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Monday, February 23, 2015
Organization... or Disorganization?
Sometimes it's really hard to tell, right? Quilters often comment that when their sewing space becomes unruly it inhibits their creative process. I would agree with that and definitely fall into that category. I am very blessed to have a wonderful, large space for my quilting studio. It has not always been that way, I have had a variety of sewing spaces, both big and small. However, regardless of the size of the space, organization is key (a little OCD goes a long way too! LOL).
I think we all would agree that the one thing quilters have the most of, and that needs the most organization, is FABRIC! Some of us verging on "hoarding" proportions... but I like "fabric collector" better. :-)
I read a blog post recently where a quilter was talking about how her fabric was organized... the Civil War Repros would never touch the 30's Repros, etc. So I started thinking how I organize my stash and wondered how the rest of you handle this challenge! So....
How Do You Organize Your Fabric?
Here is a look at how I manage the bulk of my stash.
I used to store fabric chronologically... meaning the newest stuff on top. :-) I soon realized that I needed a better system. Initially everything was sorted by color.
I love these plastic drawers for keeping fabric separated and dust free. They fit nicely under my work table.
They also fit nicely under the extension of my sewing table. Yes, they are usually closed. :-)
However, right from the start I knew I had to keep the batiks separate. This was the start of further division of the fabric stash! Now this is not protected from dust, etc. but it is a visual feast for the eyes. (I think I need re-sort this - it's looking a little messy these days!)
Next came various styles that I wanted to keep together for easy of selection - as with these Civil War Repros. It makes it a lot easier when working on a certain style quilt.
Plastic totes are great for all these different style fabrics
Two more plastic storage drawers hold florals and brights. They also raise the small ironing board to just the right height! (I am 5' 9" tall!)
Now that we have the fabric
hidden stored away, we can look at some of the other storage ideas I use.
To the left of the ironing board are plastic containers of various styles and sizes for buttons, quilting thread, patterns, and fusibles.
Spray starch, water and Best Press are kept to the right of the ironing board. Easy reach!
Books and cd's are located on two book shelves behind my sewing table. Easy reference and I have to have my music!!! Jazz is the main selection!
My design board sits on top of the book shelves. Visible from any spot in the room.
I forget where I found this tip.. but soda fountain glasses and glass candy dishes make great holders for pens, marking pencils and pens, etc. These are located on the left side of my work table.
And right above them are my scissors and rotary cutters in one wall basket and special templates and rulers in another. Also within easy reach!
Large plastic rulers hang on the wall within easy access to my work table. The work table is also set up perpendicular to the wall so I can work on either side of the table. Makes working on big projects much easier!
Sewing thread racks are mounted on the wall behind my sewing table and organized by color.. of course!
Some specialty thread is kept to the right of the sewing machine for easy thread changes while doing machine applique or machine quilting. Again, plastic storage drawers are perfect for this too!
My sewing table sits in the middle of the room. It is a good use of the space rather than facing against the wall. Someone said something about good Feng Shui... not sure if that is true.. but it is a great spot to sew.
One last tip. I always unplug my machine when not in use. Surge protectors are great, but if they fail a power surge can blow out your computerized machine. (Now that's a hot flash!!! LOL) Power surges can occur even when the machine is turned off, but still plugged in.
Of course a good sewing chair is essential...to everyone in the room!
So let me know how you organize your fabric stash. I would like to hear your comments and/or suggestions on any organizing ideas you may have. I still have a lot to learn!!!!