Friday, 22 January 2016

I DONT MAKE.....

.... New Year Resolutions...... because I know I will .. forget them.. get bored.. find something else I would rather be doing... etc. etc. BUT I do like to have some ideas for what I MIGHT want to do in the coming year xx

LAST year I was going to buy less fabric ...and... use more from my stash.. Notice I don't say STOP buying .. we all know that is unrealistic and NOT going to happen!! ALSO I wanted to clean and tidy my craft room

WELL.. I did reduce the buying.. and I did use some stash.. although at times it is hard to see where the reduction happened ! lol x

The tidying.. well that was a stop-start project.. and it seemed mostly STOP! I think part of the problem is that it is just SUCH A MESS ......that it gets just too overwhelming to tackle.

SO the last couple of days I have taken time out to sit and look around in there... AND I am going to tackle this elephant one bite at a time... I have started by sorting and putting into bags ....fabrics and blocks that I have clear ideas of what I want to use them for....



.. looks interesting hey!

Some of these I have been collecting for YEARS and not got round to using.

 Next I am going to start going through my boxes of fabric ..... I am going to decide... will I use this .. and if the answer is NO.. then I have 2 options ... bag it up and take it to one of the quilt groups I belong to and give it away .. OR .. and you may want to sit down here ... throw it away!! YES I am giving my self permission to GET RID xx

It actually feels good to have made the decision and I  KNOW it will allow me to move on.. it may take a good while but that's OK xx

I hope that at the end of the process I will have fabric etc. that I WILL use.

I have A LOT of books as well and they may well get "sorted" at some point !! xx Maybe I will find patterns I want to make!!... oh my goodness lol x

To-morrow is the Do-Your-Own-Thing day and I am feeling up to going .. so the baby quilt will be finished...  I have made a little friend to go with it...

 
 
 

... using up some of that stash too xx

Hope you have had a good couple of days x

Diane x

9 comments:

JoZart Quilts said...

Why am I saying ha! Oh yeah? Really? In your dreams ... etc .,... because Ive tried to do the same as you and I do hope you succeed better than I !!! Good luck Diane, I await the results of your endeavours.
Love your hippo, he's just waiting for a cuddle, he looks so soft.
Jo x

Lorraine said...

I know just what you mean Diane,the move into my new,space is going soo slowly, because of the mess in the old space,plus I'm 'waylaid'chalk painting furniture! Keep smiling though eh?

kiwikid said...

Good to hear you are feeling up to going out. Love the new hippo, very cuddly looking. All the best with your cleaning/sorting...is a huge job and one none of us like to do!! I got rid of a lot of stuff when we moved...that made me tidy and sort!! Keep plugging away it will happen in the fullness of time!! And anyway I am here to remind you!!! Lol!!
xx

Dotty's Daughter said...

It's nice not to feel alone in this constant crafting world of sorting, making, being distracted, buying and off we go again in a never ending circle!!! I dug out loads of fabric this week that I was keeping for" best, " but decided all the time it was hidden I wasn't enjoying it so now I have been ironing it and "thinking"..... At least we are never bored eh?

quiltmania said...

Good luck with the fabric sorting. I've been trying to do the same thing. Each year I go through my older fabric and give half away to a local charity. Then I do the same thing with my scrap bag, half has to go to charity. It's the only way to keep my sanity! Love your little stuffy

Chookyblue...... said...

goodluck with all the organising...........I need to do heaps more like you but bit size bits at a time other wise it gets overwhelming and you give up.........little bit of successful progress keeps you going........

Maggi said...

I'm glad that you're feeling better. Good luck with the organising

Terry said...

Your friend is so cute!! Loved the poses! Way to go on the organizing and the reducing! I'm glad you didn't make the resolution to stop buying fabric! :) I started last year to really be proactive about using from my stash. I did all right and hope to do as well this year. As for sorting. . .well, I found some stuff I had forgotten so I was off on a bunny trail. I might work on sorting some books and patterns though. Terry

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

At the Richmond and Kew quilt show last October we had a bric-a-brac stall, all sorts of sewing, um crap! Seriously, half started blocks, tangled bias binding, single knitting needles, as well as loads of fabric, from charm squares to meterage ... All donated to save members feeling guilty about throwing out stuff! Stuff mostly sold for 20p ... We made £700 for charity!!! We've already started collecting for the next show in 2017 (one lady has a loft that husband thinks is empty so he never goes in it!!!)