1/02/2009

Well, it's a gloomy wet day in Atlanta, so we are catching up on sleep. Only got 20 hours yesterday. Some of us are sleeping in classic Adorable Cat style:

Some of us are sleeping just plain weird:


The wall hanging became large enough to sweep the Bonnie Mystery quilt pieces off into disarray; the obvious solution was a tray to hold the pieces, which could easily be kept together and moved about as necessary. Oh! Must go see what the thrift store has to offer. Wait, just check the basement, after all, I have one of everything down there except a personal fortune, and sure enough, there were two nice wooden trays and a wooden container, gotten during earlier trips to the thrift store:

Decided that it wouldn't kill me to organize the cutting table miscellany on to the smaller tray. What a mess.


I've been looking everywhere and longing for my Quilter's Disk. Had a replacement in the online Cart a few times. I love you, cute little brass disk:

Have been trying to find the Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Corner Trimmer, too; thank goodness it's back again. Now that tiny 2-1/2" ruler is one that has never worked very well. Too tiny. Slips around. Put some of the little sandpaper disks on it to give it one more chance. Anybody else use that tiny thing? Oh, and I've never seen that Muriel Yard Threader in my life. One of Rembrandt's friends must have given that to her.

Two pencil stands cleverly made out of empty Pringles cans. Surely I can do better than this.


Back to the basement for more inventory. China mugs. That looks better.


How clean and neat is that.

Oh, and the piecing tray works very well, too:

18 comments:

Karen said...

Your organization of tools turned out to look really good. I want a chance to come go through your basement. Must be a real treasure trove down there.

Brenda said...

Now that's what I call getting your crap together! Way to go... now could you come over and help me start the New year with a nice sewing table too? Not that it's not gray and miserable in NH too... but I think it could be fun. Besides, you could check out how our Dog imitates your cat by sleeping ten hours straight, LOL!

DayDreamn World said...

We're thinking a lot alike only you put your thinking into action. I still have my mess. :)

Fiesta said...

Very nice idea. I like the idea of a tray for the blocks too.
I have more fabric on my cutting board than on the shelves!

Tazzie said...

I need to take a leaf from your book Karen, my cutting table is a MESS right now. You did a great job sorting things out - your basement must have so many treasures within!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Morah said...

Love your organization! Don'tcha just love the Marti Michell corner trimmer for bindings! I am frantic if I can't find it.

Darcie said...

Tray chic! ;-) Very cool!!!

Marilyn R said...

You have some great organizing solutions going on there! I know I need to get some organizing done too, but oh I would rather quilt instead!

MARCIE said...

I want to cme and visit you and your basement! Oh, and Rembrandt too!

Di said...

Do you do house calls, by any chance? Inspiring!

Judy said...

I use a plastic bin lid to carry my projects into the den at night and it really works well. Everything gets loaded on and stays flat and neat, and I sit it on top of the sewing basket on the end table beside me. Works like a charm!

Good day organizing!

doni said...

Great day for organizing! Now - time to mess it all up again - creating!

Warm winter wishes!

doni @ Oregon coast

Jeanne said...

Oh, Karen, your writing always makes me laugh!
You get a gold star for Good Organizing.
Jeanne :)

Gretchen said...

Sweet sleepy kitties and some organization tips and inspiration = a perfect post! Thanks!!!

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

I've been organizing too..Check out my blog and give me some suggestions for what to do with my scraps!
Pat

Karen said...

Now, that's much better! :)

Idaho Quilter said...

piecing tray what a good idea, I must find a suitable tray, thanks for the tip.

Patti said...

Looking good! I use the 2 1/2" Creative Grid ruler. Those no-slip spots on the back really work well. I love it for trimming 2" finished half square triangle squares. I also had the Omnigrid version. I've tossed it. I've now replaced all my Omnigrids with Creative Grids - I like them so much better!