Days off are just the best. I’ve been working almost flat-out for more than a month now and mostly my days off have been frantically “catch-up,-do-all-the-things” but things have calmed? are calming? down enough that I took today to do a massive sort and tidy.

My sewing cupboard in my kitchen cum studio has become rather disheveled so I pulled everything out and sorted and tidied and remembered some of what I have.

  • I have some rather good fabric that I like quite a lot.
  • I have some rather crap fabric and “where on earth did that even come from?”
  • A nearly five years old intended project that I’m never, ever going to make, so I took apart the fabric stack.
  • More batting bits than I realized, so that was nice to discover. All those [unblogged] quilt finishes have yielded scraps and bits and leftovers likely enough for a couple of small quilts.


I also overworked my credit card by joining the Canadian Quilter’s Association and while I was there I submitted a few quilts for consideration for the National Juried Show. Fingers crossed for me! (Probably not, but damn is Hope a tricky one.)

Tidy-up time

The fun thing (or one of the fun things) about teaching is you can check the store’s scrap basket every week. So I’ve had a few weeks of scraps building up, as well as yardage for binding several quilts, and leftovers from ahem, several projects going back a few months. So I did a sort and tidy this afternoon and feel better for it.

I know the online world is all “pictures or it didn’t happen” but I just didn’t take any. Picture a random but sort of tidy pile of scraps. Got it? Yes! That’s exactly what it looked like!

It was very gratifying to finally nail down what I keep/sort and how I sort it:

  • selvedges (not that I’ve ever used them but it’s JUST IN CASE)
  • strings/strips (ditto, but I have plans)
  • tiny scraps, less than 2.5″ square which I will probably stop saving and will send to someone if you are interested
  • 2.5″ squares (LOVE these so much!)
  • small-ish scraps (generally around 5″ square or smaller but bigger than everything mentioned up to now)
  • FQ or less than FQ but bigger than the small-ish scraps
  • bigger than FQ is “yardage”

Tomorrow I get to go to a quilt show (yay!) but I have to take my kids (boo¡). They are great but they do not love quilt shows. I have my bribes ready:


One piece at the end of every row. Two if they behaved nicely. I have no shame.


Sorting out for the new year

I am interested in trying to be more consistent and have a more…complete follow-through we shall say. Really that just means stopping leaving things half undone… projects, quilts, filing, thoughts, spreadsheets, ideas, etc.

Instead of having several lists of quilts in progress, I combined them into one big list. (Projects in some state of completion: 20, Ideas for which I have the pattern/fabric: 10, Projects I kinda-sorta want to make: 6 that are written down but hundreds more in my head).

And I cleaned out my under-the-bed overflow storage area today. Fabric was put away. Projects sorted into ONE zipper container (that originally held a queen duvet to give you an idea of size).

Quilt tops needing quilting were all measured so that I can get batting and backings for them. Need those before I can get them quilted! They will all go to my bin under the longarm.


And this went into the recycling bin: the stencil I made for an oversize baptist fan pattern.


It was for my scrap vomit quilt (sorry Katy, can’t call it anything else!), completed March 2013. It measures 98″ square, has 2,458 2″ squares in it, and was quilted on my domestic machine.

Scrap Vomit copy

Day 376

Today was an #mqgsewday, where members of the MQG share whatever they’re sewing on Instagram. Watching kids does not make for easy sewing so I went for the tidying of sewing supplies. I have a bin of random craft/sewing/art stuff in the garage and a sort of similar bin downstairs. Husband has been agitating for paring down so with not being able to sew,  I tried to see exactly what I have.


In-process arial shot.


Drafting tools and supplies, drawing and art supplies, three sizes of pipe cleaner including actual cleaners for pipes, old phone wire, beading wire, random: patches, snaps, and embroidery hoops, a third tracing wheel (never opened), two different styles of reverse tweezers, wool felt of three kinds, acrylic felt of two kinds, calculator from grade eight, school box from grade six, lighting gel sample book from university, wooden spool collection, random zippers (mostly huge, separating and/or ugly colours), car seat strap webbing from B’s car seat, styrofoam balls leftover from a hallowe’en costume three years ago, etc, etc.

Ta-done! One empty bin. Ran out of label tape at the crucial moment though.


Found some thing I’ll never use:

A close up for my fellow Canadians!


I went to university with a girl from St. Marys.

And I found a 6 inch scrap of honest to goodness gold braid. Woven with metal wires, and I have no idea where it came from.