Last night, I gathered all my fair entries together, measured them, wrote down what goes in what class, and put them in the box so that Mom can take them over on Thursday. I need to wash and press the afghan so that it looks nice, but other than that, I'm ready. I'll probably take them to Mom's tomorrow, just so that I'm not rushing on Thursday morning to get them to her before work. At this point, I've done all I can do, it's all up to the judges now. We're already figuring out when we're going and getting the kids psyched. Niece has her heart set on winning a goldfish, her brother is all about the pony rides. And me, I'm totally jonesing for fair fudge.
I also told SO that, at some point, I want a quilt rack thingy so that I can display my afghans. I can't have them thrown over the arm of the sofa the entire year. Especially since I have a Christmas one, and the kitty one, and there's a baby afghan out at my mom's. It looks kinda schlumpy. I don't know where I'll stick it just yet, but I'm getting one.
One of the things I realized while I was organizing my sewing room last week was that I really need to stitch more, shop less. And when I do shop, to shop thoughtfully, as in buying things I can reasonably stitch, and not just what catches my eye. I mean, I have noticed, I get crabby when I work on those big pieces, and I have a lot of big pieces in my stash. They're impressive, they just make me antsy. I am starting to realize I like the smaller stuff a little bit better.
And I have to start using my fabric and floss. I can't keep just holding onto it, waiting to "need" it. I could probably save a good bit of money just finishing what I've already started and using the floss in my stash. And I wouldn't keep finding these caches of floss all over the house; I can figure out which ones are for the Stoney Creeks, just because they use every color of DMC, but there are other ones that I just don't know what I bought the floss for.
Now the fabric is a bit more flexible. I went through the fabric I had left at Mom's yesterday at lunch and brought a lot of that to the house. Some of it must have been bought for a specific project, but it doesn't necessarily have to stay specifically for that project. I have a great piece of SMF that looks like a hummingbird and I can see that going for something else. Something Halloweeny or stormy. But it does need something fairly substantial stitched on it. Nothing tiny that I'd have to cut up the fabric. It's too special for that. Besides, I have lots of fabric that I dyed that I can do little stuff on. That's OK to muck up, LOL.