It’s been an odd few weeks. Several of my friends are busy cleaning out their sewing rooms and reinvigorating their workspaces. And almost every one of my sewing friends has said they are planning on using up their fabric stash instead of buying more. I’m surrounded by people who are making great headway on their cleaning and changing their quilting spaces.
This has lead to some interesting discussions. Exactly what should we do with the UFOs that fill our sewing rooms? What about the fabric that no longer appeals to us? Or maybe the boxes of rubber stamps cluttering up our office from our scrapbooking days, when we know in our hearts that they will never be used? Oh … and then there’s a pile of block of the month squares that never got made into sampler quilts.
I am guilty of all of the above “sins.” My own fabric tastes have evolved from novelty fabric to solids and tone-on-tones, yet I have plastic bins full of neatly-labeled novelty fabric filling my office. I have two wooden cabinets of rubber stamps. And, not only do I have my own UFO’s, but I also have a bunch of quilt tops that I purchased on eBay for longarm practice, but never got around to using.
It’s a little late for a new year’s resolution, but my goal this year is to purge what I’m not using. I plan to use a combination of selling on eBay, donating to local guilds, and donating to organizations that need craft supplies. I will feel good about myself. And I will have space to breathe and create.
Many of you know that I homeschooled my kids. A popular topic among homeschool moms was the fact that kids started a project but never finished it. Then a wise mother told me that “maybe your child’s gotten everything they need out of that project.” I realized that learning can happen without finishing something. And that some projects really don’t need to be finished.
Our local guild is using orphan blocks as a fundraiser, so I will be making a donation to them. I will also likely finish off my eBay-purchased quilt tops for charity. And I will try to go through my office (including a large stash of magazines) and see if they need to be kept, or if they’ve already served their purpose.
I will keep you posted. I’m not sure that I will ever have a truly neat and organized sewing room, but I know that I can make big improvements.