Sunday, January 20, 2019

Sunk money and breaking free

     Since Jan. 1st, I continue to reflect how to break out of my usual way of working and move ahead in quilting. I spent a few weeks totally reorganizing my fabric in a sane, easy to use format. Except for scraps, I finished the job. I think it will be easier for me to find, select, and put away fabric instead of the difficulty lifting boxes all the time and cramming stuff in.
     I evaluated projects that are unfinished. It does not bother me that I have unfinished ones, but it does beg why some are not done over a long period of time. I found that some have stalled because: I don't know how to resolve the problem that came up, some I hate the process and monotony, and some I forgot about. The hate projects are both Judy Niemeyer paper piecing- one is Sea Urchin, and one Harvest Dawn. Someone I know started me on Sea Urchin. I still love the fabric, but the process is torture for me. I bought Harvest Dawn because it is easier and I thought completing it would make sewing Sea Urchin more attractive. Stupidity. 
    As I was sitting with my head in my hands, my husband came into the studio and saw me. When I told him why, he said the projects were already purchased and to consider it sunk money and get rid of them. I started with Harvest Dawn. I took all the fabric out of the numbered bags and tossed all the cut pieces from the #3 pattern pack. Then I pulled all the fabric together and sorted what was useable. I had off white pieces, WOF batiks and 2 1/2 x 6 1/2" batiks. Two Charm Element kits, #4 and #5 unused. I stored the off whites, paired all the WOF strips and added 18 more to make a 2 x 4 quilt kit, and found a scrap pattern from Sarah that I can use for the short strips with modifications. 
Only finished blocks
Off Whites reclaimed
Paired WOF batik strips plus 18 more
Short strips, 2 1/2" x 6 1/2"
The discards
     If anyone wants the Harvest Dawn pattern or the two unused Charm Element Packs 4 & 5, I will send them to you or I am trashing them.

    I felt a load lift. On Monday night, I have a big presentation to my guild on using/demo different kinds of rulers, and after that I will tackle/pull apart Sea Urchin. If anyone wants the pattern and fabric, I will give/send it them or else I will see what I can selvage. I don't remember how far I got and where I was which is the problem for me with her patterns. Love the look of them, can't do them. 
     Next, I need to solve the problem projects.


Quilting Babcia said...

I've never been able to wrap my head around paper piecing, but our quilt ministry group could make good use of any fabrics you plan to purge. Thanks for offering them.

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

Linda, I would like charm elements pack #5 if you don't get any other takers. I am going to do some paper piecing for table runners and that looks like a good one for that.

Laura McGrath said...

I cut out all the strips and rectangles for the Sea Urchin pattern over a year ago and they've been sitting in a box waiting for me since then. I wish I could just get rid of it like you are doing instead of always feeling that nagging guilt whenever I look at it said...

Yep, life is too short for those patterns. I only have a table topper (Bali Wedding Star) and can't bring myself to get it out either. I think my biggest difficulty with those patterns is the fabric waste... SO MUCH!!! I may just have to say done too!

Debbie said...

Good job! Save the fabrics to use and live to fight another day! Her kits are very generous with fabric. Those short strips could turn into a good rail fence I am just very glad you made a positive step forward to save your sanity.
The four finished blocks can become mug rugs....or not!

sherry said...

brave woman ... it is always good to figure out why we stall when working on a project ... that gives us good info for moving forward with new projects ... it takes courage to admit we make a mistake and to toss it over our shoulders and not look back .... BRAVO

Mystic Quilter said...

It's such a good feeling when the decision is made with regard to stuff we no longer need or want.
Understanding husband to suggest you count it as 'sunk money', makes me somewhat easier about decisions I need to make!

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Good for you!! When it comes to projects - we only have so much time - and so much energy - use it to do what you WANT to do - it's supposed to be FUN - ;))

Vicki W said...

Good for you! I know you are much happier now!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

That Sea Urchin looks great. Yes, difficult, I'm sure. If you don't want to do them anymore, then DON'T. I have some things I need to get rid of, I just haven't had the time to pull them out.