How do you keep your stash organized?

Wait, I’m supposed to organize my stash?  It’s not supposed to be in piles around my stash room?  Or stuffed into shelves and baskets?

I will admit the one place I am organized is my patterns.  I have filing cabinets for those.  They are in order by designer and date published.  I’ve tried multiple way to organize my quilting fabric – by color, by size of pieces, and by possible project.  Um, still doesn’t work.

Threads are fairly organized.  By maker (Weeks, DMC, Anchor), then style (floss, perle, silk, etc), then number.

Stitching fabrics are organized by count then color name.

But that’s the extent of organization….

Stitch from Stash March post

So the month started off with a trip with my friends up to Ogden and Shepherd’s Bush, Needlepoint Joint and a stop at Jill Rensel’s studio where we were lucky enough to find Jill working there.  She had some beautiful pieces…including a painting which was 1/100 and was Elsa from Frozen.

So in my shopping trip, I bought beads for the Mirabilia Queens $6.50, Buttons for my Lizzie Kate “Be Naughty” $5.60, La-D-da’s Something Wicked $8.00  For a total of $20.10.  Considering that I had the $25 for this month and the $22.10 from last month, I think I did pretty well.

As for stitching, I don’t think I’ve put in as many actual stitching hours as I did last month but I finished off 3 items and framed them.  However, two of them were new starts and I also started a Just Nan Filigree Fancies kit – Ivy Heart so the list hasn’t changed.

Maybe next month?

 

Wednesday WIPs are full completions…

Had to re-frame this one after the puppies got it.  You can see the chew marks at the bottom of the frame

And here are my Lizzie Kate finishes.  I started and finished these during the rotation slot.  I knew I wanted to have them in matching frames and they are now in the Christmas boxes to go to my office next year…

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Next slot is working on my purse from Mama’s house.

St Patrick’s Day Puppies

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I have no clue what they got into but they were most definitely Green!!!

Wipocalypse post – Where do you stitch?

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This is me stitching with my Princess Bo…  This is my stitching chair.    It has a magnifying lamp and wide arms for putting my stitching stuff on, patterns, floss, scissors, stopwatch, Tab with ice, all the important things…   Stitching has been going good this month, I’ve managed to make it through my entire rotation and I’m now starting over on round two.

Late Wednesday WIP

 

This week’s slot was new starts and re-starts – Here are the starts and finishes for this slot… IMG_1758

Both of these are Lizzie Kate designs and stitch up really fast. Be Naughty is ready for framing and I just have the clock to finish on Too Late and then it will be good to go.

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I have another finish that I can’t show off yet until the recipient receives it as part of an exchange…

Wednesday WIPs – Finished up the screaming slot…

I finished up the slot for my Screaming spot in the rotation and the next up was my restart or new project slot. Here is Autumn Queen as she goes back to wait for her official turn unless she screams some more.

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I scheduled the next start be the redo of my Lizzie Kate Be Naughty project and I did get that started.
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But I have been seeing the posts from the Just Nan Junkies and really wanted to work on some of my Just Nan patterns.  As I was going through them I found the Ivy Heart kit from the Filigree Fancies set and started that.

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Along with the stitching this week, I took first place for my Toastmasters speech on you can still use your insurance agent and you don’t have to use Healthcare.gov if you don’t qualify for a subsidy.  And found out that my speech on applying project management to hobbies at home won last week’s contest and I’m supposed to speak at the district level later this month.  All in all a good week.

My Just Nan Inventory…

So I’ve been following the Just Nan Junkies posts and it has me jonesing for a Just Nan start. I found a kit when pulling my JN patterns out and I’ve started it but here’s the rest of the list:

Diamond Bouquet – all kitted up but not in the mood to do it.
Queen of the Needle
A Lady’s Heart
Angel Tapestry
Barnabee’s Quest
Batty, Hatty, & Boo
Be Merry
Christmas Friends
Christmas Jewel
Christmas Memories
Christmas Peace
Creativity
Crystal Noel
Crystal Roses – that may look good on my antique lavender
Dream Garden
Ebony Rose – also might look good on the antique lavender but would need a floss toss to be sure
Enchanted Hearts
Evening Star – maybe on the lavender but might lose the silk, definitely look good on the Pearl grey
Hummingbead Heaven
Icy Hill
Lady Scarlet’s Journey – I want to do this one but I don’t have the charms for it.
Legacy
Morning Flower
Needlestory
Noah’s Needle
Octagonal Peacock
Peddler Santa
Peacock Cypher
Peacock Majesty
Winter Bliss
Celestial Collaboration
Friendship Collaboration

Small Delights, Filigree Fancies, WhimZi, Charm School Design
Seasonal Gems I – IV
Joyous Ark (missing charm)
All Aboard
Snow Forest
Whimzi Rose
Italian Ice
Teddy’s Wreath
Fairy Violets – no charm
Fairy Roses – no charm
Sleeping Angel – no charm
Butterfly Lace
Spring Peepers
My Fair Ladybug
Painted Lady
Love and Roses
Swan Lake
Peacock Tapestry – no charm
Rose Lady – no charm
Beach Roses
WhimZi Christmas Eve
Red Hat Stitcher
Ornamental Letters
Pearl Orchid – would look good on the Antique Lavender
Holly Knot
Special Delivery
Gingham Quilt
Porcelain Nosegay

I have some others but they’re all kitted up in my ready to start bin including 1999 Treasure Box, Spring in the Air, Mermaid Heart and one other that I didn’t pull out of the project bag to get the title.

I could take a bunch of the smalls and put them together as a sampler or bell pull on the Antique Lavender linen….but then it wouldn’t be a smalls project.

Wednesday WIP report – end of the month…

And here is a full finish, not only is the stitching is done I’ve framed it too.

Circus Carousel by Threaded Treasures

Circus Carousel by Threaded Treasures

This was a kit someone gave me and I held onto it for quite sometime. Then when I was doing some cleaning, I noticed some bug had left me a present on the fabric. I washed it and started the kit hating every moment of it because the fabric was cut so that I had to work with the weft on the vertical instead of on the horizontal. There is a reason that they tell you to stitch with the selvage on the side.
Anyway I got close to the end and realized that the kit only came with 2 buttons for the carousel animals instead of three and to add insult to injury the two buttons the kit did have faced different directions. Any Carousel fan knows that all the animals face the same direction. If they didn’t people would be riding backward. So I went to the Craft Center to get a replacement for the one that I didn’t have and they had an elephant which was facing the direction I needed. The shop owner was nice enough to trade the button from the kit for the one which was facing the correct direction.
This now means that I have no small projects going at all. Everything is medium or large.

Time to report on the Stitch from Stash

So this month I was really good because I knew that I have a group stash enhancement experience (yea, Group S.E.X) coming up in March with some friends, we’re driving up to Shepherd’s Bush and Needlepoint Joint. I wanted to have more than $25 to spend there so I have been saving up. However, we got the announcement that we had a weekend to spend $100 because of Nashville Market. I decided to put together my list of beads and get some beading thread but I couldn’t find the beads I wanted but I did find the beading thread. So with a weekend to spend $100 – I spent a grand total of $2.12 including tax for a spool of clear thread.
As for the entire month, I couldn’t find the final button for my Circus Carousel which is almost done so I went in to replace it. While I was there I realized that the elephant button was facing the wrong direction (after all, the animals on a carousel should all face the same direction so the shop owner let me trade the Mill Hill Debbie Mumm elephant for a no name (but cuter) elephant button facing the correct direction. So my total for the month is $2.50 for a tiger button. As for the Circus Carousel, I’m hoping to have it finished in time for the Wednesday WIP report but if not, I’m sure I’ll be done by the end of the month.

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