I was on my hands and knees trying to dislodge some treasure or other from the piles under the shelves, and I actually looked at what was in the nearest plastic storage box. I have four of them tucked against the far wall. I thought I had put fabrics from unfinished dressmaking projects in those boxes, so imagine my surprise when I discovered a box filled with solids, two with scraps, and one with lace.

You must understand, I haven’t used solids in any quantity for years. To unearth such a collection when I thought I had used up the last of them ages ago was more than a surprise; it was a revelation. Who was this person? Clearly it isn’t me now.

Unearthing the Unexpected

It was also clear that the person who kept all those itsy-bitsy scraps in the next two boxes isn’t me. Did I honestly believe I would do enough applique to justify saving 1″ scraps in no particular order?

I didn’t even bother taking a picture of them. The reasonably large pieces went into the box I keep under the window. This is the box I turn to when I want some scrap squares for random 4-Patches. The shreds went straight into the trash basket.

The solids are going to community quilts, where they will be used and loved, and the laces stayed put for the time being. That gave me three empty storage boxes, which I actually filled with the unfinished dressmaking projects that I thought were there all along (don’t ask me where I found those projects).

Some day I will reach a tipping point, where the sewing room will be sufficiently organized that achieving my goal of a tidy work space will be guaranteed. This is not that day, but it’s close. We must savor our victories where we can.

2 Responses to “Mining”

  1. Mary Gates Says:

    Way to go Lani! Glad to see you are still plugging away on reclaiming territory. You inspire me to tackle mine.

  2. Thea McCurry Says:

    Nice finds, Lani! Glad to hear you’re still pursuing your dreams.

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