by Ramona on February 6, 2015

We left off with choosing what to do with our Ph-Ds (Project Half–DONE!). As you already know, there are many options. When we first were inspired we had every intention of completing every single project. However, as discussed previously, life and other things get in the way. So now as we go through our projects to complete we can make some decisions on whether or not to actually keep them and complete them, or to do something else with them. Here are some choices:

1. Actually sew them. Why?


Because we still like the project, we still like the fabric, and our skills are such that we can successfully read and follow the pattern instructions. Perhaps we have someone in mind for the project or it is for a special gift. Therefore, keep it and actually get it done. Put everything for the project together in a bag, seal it up, and paper clip a note to the outside for any notions or supplies needed to complete the project. Don’t forget to add those things to your on-going shopping list.




San Diego is our host conference chapter this year. I was reading their first letter of the New Year. The current chapter president, Jackie C., had a wonderful idea in her President’s Message as part of organizing the sewing area the first of this year: “After you have cleaned and organized your room, look through your fabric collection for a couple of special pieces. Plan a new outfit that you can make for the ASG National Convention in San Diego!!!!”

Absolutely, Jackie! I can’t wait to see what you’ve found in your stash that you will make and wear. I posted this on our ASG Facebook page yesterday and the “Notions” editor, Anne Marie Soto made a wonderful suggestion to choose an ASG Simplicity pattern and make a garment. Brilliant!



2. Gift it. Why? We no longer have an interest in the project; and honestly, it is ok. Our sewing skills and tastes change so why not gift it? Perhaps it is meant for someone who sews. If the project has not been started, wrap up the project pattern and fabric, add a pretty card with a thoughtful sentiment, and gift it to the friend who will enjoy working on the project. Be sure to add all the notions needed so the project can be completed easily.

Several years ago I had a friend gift me a beautifully wrapped package. The paper was lovingly wrapped with a perfectly appointed bow, and hand written card with apologies that she hadn’t gotten the project done in time for my birthday. When I opened the package I was taken aback by the exquisite silk jacket fabric she had purchased just for me. She had even thoughtfully chosen buttons she thought would match perfectly and I would like. When she saw how thrilled I was with her gift, I told her she needn’t have apologized for not sewing the jacket for me; I thought of her with every stitch I made as I sewed that jacket. Her thoughtfulness touched me to the point of tears. It truly was one of the best gifts I’ve ever been given.



3. Change the project. Perhaps the intended fabric for a project is wrong, or maybe you still like the fabric but the pattern is now wrong. Simply change what is wrong and bag up the project to get it finished. Sometimes just a simple change gives new life to the project and garners new enthusiasm to get it completed.






4. Donate it. Does your ASG chapter have a fundraiser that accepts donations? Would there be an ASG charity sewing event that could use the fabric? There will probably be someone who will like the project and be eager to complete it. It is out of your stash and the project sale has added funds to the chapter.




5. Give it away. Give it to someone who is starting to sew or give it to a local charity that has a brick and mortar store selling things (a Community Closet, Goodwill, etc.)—there are many in all communities so ask around or check the telephone book. Perhaps you would be able to take a tax deduction for the donation (ask your tax preparer) and the charity gets to add to their sales.

6. Throw it away. I know, this gets under my skin probably as much as yours. But, if it is a project that perhaps is missing too many pieces, fabrics are old or faded with no hopes of recovery, then maybe just throwing it away is the best option. For me, this would be an absolute last resort; I’d rather gift or donate if possible. I honestly have a hard time even throwing scraps away. If it is un-useable fabrics, sometimes the local humane society accepts scraps of fabrics for those who make pet beds. Give them a call and ask….that would be the best option under this choice.

When I clean out my sewing room and organize, I tend to place things in the categories above. Do you have other options not listed? We’d all like to hear about them on our ASG Facebook page.



In further organizing my sewing workroom, this morning I ordered some comic boards to wrap what small amounts of fabric I do have from previous projects that are amounts large enough to save for quilting or doll projects, or to eventually donate or gift. I can’t wait to get further organized and hopefully get things a little more consolidated.


As you can see from the few pieces above and some things below, I really don’t have too many Ph-Ds in my stash. Other than what is shown here, I have a t-shirt quilt top done that needs to be quilted, and one bin of our son’s youth t-shirts I need to go through to make him a quilt. I think the order will be: the wolf quilt, then the garments for conference, the Halloween quilt, Dick and Jane, and while I’m working on those I’ll think about what to do with the grape fabric.

In the meantime, please post on our ASG Facebook page how you are coming along cleaning out and organizing your Ph-Ds and any tips you have to share with the rest of us.

Sew ‘til next time…enjoy the journey of sewing!


S3400029Wolf panels and fabric. This is for a couple we know. Their anniversary is in May, so my goal is to have it completed by then.






S3400020This quilt is now going on year three. It absolutely needs to be done by Halloween this year.







S3400025Dick and Jane panels and printed photos of my siblings and me in the early years. Just needs to be sewn together. No deadline and that is why it sits in the stash.






S3400017A quilt top from 30’s reproduction fabrics a friend gave me. I took it apart and left it in the squares. I’m going to embroidery white fabric, cut it to size to equal the original size of the squares and there will be enough to dress the two twin beds in our guest room.





S3400026Our current property has a small vineyard on it that was established by the previous owners. I purchased this fabric while on conference tour last year. I haven’t quite decided what to do with it yet, but I think it’s going to be for kitchen items. If there’s any left, perhaps some things for the laundry room downstairs.

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