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Launching the 1st of 10 Free Fabric Giveaways (Today only!)

30 Mar 2011

We are moving offices this Friday, and that means we are all in our packing clothes (code for jeans and t-shirts), and boxing everything up.

(Although Managing Editor Helen is still trying to get a little work done amidst the chaos...)

We have a lot of work cut out for us the next two days:

And I am cringing at the state of my office...

So this is where we could use a little help! We have a lot of loot to give away, and we want to get rid of it by the end of the day today. This is the first of several posts where Ellen, Lindsey, and I will be giving away bags of free stuff, so keep checking back. We have a lot of loot: Angelina packs, stashes of fat quarters and fabric swatches, books, batting, Havels scissors (and these are GREAT scissors), and more.

Due to the timing of this, we can only ship to U. S. destinations today. Sorry to our international folks, but we thought it was better to give away free stuff rather than not give it away at all, and this is the only way we can ship. (If you live outside the States, and still want to play along, maybe you can have your goods shipped to a friend in the U.S. who can then ship to you.)

Question: Are you spring cleaning your studio? What kinds of things are you getting rid of? Leave a response below and I'll pick three winners by 1:00 PM EDT today!

 


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Babsaroo wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:13 AM

Getting rid of?  I'm just moving it around.  I may need it someday and can't bear to part with it. -- Barb ib NC

Shandy2 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:15 AM

More than spring cleaning actually. I emptied the studio and painted it lilac. Got new bright colored accents to go with the white furniture and I'm in full reorganizing mode. I also installed new shelves. So lots of stuff going out to make room for new stuff. Very exciting.

ChristinaF@4 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:15 AM

Spring Cleaning, I guess I am always looking for ways to reduce, reuse and remove. My spring mission is to turn the scraps from all my project to manageagble sizes, like 2 1/2, 3 1/2 and 5 inches and sort by value. But I can't seem to throw away much because I might need it for a quilt, journal, postcard or something special

on 30 Mar 2011 9:17 AM

Spring Cleaning?  What does that mean?  hahaha  

KSO428 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:17 AM

I am cleaning out old painted canvases. There are several art students near me that are thrilled to get them, and they can paint over them for study work.

nonajeanne wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:18 AM

I just destashed a ton of kids fabric making drawstring backpacks for a girl scout troop.    Today I rehomed a lot of used spools of embroidery thread to a lady that just got a new embroidery machine.  

etorgers wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:18 AM

Getting rid of?  Are you kidding?!  I've just brought home a bucket of treasures - weird shaped and patterned pieces of rusty metal from my father's shop.  Can't wait to wrap them in wet fabric.

I clean my studio between projects and this one has been a teepee for my 4 year old grandson so I didn't make too bad a mess.

My motto:  Ain't art if it's not messy.

LHarrigan wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:18 AM

I will be cleaning after I finish my current quilt project.  Almost there!  I will be getting all of those NON quilting and sewing things which have sneeked into the room at night while no one is looking!

Julaine2 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:18 AM

Starting my spring studio purge, I'm going through paints, markers, pencils to see what's dried up, 2 drops left, too small to use anymore...it's a start and my goal is to stay focused!

cdlewis wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:19 AM

Since my tastes have changed over the years I just donated a lot of my old calicos to Big Bend Hospice to make room for more hand dyed fabric and batiks.

Rosalynrd wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:19 AM

It looks like you all are having fun!

I did a spring cleaning on my hobby lobby (as my son calls it LOL), and am going to get rid of 15 yards of fabric I bought for $1/yd that I thought would be new livingroom curtains (wrong color). I'll take it to quilt guild and see if anyone wants it. Also gave a couple of still-like new books to our local library because they weren't what I thought they were when I ordered them. Fun times in my hobby lobby now! :)

canary523 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:20 AM

Old patterns that I have accumulated but I know I will never make..

kakiyork wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:20 AM

Spring cleaning?  Yes, I am using the leaf blower to blow out the  oak leaves and pollen that have been tracked in from my deck.  The swifter to clean the dirt and threads off the floor.  And tossing out a slightly well worn bad attitude and embracing a new can-do one! It is a brand new day!

bkirk2 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:20 AM

Free stuff!  Cool...  I'd love some. Can't tell by the photos - but if that's the Stow office - I'll come over and get it!  Thanks so much for the give-away!  Barbara

jonesing wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:21 AM

I don't get ride of anything - but my husband does. I just 'rearrange'.

leebabyok wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:21 AM

I've been spring cleaning the whole house! I went thru the grandson's room and threw out 2 trash bags of broken toys, just don't tell them. I don't have room for a dedicated sewing room so my sewing stuff is in a corner of the dining room but I can't get rid of anything. Its pared down to the bare minimun now.

Bethquilter4 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:21 AM

We are supposed to clean? I have too much sewing to do to clean. Ok, sometimes I do pick up and put away when things get too deep! If I give anything away my quilting friends have first choice and then it goes to my church thrift shop.

kesslerou wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:21 AM

I am just moving into my new studio right now, so I am using the opportunity to both reorganize and up-cycle items.  My daughter (who is almost 8) and learning to sew is getting a stash of her own (discards from my stash).  The remainder of un-wanted stash is being donated to my local schools for their projects.

jonesing wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:21 AM

I don't get ride of anything - but my husband does. I just 'rearrange'.

etorgers wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:21 AM

Getting rid of?  Are you kidding?!  I just brought home a bucket of interesting rusty metal that I can't wait to wrap with wet fabric.

I clean after a project and the teepee that I just made for my 4 year old grandson didn't make too much of a mess.  

My motto:  Ain't art if it's not messy.

My last one didn't post...  hope this doesn't make two.

Meadowlark22 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:22 AM

As a quilter, I find it hard to get rid of anything! I tend to reorganize and rearrange, and that is what I call "Spring Cleaning"!

ljclark wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:23 AM

Mostly I'm rearranging and getting rid of dust, lint, dust, stray cut threads, and dust!  Oh and piles of gardening and other old magazines (but not my quilting magazines)!  ~Lois in OH

TracyAllyson wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:23 AM

I am throwing out anything that is old, dried up and/or no longer appealing. I am hoping to give the walls a new color and kick out the family computer so the room can be ALL MINE! Mwah-ha-ha!

katnorman wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:23 AM

OMGoodness!  I have donated a bunch of my stash (kiddo fabrics) to our local Project Linus group.  These were cotton fabrics I was going to make clothes for my girls (they are 21 and 19 now).  They will be put to good use...and now I can play with my artsy projects!

SewLindaAnn wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:23 AM

I am Spring Cleaning and getting rid of seriously old magazines taking up valuable book space!!!

Skb2000 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:24 AM

I have been spring cleaning as well. I finally went through my scrap heaps and got rid of those itty bitty things I have been keeping figuring I would use them. Unfortunately, I have not found a good way to keep them from looking like crap every time I paw through the piles so I finally just tossed them. I am sure I will have new ones soon!

Cindy Morgan wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:26 AM

Not getting rid of a thing.  I might need it!

susth1 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:27 AM

I am getting rid of all the dust and loose threads lying around. The little snips of fabric and yarn that are too small to use for anything. However, nothing else leaves my sewing room, it took me too long to accumulate it. Besides, I might need it someday.

imzadilover wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:28 AM

My studio is a multi-purpose room that is home to our family computer, my sewing things, and a pile of my husband's home maintenance tools and clutter. My goal is to get my husband's stuff back out to the shed where it belongs, so I have enough room to spread out my next project! Maybe, someday, when I am not working on anything, (yeah, right, I have 3 projects going right now!) I'll get around to cleaning and sorting!

Gericon wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:28 AM

Ha! I find it necessary to clean my studio after every major project. I am a messy worker.

Debra Lamb wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:28 AM

Yes, I'm cleaning, rearranging and organizing my studio for better flow. That way I can get to it when I need it and I'll know right where things are at. As far as getting rid of stuff, the only thing I'm getting rid of is the cross-stitch fabric and patterns, and I've given them away to someone who loves cross-stitch. I hope you pick me! I'd love to be blessed with a bag of your stuff, and I promise to share anything I can't use myself with others. Have a blessed day!

jazzmomma wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:29 AM

I taught school in the inner city fir 36 years.  I raised a son.  I got a masters degree but when I retired I was able to do what I always dreamed of doing. I joined a guild and learned to quilt.  I found a community of teachers who worked at jobs but taught their love of quilting. Patient and kind for two years the have led me stitch by stitch to the point I can say I am a quilted.  They showed me their sewing room and I suffered from stash envy.  Little by little I accumulated a tiny stash and find I save every little scrap.  I can't part with even tiny triangle.  I can't part with a pattern or a book because at the age of 62 I feel like a kid in a candy shop as I sit amid my tiny stash.  Mquilting has filled my life with joy as part of a community of quilters.

thienkim wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:30 AM

I totally need to spring clean my sewing area. I can barely see the sewing machine anymore!

tenino62 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:30 AM

I an doing the whole reorganizing thing so I can find 'stuff'. It has gotten to the point that I spend more time looking than sewing!!!!

on 30 Mar 2011 9:31 AM

Cleaning and reorganizing my studio. Recycling  lots of books and fabric!

jazzmomma wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:31 AM

I taught school in the inner city fir 36 years.  I raised a son.  I got a masters degree but when I retired I was able to do what I always dreamed of doing. I joined a guild and learned to quilt.  I found a community of teachers who worked at jobs but taught their love of quilting. Patient and kind for two years the have led me stitch by stitch to the point I can say I am a quilted.  They showed me their sewing room and I suffered from stash envy.  Little by little I accumulated a tiny stash and find I save every little scrap.  I can't part with even tiny triangle.  I can't part with a pattern or a book because at the age of 62 I feel like a kid in a candy shop as I sit amid my tiny stash.  Quilting has filled my life with joy as part of a community of quilters.

lbushnell wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:32 AM

I'm getting rid of any fabric I've had for years and never used.  Our guild has a garage sale to raise money for speakers so that's where it will go.

Dale Kathryn wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:32 AM

I spring cleaned my studio last year - or would that be "sprang" cleaned? There's not much left in the way of things to get rid of - I just need to get rid of procrastination!

on 30 Mar 2011 9:32 AM

Oh my goodness, YES...I've gotta do a major spring clean (I feel like I'm nesting...this is not good, tee hee ;)  I've gotta get rid of some paper!  I don't think I'll be able to let go of any of my fabric though, because, you know, 'I'm going to use it all at some point' ;)  

Good luck with the move and thanks for the chance at having some of your fabric!

Jamie :)

klg727 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:33 AM

This has to be a trick question! Get rid of anything??? Okay, maybe once in a great while, I will throw out paint or give away yarn I don 't want!

on 30 Mar 2011 9:33 AM

I just redid my fiberart studio and my paint/crafting studios so not spring cleaning. Love them both! Have fun moving.

iloveart wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:35 AM

Definitely Spring Cleaning today.  However, I don't think there will be much, if any, tossing unless it's packaging.  Wow look at all that loot!  Good luck on the move.  (I don't envy you there!)  :)

GayleB@8 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:36 AM

I'm just moving from one room to another - can't imagine what your move is like.

on 30 Mar 2011 9:36 AM

Moving? I hope you're going to bigger and better offices. Right now my spring cleaning for my studio is to go through my UFOs - some are just no longer interesting to me and others I'd like to finish but have forgotten all about them. I'm thinking that I'll see if any of my artist friends would like to have the ones that I don't want anymore. Maybe they can work them over into something they'd like to play with.

Debra Lamb wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:36 AM

I'm working on the flow and reorganizing everything in my quilt studio. I've gotten rid of some old books and patterns, as well as cross stitch patterns and fabric, gifting those to others who could use them.

I would love to get your free stuff, and promise to give it a good home. Have a blessed rest of your day!

Debra Lamb wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:37 AM

I'm working on the flow and reorganizing everything in my quilt studio. I've gotten rid of some old books and patterns, as well as cross stitch patterns and fabric, gifting those to others who could use them.

I would love to get your free stuff, and promise to give it a good home. Have a blessed rest of your day!

DebbieM66 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:37 AM

Yes, I will be cleaning. It's actually on the schedule for next week, but the only thing I'll be getting rid of is dirt and dust! I have a lot of stuff and it's disorganized, but I think that if I take some time to organize a little at  time over several months, it won't look as bad. I can't think of anything that I wouldn't want to keep!

bobbie.jones wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:37 AM

I'm always cleaning up my creating space it seems, but this spring I've been making a concentrated effort to purge and donate some of the patterns, books, material, thread, etc. so someone else can have some fun.

burkhardth wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:38 AM

I'm participating in a worldwide swap and I'm sending leftover blocks...but as I'll receive stuff too, it will be no mayor cleaning :-)

I'm from Germany but can provide an address in VA.

Heidi

CandiceHope wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:39 AM

We may as well call it Spring Cleaning! my sewing room will be turning into our first baby's room this summer.  So I need to start cleaning it out now to get ready for the new baby.  I am really looking forward to re-organizing and really cleaning out the stuff that hasn't been touched in years.

Endorph wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:40 AM

I am spring cleaning by organizing - even built a new cupboard to help with storage. I am sorting through my paper stash and clay stashes but so far very little has left the room! In fact I just got a box of hand dyed wool from a firend that is screaming to be used!

isabelle2009 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:40 AM

I just keep accumulating stuff. Friends give me lots of their scraps and I sew them into 8 1/2" squares. Then add coordinating half square triangles and 12 of those plus border makes a nice size donation top. I let others quilt or tie them. I would like to get done with scraps and be able to work on some of my own projects but just have too many scraps waiting for me.

cohl wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:41 AM

I'm spring cleaning my studio & giving away things that I know I'll never make or use. I'm rearranging my sewing cabinets & cutting table so it's more functional to work in. Once it's clean, I can make a new mess with a new project! I do tidy up after each project though, so the mess isn't overwhelming! I would definitely use a "goody bag" from QA! Thanks for the great site!

marijka wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:42 AM

I've finally had to admit everything won't fit in my studio (hard to work when I feel claustrophobic!) and am boxing up projects and tools for the basement, including lots of Christmas, winter garments I can't wear for months, knitting, hand embroidery, etc. My goal is to create SPACE!!  Good luck on moving your own stuff, and thanks for being so generous. :-)

Stitchminx wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:42 AM

I'm always Spring Cleaning, some folk might call it organising! LOL  My hubby would say its stash collecting.  I've just been to IKEA to buy some new storage for my thread collection, love it!

on 30 Mar 2011 9:43 AM

Big time spring cleaning going on over here! New desks (one for computer another for sewing) and bunches of new storage boxes. Unfortunately not too much has make it to the trask or give away bin ... yet.

elenyquilts wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:43 AM

Definitly cleaning.  I moved 19 months ago and just moved everything.  BAD MISTAKE.  Now I'm getting rid of books (traditional quilting from my roots), old threads (but keeping the wooden spools), paint and glue that is so old it is hard, scented candles that really stink, dull rotary cutter blades, and my old ironing board cover that is covered in fusible web, paint, etc.  I'm keeping the bags of leather scraps, the wool roving, the good paints and surface design stuff, the boxes of buttons, copper and aluminum sheeting for quilting, and a ton of other stuff.  Saturday is the Salvation Army Fabric Fair and I may be looking to buy some sheer drapery samples to do some sheer quilts and windows in bigger quilts.   But I can always make room for more.   Hope you enjoy your new studio.  Keep up the good work.  I love your website and magazine.  

Eleny Maul

cdininge wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:44 AM

I wish I was home spring cleaning instead of working! Not really, I'd rather be home creating and finding ways to used the things others might get rid of!!

DinahT wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:44 AM

Small scraps, at lest I try to. :)

Unfortuatly I am a keeper of toooooo much stuff.

DinahT

carolelaine2 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:45 AM

Giving to  an unemployed friend with an Etsy site.  I love picking up vintage stuff at bargain prices and if I have had it too long and have not used it, I am  giving it to her to recycle, upcycle, and make money.    This is the only way I can get rid of stuff that is just too good for donation.

aluze wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:45 AM

Will not get down to the spring cleaning for a couple of weeks yet, as we had snow again yesterday. But I am rounding up all my scrap pieces of material to try a new project. --Tressa IA

tristanrobin wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:45 AM

Just finished my spring cleaning! Though I never get rid of fabric - I'm just too greedy (and in love with it all), I did clear out a LOT of paper craft stuff - printed papers, paper punches, embellishments, ribbons, die-cuts, rubber stamps, pads, markers, etc. and sent them to two young girls who are just getting started in the paper crafting addiction. They're excited about all the influx of supplies, and their mom told me they've been making "stuff" since the boxes arrived. "Stuff" is my favorite thing to make with paper arts supplies, too!

loriequilts wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:46 AM

Spring cleaning, what???? It is 40 degrees in Poteau, OK. I am hunkered down under quilts to stay warm until Spring really arrives.  :)

Send all the free stuff now, husband will only be out of town a few more days. Hehehehe I would share with my quilt group though.  ;)

cloban wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:47 AM

When I do spring cleaning, I go through my Husband stuff anything he hasn't used in a year is gone, unless I can use it for my My quilting art. He asked me why I don't do that with my stuff, I just tell him I never know when I'm going to need it for my art work.

on 30 Mar 2011 9:47 AM

I am in the process of a MAJOR spring cleaning in my studio and I am trying to cut my fabric stash in half.  It's so hard to let go, but I know I'll be happier when my fabric is neatly organized and easier to access.

jtalley wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:47 AM

I think this is very generous of you to share with thw resr of us quilters

on 30 Mar 2011 9:48 AM

I passed along some patterns, vintage lace & buttons in an effort to make room for new Spring collections. I also added some old chair backs along the wall to make some creative magazine racks.

twlinhart wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:49 AM

I only rearrange. I think I want to get rid of things but that never happens..I only add to the chaos--Tina in NC

KarenM@61 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:50 AM

I have organized my fabric scraps, I sorted them into 6 different baskets by color.  I am now waiting for my husband to put up the shelf that I'm going to store these baskets on and get them off my floor.

on 30 Mar 2011 9:51 AM

OK,  why did I buy some of these books???  going to donate them for auction fir scholarships for Quilters of SC retreats

on 30 Mar 2011 9:51 AM

I'm getting rid of old magazines with outdated methods in them.

on 30 Mar 2011 9:52 AM

I am spring cleaning my grief of my son who passed away last Aug.

Cleaning, organizing, and making room for my new beginning.

I am tossing my tears, keeping my memories.

Tossing my anger of why oh why and moving to what I can.

on 30 Mar 2011 9:52 AM

I am spring cleaning my grief of my son who passed away last Aug.

Cleaning, organizing, and making room for my new beginning.

I am tossing my tears, keeping my memories.

Tossing my anger of why oh why and moving to what I can.

suz23 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:52 AM

I am definitely spring cleaning my studio! Some things will go into bins in the garage, nicely labeled, of course. I will ship leftover pieces, etc to grandchildren to use in their creative works. I will make file cards, with fabric snippets stapled on, descriptions, dimensions, special techniques, etc of recent completed projects. And other stuff I will donate, give away to friends or pitch out to make room for the new!

on 30 Mar 2011 9:53 AM

I am spring cleaning my grief of my son who passed away last Aug.

Cleaning, organizing, and making room for my new beginning.

I am tossing my tears, keeping my memories.

Tossing my anger of why oh why and moving to what I can.

Karen vL wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:53 AM

Trying to downsize, but it's breaking my heart.  Gave a bunch of misc.scraps to a friend who is always making things for others! Anything smaller than a fat quarter had to go. Gave away a few quilting books. Still needed to get rid of more but couldn't make the hard decision, so got rid of a bunch of clothes instead! I don't need to look good to quilt!

on 30 Mar 2011 9:54 AM

I seem to clean, sort, organize constantly and things never get better.  It is endless.

elainejr wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:55 AM

Not spring cleaning yet, but I will be.   Not sure if that means getting rid of - or just moving into a "semi-organized" space.

Elaine - WNY

kidsquilttoo wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:55 AM

I'm spring cleaning, but if I choose to get rid of anything, the kids scoop it up for their projects...so between the kids and I, we're re-purposing!

on 30 Mar 2011 9:56 AM

I  am sending lots of supplies to a sewing center in Haiti.  They can make a salary by using my cast offs and Not going to ever use this.

meisterang wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:56 AM

I'm getting rid of the ripped dog bed leaking stuffing, the jeans which, even if I replaced the broken zipper, still would not fit.  In fact all mending piles must go.  Life is too short, and there is too much art quilting, nuno felting and knitting to do.

on 30 Mar 2011 9:57 AM

Sorry, I can't get rid of anything; and my stash has long since expanded from my sewing studio.  It's taken over the closet under the stairs and continues to grow.  "But I might have a use for it . . . !" is my favorite phrase.  Luckily, my husband is terribly indulgent and doesn't mind (his stash of computer parts has long since outgrown his workroom and taken over another closet).  

However, so far I've stuck to my 2011 resolution of not buying anything NEW.  I buy supplies and fabrics ONLY from thrift stores now, and recently gladly accepted a bag of fabric scraps and half-finished projects from a friend who finally got up the nerve to do the reorganizing in her studio that I should be doing in mine.

on 30 Mar 2011 9:58 AM

I need to spring clean my studio, but unfortunately I'm too busy to get in there.  I'm thinking I'll get rid of some fabric scraps by tossing them out the window for the birds!  QA always inspires me!  LOL, hope I win some more things for inspration!  Hope the move goes fast and uneventfully!

Karoda wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:59 AM

I think I spring clean all year long lol.  But I'm off loading magazines and books mostly.  I take them to a membership group for grab bag give aways.

blkangl wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:59 AM

I am getting rid of the rug under my sewing chair because it keeps rolling up under wheels and I'm replacing it with a 8x4 stained plywood board.

MonaAnn wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:00 AM

Only fabrics that I no longer like and know I won't use.

Sue120 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:00 AM

Spring cleaning comes several times a year when I can't get through the mess any longer. I have to get rid of some scraps! Why do I save those little pieces and when am I going to use them? I have to either get rid of them or organize them and getting rid of them seems easier. Maybe I'll put a bunch of them in a tub and let the grandkids cut them up and play with them when they come for Easter.

on 30 Mar 2011 10:02 AM

Dare I say it? I get rid of magazines. I can't bring myself to actually recycle them, so I give them away or try to sell them. I also get rid of fabric if I'm sure there is little chance that I will use it soon. I'd rather see it get used by someone else rather than sit in my closet. Sometimes I wonder why I felt the need to buy some of the fabrics that I did. I have a hard time getting rid of books unless it's something I bought and didn't like. I'm planning on doing a bit of spring cleaning this weekend--I hope it goes well!

KaraFayeO wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:04 AM

I gave quite a bit of stuff to charity and am looking to replace with new things for new inspiration.

suecom wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:06 AM

I'm getting rid of everything I can.  Sold my shortarm machine (finally!) and have to make room for the new longarm,  so I have to  get rid of fabric, boxes, lots of stuff:.. So I can paint & put up shelves to store all the NEW stuff I'm going to get!

BetsyJB wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:07 AM

I have thought about getting rid of stuff.  Does that count?

NZeller wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:07 AM

Spring cleaning...Yes... I'm getting rid of old artwork that no longer has meaning to me.

jwgrendel wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:08 AM

I'm trying to clean up so i can HAVE a studio!

Jill in NJ

kbatts1968 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:09 AM

Haha.   Spring cleaning to me is just rearanging in my studio.  But spring cleaning will come after tax season for me.

artfulpath wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:09 AM

I am jumping off the deep end and beginning to make mixed media works to sell so that I can make good use of my precious stuff. It's not creative if it lives in a box or bag, so out it comes! As a 2-D artist I'm making 3-D creations and stretching my brain. Send me some of your cool cast offs!

LynnT@24 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:12 AM

I am reorganizing my studio this week; have to find more space for my growing collection!  I got rid of the clothes in the closet that I can no loger fit into, saving some for their interesting fabric of course.  Then I moved shelves into the closet and am now sorting things into new bins on the shelves.  

Best wishes in your new offfices!

on 30 Mar 2011 10:12 AM

I moved about a year ago, and that gave me the excuse I needed to get rid of stuff I had accumulated through the years and not used, i.e.:  fabric, books, yarn, and stuff, you know?  Now that I am settled in my new place, I find myself still accumulating, and having lots of fun doing it!  All these new things to try ...

Take some time to have fun with the move!  I imagine every little thing you pack brings back memories ...

SueA@2 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:13 AM

Yes, I'm cleaning my studio.   I have some old books I've read and no longer need that I'll donate to our library's next used book sale.  Not sure if I'll get rid of anything else, but I never know.  Happy moving!  

on 30 Mar 2011 10:13 AM

I am!  I have boxes and boxes of stuff I've been sorting.  I'm planning to find donation spots for craft items I just honestly won't ever get to (where do I get the idea I'll have time for rug hooking, I wonder? so...lots of wool clothing.  

The quilting and mixed media stuff needs to be more together, rather than spread out everywhere in the workroom, so that's the next project.  It'll be easier when there's more room after the purge.  Good luck with your move and cleanup!

wMarlaine wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:17 AM

spring cleaning in my studio means tending to the dust bunnies and clearing table tops.  There isn't a thing in my studio that I'd want to throw out.  I'm sure I'll find a use for it eventually!

edzellinni wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:17 AM

Ugly fabric i got in exchanges, recycled bits that  just don't speak to me

ChantalR wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:18 AM

I'm in the process of sorting through and giving away things I don't use anymore.

watuwando wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:18 AM

Not getting rid of anything here! I'm sure I don't have as much stash as a lot of people lol. I am constantly rearranging though!

Radar2 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:20 AM

Cleaning out old books,fabric no longer my taste & old(brittle) thread). Need a breath of fresh air in there.

Eleora wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:21 AM

I probably need to "get rid of" a lot of stuff.  I hate to do that because as soon as I do that I am sure to need it!  I am running out of room so I will have to do something!

dmoftt wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:21 AM

Finding and recycling empty boxes, odd fabric scraps that are too small to use (and no, I'm not going to make really tiny things), and notes and old paper, etc.  The cat needs to get to his pillow to bird watch and I need to get to the sewing machine.  Hey, I'm close enough to be able to pick up my winnings if I'm so lucky.  What is going to happen with the building?   Renting it?

twkumro wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:22 AM

I just donated scads of fabric from my stash to my guild's Chinese auction. Bundled by color. They all went to happy homes and I still have enough to fondle and fill a fabric store!

Eleora wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:24 AM

I can't find my comment so I am trying again.  Should get rid of stuff as I am running out of room.  But, I fear needing things so it is hard to let go.

jane@47 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:27 AM

The worst part of cleaning up my studio is finding everything again after I have "organized" it - When I put it away in it's bin, drawer or shelf it makes so much sense, then weeks later when I look for it the logic escapes me. . . : )  Nothing like a refreshed studio when starting a new project tho.  Good luck ladies!

ndumaine wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:28 AM

Getting rid of some funky fabric I won't use - going to donate it.  Oh, also cat hair.

montymoo wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:30 AM

I cleaned my crafting room last week.  I bought a new bookcase and each shelf is devoted to a craft- knitting, sewing and crocheting.  I bought a glass front bathroom wall cabinet, took out the shelf, and then stacked all my thread in it on pegs.  It's very cool.  

When it came to my yarn and fabric, this is where I let things go. I brought everything I didn't want anymore to my knit night friends, and they will use it for their own projects or bring it to their favorite charities.  It's a great way to see that everything will be used and appreciated in one way or another.  I owe so much to my knitting group, and it is just a small way that I can show them how much they mean to me.

stanzalouise wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:31 AM

I am processing my 100+ snow-dyed scarves from my spring/summer collection - taking about 30 to gallery tomorrow for them to choose from.  Will be doing some "real" spring cleaning this weekend to spruce up for Spring Workshops starting in April.

PS. I have a US address to send to

Aynsley wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:32 AM

I have been spring cleaning but the only thing I seem to be able to part with is the dog hair:)

sunipatch wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:33 AM

I clean dust all the time.  I organize before and after each major project.  I made 50+ dresses for Little Dresses for Africa last summer, 45 costumes for Xmas church program for King Winselot, and am now working on costumes for Roman soldiers and Isaiah for the Easter play of The Promise.   The rest of the time I quilt for friends and family gifts, make clothes for my grandchildren, decorate my home, and sew for myself when I have time.  If it can be made, I have probably done it.  I am thinking of giving sewing lessons and help/work sessions at my church to pass the skills along to the younger ladies.  I recently added cubed shelf modules to my sewing room to organize my fabrics for a good quick view of them.  Larger amounts of fabrics are kept in labeled plastic bins.  I have my room set up in work station areas so I get plenty of up and down exercise while I sew.  I also added more lighting.

PocahontasNH wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:34 AM

No Spring cleaning, I am a squirrel!  During the snowy NH Winter months, our master bedroom became my studio and I loooooooove it.  Spring cleaning was Winter cleaning this year!

natalya2 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:35 AM

I just de-stashed by sending boxes to IBOL!

robinnn wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:35 AM

My "studio" is in pretty good shape, so no cleaning for me - did that a couple months ago. I have nothing I need to get rid of - I'm a newbie so I'm collecting! LOL!

Maria Elkins wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:36 AM

Spring cleaning is going to last all year this year! I'm trying to maintain a "use it up" mindset through out the year. I have so many things I've bought through the years and have never used, so I'm trying to use it. If I don't like it, I'm giving it away. If I run across something I don't think I'll ever use, I give it away. I want a clean, streamlined studio to work in by the end of the year.

I already gave away two big grocery bags full of fabric that I was not interested in anymore: large floral prints, small calicoes, fabrics that have been hanging around for twenty years. I gave them to a group that makes lots of donation quilts, so they were thrilled. Extra bonus: now I have more room for luscious hand-dyes :)

OvertheMoon wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:36 AM

I sent a box of knitting yarn to my cousin - actually, beautiful Icelandic yarn that I had great intentions for . . . I also took some old magazines to the book resale place, and pulled out my acrylic paints to see if there was anything still usable (not much there to save!)

When I feel stymied, I do a little cleaning, a little rearranging - sometimes it spurs me to pick up an old project or technique and try again!

Chris

cdthomas wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:38 AM

More packing and reorganizing. My goal: My fabric consolidated in one chest, with notions nearby. Also, to get the sewing machine a checkup....

on 30 Mar 2011 10:41 AM

GOODNESS!!!  That looks like an amazing stash...

I am getting rid of books I am done with, lots of calico fabric and even some lovely embellishments that no longer fit in with my "style"... my quilt group is having a swap on Friday, so yes, I am definitely in Spring Cleaning Mode!  But as A. A. Milne said, "One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries".  I just found some antique blocks in the fray...

Rebel26 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:41 AM

I won't be spring cleaning this year.  A few years ago I moved abroad and got rid of almost my entire stash!  I only kept my most precious of precious fabric and a few projects in process.  I've been back in the US for a little over a year now and have slowly started the process of rebuilding my stash.  In fact... I've been pretty stash-neutral because I keep making new quilts & using up all my fabric!  I would LOVE to receive a little goody bag of free fabric.  

CynthiaL17 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:42 AM

I don't throw away...I 're-purpose'...today's trash is tomorrow's art!  even the ugliest fabric can be fabulous if you add some dye, discharge, screen print, etc.!

on 30 Mar 2011 10:43 AM

Today I'm sorting & reorganizing. Not planning to throw anything out yet, but to repurpose & think about what else I can use in my encaustic collages.

on 30 Mar 2011 10:45 AM

Dust, thread pieces, trial blocks that failed.

SusieL@3 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:46 AM

Ha ha ha, clean out my studio?   Not till I'm gone, my family will have to do it, lol.

on 30 Mar 2011 10:47 AM

Today I'm sorting & reorganizing. Not planning to throw anything out yet, but to repurpose & think about what else I can use in my encaustic collages.

CourtneyM@3 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:47 AM

Not spring cleaning per se (though I did do some sorting!), but trying to do a better job of using what I have.

SusanS@32 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:47 AM

I am mainly resorting and reorganizing at this point.

SueAndrus wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:50 AM

Nothing being kicked out.... Just using what I have and trying to keep everything organized better....

on 30 Mar 2011 10:54 AM

Getting rid of fabric I loved 5 years ago but can't imagine using now...

moonwild wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:57 AM

I am changing my tables around and getting rid of the one with the wobbly legs!!

KarenF25 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:59 AM

Seems like I'm always "spring cleaning"!  I do have a master plan in mind...it just takes time to get it there. Meanwhile, I've been chopping up small scraps for pet beds, sharing fusible scraps in workshops, string piecing some scrappy charity quilts and also piecing some scrappy traditional quilts for family to use up some of the stash.

But I'll always make room for more! :)

goonybird wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 10:59 AM

This would be wonderful to win!

Jeannie EVH wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 11:00 AM

I am trying to organize. I have painting supplies in 5 places, sewing supplies all through the house, etc.. I want to end up with all like items in one area.  I abhor starting a project and not being able to find the supplies I know I have. And yes, I have gone out and purchased duplicates because it was "easier" than finding the one I owned.

narilia wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 11:00 AM

Oh I hope I'm not too late!  

I'm getting rid of fabric that has been used in projects but I doubt I'll use again.  Never fear, I'm giving to others who will put it to good use!

on 30 Mar 2011 11:01 AM

I've been getting rid of my fabric scraps that are smaller than one inch and will probably regret it forever.

Payac wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 11:03 AM

Like most I find it hard to part with any of my "treasures". But, I've decided to donate my quilting books to my quilter's association's library. That way they are still available for me to use and will free up space in my studio for even more "treasures"!!

Sherry W. wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 11:04 AM

I'm just getting ready to ADD another storage unit to hold artsy goodies...Never enough goodies, never enough room! Oh, woe. The anguished cry of the creative person!!

OvertheMoon wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 11:07 AM

I sent a box of knitting yarn to my cousin - actually, beautiful Icelandic yarn that I had great intentions for . . . I also took some old magazines to the book resale place, and pulled out my acrylic paints to see if there was anything still usable (not much there to save!)

When I feel stymied, I do a little cleaning, a little rearranging - sometimes it spurs me to pick up an old project or technique and try again!

Chris

lottie lou wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 11:08 AM

If I can't remember where or when I got the item, it NOW needs to go.  That's the theory, anyway.  Need to infuse "new" . . .

on 30 Mar 2011 11:09 AM

Reentering quilting room since being sick, glad to have the energy and time to finish quilt for my grandson.  Don't want to get rid of a thing !

Muppin wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 11:09 AM

Spring cleaning, yes.  Getting rid of stuff?  No way!  I can use anything on my art quilts!  LOL

Good luck on your move!

NikiW@2 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 11:10 AM

I am retiring my weaving equipment and supplies to make more room for my quilting equipment and supplies.  N

tisawitham wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 11:11 AM

Though its always hard for me to part with anything artsy/craftsy I needed to make room so cleaned and organized I did.  I gave several wood boxes, scrapbooking goodies,  fabric and odds and ends to a family of girls down the street from us.  Their eyes were huge and you could see the wheels turning in each of them!  I told them if they wanted to learn to sew they could come down and Id teach them.  Future artist's in the making!  

snowbaby wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 11:12 AM

I'm with Barb in NC..I might need it later. But i have completed some UFO's and using some of my

stash for 'charity' quilts. Hope to do more 'charity' work this year and reuse and recycle (dear to my heart) also.

Dianar8819 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 11:12 AM

I Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter clean for a least an hour each season, then it's back to making a wonderful mess.  Why clean too much there are so many memories in all those scraps of material and threads.  It's more about adding then getting rid of.  

LisaF@12 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 11:16 AM

I have been cleaning up my studio too!!! Trying to make room for everything on a shelf... I tend to drop everything on the floor and then I can't move around. Just getting rid of old papers that I don't need anymore and giving some magazines away but don't seem to be throwing out much. I could always find room for more fabric:-)

on 30 Mar 2011 11:25 AM

Ooh - I never throw ANYthing away - I just tidy it up and sort of compress it..........

rosenana wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 11:26 AM

What I really must do is  quilt all the tops that I have made in the past several months.  I just love the process of designing and stitching the blocks together and then move on to another idea that pops into my head.  I am in the process of looking for someone who is will quilt the topes and I guess I will then be in a good place.

on 30 Mar 2011 11:27 AM

I'm getting rid of UFO that I am never going to finish!

EllenR@3 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 11:30 AM

I might be a little late for this, but I will chime in anyway -

I have been de-stashing and gifting the results to my guild's service project or to my local Linus group. I'm active with both of them, but there is no way I can keep up with the de-stash results. :-)

Great question!

straynotions wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 11:33 AM

Yes I am trying to clean and reorganize -- I can usually identify some fabric that has been around too long for me to kid myself about -- and a willing taker ready to actually use it.  

AnnaP@13 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 11:49 AM

I could start with organizing my fabrics....

1griselda1 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 11:57 AM

I have been using my fabric scraps, for scrappy potholders in preparation for next Christmas.  And when I tire of sewing them together, they leftovers will be donated for pet bedding.

edunn wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 11:58 AM

It's hard to part with anything and I know I will need it down the road.  I have tons of fat quarters and fall in love with new fabrics as they come out.  I decided last week to make four lap quilts to send to Japan and use my excess material.  I know they seriously need all the help we can give them.

lutachi wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 12:01 PM

Ha! What I do is more like "Spring Cluttering". It is very hard for me to part with my fabric, etc because I can think of a million and one things I could do with it at that moment. So I keep and of course discover more yummy fabric to add to my ever growing collection.

www.lutachi.etsy.com

sewinspired wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 12:03 PM

I am using up scraps and donating the quilts to a shelter. Also taking a huge collection of un-needed books and magazines to guild  for anyone who wants them.  Can finally  see all the beautiful fabrics in my stash that I really want to work with. Also using up assorted paints on some quilt tops (thanks to your great tips)  that didn't quite live up to expectations.  

wendylstarn wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 12:14 PM

I sure need to! Or at least straighten the part that has flowed into my daughter's room.  She's coming for a couple of days in about 2 weeks and will need to sleep in her bed!

antnanc wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 12:17 PM

Yes, I am Spring cleaning my studio.  So far, I found some old, old sewing supplies my niece will love because to her they are "vintage".  Found my mother's pinking shears, circa 1955.  Not ready to let them go although I don't use them.  Fabric scraps too small to use.   And more half finished projects to add to add to the UFO list.  Making way for the stash I bought at my neighbor's estate sale!

kel59 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 12:18 PM

I'm spring cleaning ti find my studio it in here some place ,I am making small lap quilts with left over to gave to the nursing home across the street

HollyB@14 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 12:20 PM

I'm mailing some of my unused knitting books to other customers on www.bookmooch.com. I'll always knit, but I want to concentrate on my quilting.

stjoan wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 12:24 PM

I have TONS of quilting books I'm going to either sell or giveaway. And I have some unused patterns I'm going to sell. And I'm giving away older quilting magazines -- but NEVER my Quilting Arts magazines. Those I will keep forever! I just love to look through them.

cinnascents wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 12:27 PM

Started spring cleaning last week. Going thru scraps and getting rid of all the little bitty pieces that I have been saving since I hate to throw away any fabric. Having a hard time cuz I know I will need that little piece of fabric on day.

Kim Matheny wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 12:31 PM

Yes to the spring cleaning. My craft area was running over and I couldnt find anything. For some reason I had kept every tiny piece of fabric some no bigger than a quarter and strings and empty plastic boxes. SO I am in the process of cleaning up after myself. If its useable its kept but if it isnt out the door it is going. I am now organizing things into storage containers and made a bin just to hold those tiny bits and pieces, now when its full I can go through it and discard what cant be used.

Diane_Moore wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 12:31 PM

I'm getting rid of paper collage items and lots of 'collage image' sheets that I'll probably never use (until I get rid of them and need them)

Lisa Kline wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 12:31 PM

Hmm, not much I just take fabric and books off the shelves and re-fold or  sit in the floor and thumb thru pages :-)

on 30 Mar 2011 12:32 PM

Whenever I clean out my stuff, I put it together in piles, and it goes to one of several places: First to my disabled or other friends who might not have money to buy these things (and we are talking fabrics and quiltie supplies here and books too) first. Then if I know of an after school project that needs things, the next stuff goes to them, and then I have a very good thrift store locally that helps a lot of poor people and orphanages, and so I donate it to them too.  It is generally fabrics I have gotten from someplace and won't use myself, old quilting books I have outgrown, or extra supplies I find I am not using.  I like to share so that everyone who wants to quilt can have what they need to do so. I gave to one woman here in the park an old sewing machine I actually bought off craigslist, and it helped her to stop smoking, so I felt really good about that. I am all about sharing and giving to others who need it most.

Jude61 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 12:35 PM

I am not sure if it is too late, this notice did not show up in my facebook account until 12 pm mountain time.

Ah, what am I getting rid of?  Mostly old clothes and stuff accumulated from the winter, have a whole bag of stuff ready to go the thrift store.  Not getting rid of any craft stuff.  Already did that in our two recent moves.  Heck, I am still trying to find it all.

LaurieR wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 12:35 PM

I'm finally getting around to creating my craft/dance room. I'm going to be getting rid of a lot of garbage and possibly donating a few arts and crafts items if I find stuff I'm never going to use. I'm donating some yarn to the local arts festival yarn bombing and some of the stuff created will go to charitable organizations after the arts festival is over.

Greta121 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 12:38 PM

I actually am not getting rid of anything...just rearranging to make it all fit right!  I did give away several yards of fabrics to a friend of mine who always shares some great tutorials on girls clothing.  

Cissy33 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 12:44 PM

I "WISH"I was cleaning my studio today... or working on the FSL ornaments for Retreat!!!

Hubby is away on a business trip and I promised to have my reciepts ready for him to do the taxes when he gets back this weekend.  The office is LONG overdue for decluttering so I started on that ... instead of organizing my reciepts... under the notion that  if it is less cluttered (read: organized) the reciepts will be quick and easy.  Wish me luck, I'm about half way done with decluttering the office.  I should be able to get back to quilting by Friday!!!  :~)

Cissy33

swflstacks wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 12:45 PM

I'm new to quilting, I'm just making my first one, so I don't have piles of fabric sitting around however I have been collecting odds and ends for years.  Every time I do any fabric project, I keep all of the leftovers just in case they might come in handy later.  Future storage is my biggest issue right now; and finishing the quilt, of course.

denise364 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 12:49 PM

I try and re-purpose everything.  But have been getting rid of dried up paint, markers, glue, and made some goody bags of various odds and ends to share with my friends.  Need to make some room for some new inspiration!  Good luck with the move!  Denise in NJ~

Marian Hayes wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 1:00 PM

Blessings,

I hope I'm not too late!  Yes, pick me for the give away(s) I have a 'straw to gold' campaign going on and need more fabric for my quilting class. As a matter of fact, I need just about every and any thing! I have been a state of 'should or should not' cancel my classed due to lack; funds/fabric.

Sincerely

Marian

on 30 Mar 2011 1:10 PM

I am trying to organize AGAIN!!  Moving to a stage from traditional to art quilting with my longarm, so am redoing my stash, studio and all.  I am in my next phase!!  Just love Quilting Arts!!!!  You are my inspiration.  Thank you,  Irene

perrijk wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 1:14 PM

you can NEVER have enough!  I love to get new materials that I've not worked with before the experiment with.  I'd love to win.

megamom9 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 1:25 PM

I am!  So far I've gotten rid of almost all of my non-cotton fabrics, dozens of rubberstamps and a bunch of misc. stuff.

Mikala2 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 1:30 PM

But, but, but ... I'm gonna use the stuff. I swear!

Mikala2 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 1:31 PM

But, but, but ... I'm going to use the stuff, I swear!

wyldeiris wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 1:33 PM

I'm not spring cleaning exactly but organizing.  A couple of days ago I rolled and color organized all of my ribbons and trims.  It is good to touch it and remind myself what I have.  As far as getting rid of things, I set items aside for goody bags when I do swaps and get togethers.

Lindy101 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 1:33 PM

Getting rid of? No, but I am organizing to the enth degree. I will share my new stylish, self-created, storage sometime soon.

on 30 Mar 2011 1:48 PM

WOW.  I'm adding a comment for my U.S. friend who has just fallen for fibre arts some magazines I gave her.  So though I'm in Canada, I'm in on her behalf : )

Spring cleaning - i just packed up 3 bags of fabric for a swap.

I also am sorting through piles of magazines.  They are everywhere!

And spring cleaning my inbox.  That has to count!  what a mess.

: )

~Monika

for Christie in NY

gailflig wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 2:29 PM

Removing shelves and shelves of paper and books.  Giving books away that I know I'll never use.  Digitizing (scanning) sketches of ideas.  Throwing away templates I made years ago: probably won't need them again.  

CLBL wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 2:37 PM

I'm getting rid of alot of dust!!!!

sandymarcoux wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 2:41 PM

umm not just shifting and juggling things and of course adding to the pile

Sandy

Dangling by a Thread

on 30 Mar 2011 2:41 PM

I wish it would be spring so I could do the cleaning. Still wintery here. The sewing room is in dire need of attention!

Carla Hamm wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 2:58 PM

If you have overdyed it, painted it, embellished it....and you still hate it...give it away!

Carla Hamm wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 2:58 PM

If you have overdyed it, painted it, embellished it....and you still hate it...give it away!

adasalcove wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 4:12 PM

Cleaning my studio - what's that all about!  I've need to clean since Christmas, just too many projects going on.  Am organizing with peg board.  I outline each tool so I can tell what's missing or still under all my scrap. I try at least to keep tools put away - especial sharp ones.

Tw67 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 4:50 PM

Fabri-tac. It glues anything!

KimG@2 wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 4:56 PM

I am spring cleaning.... and about to start a new quilt too.  Guess I know which one will win out though!

on 30 Mar 2011 5:27 PM

I tend to get rid of good sized  scraps to local art teachers or the art guild...but you know the more i give them away they seem to multipy...SPRING clean?? I too have to clean up after a project or i would be buried...so if i win...give it to anne copeland for me:> Anne Appraiser...she will find  a good home for it!!

gherardi wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 5:53 PM

I am getting rid of older fabric, trying to make some simple scrap quilts to give to charity!-- Jane in NJ

sborges wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 7:20 PM

Why would I want to get rid of my crafting supplies. I want a bigger studio so I have a place to put everything. I am trying to organize everything though so I don't have to spend most of my crafting time looking for things. I really do need to get rid of outdated fabric but it is so hard to let go. Who knows it may come back in style.

gherardi wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 7:41 PM

Wow, I think I should get rid of more, but it is soo hard, I know I will need that scrap , someday!!!

SAGO wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 8:35 PM

Working very hard on finishing UFO's to free up space. Also giving away patterns and books used or won't use to a home in need.

judysews wrote
on 30 Mar 2011 9:53 PM

With the long hours I work ,I am lucky to ever have tme to do anything, I never get to spring clean.

Bonita388 wrote
on 31 Mar 2011 12:29 AM

Spring Cleaning? I started this last year and I now have a shelf that is empty. I take the stuff out of the studio and put it in the guest room. Then when I have guests I have to store it in the studio. Older fabric, books, paints, empty notebooks, etc.

Where do I go from here - Help

on 31 Mar 2011 12:58 AM

moving to a bigger house with a basement! I will be creating and decorating my first sewing, arts and crafts studio!  I am assembling and organizing all of my items I already have and will use these first for projects to keep, give and sell. i love quiltingdaily.com for inspirations!

Pat H2 wrote
on 31 Mar 2011 1:28 AM

Well, Spring Cleaning and I do not get along.  I try to throw something out and think, Oh, that might go in a mixed media piece or Oh No, that might go into piece of beadwork and so on and so on.  I did sweep up some cat hair and dustballs.  So that made me feel good!!!!!!!  LOL

Munderw761 wrote
on 31 Mar 2011 6:20 AM

Took all my old quilting magazine (except my quilig arts and cloth paper sissors) to my fiber art groups....we are talking a lot of magazines...and said "here take them I am going digital"

I also gave some books to a local school for their book drive.

kesno wrote
on 31 Mar 2011 6:32 AM

I'm cleaning up not cleaning out...I never know if I'm going to" need" it!   Dusting and re-organizing will find lost items and forgotten  projects that I want to start - its almost like going to the quilt store and finding new fabric that I just love and have to have!

marit1219 wrote
on 31 Mar 2011 7:00 AM

I've had to move my studio from a large basement craft area to a small part of my master bedroom.  While we wait for our house to sell, we are living at our new location in NC in a small apartment.  Some of my projects still reside in MN and some things are here with me.  Meanwhile, I continue to add to the retinue of crafts I enjoy... hello Sketch Challenge!  What have I eliminated?  Magazines.... don't worry.... I've switched to digital versions instead of the handheld variety.  It has made me realize that, while I love holding the magazine in my hand, I really enjoy being able to click on links to see more information on the topic at hand.  So.... life goes on, especially in my small studio. Even with much less space, creating holds a dear spot in my heart, even more so in this situation!

Jody3578 wrote
on 31 Mar 2011 7:16 AM

I don't have a huge stash but this Spring I am selecting fabric that I have had for over two years and using it in charity quilts. I plan to give some of it away for a charity challenge at my quilt guild. ( if you love it, set it free) I am moving more and more over to the art quilt side of quilting and just purchased a big pack of paintstiks to play with.  

jojo wrote
on 31 Mar 2011 7:28 AM

Looty Patooty!  I'd LOVE to take some off your hands!  

jojo

dfmrobinson wrote
on 31 Mar 2011 7:46 AM

I just gave away  two months ago approx. 110 yards of great fabric to a womens shelter that dealth with homeless and abused women-that was going to be learning to to make quilts. And two older sewing machines as well. It was being run by a gal who went to Harvard and got a grant to work with this project and women, it made me feel especially good to give to a needy cause and to go through my stash and realize I had beautiful fabrics to share and alot of fabric as well!!!

jojo wrote
on 31 Mar 2011 8:03 AM

Looty Patooty!  I'd LOVE to take some off your hands!  

jojo

on 31 Mar 2011 10:28 AM

I have a bag of empty ziplock sandwich bags handy, and as I cut applique patterns or have extra snippets of fused fabric I do not use, I zip it into one of these clear bags.  Great system - but where to put the full bags?

rosyquilter wrote
on 31 Mar 2011 10:36 AM

My inclination is to get rid of any duplicates of things like rulers.  Next, I would donate any 'what was I thinking fabrics' to the charity group in my quilt guild.  After that, I might go through my books and try to decide if I will ever make a quilt from some of them?  Likely not if I haven't done so already?  It is hard to say goodbye to fabric and books that have been around for awhile.  They are like old friends.  

adrianlee wrote
on 31 Mar 2011 1:58 PM

Spring cleaning, the fisrt thing to go would be the Pet Dust Bunnies!!  Yes, it will be hard to part with them but you gotta do what you gotta do.

adrianlee wrote
on 31 Mar 2011 2:00 PM

First thing to go would be the Pet Dust Bunnies!

Paulette26 wrote
on 31 Mar 2011 4:42 PM

I'm clearing out DUST, Cleaning my only window, & putting very small scraps into fabric bags of different sizes for "Pet-Beds".  Our animal buddies at shelters love these!  Paulette Jensen

suesinger wrote
on 1 Apr 2011 6:57 AM

I am always re-arranging my stash and supplies.  It seems like it keeps multiplying, but there is never the exact item needed

fgroth05 wrote
on 2 Apr 2011 5:43 AM

Dust . . . and more dust!  I have pulled about 75% of my children's fabrics (15 yards at least) and any scrap fabrics that would work with the brights.  Our Guild is sponsoring a sewing day for Linus Quilts and I can't think of a better place to use them up.  

NeonKitty wrote
on 2 Apr 2011 7:02 AM

wow not sure how I missed this one on Wed!  Congrats to the happy recipients!  I've been getting organized as a new baby is on the way -- my HQ Avante (OMG am so excited).  I attacked the pile of smaller-than-fat-quarter fabric and sorted according to "project-in-progress-wow-I-forgot-about-this" (large ziploc for each, all in one see-through drawer), or random-but-could-come-in-handy-for postcards (different drawer, organized in large ziplocs, one for Christmas colors, one for Valentine colors, one for primary, one for pastels, and so on).  Then I went through my embellishments/trims drawer and ruthlessly threw out bits I have outgrown so that I can now see my decorative ribbons/threads for bobbin work/Angelina etc.  Good luck with the move!!!

Colette10 wrote
on 2 Apr 2011 8:52 AM

WOnder how many of your faithful customers you are leaving behind by excluding them from all these juicy offers....let alone the high cost of shipping???

From Canada, it's hard to take!!!

Colette10 wrote
on 2 Apr 2011 8:52 AM

WOnder how many of your faithful customers you are leaving behind by excluding them from all these juicy offers....let alone the high cost of shipping???

From Canada, it's hard to take!!!

10KSteps wrote
on 2 Apr 2011 9:15 AM

I am passing on fashion fabric, patterns, and extra rulers with the hope someone else can make good use of it.

Karen Millman@hotmail.com

caroldhenry wrote
on 2 Apr 2011 9:24 AM

I am brand new to this and I don't have a fabric stash as of yet!  I am just in the process of turning an extra bedroom into a studio.  All the clothes I have sitting in the closet in that room are going to Good Will.  The room is painted, but that is it.

sandywortman wrote
on 2 Apr 2011 6:30 PM

i did some spring cleaning in my studio; rearranging and making a design wall; not to good about getting rid of stuff/

bfavorite wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 4:14 PM

When I spring clean, I don't get rid of much, but I do thoroughly enjoy the process of sorting through all of my fabrics, re-arranging, re-folding, just looking more closely at the many different colors and textures of what I already own.  Inevitably, I identify at least a few "gaps" in my stockpile that I need to fill in - which calls for at least one quick trip to my local quilt shop.  But, more importantly, I realize how much I already have - not just materially but spiritually as well -- and that is a wonderful, wonderful feeling.

Sally@14 wrote
on 2 May 2011 8:23 AM

Getting rid of machine embroidery hoops--they get in the way.  An Ott light, don't know why--just doesn't give enough light.  Old, meaning really old, cotton threads, etc.

KathleenU wrote
on 20 May 2011 8:38 PM

Getting rid of?  Oh no, I am adding to!  Spring time is when I add new things to my already full studio and contemplate all the new projects I have been thinking about and drawing out my ideas in a journal. Now it I could only add to my space!

However, I also give away the fabric I thought I would use sometime but never have as well as those odd spools of thread.  You know, those pieces you look at and wonder how you can possibly use them and finally come to the conclusion that you never will?  Our church makes good use of them, making quilts for the homeless and elderly patients.  

profmom wrote
on 21 May 2011 5:52 PM

Getting rid of?  Impossible.   If anything, I am saving clamshell lettuce containers, and putting quilting stuff in it.    It's organized.   It's clear.   I can see it.   If I get rid of it, I won't have it.   But I am getting rid of those lettuce containers.   They have a higher calling.

profmom@comcast.net

Rhondia wrote
on 19 Jan 2012 4:51 PM

I just started to learn to quilt. and needs supplies. any free Items would really be a help. so if anyone is willing to send Items to help and they dont need or use. it will be of great help. thank you . you may send to:

Rhondia Seman

200 S 9th St SE

Clay City Il.62824