This morning I read Renee's Sewn with Grace blog and her list of goals concerning her sewing room. I mentioned her list to Audrey; and she came up with a list of her own and encouraged me to make a list, too. Now I have to say that I am Audrey's biggest fan because I love all her ideas and her taste. So as long as she's doing this, I need to as well not only because I have too much stuff but also because I will regret not doing it once I see what she's accomplished.
And I can't tell how many times I've torn my sewing room apart looking for something only to see so many things I've bought and never used. So here's my plan and list for how I'm going to clean up my act and my sewing room.
1. No fabric purchasing except for borders and backs (this one really hurts). Any fabric purchased for backs will have to be white or cream so that leftovers can be used for piecing. Good idea, Renee!
2. No books, patterns, or quilt magazine purchasing. I needed to throw something easy onto this list. I have a lot of patterns and books I'd like to make projects from.
3. No purchasing cross stitch charts, linen, or floss except for Anniversaries of the Heart. I've wanted to do this project for months, so I'm allowing myself the purchase of the linen and any floss that I don't already have on hand.
4. I will make a list of all unfinished quilt projects and try to finish one every two months.
5. The only exception for buying is for destination quilt shops. Purchasing will be allowed there.
I can already tell this is going to be painful! For years Audrey and I have justified a lot of our buying by comparing our purchases to the cost of our husbands' golf addictions. And if you know the cost of a club membership or a good iron or wood, you know where I'm coming from.