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Old 12-06-2006, 12:07 PM
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Do you have lots of those mystery fabrics? I'd let them be their own little fabric world and label them that! You might find you're already doing this with specialty fabric you don't want to mix in ... Christmas, Halloween, whatever. :!:
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Old 12-06-2006, 12:13 PM
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Leslee, I like that idea! I think I already kind of do it, but just thought I was not seeing the colors like I should. Thanks.
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Old 12-06-2006, 12:29 PM
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I organize fabric primarily by color for the solids/tonals. I also have individual groups of certain fabric lines (you know, stuff like Mistletow Manor, Moda Bound for the Prairie, Kaufman Antique Rose, stuff like that). I also have baby fabrics in a group, reproduction stuff in a group, a novelty stack, an asian stack, a holiday stack.
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Old 12-06-2006, 01:21 PM
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HI, okay I am on the right track then. I have all xmas together and themes together, panels together, and those mstery fabrics so them and all the rest will be call other world and they shall all be together. :D
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Old 12-06-2006, 06:17 PM
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Boy, everyone is a little more organized than me! You must have kids that are married and moved out. I am newly married, no kids, working on a degree and have a small house!

I have a baker's rack (just a storage shelf really) that I store shoe box size plastic bins with ribbon, serger scraps, threads, laces, trims, quilting rulers, rotary cutters, pattern tracers, etc., the small stuff. I have 4 of those nut & bolt organizers for buttons and smaller notions like snap pliers. Unfortunately since my husband's workshop takes priority (we're slowly remodeling our house) my fabric is housed in totes in the basement along with my patterns & UFO's while my sewing machine and serger are upstairs. This housing of the UFO's really helps with the guilt - out of sight out of mind. :)

UFO - unfinished object! :lol:
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Old 12-06-2006, 06:28 PM
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HEE HEE, My room has been in the makings for over 2 years now, and it still is not all organized. I wonder if it ever will be. I realy don't have any UFO's. Havent been quilting that long, so am going to try to take if from alot of quilters and finish what I start. Probably never happen but I will try. :roll:
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Old 12-07-2006, 06:08 AM
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Hi Becky :!: Thanks for starting this one, got some more good ideas.I found a hanging/fold down ironing board at a thrift store for back of my door; have (3) 5' L shelves up-high enough to walk under-low enough to reach for stacks of fabric: have everything-else-craft in narrow tall bookcase on (opposite) side of rm from my anything-quilting stuff: keep my rotary cutters in eyeglass cases when not in use: brought hm copy paper boxes from the office, cut down to half height/lids still fit, and can store 20 of those under my bed!-all marked so I can just pull out what I want to pick through ... cottons/blends/denim,etc: I examine closely pizza boxes-if not greasy- I wash out-to be sure,- let dry well, line with new,clean paper...you can put a cut but not sewn yet project in them or fabrics/ideas/how-tos for a project you're thinking about & they stack great; I am looking for used ping pong table to have 1 side down-other up the wall till I want to use-I use a gateleg now but want larger & don't have the space in my master bdrm to have it up all the time; had tacked up a piece of backing for a quick design wall that I now have put on a throw-away white wipe-off board from work-it hangs nicely on metal grommets-have enough of the backing left I am looking for an old large junk photo frame so I can make another stand-up model for on my work table; I use an old small clothes hamper to stand up store my batting rolls; still have things that need solutions, definitely going to add a file folder stand for rulers & mats!, am a quilting newbie but with all of us sharing we can make "our" place one way or another, right? Betty 8)
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Old 12-07-2006, 03:15 PM
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Thanks, so much for your ideas, you have alot of good ones, I really like the pizza box idea, and a couple of others. Girl you got it together, Right now what I use for my fabric, is I turned a tall bk-case on it's side, removed the back of the bk-case, and stack my fabric by colors in it. Plus i got the side,(which is now the top to use as added space, I'd really like to get another Bk-case to set on it's side on top of the other one. The shelves act as slots to keep my fabric nice and neat. I'm one of those people that if I don't see it I forget I have it. I really like to have it out in front of me.I still want to get one of those drop down ironing boards. I bought a lrg white 3-ring nt-book binder, I bought about 3pkgs of sheet protectors, and I keep my applique patterns,drawings,and ideas in that, I write on the front of the sheet protector with black marker, whats inside.But I still have aways to go. Thanks Becky
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Old 12-07-2006, 03:53 PM
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I like the idea of the bookcases on their sides. These are the wooden ones, right? Wonder how many I can afford? I wouldn't need to remove the backs, as I would put against a wall. Oh my mind is reeling with excitement. Santa, please hear me. I really need these! I promise to be good next year.
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Old 12-07-2006, 06:59 PM
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I discovered quite by accident that I could use my old bread machine slicing guide to hold my rulers in an upright position. After discovering that I went to a couple of local thrift stores and found them for $.50. It sure beats the $20.00+ for the wood ones and it holds a lot more. I have so many rulers I need to go get some more. I went to a bazaar at church the other day and saw a holder by Pampered chef made of wood that holds the pan lids so I told the sales rep to mention it to the quilters. I have not had any problems with them warping either.
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