Friday, January 11, 2008

My stash is tiny!

Thank you so much for all the wonderful advice and links for organizing my stash. Somehow I was convinced that I have an enormous amount of fabric, maybe because it was such a mess. After neatly folding everything, however, I realized that I've really been a good girl this past year. There is a little bit of fabric in the WIP bins, but still...

The method I ended up using was a combination of Happy Zombie's folding method and some of my own ideas. I measured the width and depth of my cubbies. To fit three rows of fabric in each cubby, they had to be 4" wide and 12" long. Since I don't have a 4" ruler, I cut a piece of cardboard to these dimensions for folding the fabric. Pieces 1/2 yd and bigger were folded into bigger squares and stored on their own shelves. Pieces that would fold around the cardboard got to be in the cubbies. Smaller pieces went into two scrap bins, one for bigger scraps and one for small scraps. Batiks are in their own little bin. This was not a very scientific process, so only time will tell.

In the WIP bins:
Quilt-a-long

Strawberry pincushions

The Granny-ghan

Spice Market Quilt

Stash Dash Quilt

Grandmother's Flower Garden

and a couple of other little things.
Oh, how I wish Spring would return so I can take proper photos again!
(By the way, I have several bins filled with non-quilting fabrics, batting, etc., so this is definitely not all my stuff.)

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16 comments:

Cristina said...

Well there were a lot of ideas there for organization, thank you for the links. I guess i'm going to try to put that in action ;)

Laura said...

Very nicely done--looks great!

Mama Urchin said...

That isn't much at all. How do I have such a big stash if I've only been sewing for a year?

de vliegende koe said...

So well organized... Isn’t it great you have space for fabric again.. You will sleep well now!
I would love to see the stash dash quilt in progress. I love the black/white/orange!

Katie said...

Great method for folding!

Ha. Not sure I want to take everything out to fold it again though....maybe on a really cold and rainy day....maybe. :-)

Adrienne said...

You did great! It looks fantastic. And it's done! Congratulations. I have a few things I need to do first and then I think I'll work on my stash. ~Adrienne~

madhatter said...

you're so organized - it's amazing!
I wish my stash (or even my projects) were that organized and "tidied up"
*sigh*
think I will have a hard time cleaning and re-organizing...

Kieny said...

You did a great job it looks very neat and tidy!

syko kajsa said...

I have re-organised my fabric stash too, a great way to begin the new year! One project I will definitely take on this year is a granny square blanket, I've seen so many nice ones around (including yours) so I will have to try it out very soon! I agree about the Spring light, please sun, come!

(Angie) Norththreads: said...

beautiful!!!

amandajean said...

isn't it wonderful to get organized? you did a great job!

Julia said...

All your WIPs or so lovely and inspiring! My husband and I are moving to a new smaller (but better) apartment, and I can't take my old sewing and fabric storage furniture with me, so thanks for sharing that link! It will help me fit all my fabric on some shelves!

Chara Michele said...

It looks very nice & organized. It was fun to read everyone's comments too on what they do to organize their fabric. My problem is not with the organizing but keeping it organized:) Although I am getting better at that! :)

dawn said...

I sooooooo loved the different colors in each organized bin. Yummy! And your GFG quilt blocks are beautiful---my favorite. Thanks for sharing!

Pieces said...

Wow, so organized and pretty! Maybe you should come do my closet now.

monica said...

I'm going to hide away in shame... you're so tidy.