At any rate the attic is finished enough for me to move into and I have started working on customer projects. I am slowly moving things in and putting them away, sorting through, and discarding the unnecessary. Discarding the unnecessary has yielded a pile of empty baskets, bins, and buckets. Since I am determined to use what I have available to me without purchasing more stuff, the pile hasn't yet disappeared . . . it's more like a pile for re-purposing if needed.
Since I am mostly caught up with customer projects, I decided to work on more organization. Today's project is fabric sorting, folding, and storing. Actually it started last night with finding a home for some fabric I had on those long tubes. Here is what I came up with:
The only drawback I have for these containers of rainbow colors is that they contain small scrappy stuff and larger more square pieces. I needed a way to save even more space. Again, I needed inspiration. So I turned to my favorite place, Pinterest. I searched for fabric storage and came across two ideas that I loved, wouldn't cost me a dime, and were very simple.
The first, was this tutorial on folding fabric with a ruler from Turning Turning I liked this better than making foam core boards and wrapping the fabric onto those. First, I don't have time to cut the board and second I don't want to buy anymore "stuff". The boards are a beautiful and lovely option but not what works for me in my attic. Plus the boards take up precious space. The tutorial on Turning Turning is very clear and concise. I did a quick recap in the slide show below, but I am not one to reinvent the wheel. So if mine make no sense click on the photo above to see her tutorial.
For folding my fabric I used a 5-1/2" by 24" ruler because it's what I have and as it turns out the folded fabric fits perfectly into my dollar store mini plastic baskets (currently in the discarded/re-purpose pile).
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I should note that in my photos these particular pieces are not organized by color they are organized by theme. My favorites themes are Wildlife/Nature prints, Horse/Cowboy prints, Earth Day prints, Pet prints, Fat Quarter collection, and Sewing prints.
- 2-1/2" squares and strips
- 3-1/2" squares and strips
- 4-1/2" squares
- 5" squares
- 6-1/2" squares
- 8-1/2" squares
I tend to lean toward strip piecing more than any other type of quilt piecing. Mostly, so my mom tells me, it's because I have a need for speed. So that's why I've narrowed it down. Tonight, I tackled the yellow box. I got the bigger pieces folded with my ruler and weeded out the smaller pieces for cutting. I got the smaller pieces pressed so they would be easier to cut. I went from a sweater size storage box to one of my mini dollar store plastic baskets. Talk about "cutting back". Tomorrow I am going to label some containers for the sizes I want to cut from the scraps, because quite frankly, my memory is about 5 seconds long this week. (Mostly because school for my 8th grader, and my high school freshman starts Thursday and on Saturday we are hauling my college freshman off to his dorm.)
Wish me luck and have a sewing great time.