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Can I Sew My Way Out Of This Mess?


I was sewing away on a quilting project the other night.  I was also watching Hoarders at the same time.  After watching and sewing  for a while, I glanced around my sewing room.

It made me panic.

I wonder if I can sew my way out???

Fortunately, I’m on a finishing kick. I have one quilt that is ready to be put together and one that just needs borders.

And there’s this.  See this bunch of little pieces!

They’re turning into more Dresden Plates!

I don’t have a pattern for this, so I’ve been pulling fabrics to get ideas.  There may be some machine embroidery involved.  There may be other blocks included.  I just don’t know yet.  I’ll get the Dresden plates finished first.  I don’t even know how many I’ll end up with!  I do enjoy this creative process, but it’s not making my sewing room look any better!

I think I have the borders figured out for this quilt!  Thanks to some tips from blog readers, I ordered something that I think will work.

The knitting just had to make its debut, because it matches so well.  The yarn is Blue Moon Fiber Arts Peru.  I can’t remember what the pattern is right now.  More on that later.  It is so soft and cushy!  I love this yarn!!!

And now for my tip for the day.

Don’t sleep with your teeth clenched.  You wake up with a colossal headache!!!

So, does anyone have any sewing room organization tips for me?  Or are you like me, working on about fifty things at once?  Or should I just keep sewing, and not let the chaos in my sewing room bother me?

I’m going to go take some Advil!


Author: mariajhmom

I'm a wife, mom, quilter, knitter, and spinner. I blog at

12 thoughts on “Can I Sew My Way Out Of This Mess?

  1. You know those nice plastic see-through zippered bags your sheets or blankets come in? I keep mine and put UFOs in them and have them on a shelf. When I go on a retreat it’s easy to just throw a few in a basket. That’s just the ones I’m not working on though!

    I had to squeeze my Grace Pro frame & tin lizzie into my sewing room so now I really have to keep things somewhat picked up. I have some open shelves that I put my current projects on. You can see pics here (the shelves with all those books near the end of my frame now hold my projects instead)

  2. I have that adjustable shelving & rolling basket carts from the container store that I LOVE! And thanks to you, I’ve started watching that late night too… sure is good cleaning inspiration, oh my! AND I just love both of those quilts, can’t wait to see them!

  3. The Blue Moon is beautiful enough to eat. I want you to stop worrying about your sewing room and NO MORE HOARDERS for you!!!! You seem to work in tremendous spurts of energy when on a finishing crusade, so relax and sew. And sew. And sew ….
    And then you can treat yourself to some knitting.

  4. I looked at Kelly’s blog. Her best trick was “took a truck load of stuff to the mission”.

    My laundry – yarn room is a mess right now too.

  5. I keep my projects in clear plastic bins too. My only real tip is to clean up a little bit after each sewing session. You’d be surprised how much straightening up you can do in 5 minutes!

  6. Maria, I watch “Hoarders” too and your house looks way too clean to qualify!!!

  7. Don’t watch Hoarders! I watched it once and I was afraid I was going to be on TV one day.

  8. Oh, I’ve watched “Hoarders” too. Then I look around my house at the bits of clutter and wonder if that is how hoarders got started!! 🙂

  9. I say keep on sewing and enjoy your space!

  10. I know about that teeth clenching headache Tom hasn’t been working and I have been fighting it for days. Not fun, love your quilting projects and the current knit!!!

  11. 1) Sewing Room: Can’t offer too much help here.
    I try to organize by keeping the things I’ve started or ‘plan’ to start soon close at hand and within sight, but that doesn’t help in the ‘tidy-tidy’ world. Then I try to keep my ‘holiday’ projects…well, someday projects grouped together. At this point I start just trying to find a place that it will all fit! I’ve recently regrouped and am feeling pretty good about how it’s arranged. Let me reiterate, I (underscored and in bold print) am feeling pretty good about it’s arranged; all thosse non-crafty people in my life find it very unsettling.
    To each his own.
    2) Clenched teeth and headache. Get to your dentist and get fitted for a mouth guard.
    It is an amazing modern development! It might take some getting used to and won’t win you any beauty prizes when you head off to bed, but it will go along way to saving your jaw, head and tooth enamel. Most people associate mouth guards and tooth breakdown to grinding; no, no my friend, us clenchers do a lot of damage to our teeth and having the mouth guard at least buys us some time before they all but chip away!
    3) You sure do some pretty work…knitting and quilting…thanks for sharing (again)

  12. cool, I love your works. hugs

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