Friday, February 7, 2014

New Year, New Quilt Goals!

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Hi Everyone!

I feel so bad for not posting for so long! I apologize! We have had a busy Holiday Season!

It is a new year and I've got so many things I want to do this year! First of all, I'm going to clean out my sewing studio and take out the things I know I'm NEVER going to use.  I have a ton of stuff! I'm going to slim it down to sewing/quilting.

How was your Holiday? and do you make new years resolutions? I like to make them and I do accomplish most of them. I know I do much better when I have them written down and I can cross them off. (one of my favorite things to do....cross it off!)

My goals this year:

1. clean and organize my sewing studio.

This is an older picture, but, I have just as much to clean up, now! Yikes!
2. sell some of the items.

3. have give aways with the other items.

4. finish the kitchen cabinets. (we've been remodeling for the last few years.)

5. clean out the extra bedrooms. (we are empty nesters, and I've taken over one of the rooms....it has become my studio "extension." And it has things that I don't use....so, look for those items going for give aways or sales.

6. post more e-patterns. Yeah! I have a lot of patterns I need to convert over to e-patterns. Check out the patterns I have, now.

7. eat right. (I'm gluten free and sugar free...sometimes I get off track. But, for the 5th time going off of wheat, I realized that I feel so much better. No sugar also helps with pain.)

8. exercise! you know, this is on the list every year!

9. family history. I have photos of my family that I need to scan, clean up and share with my siblings. (I was voted "keeper of the photos.)

and 10. keep in touch with relatives. Now that I'm getting older and my relatives are fewer, I feel the need to keep in touch and take note of things from the past.

I will feel much more responsible, now, that I have these posted out in the WWW. haha.

Please share what main goal you want to accomplish this year! and then reply again when you've accomplished it. We'll help each other.

xoxo
Denise 

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    1. Thanks, Teresa! They holidays through me off track.

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  2. Love the resolutions you've set for yourself. I'm very interested in your diet-how does being gluten and sugar free help reduce pain? I have CRPS and fibro and am always looking for relief.

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    1. Gluten can cause bloating and pain in your gut, plus all over. As well as sugar and other grains. It's because of how they are genetically altering the plant DNA.

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  3. Your goals sound doable! I'll be watching for your giveaways!

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    1. Thank you! It is a struggle with the food part, need encouragement sometimes!

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  4. My sewing room has spilled over into 2 more rooms. So while my sewing room looks pretty clean and organized, I have been putting all the stuff I need to go through, have no place for, or just don't want to deal with at the time into our exercise room. I had it organized last fall but now I can barely get in the door. Obviously one of my goals is to clean that up and keep only things I will actually use again and have room to store neatly. My other goal is to focus on completing things I have started and not get distracted by every new thing that comes along.
    By Judy Good

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    1. You sound like me, Judy. I've taken over my daughter's old room. I have a mid-arm APQS George in there, plus a whole wall of Ikea shelving and the closet is full of stuff! I, do, keep that room clean. It is my actual 10' x 11' studio loft, that is a mess. I'm really out growing it! I'll show a picture when it is done. One day at a time, will get it done.

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  5. Denise
    It's so hard to be organized and creative at the same time, isn't it?
    By Debbie Emery

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    1. Yes, you are definitely RIGHT! Each time I'd write a book, the room would be a mess, then I'd clean it up and had inspiration to write another one. The cleaning and organizing helps me get inspired, as I find fabric that I'd forgotten about! haha

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  6. Organizing is a never ending battle. My goal is to finish my studio, as in drywall and flooring, install the french doors. Then, I can really get organized!
    By Becky Wright

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    1. well, Becky, you have a good excuse! Sounds like your studio will be beautiful! Especially with the french doors.

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  7. My studio is pretty well organized, I did want to re stack my teaching samples/beaded quilts. I was surprised to find two that I totally forgot two I made and really like now. I am going to get them up in my studio. So Denise, you will probably come across things you have as well.
    My quilt studio goal is to make the time on my calendar to get in there and create/finish projects. So many other tasks get into my daily schedule. It is time I put my studio time and me, first! I will make a date with myself on my calendar.
    By Nancy Eha

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    1. that's a great idea, to make a DATE! I work well with deadlines. I did that with a quilt top I needed to finish. It is pinned and ready to machine quilt...just need to sit down and adjust the thread tension on my APQS George!

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  8. My studio goal is to weed out the stacks of quilting magazines. I can't decide whether this will require a bulldozer, or if a wheelbarrow would be sufficient. There is just too much paper taking up valuable space.
    By Pat Hanna

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    1. I, too, have a ton of magazines. I have several subscriptions in those cardboard magazine holders, plus more on my cutting table. I'll probably have a give away for those! I get so many FREE magazines at the quilt shows. Sometimes libraries will take donations!

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  9. I loverd your studio picture! Your goals are lofty, but doable. I must say though, my stuff is worse and more disorderly. That was not a brag! My goals are therefore smaller. Clean off quilting machine. Deconstruct pile of jeans. Clean off cutting space. Find floor again. WHEW!
    By Jennifer Collard

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    1. Well, I'll have to add a new picture of the cutting table area. It is so full of fabric, books, magazines, and stuff. the last picture was from working on a book, things got piled up because I may need the same fabric/batting again. now, it is overflow, my cabinets are FULL.

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  10. Somebody once told my husband "Watch out-quilting will take over the whole house!"; we both laughed at the time. Now, if I don't start purging, there won't be room for us! I'm not exaggerating-we've had to clean out my husband's office because our soon to be divorced son is moving back home. The domino effect included moving a lot of stuff back into my longarm room. If I didn't have the longarm, I'd be fine, but it's not going anywhere. What to do?
    By Eileen Keane

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    1. wow, sounds like you have a conundrum. I hope you can find places for all of the stuff you need to move. I'm very good at consolidating and "hiding" things away in an organized way....I'm just really out of room, now. I've even got plastic bins on top of my cabinets to hold things, as well as a whole wall in an extra bedroom for books, and extra supplies...that will be cleared very soon. I don't need a lot of that stuff! Old sewing patterns, etc. are in baskets on top of those shelving units.

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  11. My studio is in pretty good condition, except for fabric left over from my business which I need to move. Once I move the fabric, I can increase my work space. To move the fabric, I plan to sell on etsy, guild yard sales, and flea markets.
    By C Darlene Pratte

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    1. That's great, you sound like you will have it organized very quickly. I've been giving a few things to my daughter and a niece, who loves to sew, she is about 10 yrs old.

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  12. Hi Denise; I, too, started to get organized, started with my kitchen (deep clean and purged). Started on my sewing area, then had a run in with a patch of ice (it won), so once this wrist is healed I will get back to it. Finally am able to sew again (it has been 4 weeks), so I am making progress.
    Gail
    By Gail Odeg

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    1. Oh no, Gail! I hope your wrist heals quickly! I would have a horrible time with that. I, did, break my ankle, and that was bad enough, but, I could still sew. Hope you feel better, soon!

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  13. I have a Pinterest Board devoted to organizing your studio. It is a group board so I welcome you to add images that inspire you to become better organized. The Board name is Storage DIY Group Board. http://www.pinterest.com/nancyeha/
    If you want to add your pins, here is my contact page on my website, email me that you want to join the Storage DIY board, I send you an email invite and you can start to contribute. http://www.beadcreative.com/contact-nancy-eha/

    I know you will be inspired by what I have on my Storage DIY Group Board
    http://www.pinterest.com/nancyeha/
    By Nancy Eha

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    1. What a great idea, Nancy! I'm sure you are helping a lot of people!

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  14. Oh, my, but life has a way of intruding upon our quilting life, doesn't it? Good luck on your purging. I've gone through that twice; the first when I purged all fabrics, but reproduction 30's (for baby quilts) and 1800's (my true passion), and the second was when we sold our house this past May and built our new home. If you saw my studio space now, you'd still question whether I've ever purged before! :)
    By Becky Wright

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    1. LOL, you are funny, Becky! I would do well with a move! It would force me to purge. my problem is that I figure I would use "it" someday! And whenever I've thrown out, given away, sold, I always find myself looking for it someday! I have found that I haven't used a lot of "stuff" that doesn't relate to my sewing/quilting business...so, those craft items will be purged! I've gotten rid of rubber-stamps, etc. Now to the other stuff!

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  15. Denise, I love your photo. I always suspected that truly creative people leave a trail behind them! My room looks a lot like yours right now, and yes, at certain times it looks like that over and over again. I am in the process of cleaning up to get ready for the next round of creating. Wonder what treasures I will find under some of those piles. And for all of you who are organized, most or all of the time, good for you!
    By Maria DeGroo

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    1. Thank you Maria, I feel better knowing that my messes are because of my creativity! I agree, there are always treasures around when I clean up, too. and I get inspired to make something, that's for sure!

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  16. My studio is quite similar with too many piles. yes i have to sell on, give away or whatever with some of my stuff. I am also gluten free and dairy free. Try to keep sugar intake down but do succomb to dark chocolate and the odd biscuit. But as gluten free choices limited and more expensive I don't eat as much of them. Just had a massage for my back and legs as had become very tense and tight.
    By Catherine Lawes

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    1. I call myself a "piler." I have a lot of piles, but, they are organized! Great goals you have set for yourself, too! Good luck!

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  17. My quilt studio goals for this year are to build a new studio and acquire a new long arm. We'll see how it goes.
    By Cheryl A Carmichael

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  18. We sound like we have alot in common. I have for the last year worked really hard on my diet including big sugar reduction (can't get totally sugar free but I am working at it) and gluten free...It is a tough road but when I fall off it, I get right back on because I do feel better. My issue is also pain (back and shoulder arthritis)but allergy symptom with no allergies according to testing too... So I am right there with you. I have been reading alot so my quilting and Family history has suffered. (and blogging too) I too have all the old family photos and documents. Have worked 18 years on the family tree some years more than others. I have a photo scanning project which will take me a life time to do.

    This week I did get into my Quilting studio. I too am a piler! I had all my quilt piles on my cutting table because I had used my sewing table for wrapping Christmas presents...Paper, tape and ribbon still all over the place...Put it all away, put away some of the fabric and organized a bit but the sewing machine called me loudly so now I am sewing!!! (and I still have a few piles sitting around) I know you can relate!

    Janet Smith

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  19. My quilt studio goals for this year are to build a new studio and acquire a new long arm. We'll see how it goes.
    By Cheryl A Carmichael

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  20. Jennifer Houlden
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    Jennifer Houlden
    Owner/Designer/Fibre Artist at Quilts by Jen

    Denise I gave my studio a good clean at the beginning of January as well as the back storage room and it felt so good. I have even managed to keep it clean since then. A clean studio is so much more pleasant to work in

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    1. that is awesome, Jennifer! I am working on mine. I'm taking pictures of before and after, and will be posting them when I'm done!

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  21. My quilt studio goal for this year is to increase the number of customers I do longarm quilting for by 50%. I have five regular customers now, and would like more!
    By Laura Guerin-Hunt

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    1. That is a GREAT goal! you may want to try giving your regular customers a little discount when they refer a new client! Good luck!

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Thank you for your comments! I really enjoy what you have to say!