Thursday, February 4, 2010


The Around The World Quilting Bee is on the move again. It seemed that everything was put on hold during the holidays, but now the blocks are on the move. This is the block I made for Maria in the United Kingdom. Hope she likes it.
I read a blog today where it asked the question about how much clutter is costing you in time and money. Well, I spent the first two weeks in January cleaning the clutter from my sewing room. Everything is nice and neat. Fabrics are folded and sorted by color. Batting is in one place. There is just one BIG problem. I can’t find anything. I can’t help but wonder how much time and money I’m wasting looking for something I know I had just a couple weeks ago. In my before cluttered state I knew exactly where everything was. I may have forgotten what I had, but if I needed something, I knew where to look. After doing the big re-arrange I can no longer go to the spot where I know the item is supposed to be. If I didn’t have my fabrics lined up in the open along one wall I probably wouldn’t be able to find them. Do you suppose this little mind problem I have has anything to do with my age?
Magnolia Bay Quilts has a nice tutorial for a string quilt.

Until next time,


Martina said...

what a lovely block! So fresh and sweet!
Take care!

Four O'Clock Quilt Company said...

I think some of us 'file in piles' and that's just how we work! For me, out of sight out of mind is so true. If it's not in the open, I forget I have it!

Allie said...

I LOVE that block! I have flowers on my mind lately - sick of snow, I guess. I know exactly what you mean about not being able to find anything once you've cleaned up....sad, but true. I'm hoping it's not age-related.

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

I love the block. As far as filing in piles..that is about the only way I can find anything. I have been that way for about 15 years. So I don't think it is age related. I am just glad to hear someone else that works that way. When I tell my hubby that he rolls his eyes and comments that he can't believe I can find anything in my sewing room. I always know which pile it is Works for me... I stay out of his shop and I suggest he stay out of the sewing room! Smiles and hugs, Karen

Ladybelle said...

Beautiful block. Thank you for reinforcing my thinking about too much cleaning. I rearrange my fabric over and over. I can't find anything until it is spread out again. I need a method for keeping fabric straight.

Miss Nancy said...

Love the block. It is so bright and cheery. I have the same memory problem when I tidy up and make things neat and orderly. You can't find what you are looking for because everything is changed around, a very scary feeling.
Thank you for showing us the great tutorial from the Magnolia blog (I forgot the rest of the name, a senior moment, so sorry).
Have a great day.

wonderwoman said...

Hi, just thought i'd drop in and say thank you soo much for my lovely block - i have just got the hang of flckr and have been seeing some beautiful blocks.


deb poole aka kustomgal said...

I cleaned my sewing room up too. The mess was overwhelming. I belong to a couple of fiber postcard swap groups so I have many many many snippets all over the place. I cant throw any scraps out from my quilts, just encase i can use them in my postcards.
Since cleaning my room, i have been looking for my favorite thread cutters. I know they were there. I can kinda remember putting them somewhere that I thought was a great place to store them in. Where are they? No more cleaning for me. Im living with the snippets for now on! or.... untill i just cant stand the mess again. lol
Love your blog... come see mine when u have time....

Mary Lou Weidman said...

I adore the colors in that beautiful block!

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