After finishing a project it is easy to just move on to the next thing, leaving a pile of “leftovers” in your wake. That is fun, of course, but it isn’t productive in the long run. I work well in the excitement of creativity, but it can get to be just a mess. No one really likes living messy.
After I finish a project, I spend time cleaning up. So, I thought I would share a bit of my cleaning up procedure with you as I am moving on from the Fancy Forest quilt.
My sewing space is in a combination laundry room, second guest bedroom and fabric hideaway.
There is a bed that doubles as a staging area for organizing works in progress or next ideas. This is what the bed looked like last week. You can see Fancy Forest on top with a few other project peeking through in layers. Embarrassing, yes. But this is the truth about my “system.” It isn’t perfect, but it works for me.
I throw nothing away except the tiniest of trimmings while in process. Sometimes you end up needing those little pieces and I realized on this quilt that would often be true.
But, once it is done, it is time to sort. I love scraps, but I love to be able to use them, and that happens most often when they are organized.
Here is most of my gold/orange pile.
I sort it into pieces to refile large pieces by color and smaller ones by size: 5″ squares, 2-1/2″ squares and strips, 2″ squares, 1-1/2″ squares and strips. Anything larger than 5″ is generally re-filed in bins by color. Smaller pieces are cut into squares and put into tins by size. Pieces smaller than 1-1/2″ square are thrown away. This might seem wasteful to some of you, but I have to be realistic about what I really will use in the future.
Here is the blue pile before…
Now it is all sorted, piled and filed and I can move on to the next thing.
I’ll share that soon.