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    Fabric Sorting

    I am in the process of setting up my new quilting studio. I have a pretty large stash of fabrics. I now have plenty of cabinet space to organize it. I can't decide how to set up the space. Should I sort by color, type of fabric, collections etc.

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    I like to keep my collections together. Everything else is sorted by colour mostly. Theme fabric like Christmas is together regardless of colour. I also store yardage separate from pieces. Pieces are fair game for any project but I try to save yardage for a big project or backing. A new studio, how exciting!

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    Oh, I am so excited!!! I'll have to post pics when I'm done. That's pretty much the way I was thinking of doing it.

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    Congrats on the new space. Need pics!
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    I do the same. Collections together then sorted by color. I use the boards sold by one of our board members. Saves so much space.
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    I made my own boards. I just picked up the bolt cardboard they throw away at JoAnn's and cut into 4 even size pieces and fold fabric in 1/2 clamp to my cutting table and fold it around it. Then it can stand in a bookshelf or as of right now in tubs that I can see in.

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    Thanks Amy,

    I like that idea.

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    Whatever you do in your organization of your fabrics, be consistant. I know first hand what not doing that looks like-------still a mess!! Good Luck!!
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    I sort my fabric by length/size, fat quarters, less than 1/2 yd, 1/2 yd, 1 yd, 1.5 yd, 2 yd, etc. I sort by color within that size. I don't have the size stash that some have, a a 5 shelf book case 3 feet wide and a couple of shelves on another book case. Thats for quilts. I have a tub of doll and bear makings, a tub of fancy fabrics for Crazy quilts, and a tub of clothing fabrics, from when I made all my own clothes. Then there are the cross stitch fabrics, floss, beads, and on and on. No wonder I moved all the quilting material ( both sane and crazy) to my studio, and the rest is out in the shed.
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    LOL. It's amazing what we accumulate. Sure as the world we get rid of it, we'll need it next week.

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    I keep collections together, then by yardage (under 1, 1 to 2, 2+, then big enough for a backing), I then fold to a set size that will fit the drawer or shelf,, then sort colors. This way when I am putting fabric together for a quilt, I have some idea of how big each piece is. This has been working for me, although I still have several totes to unpack ans add in.

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    I'm in the process of organizing my fabrics as well. I found this tutorial about folding and storing fabric. The blogger uses comic book backing boards. Here is the link:

    http://cuttopieces.blogspot.com/2011...-tutorial.html

    I tried this and it works really well. The backing board is archival safe so it won't damage your fabric. I tend to sort all my fabrics by color unless it is themed like X-Mas or Halloween fabrics.

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    I don't have a vast stash, but I organise it by keeping themes (e.g. childrens, Christmas) together and otherwise by colour.
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    I also use Comic Backing Board. Instead of using pins, I use Large Plastic Paper Clips. I use the small curve of the Clip to go over the back of the board between the fabric and the board, and the large end goes over the front of the board over the fabric. I cut my backing board 4 x 6 1/2 (Fat Quarters) and 7 x 11 1/2 for yardage. I don't have a different room for sewing and my space is small. My fabric is in tubs. This fits in the tubs well. When I get (HA HA) my sewing room and get a bookshelf I can then transfer the boards to the shelves. I sort by theme, color. When I am working on a special project (BOM Houses) I put all the different fabrics together that I will be using. BrendaK
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I like to keep my collections together. Everything else is sorted by colour mostly. Theme fabric like Christmas is together regardless of colour. I also store yardage separate from pieces. Pieces are fair game for any project but I try to save yardage for a big project or backing. A new studio, how exciting!
    This is EXACTLY how I do it, and I have more time to sew since I didn't have to type it all out!
    You know that feeling when you've finished all your quilting projects and your studio is perfectly clean???? Me neither.

    It's not how fast you sew, it's how well you sew fast! Wait, I think that's supposed to be MOW!

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    recently had to move mine so did some sorting. Have bags with checks, stripes and plaids, containers with themed fabrics, solids and small print floral. smaller pieces in two 4 drawer plastic stands by color. Big stuff on boards stacked where I can see them. seems to be working so far.

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    you're funny....smile

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    that was for RugosaB smile

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    I sort mine by color also. Then by size. I try to keep all the smaller pieces and scraps by color, but that gets hard sometimes. Seasonal by holiday or whatever no matter what the color.
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    Quote Originally Posted by babyboomerquilter View Post
    I sort mine by color also. Then by size. I try to keep all the smaller pieces and scraps by color, but that gets hard sometimes. Seasonal by holiday or whatever no matter what the color.
    I do the same thing! BTW - is that a Maltese in your avatar? See my avatar, and you'll know why I ask!

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    I'm working on putting mine on mat board from a local frame shop. This one gives away scrap that is too small. It's acid free and stiff enough. I cut it too the size I need for the container or shelf and presto! I now can use some fabric storage things that wouldn't stand up before

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    This is how my room is organized..

    These are in 30 gal tubs no matter what size pieces they are:
    Holiday- each holiday (xmas, 4th, halloweenie, easter, etc) have its own tub
    Flannel
    Vintage fabric (35in xWOF)- all goes in one tub
    Authentic 30's feedsacks

    All my Bolts (3+yards) are on the bookcase and in walk in closet.
    All my 1-2 yards cuts are ruler folded, then separated by theme (floral, kids prins, asian, etc) and solids, blenders, and the rest are seperated by color on bookcases

    Batiks are in a see thru sterilite three drawer separated by light med dark..
    Fqs are separated by color, floral, novelty in it's own sections on wall cd racks, closet maid 24/36 bin shoe organizers.. Each area has its own 'theme' so i can find what I'm looking for.

    My scraps are in specific see- thru bins, tubs and drawers depending on size..

    Each Accuquilt Die cut shapes have a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own- I do have most if not all the dies already.. lol..
    strips less than10 inches but longer than 5 inches of has a a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own
    Strips longer than 10 inches but less than WOF has a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own
    2 inch strips are hanging on the back of the door
    1.5 x wof has a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own
    2.5 x WOF strips has a a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own
    3x WOF strips have a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own
    5x WOF strips have a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own
    all other strips x WOF are separated by colors and has a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own
    Crumbs have a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own
    Scraps less than a fq but larger than 6x6 has a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own- these are waiting to be cut with my Accuquilt
    2 in sq have a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own
    2.5 in sq have a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own
    3 in sq have a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own
    3.5 in sq have a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own
    4 in sq have a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own
    4.5 in sq have a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own
    5 in sq have a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own


    And that's how my room is organized..

    I followed Bonnies method.. www.quiltville.com.

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    Congrats on your new space. I am sure you will enjoy it.

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    Wow! You're are so organized.

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    Luvtoquilt omg i read her blog and figured her system was doable by anyone who had secret elves helping them but oh my you proved me wrong....unless you make me feel better and say you do have secret elves

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