Monday, January 7, 2019

New Year's Resolutions........Or Not? Reclaiming My Studio Part 1

If you're anything like me, you're ready to hit the ground running now that it's a brand new year. 

Here is a wonderful quote by Brad Paisley that really resonated with me -- 

"Tomorrow is the first page of a 365 page book.  Write a good one." 

 I've been looking forward to 2019 for a little while now.  2017 and 2018 were definitely NOT my years so I have great hopes for 2019.

Before New Year's I made a decision not to make New Year's Resolutions.  Most years I do write a few resolutions.  Usually they are the typical ones -- eat healthier, lose some weight, etc. -- which of course, like most everyone else,  I've abandoned by February or March.  So what do I do with the rest of the year?  Continue my bad habits, that's what!

So I decided that 2019 was going to be a different year -- a better year.  This year instead of resolutions, I am making GOALS, more like a bucket list, I guess you could say.

In my opinion you either have success or failure with a resolution where you can spend all year working towards a goal.  I like the way that sounds, don't you?  Life is a work in progress anyway.

One of my BIG goals is to clean, organize, and purge my sewing space. ARGH!  I know what you are thinking, but YES I CAN DO THIS!  You can too if that's one of your goals.


Yes, I panicked.  I looked -- really looked -- at my studio and suddenly had no idea what to do or where to start.  Yeah, I admit, my sewing studio is a pretty scary place and looks like a quilt shop threw up in there.  GULP!

 So what did I do?  I started small.  I had 2 tote bags filled with goodies from Quilt Markets I attended in 2016 and 2018.  Most of it was assorted precuts mixed up with a few other things.

There's a lot of really fun stuff in those bags, but I can't enjoy them shoved haphazardly into tote bags.

So, I took everything OUT.  I sorted them by precut type.  I decided that I would put my charm packs and mini charms in my precut drawer since I seem to use these more frequently and the fat quarter bundles, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, etc. I layered in a storage crate for right now.  Hopefully, as I purge stuff that I don't need or want anymore, I will find a better solution for ALL of my precuts.  But for now, this is a good start.

 STEP 2  Find a good organizing book

Yesterday, I scoured Amazon and found what looked like a great organizing book.  It's called Real Life Organizing:  Clean and Clutter-Free in 15 Minutes a Day

I thought -- WOW -- in 15 minutes a day I can turn into Martha Stewart.  I downloaded the ebook and started reading right away.  THIS BOOK MAKES ME GIGGLE!  Cass Aarrsen is a real hoot.  I immediately identified with her on several levels.  I really think this is an organizing book that I can work with.  BTW, I am a BEE (to find out what this means, get yourself a copy and read it).

STEP 3  Come up with a Personal Reward

Now that I'm all hyped to roll up my sleeves and dive in (Yes, I realize that things will get worse before they get better), I decided that what I really needed to stay motivated with this project (which may possibly take the rest of my life) was some kind of reward.

This made a lot of sense to me because I spent years and years bribing young children to clean up, sit down, go outside, come inside, use the bathroom, eat their vegetables, etc. by using a classroom reward system.  Have you ever seen the power of the Treasure Box???

So I need my own Quilter's Treasure Box.  It could be a series of small rewards but I decided that it will be a great big reward -- I'm worth it, don't you think?

Right now my sewing machine table and cutting table are a mash up of pieces of furniture not used by my family.  I adore my cutting table which is the bottom of an antique Hoosier cabinet (no top, sorry).  My machine sewing table is a vintage piece with a side extension that I can put up if needed.  BUT they don't match in style nor do they match in in height which can make machine quilting larger projects more difficult.

My Big Reward is going to be...........................



Stay tuned for more updates about my project!


  1. Good luck. My sewing stuff looks a lot like yours. I did start pulling out buckets of yardage in the basement, and trying to get it organized, but, ran out of time. It's still just sitting there, waiting for me to find time to finish.

  2. I hear you, Cheryl! I'm not sure how it happens, but I think when my back is turned, my fabric stash is multiplying because goodness knows who brought all that fabric into my space -- it's a mystery. LOL!

  3. Lucky girl.Love your stash, mine is small.

  4. My room looks just like yours. I overtook a child's room when they went into the Military. I have fabric in the basement and in two other rooms. Since I plan to retire this year. I need to start now to ""Find"" all the fabric and put them into colored baskets, then start the scrap busting sizes. Weed out the non cotton and garment sewing stuff and donate it. Then maybe I can """find"" my mojo for sewing.