30 November 2014

Sunday Stash and a Sewing Room Clean Up

A candid post about my sewing space.  And a fabric obsession confession.

BEFORE:  This is how my sewing room looked last week.

I prefer a clutter free work area.  Being between projects, I just knew....   Things needed to change.

After spending the entire day sorting through old fabric, washing plastic totes, cleaning shelving and reorganizing, I posted a picture on instagram, showing a small portion of the shelf now being empty.

Oh, that susanc269.... She cracks me up!

Sharing on instagram has opened up a whole new world of interaction with other fabric hoarders and quilt lovers.

If you are on instagram,I'd love to see you there!  Follow me here.

Of course I knew more fabric was coming shortly.  There was an order expected to arrive on Monday.

So on Saturday I also went shopping for some new storage bins.

It did hurt to spend money on bins instead of even more fabric, but it was so worth it!

Fresh from Fabric Spot, this bevy of beautiful new fabric was hand delivered on Monday by our friendly neighbourhood Canada Post rural route delivery lady.  I thanked her with an early Christmas gift when I handed her this Christmas table runner in exchange.

Left to right, Back row:  From the Just My Type collection, Letterpress and Keys in Grey.  Front rowFox and The Houndstooth and Geek Chic Sudoku in White.

Left to right, Back row:  From the Mixed Bag collection - Circles in Orange, Dots in Sprout, and Hexagons in Sprout.  FrontLand That Never Was Fairy Tales in White.

Left to rightHello Sunshine Plaid in Green, Havana Little Birds in Blue, ColorFULL Text in Aqua and Text in Grey.

Left to right, Back row to Front row:  From the Lotus Pond collection - Lotus Drop in Turquoise, Meadow Blossoms in White and in Blue, and Snail Trail in Multi.

Left to right, Top to Bottom:   Wildwood Forest, Mixed Bag Origami in Sprout, Mon Amie Words in White, Let's Go Critters in White, Simply Sweet Alphabet in White and Mixed Bag Vine in Sky.


Left to right, Top to Bottom:   Mixed Bag Leaves in Grass, Blythe Leaves in Park, Chirp Chirp Leaves in Leaf, Notting Hill Primrose in Aquamarine, Mixed Bag Hexagons in Grass and Letterpress in Teal.

Left to right:   Riley Blake Medium Gingham and Small Chevron, Sunnyside Text, and Arcadia Flutterflies - all in Aqua.

Left Top to Bottom:   From the Bluebird Park collection:  Woven Floral in Fountain, Hedgehogs in Tangerine, Woven Floral in Grass, and on the right is Lamp Post in Stone.

Left to right, Top to Bottom:   Riley Blake Medium Gingham in Grey, Best Day Ever Graph Paper in Saffron, Fruit Stand Vines in White, and Riley Blake Medium Chevron in Grey,.

Left Top to Bottom:   From the Norwegian Woods collection:  Acornucopia, Hedgehoglets in Teal, and on the right is Two Nuts For Dinner in Multi.

Looking at these new purchases...

You might just say I went {hedge} HOG wild.

Or maybe you could say I went a little NUTS.

Either way.... I won't disagree.  But I am not one little bit sorry either!
Time to dig in and make something new!

AFTER:  This is how my sewing room looks.... For now!!!

Look out!  I think I see some room left in a few of those bins!

Keep On Quilting On!


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Anne said...

Your before picture looks more organized than my typical after pictures. ;) Thank you for saving us from the fabric vortex!!

Vicki said...

You have one lucky mail carrier! All your new fabrics are so amazing. That is a LOT of fabric at one time.

SewPsyched! said...

hahaha! I chuckled my way through your post because I, too, have ordered all of those fabrics, with the exception of the Norwegian Woods (which I clearly need!!!). fabric hoarder, not me!! Lol! X!

SewPsyched! said...

ps, thank you for saving us from the vortex. Way to take one for the team! ;0

Kate said...

Lucky mail carrier and beautiful fabrics - I look forward to seeing what you create with these. ^^

Vickie said...

That was such a nice thing to do for the mail carrier ! I bet she was delightfully surprised. and OOOOOOOOOo Lorna, what a fabulous goodie box she brought you ! Now she knows what she's always delivering to you !

Anonymous said...

Hi Lorna! Great job with your sewing room! Oh, you have done Super shopping! I love all your NEW Fabrics. Fortunately I just ordered something - other wise I would be a little bit green here. x Teje

Brenda said...

I wish my sewing area looked like this. I've got half a dozen projects all stacked together, a young cat [new to my home after I rescued her], who wiped out my four thread spool flats onto the floor and a bunch of bits and pieces scattered around my chair. I NEED to get it pulled together as nothing takes away the thrill of sewing than having to push stuff aside to do it!

Kaja said...

You are so tidy! Mind you, if it makes more room for fabric...love your big new pile of stash :-)

Daytona Damsel said...

I agree with Anne, your before is more organized than my after. You have some nice fabric there. Can't wait to see what you create with it. Debbie

suemac said...

Yummy. Looks very organized. I was organized a few months ago before I started buying fabric again. Guess I need to step up and put things away.

Laura said...

Such a lovely new collection. Do you have tricks when you order online to determine if different "lines" of fabric go together "colour wise"? I find that it's very difficult to tell colours. Just curious. Or do you order, and if you don't like the way the pieces go together, you change the project or swap something out and exchange from your collection ?

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

I love a good sewing room tidy. I just got a new sewing machine and I am excited for my husband to wake up so we can play at re-arranging my room today. It's going to be so much fun!

Vicki in MN said...

Nice work Lorna! You will just have to sew faster, use up more and then buy more, haha. I am working at cleaning my room little by little too!

Lara B. said...

You both are so very funny Lorna! I was following you on Instagram already - and am following susanc269 now too, thanks to you! Your rural delivery mail carrier must love you - what a wonderful gift!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

All spic and span....:) Time to mess it up again. I can hardly get in my sewing room.

Susan C. said...

Thank you for the mention Lorna, it's great to have a bit of fun with it all. I also thank you for balancing out the fabric ozone layer that protects us all. I too will be SQUIRRELing away some fabric for the future .
A CORNucopia of delights. That's all I got folks.......till we chat again.

Patch the Giraffe said...

I love all those new additions! Sometimes its good to go wild/nuts/amazingly insane :)

Jasmine said...

I loved the peek into your space. I also like a clutter free room (house). Going nuts is much cuter than going batty. ;)

allthingzsewn said...

The first picture looked pretty good next to mine. I'm sewing in the dining room because my sewing table is so full You can't be sure there is as table. Your clean and well managed room puts me to shame. BUT, I'm officially retiring December the 23 of 2014. So maybe by Feb. My room will look as good as yours. I have this idea of not buying anymore fabric untill I use at least 3/4 of what I have. You Think?

Rachel said...

Thanks for sharing all your new purchases. They're very pretty. I have heard of the fabled beast known as a clean sewing desk. I've never caught sight of one in my own house, but yours looks lovely! ;)

Cheryl said...

Wonderful fabric additions and I do still see some room for more :) I just bought some bookcases to help organize my sewing room so I feel your pain on paying money for fabric storage and organization.

Vera said...

Yay, great fabric addition. Have fun!

Kathy@KayakQuilting said...

Love it! I love all these bins! Being organized is comforting for sure but making sure you have room for MORE fabric is even more important!!!

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