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December 3, 2019

Cat Bullet

Post-Turkey Tuesday

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 3:53 pm

Well here we are, after the holiday and (supposedly) back to work. Grumble grumble…

We had a bit of snow.  As in, more than 14 inches in my area.  Luckily, I had arranged to take the whole week off from work (students were gone because of Fall Break), so I was able to stay in my jammies and be comfortable and warm the entire week.  It… was… AWESOME!!!

I’ve been working on cleaning out my quilting room for weeks now, as I felt that things had gotten a bit out of control.  Piles of fabric everywhere, new purchases and leftovers from completed or in-progress projects, or just stuff that had never gotten put away properly (imagine that)…

I decided to do a big push and finish up with the cleaning and organization before Thanksgiving.  Mainly because the annual Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt first clue was scheduled to be released the day after Turkey and I was planning on participating in that.

I hauled out many bags and boxes of trash.  I pressed and folded and filed away multitudes of fabric.  I organized the tools on the pegboard so that I can find them easier.  Or, you know… find them at all.  I gathered all of my scraps into one place (three big boxes of them), and ran them through the “Scrap Management System.”

What is the Scrap Management System?  Basically, you take all scraps and cut them to standard sizes (or shapes) and store them away for future use.

It is kind of relaxing, actually, to take a big pile of wadded up scraps, press them flat, and them trim them into nice neat pieces.    I’ve been doing this for years, and have accumulated quite a selection.   I’m hoping to use a bunch of them up during the coming year.  I enjoyed making the charity quilt top last month, so it might be nice to use them to make even more of those…

Through many hours of toil (and sneezing, from the dust), I finally achieved clean, flat surfaces.

My sewing table, cleaned off.

cutting table, cleaned off!

Folding table, cleaned off!  Who actually knew that there was an extra cutting mat under all those piles??

Through some cleaning out and donating of boxes of fabric, I actually have achieved open(ish) floor space!!!

All of my scrap bins were empty.  I was so proud.  As I was tidying up after the last scrap, I went to hang the rulers back on the pegboard.

I looked down… what was that?

Then I looked to the left…

*sigh*   Really???

I’m doomed.  Surrounded by out of control scraps.

OK, in reality, it isn’t TOO big of a bin.  And the orange/blue bin is full of scraps from Miss Rosie, which I could legitimately not deal with until after that project is done.   That’s my story and I’m sticking to it…

So, I went ahead and started the Bonnie Hunter Mystery on schedule.  I put the Miss Rosie Scrap bin in an area where it won’t become hidden again, and I set up the red-topped bin near my ironing board.  Now when I iron something for the Bonnie quilt, I iron a handful of scraps.  When I trim or cut something for Bonnie, I trim up some of the pressed scraps.   I’ve even started trimming a couple of scraps when I feed Purrcy in the evening, since his feeding area is right next to my cutting table.

I don’t usually do New Year’s resolutions.  I kind of think that they are just one more thing to fail at and then feel guilty about.   However, in the upcoming year, I want to focus on the following:

  1. Finish ongoing projects.
  2. Don’t take any new classes that will result in new unfinished projects.
  4. Try to spend time cleaning up after (or before) every sewing session.
  5. Try to make more quilt tops for donation.

I think that these goals are achievable.  I’d like to go so far as to say I won’t buy any new fabric next year, but we all know that I have zero chance of sticking to that type of crazy…


Somehow, I have neglected to take a picture of the first Bonnie Hunter clue pieces.  They are really pretty.  More about those in a later post.







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