There is a trend out there for decluttering. The mantra is, “Does it bring you Joy?” If the answer is no then you are supposed to discard it. I think this misses the point and is an over simplification of having respect for the materials and tools of life, and also rejecting the idea that more stuff equals a better life. Yes, this includes your sewing room. I know it is odd for a shop owner to say, but it is very easy to bury oneself in bags, boxes and piles of things and that can stop you in your tracks. So my message for you today is that organization can help the joy to flow more easily. The creative process is
full of clutter and mess, but a small amount of order within that facilitates getting things done, and that is one of the biggest joys.
So if your sewing space is a mess, start simple. One of the best things in my sewing room at home is cubby type shelving. I use it to hold yardage, which I fold in a uniform size by rolling it around my long cutting ruler. In theory they are sorted by colors. I have another place for bolted yardage, one for fat quarters, and for smaller things I use boxes. If the pieces are really small I cut them to charm squares, or add them to one of my baskets of strips. These scrap containers are awesome, and anything that doesn’t work in one of those categories gets put in a big bag that I use for stuffing draft blockers and doggie beds.
If you do find fabric that you truly don’t want, there are plenty of uses for it that will bring joy to someone. If you are truly stumped feel free to ask me to help. Ugly and cheap fabrics make great foundations for string piecing patterns, or my favorite Pineapple Blocks and boy will those projects use up fabric. Of course there are just fabrics with patterns you wont use for yourself. Juvenile, novelty and seasonal fabrics are great for give away projects. This colorful beach balls design is being donated. It will bring someone joy, we just don’t know who yet. Didn’t she do a great job? She is going to quilt it herself too!!!
Tomorrow is Crazy Quilt Club, and our first meeting for the Alaska BOM is on April 6. I have finished the bits needed for April, but I’m still working away, with the goal of having the entire sample top done by the meeting. I have room for one more person doing an alternate colorway. All the blue fabric is spoken for. If you are interested see the fabric photos on the Alaska page. Also there are a few of you who have not yet picked up the final block from the Barbara Brackman project. Please come pick them up so I can clear space for organizing the next project. Remember that Work in Progress Wednesday is a great option if you need help finishing.
Happy Spring (even though it is snowing right now) — See you all soon !!