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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Pushing through Chaos

     Although I always try to be organized, have set places, and put things away, the sheer amount of projects and all the attended steps make me feel like I am walking in hardening concrete. When I did my goals at the beginning of the year, I decide to cut out the yarn. I am going to concentrate on quilts and watercolor painting.
     I used to make funky scarves and necklaces with yarn and beads. I gave all the beads away to a friend who makes jewelry. I pulled all the yarn out of my cupboards and sorted them by types and put them on the counter in my room. I asked my daughter in law and a fiber artist friend to help themselves to what they liked. All I was left with was 4 baskets that I need to find homes for. I feel lighter after that even though it took all day.

All set out in the daylight

What is left, now it is dark. Gotta find someone for those last bins.
      When I was done with the yarn chaos, I turned my attention to finding/piecing backings for all my waiting quilt tops. I had to pull out all kinds of fabric and puzzle the choices and how to piece them together. Halfway through, I went and ordered some backing on sale at Connecting Threads so I did not have to piece everything. Here is some of last quilts searching for backing. More chaos. I need to get it all picked up so I can roll out batting and get it all cut for all the quilts I made the backings for. More walking in concrete.

8 comments:

Debbie said...

Right now you feel bogged and weighted down.....but guess what you are taking small steps to clean things up and it frees your spirit too. Good job spreading the yarn around....maybe the rest can go to a knitting guild for donation projects?
Cutting and piecing those backings is a week long job for me. I finished off my bolt of bleached muslin at 90'' wide and need to buy another. Until then I have to do the jig saw puzzle piecing to have backs. But consider it all progress...right?

Mary said...

Great start. We all need to do this from time to time.

Quiltdivajulie said...

But just look at all the progress you HAVE made!

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

I agree with "Quiltdivajulie" - look at all of the progress you HAVE made! Many years ago when some friends helped me baste a king-size Hawaiian quilt (which I never finished - long story) - I counted all of the "flowers" that I would have to hand-applique - and was overwhelmed. My Hawaiian friends said that I shouldn't count the ones that needed to be sewn - but that I should count the ones that I had finished. Good advice - thought I would pass it on - ;))

Mystic Quilter said...

I think it's so good to have a good tidy and take stock of your goodies! Very therapeutic when you find you have items no longer needed or wanted and can hand them on!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I REALLY need to clean my sewing room, but, first I have a project that has to be made before the first of the month. What a mess it is, since I just kept dumping stuff, as I tried to finish projects at the end of the year.

The Joyful Quilter said...

No concrete... Just part of the process. Perhaps, if you focused on one quilt at a time, choosing the backings wouldn't be so overwhelming. Of course, buying some of the backing must have taken some of the pressure off. Good luck with the quilting!!

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

Making the backings just isn't the fun part. I think you have made a lot of progress just getting rid of the yarn. We have a freecycle online group and I watch for requests from other people. I got rid of my yarn and an excess of needles and hooks to someone just starting to learn knitting and crochet.

Now you just have to concentrate on cutting battings and then work on one quilt at a time. Just having the backs and batting cut will be a big load off your mind.