Thursday, February 14, 2013

YIKES!

Well...I like to learn from the people who have walked the walk ahead of me and so I have been picking Anne's brain about moving.  She moved in the month of May and started packing her sewing room in January...4 boxes a day.  Yikes, I have a month and a half  and I hadn't packed 1 box!  

I decided to get movin'...looking at this mess I really wonder if some Gremlins have been having a party in here.  I packed 6 boxes yesterday and it still looks like this!  I do believe I have somehow with my expanded quilter's brain created a vortex that holds stuff that only I can see.  Like maybe I need a ghostbuster or rather quiltbuster to bring in the multifaceted quilt capacitor to organized this space!


Who knew that I had so many charm packs?!  With them tucked in nooks and crannies they never revealed their tower of power!


I LOVED this octopus applique project...but...totally forgot where it was...sheesh...Thank goodness we are into Lent.  Although I do not follow the practice of denial...ROFLOL...I am tempted to give up purchasing fabric for Lent...but, then what would I do when Robin takes me to the Material Girls Shop in Redmond tomorrow???  I wouldn't want her to feel bad that I wasn't buying anything...
  

Happy Valentine's Day!


15 comments:

  1. Hi Anna, The AZ guild makes it easier for me to move or to just clean out my quilt room. Am donating UFO's (tops to be quilted by members) for breast cancer or their favorite charities. Supplies will go to Mennonite girls in Mexico or natives on the reservation. The back of the van is full! And 2 of the 7 shelves in the closet are empty and waiting for me to add new wool projects. I've found that whatever I'm working on in the spring doesn't interest me when we return the next fall. Good lesson there, either take it home to finish or give it away. The best part of cleaning out is finding something forgotten. Love your octopus. Could you share the pattern name? Happy moving! MaryJo

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  2. Mornin' Anna. I have a copy paper box for you to fill. I don't feel soooooo guilty when I saw your sewing nest. I thought mine was bad. Enjoying your blog, first thing each morning. Jo Ann M

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  3. It is funny what we find when we go through our stash. I am always finding a piece of fabric in my piles, that i forgot I had, really need to organize it better.

    Debbie

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  4. quiltbuster -- made me chuckle. good luck on your move it looks like your going to have a real job ahead of you. I have moved my craft room twice in the last 5 years once to a new place and the 2nd time was to another area of the house and it always takes me a couple of days to get stuff packed and then about a month to get unpacked because I tell myself I will get more organized this time.

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  5. Moving tip - We purchased Home Depot boxes - they are the best! I used the small boxes to pack books and magazines from my quilt room. They are small enough to lift without killing yourself. All my fabric is in plastic sweater bins so that part was easy. Also, get boxes from the liquor store for canned goods - the dividers in the boxes make it easy to pack canned goods and bottles without breaking and the boxes are small enough to lift. Other good boxes are banker boxes from Office Max. Easy to put together and I packed my china and glasses in them. Buy lots of packing paper from U Haul and bubble wrap from Home Depot. From someone who has moved many, many times in the last 18 years.

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  6. I really find that storing yarn and fabric in clear plastic boxes is the best way for me to organize and then FIND things--that's why the Great Wall of Rubbermaid exists! I get smallish boxes because with my bad back I can't lift large ones; also, I've gotten scrapbook-paper boxes from Michael's to hold projects--they're just the right size. Getting things out of dark/opaque boxes and tubs has been quite a revelation. Will y ou be able to bring things over a car/truckload at a time, or do you need to do it in one big push?

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  7. Hi Anna,

    Go back to the hospital where you used to work and get some of the I.V. bag boxes. They are small and are great for packing books so you don't get them too heavy. One trick I've done is leave your drawers filled, move the dresser out without the drawers and then carry the drawers out and put them back in, makes moving the dresser lighter and you don't have to double pack.

    Your octopus appliqué is lovely, and your heart is perfect for today.

    Good luck with your packing.

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  8. Hey, I moved my sewing room down stairs last summer...and it was a killer!! I can't imagine packing up a whole house! My sympathies...but hey, those charm packs are looking mighty fine...:o) Are you sure you REALLY want those old dust charm packs to go into that nice new house? haha
    And isn't it great finding 'lost' things!
    Got to love it!
    |P

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  9. What to say...downsize some of that stash Anna! I, myself, have relized that there are just so many years left to me, and what do I REALLY want to make. Aren't you glad that you have SO many ladies ready and willing to tell you what to do? Ha! Ha!

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  10. I gave up buying fabric for lent once or twice. Just don't do it, then forget you signed up for a class that needs fabric you don't have. Lol. Good luck with they packing and enjoy unearthing your treasures :)

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  11. Moving is such a big job - but isn't it fun to find some of your forgotten treasures? When we moved I bought several big plastic totes for a lot of my fabric, etc. The fun part is getting it all back out in its new home! I love the heart block!

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  12. I really do wish I could help you. I know I have had to move the sewing room twice. The last time was 2 years ago. And it was a major move. The main thing is label all fo your boxes with the exact contents. it takes a bit longer but put it on all 4 sides so no matter which direction they get stacked up in when you move you can tell at a glance what is inside. Learned that one with the first move in 2004. That was the moveing to another state move. I packed all the old patternsfirst then teh older fabrics that are never hardly used.

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  13. Love your pretty heart! Fits you just fine! Bright and cheery! I have moved my room a few times in this house. A big job, but always fun to find goodies I forgot I had! And amazing how many times I have purchased the same fabric twice! LOL. Shhhh! Try to have fun while packing and unpacking...it's a big job, but think of how much fun it will be to see it all again when you unpack! Good luck!

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  14. Skip the buying for the next six weeks and put the money aside... so when you really set up your new space no guilt if some thing needs to be bought. I had to forgo buying fabric for two years as the money just was not there, BUT was surprised and pleased that digging in my closets was delightful and that I still like so much of the fabric.

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