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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?


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2 Comments on “Winter activities”

  1. #1 Rhonda
    on Feb 6th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    I got a freezer after Christmas this year, so I am so excited about the well-organized fridge freezer in my kitchen as well as the organized freezer in the garage. Of course, I’m just working on filling the freezer, but I’m hoping to stay organized as I continue “feeding Frank” (we name everything, including the new freezer!). It’s such a pleasure to know what I have! 🙂

  2. #2 Deb
    on Feb 7th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Hi Becka, I SO wish our freezer space looked like yours! Great job on organizing and cleaning it!! We have the regular freezer on the bottom of our fridge and a tall upright freezer, too. They BOTH need cleaning especially the upright. We actually usually clean it in the winter so the frozen items can just go right outside in the snow. Now would be the perfect timing with so much snow outside my windows!

    And I LOVED seeing your simple squares blocks!!! I’m just seeing this post and am so excited that you’re joining in the quilt-along. Didn’t you think the blocks were quite easy (esp Block A)? I’ve finished all 12 of those…and just this afternoon worked on 4 of Block B. I think I have some extra red/yellow fabric that’s more gardening themed that I just might use for another quilt of this pattern. I’ll look forward to seeing your sashing and finished quilt! Your blocks are very nice.

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