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Saturday, 16 November 2019

If you always do what you've always done . . .


(found on Pinterest, no copyright attribution)

I think I first heard that {mumble, mumble} years ago when Oprah was shown on British TV and Dr Phil was all the rage. I love it, a bit like the supposed Einstein quote:



I have taken both quotes on board and am taking it easy until I have fully recovered.  This lurgy is slowly easing; definitely not a cold, probably a flu variant.  I went out yesterday morning - just an hour or so to Sainsbury's and I got M. to drive, but at least it was a different view!  Bumped into a neighbour, long conversation abbreviated: last month her active 20-something daughter was floored by what sounds like exactly the same bug/virus.  Took K. at least two weeks to get back on her feet, so I shall (for once - ha ha) behave differently to my historical norm and try to be sensible  (see above  😎 ).

Moving on . . . many years ago I looked at lots of little baskets of fabric scraps on my shelves and decided to 'organise' them.  Blog rummaging tells me I was trying to do this back in September 2013.



Clearly I didn't get very far because five years later, the scrap piles had multiplied, rather than reduced.  It seems like much, much longer ago, but rummaging tells me the scraps moved into larger boxes in February 2018 . . . (I enjoyed this particular rummage, Daisy photo-bombed the entire post ☺️ ).





But those tubs are pretty much where the scraps have stayed, apart from the whole lot regularly moving to a different part of the room when I have another 'reorganisation'.

Up to now, the scraps have been sorted by colour which sounds like a great idea.  Unfortunately the scraps are wildly varied in size and shape meaning so much sorting and organising is required before I can do any sewing I tend to lose enthusiasm before I get started.  It would seem that grouping by colour is a big fail.  Time to do things differently  (see above  😎 ).

The Queen and Supreme Being of scraps is Bonnie Hunter and her 'system' seems to be to organise by size.  In truth, I was a little unsure as to whether it could work for me but heck - what I have been doing up to now is definitely NOT working so I need a new approach  (see above  😎 ). Weighed down by lurgy, I figured semi-mindlessly moving bits of fabric around without having to actually sew anything was about the limit of what I could manage, and might achieve something in the process.



I had a couple of happy breakthroughs very early on:  I tipped out the first box which came to hand (mostly yellows, orange, browns) and thought "eek, that's a lot of fabric".  So I weighed it . . . and the result was a massive shock.  The contents weighed 1.277kg.  By comparison one metre of beautiful batik weighs 128 grams.  It doesn't take a genius to work out the quantity of yardage jumbled up in a storage tub: 10 metres is enough for a quilt top.  Another 'gem' from Bonnie Hunter is "these 'scraps' originally cost the same as the rest of your yardage" which is a bit scary with today's extortionate fabric prices.





The second breakthrough was to change my thinking (see above  😎 ) - I wasn't "straightening up and tidying scraps".  Much more motivating to realise that I was preparing the fabric for my next scrap quilt, even if I had not yet decided what it was going to be. So that is where I've been for the last few days - half an hour sorting, an hour sitting down allowing the legs to stabilise and despite far more sitting down than sorting, it was a massive surprise to get to the end of the first box this afternoon.







Delighted with how much progress has been made, although this is not going to be a quick fix:







19 comments:

  1. I am not sure if I have already commented - my apologies is I have, was using my cell phone and not sure if I pressed publish! Interesting way of storing - by size and not colour and yes it does make you think differently about your stash ! xxx

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    1. Hi Kate, you may well have published and it's gone on a weekend break - Blogger being a little strange this evening.

      This is a complete "U" turn, but I had to try something different and so far, it seems brilliant.

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  2. It's good that you've made progress and sorted the first box (I love the colours) but I would have lost the will to live before I'd got even halfway through it! I hope the new 'filing system' proves to be beneficial - and if we don't hear from you before Christmas we know you're still fabric sorting :)

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    1. Hi Eunice, you do make me giggle :-) Rather than losing the will to live, this is actually one of the few things that have kept me going this week whilst I wait for this bug to 'bugger off'. But I would struggle to sort out the number of photos you take whilst on your trips . . .

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  3. That looks to me like a marmite job one you either love or hate, it sounds to me like you love it and I am glad that it is providing a welcome distraction from your lurgy. I am sorry to hear that you are still feeling unwell and hope that you fabric sorting endeavours continue to keep you going, it looks like you have a lot of fabric to sort.......

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    1. Excellent observation Mum, yes, this is definitely a 'marmite' task, but it looks like it will work for me and I am enjoying the process.

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  4. Dear Jayne
    That sounds and looks to be working for you and while you are fighting the bug, it is something achievable. I have way too many stashes of everything...I need to take a leaf out of your book and actually start sorting.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Thanks Ellie - you will do your own sorting in your own time and when you are ready to do so.

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  5. Hope you feel better soon Jayne, make sure you don't overdo it.

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    1. Thanks Eleanor. It is completely impossible to "overdo it" at present - my legs collapse at the merest opportunity and I have to sit down!

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  6. I've just been doing exactly the same thing. Plus I went through the piles on the shelves and took out all the smaller pieces and cut them up too. Much better having boxes of ready cut bits to hand. I hope your lurgy disappears soon. Look after yourself. Debbie xx

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    1. Debbie, in the days when you blogged about your quilts I used to drool covetously over the keyboard 😉. Remembering the fabric you were working with, and the delicious colour palette that was your signature, I am sure your boxes of prepared pieces are absolutely delicious. xxx

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  7. Sorry you're feeling so lousy. Hope you're back up to par soon. I've got my scrap bins pulled out right now while searching for bits for flowers on an applique quilt pattern. Looks a wreck over there. Good luck with the sorting. It feels so good when things are straightened out.

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    1. Thanks m'lovely. Slowly feeling a bit more 'normal' but don't want to push it. Good luck with your own scrap sorting - you're right, it is a lovely feeling to make this sort of progress.

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  8. Sorry to hear you are sick. Hope you heal and feel well quickly! Love the pic of Daisy photo bombing. She looks so regal!

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    1. Hi Patty, sorry for the delay and thanks for droppimg in. . . yes, Madam could certainly do haughty and superior with the best of them when she felt like it. xx

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  9. I used to craft and sell stuff but my stash got out of hand, so I sold it as it was WIPs included … now I guess it's been someone else's stash for a couple of years.

    Hope you're soon feeling better. My great grandson has just been rushed into hospital with a sky high temperature and being really poorly, after a day playing with a school aged little relative, it seems there's all sorts going round at the moment.

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    1. Sue, sorry I have not replied - do hope your grandson is better now. Looking around blogland it seems this bug is widespread.

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    2. Yes, it was my great grandson, he's only 11 months old so a bit of a shock, but he's fine now thanks. I hope you are feeling much better too. xx

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