If you're going to be appalled by sheer numbers of UFOs, then I advise you to NOT read this post.
This is a bonus post for the Motivational Monday group. In light of trying to get things done, one must take stock of what needs to be done and that makes it easier to prioritize. Basically, it's a super organizing tool. Put "like" things together, then find storage, catalague, priortize and get the stuff done!
Here's the deal, I'm a prolific piecer. I've taught quilting for almost 20 years and as a result, made MANY samples for classes and sometimes, just because. I'm not so good at getting them quilted, although I do quilt but mostly for work or for others.
I keep my "to be quilted" quilts in tubs, along with the backing and the binding. The tubs were labelled on the outside with the quilts that were inside. But it was hard to see the labels on the bottom bins. And when I needed a specific quilt for a trunk show, well, things got out of hand and this is what the "to be quilted" tubs looked like.
|A HUGE mess|
Since my main work area was now clear in preparation for the sewing day. I love sewing days if for no other reason, that it forces me to tidy up!
I lugged all the tubs to the main sewing area.
|Tubs waiting to be emptied|
|Tables ready to receive quilts|
|Let the sorting begin|
|More tubs emptied|
|Down to the last three bins to empty|
|Would that be a gaggle of tubs???|
|All this needs to be quilted! - Obscene|
Some of these quilts below are half or more quilted. Some already have the binding on, but I decided there needs to be more quitling. Or the batting is already with the project. Seriously???? This pile is HUGE!!!! I told you, I'm NOT a finisher!
|Quilts that are half quilted - waiting to be finished|
|Quilts for me!|
|ALL the quilts are now on the table!|
Here is the very sad part! I estimated that there was well over 100 quilts in those tubs (some are wall hangings or table runners). There were 143! in the tubs.
I'm putting the quilts away and I'm at number 101 and the tables still look like this!!!!
|101 projects have already been removed from the table!|
|All that remains is my laptop!|
|The "to be quilted" pile!|
So what is left??? You mean there's more??? Oh gosh yes!!!!! There is still this in the "to be quilted" area.
|More quilts to be quilted|
|These belong to customers - only five|
|And all of this is community project quilts|
I feel that now I know what needs to be done, it should be easy to sneak one or two in a week. Of course, putting it all on the list!!!!
And I unearthed this stand for holding quilts when I got everything sorted out!!! I may put the community projects on this rack as a means of keeping them neat and orderly. BTW - most of the community projects quilts are ones that I made (or made kits for my Monday sewing group to sew), although there are about 5 that belong to a guild.
Plus there are hangers on the walls for storing quilts, so I don't think it will be a problem to get the rest of this area tidied up!!!
Once the sewing friends leave today, I have plans for those big tables!!!!
All of this wasn't to show you how ridiculous my situation is. It's to show how important it is to put "like" things together. You can then tell how much/many you have, how much storage space you need and how to prioritze things.
BTW - the total number of quitls in those tubs????? Any guesses????? 178!!!!! Disgusting!!!!
And on that note, I'm out of here.
Have a super day!!!!!