Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Organization, that dirty O word

I agree and like the idea of Leaders and Enders. I just am not organized enough to practise it.  Just in case you don't know about Leaders and Enders here is a link to Bonnie Hunter's website where she explains what they are and how she came up with the idea.

The L&E idea is probably one of the best ideas in quilt making. To me it is right up there with the rotary cutter and the quarter inch foot. It really is one of those V8, head bonking, light bulb moments. I'm sure Granny ( my original quilt mentor) would have made 300 quilts in her lifetime instead of a mear 150 if she had known or thought of the L&E idea.

or·gan·ize (ôrg-nz)
v.or·gan·ized, or·gan·iz·ing, or·gan·iz·es

1. To put together into an orderly, functional, structured whole.

Organization has always been a weakness of mine. If I could just get organized...has been a whine of mine since I have been married. Before I got married I never knew I was unorganized because I didn't have anything to be organized. We packed all of my belongings in two cardboard boxes and my suitcase.
Put my few items with my husband's few more (he had many boxes) into a 800 sq ft apartment, add in wedding gifts, furniture and two people who have no idea of what should go where and you have a mess. Thirty two years later...well you get the picture.

When we moved I did get my sewing room organized. Then we moved into this house and it has never been as nice. I just don't seem to have the skill to put things in a way I can use the room and walk in it at the same time.
Now knowing that, can you imagine me trying to organize a project and also a L&E to work on during the project?
BUT...I have so much happening in my extended family and friends lives that I find myself needing many items made and completed in a quick fashion.

1. Wedding quilt that is already overdue. (Don't ask!)
2.Cousin quilt (Just needs small amount of hand quilting and binding!!) 
3.Baby quilt for December birth (I think I have a top made already)
4.Wedding quilt for June  ( have design idea, just need to know what colors they hate)
5.Retirement quilt  (retirement end of this month! Just heard last week.)

Now mind you three of the five I learned about very recently and one of them I was not intending to make at all but feel I should.

So today I will go into my sewing room and try to get some work done in the O area.
If I get any O accomplished I will then try and decide if any of the tops I have made will work for gifts (I hope!). If not, I will look for some easy but pretty patterns that I can get in and out of the machine quickly. Maybe I can actually work with L&E to accomplish this. Fingers crossed!


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Not seeing you working with L's and E's. And as far as the quick and easy quilts go, we'll..........
Linda G