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Thread: Storage and organazation?

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    I don't have alot of space either. I have a gGrace quilting frame so it took alot of avaiable room. I bought on the the plastic 4 shelf units and put 2 shelves together and put them under my frame back to back. they hold 24 plastic shoe boxes in those I keep project with lables and whaterver pertains to that project.

    Then I bought 2 of the Deep 3 drawer plactic storage units they are side by side under the other side of the frame. It holds a good amount of fabric and I labled the drawers so I know at a glance whats in them.

    Then under one corner is a 120 spool thread rack . and a large woven basket that hold on EQ books and some patterns.

    I have my emboridery machine on a small rolling tv cart and that gives me some more storage on the 2 shelves in that.


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    I'm into "different" types of crafting also.
    I do woodworking, tolepainting, cross stitching, crochet, and now
    getting interested in making quilts.
    And with a small house....I am overrun with crafting.
    I'm a single person tho.....probably only thing that has saved me.
    If I had a husband, we probably couldn't live together.

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    Hi Cathy and all;
    Was just reading all the letters on where everyone "stashes" their supplies and said something to my husband aboiut me not being the only one with a ton of stuff. He reminded me of what I said a few years ago,
    "If I ever decided to run away from home I would need a semi cause I am not leaving my stuff here"! And right now my room looks like we had an explosion and no one picked up yet. Every thing had to be moved to put in heating system, (now we can even go away over nite and not worry about the wood stoves going out.
    LOL So decided it is a good time to pass on those things that I am not going to be able to do anymore. Have grands that are all into different things so that is nice.
    Good luck to all and don't forget---under the bed---behind the couch... LOL
    Imak


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    Cathy,
    I got a chuckle from your last comment. I have a husband and read your comments to him and suggested he should probably go find himself his own house. He laughed too. No, he's not following through!

    My best discovery was putting a shower tension rod in my sewing room. I now hang the fabrics that I'm using on hangers on the rod. This way the fabric stays neat and close at hand. I have a small cutting table and had no room to put the extra fabric pieces. It was driving me crazy but no more!

    It's the little things that help maintain our sanity!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yvonne
    Cathy,
    I got a chuckly from your last comment. I have a husband and read your comments to him and suggested he should probably go find himself his own house. He laughed too. No, he's not following through!

    My best discovery was putting a shower tension rod in my sewing room. I now hang the fabrics that I'm using on hangers on the rod. This way the fabric stays neat and close at hand. I have a small cutting table and had no room to put the extra fabric pieces. It was driving me crazy but no more!

    It's the little things that help maintain our sanity!
    lol

    Hey, guys, here's another idea I came up with years ago, when I was doing just some small sewing/craft projects.
    My sewing box was never big enough and things were getting misplaced, lost, etc.

    I went to WalMart and bought the biggest fishing tool box they had.
    The top opens and folds out.....has all those little spaces for all your sewing tools, notions, etc. That was a good idea, I've never regretted that.

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    Great ideas here! One of the big decisions I made recently, was to donate all the fabric in my stash that I know I will never use. After being a collector for many many years, it is obvious to me that this part of my stash is nothing more than volume. I always said I was in the race to die with the most and win. Six years ago I began collecting quality fabric, and 4 years ago started working for fabric at the LQS. There is no way my original fabric stash will ever be used and that is such a waste. Many wonderful groups donate time and love in making quilts for those in need of the healing power they provide. I guess my priorities changed. Hope this doesn't mean I am growing up! :lol:
    Consider giving your probably never to be used fabric a chance to make a difference in someone elses life. There is a child, a chemo patient, a soldier, someone homeless or cold, who would benefit from your gift. The reward to you? Well more space to keep collecting, of course. :wink:

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    Cathy,
    When I was a child I had a big cardboard box in my closet as my sewing box. It was FULL. When my father lost his hand saw and framing square, we finally found it in my sewing box. How could it have gotten there?? :shock: Now, in my sewing room, my husband looks for his tools in there first, and usually finds them. I can hardly get in there. I guess I need a sewing barn. :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norah
    Cathy,
    When I was a child I had a big cardboard box in my closet as my sewing box. It was FULL. When my father lost his hand saw and framing square, we finally found it in my sewing box. How could it have gotten there?? :shock: Now, in my sewing room, my husband looks for his tools in there first, and usually finds them. I can hardly get in there. I guess I need a sewing barn. :roll:

    :lol:

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    Boy this thread is very active right now!! :lol: Everyone must be trying to clean up and straighten out their STUFF! I was able to clean out quite a bit of stuff when I discovered that quite a few of my plastic boxes were filled with craft stuff for when the grandchildren came to visit. Since they don't use these things anymore it all went to the thrift shop at my church and freed up some plastic boxes for my stuff. I even have 2 empty boxes! :lol: Your ideas for old fabric are great Boo and I will keep that in mind. We have a lot of quilters at church. But I found another use that works for me. I use the unwanted fabric as foundation for my string quilting and also use it for the back side of the sandwich I make for a quilted pillow cover. It doesn't show when it's on the pillow. I've also used unwanted fabric for the back of the sandwich for my quilted bags. Once the lining is added you don't see it (I prefer lining a bag like you would a coat or jacket).

    judjo

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    I am in serious trouble!!! I have a chest of drawers in a closet and it is full :lol: Lots of fabric in same closet on the shelf. Plastic chest full of paper patterns off the internet and a cedar chest that is full. was give lots of fabric when we had a church guild and no one else wanted it. Then the wife of a co worker gave me several large garbage bags full of fabric. I hate to get rid of it cause I will retire in 2 years and won't be able to buy much after that. I guess this weekend will be staighten the closet weekend :D Don't know if a weekend will be long enough. I get to pulling it out to straighten it and don't get very far after that---get to dreaming about using this piece or that in a quilt :!: I need prayers and lots of them to help me get organized! :)

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