It is time to clean.
Time to purge. Reorganize.
Time to take stock of what I have. Decide what to keep, and what I can part with.
Because I'm being over-run by quilts and fabric.
You see, I've been designing fabric for 9 years, publishing patterns and books for 14 years, quilting for 20 years, and sewing for as long as I can remember. I've accumulated a lot of stuff.
I spent the last two days out in my yard, pulling and digging out all those weeds that are taking over my flower beds. It's a nasty job. The thistles are the worst. Prickly little things that never seem to go away and will grow anywhere. And then there's the clover that seem to be choking out the grass in the yard, and the dandelions that are growing between the rocks on the patios.
So, now as I sit inside, trying to straighten out my back and get the dirt out from under my nails, I realize that I really need to do some weeding inside my house too. To get rid of unnecessary things that are taking over my house.
There's the stacks of fabric from the fabric lines that I've designed in one cabinet in the dining room (yes, my dining room is slowly morphing into another area of the house taken over by Whimsicals.....)
I mean, really, I can't possibly use all of this fabric!!
And then there's the fabric from the last two lines that I haven't even gotten off the rolls yet.....
And I don't even want to talk about the stacks of quilts everywhere.....
I even have some stacked above my desk because, well, there was empty space up there!
And the worst part is that I don't even know where everything is. So if you were to ask me about a specific quilt, it would take me all day just to locate it, unless it's one that is hanging on one of my walls or on a bed.
It's getting really bad.
Because with each new fabric line and each new book, I just keep adding to the stacks. And now that I'm ready to work on the new, I am so distracted by what I already have.
So, it's time. Time to sort. Time to purge. Time to make some room for the new.
And just like the yard work, I won't enjoy it. But as I sit here looking at it all, feeling very overwhelmed, I am reminded of a verse....
1"I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful." (John 15:1-2 NIV)
It will be hard. It will take time. But it needs to be done. And the results will be so worth it.