Welcome to my blog about my quilting journey! I started quilting in 2006 with a quilt of my own design which started as a cushion cover and ended up as a single bed sized quilt! Now I'm totally hooked....maybe obsessed is a better word for it.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Fabric Storage System and Project to Do List

Well, today I decided that after having fabric just generally piled up in my lounge room for several weeks (yes I am the world's worst housekeeper!) I would get off my backside and have a re-shuffle of my fabric storage system.

Doesn't that sound fancy?  Don't get too excited, my fabric storage system is currently 4 small plastic tubs, a fat quarter bag and a couple of interesting boxes. It just sounds much more sophisticated when you give it a flashy name!

Anyway I took everything out and then sorted it into colours and re-packed it all and what do you know, it all fit back in! Do you know what that means?  Due to space limitations I can only buy fabric if I have somewhere to store it and I was pretty sure after my last online splurge a couple of months back that I had over-reached my maximum capacity.

Seeing I fit it all back in I think that means I can buy some more in November when I go to (a) Quilt and Craft Fair and (b) away for my 50th birthday to Aldinga Beach.  Seriously,  there is a disproportionate number of quilt shops in the Aldinga Beach/McLaren Vale area and I mean to visit them all - look out here I come!  I wonder if there's a link between all these quilting stores and the fact that McLarenVale is a great wine district?  Hmmmmm, better do some research on that while I'm there!

While I was sorting my lovely fabric fibres I had a couple that I knew I had bought for specific projects and I don't want to put them away and have them slip from my memory (hey I'm turning 50 next month - it could happen!).  So I foolishly decided to make a list of projects I have in the back of mind to do over the next year or so.  Now I'm not so sure that was such a good idea as its a scarily long list.

In the interests of accountability I figure if I list it here I may just have to keep on top of it and try not to add anything to it (wishful thinking but we'll give it a whirl!) so here it is!

Project 'To Do' List

  1. Finish binding on wildflower wallhanging - to send to Canada for Christmas - too late for the sea mail - rats!
  2. Red, Black & White swap block quilt - finish quilting and bind - another Christmas pressie - this seriously needs a new name - anyone got any suggestions?
  3. Craftsy BOM quilt - sandwich, quilt & bind - yet another Christmas pressie!
  4. Wallhanging for mother-in-law - piece border, sandwich, quilt & bind - and yes, another Christmas pressie - eeek!
  5. Native floral table runner - maybe to send overseas(?)
  6. Native wildflower quilt - finish quilting and bind - not necessarily for Christmas but it would be nice if it was done so I could shock surprise my other half by finishing it!
  7. Star Quilt - sandwich, quilt, bind and use! (This quilt is for me - the first one I've made especially for me so I want it done before next winter!)
  8. Continue piecing hand stitched blue Cathedral Ceiling quilt - long term project for our room - no rush on this one!
  9. Pillow for Kieran using leftover Chinese symbol to go with his dragon quilt.
  10. Pillow for Simon using penguin fabric I bought online too long ago.
  11. Doggy quilts for Molly before old blanket falls apart.
  12. Bag each for Kerry and Sue - preferably for Christmas this year but unlikely so maybe for next year!
  13. Crumb Quilt from tiny scraps -maybe on sewing retreat in March?
  14. Rainbow string blocks -maybe on sewing retreat in March?
  15. Rainbow quilt with rainbow charms from Quilt Club Australia charm swap - by end of March?
  16. Baby quilt using Peter Rabbit squares - just because they're there and need using. Donate somewhere?
  17. Quilt for Auntie Betty - tube quilt?
  18. Mariner's Compass quilt using ruler set bought in 2011!
  19. Shadow Trapunto Quilt from Geta Grama's book
  20. Scrap quilt using charms from swaps and my scrap squares
  21. I Spy quilt
  22. Christmas Charms - project to use them on - placemats?
 Far out - 22 items! Holy cow, now its written down its a bit scary!  Better get cracking I guess!
How many projects are on your 'To Do' list?

Hope you've enjoyed my fabric photos in this post - these have all been added to my stash this year! (Don't show this to my hubby - its on a need to know basis and he doesn't need to know - or he'll be out buying more finches for his aviary!).

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