You’ve seen and heard of a few ways to store fabric in our earlier studio organization posts this month. Today’s post is about Fabric Storage and we have an awesome give-away for you too. Join our link party for your chance to win.
This is one of my piles of stored Freespirit fabric in yummy pastels… I am NOT as neat as Anne Sutton… what can I say! I also store by color like so many do. I interviewed Lynda Hall of “Primitive Pieces by Lynda” on January 23, 2012 and we talked color and sorting of it (listen here).
I generally sort like Lynda does big groups of color together. Red is palest of pinks shaded up to deep red. Those go in bins I can pull off the shelf to easily work with.
Here is my Basic sort categories
- Primary colors of Red (pink to deep red), Yellow (pale yellow to orange to brown), Blue, Green, Purple, Neutrals, Black. For the most part shaded in the area they are stored.
- 1930s fabrics .. as I just can’t seem to put those in with the others.
- Novelty prints that are heavily themed, such as Christmas as it just does not go well in a spring quilt.. wink!
- And yes.. a few coveted lines, like above, are kept together.
Another HUGE question everyone asks is how to sort scraps. For this I turned to Bonnie Hunter the “Scrap Queen” extraordinaire and a good friend of mine.
Bonnie told me in this past December she re-organized her strip bins. She also made adjustments to how she works with things. She wrote about it all at this post … love the post name “Fabric Herding!”.
Here is a link to Bonnie’s original post that started the whole scrap sorting thing. She wrote this back around 2000.
And this is her organization when she lived in her prior home. She has some info here on folding yardage in here: Paralyzed By The Stash? (Note… MORE fabric folded all tidy.. I am such a slacker in that area!)
Bonnie’s first book also has a lot of info about Scrap management called Scraps & Shirttails: Reuse, Re-purpose, Recycle! The Art of “Quilting Green” by Bonnie Hunter.
Here are some other links to explore for ideas:
- More fabric storage ideas from American Patchwork & Quilting
- 5 up-cycled storage solutions
- for those that love to store in clear tubs and more here too
- Cool use of things
- Benita of Victoriana Quilt Designs
How do you store your fabric? Does it work for you? If not, what will you change first? – Share your comments below or enter our link party.
Winners “Before” Photos
Thanks to everyone who dared to share their studio “Before” photos in our earlier post this month. It was so much fun to see all of your studios. Thanks also for the tips and advice shared in the comments too.
We wanna see your stash!
How would you like to turn your stash like this …
…. into this?
Well you can, thanks to the fine folks at Polar Notions who have created the perfect solution to organize your fabric stash. Create your own “Mini Bolts” with these solid, acid-free, reusable plastic Storage Sheets.
Watch this video to see how EASY it is:
The “Mini Bolts” come in two sizes: 11 3/4″ x 7 1/2″ and for fat quarters 6 3/8″ x 4″. We have two sets of 10 of each size to give away to two readers that share their stash photos in the link party below.
How to Enter: Create a NEW blog post on your own blog, take a photo or several photos of your stash for your blog post. Link back to this post, or to the Learning Center main page – there are graphics you can use, telling your readers that you’re sharing your stash for a chance to Win!. Come back to this page and add your post to our Link Party below.
The two winners will be randomly selected Thursday, March 1st. If you have questions or need help joining the link party, contact Michele.
Please note: Links not following the rules indicated above will be removed.
Pat Sloan is owner and founder of the quilting design and publishing company Pat Sloan & Co. She has published over 25 books, more than 100 patterns, nearly 10 fabric lines, and has had her work featured in all the major Quilt magazines. In January 2010, Pat started hosting her weekly Internet Radio show called Creative Talk Radio.
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