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Saturday, December 29, 2012

The holidays have been busy.

Christmas has come and gone so quickly.  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday spent with family and friends. I know we had a wonderful Christmas here.
 
I had the week off before Christmas, so it was pretty stress free having all that extra time at home to get prepared, but for some reason I got into the gutting, purging, cleaning and organizing mode just before the holidays; and I am still in that mode.  Below is my emptying out of my hutch in the sewing room.
 
 
 
It consisted mostly of finished quilts, but I just couldn't find anything in there anymore, so the best thing was just to empty it, reorganize it and put it all back or maybe I should say "almost all" of it back.
 
 
I hung  holiday quilts in the closet....which by the way, I gutted, purged, cleaned and organized the week before Christmas (two double bi-fold doors wide--the width of the whole room!!!).  That was such a horrible job that I wouldn't/couldn't even take pictures of it.  I was almost in tears that I even "started" THAT project.  But it is all organized in containers with "like" things in their proper places.  I will post on that project another day.
 
I have decided to make a list of all my UFOs, .....oh lordy......I can't believe I put that in writing!  I said I would never do it because it would probably depress me, but after cleaning up and seeing just how many things there were, I need to do it so that I can "check" things off as I get them done and see that the list is getting smaller. 
 
Below are just a few of the ones that came out of the hutch today. 
 
First Saturday basket blocks (12 - 12 1/2")
 
 
 
Christmas Star blocks that I won in a drawing at a retreat (17 - 12 1/2")
 
 
Embroidered star blocks (12 - 12 1/2") These were given to me and if I can think of what to do with them I wouldn't be opposed to cutting them down. 
 
 
Birthday exchange Star blocks (19 - 12 1/2")
 
 
I think these are called Turning Twenty  blocks  (50 - 9 1/2")
 
 
There were a few more projects in there, but I will save that for another post, too.  I wouldn't want to overwhelm you!!!
 
I did come across my very first quilt though.
 
 
Oh my.....I just had no color sense at that time.  The green and red matched a chair I had in the living room and because I thought having "too light of a background was just not for me and stood out too much", I matched the carpet to the background.  Egads!!!  But it is hand quilted and I did do a pretty good job otherwise. 
 
I plan on organizing my lists under categories such as "blocks"; "quilt tops needing to be quilted"; "projects that I want to make and have the fabric for"; "blocks that are already in rows"; etc, etc. 
 
Eventually I will post my lists.  I was just happy to get to that hutch today and even did some drawers in the sewing room.  As soon as those lists are made, then I will feel free to get back to sewing in a clean and organized room that now welcomes me rather than distracts me. 
 
Hey!  I will start the New Year with a VERY clean sewing room so that means it should be neat and clean all year......right?  RIGHT!!!
 
If I don't get back here before.....have a Happy New Year!!
 


2 comments:

  1. Those are actually some good looking UFO's! ANd honestly your first quilt isn't bad at all. Good for you on getting your space organized. Can't wait to see those lists!!

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  2. I bought a new notebook and started making my lists, good lord, I thought I could double space the lines but that would force me to turn the page! So glad you had a nice Christmas, and I agree, now is the time to organize and make a plan for 2013! Happy new Year!

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