Monday, September 16, 2013

Starting on Christmas and surviving the IMPLOSION...

Anyone else out there getting nervous about Christmas?  I have gotten are three little 6-inch applique blocks from a Lori Smith pattern.

I just love these little scrappy applique projects...such a good way to use my tiniest scraps, and they are very portable when I am on the run, which I always seem to be.

The quilt cave has suffered a self-imposed IMPLOSION...too much stuff crammed into too little cave makes me a grumpy, frustrated, unproductive, creative cave troll.  Something had to be done!

We have not moved in almost 20 years, which means things have accumulated...gravity tends to fill the quilt cave...ugh!

EVERYTHING was taken apart, gone through, and moved.  It was my summer project that never happened...hard to launch a pattern business with an unworkable space.  It doesn't matter how organized you are, too much stuff is simply too much stuff!

It was time for that hard, hard question..."am I really going to use ALL of this?!?  It seemed like a good idea at the time..."  

Well, unused books, patterns, fabrics, containers from tiny to huge, crafty ingredients, seasonal decor, household items, etc. have been culled.  Boxes, bags, and bins have been filled with precious booty and temporarily placed in the garage.  Ads have been placed and a quilter's garage sale has been planned with two other, equally crazy, overly-ambitious quilters/crafters in my area. 

If you are local to me and interested in coming, shoot me a comment or email to that effect and I will fill you in.

I will take pictures of the new and improved cave for the next post. It is not elegant, but it is organized, leaner and meaner, and almost ready for activity.  Yahoo!

Take the time to do the things that are important to YOU!  

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)


  1. Isn't it amazing how we don't want to rid ourselves of so called needed items. I have been dreading the same type of project. I just talked about Fall housecleaning this morning. Mind you I said talked about it. Hope you have success with this undertaking. Chris p.s. Blocks are cute.

  2. Oh, I wish I could come to your garage sale, like I needed any more stuff!!!!! I'm about to organize a sale myself, but only for general household stuff -- not my sewing stuff.

    You are one brave woman to part with your treasures.

  3. YOU!?!?! Unorganized?!?! I think not!
    I'm not exactly local since I live in another country, but I could swing by for the party!!!
    When are you planning it for?

  4. I was thinking the same - Teresa un-organized??? But it does get to be too much stuff.

  5. Oh man.... wish I was close enough to attend that garage sale!!! Methinks it would be kinda like Christmas!

  6. something must be in the air, because I needed to clear up and clean out my space as well. It's hard going through everything and deciding what should stay or go, but it's oh so much better in the end! I feel much more creative in a clear space. Good luck with your garage sale and pattern business!

  7. Phew! I now feel better about my sewing area. I also wanted to straighten my sewing space as a summer project, but guess what? Summer outdoor activities were more fun.

  8. Sure love your little blocks. It's truly amazing how much stuff gets packed into the quilt cave, I'll agree!!

  9. Oh, man, I'm disappointed you cleaned out your cave. I love your blog & I'm extremely jealous of your cave.

  10. I hear ya!! I am doing the exact same thing with all my "stuff". A bunch of my books, patterns and fabric in on its way to my quilting guild for our annual UFO sale. Yippee!

  11. Have to say your cave was the most amazing space I had seen. I'm hoping the new version continues to reflect your talent and spirit! Love your appliques. You are a very talented lady. Thank you for the inspiration you send out to the quilting world.

  12. Teresa, I'm kinda local and would love the opportunity to attend your sale if I can fit it into the day job schedule. Please let me know the dates. BTW...I love Lori Smith patterns and your blocks are wonderful. Sue in Flint


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