Sunday, January 13, 2008

Sunday Stash Busting Report

Do you ever feel like you need a "push" to finish something? I do, especially after what I did today.

Here's where it all started. Back in November my husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I told him that I would love for my sewing room to be painted, and shelving put up around the top of the room. We have lived in our home for almost 12 years. Every room in this house has been redecorated (sometimes twice) except for my sewing room. So, while I was gone on my Christmas Sewing Retreat, Steve painted my sewing room and my son helped him install the shelving.

I love it! It's so bright and cheerful! I would show it to you, but right now it's a little messy. See...over at Judy's blog several people were talking about how they have so much fabric and unfinished projects that they don't feel inspired to quilt when they go in their sewing rooms. I know how they feel. Here I am with this beautiful sewing room, and I get so overwhelmed looking at all the fabric and Unfinished Projects that I have.

What I did today is that I took an inventory of projects in my sewing room (I have more in a closet in another room...scary isn't it?) that would take a day or two to finish (FIU's or as Pat Sloan calls them Finish it Up!), Works in Progress (big quilts that will take some time to finish), and tops that need to be quilted. You can see my list on my sidebar. Some of these I would like to finish before my Guild's 25th Anniversary Quilt show that Terry and I are chairing at the end of June. I would put all of their names in a box and draw, but really I think I need to go by "importance". For example, the ones for a holiday can be done a few months before the holiday. Ones that I would like to hang in the quilt show need to be finished, quilted, bound, labeled, and a sleeve added as soon as possible.

I have thought about it as to why I have so much stuff. It's a little bit on the embarrassing side; so embarrassing that some would consider it a sin. So, I'll spare you the details as to why I have so much fabric and so many unfinished projects. Although Judy has called this the "fabric diet", she doesn't mean that we can't go out and buy fabric. She is encouraging us to finish what we have started, and be aware of what we have before we go out and buy more. It is going to be so much fun to finish some quilts and have more space for when I do go fabric shopping!

Several of us have joined Judy's Stashbusting Plan. We are supposed to report our stashbusting efforts every Sunday. Hopefully, this will be the "push" that I need to finsh some things! I haven't figured out a plan yet, but I'll let you know. Until then, I guess the first thing to do is to clean my room so I can get to the sewing machine!


  1. and then show us photos of the new sewing room. I have wire shelves around the perimeter of my sewing room and keep so much stuff up there it is rediculous....but it does keep it off the

    What color did he paint?? Did he pick or you??

  2. Must be the season to attack the sewing room mess. Me too! I'd love to see your pictures.

    Good luck - and remember: we can give it to "sub contractors!" Send it off and someone else can sew it. And it's out of your space!

    doni in NE

  3. I'm with you on the fabric diet as well as a patterned paper diet too.

    I'm really going to try to put a dent in my stash by using more of what I already have.

    Good luck on all your creative projects for 2008.

  4. I'd love to see your sewing room! I'm getting ready to revamp my crafts area and am looking for ideas. I think I need to go on a paint diet :-)!


  5. I'm at the same place - I'd love to do some stashbusting but I can't start sewing until I can get to everything, so cleaning the studio comes first. Since I've recently switched things around so my studio, which also is the guest room, is now also my office and part of the library, it means there's a lot more stuff to organize. I better get busy!


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