Final Countdown: Task Three

How to wrap up the year? With the Final Countdown, of course.

Task Three is to Organize One Area Of Your Sewing Space.

Well, that means it is time to stop procrastinating that task.

I have for a long time had color-sorted bins for small scraps. And those bins are on a shelf.

But those bins look something like this.

It was time to give them a sort and fold.

It turns out that fabric neatly organized takes less space than fabric wadded up. I am not ready to do the other seven bins right now, but I will as time allows. My goal is to do one every couple of weeks. That is probably realistic.

Thanks again, Shelly, for a great end to the year. Happy 2022!

Final Countdown Task Three

Shelly doesn’t just want us to end 2020 well, she also helps us start 2021 strong.

So she has set us the task of Take stock/organize/deal with unfinished projects.

I don’t have very many unfinished projects, thanks partially to Shelly.

But I do have a few, and I do have ideas for next year.

Here is my list (also seen in the sidebar):


  1. Pastel Baby (top complete 2020)
  2. Olivia (top complete 2020)
  3. Star Kissed 1-1/4″ (top complete 2020)
  4. Star Kissed 2″
  5. Safe Haven
  6. Corona Leader/Ender
  7. Halfway #2 (w/tutorial)
  8. Faire and Square
  9. Vintage Restoration
  10. Sweet Christmas Dreams
  11. Scrappy Stars (new L/E)
  12. Hourglass with 5″ squares
  13. and ….


  1. Frame Sunbonnet Sue
  2. Flannel Shirt for Husband
  3. Dress
  4. MORE doll clothes

Of all those items, only 6 are currently underway, and I would only count Safe Haven as a UFO. I have all the blocks done, but don’t really know what to do next. I’ll share sometime soon. In the meantime, I will go and sew some.

Final Countdown Task Two

Time for Task Two of the Final Countdown.

This time Shelly suggests that we clean up the fabric storage and stray fabric piles.

I regularly maintain my quilting fabric, but there is another, darker place under that table I cleaned off yesterday.

It is my Big Pile Of Junk. We call it that with greatest affection. It is how I am able to say “yes” to all sorts of people and projects. And, I had been thinking about some doll clothes for the granddaughters.

Oh, that was a dangerous thought…

Looking through turned into making piles.

And piles became outfits.

And outfits became many.

These are going in the mail today. And I need to go clean up after all that fun!

Final Countdown Task One

I LOVE the Final Countdown, sponsored by Prairie Moon Quilts.

Shelly always has something timely to help us end the year right. Task One is:

Clear off your main work surface

Naturally, I like to think I keep a pretty good work space. Sparkle Jane (daughter) and I share the space and I am not a clutter person generally. But, honest eyes see that help is needed.

And, once those items are completely removed, it becomes obvious that dusting wouldn’t hurt at all. Where does all that lint come from anyway? I’ll blame the chickens (who get blamed for most things around here).

Some things did need put away, and others reorganized. I am leaving active projects on the surface. All others are elsewhere. The main work surface is prime real estate and should be treated that way.

Thank you for another task that makes me think. Now, I have a few errands to run and then I think I’ll do some sewing!

ps–I also took the chance to change my rotary cutter blade. Good timing!