I’m still working away in my sewing room. See this pile of picnic baskets. They are better known as the hoarding station of all unfinished units….When I first started using picnic baskets to store things I thought it was cute. Now it’s overwhelming. I have eight baskets and none are labeled so I have no clue what is in any of them. NO CLUE.
So…it’s time to give up cuteness and go for functionality and better use of my space. I have been buying these ugly three drawer units. I don’t love them at all but sometimes ease of use if more important than cuteness.
I tried to be better at labeling things as I sorted through the baskets. Taking time to make notes like this will save me later.
I found things I had forgotten about like this….
I had played with these one day and sewed up four blocks….My idea was some wonky log cabins. Hmm. This might happen someday. I still think it’s cute. These I saved.
Here’s a bag of 1 1/2″ cut squares. I have no idea what they are doing in the basket. These moved to the 1 1/2″ scrap bin.
I opened this to find these…no wonder I’ve left these languish….who knows what’s in them and who wants to dig to find out?? Apparently, not me.
Here’s one of the boxes. Want a good laugh? At one point someone had gifted me some batik scraps. I had no other batiks….not a single one. I stored them in here thinking someday I’d get some batiks. Bahahaha….this was from about 9 years ago. I have batiks now…gifty friends and a wicked going out of business sale changed that!! I’ve made three batik quilts now!! These scraps went with my other batiks.
I ended up filling the three drawers and throwing out some stuff. The bottom drawer is bonus triangles. I swear this needs to be the year of the bonus triangle!! They are overflowing badly.
The bottom drawer is all bonus triangles…the middle is odd units and the top is all 9 patch or 4 patches….I can’t part with them…that’s okay but I do have to find a way to use some then.
Several years ago I did a quilt along and we did a “From my Heart to Your Hands” quilt along…making these…
Then I would grab these bonus triangles and get right at the small quilts.
I loved having them for that…now, they are getting a little overwhelming.
In the mess I did find six quilt blocks that I started with bonus triangles…Hmmm…they’d make an awesome quilt. Maybe, just maybe that will happen and I’ll submit it for publishing. We’ll see. The quilt would definitely put a dent in my stash of bonus triangles. Each one takes 16 half square triangles!!
I found these. I believe they are from my Zuckerwatte quilts.
Well I got thinking that there was another Bonnie Hunter quilt that used pink half square triangles so I looked and yes, Twirl Around has them. It’s in her Addicted to Scraps book. I checked the sizes and YES, these will work for that. So rather than put this back in the drawer of half square triangles, I decided to label these and put them in the UFO cabinet. Makes more sense to me!!
I’ll be in need of a graduation or childcare quilt and these could easily work for that!
So that took awhile to clean and sort. You can see why it’s taking me so long to go through EVERYTHING!! It’s worth it though. I’m loving how it’s coming along!!