedroom. It used to be that the fabric was on shelves and stuffed in small boxes lining the walls of the sewing room mainly above the quilting frame – this time there is going to be a lot less on shelves collecting dust and put away in plastic boxes label as to which colors are in what bins – still easy to access but not out quite where you can see it as much.
This is what it was like early in the day on Thursday
And before I went to bed Thursday night this is what it looked like – still a ways to go but almost all the big fabric bins are empty and now 17 plastic shoe box sizes full of fabric that is mainly a fat quarter or under – some pieces are closer to a half yard but most are smaller. I still need to go through the bin of wool and separate what I am pretty sure I will use and what I am pretty sure I won’t use and put those pieces in the same size boxes and on the shelf. Batting on the top shelf is also behind those two stripped baskets. Room behind things on the second shelf on the left for more but not on the right. On the right side second shelf are all my boxes of cut scraps labeled as always – 1.5″, 2″, 2.5″ etc. I can reach everything on the second shelf just fine and will need a step stool to reach things on the 3rd shelf although the things in the front I can reach just fine – I have long arms and I’m about 5’8”. These are 30” deep shelves.
My dining room is almost back to being just the dining room – I still have a few things on top of one of the corner cabinets (which actually are full of sewing things but they stay here) – on the corner cabinet at the left will be a plant and the tv will stay on the one at the right where I had the cutting table – Linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict today and Crazy Mom Quilts . Also linking to Gone Stitching – Friday Night With Friends – I will continue working on my sewing room re-do.
These are the size boxes I had stacked up in the bedroom – I think I had 9 of them with two containing everything for two quilts in progress but I was able to complete empty one and the other still has everything I need for Handful of Scraps – I’m not sure how I will rearrange it as I don’t need it in that large of a box. I came to find that I have more Green fabric then any other and blue is the close second. Luckily when I stored the fabric in the big plastic boxes I divided it up by color so I was able to sort and put in the smaller boxes easily – I could have left it all in the big boxes but they are actually heavy for arms LOL and I thought the smaller boxes will be much easier to handle. Of course that is not counting the yardage on the bookcase at the end of the bedroom next to the hallway. And that yardage will need to stay there for the time being unless I put shelves back up in the sewing room which I am not tempted to do at the moment.
I have not gotten to the quilting frame yet. Mike has been working long hours this week and will cut my final piece of blue insulation board for the design wall today – he is off 3 or 4 days now so we can get things finished up. Hopefully the design wall will be completely finished by end of day. Then I will move the sewing machine table in and get the new desk in exactly the place I want it to be. We need to get Mike’s desk base and put it where it goes and then get the quilting frame in so I can redo the leaders and get it together. I wonder if it will all be done by Monday? We will see!
A question: do any of you use a quilt planner like the Fat Quarter Shop and other places are advertising. In a way I think it would be useful but in a way I wonder if I would stick with it and use it. I am not good at leaving myself notes on the computer – I seem to have to write things down and scratch things out as I do them. Here is a photo of one of them – you can click on the photo to see details (I am not affiliated – just interested in what you have to say or if you have links to others let me know) I would be interested in one that has a daily or monthly calendar in it as well as areas to jot down projects and appointments.