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    Quote Originally Posted by rosalia856
    I have found that the triangle is the best for me. I have MS and it saves me lots of steps. I also have floor to ceiling book shelves that I sort my fabric by color. I measure the fabric and tag it also. Larger yardage of material I place on carboard bolts( Joann's are more than glad to give them to you. Those I stack in an armior standing on edage. Batting I buy in bolts and backing too. I buy clear plastic storage boxes used to store scrapbooking paper 12"x12" perfect to place pattern and materials in for the project I am working on or will be. They stack nicely. My fat quaters I bought basket to fit the size of a folded fat quater. I use other baskets to store binding and bias and hang them from the ceiling in my basement. My husband built a shelf to house my TVand radio and disc player. It is at eye level. (I just like it on for the noise) I also have a small college type referiator to keep cold beverage and fruit in for those snack time. My husband also placed two set ofshop lights,one above cutting board and one right above my sewing machine. My Pa made me two shelves to hold my rulers and templates. And since I am in the basement I have an esculator to ride down and up the steps. As you come down the steps you will see a sign up above that says ,"Rosie's Heaven" along the side walls coming down the stair case are photo of quilts I have made and are framed with a discription of the quilt and who it was made for along with the pattern name. I know this is long but maybe some of these will help. Above all it needs to be comfortable for you.
    Rosie--It does sound like Heaven!! I love your idea of framing pictures of your quilts and hanging along your stair walls. Makes for a great art gallery!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaverg
    Ii don't know if you have an Ikea close by. But they have some great square baskets. I use baskets for everything, Large and small. They also have wooden desk organizers that are great for holding rulers, scissors, etc. They have magazine file boxes and pretty heavy duty boxes with lids in all sizes. Everything is very reasonable.

    Have fun.
    I got this far (so if someone already mentions what I am about to say, I apologize).
    My quilt store owner told me that IKEA also has an organizational book that helped her a lot. The woman that wrote that book actually doesn't just sell IKEA products, she uses what people find in their homes. SHe said that most of us get so into containers that we begin to defeat our organization goals. I don't know how that is possible <g>, but she is the organizational "expert", so I will take her word for it.
    My suggestion, if you can get to an IKEA outlet ... go look for that book.
    I use the pegboard system, but have discovered that I can even disorganize that! I have over purchased tools, my "priority" patterns are buried under notions, or patterns that I impulse purchased and couldn't figure out where else to put them so that I wouldn't "forget" - - doesn't matter where I put them - - I forget.
    I have a question about the ruler thingy that DH made for y'all .. I have looked at those for a long while, and I would be worried that the lip would cause the plastic to shatter on the edges over a period of time, so how long as anyone had that organizational tool?
    And, I used the pegboard and the pegs to hang my rulers on, since there is usually a nice hanging hole already in the ruler.
    Sorry I cannot be more help, but I think the thing God put me on earth to do was organize something, and I haven't - - I don't think I will ever meet the goal! <G>

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    (quote)"One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting new discoveries!" [quote] I saw this sign and I bought it. It felt so right.

    I just spent the last two weeks organizing my quiltling and sewing area. I use the third bay of my garage and 1/3 is for growing African Violets and Gesnariads, and the rest is for sewing. One of the best things I did was use clear plastic tubs and my husband bought me one of those labeling machines, Looks like a small typewriter. What a difference it makes to be able to see in the tubs, plus having a lable on the outside. :D

    TucAZSister

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    If only I would learn to put things away in their place and then I wouldn't have this mess.

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    Creating Your Perfect Quilting Space Studio Planner is not a book It
    is 4 page fold out brochure. It is not worth the money.

    The book Creating Your Perfect Quilting Space: Sewing-Room Makeovers for Any Space And Any Budget is a book. It's easy to get confused and shame on the publisher for not including the planner with the book.

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    My #1 tip, which you can use if it works for you, or toss...
    I used to have cooboodles of bins for my fabrics. All my fabrics are sorted into bundles, according to projects. I do have a little bit of 'floaters', as I call them, and on 'petting' days, (you don't feel like sewing, but want to mess and gaum and pet fabrics), sometimes I will change my mind about a fabric and put it in a different bundle, but I digress...lol, me? not me....
    Told my hubby, I wanted shelves, lots of shelves, in my sewing room, for my fabrics, for Christmas. I must have been a very good girl, bc I got my shelves, and now have a wash room out back, full of empty bins!
    I freed up so much space, by putting all that fabric on shelves, in stacks. I've done a lot of things in there, to be more organized, but that is #1!
    I wish it looked like the book cover, but mine are tied, to keep each project together. I made a curtain from an old vinyl tablecloth, attached 'o' rings, and put cup hooks, on front edges of shelves.
    It all stays nice and clean, and away from sunlight, etc. and nobody sees
    "their" fabrics, etc. :D

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    Thank you because I did not catch that. I was looking at the price and it had the same title and picture. You are correct, the publisher should have included it in the book. Thank you for pointing that out to me.

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    I finally have had the chance to log in tonight, and this discussion about organizing (I agree...what's organization?!) sewing rooms. Since I now will/do have my own space since moving, everything I've read tonight has been very helpful. I did commandeer a display cabinet my DH had used to show off some of his collection of toy tractors, but since those went into a closet on moving, I've planted some of my fabric in it, and did tuck muslin over most of the fabric to prevent fading. (The display cabinet is supposed to go into our son's new house when it's built, but I'm not so sure about that...I just haven't told DH yet!) Many of my other fabric pieces are in plastic tubs, and those are stackable and see-through. Also, some other fabric lengths are still in their purchase bags along with the quilt pattern(s) I plan on using them for. I still need to come up with something for my rulers, etc. Thanks to all the great ideas posted here, I will!

    Joanne

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    For your rulers, You can use one of those really big, (they are similar to a small key ring), but are about 12 inches across. Because all of your rulers have a hole in the end, it is easy to retreve whichever one you want. I also use a wooden ruler holder. They hold your rulers and are very easy to store. I have one that attaches to the wall and one to set on the counter. The one on the wall is more slanted. Good luck and hope you enjoy your new room.

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    What a great question and I appreciate everyone's ideas.

    I think someone mentioned it, but I use some scapbooking plastic boxes from Micheals to keep my current project in. As I finish each block it goes in the box with patterns, cut fabric etc.

    I don't have a design wall yet, but a friend of mine has a big wall of shelves she keeps fabric and books in and then has a piece of flannel on a roll at the top that she unrolls when she uses it. An yes she does roll projects up in it too.

    I think I will get my graph paper out and try to come up with a plan for my new room, if I could ever get the finished.

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    I bought a big, wooden shoe holder with 25 spaces for shoes.

    It will hold a massive amount of folded material and supplies,
    right where I can see it. Things don't get lost as easily now that they are in plain sight.

    This is very heavy and sits on top of a book case right by
    my sewing machine.

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    My hubby built me DIY floor to ceiling shelves on two sides of a small room and I use see through boxes..works great. Little bottles hold all the buttons, pins etc...that could very easily get lost. He also built a table 20"x42"...but with the two fold down sides, the table becomes 42"x72" when opened. Not much room left for moving around but it works for me when I need a large cutting area. I can also open only one side for a working area of 42"x46"
    When not in use (which is not very often) my machine fits into one large open shelf along the wall of shelves.....everything is compact since as I mentioned, it is a small room....which also houses the computer desk and the TV. WORKS FOR ME......still waiting to figure out the picture process or I would send out a picture of the shelving.

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    Another idea for fabric storage is a 6 shelve sweater holder. They are usually canvas and hang in a closet on the pole. They take about a 1'x1' space and really hold quite a large amount of stash. You can also purchase drawers for them if you like.
    I also bought a shoe storage bag similiar to the above and it is wonderful for fat 1/4's....takes up very little space....these all fit in a closet so they are out of view and are dust and sun free..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by borntoquilt
    a professional quilter friend of mine suggests you keep your fabric covered so the light will not bleach out that exposed edge. Who, I asked her, keeps fabric THAT long? lol She did have a point tho... just another piece over the front of the cabinet will do the trick.
    Does her advice cover fabrics that are not in direct sunlight? For example, mine are in a bookcase that is not facing my windows and that never gets any sunshine on them. Are they still at risk this way? Thanks.

    Karla

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltgranny
    Does her advice cover fabrics that are not in direct sunlight? For example, mine are in a bookcase that is not facing my windows and that never gets any sunshine on them. Are they still at risk this way? Thanks.
    Karla
    Any kind of light can have a fading effect on fabric, including indirect sunlight. Some dyes are more stable than others; I think some purples are among the least stable. Even flourescent lighting fades fabric. While your setup is better than direct exposure, if you really want to protect your fabrics from edge fading you need to cover the bookcase in some way.

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    Hi Prism99,

    Thanks SO much your input. Since purple is my favorite color... This thread has really given me pause to think, as I also have a two door glass paned cupboard under my sewing table full of fabric that gets more sunlight than my bookcase. I will move them to another location and make a curtain or something for the bookcase. I'm guessing if I use fabric as a curtain, then it needs to be something that would not allow light to filter through it?

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