MCM #92 – Baby Quilts and Clearing the Clutter

I’ve beenย  in a ‘get it done, move it out’ kind of mood lately. This sounds bad, but I have so many projects started, and have so much fabric thrown all over the sewing room that I can’t stand it. Projects and stacks of fabric have started creeping into Anthony’s bedroom and are even making their way into my living room. It’s driving me crazy and it has to stop!

(Did that sound like the rant of a crazy woman?? Probably more like a very overwhelmed woman…)

I finally decided to take control of the situation, start finishing some things and move them out of my house.

I started with a stack of baby-size quilt tops that I promised our local Quilts for Kids group I would quilt. They’ve been piled in Anthony’s closet for a while now. Why? Who knows. They got put in there and I forgot about them until I needed room in the closet. It’s time to get them done and to the kids where they belong.

So I loaded them on the frame and quilted them up. It was a good opportunity to practice a few quilting motifs like loopy flowers and big swirls.

FMQ Swirls

Big swirls – love the texture!

FMQ Swirls quilting detail

Those swirls still need some work but they’re getting better.

Speaking of big swirls, do you follow @rubybluequilts on Instagram? If you like to see pics of beautiful free motion quilting you might want to check her out. She does all her quilting freehand and her work is amazing. She makes the prettiest swirls.

I’d love for you to follow me on Instagram too. I’m almost to 600 followers – when I get there I’m having a giveaway, you know, to move out more fabric!

For now, back to the baby quilts:

Baby Quilts

I finished this stack of quilts and they are ready for delivery. There’s another one that somehow didn’t make it into the picture.ย  Only one has binding, but there is a lady in the group who loves to bind quilts and so she gets to do them. I love that! Quilt them up and send them on their way!

I’m also delivering a stack of flannel I bought from JoAnn’s one Black Friday a couple years ago, and a bolt of Minky my friend Julie found for me. These fabrics will be perfect for the group to use on more quilts. So everyone wins! The kids get quilts, the group gets fabric, and I get a little less clutter.

I still have a few of these baby tops to quilt, but I feel good about the progress I’ve made. Hopefully, this mood I’m in continues for awhile and I’ll get more projects finished!

In other news, I was hoping to show you progress on my Alison quilt but there is none. None! Sigh. Life jumps in sometimes and redirects my plans and that is exactly what happened on Friday. But the good news is that it is loaded on the machine and I’m ready to start quilting. And, I have a quilting plan! ๐Ÿ™‚

Clearing out some of these projects and fabric is my crush for this week’s Main Crush Monday. What’s yours? I’d love to hear about what you’re working on and what has you excited to be in your sewing room this week – here’s how you can link up:

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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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15 Responses to MCM #92 – Baby Quilts and Clearing the Clutter

  1. Moving things on and out sure clears head space as well as physical space. Hope you contiue to find the whole process uplifting. I need to take a leaf out of your book too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Laura Piland says:

    Oh, I love being able to cross a lot of things off my list at once too! I have several big deadlines (with secret sewing) I’m up against in the next two months. I’m really hoping to be able to squeeze in some smaller quick finishes to have things to share along the way though!

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  5. Susan says:

    You are definitely not alone in the cleaning frenzy. I, too, have been going through my stuff, and have so far, sold fabric dye, ribbons, embroidery hoops, and a couple 7″ stacks of charm squares. Next to go are the containers of 2 1/2 inch squares, and bin of floral prints. So far, it has been a very good experience, lightening the load, with no regrets!

  6. Yay you!!!! You must feel so rejuvenated!

  7. Bonnie in VA says:

    Great job on getting things moved on. I may take some inspiration from you and get to cleaning up the studio some. Pillowcases seem to move a ton of fabric out for me!

  8. I know what you mean about getting in a mood to de-clutter and get things organized. Congratulations for getting 4 baby quilts quilted; that is awesome and I’m sure the quilts are going to be well appreciated. Hurray for a quilting plan, too. I hope you have a good week.

  9. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Beth,
    Sometimes you just have to stop, reorganize, declutter and breathe so you can be creative. The quilts look lovely, and I know they will be well loved. I will start following you on Instagram so you get to your 600 followers (WOW!). ~smile~ Roseanne

  10. I completely understand the urge to “stitch it up, move it out!” I call that purge sewing ๐Ÿ™‚ Your stack of finished quilts looks great, and very satisfying. And lucky you that someone else will put the binding on!

  11. Even though I do not quilt on your level, skill-wise or productivity wise, I do wish now I’d taken the bigger spare room for my sewing room. I seem to fill up whatever space I’m in. But you are so talented and will be on top of it all in no time, I’m sure. Love the big swirls.

  12. Kate says:

    Clutter completely demotivates me, I have to keep my piles neat and out of the way or it’s hard for me to work. Congratulations on getting a few things done and reducing the clutter.

  13. kaholly says:

    Funny how we just wake up one morning and say, “Today’s the day”! Good job accomplishing ‘sew’ much!

  14. Well done for not getting crushed by all those projects but instead doing the positive thing and tackling them head on. The quilting looks great to me. I hope you can soon feel the joy in your sewing room again as the mountains of projects and fabrics shrink. ๐Ÿ™‚ You’ve encouraged me to get on and do!

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