MCM #111 – A Flimsy Finish

Welcome to Main Crush Monday everyone! We are in the last week of March – can you believe it? We only have 75% of 2018 left! LOL You know the saying “time flies when you’re having fun”? Well, I must be having a ton of fun because time sure is flying by!

I’m excited to tell you I have the card trick quilt top finished. Finally. I got a bit sidetracked by some other projects and had to put it on the back burner for a little while. But over the weekend I was able to work on it and finish it up.

Card Trick Quilt Flimsy

I took the quilt outside to get some pictures, but the wind was so strong I couldn’t even hang it over a rail without it blowing off. So I had to use Freddie’s rails. He didn’t mind…

I have to get the backing for it and then I can start on the quilting. This one has been bumped to the top of my To Do list, and I hope to get it finished soon.

Last week, while snowed in at my sister’s house, I was able to work on another project I’m excited about. I can’t show it just yet, but I’m going to share a picture of the scraps. I think they are so pretty!

Brushline Andover Fabrics

The fabrics are a fat quarter bundle of Brushline from Andover. As soon as I saw them online I knew I had to have them. To me, these rank right up there with Grunge. I love the way they look in the blocks I’m making. I can’t wait to show you more!

While I am piecing and quilting, I’m also working on organizing and decluttering my sewing room and house. I have a lot of ideas for reorganizing my sewing space, and worked on that some over the weekend. It’s something I’ve been thinking about doing for a while now, but I got a kick in the pants after my visit to sister’s house. Her sewing room is the most organized space I think I’ve ever seen – it’s amazing! Labeled bins and baskets hold her scraps, which are sorted by size and color, and yardage is in the closet. She is mostly a scrap quilter, and can make a quilt out of almost nothing. She never ceases to amaze me.

So when I got home I tackled the closet in my room. I removed everything that I don’t or won’t use which freed up space for the things I do use. I hung all my large pieces of fabric, and it’s so nice to actually see what I have. One thing I know for sure – I have way too much fabric!

This project is a long-term one and won’t be finished any time soon but I’m going to keep chipping away at it. Here’s one side of my closet now:

Hanging yardage in closetI’ll show you more pictures of my room as I make progress.

I guess this could be considered a spring cleaning type of project. Do you have any projects you are ready to tackle? What are your best sewing room organizational tips? I can use all the help I can get and I’d love to hear how you keep your supplies and projects organized.

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About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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18 Responses to MCM #111 – A Flimsy Finish

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  2. Stacey says:

    I never though about hanging up my fabric on hangers… that is freakin brilliant! That would make it so easy to see what you have instead of stuffing it in totes. Smart move!

  3. Oh, how nice to see your fabric hanging so neatly on hangers! I have a couple of thoughts on studio organization. First, try not to let yourself see any solution as final. Because our stashes change size all the time as we buy and use fabric, our storage needs change. So think “dynamic!” Yardage becomes fat quarters becomes large scraps becomes strips, etc. And second: don’t think of organizing as a separate chore that needs to get done. Try to think of it as part of the fun process of enjoying your fabric. Refolding, resorting, trimming, petting, etc. are all great times to see new color combinations, fall back in love with an older line, or finally decide to donate an “oldy moldy.”

    And keep sharing those photos…I LOVE seeing other people’s studios! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Sharon B says:

    Your card trick quilt looks fabulous! Love the blues! My technique for organizing is like what you wrote…”remove everything that I don’t use, which frees up space for what I do use”. I’ve spent the last year (plus a couple of months) decluttering and organizing my house. It started with my sewing (quilting, stitching, rug hooking) stuff…and that felt sooooooo good, that I continued on with the remainder of the house. It is so much easier to relax here now! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. chrisknits says:

    I use all kinds of jars to hold rotary cutters, scissors, tools, pens, markers, etc. I also like to keep my other items in metal boxes or containers, like my binding clips, pins, etc. Jars display buttons, yarn scraps, ribbons. And then wood boxes or baskets hold larger items like rulers, measuring tapes, remotes, etc.

  6. Bonnie in Va says:

    Hum, I like the idea of big pieces of fabric being hung up… it sounds good. But I’ve been very happy with my stash folded around an 8.5″ ruler and folded in half to be put on the open shelving I have. The reason it works is I measure every piece over a half a yard and pin a tag to it. Generally I add when and where I bought it and the price per yard. As I use a hunk from the fabric I write down the new measurement. It seems to work. In my closet I hang quilt tops waiting to be quilted and some of my finished quilts. I like the look of your hangers. Did you find special ones? For hanging some of my bigger quilts I cut a pool noodle the size of the hanger and slice it down one section so that I can put it on the hanger first and not get so many wrinkles in the quilt. Card trick does look great. Here’s hoping you can get to quilting it soon.

  7. helen says:

    my organisation tip is, open a drawer, ram it al in, try and close drawer. If you cant, don’t worry too much!

  8. Rebecca Grace says:

    Congrats on finishing your card trick top! However, telling me that the year is 25% over has put me into a serious panic attack…

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  10. Spring cleaning and organizizng…. wow!! Ha ha – it looks great so far! Love the Card trick!!

  11. The card trick quilt looks great; congratulations on getting it pieced over the weekend! I feel like most of my stash is really scraps and I don’t have much continuous yardage. Being able to see what you have hanging like that looks like a great idea.

  12. Jayne says:

    I think I’m forever trying organize my sewing space! I try new things to see if they work all the time! I love the idea of hanging fabric on hangers…so smart!

  13. Oh, those fabrics are fun! I can’t wait to see what you cook up with them! I love that closet idea, so I’m thinking on that. It will be fun to see your progress as you organize your space. For me it seems it’s a never ending job.

  14. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Beth,
    Oooh, that sneak peak of those fabrics are great. They absolutely remind me of Grunge, and I’m now a fan of both. Your card trick quilt looks great – I am sure your mom will love it. I made one of these quilts for my niece in purples back in 2003. She just asked for a new one last year just for a new look – still in purples. ~smile~ Roseanne

  15. Karen says:

    Love that closet space, I don’t have any to do that but that is such a good idea.

  16. Hurrah for sibling inspiration, Beth! I’m with you. Cleaning and tidying here and there with a more organized approach as the end result. My problem is I keep finding little projects stuck in odd places, and my WIP pile grows. As they say, energy is never destroyed. Just displaced. Sigh. Someday, I hope.

  17. kaholly says:

    Hanging your fabric is a brilliant idea! Your Card Trick quilt is very nice. I look forward to seeing how you quilt it.

  18. Kate says:

    Congrats on getting Card Trick to the finished flimsy stage. It’s gorgeous! Good luck with your sewing room reorg. I don’t have any great tips or time savers there. My sewing room is in definite need of a make over and clean up too.

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