Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Great Fabric Fold

Well, the New Year has started and with that I am in the mood to be more organized in my fabric corner.  It seems I am always bringing more fabric in and starting more projects that I will ever finish and it's starting to get a bit overwhelming.  Last weekend my mom and I attended a "Get Your Stash Together" class taught by a local quilter.  It was a two hour session geared at how to organize and store fabric, tools, thread, books, patterns and magazines so that they are readily accessible.  The main "Ah-ha" moment for me was simply in the folding of fabric.  I know!  Who knew that how I thought I had it all folded and organized wasn't quite, well... organized!  I did already have most of my "stash" (separate from my "collections") separated by color, and that is a good start.  For the most part I now have it separated into sizes too... scraps, 1/4 yard (or FQ's) to 1/2 yard pieces, and then anything bigger than a half yard.  Using two different sized rulers I've been wrapping and folding, wrapping and folding.  I can now see at a glance what fabric/color I have and roughly how much is available.  Here are some before and after photos.  I've only gotten through 6 smaller drawers and plan on folding every last fabric I have.  Could take months!