Now where did I put that fabric?

After finally completing the last of my blocks for the 2012 Designer Mystery Block of the Month last week, I was on a roll and felt inspired to actually put them all together and finish the entire quilt top. Which led to a teeny tiny problem – where on earth was the finishing kit I had ordered? It had been shipped with Block 1 in June last year, and after cooing over the fabric, I duly put it somewhere safe until all the blocks were done and I was ready to get finishing. Somewhere very safe, evidently. I looked everywhere safe I could think of, but it was nowhere to be found…

Now, procrastination being my middle name, the temptation to go and have a nice cup of tea, forget the blasted finishing kit, and start a new project instead was overwhelming. But my 12 squared up blocks all looked so pretty…

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… that I decided to take the bull by the horns and scour my sewing room for the missing fabric. Which wasn’t the easiest of tasks.  There were stacks of fabric everywhere (courtesy of a shopping expedition or two in England the other week, and some judicious internet shopping shipped to friends that RR picked up when he was in New York at the start of June…), patterns in piles on my desk, a scraps bin bursting at the seams (and an overflow scraps bag to boot), different projects in various stages of completion cluttering up my cutting table – well, suffice to say, it was time for a much-needed yet frequently-postponed full-scale tidy-up.

Actually, I’m always surprised to realise that sewing room tidy-ups are never as bad as I think they’re going to be. Once I’ve embraced my inner de-clutterer, and gone into a clearing up and cleaning frenzy, they can sometimes even be pleasurable. And so it was this time round. I went through my piles of fabric that needed putting away, sorted out a brand new home for all my dressmaking fabric, found 3 projects I’d forgotten all about, and started to mull over what I’m going to use various fabrics in my stash for. All my threads have been put away into the thread rack in my sewing machine cabinet, drawers in my cutting table have been designated for pre-cuts (now beautifully stacked, rather than thrown in any-old-how), space in the bookcase has been liberated for my latest purchases, and my fabric cupboard is now tidy once more.

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And to top it all, I even found the finishing kit! (in the drawer, top right…)

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I love the smug, deeply domesticated feeling I get when everything is neatly folded and put away, and calm and tidiness reigns 🙂  The only problem now is that I’ve run out of places to put stuff. What I really need is more room. I’m already using every spare square inch of space available in my sewing room. I find myself looking jealously at the huge possibilities of annexing the spare bedroom too. Now, I wonder how on earth I can convince RR that we don’t really need a guest room after all…

3 responses

  1. Ummm, me thinks you need to get to work, Missus! Get some tops done.. 🙂

    1. Well, I’m making some flying geese for the sashing – mmm, triangles, my favourite (NOT!!!) – watch this space 🙂

  2. […] As RR so eloquently puts it, I’ve been in a bit of a quilting frenzy of late! After finally finding the finishing kit for my Block of the Month quilt (in a padlocked box at the bottom of a dark drawer marked […]

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