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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Spring Cleaning

I have wanted to do this for quite some time now but never made the time to do it...

Back when I still lived in Miami, our quilt store did a monthly mystery quilt. There was always three color ways to choose from and the kit fee included the directions and class. The class was based on a passport of sorts and there were prizes, food and games. We spent a year on international countries and in the second year we were doing US States. I enjoyed the classes and the quilts were pretty simple so when I moved back to NY I made arrangements to have the kits and directions sent to me up here. I eventually stopped purchasing the kits and I don't think a single one has been touched since their arrival nor have some of the UFOs been finished. They just weren't as much fun without my classmates :(

After reading an organizational series at http://fabrictherapy.blogspot.com/ I finally *MADE* myself spend 10 minutes before EMT class last night to go thru a box where some kits were stored.

This stack shows the 5 kits that I decided to dismantle. I have actually thrown out the directions, not because I didn't like those quilts but they just aren't high on my bucket list and I already have too many quilts I want to make.

People, I discovered that each kit has at least 3 yards of fabric. That's a lot of "new" fabric!

The batik bundle on the top was a starter kit for one of my fav authors who worked at our store. The pattern does nothing for me anymore so I thought about using another pattern in my stash but again, I have UFOs to finish and the batiks will probably just be separated into my batik FQ box (even tho these are 1/3 cuts).

I have already started using the "new" fabrics!! Erin said that I needed more yellow in my hexie quilt so I cut a hexie "kit" with the yellow and black fabrics in the bottom kit. (Only 3 more full diamonds to do after I finish the already cut "kits") One of the peach kits has been cut to make a Kindle case for the bazaar this weekend. There is still a lot of fabric left to add to the stash but I'm happy to actually be using it, even if just one little piece at a time...

Of course...you know what new fabrics means? More selvages! I also received a bundle of selvages at this week's guild meeting too :) Val thinks I am going to be overwhelmed with selvages but I just don't think it's possible and that's even with knowing that Julie has a growing pile for me :)

How many kits can you purge from your boxes into usable stash this week??


I’ve decided to take a short blogging break next week. I am already behind with chores to get ready for the bazaar on Saturday and leaving for a work related conference on Sunday. I just can’t imagine having time to schedule some posts and get the laundry done and the house clean for the kitty sitter (aka kitty grandma!). I know you’ll have fun without me and I’ll check back in soon…


Me and My Stitches said...

Adding that kit fabric to your stash is just like Christmas! They all look like good ones. Yes...your pile of selvages is definitely growing - be careful what you wish for! Have a great week off!

Janet O. said...

I think that was a smart move to disseminate your kit fabrics, Sarah. I've never bought a kit, but sometimes I make my own. I gather fabrics for a particular pattern and put them together in a storage container for "someday". I have had to take them apart to use elsewhere and I find it is never something I regret.
I am still saving selvages for you, too. You may feel like the Sorcerer's Apprentice, drowning in selvages, if you don't put a stop to it. : )
Have a good week. I hope the Bazaar is a big success!

Michelle said...

Have a great blogging holiday!!

quilt32 said...

Good job on your spring cleaning. I'll look forward to hearing from you in a week or so.

Denise :) said...

Buggers, I'll just be getting back online, and you'll be gone?!? Boo! LOL! Enjoy your week and be productive! Hey ... did you do the EQ file for your quilt?!? I've been looking for it! :)