Sunday, July 25, 2010

Stash Report - 25 July

I used fabric this week, and didn't buy any, so I've got net out this week.  I cut from the two jelly rolls I've gotten in the last several weeks for a quilt out of the Scrap Basket Surprises book - I'm making the one called "Mocha Swirls" - I think it's going to be pretty!

So far, I finished cutting, and have made all of the split pieces, and am putting blocks together.  I've got about 1/3 of the blocks put together so far.

So, for my report:

Used this week:  3.5 yds
Added this week:  0 yds

Used YTD:  20.93 yds
Added YTD:  58.51 yds

Net for 2010:  37.57 yds added.

Head over to Judy's blog to see how everyone else is doing.

Friday, July 16, 2010

A universal truth of organizing

It's always the same.  Whenever I start organizing somewhere - it always gets a lot worse before it gets better.

I spent all day Sunday working in my sewing room.  I didn't sew a stitch.  I pressed and folded fabric and put it away.  I worked on various pieces of yardage that were stacked under the cutting table.  I pressed and folded a ton of fat quarters.   And scraps.  I cleared out one scrap box, but the other one under the longarm is still quite full.  I pressed and folded, and pressed and folded.  I ran out of drawers for the yardage and ended up with a stack on the cutting table.  I cleared off the front of the cutting table all the way across and pressed and folded all the miscellaneous leftover pieces that were there.

Today I took the afternoon off from work.  After a going-away lunch for a coworker, I came home and started thinking about what to do with my afternoon.  I even stopped at the quilt shop and didn't buy anything.  They have Horn sewing cabinets on sale - but their original price was almost $1000, so even on sale, I have other things I'd rather spend that kind of money on.

I went upstairs planning to start cutting fabrics for the Planet Patchwork mystery quilt that's running this Sunday, but that stack of folded yardage was still sitting on the cutting table.
So I decided I needed to go get some more stackable drawers to put it in.  One trip to Walmart later, I had four sets of plastic drawers - two for folded yardage, one wider set for tops ready to quilt, and one for scrapbooking paper.  I had to take my box of fabric scraps out from under the longarm to make room for the drawers for the yardage.  That's now sitting on the ironing board.  But all of the cotton yardage is now in drawers. The wider drawers fit very nicely in the alcove under the window.  There's even room to spare in those after I put all the tops in it out of the sweater box.  But I have to figure out what to do with the box I had there and I need to put that sweater box somewhere.

And I have a stack of flannel yardage sitting on the cutting table now - it needs a home.
Maybe this weekend I'll get some more drawers to replace the miscellaneous plastic boxes at the other end of the longarm and go one box at a time - more ironing and folding coming up for me.  But I really want an organized sewing room!  

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Stash Report - 11 July

It's been a long time since I've done a stash report - or since I've posted at all.

I've been sewing this week, so have used up some fabric, but I did some buying as part of that.
On Monday, I bought 30's fabrics to be able to sash some swap blocks into a baby quilt top.  That got sashing and borders on Monday, then I used the rest of 2 of the fabrics to piece a backing and binding, so those are ready to quilt.
 Yesterday I also worked on my Shakespeare in the Park, and have finished the last few blocks and cut all of the setting triangles, so that was a little more stash used.

So the numbers stand here:
Added this week:  14.03 yds (a jelly roll plus several 30's cuts, and yardage for borders for a king-size quilt)
Added YTD:  58.51 yds

Used this week:  5.09 yds
Used YTD:  17.41 yds

YTD net:  41.10 yds ADDED

Since I haven't made any new tops, the only significant uses are for backs, and I need to do more of those....