Saturday, January 22, 2011

"THE NEED TO FEED" and "THE URGE TO PURGE"

Hello!  This is Teresa from Fabric Therapy.  Thank you Madame Samm and everyone for having me back to post again on Stash Manicure!  If you don't remember me and my "wall of stash," here's an embarrassing picture from a previous Stash Manicure post.

I always wonder what I could possibly share with all you talented ladies that you don't already know, then I stumble down to the quilt cave and something hits me out of the blue.  I always know it's going to be something about organizing and justifying/using our wonderful fabric stashes.  This time, an idea came to me as I was working on one of the many UFO's that I promised myself I would finish this year.


I needed a little inspiration on drawing/drafting some overalls for my redneck clothesline.  I like to keep plenty of inspiration around me in the form of quilt books, patterns, and favorite projects pulled/saved from my favorite quilt magazines.  I organize my books by topic on bookshelves and file the patterns and loose magazine pages in sheet pocket protectors in hanging file folders, separated into categories that seem to make sense to me.  After all, I need to be able to locate all these 'nuts' that I am squirreling away!



I also save other odd bits that might get the creative juices flowing some day...fronts of greeting cards,  pictures torn from a magazine or junk mail, a doodled drawing from an inspired moment, a photo from a quilt show, a scrap of wrapping paper, pages from quilt calendars, paint swatches, etc...and paste them into my creative journal.  This is what my funky, crazy journal looks like.


 

When I started pasting doodles and debris into this journal several years ago, I did not know it would get this big and extensive, so it is a little unplanned and frightening on the outside (a little??).  But, give me a stolen moment and I can spend a lifetime thumbing through it, dreaming and scheming.  It's not fancy or well planned, but it suits me.  I keep adding things to it and scribbling notes around pictures.  Sometimes I remove something I'm not crazy about anymore...more often I just glue something on top of it. 

I even started a second one, just as ugly and awkward as the first one.

Anyway, I wanted a little inspiration for the yard of my redneck house block in "All Around the Town," a past BOM by Sue Garmon.  Here are the other nine blocks that I have mostly finished.  She is much too fine a person to include a redneck house in her lovely design...that is my doing (pardon my old, pink design wall...)


I knew I had saved something that would help me out in this situation, so I went to my loose files of quilt patterns and projects saved from magazines.  I was feeling a "NEED TO FEED" from the wealth of all that saved material.


The hanging file folders were so full that I was having a hard time navigating through the drawers to find what I was looking for.  I found that each hanging file I reached for had old, outdated stuff in it that I was no longer interested in.  There were also some projects that I decided I didn't need directions for anymore.  Maybe now I don't need, for example, the detailed instructions on how to make a 9-patch block.  My skills have changed , my tastes have changed, and available quilting techniques have changed  in the almost 30 years I've been quilting. 
Wowie zowie, we don't have to make plastic templates for everything now!  We have rotary cutting, paper piecing, freezer paper, computer quilt design programs, quilting book libraries, the blogosphere!  Maybe at some point in the future, quilt projects will just make themselves, willed by our newly-learned powers of creative, crafty mind control! 
OK...maybe not.  Maybe I should just save a picture of the interesting setting or the color combination instead of the directions for some of these old, tired things and throw the rest of the pages away.  That's when I discovered that I was feeling the "URGE TO PURGE."  I turned 50 in December, and I think I'm feeling the need to reduce, reuse and refocus.

Let's face it gals, we probably can't make everything we've been saving in this lifetime!  We are going to have to be a wee bit selective.
Some of my saved project magazine pages are from the 1980's!  Some still display the magazine name and date, but with others I can tell the age due to the yellowed pages and the black and white photos...OUCH!  Wow...I've been hoarding some of this stuff for a long time!  Bad, bad cop...NO donut!

Now...what was I looking for...oh yes...a picture of overalls.  I pulled out the file folder I label "PEOPLE."  Wow...I have not been in HERE for a while...what a bunch of old stuff mixed in with a few treasures!
I found some things that I am not interested in anymore AT ALL!  That stuff can go into the recycling bin and I can reuse the sheet pocket protectors for NEW saved projects or patterns (that I will probably never get to....hmmm...oh well...at least the pages have not yellowed...yet...).  I'll save any purchased patterns I no longer want for blog give-aways (more on that later...).

Some things are easy enough for me to draft now that I've accumulated a little quilting experience...and courage, so maybe I just want to remember the setting or colors.  Those things I 'manicure' with my scissors and glue into my journal on a clean page, or an empty spot on an old page.  If I don't have time to glue them into my journal at the time, I just save them in one of my empty sheet pocket protectors (I love school/office supplies...) until I can make a a little project of it.  I think this was from a 1986 Quilt World magazine.



This was a cute clown block from Quiltmaker Magazine, but now I just want to save the block schematic.  I think I could draft a clown now, if I wanted.  I can clip a couple of things for my journal and recycle the rest.
 I found the perfect sized empty space in which to glue them.
Same with this one.

Some projects are definitely classic, oldie-but-goodie's...like this quilt from Quiltmaker.  I made this as a baby quilt for my niece and I might want to make it again some day, so I will keep it for now.  I saved all the plastic templates I made at the time (Lucy is now 15!), and they tuck nicely in the sheet pocket protector along with the pattern pages.
(I gave the quilt away over 13 years ago, before digital photography arrived in this household, so I had to take a picture of a picture from my quilt scrapbook to share it with you...sorry!)  Aren't we lucky to have digital photography now...and blogging?!
I've decided to throw away the directions for the following quilt and just save a picture.  I saved it initially because I really like the way the Irish Chain pattern was treated in the borders, just outside of the Sunbonnet Sue blocks.  I'm also a sucker for pretty hand quilting motifs, so I will glue the quilt picture in my journal and file the quilt pattern away with others in the file of the same name. 
I'm not a big fan of Sunbonnet Sue, or her boyfriend, but I have to keep some things for sentimental reasons.  My mom does not quilt...my Dad's mother was the family quilter.  Before my Mom went into assisted living and ultimately into a nursing home (where she is now), she admitted that she had always wanted to make a Sunbonnet Sue quilt when she was a girl.  She was at a point in her life where she was losing function and really needed a project (this was in 1988).  I rounded up some background squares and fabric scraps.  She wanted to draft the patterns herself and make the blocks.  I was to put the top together and hand quilt it for her.  She hand appliqued and embellished the blocks and I got the quilt finished in time for her to enjoy it for a few years.  Again, another picture of a picture (with my daughter, then a baby, crawling all over it). 

Related to my pattern files, I love my "HOW TO" files, housed in two sturdy magazine files.  Every time I find a new technique, or an improved old technique, I store it in a sheet pocket protector and save it. 
You never know when you will need a "technique check" and need it quick!  Every now and then, I go through these files and discard old dated techniques.  Over the years, it has turned into a great quilting encyclopedia.  These could go into a couple of big notebooks if you wanted, but having them loose is useful and easy for me to handle.

It has been fun going through and purging my files.  I have leaner, meaner files and now I have a whole NEW list of projects to make from things I had completely forgotten I had saved away!  It was like shopping without spending any money!  And I can commit to making these new/old projects FROM MY STASH...in a many cases, I had already bought fabric for these patterns before I squirreled them away, so I am all set!!

To celebrate sharing with you on Stash Manicure this weekend, I am hosting a give-away over at my blog, Fabric Therapy.  I found five BRAND NEW PATTERNS THAT I NEVER USED (well, they were new at one time!) when doing my purge in the "PEOPLE" file.  Leave a comment here, and leave me a comment on my blog before 9:00 AM EST, Monday, January 24 to win the whole bundle of patterns plus some new fat quarters and notions!  One quilter's trash is another quilter's treasure!!  Thank you so much for reading along and good luck in organizing your creative muse!

In stitches,
Teresa   :o)
( Teresa was a guest of SEW WE QUILT , 
I believe some thought this was MADAME SAMM"S stash..
I can assure you I have perhaps 3 bins of fabric total! 


118 comments:

  1. Enjoyed your blog. I see you have many of the same books and patterns that I have, lol. Do you have a completed set of Georgia Bonesteels Spinning Spools patterns in the notebooks? LOL.

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  2. Wow wonderful read thanks for all the information on organizing I am in the process my self and this article will help. Thanks again.

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  3. Good Morning Teresa....Blogger is still having hiccups, I had to reload all of your pics, and therefore it took "them" Blogger all of 6 hours to post..I think that is a problem lol...Ok, sew this weekend may be better used in blog hopping and sewing..but not after I share with you, how pleased I am you are going through your stash...Giving away some patterns is a start....your sew called ugly journals..I love that idea...nothing ugly about them..your organization is certainly a habit many could do well to take notice.....thanks for dropping by...

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  4. Oh I would sew love to come live with you! You made my heart skip several beats, when you were throwing patterns into the recycle bin. Oh, recycle them to a new home I said to myself. My mother has those 'ugly' journals, but hers are probably 60 ys. worth. Loved seeing all the 'people' objects in your file - I'm a collector of those lovelies, no matter how old. I just love when you share your 'cave' with us.

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  5. Oh Teresa, I'm thrilled to see you back here at SM! I love reading all about your SM adventures, it gets me all fired up to sorm my own out! LOL And that task is fast approaching! Yikes Monday!

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  6. I would love some new to me patterns! And, of course all the other goodies too...

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  7. new patters ++ are welcome here!

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  8. What a lovely journey through time

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  9. Your organizational skills are just CRAZY!! And I LOVE them so much! Wow. My family calls me the 'organizer' and you have just raised the bar for me! Probably out of reach... You're good.

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  10. Teresa. . . you & I must be on the same wavelength because I have been starting to go through my massive collection of books, magazines & patterns. They are not as organized as yours, yet.

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  11. Great post! Love seeing your inspiration journal! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  12. Thanks for sharing - both your journal and ideas and the great giveaway.

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  13. Love yr organization mehtods! I wish I just could :S
    tks fr the chance!

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  15. I love your idea journal. that is so much easier than trying to keep everything crammed up in your mind :)

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  16. What a lovely collection you have! I like your journal idea. I just spent last weekend going through a pile of magazines and clipping out the inspiration I found from them and tossed the rest of it. It felt so good to get rid of the pile of magazines that was collecting around my couch. I even when as far as pasting the pictures into my journal with notes! It is liberating to be organized and on the journey to be clutter free!

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  17. Oh Gosh - it is amazing how mcuh stuff we accumulate isnt it?? I think the only reason I get rid of excess stuff is because there is no more room. Just as well I dont have as much space as you!! But giving away stuff certainly helps! I would love to be in line to win some patterns from you.

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  18. Gorgeous stuff - I see you have a pic of a periwinkle star quilt I would die for!
    Hugs - Lurline♥

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  19. Teresa, what an interesting post, I really enjoyed it. Thanks so much!
    I would love to be one of the winners of your give-away, so pick me okay?
    Marie

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  20. You have inspired me to new heights of organization

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  21. Thank you! I loved reading your post this morning and seeing how you organize all your "stuff". I love sheet protectors too!!! Heading over to leave you a comment cuz I'd love to win!! Thanks again! Cheryl

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  22. You are always inspiring with your organizational skills. I just started seriously trying to organize my stash and patterns/books. You've given me more great ideas on how to do just that. Thanks so much!

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  23. Wow - again, I am truly impressed! I strive to be as organized as you are. I twitch whenever I go into my sewing area, but I know where everything is at least! I hope you post your BOM when it's done, it's just lovely!

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  24. I would LOVE to win this. I am brand new to quilting and my fabric and patterns and books only take up one shelf and one drawer. I can't wait until I'm able to share my loot like you!

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  25. I am so in awe of your stash! I have been since the first time I laid eyes on it. LOL Phenomenal organization, maybe one day I can measure up! :o)

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  26. Every time I read one of your posts I feel the need to reorganize my books and patterns. Now I am putting it on my daily to do list! (Must make room for new patterns!) You are such an inspiration. Thanks so much.

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  27. I am in awe of your creative organization! I am trying to get there (I don't have a big stash but it is still a mess) but I have a long way to go!

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  28. Wow you could open a store with your fabric stash!!

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  29. You are the peak of organization. I admire those skills but even more the ability to "purge". That is the hardest skill to acquire - to know when to let go.

    Hugs - Marie

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  30. I just love how organized you are. It is really inspiring. I don't have lots of magazines yet, but the ones that I do have, I keep reading, and re-reading. I have a little black book that I sketch ideas in, but I love the idea of pulling in ideas in from the junk mail that I love. I see things and think, ooh that would look nice in a quilt. So, those things will be getting glued into my idea book.. Thank you!

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  31. Thanks for the great post. I also keep magazine patterns in page protectors in notebooks. It is interesting though how our tastes can change over time. I look through my notebooks and wonder what I liked about a particular pattern at one time!

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  32. Wonderful post, thanks very much. I sooo need to get organized.

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  33. I am in awe of your organizational skills and would love some new patterns.

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  34. Another great post! Thank you for sharing all your great ideas. I love your idea book, keeps things all in one fun place. Now that is a book I would love to read!

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  35. Don't know what else to say but "oh my!" My husband thinks I have a lot of stuff....

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  36. That little clothesline is just adorable.....I'd love to play and look around in your stash room!! It is amazing.

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  37. Teresa, you're the best!! I'm dedicating today to PURGING!!!

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  38. Teresa, I think that you might be my long lost younger twin!!! You do so many of the same things that I do. Like you, I have been purging lately. I have given away and thrown out. When i look back through stuff, I had to be truthful to myself and face that I wasn't ever going to get around to finishing something, or that I don't like it any more, or I will just never take the time to make that big Baltimore album pattern I've been saving for 15 years. You have way more space than I do (ahem.. stash management shelves) but we are on the same wavelength.

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  39. I really like your journals ... what a better way to store inspiration without wasting too much space. Thank you for sharing. Love your organization :)

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  40. Your "collection" is just AWEsome! But, now I'm in mourning (sniff, sniff). I've been quilting now for over 35 years. I've moved several times from different states. And, sadly I gave away some of the patterns I actually saw in your photos. I had some of the original QNMs and those were given away too. sniff, sniff.

    But, on a positive note, THANKS so much for taking the time to photo and share with us viewers!

    hugZ,
    annie
    rubyslipperz106.blogspot.com

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  41. What a great organizer you are. I love it.

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  42. You are WAY more organized that I will ever be, but I love it. I like hearing how you organize things and seeing your stash. :) Maybe one day I'll be organized. Thanks for the chance to win the patterns.

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  43. I've started scanning pages I want to keep into my computer. They don't take up much space there. I do like your journal idea, though. Thanks for the chance to win the patterns.

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  44. Wow, you are so organized. I have seen so many pretty stash pictures here on SM, but this is the first for me to see such a huge pattern stash. Great journal.

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  45. What a great post. I have tons of odds and ends in different places. I think a trip to the stationary store is in order. I love the journal idea. What a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon with a cup of tea.

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  46. I need to use some of your tricks. I don't have that much, but I do have those big shelves and a mess, so boxes are what I need. I also have old magazines that smell musty, so I was thinking of taking out the patterns I want to keep and putting them in plastic holders.

    Debbie

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  47. What an inspiration you are! I have been "stashing" fabric, patterns, books, tips, etc., for years and pretty much had given up on organizing the mess. Have even been known to resort to buying fabric for a project 'cuz I can't find it in my 'treasures'. Thanks for the wonderful tips. Happy Quilting!

    Jan

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  48. What is it about turning 50 that makes us want to purge and organize? I've been doing the same and have even started a pile for a future blog giveway, but that doesn't stop me from wanting to enter giveaways! Love your blog, Terri in BC

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  49. I enjoyed all your organizing info. I need to do a purge too -- someday! But, until then, I wouldn't mind a few "new" patterns and things.

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  50. I LOVE the way you organize! It's similar to what I do, only so much better. You have inspired me to clean up and out my "stuff". However, I could always use what you are offering in your giveaway. How nice of you to share your wealth.

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  51. I have enjoyed reading your entries. Thanks for sharing.

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  52. Wow! How organised are you???
    Thank you

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  53. Great post! Would you care to come over and organize my sewing room? LOL I have plenty of my patterns in sheet protectors, but sure need to organize a huge stack I've collected. Thanks for sharing, I loved the "All around town" BOM quilt.

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  54. I have been saving 'ideas' for years in the plastic sheet holders. Just love picking up a book and flipping through the pages. Sometimes I giggle and think-"what was I thinking!"
    cw

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  55. Unbelievable!!! Now that is some serious stash you got going on there woman:) Thanks for lavishing some of it on a lucky winner:P

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  56. I enjoyed reading your post. I can relate to a lot of your techniques on saving stuff.

    Cindy
    frazzyus@yahoo.com

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  57. I like how you are personalizing the house block, I did that with her Yuletide Joy quilt.

    Congrats on purging some of your idea files, that is on my Spring to do list!

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  58. Yay for cast-offs! I love when my mother goes through and purges her stash and patterns. I'm always the luck recipient!

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  59. Your organizational skills are quite amazing! I am in awe! Purge away!

    LaDonna

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  60. I am in awe of your stash and storage system. My I would love to win some of it and help your reorganization.

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  61. I am seriously impressed at your organizational prowess... I'm going to lift a few of your great ideas to help me get better organized here!

    Altho I am a beginning quilter, I'm also at the "simply my life" stage. Despite this, I'm drooling over your stash! *lol*

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  62. Me too. You are so organized. I can send you my address if you really need to purge...grin.

    Great post.

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  63. Great filing ideas. I am new to quilting and am lucky enough to have a sewing room, so your ideas will help me keep it in shape from the beginning. Thanks

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  64. Guess maybe most of us share some of the same 'squirreling' tendencies. In my case, what I'm looking for is usually a little hard to find :o(.
    Thank you for sharing your organizing ideas!

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  65. You are so organized - even your journal is very organized. I've visited your blog before and will be "calling on you" again today. Thanks for the helpful tips.

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  66. I've always had aspirations of being as organized as you, but I'm afraid I'll never make it. Thanks for the enouragment though.

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  67. Once again I am in awe of your organizational skills. Such great tips. This is how I imagine my resources to be, now I just need to make it sew! ;)

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  68. Well Teresa, what a wealth of handy tips there for getting organised. I was thinking this week that I had a lot of fabric until I saw your wall. Like your filing system. Have been trying to tidy up my mess this week so your ideas will all come in useful. Thank you.
    Shirley.

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  69. I just love reading your posts Teresa!!! You are so organized and it helps me to find ideas of how to better my sewing room. It does feel so good to look through old files and get rid of stuff we don't need anymore. You never know the treasures you might find too! Thanks for the wonderful post!!! Hugs Ariane

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  70. Teresa, your an inspiration! Thanks for letting us in on your organised mind!

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  71. Love your organization tips. You are an inspiration. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  72. Thanks for a great post Therese. Guess I will hafe to gor through some of my old stuff once again, to make some free space.

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  73. Oooo - I'd love to flip thru your inspiration notebook - I saved some of those pictures too! What fun!

    doni @ Oregon coast
    www.doniquilts.blogspot.com

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  74. For the record, I LOVE your wall, and dream of such a day in my home.

    I also love the inspiration idea, too!

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  75. OMG how organzied you are. I bet you can name
    every UFO you have. Thanks for all the tips.
    I love your "Hick" house block. I love all the blocks. I am going to order the patterns from
    Quakertown. Thanks again.
    Janet

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  76. I've been feelin gthat urge to purge lately, too. But I'm purging scrapbook stuff, which I don't use now that I've started quilting. Thanks for all your tips!

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  77. I love your "wall of stash". It is great. I know what you mean about going to do one thing and then doing something else. 5 hours later you still have not finished the first thing, LOL! Thank you for the give away!

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  78. Every once in a while we all have to do a spring cleaning. I enjoyed experiencing yours so now I don't have to rush to do mine.

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  79. I LOVE YOUR STASH! And I would love to win part of it! Thanks for sharing your awesome organizational ideas!

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  80. Such incredible organisation.... it's great...
    good tips too...
    Hugz

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  81. I'm not a fan of Sunbonnet Sue or her boyfriend either. I guess it's time I did some purging also.

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  82. Love the organization tips. Thanks for sharing!

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  83. Your stash and the way you have it organized is amazing.

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  84. I enjoyed your post. I showed my husband the picture of your stash wall and he was amazed. I'm a new quilter and I don't have a really large stash (yet). Thanks for the giveaway. I really liked your redneck clothesline.

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  85. Wow that's crazy...in a good way though. You have some great organizing skills! :) I'm very jealous right now haha; I have a teeny, tiny stash (well it's actually just clothes my daughter has outgrown but still fabric)
    disintegratingstarr@hotmail.com

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  86. I enjoyed you post today...I think you have a great set-up for your fabric and all your information...I love it.

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  87. "The Redback on the Toilet Seat" is an ode to outdoor plumbing and dangerous spiders!!

    some of your pictures are bringing back memories of magazines from early quilting days

    would love to create one of these patterns

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  88. You are sure organized...even your purging is organized :)

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  89. Thanks for the information on organizing.

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  90. Great ideas about organizing patterns. Thanks :^)

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  91. Thanks for sharing your organizational woes. I need to go through my mounds of paper as well! I will head over to your blog and check out your giveaways! I need some "fresh" inspiration! LOL

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  92. Great tips! Love your wall of fabric.

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  93. What is it about turning 50 that makes us want to purge, reduce and refocus? I turned 50 four years ago and that feeling is still with me. It might be because I think we'll downsize in a couple of years...Anyway, I like the way you've organized your patterns. And, that wall of fabric! I hope you've been able to use up some of it since that picture was taken! Many thanks!

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  94. new patterns are always welcome. Thanks for all your tips.

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  95. I love rediscovering things. Thanks for sharing.

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  96. wow, you have inspired me to do some "thinning out" of my patterns and old idea's that I don't need any more.Thanks for some great idea's on how to store and organize my sewing things

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  97. Hi Teresa, I need something new/old to inspire me, I have fibromyalgia among other things, but the fibro thing took me to my knees about three months ago and I have been unable to sew or crochet for that long.If I could see some new patterns, it might get those old juices going. I just glad I get to read this blog most days. Double thanks to everyone out there that guest blog. i get to do just a little bit everyday, you know that old saying one step forward two back. sometime I get two forwardso it ends up even going back. LOL

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  98. I think that we have all been there and done that at one time or another. It may be a pain to do - but don't you feel good when it is done. Enjoy your new projects, hopefully, I'll have some new ones too.

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  99. Great ideas! I'm hopping over to your blog right now.

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  100. Thanks for so many great ideas on using and storing inspiration!

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  101. Gotta love those 80's patterns. I have some and they just make me smile...mostly the color combos.
    Always good to read your advice.
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  102. I enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for the good ideas. I love the clothes line with clothes on it.

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  103. Love reading your post and your organization skills are helpful. Thank You!

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  104. Great advice for a new year! I also have more patterns than I can make in my lifetime - that's not to say I'm not still looking.....

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  105. I just am in awe of all your material and patterns. I envy your room. I would be happy to recieve your give-away. Thanks.

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  106. Great organization tips. Love your notebook approach for capturing ideas.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  107. I LOVE your orginization tips! LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM! My hubby does too! Thank you for sharing another aspect! I appreciate it! And you are right - one man's trash is another man's treasure! <3

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  108. I am so humbled by all the responses to my Saturday post!! I am going to do some more file purging later this afternoon and come up with some more "new" patterns for additional giveaway chances (and of course, some more new fat quarters!).

    You are all so sweet! I look forward to finding all of YOUR blogs this week!

    Thank you so much for the time you've taken to read and comment, and thanks to Madame Samm for being such a fabulous hostess!!

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

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  109. Good on ya for purging..your super organized stash has inspired me to organize my own..now instead of chaotic..it is just messy...LOL

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  110. Thank you for sharing your organizational skills with all of us:) Amazing!! Sonya

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  111. I like your ideas for saving patterns and inspiration ideas. I have so many piles and folders of them that i usually can't find what I want to use. Thanks for the ideas.

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  112. Great to see how you organized your projects and ideas over the years. Inspirational!

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  113. Hola, Teresa!
    Adoro sus post en Stash Manicure!
    Admiro su "escondite" y su magnífica organización, así como cada dato que nos ha compartido! Gracias por eso!
    Su "scrap" realmente serán "joyas" para cualquier quilter, especialmente para las novatas como yo, que sólo hace un año y medio que comencé este hermoso camino!
    Gracias por el sorteo! Suerte para todas!
    Un abrazo para Ud.!
    GOOGLE TRADUCTOR: "Hi, Teresa!
    I love his post in Manicure Stash!
    I admire your "hiding" and its superb organization and every data that we have shared! Thanks for that!
    Your "scrap" really are "jewels" for any quilter, especially for novices like me, who only a year and half ago I started this beautiful road!
    Thanks for the contest! Luckily for all!
    A hug for you!"

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  114. Wow...I'm just amazed at your collection and how you're actually so organized! Thanks for a nice giveaway!

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  115. Wow, my DH thinks I'm a bower bird but I'd love to have that much stash to recycle. I don't think I could throw some of it out though!

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  116. What a treasure of ideas and experience! As a new quilter, and one who loves to try to make old things new, I've really enjoyed your walk through your collection!

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  117. wow I admire your stash and your inspiration library :-)

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