Friday, January 30, 2009

UFO's FOUND!! Not the ET kind :)

Before the fabric diet the organization was very deceiving....yes deceiving. Everything that I had, I had just thrown in bins to make room for more fabric not following the rules. "For every ONE new thing that comes in, take TWO out." I just stacked and put them away eventually forgetting what I had in what tote/bin/drawer. Back then I was able to handle 3 or 4 different projects at the same time, I can't do that so much now, but my works in progress from a year ago that I stashed promising to go back to when I had the time, only to be forgotten has now been found!

I forgot about these lap quilts. I will eventually go back and finish these, but it just brought a smile to face when I saw my quilt tops that I was so determined to do by hand. So I thought I would share them with you. There are some that I hand pieced and started to hand embroider, there is another quilt that I was quilting along as I go and quilt tops w/ teeny tiny 1" squares. Here is what I found so far.....I know I have more of these laying around somewhere. I may finish these and add these to my charity quilts!

So that's it, I'm not quite finished re-organizing and de-stashing, but it is great to find forgotten pieces of work, now I'll definitely find more things to do during this pregnancy

Thursday, January 29, 2009

A Major Fabric Diet

Sighhh.... it was only a couple of days ago that my stash was overflowing and taking up almost every corner in my home--much to my husbands disliking. I dramatically reduced my stash and did some major stash busting!

Remember this?......

Everything organized by color, calico, vintage solids, flannels and overflowing everywhere. Not like that any longer. Thanks to the big help of my best buddy who came over and helped take away a great amount of the fabric--(it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be) has helped me clear away my clutter.
Here is how it looks so far in all it's disorganized mess and in progress:
Empty tops, not as full shelves....this is a good start.

These still have to make it's way somehow into my main wall unit. A big difference from before.

Look! All empty behind the doors!

An embarrassing mess, but I tend to make a big mess before it actually gets sparkly clean.
It is nowhere near finished, I still have to organize and decrease some more. There is still the books, the many unfinished quilt blocks, unfinished quilt tops, and tons and tons of pre-cut 1 1/2"-10" squares that I was saving for so long, I think it is finally time to let go. There's still the bins of scraps that I'm going to be going through now w/ a different eye, plus, I've signed up for swaps that only require me to send scraps and of course I'll add tons of extras to it so a big de-stash it is!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

I'm Back

Oh my, I can't believe it's been a month since I last posted on my blog. I can only apologize to my blog groups, swap partners, and friends for my unintentional absence from blog world. Many things were happening before, during and since my last post, many of which I did not blog about because it was personal information as well, but one of the reasons for my absence, we suffered a major loss in the family during Thanksgiving and were not able to bury him until right before Christmas because of a special request to be buried at Arlington Cemetery.

I've also been suffering from morning sickness, slight depression and battles w/ Graves Disease. For those who are unaware of the disease it is a thyroid condition-(Hyper) that I have been battling with since after my second pregnancy. Many many things, but I will spare you any further details because I have noticed I am pretty much close to crossing that line of TMI.

There has not been much sewing/quilting going on and I have decided to get rid of almost all of my fabrics & sewing supplies. NO..I have not stopped sewing completely, but the collection/stash was getting too far out of hand and taken over ever corner in my home causing rifts between my husband and I. Along w/ aquiring too much fabric and supplies, I also took on too much all at once and placed a lot of undue stress on myself to finish in time, for this many of my swap partners have experienced delays and for this I very much apologize. Too many orders, not enough hours in the day to finish them between my own company, etsy, and BizMarket along with swaps I was a VERY BUSY GIRL.

I'm still sewing & quilting, but I've decided to regretfully hold off on my own business and take another route. I have to say that I was very lucky to be given this opportunity to now be working closely with a sewing designer to be her pattern tester and to also create items for her to sell. I think this right now is the best for me since all material is being provided to me, I will be paid for my time along w/ that I will be receiving material to keep my own--How cool is that? I am hopeful this will work out in the long run and alleviate much of the stress that has befallen me since I decided to make quilts for work. Now I get to focus on my charity quilts which have been slowly progressing. I will post photos on my next post once I am able to take better photos of them..I promise!

So I haven't left completely. I'm slowly getting back into the groove. I'm catching up now trying to read the all the posts I've missed--SORRY! I've missed you all & thank for all the kind words during my absence :) It was great to come back to those comments!
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