Wow. Have you guys read through any of the comments to see what yummy stuff people are bringing to my party? It’s probably a good thing that it is all virtual, becasue I think we’d all be in trouble otherwise!
And this morning I flashed on all of those TV shows and movies where the teenager’s parents are out of town and the teenager invites a “few” of her friends — pretty soon the house is full of people she doesn’t know and shortly after that the cops arrive….
It doesn’t appear that anything is broken (yet) and no one has called the cops, so I think we’re good to keep inviting people to the party. Even though I don’t know some of you, I’m sure glad you have joined in!
Remember, you have until Monday morning to join the party (by commenting on the previous post), and I’ll be handing out the presents (two $25 gift certificates to my new shop) shortly after I close comments.
In other completely unrelated news: I need an intervention. Or something. My scrap bins have reached epic proportion and I need help. I know that when I’m cutting for a project, I should be doing something about the leftovers right away (cutting them down to usable sizes, sorting things out by size and shape…), but I never seem to do that. Instead, I dump everything into a bin. Many bins, now, unfortunately. I’ve seen and read and thought about all of the scrap organizing systems and schools of thought. All of them come down to one thing: you have to actually DO IT. And not just think about doing it.
I’ve decided that what I really need is for a girlfriend (or 5) to come to my house and help me sort it all out. It would be a lot more fun if I didn’t have to do it myself, and maybe I could pawn off gift some of the various goodies in there to one or more of those friends.
I was going to take a picture and make this post more interesting, but SOMEONE left the memory card at the shop again. Sheesh. I really ought to get a 2nd memory card. You know, so I could misplace both of them at the same time.
So if anyone wants to come, let me know. I’ll make some more pink lemonade (or whatever else you like to drink, although we’d have to be careful if you want red wine, wouldn’t want you spilling on my stash) and I’ll definitely make more cookies.
Vicki W says
Given your busy life right now, you might consider another option. GIVE THEM AWAY! You are going to be making new quilts for shop samples for a while. Alycia and Barbara B. will take your scraps and make them into donation quilts now. I got rid of 77 yards that way and they are using every single bit of it. Think of the relief!
I just took all my scrap bins to our newly started Quilts of Valor group. Only 4 of us came for the first meeting, but the gals sorted and ironed, I started cutting, and another gal took the whole pile home to finish cutting. It felt good to be rid of it and know it was going to a worthy cause!
Leah S says
Haha on the teenager/cops thing! My parents live on 10 acres in a high end neighborhood (less than 60 houses spread out over a couple of miles). They took a trip to another state, and my then 17 year old brother had a party. Oh, he had my parents permission, but he was a little free in his invitations “hey, come on over, bring anybody you’d like!” He carefully adjusted the music’s volume – it was pretty loud, but from the street you couldn’t hear anything. (Gotta love a long driveway.) My favorite part was when my sister came home and saw beer all over the ping pong table. She made a little call to our parents and described what was going on. So my parents called my brother “hey Ben, what’s with all those beer cans on the ping pong table?” Whoa! Ben panicked, thinking my parents were SEEING it, and that they came home early. 😛
Thankfully the parties have seriously died down now. Usually it’ll just be a handful of friends, no free-for-all invitations! 🙂 Although I CAN tell you that 8 people in a spa will cause half of the water to gush out – especially if a couple of them are over 300 pounds! 😀
Good luck on the scrap bins! I’d love to come over and help – especially since I bet it’s cooler there, but the distance staggers me. 😉
Take them to the shop a few at a time and cut them up. You have to be there all day, so use a little of the time to make them into usable sizes. And start doing that when you cut out a new quilt. It won’t seem so daunting then.
I can’t get into organizing my scraps – it’s hard enough keeping the fabric on the shelves straight. Everything gets tossed into bins – most of mine are sorted by color and I work from these bins making scrap quilts from strips and strings – even the squares work – I cut them in have and use them for corners on string blocks.
I can’t seem to part with any of mine either.
Your twin boys are how old??? You realize don’t you that the possibility of what you are watching now……will be reality in your future. Let’s see, big home on the outside of town with a big yard…..perfect place to hang out.
I’d say donate the scraps. As a shop owner now….the samples will have to be made with fabric that is for sale…..and yes they will notice if you have subsituted a fabric in the kit.
If you don’t want to keep the scraps yourself (although the idea of taking them to the shop and sorting out a little at a time is a brilliant one) how about bagging them up by weight into, say, 1lb bags. Sell each bag for whatever seems reasonable – $5, $10?? Give all the money to your favourite charity. You benefit – scraps are gone, other quilters benefit – they get yummy scraps (I’d buy ten bags if I was near your shop!!) and a charity benefits. Good luck with your new venture. All the best, Jayne
Okay – if your making cookies … I’ll come help you sort it! Or maybe eat a cookie or three LOL