Are you a “clutter” quilter or a “neatness” quilter? Just look around your sewing area and you’ll know. Are you surrounded with stacks of fabric and tables filled with works in progress, or do you have a place for everything and only one project out at a time?
I’m a neatness quilter and I can only function for a short time in a messy space. When we’re working on new patterns my studio always becomes a disaster. I’m forced to become the clutter quilter, and I’m not fit to live with. I start thinking about throwing things out, rearranging furniture, giving things away and other drastic measures.
Last week my studio was such a mess my husband finally came to the rescue. The minute he heard me talking about rearranging furniture he jumped in to help. I’m sure he was picturing days of work. He’s the one who moves everything around and then after a few days of “trying it out” I inevitably ask him to move everything back.
It was his idea to condense my wool collection from 3 large baskets down to one. We took the vintage container I purchased from Dreamy Whites and filled it with all my wool. I love the way it looks and now my wool is in one place.
We continued working around the studio, putting things away, finding homes for the new fabrics, and generally cleaning up. By the time we finished it felt so great! The Bella’s were arranged by color and number so they’re easy for me to find.
The cutting table was cleared and I could actually breathe again! It was instantly satisfying and I no longer felt the need to rearrange. So who’s the smart one? I think it’s my husband, because by spending a little time helping me get organized he saved himself days of moving furniture around. I can get back to pattern writing and maybe even finish reading my new Louise Penny book, “The Long Way Home”. (I read on Louise Penny’s Facebook page that the book has already gone into a second printing and I was beyond happy to read that she’s back at home after the book tour, writing again!)
FYI, I’ve put a new link on my sidebar to “Instagram“. I had some Instagram lessons a few week ago and I’ll be posting more pictures here. If you haven’t tried it, sign up. It’s really fun!