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Sewing and organizing


I'm still working on the projects of sorting and organizing my fabric and craft stash. I have lots of fabric scraps from several decades of making clothes for myself and my two daughters. It's been fun sorting through and remembering all the original creations that were fashioned from the fabrics. All the fabrics are being pressed and the larger pieces of fabric are being wrapped around comic book boards. There are a number of blogs out in cyber space chatting about this method of organization, but I was greatly inspired by this one. I was a little amused when I entered the comic book store and asked for the boards the man at the counter asked if I was going to use them for wrapping fabric. He said he has had quite a few women come in asking for them in recent months.

This is what the wrapped fabric boards look like:

The smaller scraps are being cut into strips and blocks following Bonnie Hunter's tips for organizing found here on her website. She has lots of good tips for organizing and utilizing scraps. I try to press a few scraps each day and then cut them into strips throughout the day as I have free time. Slowly but surely I'm working through the stash.

Several years ago I purchased a knit top that was from a Coldwater Creek store at a thrift store. I really like the style and the way it fits so I decided to trace it and make a pattern from it. I was inspired by this blog post to give it a try. My shirt was pretty easy since it had few details to copy.

As always I am grateful for my faithful assistant, Adelaide who is such a help with all my sewing and crafting projects:

Becka


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Winter activities


picture of Iced Chickadee

As many of you know, we had some snow and ice this past weekend. Rob and I stayed busy around the house working on a variety of little projects. One thing I have been doing this past month was trying to get a little more organized.

Many bloggers spent the month of January trying to feed their families from the pantry and freezer. I decided to join the crowd and at least try to organize and use up some of my freezer food. I removed all the food from the freezers (I have two refrigerators with freezers on the top), cleaned the freezers, got rid of a few items, and then tried to put things back in a better organized fashion. I used an idea I had gleaned from Brenda about storing like items individually bagged and then put into a larger bag in the freezer. I now have bags of nuts, cooked chicken, cooked ground beef, etc. I also made an excel chart to help track what I have in the freezers. I keep a tablet on the refrigerator and mark down what goes in and what comes out.

picture of Freezer 1

picture of Freezer 2

Another area that I have been working on organizing is my fabric stash. I got a lot of ideas from the Quiltville website. I have been working on cutting my scraps into strips and ironing and folding larger pieces of fabric so I can more easily see what is on hand. This is something I hope to continue working on as time permits.

picture of Folded Fabric

After reading Deb's post about starting in on an on-line quilt-along I found some fat quarters that I thought would work for this project and have been making a few blocks. I recently bought a free-motion quilting foot and hope to practice on this little project.

picture of Square Quilt

Have any of you been cleaning and organizing any corners of your home this winter?

Becka


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