Thursday, July 26, 2012

Getting Organized!

So while my husband was out of town (and wouldn't be horrified by the fabric avalanche) I decided to get a little organizing done with my stash.
What really happened was that Ali came over and started twitching at the sight of my sadly crammed-full shelves that had no organization what-so-ever. She promptly started pulling and folding and I happily let her! I was happy for the push to get it done and her folding/organizing system is pretty great.
Maybe I'll do another post and show the easy peasy way she folds everything. So then it's sorted by color - go read Jeni's "Art of Choosing" series on color over at In Color Order, which are excellent - and size of cuts. My child also looked at all this and said "you better get all this out of the dining room before DADDY gets home". Smarty pants.
TA-DA! OK, don't look at the solids yet as I haven't gotten to them yet. But for everything else, TA-DA! I love love love it! It makes me so happy just to sit and stare at it. I got brave and broke up most of my FQ sets - very liberating. I also realized where I have some real holes in my stash. Tone-on-tone mostly with very little red, true blue or kelly green (medium green?). Anyway, now I know what I'm looking for and what will and won't be good stash builders. I can also tell that I'm moving more towards using solids and tone-on-tone fabrics and that I need to stop buying things that are multi-colored as I seemingly have a lifetime supply of those type prints already.
This was such a great exercise in seeing what I have and making the most of it. I feel like I've been sewing more since I finished than in several previous months. Yay for actual sewing! Next up is getting the solids done and a better system for organizing scraps.
Turns out I wasn't the only one longing for a more neat and orderly stash! And yes, all the fabric was out of the dining room before Daddy got home. Whew!


  1. Dont you feel like a new woman?
    I keep mine in a old film file cabinet. The organization really helps.

  2. Wow, job well done! It looks really neat! You have an impressive FQ stash I have to say :)) And as I can see your helper is inspecting if everything is folded right on the bottom shelf :)))) Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. This is what I would love to do with my stash!~ Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Wow it looks so neat and tidy - very inspiring!

  5. Wow it looks so neat and tidy - very inspiring!

  6. Love it!!! Now I need to come back over so that I can play with it all. :)

  7. Oh my goodness! I have never seen so much fabric. Beautiful colours! BTW, remember the quilt you made me for my baby shower? Mackenzie has it on her bed every night and still LOVES it. 6 years later it still looks perfect!


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