Sunday, August 13, 2017

Cleaning up and procrastinating

Block 3 - Still Missing!
I pretty much have the house to myself this week, and instead of relaxing like I should, I've started to clean my quilt studio (aka bedroom). It's not really that messy, it's just that I have no idea where I've put stuff.

For example, I'm about to send out a search party for my first three blocks of the Growing Up QAL. I have proof that I did them, since I posted the pictures, but I still haven't found them.


Block 2 - Have you seen it?
Block 1 - Hasn't been seen in months!

I'm really hoping that I'll be able to solve the mystery of the missing blocks by the end of the week. They are definitely in a good place, which remains unknown at this time.





So not only am I cleaning up, but I'm writing down where things are. I realise that this will get outdated quickly, but at least it will be a start!

There are no photos of the cleaning process since it gets worse before it gets better - right?


Beautiful botanicals book
I got sidetracked when I found a cool project. Once upon a time, I had illusions of doing hand appliqué. That didn't last very long, but I had started cutting out fabric for a daisy from Deborah Kemball's beautiful book.

The petals I had cut out were a pastel blue. I thought I would take a few minutes to find some fabric from my scraps for the leaves and stem. Well, I guess I was in a whimsical mood because I totally re-interpreted my appliqué.

I had a great time choosing fabrics for the petals. I even cut up the larger leaf into three so that I could get more fabric on there! Of course the zig-zag stitch was a life saver. I also got to use my Kimono silk threads :-)


Whimsical Daisy
I'm not sure what I`ll do with this block, but it's bound to find a home someday. Of course, now I have to put it away in a place that I will remember write down!

I hope you're having a great week.

What I learned
  • There is nothing worse than a good place to put something. It means that it may never be found again!
  • The daisy block was a procrastination for cleaning - which is also a procrastination....for dyeing fabric!
  • I'm really glad that I made something from the Beautiful Botanicals book. I keep buying these beautiful books. I hope someday to make a project that mixes the appliqué with embroidery....Life is just too short!

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12 comments:

  1. I feel your pain! I have finally resorted to keeping bins and boxes for UFOs. I put the projects in big ziplock bags. Before I put them away I enter them in a spread sheet which gives me some basic info -- date started, what needs to be done next and where it is stored. Of course some stuff gets shoved into the bins without a note on the spreadsheet. But I have notes like in box 3 (yep, I've numbered them.) Or in bin 1. I think I have numbered all the various boxes/bins sequentially. Every couple of years I go through all the ufos. I've been able to move items out like the fabric and the pattern I had for a table runner that wasn't enough fabric for the pattern. It is an never ending process. And, I move things off the spread sheet when finished.

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    1. Hi Bonnie, yes, it is never ending isn't it? I didn't want to use a computer to keep track of my projects because the computer isn't near my quilts! So far the inventory has really paid off. When I dyed some cheesecloth I was able to find the ones that I had bought and put them all together, in their own bin with other hand dyed fabrics (mine and dyed by other people).

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  2. Nice to know i am not the only one who puts projects in "never-to-be-found places! Good luck tracking them all down! Kathy

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    1. Thanks Kathy! I've cleaned up half of my room and still haven't found them. I guess when they are ready to be found, they will let me know!

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  3. You know the key to finding those blocks is to stop looking for them, right? Seems like that works for me anyway! I always interpret other designs "my own" way, too. I really like the fabrics you chose for that appliqué.

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    1. Hi Sandy, I'm starting to think that you're right. I've cleaned up most of my stuff and they are still hiding! I can rarely complete a project by only following the instructions - but then I guess that's what being creative is all about!

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    1. Thanks BillieBee! Playing with bright fabrics makes me happy :-)

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  5. I really enjoy reorganizing my craft room - I have a paltry stash though. So it makes it easier.
    I just adore your whimsical daisy ~

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    1. Thanks Tami. It wasn't really the fabric stash that gave me the problems but all those other bits! After re-organising everything I have more UFO's piled up on my end table than before!

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  6. Such a pretty daisy! I do hope you find the Growing Up QAL blocks. Maybe there're with the remaining fabrics?

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    1. Hi Susan. I'm still looking for those blocks. Not with the remaining fabrics cause the're all together with the blocks...except those three. I guess they went on a walk-about (without me!)

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