Monday, October 3, 2011

How About Some Fabric?!


I've got a fabric giveaway today thanks to the folks at Robert Kaufman and Amanda Murphy, the designer of this great collection, Veranda! I have some of this terrific fabric to play with myself, and I also have two Ten-Squares and two Roll-ups to give away!

I'll keep the comments open until Thursday night and pick 4 winners Friday morning.  The first person will get to choose whether they want a Ten-Square or Roll-up, then the second, third and fourth winners can choose from what is left...sound good?!  As for comments....how about your best organizing advice?  I recently added a lot to my plate and have to get really organized very quickly!

Oh, and I also need to announce winners from Saturday's Schnibbles Parade!  Carrie is sending a copy of her new book, Another Bite of Schnibbles, as well as some of her latest fabric for Henry Glass, Nine Dots, to Dortha from my parade and Kim from Sinta's parade. Bear Paw Quilts and More donated two Flora charm packs, and Simone was the lucky winner of those. Carol (no blog) won a $15 gift certificate from Quilter's Paradise, and Leah won a gift certificate from Quilt Taffy! Thanks so much for all the great input we received on the Schnibbles parades.

And thanks so much for stopping by!


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Nancy said...

Lovely fabrics...thanks for a chance to win some...

Anita said...

Both look beautiful. I would chose the jelly roll, thank you for the chance to win.

deserae said...

You don't want my organizing advice, I need some myself! :)

WoolenSails said...

I love that fabric, beautiful prints, would love a chance to win some. Congratulations the the Schnibbles winners.

Debbie

Tiffany said...

Here is my advice: unorganized chaos is a lot easier to manage and less time consuming to get started!

Honestly I spend too much time planning and organizing and less time doing... so I try to keep organizing at a minimum.

This is some super yummy fabric - thanks for the great giveaway opportunity!

Jackie Russell said...

Beautiful fabrics! Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

Wendy said...

Awesome giveaway! Here is my best organizing advice for storing fabric: Fold it all uniformly. :)

allsewnup said...

Oh my gosh! Yummy fabs. I store all my ribbon, elastic, bindings, buttons, tape anything I can in large plastic peanut butter jars.
Thank you for the chance.

Carolyn

Deb said...

Beautiful fabric - I would love the opportunity to win either one! Thanks

BJ said...

When organizing I am finding that see through drawers or containers really help. I have all my kids fabrics together, the others are organized by color families. My scraps are in ziploc bags, again by color families. My quilt books are also organized by topic (baby quilts, blocks, quiliting, etc.). I also label my drawers and boxes so I know what is where at a glance.

~Laurie~ said...

Hi Sherri! Trying SO hard not to buy fabric so I was happy to see your giveaway - SAVE ME!! LOL!

My best organizing tip is use lots of totes - clear ones so you can see what is inside. AND, definitely label on the outside exactly what is inside. You think you are going to remember what you put in each of these babies - but weeks later - you have no idea!

Have a great day and I'll keep my fingers crossed. BTW, don't sign up for daily emails from StitchSteals. They send these very bad emails showing you their sale items each day. It's a very, very bad thing!! LOL! Today's deal is very, very tempting. It's My Mind's Eye "Lost & Found" Here's the link because I want to share the temptation!! Good luck!
http://stitchsteals.com/default.aspx

Aimee B said...

OOOOOh, what pretty fabric! I like to keep all my notions and tools in vintage glass jars(of all sizes). My boys laugh as I put things away chanting, "like goes with like"... I also keep "types" of fabric together: flannels together, linen together, pre-cuts together (jelly rolls in a lovely basket....)

Diane said...

Love your blog - very inspirational!

Maxwells said...

I had a friend organize my sewing closet for me. I love that she labeled everything in a clear container. So I can see what is in it. And I like to keep one box for the things I am working on right now.

Four dogs and one quilter said...

Yummy fabric, thank you for the giveaway. My tip would be go buy an labeling machine. I received one as a present a few years ago and it has been great. Now I label all my containers. Sooo tired of asking Where is it.

Sherryl said...

Organizing advice? LOL My mother lives with me and we both sew - it's crazy. Best advice is to get rid of what you can! LOL Recently we DONATED about 30 yards of fabric that we had not used for YEARS (hardly made a dent in our stash) and then we created a list of WIPS and posted it on the wall figuring if we had to face that list (and the possibility of being able to cross things off of it) it would motivate us to FINISH things.
We'll see...
sunshdws@yahoo.com

elizabeth said...

What beautiful fabric : ). Thanks for the chance to win.

Diane H said...

Thanks for a chance - beautiful fabric.

Wanda said...

Wow, thanks for this opportunity. My daughter is learning to quilt and I think she would love to have some - so if I win, it will go to her. Thanks again.

Wanda
http://wandas-quilts-crafts.blogspot.com/

Pat said...

I have found that see-through bins and glass jars are the best for my organizing because, for me, "out of sight is - out of mind".

Susan said...

Oh, that fabric is just lovely! I am just getting ready to quilt my second quilt. So I am a beginner compared to most of your readers. I do have a tip for organizing your life and sewing. I keep a planner. You can create one on your computer, but I like the method of writing tasks down. I assign a task for my crafts also. I assign them an estimated completion date and then package all of the required materials in large Ziploc bags and print a tag with the date and information on it. Put the tag in the bag with the materials. Now back to the planner. I have found that when I'm naughty and procrastinate, I have to carry that task over each week and just the fact that I have to write it again and again in my planner makes me guilty and then I go and finish it. Unfortunately, that is often, but at least I procrastinate in an orderly manner! Thank you for the opportunity! Susan

Julierose said...

Super fabric; thanks you for the opportunity--Julierose

ShirleyC said...

Thanks for a chance to win. That's some beautiful fabric for sure!

Andrea said...

Wow I'd love to win some of that yummy fabric. As far as organizing. If it is stuff around the house I try to purge and keep things pretty cleaned out. We have a family of four (soon to be five) in our two bedroom apartment so things can get out of hand quickly. When organizing comes to keeping multiple things going all at the same time (I.e. Grocery shopping, organizing, school activities, sewing, writing, etc.) my best tool is my little notebook where I keep my ongoing to do list. It helps me not forget something and also keeps me on track. I just try to glance at it each night and make a mental idea of what I'd like to accomplish the next day.

mariebeers said...

My skills at putting things away in their proper place is nil. Thanks for the chance to win, I'd like the jelly roll.

Angie said...

My best organization advice is to write out a list of everything that you need to do in order of importance or deadline. I choose a manageable amount from that list at the end of each day and write it on the dry erase board in my sewing room. When I walk in the next morning I don't have to waste time trying to figure out what I need to do. I also organize all of the fabrics and notions for my projects into their own clear bag or container so there's no searching for what I need to get started. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Sunnybec said...

LOL that is so funny asking me about organisation...my hubby would laugh so much at that, I can never find things, I always put them in a safe place... it's that safe even I can't find them!! Thanks for the giveaway

DebrafromMD said...

Ooh! Pretty fabric! i would love to win a Ten Square.

Angie said...

When I am feeling overwhelmed by my "To Do" list, I pick one item and promise myself I will spend at least 15 minutes on that item. Sometimes the 15 minutes leads to a longer session and the item can be scratched off the list. Sometimes 15 minutes is all I can spare, but at least I've made a dent in completing that item. This isn't totally original, I was inspired by "The Fly Lady": http://flylady.net/

And thanks for sharing Veranday - the colors look wonderful!

AstaD said...

OOOh, it's hard on the organising side of things. I suppose one place where I am somewhat organised is little bits department (that's my buttons, sewing machine feet and so on). I have a bunch at home that love Bon Maman jams so I use empty jam jars to keep those. Jars themselves are really pretty so it really works.

Heather D. said...

Love the fabrics! I've never worked with a layer cake or a jelly roll so I would love to have the chance. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

Suburban Stitcher said...

my best organizing advice? well, i'm an obsessive to-do lister.

Татьяна said...

Very nice fabric. Thanks for the chance to win. With love from Russia.

Kelly said...

I am an organizational failure. I don't have anything that really works for me and continually change it. I love the fabric on comic book cards, like here (http://cuttopieces.blogspot.com/2011/02/fabric-folding-tutorial.html) but I just don't have the place to store them like this. Maybe someday!

Aletta said...

Thank you so much for this giveaway!

I organized my fabric, by folding it all the same way/size and putting it in boxes or containers.

A Quilter Awakens said...

Organizing advice? Don't worry about it. At least don't worry about it until you need it, and then don't freak out when you can't find it. Distract yourself with a different project and the missing items will probably show up. It seems to work for me most of the time, but then again my last blog post featured photos of straight jackets. Karmen

jennifer w. said...

Oh, beautiful fabrics! Organizing........I have a 4 month dry erase calendar on the wall in the kitchen to keep track of eveyones schedule/lessons. Also I'm in the process of folding all my fabric to the same size(s) so I can get it out of 8 boxes into one storage cabinet. Hard to use what you can't see!

Bailey said...

trust me, you are way more organized then me! I need all the help I can get in that department.

odd duck said...

I'm all about lists to get organized. Then I can prioritize once it's all out of my head.
kellyeann (at) mac (dot) com

James-Linda said...

PRETTY FABRICS!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

mean sarah jean said...

prioritize! i'm trying to organize my space right now too. i work in sections so it doesn't seem as much. start with what needs the most help or needs to be done quickest. the rest will fall into place. and keep the kids away, if you can. mine try to help in all the wrong way. at least they are helping :)

Anonymous said...

My tip is to jot down everything you need to do that day and mark things off as they are done. At the end of the day I feel that I've accomplished a lot more than I thought I did.

Amy
abf3615@aol.com

Lynn said...

Clean up as you go along. I wish I could follow this advice more than I do, but when I do it sure helps.

eva said...

Veranda is a beautiful fabric! I´d love to win a Jelly Roll. You are such an inspiration and I love to read your blog.

Joe and Julianne said...

My best advice ... that I need to follow .... find a place or a home for everything! Lovely fabric!

Connie said...

Beautiful fabrics! My best advice is to stop after finishing a project and put away the templates, fabrics and scraps before moving on to the next project.

Sarah Marie said...

How about yes!! please and thank you.

Rosemary said...

Sherryl and I (post above) bought a large glass door china cabinet at a thrift store and we can see what fabric we have. Helps BUT it's not big enough ... LOL we have our FQs in see through bins and LARGE bins for WIP .. keeps getting full, though. Living with your quilting daughter and we are both fabric addicts ... is very scary and FUN!

Sinta Renee said...

That Amanda is such a busy girl! What a fun collection... I would love a chance to win:)

Lolawid said...

I haven't gotten that far in organizing yet. I just keep all my calico's in one bin and other fabrics (Fleece, flannels, etc.) in another bin.

Thanks for the giveaway!!

widsfam7 @ digis dot net

Kim said...

Those fabrics look so pretty. Ok, when I get into an organizing mood, I take everything out of that space so I can start with a clean area. I then sort through everything and I have three piles, donate, keep and trash that way I can weed out stuff I haven't used in a long time and get rid of them. After I am done, I then find a place for my keep pile. It's worked very well for me. I go through this craze a couple of times a year. I get rid of alot of things even though I don't buy much, but for some reason things seem to accumulate.

aksherry said...

Beautiful fabric. My best organizing idea. Use a calendar!! If it's not on the calendar in my house it doesn't happen. And I keep a note pad by my bed so if I think of something in the middle of the night, I can write it down so I don't think about it instead of sleeping.

Anita in Florida said...

MAKE A LIST!!!Always works for me.

Kristen said...

My best organizing tip is to keep it organized...I am so much more productive if I am organized than if I am not. Seems my brain gets too cluttered if my life is cluttered...calendars help a lot and so does organized storage space..course I'm lucky, if I need it built, my husband does it for me! :)

Suzan said...

Best organizing strategy I ever had was my household notebook. EVERYTHING is in there..schedules, menus, daily routines and every little thing that pops into my head. Without it I would be totally lost!

Thanks for the opportunity to win some really sweet fabric!

Mary said...

For things do get done, I use lists. Sometimes they're in my head, sometimes on paper, but I use them no matter where I put them. For stuff, I like containers. With labels. I have one for paper punches, one for rubber stamps, one for children's clothing fabric and patterns
, etc. I just wish everything would fit in the same size container and that the containers didn't hang over the front edge of the shelves!

Erica said...

I'm a terrible organizer! But the one thing that has worked for me, is to put 1 project in it's own see through box. That way everything for that project is in one place. I can grab whatever I feel like working on.

loriginsberg said...

My best organizing tip? I would have to say combining using fun containers with function. I keep fabric in vintage suitcases, pyrex bowls, old Coke crates, baskets and so on. I've purchased most of them from yard sales and swap meets. So now my love of being organized is combined with my love of finding vintage treasures!

diane said...

I'm in the process of organizing my fabrics right now. I am using the comic book separator cardboards for wrapping my fabric on mini bolts and organize it like I have a mini fabric store in my home.

Stitched With Prayer said...

I adore Robert Kaufman fabric and these are really beautiful. Thanks so much for a chance to win some. Good luck getting organized quickly.Hugs...

Linda said...

So Prettt!! Thanks for the chance to win

Siuan @ Snowbound said...

That really is lovely fabric. So pretty and colorful!

Jessica said...

For me, keeping a planner helps me stay organized. I write everything in there. I also get everything ready for the next day the night before - helps me stay on track :) Thanks for the great giveaway!

Mary said...

Thank you for the chance to win these lovely fabrics. They look fun to work with.

Julie said...

What fabulous colors!

Pink Fawn said...

My advice is to stay on top of the mess. Clean up as you go & by the end of the night have a tidy sewing space!

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

Organizing is one of my favorite things. I take 10-20 minutes, first thing each morning and run around and put everything back in it's place. It just helps me to start the day out right :)

BeachQuilter said...

Fun fabric! I'm not too organized but my my best attempt is see through containers otherwise out of sight is out of mind! Thanks for the giveaway:)

Amy said...

Those fabrics are serious eye candy! As for organizing - handle a piece of paper one time. When done, either file it in its special place, or recycle!

Lindsay Conner said...

My best organizing advice is to destash craft supplies you are not using or haven't for the past 12 months! :)

Julia said...

Best advice I ever read was to look at your space as a clock. Start at 12 o'clock and go around and before you know it you're finished. Second piece of advice is to spend 15 minutes a day on your project/chore. Most people get discouraged when they see a large project/chore in front of them but if you break it down to just 15 minutes a day, you'll finish sooner than you think. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Archie the wonder dog said...

Make a list and put them in order of priority then set a timer for 15 minutes or so and concentrate fully on one of the high priority tasks then reward yourself with a cup of tea or some sewing (of the non-messy kind!!) and repeat a couple more times that day. A week of that (if you can) will soon have you sorted then it's a matter of tidying as you go to keep on top of it. Oh, and labelled boxes help and try to keep like items (like rulers or scissors and rotary cutters) close together. Good luck and thanks for the giveaway!

Sue Bone said...

I love the name veranda.

Lots of good tips at unclutterer.com Attack any problem in 15 minute chunks

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Miss 376 said...

I'm still trying to get organised. but at least once a month I clear my sewing table

Sequana said...

I'm not reading any comments, so this might be a duplicate.

My best organizing tip is to clean up - if not as you go - then every time you finish up for the day. Things don't get ahead of you then.

Any free fabic is a great prize for me. Thx for the chance.

Coloradolady said...

Thank you for the chance. Well, I don't know if it is the best, but I tend to get overwhelmed when starting an organizing project. So, I sit down with what needs to be done and sort to piles,like things, if it is fabrics, like colors. And work at the mess that way. It does work for me, to not look at a WHOLE lot of stuff that needs to be done, just focus on one thing at a time.

Sarah Craig said...

I use lots of ziploc bags and pants hangers to help organize stuff - ziplocs hold projects in progress or groups of blocks; pants hangers are great for organizing flimsies! Thanks for the chance to win such pretty fabrics!!

Marci said...

Wow! These would be a treat in any sewing room! Thanks for the generous opportunity!

My Best Organizing Tip? Hmmm I'd have to say it was when I bought several pair of my favorite thread snips when they were on sale. I have them 'stashed' in all the places I sew so there's no need the dig through drawers & boxes looking for them.

Thanks, much!
m.

Mama Bell said...

The best thing I have learned and continue to learn to keep me organized is to do the hardest thing first! No procrastinating what you don't want to do and then reward yourself with something enjoyable!

Sarah said...

My best organizing advice? Get everything out in plain site, sort it into piles - like with like, see how much room a category will take up, and put it in containers, drawers, bags, or whatever you use. Also, try to use uniform sized containers - if you need to stack them or have them visible, it looks so much better to have the containers all be the same size. For example, if you are dealing with sewing notions, get them all out on a table, rug, or some large space. Put all zippers together, all small tools together, ribbons together... etc. Get it all out and sorted, put into large ziploc bags, put the bags in a clear-drawered rolling cabinet. You can even label the drawers, but I don't find it necessary. Adaptations of this work with paperwork (use files), kitchen organization (drawers & cupboards), garages (boxes & shelving & good labeling).
An organizing tip that I read one time, that I try to live by, is : It should be easy to find an item, but even easier to put it away.
By the way, beautiful fabrics!!

Ida said...

I sort my projects in either tuppers or in large (2-3 gallon) ziploc bags. In each, I put fabric and whatever instructions are needed.

When I need to do a quick clean, all of these 'organized' projects go in a larger tupper (56+ gallon) and stored. :)

I do similar w/ my scraps -- sort them by color, and then into ziplocs. The ziplocs then go into one large basket.

I have a large tupper just for notebooks (for all of those things I've printed off the internet, but haven't found time [yet] to complete).

BUT ... after my stash was hit by unexpected basement flooding, I find that my most important 'organization' is to SCAN all of my patterns, and save them in PDF format. I store those on an electronic media site (like google documents), and burn them off onto CD when I have enough to fill a CD -- so that I don't lose all of my precious patterns AGAIN.

Mommarock said...

I am most certainly a list maker. I write down everything I have to do, and want to do. It all qualifies as stuff to do. For everything on the list that is a HAVE to do that you mark off the list you are rewarded by doing a want to do from the list next. Cross them off the list, but keep them there so you can see the sense of accomplishment. A notebook works well. When the whole page has been crossed off I fold down the corner of the page otherwise the page must remain up to be referred to again and again to remind me that I need to look at the task again. It feels great to see all the tasks that are crossed off to remind you of all you have accomplished. You don't beat yourself up so much.

Rebecca said...

My organizing advice is to make lists and prioritize what needs to be done, and what can be left undone. Also, I try not to accept too many new tasks at once, or I'll get overwhelmed. THANKS for the chance at one of those great prizes!
ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

ccorey said...

Well...if you get any good organizing advice, you'll have to share. The closest I get it making out my menu for two weeks at a time and making out my shopping list at the same time. I've had very little forgetting since I started doing it. My house is a disaster, though, and needs to be organized. We've outgrown our house and there's only so much organization will do.

Nancy D. said...

I've tried to get organized with lists too. My problem is I don't always remember what I did with the list! I have started putting different projects in zip loc bags or little plastic bins. Thanks for sharing! I'd love to win either, but the rollup would be great!

Cathy said...

The only good organizing thing I've done lately is to clear out fabrics I no longer love, and donate them for charity quilts. Win/win :-)These posts, however, have a ton of good ideas. Thankyou!
Cathy cjd@shaw.ca

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Hi Sherri,
thanks for the chance to win, lovely fabrics!
I don´t organize, I just start, and thats why the seamripper is my next best friend after my sewingmaschine *lol*

Cecilia said...

I try to have a place for everything and at the ebd of the day I go through the house and put everythng away. It really goes quick. In my sewing room I label clear boxes and use bookshelves to contain everything. Thanks for the great giveaway.

JuneBug said...

I can't say that I organize really well, but one thing I do to keep on top of things is to not procrastinate - at all. If there is something to be done, I do it pronto before it gets forgotten about! And the calendar is key - always refer to the calendar :)

Karen said...

I write myself notes and put them in my top drawer to remind me where I put things when I got organized LOL!!!

Pat Barton said...

Lovely fabric. I'd just love to try something with one of those wonderful jellyrolls. Thanks so much for the chance to win.
One thing I finally under control is "left-overs". I'm not great at using scraps but I know friends and groups who are so I save for them. I use 6 shoe boxes. Whenever I finish a project I deal with the left-over fabric, right then and there. These are the boxes: selvedges, 5" and 2 1/2" squares, 2 1/2" and 1 1/2" strips (at least 10" long), black and white scraps, any size or shape larger than 2"x2". If it doesn't fit one of those categories...it's out, right then and there. When a box is mostly full, I pass it along. Makes me feel good because it's out of my stash but not discarded. Happy day all!

Cowgirl in the City said...

My best organization tip would be to get a Franklin Covey planner and WRITE EVERYTHING down. That way your day can be scheduled, and thus your life.

Karenkay said...

lovely fabrics!!

Kelly O. said...

I love that fabric!
as far as getting organized i recently bought bins for my home to organize everything and then got some white board write on vinyl and started labeling--everything!

also I write out all the weeks activities and post it on my fridge so i can keep abreast of things each day.

Crafty Maine Mom said...

Best piece of organizing advise - Buy Less :)

awyoung said...

I'm the most UN-organized person in the world and my hubby will confirm this!! I have always wanted to organize but never really new where to start. I will be reading all of these comments for some pointers! Thanks for the giveaway!

amber said...

the best organizing advice i do is to let my ocd daughter organize for me, she loves to do it and i dont have too. I love that fabric

Frog Quilter said...

Keep it neat and easy to find.

Ann Marie said...

Oh more jelly rolls, gotta love a bunch of colorful strips!

Allison C said...

I'm the last person you want to ask about organization! My advice is to not let it get out of control and feel overwhelmed (like I do).

Jo said...

I organize by color (fabric/buttons/thread/ribbon). It makes it a lot easier to see what I am working with.I use a bookcase meant to hold cds or dvds for fabric. I store patterns or magazines in magazine holders and loose papers in a binder. But most of all I make time for myself so I sew all the things I want to.

Dresden Quilter said...

My favourite is a place for everything, and everything in its place. I like the idea too, of picking up something once it comes into the house and deciding where it needs to be. Both of these ideas I need to work on. Thanks for the giveaway.

Kari @ The Purple Quiltapotamus said...

Beautiful fabrics!!! Thanks for a chance to win!

Jane said...

Organizing advice: Always put things back where you got them. If you have a clear surface, never put anything down on it. It gives others permission to do the same and soon you have a jumbled mess.

Lynne said...

My advice is to touch something only once. Make decisions, don't put it off. Thanks for the chance to win such beautiful fabric.

Alex said...

Lovely fabric

Megan said...

Planner. I love my planner, though I have fallen off using it. ::hangs head in shame::

Thanks for the chance to win!!! I need some fabric for a baby quilt or two.

Courtney said...

Beautiful fabric! I think the thing that keeps me organized is making lists. What needs to be done, food shopping, errands, appointments, etc. Other than that rubbermaid bins with lids save me from the mess. I have every closet & cupboard filled with them. They're not attractive, but no one sees them & better to have all the cold meds thrown in one than them falling over everytime I need something on that shelf.

Bethany said...

I think some good organizing advice would be to simplify. The less stuff you have, the easier it is to clean and organize it. Now I just need the time to sort through my stuff!
Thanks for the giveaway, the fabric is beautiful :)

CJ said...

Sewing room organization - I do try to keep my patterns together by kind - quilts,purses,aprons,skirts. I use magazine holder boxes for a good amount of those patterns. If I have a project in mind for precuts that I have, I like to place them in a plastic bag with a note telling me what that project is and maybe the pattern and coordinating fabric. Those are then in a box on my serger table so I can see what I have.

ritainalaska said...

i have a very small craft room so i HAVE to organize! each area has it own stuff and space to put it in. put things away after use!

Pam said...

Beautiful fabric. I don't have much advice for you. I have organized my fabric a little bit. I fold it in half then wrap around my 6 inch ruler. Then all my fabric is same size and I have it on my shelf arranged by color. This has simplified my life when searching for fabric to use.

Sallie said...

Keep things near where they will be used - for example, keep bathroom cleaner in each bathroom. Thanks for the giveaway!

May Kristin said...

See through,square, labeled containers!
Thanks for the chance!

Rene' said...

Wow, Sherri this fabric is beautiful! What a generous giveaway! I think you should be the one giving organizational advice ;-) I so want to be organized but never seem to get there. Keeping lists is my attempt at organization.

Lee said...

Its hard to do but I if I put things in the proper place after using it helps a great deal. Lists are great also ifyou pin them up and use them! thanks!

Jennifer said...

Beautiful fabric...thanks for the chance to win! As far as getting organized, I need help with this too...looking forward to seeing what others write

Deb said...

To keep organized before things get messy...handle each piece of mail only once. Do something with it immediately. Keep lists, do what's on them, and cross off each one until everything gets done. Repeat.

Ana's World said...

I have so many projects going I decided to buy boxes with lids and a metal place for a tag on the front. That way I can store each project in there and now just with a glance which project I want to work on. It helps to cut down on the piles and the boxes make everything neat and tidy. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

rjk said...

Put everything you need for project in an art bin container with a note saying if you have to purchase anything else.
Love the fabric, I would choose a jelly roll

free indeed said...

I repurposed a spice rack into storage for the sewing room. The jars were the cute kind with giant corks...spray painted the rack to match and voila! Storage for buttons, beads, snaps etc...

KaHolly said...

I have a lot of baskets! And many piles:).

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Patti said...

I just this second got the email telling me you had a new post up! And there are 124 (about) before me. I LOVE this fabric and love Robert Kaufman fabrics in general. They are my favorite brand.

Anyway organizing. I have just organized my sewing room and I have bought loads of see through boxes and one plastic see through tower and that's how I have organized all my quilting stuff and this way I can see in an instant what colors and fabrics are where. So much easier and it didn't take me that long to do either. Good luck with your organzing.

Lisa Marie said...

This probably counts as time-saving more than organizing, but here's my tip. When I cook, I cook in large quantities and freeze portions that are enough for a meal for however many people I need to feed. That way, I can cook once and eat two or more meals. Also, I am devoted to my crock pot -- so easy! If you would like a great, easy recipe for Crock Pot Cranberry Chicken let me know.

Jeanie said...

A good memory helps so that I can remember what pile or corner I stacked the item in....
Thanks!

Josie McRazie said...

Just bought a "Two Quilts from one Jelly Roll" Book last night! This would go splendidly with that! As for organization...I got NOTHIN! I am about as scattered as they come! I am big on lists and if I can check it off I feel much more accomplished! I tried to do the give yourself an alotted time to get the task done, set a timer, yadda, yadda!! But I am a person who has many irons in the fire at one time and multitasking!! Good luck! HEHE

Laurel said...

organizing advice? get a labeler. i am also a fan of clear containers that stack.

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

I organize all my fabric by color, unless it's already earmarked for a project then it goes in the project group. Thanks for the chance on the wonderful fabric.

Patty said...

Make a to do list, check off things as you go but don't stress out if you don't accomplish them just add them to your list for the next day eventually everything will get done.

Cathie said...

Pretty colors! I organize all my take along projects in clear scrapbooking satchels. Perfect size for blocks!

Sheryl F. said...

I just went through my sewing room and organized needles, pins, markers anything and everything together. Keep your fabric folded. Beautiful fabric. Fan4may at aol dot com

Rhonda G said...

Thanks for the opportunity to enter this wonderful giveaway.
As for advice on orgnization... I use large pizza boxes to keep all my projects in. They are easy to stack and label, and will hold most projects up to a point. After that they are usually almost finished anyway. Also, I clean up my room after the end of each day. That way the room is fresh to start in the morning.

Ladybug said...

My best advice for organizing is don't wait. From whatever point you are at start now. The longer you put off getting organized the harder it will be.

Briawna said...

yeah for veranda! this line looks so pretty. thanks for the chance to win.

Trudi said...

Apart from the clear plastic storage boxes with labels, lists in my diary of things to do/achieve each day help keep me focused on all the 'stuff' that needs to be done. Thanks for the giveaway :)

Gale, Ky quilter said...

Wonderful giveaway! I fold my fabric and store by colors. As far as projects go, I have stackable boxes with each project (pattern, fabric, thread, etc.)inside and also I like to repurpose so I keep the clear zippered plastic bags that blankets, sheets, and pillowcases come in and this is perfect for storing projects and lots of times they have a tab on top that I can hang them.

Lisa McGehee said...

Wow - such lovely fabric. Would love to win. And what fantastic organizing advice. My favorite has been to use the removable hooks and hang my rulers on the wall by my cutting table. I've disciplined myself - it may be the only area where I have discipline - to hang up the rulers right away so I always know where they are located.

Cardygirl said...

Organisation? I try and try...all I can say is LIST! Good luck.

Lee Ann said...

Awesome! I love to have either one. :-)

Michelle said...

The fabrics look lovely. Great colours and designs. Thank you for the chance to win. Take each day as it comes and enjoy yourself

ytsmom said...

Veranda is beautiful!

LesQuilts said...

Hi! Thanks for the giveaways! I'd chose a Layer Cake (10 in squares) please!
Do you mean organizing your quilting/crafting, or organizing your life?
If it is your life, a journal/calendar book you keep with you ALWAYS!, divide into:
Must do today: Keep to 5 things. Do these first!
Get ready for tomorrow, Keep to 5 things, what you have to ready, ie: groceries to make cookies next day for school, etc
When I have time (for over the next 1-2 wks)Want to dos, bills, etc
Upcoming (ensure you have brought forward kids birthday parties, after school activiites, your appts and committments, hubby's committments, upcoming concerts, parties, etc you need to buy tickets, gifts, costumes, etc
After 2-4 wks, when you are used to this program, add in your crafting deadlines, etc.
If it is crafting, sewing you need to organize, do the same thing, but use crafting Must Dos to meet deadlines, etc. Add in bill paying, kids stuff in the lower priority. That way you can meet all your priorities!
Take 5 mins before bedtime, cross off the Must Dos. If not done, carry over to the next day! No More than 2 carryovers!
Plastic totes too are great, I get those ready the night before I go to sleep, so they are easy to grab on your way out the door.
Take care, Leslie

Cherise said...

One thing that works well for me is putting things new things away right away. If you wait they will pile up. :)

Donna said...

My organizing hint...clear plastic shoeboxes! Love them! I would pick the ten-square. Thanks for the giveaway. The fabric is gorgeous.

poppyinpink said...

I'd share the thing that grabbed me recently for organising my fabric, up to now it's been in plastic bins. I am winding it on to cardboard that I have covered with brown paper and stacking it in book shelves so I can see it and not have the endless mess that comes with auditioning as it tends to ends up in heaps. My fat quarters are also being wrapped on smaller pieces of card and pinned discreetly for the same reason. Mind you, I think its a good idea to make sure the bookshelves are protected with either a spray or more natural treatment to protect the fabric from moths ets. Also, I love using a ruler rack...when cutting. I approached my brother who works with wood to create a wooden rack with parallel long notches in the wood that enable me to have the stand in front of my cutting mat and the rulers go straight back into place..makes it a lot easier to locate the right ruler. I love using it. I also love the Veranda design and wouldn't organising it into my stash or cutting it up one bit. Thank-you.

Lauradublin said...

My hint would be to make sure you clean up after each project! Would love to win this fabric.

Carolyn said...

WOWOWOW another wonderful giveaway!!! Thank you for the chance to win. :)

Aster Cody said...

Beautiful fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win.

Abbybeth said...

my best organizational tip is using the shoe-box sized plastic storage boxes for each project in progress. It keeps the pieces together, dust free and easy to stack!

Jo said...

I love Moda, but it seems it's all I sew with anymore. Something new would be great. I use pop flats to keep my projects in while I sew.

Snoodles said...

My best tip is to carry a small, colorful notebook with me and write things down when I think of them. I live and die by my lists!
Amanda's fabric is so gorgeous!! Thanks for the chance to win.

Linda said...

A place for everything, and everything in its place. An old saying with modern wisdom. Just don't let "saving" take over. It feels fabulous to purge! Like being thin after a long stint of dieting.

Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway.

bunbear said...

my best organizing tip is to put stuff away as soon as it comes into the house!

beth said...

my best organizing advice is to spent 15 minutes a day doing it - that way you keep up and it isin't so overwhelming

Lucky-1 said...

My best organization tip is my 6 coat hanger rule.... I can only have projects in my sewing room on 6 coat hangers. To start a new sewing project I MUST have an empty coat hanger..... works 100%.

Thanks for a chance to win this beautiful fabric.

HUGGLES
Lucky

KnittyAJ said...

Pink Paisleys...lovely. I could always enhance my stash.

GerryART said...

Would organizing according to style and then color work for You? Store in full view.

That Ten-Square has the pinks I L♥VE

hugs
Gerry

Fiesta said...

Great fabrics Sherri. Thank you for the chance to win.

the woolen cellar said...

I'm a faithful follower and look forward to your posts. My best organizing thing is to have small boxes to sort scraps as you go instead of letting them all pile up where it becomes a big job.

mblittle5 said...

I recently purchased a legal size 4drawer file cabinet at a yard sale for next to nothing. I put all my patters into hanging files so I can actually find them!! And I still had 2 drawers left over for notions, etc.

Ruth B said...

I love organizing my sewing room because I get to see all my fabrics and refresh my memory on what I have! I cleanup after a big project and refold and sort my stacks of fabrics. This is the only room I enjoy cleaning!

Maria said...

Organize... haven't got a clue!!! Love the fabrics!

Joyce said...

My best tip? I try to keep all fabrics purchased for a specific project all together in a plastic tote (the kind with a handle) .. they are easy to see thru and can be picked up quickly to take with you. Thanks for the chance to win the beautiful fabric.

Shelley said...

I can't live without my 6 x 9 notebook...you know the kind with the metal spiral and dividers! This keeps me on track for house, work, hobbies and other. I make a fabric cover for it so that it lasts from being shoved in one bag then another then to my purse...you get the picture :) and my new motto...one thing at a time..better to do one thing well then 4 badly!

Betty said...

O Sherri what a lovely giveaway; I HAVE to enter!
My best tip for organising is to write down what you've done and what you've agreed or arranged with others.
Keep your hard disk (brain) free of this kind of clutter: WRITE IT DOWN.
This also helps you to keep a helicopter view.

Or 'organising' in the way of cleaning and clearing up?
I think I'm a tidy person, but my fabric storage and my desk keep getting cluttered. So I have to clear them up form time to time and then I have a perfect view again of what I'v got and thus don't need to buy.
Better so?
I wonder ...

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Thanks for the chance to win some beauties! My best organizational tool so far is the addition of two pegboards to keep things off my sewing surface but still handy.

Christine M said...

Thanks for this lovely giveaway. Before I start cutting out, I draw up a little diagram and work out what I need to cut.

Sharon said...

I have all my fabrics folded, color coordinated and stored in an old chest-of-drawers.

Teresa in Music City said...

Would love to win that fabric - it is SCRUMPTIOUS!!!! My best organization advice is something I did just recently. I went through my sewing room and made a list of all my current projects (includes UFO's). Then I gave the 10 I liked most a priority number. Now, whenever I finish with one, I'll know immediately which one comes next. I also picked out three new ones I want to make so I can pop one in there in the middle so I don't burn out on old projects :~)

Roseflora said...

thank you for the giveaway, they are all beautiful. Sometimes I organized my workspace by projects. Everything I need for a doll, a bag or one crochet scarf, I gathered them and put them in separate boxes.

Harrysmum said...

Wow - another great giveaway, thanks for the cahnce to win!
My tip for organisation is find a routine and stick to it!
I can't abide washing around all week so only wash on Friday night and Saturday morning - I get it all out on the line (it sometimes takes 2 days to dry in our British Summer)and then iron and put away on Sunday Evening. If the kids miss the opportunity then it stays unwashed until the next week!!!

Mimi said...

I like to keep my fabrics in clear plastic containers, folded up neatly and easy to see at a glance.

Sally said...

Organizing is not my strong suit, by any means. I have to work very hard at it and I still don't do so well. Things that help me stay organized: Paper/pens (for list making and checking off), containers, containers, containers (for keeping my physical environment organized)

Lydia said...

Gorgeous fabric & beautiful blog!! <3<3<3

Mimi said...

I keep organized by storing fabric and clear plastic containers. I fold them neatly so at a glance I can see what I need and don't have to dig in making a mess.

SoSarahSews said...

I wish I had some organizing advice for you...I'm generally not too organized. But if everything stays on the desk, I can usually find it. lol

linny said...

I'm afraid I'm not the one you'd want organising advice from, I do try to be organised, but I seem to end up with chaos every time.
Beautiful fabrics, thanks for the chance to win some.
lyn.robyn.smith@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I would love to win some of that georgeous fabric. For organizing I like the clear plastic containers where I put the stuff for one project in one container. As for fabric stash, I don´t have that much because fabric in Germany is soo expensive. Greetings from Germany
inka(dot)mangels(at)elaborate-consult(dot)de

Sharrieboberry said...

Fabulous! I love this fabric!

Mary T. Pratt Salmon said...

Hi Sherri:
I was forced to get organized when I had to put most of my quilting supplies in the garage while a quilting studio is under construction. So, I bought tubs and small project boxes. I put fabric in the tubs according to type...children's, batiks, holidy, etc. Then in the small project boxes I put WIP (works in progress)with the most pressing one on top. So, while a lot of items have been out of sight, urgent projects were handy and in sight. I also had to put things away each night for I was working on the dining room table. This has taught me a lot in the 3 months of contstruction...1)there is a lot of stuff I am no longer interested in and, 2)I love finishing a project! So, a lot of things will be given away and my most pressing projects will get done.
Also, I made folders and kept them in sight on the bar. Quilt shows, retreats, workshops, etc. They each had a folder. When the occasion is finished, I threw out the paperwork and used the folder for another occasion. They are within eyesight constantly.
I hope this helps.
Thanks for the chance to win some gorgeous fabric!
Mary

Catskill Quilter said...

Whenever I finish a project (or am planning to put it aside for awhile!) I put everything connected with that project away, and clear my workroom table copletely so I am ready to start a new project...makes me feel less claustophobic!

Linda B in MI said...

winning the beautiful fabric would make my day

Mary T. Pratt Salmon said...

Oh, I forgot...if you want to follow the construction of my quilt studio go to
www.lambscrib.blogspot.com

Thanks again.
I can't wait to win!
Mary

Terrie said...

organising !!! oh I am such a nub when it comes to that BUT I did manage to organise somewhat by seperating colors into their own repective tubs. And I keep small clear boxes for each WIP I have going. Allows me to see when I am getting over my head and it also allows me to keep desk space somewhat free :)
Good luck.....to both of us :)!!!!

Think Outside the Box said...

My best tip for staying organised is to make lists and cross off each thing as it's done.

Mary said...

Get some of those big zip-lock bags they have at the dollar store and bag each project you have, whether it is started or not. Pull out four of them and alternate working on the four. When one gets done, replace it with another. Also, get rid of stuff you don't need or enjoy.
Good luck!

Baby Goin' Places said...

I use clear plastic shoeboxes from dollar stores to store scraps that have been separated by color. I also use them to put fabrics I've chosen for future projects. Easy to see what I have! karen@babygoinplaces.com

Rosa said...

Lovely fabrics.Thanks for the chance.

I put my fabrics in clear platic.

Dawn said...

Wow, a wonderful giveaway! Thanks for a chance to win. I enjoyed reading everyones ideas! It's sort of hard to put organizing under one label. It realy depends on what you need to organize. I would say if it's projects they should be listed according to priority and then hit them hard and fast. lol If it's your sewing room or studio I can't help at all. Mine seems totaly overwhelming. In order to organize my sewing room I would have to remove every single thing and start from scratch. I'm holding off on that though because or plan is to retire on the Oregon Coast within the next two years and I can organize everything then. If I can stand it that long! Hmmmm.....don't know!! lol

dortha said...

I put my projects in big ziploc bags so hopefully all the pieces stay together. Love Amanda Murphy fabrics. Thanks for the opportunity.

Carla said...

I try to cut leftovers from my projects right away into 1.5", 2" and 2.5" strips which I then store neatly in clear lidded boxes. My rule is that I can only have one box of each size, so it keeps me using up the scraps.

Mary said...

I am very lucky. When my daughter left for college, I took her room for a sewing room. I use bins for fabrics, bins to store WIPs and make lists, also. But the best thing I learned to do if I can't keep things organized on a daily basis is SHUT THE DOOR TO THE SEWING ROOM! Then nobody has to know.

cmaxwell57@nc.rr.com said...

The best thing I do to keep organized is to set my coffe maker up the night before on a timer and make my lunch and put it in the fridge. I have to be at work at 6 am so that helps me get out the door. Cool fabric. I would love to win.

Laurel said...

I completely echo what BJ wrote. In fact, I thought for a moment that I had written that organizing advice!

The fabric is beautiful ~ thanks for the chance to win.

karenfae said...

I would so love to win some of that beautiful fabric - love your site.
Karen

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the chance to win this beautiful fabric. The way I organize things in my sewing room is to keep everything in clear containers and stack them neatly. Joyce at ccarter13@windstream.net

Anonymous said...

I love to hear other's organizational tips! In a spiral notebook, I make a list of UFO's on Janurary 1st; this year I hit 17without leaving my chair! By using a notebook or word file, you will not loose a scrap of paper. I scratch them off as I complete them but at least I know what I actually need to work on. I'd chose a Layer Cake please!
Susan R

Shannon said...

You are so lucky to get to play with so much fun and beautiful fabric. Thank you for sharing!!

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