OK -- so my life feels a bit weird at the moment. While I have lots to do, there isn't an immediate deadline and only one presentation per day. I feel LOST. What should I be focusing on? What should I do at this moment of the day? Oh yes -- I live and die by a deadline!
However, I decided that I needed to do something constructive, and the door to Pandora's Closet is still open, and it's still a huge mess.
As I go through that closet, I'm finding many projects that I wanted to make and even set aside fabric for, but I'll never get to them. And I have four other places where I've stored projects, and I bet that I'm going to find the same thing in two of them. The other two places have already been cleaned - more or less.
This is actually an excellent exercise as I'm learning to prioritize and make commitments, not just keep something for the sake of keeping it. My other goal was to clean off the cutting table and deal with the table of current projects.
Let's see what happened.
I opened one box to find a pattern and fabric, and I still liked it, so it went back on the shelf. But can you tell me why there is a green novelty print of wine paraphernalia in the box? That went into the novelty fabric box.
|A project complete with fabric and pattern|
|A project that gets pulled apart and filed|
|Canvas and three buttons|
|Odds and ends of projects|
|Three shelves are done|
|This still needs to be dealt with on one side|
|Some floor is now visible|
|The other side of the closet|
|Still to clean up!|
|A cooking movie|
|A basket of odds and ends to sort through|
|The cutting table is not bad|
|The area looks much neater now|
|Customer quilt - DONE|
I may schedule a couple of days to do nothing but sorting and organizing. It would be really nice to get it all done and then not have to worry about it or not be able to find something. I'll see how it goes as after this week, besides a couple of customer quilts to do, I have two big projects to work on. Neither should take too long, but there's a learning curve to them.
Then I have a couple of things that I want to learn before the end of the year for myself, so there is never a dull moment.
I have almost removed all the paper from the double wedding ring quilt. Yeah!! Then I can get the binding and backing made. That's one of the projects on the cutting table. Many things are almost done, but not quite. That's going to be my focus for the rest of this year!!
I also accomplished a fair bit of administration stuff yesterday. It's a big job to get everyone organized for the upcoming classes. So I have your e-mails - and hope to get more information out to another group or groups today! The next batch will be slow as I have to follow up with many people who said sign me up for free motion and didn't specify which of the TWO sessions they want. So until that gets sorted, I can't make the distribution lists. That's on the slate today to sort out. To be fair, many people specified which class they wanted, but others did not.
The best news is that the Tula Pink Butterfly pattern is now available for pre-order. I'm working with Thimbles and Things for that, although other stores will be ordering this pattern. If you want to be part of the sew-along next year hosted by me, there's still time to get signed up.
|The new version of The Butterfly Quilt by Tula Pink|
If you have the original pattern, that works as well.
|The original pattern|
You can pre-order your pattern or use the existing one. Send me an e-mail if you want to participate. It's a monthly sew-along on Zoom, and I'm setting up a Facebook group, and we're going to have loads of fun with this quilt. The cost for the sew-along is $25. And you are responsible for having your own pattern.
I haven't given you an assignment in a long time. But here's one for you. If you don't have a good grasp of what you have for projects, perhaps now is the time. How many boxes will you find with good intentions inside, but you have no time or desire to make it or finish it? This is the time to deal with it. So find one or two today and make a decision. Keep it or pull it apart and file the bits. If it's one that you have already started, will you complete it? If not, then find someone to give it to or sell it to.
This is the kind of stuff that will drive our families mad if they find all these boxes and have no clue what to do with what's inside. So the more you can sort and organize, the easier it'll be to downsize when it's time to move. I'm prepping way in advance, but that's OK. It should be a breeze when the time comes. The hardest part is going through it all the first time.
On that note, I'm off to spin class this morning. Yeah!!!
Have a super day!!