What a totally crazy day! But it was a good day! I did two things - and I know I'm not going to have time to tell you about both - so do we talk about decluttering, or do we talk about sewing? Let's see how much time I have.
By the way, someone suggested that I could use the scrappy strips for a log cabin quilt. The narrow ones would work! I'm going to tuck that in the back of my mind. Thanks for the suggestion.
Oh - let's talk about sewing!
I have a couple of guild presentations in the next couple of weeks. HEY -- if your guild is looking for a speaker, I do guild presentations. I have a couple of topics - organizing, scrap quilts, group quilts, modern quilts, and my journey as a quilter. So - is it easier to do a presentation in person or on Zoom?? Well, I have to take pictures of all the quilts, or I have to pack them. To sort them in person is a physical job; to sort them in a slide presentation is easy! And I'm able to add in a lot of other interesting things by doing the slide presentation. Yet - I would HATE to do a slide presentation in person.
And what other advantage is there to the Zoom presentation? EVERYONE gets a front-row seat, and it's easy to show details of the quilts. Oh yes-- I think I'm going to love the Zoom presentations to guilds.
I'm doing a presentation on GROUP quilts on Thursday morning. I think the guild will allow guests to attend. I should check that out in case any of you are interested in hearing the lecture. It's with the Kanata Quilt Guild.
However, that means that I need to get a "couple" of pictures. And all the quilts are still in that huge pile in the living room. So I started to sort them. I have a pile for magazine quilts, one for quilts I made while at Northcott, and my personal stuff. It's pretty much my personal stuff that goes into my guild presentations.
|Starting the BIG sort|
|The ironing board became the dumping ground|
|The cutting table became a work zone|
|Scrappy, string pieced blue quilt|
|The seams are FLAT|
|Even the back is flat|
|Partially sewn arcs for the double wedding ring quilt|
|Paper pieced arcs are ready to be trimmed|
|Customer quilt - DONE|
And I was on a roll and got a second one done. Now there's a huge stack of quilts to trim, and I have to put the binding on this one, and the customer wants to pick it up today, so I guess I'll be starting the day by putting the binding on.
|Customer quilt - DONE|
|M's lacy curtain|
There's hope that she may take up sewing someday? I don't know why it is, but new sewists are ALWAYS attracted to fabrics that are hard to sew!!!
OK -- so I'll share a couple of pictures with you from the decluttering exercise. This first box is FILLED with receipts. Why?? Because I was going to verify them against the bank statement or the credit card! I dare not even look at the dates. OK -- I couldn't help myself - 2013. Oh boy - I don't think we need any of those. I'm going to go through the box rather than just dumping it. I know - I'm my own worse enemy, but this is how I roll. I NEED to look through the box. Anything important will be on a large piece of paper, so it'll be easy to sort through.
|A box of old receipts|
|The stuff on the chopping block|
How did the software cleanup go yesterday? I'll be sharing my experience tomorrow. OK -- are you ready for something to declutter today? How about bank statements? Do you still have those?? If you are still getting them, perhaps you should call your bank and switch to getting them electronically. It saves a huge amount of paper. No FILING, and when you want a specific statement, it's easy as pie to find it on the bank's server. That goes for other bills as well.
If you insist on keep them, ask yourself why? And how often do you go back and look at them. Unless you are my mother, there's usually no need. The same goes for income tax. You only need SEVEN years. The rest goes bye-bye!!! Don't throw the stuff away - if you have a shredder, you can shred it yourself or take it to a UPS store or Staples or some other place that will shred your documents. You might have to spend a few dollars, but you'll also clean up a HUGE mess.
So - hop to it --- dig out all those old cheques and bank statements - that's the assignment for today. And switch to online. I'm happy to report that I did that several years ago, and I LOVE it. All the old statements are gone, and I've never regretted it. Never had to go back and find something. I should check our box of income taxes - I don't think the last couple of years were recycled, and now everything is done electronically, so technically no need to keep anything in the house. Yippeeee!!!!!
On that note, I'm out of here!!!! I've got so much that I want to do today!!!! And it's Monday sewing!!!
Have a super day!!!!