McCall's Quilting - March/April 2018 - 88
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What is your best spring-cleaning tip for your sewing room?
My husband asked me several months ago, "What are you doing differently now that you didn't
do before starting work with the Quilting Company?" I had two answers: 1) I use our Yardage
Calculation spreadsheet to ﬁgure out yardage and fabric cuts, and 2) I sort my fabric according to
prints, solids and tone-on-tones, by color. My latest clean-up was separating my stash into these
categories and placing the organized bundles into plastic tubs. I also separated the seasonal and
theme fabrics into individual tubs. I'm very impressed with how it helps me ﬁnd the fabrics I'm
looking for much more quickly.
Organize your projects. I always have multiple quilts and other sewing projects
in progress simultaneously and I tend to struggle with focus after a while. I like
to take a day or two break from sewing and reorganize everything I have in
progress. This allows me to go through everything I'm working on, see where
I'm at and make a plan for moving forward in a productive way. Plus I'm a
organization-freak so I always work better when my space is clutter free!
I should be the one collecting advice for this question, rather than dispensing it, as my sewing
room is getting pretty chaotic these days! One thing that might help me clear up mental and
physical space is ﬁnishing all my unﬁnished projects, rather than starting new ones. Another thing
that helps me stay organized is to regularly cull my scrap pile. I throw all my scraps in a box next to
my cutting area, and every now and then I go through and get rid of pieces I probably won't use.
The remaining scraps are usually perfect for making small, fast projects like mug rugs, mini quilts,
small cases and the like. Even though I know I shouldn't be starting something new, I tell myself
that starting easy, fun projects is important for helping me stay organized. My pile of unﬁnished
quilts just laughs ruefully.
Mary Kate Karr-Petras
I start my sewing room spring cleaning in late winter. My fabric and supplies
share a closet in our guest room with a variety of other items including our
fully assembled artiﬁcial Christmas tree. Because we tend to keep our tree
up a long time-my husband claims the Christmas season lasts until the AFC
Championship game in late January-I take advantage of the extra space in the
closet during and after the new year to sort and rearrange things. Doing so lets
me get reacquainted with what I have and think about what I might want to do
with it in the coming months.
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