Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012, New Beginnings

It's time to organize.  To simplify.  To prioritize.
My sewing studio sometimes resembles being struck by some natural disaster (hurricane, tornado...).  Especially this past year during/after quilting frenzies with deadlines; no time to pick up!  One could hardly find a path to walk through.

That, plus the fact that I have Quilter's A.D.D. (adding another project before the previous one is finished, haha!) amounts to a happy, comfortable mess of a sewing room. I can't help it, I want to make everything!

Recently, in exchange for machine-quilting, my friend Carol offered to help organize (disaster clean-up) my studio. She worked for four days, sorting and organizing my projects, fabrics and workspaces. She bagged and boxed, threw away teeny scraps I'd been hanging on to (just don't look!), even cleaned out that TOP DRAWER, you know the one! She stowed all my UFOs into bags in the window seat. She separated the mending pile, organized a few current projects into a stacking bin, and sorted fabric scraps into their little plastic shoeboxes in their respective colors.  Then it was up to me to clean up my gizmos, gadgets, supplies, thread and workspaces.  Voila!  A clear path to the sewing machine!  Yeah!  I know, better take some pictures, quick!





Threads and Notions:

Books and Bins:

Baskets to keep other little things in:

UFOs in the Window Seat:

Drawers organized to keep things neat:

Sewing with an old friend:

Sewing with a new:

Come and stop by anytime,
I'd love to sew with you!

Happy Quilting!


Michele said...

Wow. It looks great I am an organizer so I would have loved to tackle this project too. How long will it stay this way? Happy 2012!

Karen M said...

What a wonderful friend you have. Enjoy your organized space. I hope it inspires many new projects.

beaquilter said...

Ohhhh, how nice to have a friend like that :-) you have a very nice room and nice long arm- you just do pantos?? looks like it from the way the frame is up against the wall like this- and all those ribbons!! woohoo! hope you are very inspired now :-)

Laura said...

What a nice fresh start

Grammasheri said...

Beautiful. Calming. Inspiring. A lovely way to start the new year!

Heleen Groot said...

I've been wondering what exactly was wrong with me...Now I know! QADD! What a relief to know that there are more (happy) sufferers are around! Your space looks incredible....that friend of yours....does she do outsourcing? I'd be more than willing to quilt for cleaning!

Diane Kelsey said...

Isocani wont feel guilty buying more threads this year, after looking at your photos. What a great friend.

Lucy | Charm About You said...

That is some serious organising!! It's like a shop! Great way to start the year, happy 2012 :)

StitchinByTheLake said...

What a treat! I can't imagine having someone else come in to organize me but I'd sure love to try it. :) blessings, marlene

Glen QuiltSwissy said...

It looks beautiful! Can she come play at my house now???

glen in Louisiana

Anonymous said...

I wish I had a friend like that. My biggest trouble is that everytime I start reading magazines or books or patterns and never get to the fabrics. I have really changed the way I use fabric this year so my "Stash" is not as useful as it once was. You are inspiring me.

Stacy Lindblom said...

I love this post! I'm so glad that my area looks a lot like yours! I see some people post pictures of their sewing areas and they're super organized and their WIPs and/or stash is just a small pile and I get a huge case of the guilts! My WIP 'stack' and stash are both big enough for 10 people but I love every bit of it! Thank you for this post! I feel a little bit more sane now!

rubyslipperz1052 said...

GREAT deal!...quilting for cleaning. I 've heard of "will work for fabric". But, this is even better.

I do have a niece that comes and sews at my house, uses my long-arm, I share my stash with her when she needs...and I buy her fabric occcasionally when I see stuff I think she would like. She is really the one the keeps me organized. I wouldn't be able to do it without her!

I must have stood in the wrong line when they were passing out the talents for organizing. =P


Carly said...

This looks great! Do you know where you got your sewing machine thread organizer? I found a similar one online but I like yours better. :)

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

your sewing space is so tidy and organized. and how did i not know that you had a long arm quilting machine?? you inspire me!

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