Once again I find myself changing the status of my fabric stash. My walk in closet is so cluttered with bags and boxes and the fabrics don't all fit into the shelving, so a change must be made. I am one of those that can stand a mess for only so long and then WHAM, I just have to get stuck in and sort it out, you know, clean it up.
I even found fabrics I thought I no longer had! Once again that is really due to me not being totally organized. Space simply does not allow for the type of organization I want, but come heck or high water I am going to get myself tidied up one way or the other. I am ashamed of my closet at this moment. It always happens to me when I have at least other irons in a fire... LOL
You see when this house was bought I was led to believe that I had a loft in the cabin on our property and my mothers' glowing description led me to believe it was the type of space that would allow me to set up my fabrics, sewing machine and load of room to work in. Well it simply was not truth. Seeing as I was in NewBrunswick getting our possessions ready to move my mother was here looking for houses with my youngest brother. Neither one said that the loft really wasn't large enough to stand up in let alone use it as a studio! So out of the necessity to continue piecing and quilting I just had to move into my bedroom. Now every so often the mess gets to me and it just has to be sorted. What do you do when you've created a mess in your sewing room?
With each new project I wish to do I run over to the cabin and pull fabrics but I never return them (besides it isn't organized over there either!) They get put away here in my walk in and now I just do not have the space for any more fabrics.
You'd never know I have already given bags of my stash away would you? I know I am getting awfully tired to moving piles from here to there just to find something. This time I just have to find a method which might allow me to find what it is I am looking for and get on with whatever project is at hand. It simply has to work out this time.
In a matter of a few months it progressed from a neat and tidy walk in closet with only hanging clothes and two towers filled with sundry fabrics to this mess which you see in the picture I just took. Deplorable! So much so that it is really beginning to stress me out.
Obviously not enough though because this morning instead of getting stuck into the clearing up I sat at the sewing machine doing some piecing because I really didn't want to actually begin but nearer lunch time I had a good talk to myself and convinced myself that this had to be done. I cleared out a whole dresser and sorted out so far one drawer with Christmas and specialty fabrics. Next drawer holds all red colorway fabrics on one side and all green on the other side. There are still two more drawers to fill up again.
I already have bags to be given away, fabrics the likes of which I simply cannot use in any quilt, therefor, off these are going to someone who might use them for sewing clothing and the like.
At the rate I have been procrastinating this afternoon it will take me a month of Sundays' to clear up.
How do most of you manage your stash? Do you too dream of this illusive wonderful space not only to house all of your fabrics neatly stacked on shelving in colorways, but space enough to cut, to sew, to iron, to read in or just sit and dream of projects? Me, once again I live out of my upstairs bedroom and have to share my hobby with my sleeping and clothing space. Oh well, maybe some day I might win something substantial on a lottery and buy myself a tiny house just for me with the largest room just set aside for my quilting, do you think?
But these sewing rooms are so neat and tidy
and while this one is in cramped quarters it is neat, everything seems to have its own place
and this little corner looks neat and tidy and all set up at least for the ironing
this one in particular is Roberta's Sewing Studio, that I found through a Google search is to die for!
Tomorrow marks the opening of the Stitch 'N' Chat club here in the Bay and I am crossing my fingers that a few ladies will show up and a weekly meet can be formed, there simply are but a few quilters in this area and certainly not enough to form a guild sew to my way of thinking this is a good alternative. Besides there simply isn't a social place around where friends and neighbors can get together and chat with their friends. Not everyone can be a scatterbrain like me, so here is hoping I don't forget anything that I should be taking along for the day. Please cross your fingers for me that my grand idea isn't a huge bust!
With the advent of spring and the change of weather patterns my arthritis has been acting up, anti-inflammatory medication is once again being taken to assist in alleviating the constant nagging pain which of course slows me down and with the turning forward of the clock one hour my sleep pattern is also disrupted. Hopefully by this time next week I will be caught up again, do you think?
Thank you so very much for stopping by to visit with me this morning, I know I have been absent for a tad, but, I got lost in my stash!
Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal. ~Pamela Vaull Starr