Since I wrapped up a couple big projects (and I need to find something . . . . ), I decided to commit most of August to organizing the studio (again) and getting caught up with some machine quilting. Hopefully that will put me in good order for the fall upswing in stitching!!
I've just finished reading this little book. My tendency to scoff at such idealism will likely get in the way of the (as I view it) dramatic approach the author advocates but I have gleaned some useful ideas which I hope will help me de-clutter effectively.
I did the sewing table first and put away quite a few UFO's that have been traveling with me on various teaching gigs this summer. (Happily, the number of UFO's seems to be dwindling!!)
But the cutting table which sits in the middle of the room would be handy to use for the sorting -- what it is about flat surfaces that attract such disorder? -- so it is my current target.
I thought you might enjoy these "time-lapse" photos of my progress yesterday afternoon.
Most of it just needs put away -- blocks from my Stash Bee hive mates, new bits of fabric, tools, leftovers from this and that -- it all belongs somewhere!!
15 minutes later . . . this isn't so hard. Look at all that space that's been revealed so far?!
Another 15 minutes shows some real progress -- the rulers are all back in the holder, lost things are beginning to emerge, the paper recycling bag is filling up.
But at the one hour mark, the focus has shifted. I'm cutting up scraps -- 3" or 2 1/2" strips and squares -- and sorting them into the boxes -- needs to be done sooner or later anyway, right?
Once I start cutting up fabric, that is a sure sign that my decision-maker is finished for the day. I've learned to stop and come back tomorrow.
How will I keep on track all month?
I don't know.
The author of the "magic of tidying up" urges her readers to only keep what gives you joy and discard all the rest. Mmmmmm, I wonder if she's had any "quilter" clients.
There is so much to love in that studio.
And she advises that you clear-out first and do it in one big swoop -- swoop?
Obviously, she's never been distracted by the lure of a fat quarter stack. I have given in so often to the lure of a little stitching to escape the boredom of making decisions, I'm not convinced I can maintain the momentum to do that?
But didn't I just banter about that -- building momentum -- thus the entire month is needed.
I have determined that no new projects may be started during August and that all my stitching time will be focused on machine quilting -- there's quite a stack!! And I hope that will give me the break I need to go back at the swooping.
It will be so terrific to thin out the studio and make it tidier and to finish three or four small quilts so I need to soldier on!!
Only keep what brings me joy?
I wonder how much that is?
Back to the studio!!