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Good evening dear friends,

I was thinking of something this week that I could organize or downsize. It was fun to gather up all the scissors and cutting tools, I could not really believe how many I had. I have four mats, I don’t do much rotary cutting but I thought the mats don’t take up much room so I’m going to keep all the sizes,Scissors and rotary cutters, I don’t really rotary cut with my MS but I have used electric scissors for a long time. I found plenty of pairs stashed here and there in different areas in the sewing room. I decided I’m going to keep two pairs and the rest need to go. Most of the time I use the Accuquilt cutter now.

Six rotary cutters, i’m going to keep one large one and one small one. No need for all the other ones.

Plenty of different sizes of scissors, also have some in project boxes. Definitely won’t miss some of them.

Rulers, how many of us buy a ruler for a project and never use it.

All rulers are stored on a wooden board that has slots for them. There is no way I’m ever going to use all of my rulers so I definitely will be parting with them .

Stay tuned to see what I will organize and downsize next week. I really am enjoying the process so far.

What have I’ve been working on this week, remember all the strips I cut last week, I am working on a nine patch project using 1 1/2 inch strips..

My other project I am using Elizabeth Hartman’s fox pattern to make two twin quilts for my grandsons, have to make 160 foxes.

Have a good evening, happy quilting,

Rosemary

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Two finishes

Dear friends,

Besides cutting up scraps every night, I was able to finish two quilts I have been working on.

The first one is the Moda block of the week, designers shared a different block every week and there are 48 blocks in total.

I used primitive gatherings lakeside gathering fabrics. I actually enjoyed using four different colors, a couple other colors were used as accent colors in some of the blocks. I chose to sash my blocks as I went, that is one thing I always try to do when I making a sampler instead of saving them for the end and then assembling them.

The girl next-door by Jen Kingwell finished 71 in.². Simple and fun blocks and plenty of fun to work on.

Going to try to finish up some things this year as well as start on some new ones. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Happy stitching

Rosemary

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Good Sunday afternoon,

I am amazed at how fast scraps multiply, my bags and the bins in the sewing room were just overflowing. It is hard to believe that I had over 25 pounds of just scraps from the last couple of years. They were just taking up so much room, so I decided that would be the first thing that I would organize.

I was very thankful to have my cutting machine, I picked certain dies and I decided that I would cut strips, 7 inch tumblers, 6 inch apple cores and 4 inch triangles. I worked on cutting the scraps the last couple of weeks, I’m hoping that from now on I don’t let them pile up and I take care of them as I go.I have never pieced together Apple cores but I definitely have enough to make a quilt. I love how there are little triangles to match on each piece. I didn’t count them but there are couple hundred apple cores which I think will make a wonderful quilt.I also cut plenty of 7 inch tumblers, as you can see most of the fabrics I am cutting are reproduction fabrics. The fabrics that were not reproduction fabrics in the scraps I used and I cut strips. Again I think when these are sewn together they will make a wonderful scrap quilt. Plenty of triangles were cut, when you sew the two triangles together they will form a 4 1/2 in.². The triangles will be wonderful as borders or even put together in a quilt of their own.

But nothing surprised me until I saw the amount of strips that I cut from those scrap bags. I am sure I have enough reproduction strips for at least four or five quilts. The strips were cut mostly 1 1/2 and 2 inches. I separated the strips that were reproductions from other fabrics.. I certainly will have fun using all of them in the future.

I did save some other pieces, different sizes that I thought would be good for something in the future.

The containers that I’m using to store some of my cut pieces in are from IKEA and they are on wheels, stackable to . Absolutely love them.

I also have another smaller unit in my sewing room that I store cut squares in, various sizes in different little drawers.And believe it or not after cutting up all of those scraps, I still have two bags left that I’m going to take to Shipshewana and put on the sale table. So I feel like I made some progress, I feel like there is a little more room in my sewing room. I’m going to try every week to take a certain item like patterns, books, rulers, notions and continue to post on how I organize or thin out what I have. Stay tuned and I will post again this coming week. Wondering how many of you have this many scraps in your sewing room. It doesn’t take long for them to pile up and to get out-of-control as you can see. Even if you take a handful of scraps every day and start cutting them into something else, they slowly will become more organized..

Happy stitching,

Rosemary

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Happy New Year. I hope that you and your family have a year full of many blessings, much health and peace.

Normally I don’t make resolutions but this year I decided my resolution was to get organized. I don’t know if it was turning 60 a year or so ago or the fact that my husband is now retired. When we moved in this house 15 years ago, we did not have this much stuff.

My sewing room is just bulging, so much fabric and excess things in there that I do not use. I’m going to take one thing at a time this year and see what I can do to organize it. I decided to share my journey with you. My journey through my stuff.

My sewing room is only 10 x 10, I have some wonderful storage units from IKEA and plenty of snap ware. I also have an ironing board which is constantly full of things so it never gets used as an ironing board, it is a catch all for everything I can’t seem to fit somewhere else.

And I can’t even open one of my closet doors because I’ve got bags of fabrics in the corner, I hide anything I can in the corners of my room and I’m slowly losing my space for my Chair to roll around LOL

So what is my first thing I’m going to conquer, scraps, i’ve been working with scraps the last 2 or 3 weeks. Does anybody else have 25 pounds of scraps? My husband said to me yesterday, why are you saving all those little pieces when you have all that fabric in your sewing room? That kind of made sense to me.

So out in the living room I set up a scrap station and I have been cutting away as I watch Hallmark movies during the holidays.

So continue to watch the blog because the next post will be on organizing scraps. I also hope that I can encourage some of you to follow me on my journey while I share my organization.

Happy stitching,

Rosemary

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Good evening,

As I talked earlier in the year, I’m going to be closing down the website by the end of this year. Right now everything that is left online is priced from five to $10. I will still keep some books in stock for teaching and other opportunities after the website is taken down the first week of January.

A priority mail envelope is $6.65 and can hold a couple of books and patterns. Any shipping internationally is $23.95 per envelope, if you’ve any questions, email me anytime. Ryquilter1@msn.com

Happy holidays and happy stitching,

Rosemary

I will still be blogging, maybe I will find more time to write on my blog.

As I talked earlier in the year, I’m going to be closing down the website by the end of this year. Right now everything that is left online is priced from five to $10. I will still keep some books in stock for teaching and other opportunities after the website is taken down December 31. I also will be happy to ship for you for secret Santa’s or secret pals too.

A priority mail envelope is $6.65 and can hold a couple of books and patterns. Any shipping internationally is $23.95 per envelope. Please feel free to pass this information onto your friends and if you’ve any questions, email me anytime. Ryquilter1@msn.com

Happy holidays and happy stitching,

Rosemary

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Projects for next year

Good evening,

There are so many projects I want to work on next year, I feel like I need to make a list almost. I’m going to try things out of the box or different things for next year.

I have been collecting Di Ford fabrics and yes I do have more than those in this photo, I want to try some Broiderie Perse and make a quilt using many blocks of that technique. I have tried it in one other quilt so I’m really anxious to try it again.

I ran across this pattern and I just love it, going to use some new fabrics I bought in Shipshewana that are called Bee Basics and backgrounds. Just love the fabrics and definitely will be different from the Civil War fabrics I’m used to using.

Afternoon delight pattern by Sue Garman has been on my list for a long time, Finally have started pulling the patterns and tracing the designs to get started on it next year.

I have loved this antique quilt for a long long time, would love to reproduce it just like the original. I have been wanting to work on a hexagon project and this just might be it.

I am working on the birds of liberty, just one block a month and will continue that into next year. There’s just so many beautiful quilts I want to start on, many more on my list, it will be interesting to see how many more I add to my list by the end of next year.

Hoping you are all having a wonderful time preparing for the holidays. Shopping is almost done, I am waiting for snow, plenty of snow so I have to stay in and sit at my sewing machine.

Happy stitching,

Rosemary

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Good evening,

I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We celebrate ours as a family on Sunday. That way all of my children can go on Thanksgiving day to celebrate with their spouses family. I think we’ve done it for over 20 years so then they don’t have to decide where to go or eat two Turkey meals in one day.

As I talked earlier in the year, I’m going to be closing down the website by the end of this year. Right now everything that is left online is priced from five to $10. I will still keep some books in stock for teaching and other opportunities after the website is taken down December 31. I also will be happy to ship for you for secret Santa’s or secret pals too.

A priority mail envelope is $6.65 and can hold a couple of books and patterns. Any shipping internationally is $23.95 per envelope. Please feel free to pass this information onto your friends and if you’ve any questions, email me anytime. Ryquilter1@msn.com

Happy holidays and happy stitching,

Rosemary

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