And so we have reached the last of the 7 Habits of the Highly Effective Quilter...I thought long and hard about this one and as luck would have it, I had a light bulb moment when I arrived home from the Quilt Roadies adventure and unloaded the trailer. Not only bringing in all my sewing projects that were stitched on the road, but also the little treasures I picked up along the way. And so, Habit #7...regular inventory! You know...just like the shops do. A yearly inventory so they know what they have sold and what they have left on the shelf. A sewing room inventory allows you to see what you have left to do and to acknowledge what you finished. I believe by opening all the drawers, looking in all the bins and boxes, and taking a full inventory of what you really have tucked away, you will be reminded of those special projects you once had to have, LOL. I'll admit I did have a momentary anxiety attack...but, since I take an inventory on a regular basis, I have weeded out the "what was I thinking" projects and truly like everything I have in stock, LOL.

With this said, I know that life can get hectic and sometimes we don't know which way we are headed! Sometimes we have the best of intentions of starting or finishing a project and then life distracts us and we forget...that is why a regularly scheduled inventory...maybe once a quarter, which would be 4 times a year, will help stimulate those stitching juices.

I can hear the revolt now, but remember who is in charge of the sewing room!!! No one is the boss of you and your projects and throw aside the judgment and take a full assessment of what is lurking in that closet! You are strong...you are powerful, and no pile of fabric is going to make you weep!

...And just so you know, I have been taking my own advice and spent a couple of hours taking inventory before I put away the new projects. And, while doing so, I remembered a project that I was going to make for my oldest son's friend who is Canadian...now, where did that project go??? With an inventory I was able to find it and finished it!! I feel so satisfied and I think she is going to like it!

I hope you have enjoyed the 7 Habits of the Highly Effective Quilter...I know it has helped me light a nice quilter's fire under my needle! And now it is heated up and ready to go! Have a great week and we'll see what next week will bring!

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#8 Lori Merjil 2017-10-11 09:36
Anna, thank you for sharing your adventures. I hope to head to Sisters and maybe some of those campgrounds next year. I just took inventory myself. I had so much fabric and kits I knew i could not finish so I put them out in a yard sale and was able to make enough money for the big quilt show in Santa Clara, Ca. Going thru this process quarterly is a really good idea.
#7 babawawa 2017-09-28 12:36
Anna, that boot is so cute! I have a perfect "giftee" in mind, she's a Toronto Maple Leafs fan. Is there a pattern available somewhere? Also, I follow your advice about regular inventory in my sewing room. There are many benefits, not the least of which is an awareness of when I need to put on the brakes when considering buying more!
#6 Anna 2017-09-27 21:03
Juanita Decquir if you click on Anna & G on the Road it will take you to the list of articles I have written and they are all located in there!
#5 Juanita Decquir 2017-09-27 18:28
Where can I find a complete list of all "Seven Habits of Highly Effective Quilters"? I submitted a comment without my name.
#4 Juanita 2017-09-27 18:22
Where can I find all seven habits of highly effective quilters? I missed some or deleted them by mistake.
#3 Penny M 2017-09-27 11:44
Have been doing this over the last month or so in preparation for a relocation move. Found things I had forgotten I had started, but also was able to put some things together to make "kits" for future projects so that once we are moved I will have easy access to some of my WIP without having to have everything unpacked. Did get one small project finished that I had started 4-5 years ago, and that is a good feeling. Onward and upward! :-)
#2 Theresa M 2017-09-27 11:09
I like going through my 'stash' regularly. So often I'll buy stuff on whim when shopping with quilts friends and forget what I bought....it also keeps my cabinets neat and tidy as I purge or create scrap containers of fabrics I have gotten tired of. I'll often strip cut for scrappy log cabins if I want to work on a mindless project. Inventory is an excellent idea!!!
#1 Muriel hagen 2017-09-27 08:27
I just spent several days moving part if my sewing "stuff" to garage, to redo DR sewing area, way too much, I do need to do inventory, but that will take a while. I will only bring my favorites back in the house, sell extra kits and fabric, donate partially done to my guilds for charity quilts. Then I have another room to purge again!
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