Sunday, January 17, 2010

Organizing – moving the fabric around

by Karen on January 17, 2010

in quilts

Every so often I feel the need to get my fabric organized into some kind of order.  I think I do this because I tend to forget what I have tucked away in the wire baskets, boxes and shelves.  It starts out in some kind of order then with me pulling this fabric out and that piece here and there things do not get put back in the same place.  It all gets mixed up.  I very much want to do the Little Brown Bird quilt in mostly “almost solids” with other fabrics tossed in as needed.  The Red and Green Traditional Applique will be done in the same way.  I wondered how much I had to work with so on Friday late in the day I started pulling out batiks and marbles.  I normally do not pre-wash which I know a lot consider bad form :) but I have rarely ever had bad luck doing it this way – really in my memory I have only had a piece here or there bleed and still the quilt was not ruined as I was able to “fix” it in some way.  But with these two applique quilts that I plan on doing I wanted to make sure I didn’t have to fix so I set about washing bits and pieces and pressing.  Then seeing as I was doing that I set about re-organizing shelves.  Here is how my shelves ended up:

these are all batiks, moda marbles and that type of fabric.  All of these are fat quarters or close to that, some a little smaller and some a little bigger.

these are all batiks, moda marbles and that type of fabric. All of these are fat quarters or close to that, some a little smaller and some a little bigger. On the top shelf in the black picture frame is a photo of my mom.

on the opposite side of the wall these wire baskets hold fabric that is mostly prints, most of these again in the size range of a fat quarter.

on the opposite side of the wall these wire baskets hold fabric that is mostly prints, most of these again in the size range of a fat quarter.

the boxes on the top shelve still contane all the scraps, these consist of strips, patches, bits and pieces of all small sizes - big enough to use in scrap quilts.  Most are pressed and folded neatly (most).  The lower shelve has yardage in about 1 yard to 3 yards each.

the boxes on the top shelf still contain all the scraps, these consist of strips, patches, bits and pieces of all small sizes - big enough to use in scrap quilts. Most are pressed and folded neatly (most). The lower shelve has yardage in about 1/2 to 1 yard to 3 yards each.

the photo inbetween those small stacks of yardage is of me and my 9 siblings photo taken several years ago.  (originally we had 12 kids in the family we have lost two brothers over the years)

the photo in between those small stacks of yardage is of me and my 9 siblings photo taken several years ago. (originally we had 12 kids in the family we have lost two brothers over the years) - I'm second from the right side (tall dark short hair)

the whole shelf on one side of the room.  The bolts on the end are leftovers from the Dutch Treat quilt in the aqua shades, the beiges/whites are for specific projects for background.  The second dear jane quilt, Little Brown Bird, Red and Green Appliuqe and the Star Crazy quilt.  I like to get the background all at once and normally in 10 to 12 yards so I have enough for the whole quilt without running out as these quilts usually take a year or longer to complete and I don't want to have to try to find it later if I do run out.

the whole shelf on one side of the room. The bolts on the end of the shelve are leftovers from the Dutch Treat quilt in the aqua shades, the beige/whites are for specific projects for background, the print was something I had got on a clearance and have not used much of it. The bolts are for these projects: the second dear jane quilt, Little Brown Bird, Red and Green Applique and the Star Crazy quilt. I like to get the background all at once and normally in 10 to 12 yards so I have enough for the whole quilt without running out as these quilts usually take a year or longer to complete and I don't want to have to try to find it later if I do run out. On the top shelf I placed the civil war fabric that I won recently so I won't loose track of it. Keeping it handy makes me look at it so I can plan something to use it for down the road. At the very end is a stack of white on white and neutrals to use in scrap quilts. Top shelf is a photo of my girls when they were high school goofing off.

my work table and sewing machine, rulers on a rack above - photo on the wall is a small photo of the grandkids from 5 years ago I think - I need to update that with a newer photo.  Under the work table are four canvas boxes with patterns, freezer paper, one just with Dear Jane fabric (red and the top that is finished to the 9 rows right now)  The purple ribbon on the wall is one I won for best of show at the local county fair about 10 years ago? for the double wedding ring quilt with flower applique border.

my work table and sewing machine, rulers on a rack above - photo on the wall is a small photo of the grand kids from 5 years ago I think - I need to update that with a newer photo. Under the work table are four canvas boxes with patterns, freezer paper, one just with Dear Jane fabric (red and the top that is finished to the 9 rows right now) The purple ribbon on the wall is one I won for best of show at the local county fair about 10 years ago? for the double wedding ring quilt with flower applique border. Ironing mat is on the floor under the sewing machine when not in use. The boxes on the table hold my circles and four patches for current quilt in the works.

This photo is aimed to add my computer area to the mix so you can see the small space I use for that area too.  Everything is orgainzed!  I have a small space and need to make the most of all areas.  One thing I need to do though is close the top to that computer and only use it now and then - instead I keep popping back and forth to the computer when I could be getting more quilting done!

This photo is aimed to add my computer area to the mix so you can see the small space I use for that area too. Everything is organized! I have a small space and need to make the most of all areas. One thing I need to do though is close the top to that computer and only use it now and then - instead I keep popping back and forth to the computer when I could be getting more quilting done! The far end of this long computer area is my husband's area and he is not neat and organized - I do not touch that area! He has his own method? The printer separates our areas.

from this angle you can see the thread storage and the wall hanging on the wall.  That thread cabinet from Gutermann is one of the best investments I made over the years in this sewing room.  The others are the large floor standing quilting frame - sturdy and well worth the money spent and also the sewing machine a Janome Jem Plantium 720 - a small machine but very good for what I use it for - much better than the several cheap machines I got over the years from Wal-Mart.

from this angle you can see the thread storage and the wall hanging on the wall. That thread cabinet from Gutermann is one of the best investments I made over the years in this sewing room. The others are the large floor standing quilting frame - sturdy and well worth the money spent and also the sewing machine a Janome Jem Plantium 720 - a small machine but very good for what I use it for - much better than the several cheap machines I got over the years from Wal-Mart.

So this is my sewing room organized once again.  I did order several more plastic project boxes and the star crazy quilt which is scattered on the sewing machine table along with the ring binder will go in one of the boxes when I get them at the end of the week to stay organized.

An over view of my skinny long sewing room :)

An over view of my skinny long sewing room :) (yes the floor needs to be cleared up once again under the quilting frame - but in a way it is, the tote bag has knitting equipment, the basket has give away's for the future, the black bag on the floor is a portable design wall that I recently purchased and will be put to use in a day or two when I start to put together my circles and four patches.

Somehow I have more fabric than I thought I had.  I think I had so much packed tightly that when I re-folded and all it puffed up :)

Don’t forget the give away continues until Friday, leave comment on yesterdays post to be included.

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