Organisation – is something I like to be, and something I loved prior to having children. A Type A personality, I LOVED colour co-ordinated stationary and could spend HOURS colour coding, filing and being prepared. Some may have called this “procrastination”, instead of doing the study I needed to do. But I had convinced myself I couldn’t work without things being “pretty” (aka organised 😉 ).
Then children came and I learnt that the first lesson they teach you is – “you are no longer in control, they are”. I tried after one, then two, maybe a little after number three and certainly not after number four – to maintain my love of colour co-ordinated stationary and the feeling of being organised ! However, kids craft took over !! Therfore, it has been a while since I bought stationary for myself – the children’s school booklists have been as close as I have come….
Seeing the many blogs and posts of the Farmers Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt-a-long of “Quilters Organisation 101” – inspired me to be organised with this Quilt-a-long. I went to a local Stationary store – Officeworks – “browsed” as much as one can with a very excited 4 year old in tow…… I founds this gorgeous Orange three ring folder – matching the Sewn by Leanne Logo. Then I ventured to the binding/ printing service to see how much Spiral binding the book would be – $5 – I was sold !!
Then I encountered printing dilemmas !! I printed 1-50 – but I only set it to print “Actual Size” on the first block. OH NO!! So much paper wasted !! I had to go into each individual file to adjust the printing size :-(. After block 5, I decided I would take the disc to Officeworks and ask them to do this time investment !! They groaned but agreed, and I left clear instructions for each file to be printed at ACTUAL size. I arrived back the next morning – and alas – there was the pile of 100 blocks beautifully printed BUT ALL at least 1/8th of an inch smaller AHHHHHHHHH! Thankfully the lady serving behind the counter was also a quilter and understood my dilemma. So after all that, I asked for a refund and I went home and printed the remaining 95 out individually on my home printer.
Now I have a beautifully organised folder of all 99 blocks, including the rotary cutting instructions. I printed out a colour copy of the above photo for the front pocket ! I am already to start creating starting the 28th September – it is marked in my diary Gnome Angel !! How exciting.
Meanwhile to stop myself starting to create this beautiful Quilt – I’m practising on other paper-piecing challenges…… Using 627 Handworks (aka Julie Hirt) 2″ hexie tiles I have started creating a fun Hexie-Quilt from my Cotton and Steel charms…… together with Charcoal Shot cotton !!
Here is a sneak peek for my next blog post later in the week….
They are small and fiddly – yet stunning !!
See you later in the week.
Leanne 🙂 xx