Happy 2016! I'm always ready for the New Year...it's such a great time to reminisce, evaluate, and look forward with fresh plans and ideas! I have lots of ideas for getting my household organized, and that includes plans to stay on top of organization in my sewing room and even plans to use my scraps more effectively! I hope you'll join with me this year to Quilt Your Stash in 2016!
Along the way I'll be sharing my plans and goals and tips and hope that you will
also share your ideas so we can all learn from one another as we stay organized and sew with the beautiful fabrics we love!
I've always been interested in organization (even when I was a kid), and I've spent most of my teen-age and adult years trying to get better at staying on top of things. It's hard to do when you have a tendency for procrastinating as I do, but I just keep trying. In 2015 I read a couple books that were really almost life-changing in terms of my organization journey. First I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
by Marie Kondo. I reviewed this book on the blog late in December 2014 (read the original post here), and then re-read it just recently. While Ms. Kondo's methods are foreign to anything I've ever heard before, a lot of what she says really resonates with me. She points out excuses I've been using for years! This author also has a new book coming out next week that I can't wait to read (Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up).
In early December of this year I found another amazing book on organization: Decluttering Your Home: Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets
by Geralin Thomas. I have to say that this book is also one I recommend. Not only is this book full of terrific ideas for every area of the house, but it also has lists and checklists that I will be referring to again and again!
So...for 2016 I'm going to post weekly ideas for organizing in the sewing room, (and I'll add in ideas I have for the rest of the house, too). Along with that, I'll be posting ideas for sewing with the stash you have. We'll have a quarterly focus...my goal is to make one quilt a quarter from my scraps and stash as well as finishing up works in progress and starting new projects I can't wait to make! These organizing "Sew Your Stash 2016" posts will post every Tuesday beginning next week.
I also have a fun quilt to share today...and it's not mine, but it is a quilt made with my Shine pattern. My daughter Chelsi finished up her first big quilt top in the week after Christmas, and I'm absolutely in love with it!
I think she did a terrific job with her first quilt! She really did it on her own, too. I received a few phone calls with questions, but she really just followed the pattern and kept going. I did offer to trim her quarter-square triangle blocks one day, and she took me up on the offer!
She used 5 red prints and 4 green prints from the Fig Tree Farmhouse collection, and she used Bright Sun arrows on ivory for her background. She alternated between red and green prints for her sashing posts, too!
Even though she didn't reach her goal of finishing by Christmas, at least this quilt will be ready to go for next year! I'm going to help her piece the backing and we'll get it off to be quilted as soon as possible!
Thanks so much for a wonderful 2015...I'm looking forward to an amazing 2016!
PS The Minis and More parade will post on Monday...