We're having the Porsche Christmas party at our house tomorrow evening, so I cleaned the house, including the mess I've been making, making paper-pieced Hawaiian shirts for a memory quilt for a friend. There were tiny scraps of paper, bits of fabric, thread, cut-off parts of old shirts, pins, and an incredible mess everywhere, including the trail of fabric that led from the studio at one end of the house to the studio at the other end of the house. So, I straightened up all the fabric and put it in a nice basket, swept up all the pins with my magnetized pincushion, picked up the big scraps, vacuumed up the rest, put all of the tools away, and Voila! Clean sewing room!
Then I cleaned and vacuumed, decluttered, and got the dust bunnies under control in the rest of the house, but still had a hour left before I had to quit for work. Well, that wouldn't do, so I decided to make one more shirt block. That's when the revelation hit me. I have a wastebasket into which I can put scraps, a magnetized pincushion that eats pins, and I'm perfectly capable of piecing a block without making a mess. Amazing!