Thursday, January 21, 2016

Let the Fun Begin!

Cleanin' and Organizin'

Stage 1 -- Inventory the unquilted tops. This included measuring, photographing, noting if back and/or binding had been prepared, and starting a spreadsheet to track.

First 20 of the unquilted tops
Altogether I counted over 30!!! A few I plan to keep for myself, including one that my husband admired as I had it spread out on the dining room table to measure. The rest will probably go to charity. I know one local guild needs to replenish its supply of bed-size charity quilts. Some would be appropriate for wheelchairs and a couple are crib size. I am amazed at how much floor space has appeared throughout the house!

Stage 2 - Organize/reorganize the stash.  One of my blog friends (sorry, I don't recall exactly who) mentioned that she is making string blocks (among other things) for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. That became my next organizational task -- do something with the enormous pile of strings (wish I had thought to photograph it) that had accumulated over the last 6 months. First I pulled out all the blue strings (January's color); the rest went into a large plastic tub, but not before I went through a second large tub of scraps looking for anything thin and blue. I also took that opportunity to pull out strings of other colors to go into the string bin.

String blocks and a string border
The studio is already looking neater after I made about thirty 6-1/2" string blocks, a length of 2" wide sashing/border, and about sixty 2" 4-patch units.

Itty-bitty 4-patches
Even my light squares came from the blue pile!! In the end I had a few strips that could go in labeled strip drawers and a few chunks that could go in the blue scrap box. And the surface next to my machine is clear ... for now!

I think this much progress is whoop-worthy so I'm linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


  1. Good for you for getting organized Libby! I don't have many ufo's, but I have quilts that I haven't started at all. My scraps are not organized at all either. That might be something to start when I'm snowed in over the weekend!

  2. Knowing what you've got is a good place to start. Over 30 isn't too bad. Congrats on making a dent in all your blue scraps. You've got some very pretty blocks out of the deal.

  3. Isn't it fun getting reacquainted with your quilt tops...even if you plan on passing them along? It becomes necessary at times. I've a bin of strings and chunks that will some day become something...or pass to my heirs, lol.

  4. Wow, you're really making some progress in the sewing room! Stay warm -

  5. Yea for organization. Also, brilliant to put unquilted tops in a spreadsheet. I do that with batting pieces but rather ignore the tops. On the other hand my unquilted tops numbers around 10. Now ufos... that's a much higher number. I'm still trying to deal with scraps... I've been thinking string quilts also..... Good job so far!

  6. Holy cow! 30??? The beginning of every year is the best time to start to organize! Good luck and maybe try to get a little sewing in too!

  7. I love what you're making in your organizational efforts! String blocks are on my 'someday' list - I love seeing other people's!

  8. Your blue string blocks are looking great! Good for you getting organized (something I aspire to do one of these days, LOL). It's a lot of work but definitely worth it.

  9. Nice work on the studio clean-up and all the Strings and squares that got sewn into blocks!!


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