Clean Up Time

by Nicole

While working on that big quilt for so long, I let my sewing room get out of control with scraps, batting, and trimmings all over the place. After finishing the quilt, it was time to clean up.

As I was cleaning up, I discovered a few string blocks that I had made when I was trying to come up with ideas for Bird Park. Here they are on my design wall.

string blocks

I think I will make a few more and turn them into a mini.

After I finished cleaning, my almost 4-year old walked in, saw the cleared table tops and floor, stopped and said, “What happened here?!?”

It’s not often I take time to tidy up after a project. I’d rather spend the time sewing. The chaos has to get really bad for me to make tidying up a priority.

So, what’s your style? Do you clean up as you go along or wait until chaos reigns?

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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18 comments

Debbie April 25, 2012 - 1:18 pm

Fun little blocks, as is your daughter's reaction. 😉

niveas April 25, 2012 - 1:38 pm

At my sewing room it's always a little bit of chaos 😉 But that's part of my creativity I think 😉 But my fabrics are all very well assorted and well stored – everytime ready for picking them up 😉

Lynn April 25, 2012 - 1:47 pm

Love this block! Chaos sadly is my style. Which is why today I am cleaning up. I think it may take more than 1 day though.

Cynthia@aquilterbynight April 25, 2012 - 2:23 pm

When I had a sewing room it was mostly creative chaos until it was too much to take at which point I'd go through a fit of organizing. Here in Japan my place is so small that I simply must clean up as I go so that we have a shot of sitting down to dinner at the table!

Eileen April 25, 2012 - 2:26 pm

I am sorry to admit but I wait till I can no fit in the room then I clean up!! When my sewing area was in the family room I kept things tidy but now that I have my own room, well lets just say tidiness is a thing of the past :0

Paige April 25, 2012 - 2:29 pm

I want to say I clean up as I go but it would be a lie. I wait until it gets out of hand or my husband starts eyeing the basement playroom suspiciously!

Heather D. April 25, 2012 - 3:38 pm

The colourful string blocks are awesome!

And I've totally been there too, finishing a large project only to discover what a MESS things have become!

Pennie April 25, 2012 - 3:38 pm

love those colourful string blocks. They'll make a great mini.

karen April 25, 2012 - 5:13 pm

I let my room get completly out of control while in the midst of a project and then, like you, I have to clean up again before starting the next. I find I have more creative clarity without too much chaos. Love the blocks you discovered. So fun when that happens!

Shankevia April 25, 2012 - 5:16 pm

It depends on the day that I am having. most of the time I clean as I go. However, I am sort of forced to. My sewing room is share with my mothers bedroom so I cant let it get to bad.

Megan April 25, 2012 - 8:02 pm

Love those string blocks! I have to keep tidying as I go because I don't have a sewing room. If I don't keep a lid on the tidiness I quickly run out of room to work and can't find anything.

Steph Jacobson April 25, 2012 - 8:15 pm

Beautiful blocks! I'm making string quilt blocks out of my print scraps but I really like the look of the solids. I tend to let my craft room get really messy–I'm not good at picking up after myself. I even moved sewing machine out to the kitchen table which drives my husband crazy!

Katy Cameron April 25, 2012 - 8:54 pm

Love the colours in that block! Like you I tend to wait for the landslide before I clean ;o)

Cherie April 25, 2012 - 10:01 pm

Love the block!

I clean up after I'm done…my sewing space is my room, so can't have it looking a mess =D

Also I've added some new fabrics into my swap shop. If you're interested feel free to check it out =D
http://ibescheraldine.blogspot.co.uk/p/cheraldines-swap-shop.html

Joy April 26, 2012 - 2:05 am

I try to clean up as I go, but I know people get so much more done when they don't worry about it. Something I'm trying to work on. 🙂

Love the string sqs.

thisyearsdozen April 26, 2012 - 2:32 pm

Love your diagonal blocks. So colorful. And perfect!!

I try to clean up after each project. I return to their rightful place whatever I pulled out and ended up not using. I clear off my two work tables and enjoy the emptiness for about an hour. 😀

The Thompsons April 26, 2012 - 6:28 pm

Love it ! I have to keep some semblance of order, because I use the dining room table, but it's not quite as cleaned up as my husband would prefer. 😉

tubilinha tiacarminha April 27, 2012 - 3:07 am

VocĂȘ perguntou isso???Caos total!!!Tem caixas na varanda,na garagem,na sala etc…Quarto de costura limpĂ­ssimo,sĂł tem as mĂĄquinas e duas mesas de apoio.Moro a cerca de 50km de um polo de confecçÔes e compro muito retalho.Quando chega eu separo por cor e tamanho,depois vou para o corte e elimino a sucata da sucata,que vai para uma senhora que faz trabalhos com tiras.DaĂ­ as caixas de monte cortados.Quando entro para costurar vou levando aos poucos e colocando nas mesas de apoio,vou costurando e levando para fora.O acabamento Ă© feito na garagem 2 que Ă© vazia,sĂł mĂĄquina e mesa de apoio.Varrida rĂĄpida e esta Ăłtimo.Um grade beijo e depois eu conto mais,kkkkk.

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