Organizing, Dreaming, Drawing, etc.

A new year, a fresh start and the return to routine.  Did you leave behind some old baggage or worries that can just stay back in 2019?  I did.  The two-week, sixteen-day (16!!) break I enjoyed over the holidays just flew by.  We did fun things, spent time with family and friends, and overall had a fabulous time.  The mental list I had for completion during those 16 days didn’t get wholly checked off.  There are oodles of items I had hoped to list on Etsy and that didn’t happen.  Some organizing, dreaming, drawing and list-making did occur though!

Organizing Needed

I can’t even share a BEFORE photo of the chair in the sewing room.  Sue would absolutely KILL me.  HAHA!  Not that I’m scared of her one bit but there would definitely be harsh words shared.  Being the peacemaker that I am and never (ever! <wink>) trying to stir-the-pot as it were, I abstained.  We did do a bit of organizing and it was fun!


sterlite 3drawers

Sue already had one of these on her table, leftover from her teaching-classroom days.  The drawers didn’t easily open and she was frustrated with it.  On the other side of the room, I always have important crap sitting about.  It needs to be handy yet does it need to be THAT handy??!  So I popped online, ordered two from Target through Rakentan, and picked them up in the front of the store.  No browsing the tempting sales and shelves for this girl – did you even know that Target has a pickup-in-store option?  AND there’s also a “they’ll-bring-stuff-out-to-you” option as well although it’s worded much nicer.

My workspace looks pretty darn much the same as it did back in November 2018 when I wrote about our sewing room space.  The quarter is gone, the spare pins are in one of the drawers above, and I have added a few more important gadgets to my cup that holds important pencils and such.  Fabrics have been put away, scraps have been trimmed into 2″ and 2.5″ pieces, and it’s a space more conducive to creating.

Dreaming and Drawing Happening

Technically speaking, dreaming should require sleep and that just hasn’t been happening.  Two separate nights I have stayed awake the entire time, and that makes for very long following days.  We won’t get into the reasons why sleep is evading me, but dreaming CAN happen without sleep.  That vegetative state when you are kind of slumping along or are totally relaxed allows for much mental exercise.  I spent one night mentally picturing the plaid quilting I’ll be doing on the January OMG (one monthly goal).

Plaid drawing

I eventually had to get up and draw it out, using a ruler, pencil, and eraser.  Part of me says that I should quilt it in a denser plaid pattern.  Seriously though, how much time do I want to spend on this quilt top – the pattern above is sufficient.  One shouldn’t argue with oneself in the middle of the night so I acquiesced.

List Making

Sue doesn’t really care for it when I spend too much time ‘dreaming’ about projects.  It usually always means I’m going to be adding something to The Master List.


I have been informed that TWO projects that we have been working on are NOT on the list.  That information was shared with me on January 2nd.  What can I say?  The Master List (TML) was incomplete and it’s short with only 40 items.  It’s just that simple.  Here are a few projects that Sue doesn’t know about, that aren’t on TML, and we may or may not get involved with:

  • paper-piecing the Princesses starting with Belle from Beauty & The Beast
  • bookcase design quilt
  • Harry Porter design and quilt – need to research this
  • paper-piecing hummingbird – get this mastered finally
Hummingbird #2B

my last attempt in EQ8 a year ago

  • something with polar bears and penguins – together or separately ?!
  • door hanging for a generic season that can hang for a few months – like a snowman but I don’t want or like to celebrate snow

Are you organizing, dreaming, drawing, and/or making lists too?  I’m linking up with Pretty Piney and Cooking Up Quilts today – I lost my website for a bit this weekend.  For some reason, all my sidebar links disappeared.  Yeah, that was a fun time!  Unfortunately, I still don’t have the code for their two link up parties.


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17 Responses

  1. Kate says:

    I hate those nights where sleep just doesn’t come and I agree it makes for a long day afterwards. I’m dreaming of finishes at the moment, trying really, really hard to ignore the lure of new projects. You’ve got some dreamy projects picked out. Those Disney princesses would be perfect for a little girl quilt. Keep up the good dreams.

  2. Angie says:

    I rarely argue with myself during the night, but I do have to talk to myself to get back to sleep when I have something on my mind! I am a huge list maker, but I keep it in my computer. I look at it almost daily and transfer the most critical items onto my daily/weekly to do list, which is a paper list. Of course, I never get to everything, but I certainly feel that I am more productive because of my lists! Enjoy the rest of your week!

  3. chrisknits says:

    I’m always dreaming!!! But it’s the Squirrels that come out of nowhere that get me. LOL

  4. dreamworthyquilts says:

    Lost your blog sidebar? That happened to me once. It is not cool or fun!

    I can’t wait to see your Bell and any other princesses you make! So far, she is my favorite one I have made, but I love them all.

    I am sorry you cannot sleep. I hope it is an age thing (I have been through it) and not a stressed life thing.

    I have a post planned to link up tomorrow. See ya then!

  5. Kathryn says:

    Those ahem ones that aren’t on the list look great projects. Sorry about the lack of sleep, that kind of thing is a real bummer. Take care.

  6. Barbara Esposito, The Quilted B says:

    FPP the Princesses???? Egad woman have you gone completely mad (I say in the middle of my FPP quilt that seemed such a good idea at the start…) I can’t wait to see these beauties come to life! Happy planning friend. Add all you want to TML – my lips are sealed…

  7. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Roseanne, It is nice to know that you enjoyed your time off. Even though you may not have achieved all that you wanted to, all that really matters in the end is that you had a great time with family and friends and that you feel rested. Sorry that you have not been sleeping well. I believe we all face those kind of nights, hopefully tonight you will fall soundly into sleep once again.
    As soon as I saw your picture, I was reminded once again that I need to buy another one of these! They are so handy for so many items. Organizing has been going on our house, slowly since sometime last year. I finally with the help of a friend managed to get three large totes emptied and put into specific shelves. That alone created so much extra space in our second bedroom, it was fabulous.
    I hope to see many of these quilts that are not on TML. Your hummingbird looks fabulous. I hope that you get it figured out to your liking, it will be a beautiful quilt. I am just writing to much. Loved reading everything today on your post! Have a super duper day!!!

  8. Denise says:

    I do not make a list. There is the Island Batik monthly challenge list that I follow though. Otherwise it’s as i please. That is one looong list you have, (wow) I would never sleep. Good luck this year on completing it.

  9. Rochelle Summers says:

    Well Sue. I’m looking pretty bad compared to you. I have a short list for the next month or so. The projects unfinished in Dec are on it and some due in Jan, Feb and March. I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. Organizing? Hmm that means I won’t be able to work on the above mentioned projects! And I, too, am staying away for temptation…fabric stores, candy aisles at the grocery store, fast food restaurants, etc. I feel that halo slipping, though! Hope you get some sleep tonight. I recite the states in alphabetical order when I’m having trouble. Have to use fingers to keep track of where I am. Now I need to memorize (again!) the capitals.

  10. Well, I made my list….. I forgot to add “Unforeseen Requirements” on it! Just going to be a few weeks late in starting 2020! Great post! Hugs

  11. quiltinggail says:

    Hi Roseanne,
    I have great plans to get organized! However, unlike you, they remain plans. Good for you putting your organizational skills to work!
    I think it’s important to have plans and lists … but I usually ignore both, unless I’m doing well with them! 🙂
    I’m looking forward to your pp hummingbird!
    I hope you get to sleeping better!
    Happy Quilting! 🙂

  12. Dreaming and drawing is what I do best! There are so many dreams but much fewer realities. I am grateful for other talented people though. That way at least a few of my dreams can be the reality of others:)❤️❤️

  13. Well, it’s a darn good thing your don’t stir the pot, with all that scheming and dreaming. Perhaps I should warn Sue, poor thing! Heehee. You have some good things rolling along, my quilty friend! I do hope you find that elusive sleep soon, though!

  14. Vicki in MN says:

    It is always so fun to organize the sewing room even if it is just a little at a time. Your two weeks off sounds fantastic. Not sleeping is never fun even if it involves some sewing dreaming!!!

  15. karenfae says:

    so many of us seem to be organizing – it really is a great way to start the year off I think

  16. Wow! I am exhausted reading all of this. Sorry about your sleep woes – hope you recover quickly from it. I do keep some melatonin and some over the counter sleep aid for those awful nights. With the plaid quilting, do as you have planned. Easy to go back and add lines after the first bit is done, 1/2 – 1/4 inch away on the left or bottom of each if you feel you need to. And, I think the hummingbird looks great….let me know if you want me to test it – not sure what you are dissatisfied with.

  17. Good post — I love reading all of your posts — they tend to bring a smile to my face. For the past two years I’ve stayed away from “lists”! This year I’m back to using a planner and making lists so far so good 🙂 I did organize my sewing room and have been able to keep it clean — yes I know it’s only Jan 13 — its a start right ♥ Happy Monday my friend!

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