Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Fabricadabra

Remember that table I cleared off? It's a mess again. I've started sorting fabrics. I have two bags to give away. A kitchen-sized trash bag of scraps and small yardages of quilting cottons and a grocery bag full of home dec and other fabrics. This is what I'm keeping. I'm hopeful it will all fit in one tub, but I don't think it's going to be the under-bed storage size. The fabric on the far right with the blues? That's slated to be double-checked against my charm quilt. If any of those fabrics are already in it, they're heading to the give away pile.

I have to focus on fabrics that are destined for a project I might actually sew or that would be perfect for finishing my cross-stitch projects. There are a lot of plans a person can make, but there are a limited number of hours for crafting. See those gold dish towels? I had thought I would applique Eiffel towers on them for my sister's kitchen. She doesn't even live there any more. (But you could!) That's the problem with having too many ideas. You can't get to them, and then you are left with gold dish towels that don't match anyone's kitchen. Please tell me I am not alone!

Thanks for your wonderful comments about the craft day with my niece. I don't know how much longer she'll want to do this with us. Though everyone will hope for more bread...even you!

11 comments:

Joy said...

You are definitely NOT alone!

Jennifer said...

You're lucky you get to hang with your niece. I am apparently unqualified to escort my niece to dinner, let alone do cool, crafty things with her.

Miriam said...

Crafter = person who stores supplies for 1000 ideas that you didn't quite get to and which no longer really make sense to do.

Or so I've heard.

I have no niece, but my 18YO cousin reportedly thinks I may be lame. I'm OLD, you see.

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riona said...

You are making me feel inadequate!

I have managed to de-clutter my cross-stitching stash, give away most of my mother's crafting stash [which she unceremoniously dumped on me saying it was just a few bins - so I sent my husband to pick it up - he came home with a full car load and a confused look on his face - my mother has that effect on people] and organize my crafting library. But I have yet to tackle my many bins of fabric ... some left over from when I worked at a fabric shop after my middle child's birth [he's 31 now]. And people seem to think I am the right person to whom to donate fabric. My sister-in-law keeps threatening to bring bags of upholstery sample swatches over.

Kristen said...

Nope, you're definitely not alone. Eiffel Towers on those towels? Great idea!

(I have a thing for the Eiffel Tower - I was an Art History major, dontchaknow, with a concentration on late 19th century France - and have collected a number of Eiffel-themed house items and cross stitch patterns. You have planted a seed in my feverish brain!)

Donna said...

You are so not alone!!!

@Kristen - do you have the Eiffel Tower needle minder from Kelmscott? I do. Love it.

Lana said...

So, how's it feel out there in left field?! Just kidding! You are so not alone!!

Susan said...

Well done! I did a similar clean out earlier this summer and it feels good to be less cluttered. The trick is not to bring more fabrics/charts/threads in. . .

Anonymous said...

My first reaction was "wow -- can I have those scraps?!" Apparently in two short months I've already forgotten the agony of going through and sorting all of my own fabric...

with dreams of scrappy quilts galore,
kiki

Alice said...

Ha! So many ideas that you get stuck with gold towels that don't match. That does sound familiar. Keep fighting the good clutter fight though; sometimes things have to get worse before they get better.