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Goals For March

March already!  Onward for the next round of goal setting.

My Organised Fabric

My goals for February were mostly reached.  I finished my taxes, and worked with the Organizer to make my space more workable.  I am still finishing up the last of it, I left  filing all the paperwork until last, so that will be happening this week.  I have blogged about the process here, if you are curious.  Once get that paperwork filed and have my final meeting with Claudia I will post a wrap with lots of pictures.

I did not get out and knock on doors for wholesale.  I did get a nice consignment agreement, and just sent off the order.  So wholesaling is still on the agenda.

So for March

  • Maintain an organized studio, and keep my WIP’s to 5 at any one time.
  • Continue with my stash reduction goal from Jan by making up lots of fabric I know I don’t want anymore, to destash (I think I will be posting them in my Etsy shop
  • Push forward with long-term business planning.
  • Get some wholesale accounts (I really am going to do it this month!)
  • Start building inventory for the summer shows, (and hopefully lots of wholesale and consignment sales).
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Getting Organized. Step 1

view of my studio from dining room

Today I had a formal consult with a professional organizer.  I was surprisingly nervous considering that  she is a good friend who has helped me out in my home many times, but this is different.  It is my studio.  I have a certain fear that if everything is changed I will lose  my creativity.  But it wasn’t scary at all.  Claudia had me think about  the steps I take and what I do at each station in my studio.  She targeted my major problem areas and then we brainstormed possibilities for solving each problem.  I have been thinking about this for a few days and had some big ideas.  She unceremoniously cut them down to size, and made me focus on the immediate instead of the long-term.  (she kept telling me ‘don’t worry about that yet.  It will be obvious once your workspace is functional.’) We came up with this list.

Problem 1.  Fabric is everywhere, my storage system is obviously not working

Problem 2. I have UFO’s (UnFinished Objects) scattered around and mixed in with my fabrics.  I tend to jump from project to project and loose pieces and notes in the chaos so finishing projects becomes less and less attractive.

Problem 3. I can never keep track of my small hand tools, like scissors, unpicker etc.  Or even if I know exactly where it is, it is on the other side of the room, and I waste a lot of time retracing my steps.

Problem 4. Paperwork is never properly filed, add this to my tendency to sketch, take notes and make calculations for cutting and yardage on any handy scrap of paper, and I have a giant pile of paper sitting in a basket with no idea what most of it is for.

Over the next few days I will be tackling these problems one by one, and discussing the solutions my organizer suggested and what I end up with.  I feel like I am on the edge of getting this figured out and I am actually pretty excited.  I am committed to getting this done before sewing another order (luckily I don’t have any due this week or next!).

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February Goals

Already a 12th of the way through the year!  January has been a good month for me to evaluate where my business is going, and to make plans.  This month I am focused on getting all the old business from last year wrapped up so I can move on my goals for this year.  specifically

Continue with my stash reduction project from January.  Things are going well!

Get all my tax paperwork in order  and to the accountant, and get all my old paperwork filed.

Now that I am beginning to make inroads on my stash I see a clear need to overhaul the way I have been storing my supplies.   I will be working with a friend who is a Professional Organiser to figure out how I function in my workspace, and store things accordingly. ( I will be blogging about that for sure!)

Get my new designs finalised and available to purchase.

 I have one other goal that I have been procrastinating on for a while.  I want to find one or two local stores to wholesale to.  I plan on going to visit some of the higher end beach communities and browse though some stores to find some that seem like a good fit, and then approach them  about wholesale for the summer.

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One patch Quilt

I have been moving along with my project of one stash quilt per week, in fact this week I will probably exceed it. 

My 13 year old niece has been visiting, and I offered to make a quilt with her, she was suprisingly excited,  and chose a simple graphic pattern from the free ones available on the artgallery fabric site.  She loved  diving into my stash and picking out some fabrics.  I got to teach her how to use a sewing machine, and she did most of the piecing herself.

Unfortunately I was slow in getting the quilting done, so I was still wrapping it up when her mother arrived to pick her up, so no picture of the finished quilt, just this of the work in progress.

I finished it with a white border, and verigated blue to green to yellow binding.

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‘Woven Basket’ Bag

I have finished my first stash reduction quilt.  Well its a bag, but it is made entirely from stash fabrics and supplies.  I was able to use up scraps of batting that were too small for quilts, and create a pattern as I went. 

I have been thinking about a tropical getaway, so I wanted this bag to look like a woven tote you might pick up at an island market.  Just the thing to make for spring.  I am still working on the pattern, but will post when I have it done.

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Stash Reduction!

Well this year I am going on a fabric diet.  My studio is a pretty small space, 6′ x 15′ and it is bursting at the seams. 

As you can see the mess isn’t terrible, and the stash is not huge, but I am exceeding my storage space, and I need room to work.  Plus it seems extremely wasteful to go on buying new fabric when I have so much already on hand.  I would love to dive into some of the new organic prints that are starting to become available, so the stash needs to go.   Heres my plan.

Each week I am making a quilt from stash only fabrics.  Depending on my schedule it can be a UFO or a new item.  Some weeks it will be something small, other weeks a bed size.

At least once a month the item will be a new design, and as I  make it I will write a pattern, some patterns I will include here as free tutorials, others will be listed for sale in my artfire studio .  Most of the quilts I make will be listed there too. 

Some friends from my quilting guild are joining me, and are planning on making one stash quilt per month.  I will be posting pictures of their work here too. 

Would you like to join us in stash reduction?  All crafts are welcome.  In fact I was inspired on this course by reading the minimalist knitter blog.  You can participate at what ever level you choose, as long as you are using stash only materials.

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