Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A Quilting Life: Summer Organizing Series

Sherri of A Quilting Life has initiated “Ready, Set, Sew: 20 days of Tips and Resources for a More Organized Quilting Life.”  Sherri will give us tasks to perform during the week that will get us organized such that we can sew (wow! actually sew) on the weekend.  Please click here to read more about her plan and structure for the program.

I decided to participate and then share my progress with you.  Sherri will be posting tasks on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays so I plan to post on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Since today is Wednesday….here it goes:

Day One: Take a “before” picture and list your "works in progress" (WiPs)

YIKES!  This is the current situation of my sewing space…

Before -

Is it bad that it took more than one photo to capture my mess?

Now for the projects: I consider WiPs something that I am actively working on…you know, it’s physically out and on the sewing table, knitting needles, etc.  Then I have those Unfinished Projects (UFOs), items that were started and somehow got lost.  I am going to include a list of those as well.

Works in Progress –

Goodnight Irene (From Terry's Sew-Along)
This is the last month.  We are finishing our border blocks and assembling the quilt top.

Operation: Warm & Fuzzy (Helmet Liners)
If you would like to be reminded what this is all about, click here.  Our campaign started on Memorial Day and will run through Veteran’s Day.  I have completed two liners so far, the third is on the needles.
UFOs - (this is where I really get embarrassed)

Willow Weave (From Doreen’s Sew-Along last year)
I just can’t seem to get those rows sewn together…it is taking me FOREVER! All my fault…this was a great sew-along.

          My DD’s quilt binding
The quilt, shams and throw pillows are all complete.  I used a different method for attaching the binding and I HATE strongly dislike it.  So…the binding is coming off to be re-attached correctly.
Summer table runner
Quilt top complete, needs to be trimmed, quilted, bound and labeled (Do you label small quilts like table runners / toppers?)

          Small Halloween Quilt (Jack)
Needs to have its binding re-attached…this should have been a lesson.

          2009 (ugh) LQS Saturday Sampler
                   Blocks are complete.

Four seasonal hand stitcheries to be framed or made into a pillow
                   One piece has been stitched.

          Birdie Stitches Quilt
This was a BOM from Little Miss Shabby.  Some blocks have been hand-embroidered…most have not.

          Thimbleberries 3’s Company Sampler (again, from 2009)
LQS turned this into a block of the month…six months complete.

          Sewing machine cover
Since I no longer own the sewing machine, I would like to finish this for the new owner.

          Halloween Baltimore Quilt
                   Block #1 out of 13 complete.

Day Two: Make a “To Do” List of projects you want to make

This is by no means a list of everything I want to make but a list of projects that I actually have what I need to get started.

Two more Travels with Lou / Lilly totes from Stephanie’s book Uncommonly Corduroy

          Dish towel / pot holder to hang from my stove handle
Kaaren’s Bells & Bows
Wool July 4th candle mat
Small quilt – Sailboat
Knit two scarves for my Mom
Wool Halloween candle mat
Small quilt – Pumpkin
Wool Thanksgiving candle mat
Small quilt – Reindeer
Wool Christmas candle mat
Knit a drop-stitch beaded scarf for myself
Free-standing lace village – Church
Free-standing lace village – Town Hall
Watercolor heart quilt

That’s it for the first two days. 

I will also be back to show off share a couple of items I recently received in the mail J


Darlene said...

You'll have that 'mess' under control in no time. That's a fabulous list of projects. I'll be checking in on you. :-)

Vicky Hunt said...

Glad to know I'm not the only one who has a long list of unfinished projects! Hope your week is going great!

Blessings, Vicky

Anne said...

Crumbs, Jeanna! That's a lot on your to-do list! I do sometimes write a list of things I want to make but, more often than not, I don't because they're always so long that they scare me! :oD

moosecraft said...

Bravo! You're well on your way to being able to quilt even more! :-) I don't really have a designated sewing area... so I'm just following along with Sherri's tips... sounds like she has a smart strategy! :-)

Abby and Stephanie said...

That is the neatest mess I've seen! Quite a formidable "to do" list. The only "to do" list I make now is things than are immediate -- nothing long term, otherwise the list is overwhelming. I, personally, am looking forward to more Travels with Lou/Lily bags. Happy Sewing and best of luck with your lists.

Aunt 'Reen said...

So much fun to see your sewing space! Mine looks like that at times too.
You've got quite a list there, I look forward to seeing some of your beautiful projects!

Linda Walker said...

This made me laugh--yeah I am not alone! I have some unfinished projects myself but am not actually brave enough to taken an inventory of them! I will look forward to seeing your projects completed!

Candace said...

I think your sewing room look pretty darn neat and tidy to me, Jeanna! I must say your list, however, is making me dizzy ;>)! You deserve a medal if you get it all done!

Carrie P. said...

Taking the photos will help you see things differently. It is like taking a photo of your quilt. Sometimes you don't see things as it hangs on the design wall or lays on the floor.
You are good making those lists. I can't bring myself to do that. I will just stick with my piles and go through them every once in a while. LOL

Carla said...

Thanks for sharing this plan and Sherri's blog.
I've got to try this and see what happens.