Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Little OCD Isn't All Bad

It's been a busy week for me, but unfortunately not in the sewing room. My kids came to visit us in Idaho for the first time, and we spent five fun-filled days catching up and having a ball. We went hiking in knee-deep snow, took in our first skijoring tournament at the Winter Carnival, visited the local wolf sanctuary, built a snowman, shot pool, spent a couple of hours gambling in the casino, had a family week-long cards tournament, toured a microbrewery and sampled lots of beer, and ate...we ate a lot. It snowed all week long and I couldn't be happier. It was a great week!

Now that they kids are gone and we're trying to get back to normal, I decided it was time to tackle organizing what little bit of fabric I have. Since I'm new at quilting, I haven't accumulated as much fabric as most quilters, but I'm well on my way...I've bought some from Connecting Threads and picked up several boxes of vintage fabric at an auction. I had it roughly organized by color family in haphazard piles, but it just wasn't making me happy to walk in my sewing room and see the messiness.

I love to see pictures of other peoples' crafting spaces...they are so colorful and creative! I even set up a board on Pinterest so that I could start pinning pics of the ones that I liked best; later I'd like to show some to my hubby and see if he can help me incorporate some of their ideas.

One of the fabric stashes that I saw that I love is owned by my new friend Jennifer of Stitchin' Thyme. She has so much fabric that she's starting to "de-stash" in her Etsy shop, and after I saw some pics of her sewing room I could understand why: it's like a fabric shop! And...oh my, it's oh so pretty!

Here's a pic of some of her fabric...isn't it awesome? And look at those gorgeous cabinets! If you'd like to check out Jennifer's blog and see more pics, click here.

Image from Stitchin' Thyme
I started feeling very schlumpy when I saw the pics and decided that I would start trying to get mine looking a little better. I've spent the last couple of afternoons folding, and folding, and folding. I've started dividing the fabric into sizes: eights, quarters, halfs, single yards, and multiple yards, plus I've sorted out the scraps into small tubs: strips, squares, and miscellaneous.

I'm over halfway done and will report back to you with a pic when I've sorted through it all. I still won't have a pretty wall of cabinets, but at least my piles will look better! LOL

I will be so glad to get this project completed so that I can get back to actual sewing. I can't wait!

By the way, I heard back from my mom about the runner that I had made for her birthday. She loved it! Instead of putting it in her bathroom, she's decided to give it a place of honor on the buffet in her dining room. I'm tickled pink (no pun intended)!


1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you got to enjoy your time with your children. Jennifer's stash looks like Donna's of Brynwood Needleworks. I know I'll never have mine looking that good!
    It's so sweet that your mom is so proud of her
    table runner from you.