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    Ok Ladies. I have been spending the last few hours trying to start ordering my sewing room,(soon to be) and as I have gone through the stash I now have...another thought came to me... I apparently packed the stuff up by color...mostly...but as I am re-arranging things, I find myself altering the way they are stocked. It is giving me a whole new look at the stuff and creating new possibilities.... ok...to the question....do you ever just rearrange your stashes just to open the door to new options ? Or....how do you stash yours?

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    most of mine is arranged by color. over time it gets rearranged by potential projects. right now i'm rearranging it again - primarily in color groups again - because it ate half my house. i'm making quilts in my head as i go, so some of it will be re-rearranged by all new project ideas.

    i don't dare keep my PIGS in the poke. i have to keep them where i can see them or they never get to graduate to UFOs.

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    I guess mine is mostly organized by size.....scrap bins here, fat quarters there, then there are pieces big enuf for a binding or backing.... not by color at all...the last time I tried that I couldn't find anything I was looking for... I still have to go thru each box each time I am looking for something I KNOW I have but I only have 6 or 7 bins for larger pieces....1 for fat quarters and then 3 scrap bins. OH....and 3 polyester bins.....I need to get busy!


    PS....and a newly started bin for pre-cut squares!

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    Mine is pretty much by color, however, I keep the following separate:

    Christmas, kids/whimsical, plains, batiks, homespuns and 30's.

    There is a box under my table where I toss scraps (too big for the trash but could be used for paperpiecing) which my 4Hers think is "pure gold". They love to dig and take home.

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    I'm pretty much like Suz. I organize by large categories first; i.e., batiks, Christmas, Halloween, Easter, religious, flowers, trees, water, skies, animals, geometrics, stars, children's, wilderness, patriotic, etc. Then within each category, I subdivide into smaller groups if necessary; i.e., children's are divided into sports, toys, cars, etc. Each group and/or subgroup are organized by color.

    I cut my scraps into 2" or 2-1/2" squares and segregate them in three bags: light, medium or dark. My 1-1/2" or 2" strips are stored in a bin

    I can usually find everything as long as I don't let my stash get out of control and I put everything back after finishing a project. It also helps to keep my quilt room neat if I cut my squares and strips as soon as possible before my scrap pile becomes the 800-pound gorilla in the room.

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    Well, the last time I organized (about 6 months ago?? maybe, definitely before broken wrist.) I did the sorting by type, ie, flannel, cotton solid, cotton print, then I did the sub sort by color, my scraps and FQs are by size and color, but with the fun and wonderful BOMs, and swaps.............well, :roll: I have to re reorganize. What IS wrong with me, why can't I just KEEP it organized?? Oh, no, I need to find another set of colors for the baby quilt, here I am off to save the block!!

    :oops:

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    Mine has already become an ape. I work 45-50 hrs a week and try to stay organized but its a struggle. I inherited a large chest of drawers from my grandmother, and started out with things organized by colors. Ran out of room in that so up on the closet shelf it went--ran out ofroom there, so on hangers it went in the closet. I have amesh shoe bags for scraps and one of those hanging canvas shelf things full too--so you see my gorilla is big and pretty much out of control. It might get organized when I have to pack it up in 2009 to move, but I wouldn't guarantee that either :!: :lol:

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    After having moved to Oregon and just now getting the chance to organize.....I would encourage you to presort as you pack. Then the beast is a little more manageable. Key word....Little! :lol: Glad to know that I am in there with the rest of the gang....though I still have 4 trunks and 4 large 50gallon garbage cans to go through yet. I should have taken the downstairs room. :? Most of it will still have to be stowed for searches and with my stash....that can be fun too.

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    I think most of us organize our stash the same - by color. I wish my favorite fabric store would do that - its so much easier to find what I am looking for. But they claim that most of their customers are looking for lines: Moda, RJR, etc, so they keep them that way.

    My stash, and I know I am very lucky to have a large closet with coated wire racks for shelving, is organized mostly by color. But I have large rubbermaid storage boxes with future projects set aside, Christmas prints, Halloween fabrics, kiddie prints, patriotic fabrics, and the bin for my only client's projects. Since my kids are grown I took all the solid oranges and yellows out of the Halloween fabrics and put them back into the stash piles.

    I have one shoe box for scraps, and one for all the log cabin strips leftover from my Leaving California quilt. (These are new to my sorting habits. I spent most of a Saturday in April reorganizing the sewing closet.) I throw leftover strips in there so I can make a Log Cabin from those someday. I don't hardly ever buy quarters, but when I do it's for an immediate need. Anything left over is in the stash pile of that color.

    Anyone who visits and sees this closet asks when I am opening my own fabric store. LOL :wink:

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    My stash looks like someone's worst nightmare most of the time. I decided that my summer project is to get most of it organized, but haven't been able to figure out how to start. I'm afraid I will have to completely empty the area, put in new shelves (my old ones broke) and then organize. I did get some clear drawers and started trying to put stuff by groups, but can't figure out what those are! I did put backings together, along with whimsicals and the fabric for my butterfly quilt(I now have enough to make 3 or 4 at least). I have discovered stuff I have had for at least 15years that I had totally forgotten about. Some of that is going into lap robes (pictures later), and some to my sister who does other stuff than quilts.
    I feel better knowing I'm not the only one :mrgreen:

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    I received a wonderful book for Mother's day called "Creating Your Perfect Quilting Space" by Lois Hallock. This book is awesome because the author is an engineer and uses principles of ergonomics and work flow and applies them to quilting needs. Then she demonstrates her principles in 6 different room makeovers. Not all of them are expensive either, includes many budget ideas, and uses rooms of different sizes.

    She advocates having your fabric visible. Mostly accomplished by putting it on shelves and then sorted by rainbow color.

    I have a lot of small pieces of material, leftovers from sewing that where given to me so I put them in those small pullout drawers,sorted by color, folded and set on edge so I can see each piece when I open the drawer.
    Being a new quilter, only have one UFO and one PIG and about a dozen lg pieces of fabric but I am sure that will change in time
    :lol: especially with the wonderful encouragement of my fellow quilters

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    Sounds like you girls have much more fabric than I do. I am in the process of organizing :cry: folding by colors and stacking on my closet shelf, don't have much room to keep alot. :D

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    We all have to be vert careful. We have the same disease. Sounds like a lot of gorillas are in the making. Didn't we just witness a 780# one that sold on eBay for pennies?

    When I spoke of my organizing, I didn't mention my wool (from Woolrich) for braiding rugs, dressmaking fabrics, polartech, and decorating fabrics which are much less organized. I know my gorilla weighs over 780#. Fortunately, my daughter also sews and has her own stash of wools and quilting fabrics but somehow will make room for my leftovers when the time comes. She also has a stash of knitting yarns.

    Now then, should we speak about our cache of quilting books and magazines? Unending . . . . I'm awaiting a copy of "Flower Pounding", like I need another idea book . . . .

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    Pulease lets not talk about magazines :!: :lol: There is a gorilla lurking there too. But in all honesty, some magazines that I have reread years later are often looked at from a different perspective than were originally and I find new ideas and wondered how come I never noticed that before.
    So I hate to say it, but quilting mags are here to stay and it will be up to my daughter to donate them to Goodwill when the time comes, cause I sure can't part with them :!: :lol:

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    Solids, then large prints, then medium prints, then small prints. That is, until my daughters-in-law went thru it and didn't put it back in the proper places...

    And, to store them I found some shoe racks at the Dollar Tree. The fabric fits really great in them. They have 6 sections and hold a lot of fabric. They look like little cubes one on top of the other. Right now I have them laying on their sides two deep until I get my spare closet back. Then, I will hang them - they velcro to the closet rod.

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    I have one of those shoe racks, never thought of putting fabric in it, but what a good idea, since I don't have loads of stash. I do store my extra
    iron in one pouch. :)

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    Oh dear, I am so embarrassed :oops: :lol: My stash is an out of control gorrilla. I do try, and have such good intentions (sigh).

    This is how things are meant to be, Generally sort by colours, but keep seperate, things like Christmas fabric, Multicoloured, Lights and Lrg pieces suitable for backing and backgrounds. Sadly things are very rarely how they're meant to be :lol:

    But I was very good last year, over the years people (often non Quilting)trying to be helpful had given me bags of stuff for my quilt work, and although most of it wasn't really suitable I didn't want to seem ungrateful or impolite by refusing and then I wouldn't have the heart to throw it away.

    So over the years the monster grew :lol:. In the end I decided I had to be really ruthless. I wanted my quilting Room back and wanted to Be able to find my fabrics I could use. Got a giant skip bin in and filled it up, Wasn't all fabric rubbish but a good portion of it was. So things are a bit better than they used to be, but only a bit :)

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    Wow...I have no order. I hate to say this, but my stash is two very large white garbage bags with everything just thrown in. I have 0 room in the house. I have a small corner behind an open door that I keep a box of supplies (from when we moved) my mat and ruler hang on the wall, my machine is back there, and the two bags of fabric. Someday I'll have a house large enough to accomodate my 3 kids and some space for my stuff.....(looking in the distance forlornly). All my PIGS are thrown on top. It's awful.

    I don't have but 3 or 4 magazines either. I refuse to buy any until I have room for my things. Enough of my friends have subscriptions that I can look through theirs.

    And I have two books ABC's of quilting (excellent for a beginner) and Courthouse Steps from Quilt in a Day.

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    Suz mentioned the books and magazines...well gals.....yeah that is a whole other beasty... but I have found too that quilting isn' the only "hobby' we may have....What about those yarns and hooks and needles and.....I think I maybe ought to build a smaller house with the room needed for my stash and equipment. :cry: I am packing it as tight as I can and there "jes ain' enough room!" :!:

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    Nina,

    You say "little cubes". What are the measurements? Sounds like something I should be looking at.

    My quilting magazines are here to stay, also. I often bring a stack upstairs and drool over them as I did several years back. It's like getting a new issue in each one. The quilt I will be making for one grandson is from a 2000 issue.

    Suz

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    Magazines are another nightmare in the making. I subscribe to so many and at one point kept so many, I was developing a hernia whenever I had to go through them looking for ideas. Now, I only save a couple of my favorite mags in their entirety. The rest, I periodically go through when my stack exceeds 24" high. I remove patterns and articles that I want to retain, put them in transparent binder pages or group them in manila folders and file them away for future reference. The rest of the magazine I toss, which seems wasteful but it's necessary to "cut the cord" or else I wouldn't have room for more fabric and notions.

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    This is just from memory as I am at work and supposed to be working (it's a slow day for a change!)

    Each cube is Approx. 6-7" wide, 7" high, and 12-13" deep. There are six per rack. I already had my material folded in about those shapes so they would fit in a drawer. I really like being able to see all of it. I am still keeping the fat quarters in a wicker basket until I find something better.


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    mpete -

    A word of caution about those white plastic bags, especially those that are a little stiff and somewhat fluorescent. This plastic will leach the color right out of your fabrics. I'd rather see you use cardboard boxes and shove them under the bed. Fabric needs to breath and even those large plastic bins need to have holes in the sides and tops for breathing.

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    Hmmm..I'll have to get some cardboard boxes then. If florescent means shining...then no they aren't florescent. And I don't close the bags, I just leave them open on top of the pile cause I go through them every now and again. I'll have to get boxes..

    Thanks,

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    Another method is using muslin to make pillowslips...'course you have to mark whats inside...or you are still hunting.

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