Hannatine's Blog

Retired & Quilting in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Organize & become stimulated to sew & quilt

Just the other day, I went to JoAnn's with my new discount card and several coupons I had collected from the store and my emails.  It was a glorious Saturday!  I was so excited over the sale prices and the variety of fabrics.  It was time to restock and I was prepared.  I had a list of colors that were missing from my rainbow of fabrics and the ever needed backings.  I stocked up on cotton batting & thread (50% off).

I had become very excited about the backings after reading through my quilt magazines.  I found a whole article in American Patchwork & Quilting June 2001 (yes I've saved them all) that gave pictures of what was called "backstage" productions.  It was beautiful how on the back of a quilt, just adding a row of "Autum Stars" or squares of 9 patch.  Lynette Jensen states in her article that "it makes your quilt as attractive when folded down for the evening as they are pulled up".  One even bordered an antique feedsack.  It made me think that it would be a good way to use up the leftover blocks from other quilts I've made.  I always thought I'd use them to make pillows, but after awhile, one more pillow would be....well you know.

But back to my fabrics, coming home from the store with all my fabric & notions, I decided to take on a new project.  Well, I really didn't just decide, it was needed in order to put my new stuff away.  I keep my fabrics stored in a cabinet on the wall of my sewing room.  The cupboard was in the same shape that it started when we moved in and I stuffed all the fabrics in willy nilly.  So I took down small stacks at a time and sorted and folded them into piles by color.  I had to keep it as green, pink, brown etc.  If I had started graduating the colors, I'd never be able to maintain them.  This way when I see a color I want, I can take it down and then put it back on the top of the stack.  Having my cupboard on the wall lets me open the doors and sit on my stool to ponder the colors I'd use as I look through my patterns.  It's much easier to imagine my color scheme by looking over at my selections.  In the process of this organization.  I discovered some fabrics that I had bought for backings and were several yards.  I also found several that I had bought more than once, thinking I had used it up.  How exciting to see how much I had to choose from! 

I discovered that I had collected enough Halloween fabric designs to make a quilt, and then all the Patriotic fabrics I didn't realize I had collected.  Of course, not to mention the Christmas fabrics, which also had many left over blocks already completed.  So I'm set for the holidays, for inspiration and I have the fabric.  Ummm what design should I start with?



Spudgrandma said:

Way to go Hannatine, it does feel good to get organized. Just think how productive you will be now!

# August 22, 2010 9:22 PM