Friday, July 8, 2016

Tackling the Hidden Fabric Stash

I've got this storage trunk that has been the recipient of every stray piece of fabric that needed to be moved off of my cutting surface, ironing station, or sewing area in order to make room for what I was currently working on for months. This is stuff I needed to stash before the house filled up with family and friends, before Christmas, before branding, before I started a new project. When the piles began to topple and became unruly, the trunk was a quick solution. And the trunk was full before I knew it. :)


 When I couldn't put my finger on a particular piece of fabric that I knew I had, I would rummage through the trunk and discover the fabric I'd been hunting, as well as new pieces that I had forgotten about that would spark inspiration and send me off on a new tangent:


Yesterday the mercury soared past 110 degrees again and I figured it was a good afternoon to tackle this scary task so I sorted:


I found orphan blocks:


And discovered that I apparently have a weakness for kitchen inspired prints:


I packed away some of the piles into their respective color bins:


I filled empty bins with fabric I wanted to keep together but as of yet, had no designated project:


And for solids


Designated others for lined drawstring bags since they had already been cut out for that. :)


And I pulled some scraps to cut diamonds for my EPP project and squares for my leader-ender project:


Better! I still stashed some bigger pieces for backings in here and a few of the bins that were previously empty have been reassigned for future projects:


Whew! That was a job! One I'm glad I finally finished - now let's see if I can keep it that way!

14 comments:

LaVerne Bevers said...

Looks like it was a BIG job! Glad you are blogging so often! Havent been commenting but have enjoyed each and every one! Keep it up!

KaHolly said...

A daunting task! I know, because I need to do it, too! My quilting closet hasn't been emptied for a few years, now! In the past, every spring when I returned to the island, I'd unpack all my fabrics, organize them on the shelves, then get to work. But for the last couple of years, I've just left them there, in the bottom of the closet, and rummaged through them. What a mess I have! You did a good job!

Carol S. said...

It feels so good to get fabric organized. You've got some beautiful fabrics!

Dorian said...

Looking good Karin. It's always fun to just look at fabric, find a spot for it, clean it up. An enjoyable way to spend a hot afternoon :)

Sherry said...

I have half of a basement to go through. And I get discouraged when I see it all at once. Maybe I would have better luck if I took your example and only worked on one tote, or one area at a time.

But I have a habit of getting easily distracted. . . . LOL

Keep up the good work and providing inspiration!

Janet O. said...

I think it is kinda fun to organize fabrics and scraps--I just wish they would stay that way!! : )

allthingzsewn said...

Isn't a giant step to progress accomplished a great feeling.
Not that I have felt that lately. But this week I will finish canning green beans and digging (hopefully) a nice crop of potatoes. Then I can take a deep breath and join you.
So really nice fabric in there, it does stimulate the imagination. Sorta makes me want to go through mine. Sorta

WeedyMama said...

How much do you charge? It would take more than an afternoon to tame my mess.

Carol said...

I'm curious about the lined drawstring bags you make. Could you give us a bit of tutorial on how you make them as well as what they are used for? And that Buster Bar dessert you posted recently is already on my list to make for grandkids this summer. Thanks! I love your recipes and how you cook for the guys. I bet your recipe file is wonderful.

---"Love" said...

Good luck is all I can say about keeping your stash nice and neat! I really enjoy you blog. ---"Love"

Nancy said...

I wish I had a trunk like that, Karin. No, wait, maybe I don't. I would probably never get around to cleaning it out! But it looks like such fun to pull out and look at fabric. It must inspire more and more quilt ideas!
--Nancy.

Sandy said...

I've been doing the same thing, though my fabrics were tucked into rubbermaid sweater boxes. Maybe it will help with productivity levels! Have fun.

Kevin the Quilter said...

Sorting is one of my most favorite things to do! It looks like you had some fun re-visiting some fabrics too!

Tired Teacher said...

I always feel better when I organize my scraps or cut them into manageable pieces.

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