Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Purging

I have been going through all my stuff (read fabric, blocks, tops etc) and have come to the conclusion that I may have to do some purging of my stash. Yes, it pains me. All the fabric I have I have picked out because I saw some beauty in it or it was gifted to me. And I tend to keep all my scraps because I am so the scrappy quilter, but I am moving on with things in my life and am feeling more and more like I need to leave some of those little pieces behind or get rid of them. It is so hard to go through and get rid of some of this fabric because even the littlest pieces are beautiful, but then I realize that worrying about all those little pieces and what may become of them are a stress I don't need.


That got me to thinking about life in general. How much do we carry with us that are those 'little scraps' that tend to weigh us down. All those little inconsequential decisions that really haven't or won't effect our lives that we drag around and question. We second guess ourselves. As I am moving forward I am going to really try to have more confidence in myself. To know that I am able to make decisions and that not everything is worth the worry that I bestow upon it. It can be very hard at times, but I AM trying.




On a more positive note, I have been able to get some quilting done. It is a lovely thing when life starts to reach a state of equilibrium after a LOT of turmoil. I have been able to get some hand quilting done on my scrappy bargello quilt. I have also gotten several more blocks done for my string quilt that I have been working on FOREVER! lol and I think I may have found my next long term project (like I don't have enough of those already :cD). I have seen a few log cabin quilts that were made with itty-bitty blocks. Well, I printed out the paper piecing pattern for a 4 inch finished log cabin block. I only have one done, but I love that little block. So I am keeping at least some of the little scraps I just can't bear to part with to use in more of those blocks. Now I am thinking it will take me quite a while to get this done, but I really feel it will be well worth the effort.
I also have to admit that the weather is also helping to cheer me up. Fall is my favorite season of the year. I have to get out and get some pictures of the beautiful fall foliage to share. Well life is still rolling along at full throttle, and I have to go try to jump back into things, but I wanted to wish everyone a wonderful Wednesday and warm country wishes!!

9 comments:

jacquie said...

i do think we carry things with us that would be better off purged. i'll look forward to the fall picture. the leaves don't seem to be getting the color here...maybe i'm impatient.

Andrea said...

I'm sure some-one will love to take those scraps off your hands. And once they're gone - they're gone - lol ! Funny I just bought a new log cabin book this week and am planning something along the same lines - take care xx

Terry said...

I agree about letting go. Once you do, you feel so much better! And you make room in your life for new things that way too! Your quitls are beautiful, by the way! :0)

QuiltedSimple said...

Well said about letting go! And there could be someone out there who would love the scraps and use them. Love your cathedral windowpanes - very pretty!
Kris

julieQ said...

Yes, I am glad to be purging a few things out of my life too. I never miss them when they are gone, and somehow feel a little lighter!

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Renee said...

just popping by to see how you've been. how is the unloading going? i need to do some of that myself around here. but not just yet. too many other things going on to think of parting with my fabric. lol. take care. have a good day.

scrappy quilter said...

I love your Depression Quilt - it is just gorgeous!! One of these days I'll tackle that project. I love scrappy as you know.
I work with all size scraps and sometimes do feel overwhelmed with the amount I have but it helps to add to the overall effect of a scrappy quilt to have lots of scraps.
Once your done purging and organizing at your house - just mosy over to mine and help me please?