A New Year-A Clean Slate

 

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Good Morning, Quilters!

I have been an errant blogger of late, but I haven’t forgotten about YOU!  I have been busy celebrating Christmas and the New Year with family and taking some quiet time to think, plan and organize.

I love the early days of a new year when everything is a blank slate–including the untouched calendar waiting to be filled with activities, goals, lists, hopes and dreams and of course, doodles!

WORD OF THE YEAR

One of the big discussions in the blogosphere at this time of year is the idea of choosing a word for the year-a word that suggests a guiding principle.

In 2015,  I chose the word  focus–a play on my interest in learning more about photography and my need to avoid distractions.

By the end of the year (Squirrel!) I was so harried (Squirrel!) I never chose a word for 2016.  (Perhaps I should have chosen Squirrel!?)

MOTTO FOR 2017

My motto  for 2017 is Make New Friends

I don’t mean it literally–but as a reminder to be open to new ideas and fresh ways of looking at things, exploring new possibilities and avoiding ruts.

Ruby and Roxie, Australian Shepherds

Remember the old Girl Scout song:

Make new friends, but keep the old…

One is silver and the other’s gold!

Ruby and Roxie, Australian Shepherds

MAKING NEW FRIENDS-MY THREAD STASH

One of my frustrations in my sewing room is my thread stash.

I LOVE thread, but finding the right thread is a nightmare and leaves my sewing room looking like a tornado hit!

All of my thread is stored (neatly) in boxes.  However, when I’m auditioning threads, I have to open all the boxes to see my choices–leaving my room a mess!

Threads, Sewing Room

HOW A THREAD NERD LIVES DANGEROUSLY

Last week I had six June Tailor thread racks installed on my sewing room wall.

I know this is not the best way to store thread–light and dust can damage thread.  

However, I have decided to throw caution to the wind and store my threads (on a wall with minimal sun light) in a way that suits the way I work--even if it means I have to replace threads more frequently!

Thread Organization

I spent several happy hours silently organizing my thread.  It was oddly calming and therapeutic…

Thread Organization

This will transform the way I work–a fresh look and a NEW FRIEND!

Isn’t it pretty???

What about YOU?  Do YOU have a motto or word for 2017?

Is there something YOU can look at with fresh eyes?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Signed,

YOUR Friend,

Lori

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Can Cleaning Lead to Bright Ideas? Open Line Friday

Quilt stripsGood Morning, Quilters!

Did you ever find yourself lost in your sewing room?  I mean literally lost?

Every so often, my sewing room gets to such a state of entropy that there’s just no other choice, but to stop and clean…

(Though I admit sometimes it’s just a form of procrastination…)Quilt stripsAs I began sorting and sifting and moving and rearranging, I realized that I was enjoying myself!

New fabric combinations revealed themselves…
Quilt stripsI’m not sure where this is going yet, but as soon as my sewing room is spotless I’ll let you know.

What about YOU?

Does cleaning and organizing ever make you feel calmer?  Does it lead you to new discoveries (besides that old apple core…)

Would YOU feel more creative if your space was a bit neater or more organized?!

We’d LOVE to hear!

Lollygagging Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, share or Pin with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

Open Line Friday

 

Crayon and Pencil QuiltGood Morning, Quilters!  Welcome to Open Line Friday….Everyone asks–Everyone answers.

Today I have a special request from one of our French friends:

We had a very bad time in France recently ( people killed, a satiric
news paper  and a shop were attacked)
and  I made a small quilt …
I had the idea , to sew, embroider,  or quilt, a pencil , somewhere on
all our works in 2015, to remember and agains obscurantism …
would you share this ?
You can see the whole Crayon and Pencil quilt and read more at CrayonandPencil.wordpress.com
I think we’d all be happy to support our friend!

Organizing ThreadCREATING RAFFLE QUILTS THAT SELL

Thank you to all who participated last week.  We had a very informative discussion on creating Raffle Quilts that Sell…

HOW DO YOU ORGANIZE YOUR THREADS?

January is the traditional month for organizing and planning…and that includes our sewing room!

Let’s give our threads  a little attention…a quick re-organization, and culling…

Organizing ThreadI’ve had several organizational systems for my threads over the years.

For a long time, I organized by color.

Later, I organized by purpose:  hand quilting, machine quilting, etc.

Organizing ThreadAfter experimenting with several organizational systems, the method I now recommend is to organize by FIBER.  Separate boxes for :  Cotton, Polyester, Rayon, Silk, Specialty Threads.  Within each box, group the threads by weight, clustering 30 wt, 40 wt, and 50 wt together.

Organizing Thread

One of my goals for 2015 is to experiment with different threads.  You will be hearing a lot about threads this year…so let’s start with a clean slate!

What about YOU?  How do YOU organize YOUR threads…

We’d love to hear!

Lori

You might also like:  Taking a Thread Inventory HERE.

PS…All images, information and tutorials are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!