Oh my god – I didn’t realize I had so much fabric until I start to take it off the shelves to box things up for our major re-do of the sewing room /office. This place is a mess LOL – I will show some of what I have been doing – but too many photos to show it all-I was taking photos as I was cleaning-boxing up. Post is photo heavy.
First up was my Williamsburg Beauty project box with all the left over fabric in it that had to be put away – a lot of it was put in the box for the Scrappy Baskets as I am planning on using a lot of it for that project.
At the bottom of that project box I found the left over applique blocks (remember this originally was going to be the Caswell Quilt and I lost interest in it after 7 blocks made) I will use these 3 blocks in a small quilt/wall hanging or a table runner – I do not want to make more of them and if anyone is interested in the Caswell Quilt pattern let me know and we can make a trade.
This book case leads into the bedroom – I needed it for fabric – the books were being moved to the living room bookcases for now.
Two Shelves! Of course I found some books that I didn’t remember I had and some that I know I will be giving Melanie to bring to the library for their used bookstore shelves (they earn a little extra money for the library that way.) I have a few more books stacked on the shelf under the coffee table which have quilts in them that I want to start this year LOL – if I have time – really more than I can manage in a year – we will certainly see on that!! (yes that photo on the top shelf is of Mike and I a zillion years ago – lol – not really sure what year – around 1996 (20 years ago – my we have aged since then our one time Caribbean cruise!) I again no that compared to some I don’t have near as many books as some of you do but I get a lot off the internet now and do not buy books often and have no magazine subscriptions.
these shelves are now completely packed with fabric – I for some reason thought I would be able to fit more on it – silly me – what was I thinking.
All of those rolls of fabric stacked up in the middle are from the Frivol Tins I have used only 3 of them so far – 7inch squares 40 or 42 pieces I don’t remember which – and believe me other than the fabric those Frivol Tins were a total waste of money – the “freebies” that came with it were not worth anything in my opinion – yes you did get some cheap little quilt labels or rick rack kind of trim & two patterns but the patterns are in other places if you really want them – readily available. For the price it was totally not worth it – live and learn! Melanie has a couple of the tins for her and Aniya to use and I have some scattered throughout the house with pens, crayons, sewing items whatever would fit in them – at least they have a clear top so you can see what is in them.
I was so glad my bolts of neutrals fit perfectly on these skinny shelves and so much easier to reach then on the high shelves in the sewing room. I think I will be keeping the fabric on these shelves it is very close to the sewing room.
These couple Frivol tins on the bottom are empty and will find a use sooner or later.
One more of the flannel kits here and the backing for the gold color one with the stars – I do plan on making these this year (I hope) and a small stack of of one yard cut batiks too.
All the fabric that was on the shelves stacked in the small boxes are now in these bins I have lids so I can stack them someplace. (where? at this moment I do not know)
A mess!!! the small boxes on the left behind the chair are the ones that where placed on their sides holding the fat quarter (or less) up on the shelves. I don’t know if that made it look like I had less than it did or what – but really I was amazed at how much fabric I was folding up and putting elsewhere. I think I had the fabric packed so tight in those boxes I didn’t even know what I had.
The hoop I will be using to finish the Postage Stamp quilt. It is a Grace I believe and I think that is a 14 inch square hoop – I have a much larger hoop for this same frame also in the workshop so if this one doesn’t work well I can change it out. I am linking to Kathy’s Quilts: Slow Sunday Stitching because even if my room is a mess I know I will take a break with some quilting or hexies at some point today. Also linking to Quilting is More Fun than Housework – scrappy projects – I guess I qualify for that.
After going through all that fabric and finding places for it – knowing that I still have to find a place for the two plastic containers of scraps that I have not cut down into useable pieces still and the 10 boxes of cut scrap pieces on the top shelf — I am almost (almost) embarrassed of how much I have – until I remind myself I have been quilting for close to 30 years and a lot has accumulated since then and I had been in that mentally of buy now so when we reach retirement that I won’t have to worry about the cost of fabric. In that respect I am glad I have it because then I bought fabric all the time at $3-5 a yard-now that of course has gone up to an average of $10-$15 a yard unless you buy on sale (which I do and most times still get for $5 to $8 a yard). Still it will take us several days or more to clear out the room so work can begin – I will update the progress as it goes!
Happy New Year!!!!