Monday, January 14, 2019

Striving to organize and simplify

     Last week, I pulled all the fabric out of plastic boxes and reorganized it. All less than a yard went into cupboards that I emptied, up to 2 1/2 yds went into a bookcase I reclaimed from the basement, the wire shelves went into my husband's shop, the batiks were organized by color on their shelves, the trays went in a small closet with other precuts and all the precut strips and squares are under my cutting counter.
     The batik scrap baskets are a mess and the bags of scraps are in the garage buried by my son's family furniture due to their ongoing remodeling and addition.  I have a mountain of empty plastic storage boxes. The before post is here.
      I am happy with the fabric organizing because I can see what I have without opening and lifting lots of boxes. I am unhappy with the scrap storage. 
     I put the Accuquilt dies on a metal shelf in the basement next to the longarm that has my thread boxes on it. I will move the Accuquilt out of the fabric room on top of my flat file storage also down there. Where it is now is awkard to use it and get to. 
     All the large yardage pieces are jammed in the guest room closet. I need a second low rod installed to try and hang this fabric. Unquilted tops on hangers are on the top rod.
     I wish I had it all done and did not have to monkey around with it anymore. Sigh. I believe this will help me in planning and making quilts easier.
Batiks by color. Hand dyes are the middle bottom shelf. Have to figure some quilts with them.
Reclaimed bookcase, 2 boxes on top with whites and solids. All by color and type.
Full cupboard with collections, Kaffes on top, texts, grays, florals.
By color, 2 cupboard shelves

Middle cupboard shelf- landscape fabrics and odd to classify
Pre-cut boxes, not ideal place but neat once I file the strips on top.

Slim closet in sewing room, precut small squares, trays, extra binding strips, etc.
The awful messy batik scrap baskets, Yikes!


A Left-Handed Quilter said...

I feel your pain - LOL - ;)) I don't care how I try to organize my stash - it doesn't take long for it to get out of control - ;))

Quiltdivajulie said...

Maybe instead of sorting all those awkward scraps, you could use them to make liberated log cabin blocks (or some other liberated block) for your comfort quilt projects -- that way they would be put to good use and you wouldn't have to store them. Just a thought. Congrats on the organizing progress!!!!!

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

I usually attack my scrap piles by pressing, then die cutting some shapes from them and putting the remainder scraps in nice neat stacks. This whittles down the size of the scraps and builds up your inventory of cut pieces so you can get into a project quicker. I use triangles in lots of projects so that is one of my go-to shapes to cut with my Studio die cutter. When you need smaller scraps you have those nice neat piles of scraps already pressed and ready to play with.

Debbie said...

Isn't Wanda's comment always our solution! Girl, you got fabric! Lots of it. Your shelves look good and they should give you a better view of things. I have whittled down my strips to just one box now. Lots of easy sewing like log cabin blocks, rail fence blocks, and 4 patches. It takes a while to reduce the bulk of it. You are going good.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Good luck with the remainder of your organization project!!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I need all your wire baskets or small plastic tubs to store my scraps by color. Yardage is easy to deal with, but, smaller pieces are not easy to deal with.

Mystic Quilter said...

Read this but forgot to comment! You've done a great job with your organising, I have run out of room for my fabric a little so some have migrated elsewhere in the house!