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Old 10-28-2018, 05:54 PM
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You are right, zozee...trimming as I go works best for me as well. Any more if it's smaller than a FQ it gets cut. I do like to keep chunks of widths of fabric that are suitable for binding on table runners or mini quilts intact...think fabrics that read solid...browns, reds, blacks etc.

MsMorgan as you are a new quilter...figure out what kind of quilts you like. Do you like scrappy, controlled scrappy, or not at all? Will you make table runners or small wall hangings? Answering these questions will help you decide what kind of system you want to use. zozee has a good suggestion on mixing colors until they get a bin of their own...kind of like roommates!
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Old 10-29-2018, 03:14 AM
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Originally Posted by zozee View Post
I like clear shoeboxes with white lids. Easy to stack, easy to label, easy to see through. I started out combining certain colors (brown and black, pink and red, green and blue) until I had enough to give most colors their own box. I've been able to pretty well limit my scraps to this size. At one point I tried keeping a deep fabric cube by my desk and would drop all scraps into it and process all my scraps every couple months. Ack! Not something I'd advise. Found out I didn't enjoy pressing, cutting, and sorting for six hours at a pop. Now I process them as I go.

Thanks for your help. Where do you find clear shoeboxes or you just mean a tote about that size? I like the idea of keeping them separate!
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Old 10-29-2018, 07:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Ms Morgan View Post
Thanks for your help. Where do you find clear shoeboxes or you just mean a tote about that size? I like the idea of keeping them separate!
Walmart and Target both have a variety of plastic storage bins such as shoeboxes. I keep most of my scraps sorted by color in a six-drawer plastic rolling cabinet (colors with larger amounts have gone into larger drawers at this point). JoAnn's also has some good plastic storage that's often on sale.
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Old 11-05-2018, 06:41 AM
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Take a few minutes before you sew to straighten and put away. You are fresh and it makes you feel like you have accomplished something and it seems easier than to do it afterwards.
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Old 11-05-2018, 07:27 AM
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I quilt in a semi-organized room---lots of plastic shoeboxes...and rolling plastic drawer units from Walmart ...the only idea I use that is not mentioned here....a plastic ice cube tray---put all my little needle boxes in it---they stand up nicely and are easy to find--one *cube* for Jeans needles--one for Embroidery needles--one for sharps..one for all purpose ones---etc...
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Old 11-06-2018, 01:26 AM
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Be willing to purge your fabric if it isn’t something you think you will work with in the future. I have seen people get bogged down by having too much and not enjoying it anymore.
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Old 11-23-2018, 05:36 AM
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Morning. Now that Thanksgiving 2018 is leftovers in the refridge, breathing space for Christmas 2018 exists. As I put away dishes and admired the leftovers in the refridge, it came to my attention that I was about to have a few quiet moments to sew.

First a confession. For me function is the day to day do-all. If it functions, pretty is nice: but, is it comfortable and does it do what I want it to when I want it to and DOES IT WORK in the long run is my real crown with stars.

So much for the lead-in.

Now is when organization is paramount! And to brighten my outlook, I meandered into my 'used to be the old, railroad car style kitchen' in this house and looked at how the vertical organization worked.

Old kitchen shelves. Tile splash backs. Soffits. Otherwise unused walls. Tiled counter tops; 20 some odd running feet of tiled countertops. A still functional divided sink. Now doorless cupboards - top and bottom; the 'under and over' that goes with the tiled countertops. Metal, almost floor to ceiling heavy duty shelving with wheels that usually appears in a garage and does go on sale at various places from time to time.

So, the first part of my suggestions is to 'soul search' your sewing area. And next is Command Hooks. But one of my more successful ideas turned out to be s-hooks allowing the metal shelving to be trimmed like a Christmas tree: design board, fabric strips and larger bits, a substantial and collapsable 3 step stool, - you get it. And s-hooks can come/be made in all sorts of weights (for heavy stuff AND lighter stuff) and can be moved at will.

Again, it isn 't pretty but man oh man, does it work! Adding lights and it is my sewing heaven.

The huge live oak tree that took out the house's roof as well as my sewing room's ceiling and one of it's interior walla about 14 months ago did not win the argument. I DID.

I wish you the joy and excitement I feel when I walk into my sewing room.
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Old 12-28-2018, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by sewbeadit View Post
This is so true. I have so much stuff and now worry about how I am going to get rid of it before I die! I couldn't use it all in two life times. I have a 24 x 26 sewing studio and another bedroom full. duh.
just imagine, if like me, you had to move the contents of 12x20 to
3/4ths of an 8x11 room. I still have stuff in places in this house
so "there's gonna be a heartache tonight". oy!
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Old 12-28-2018, 04:42 PM
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I may be repeating, but

*Always store your fabric so you can see it.*
*Put stuff away as you finish with it.*

Love the term 'craftermath', DJ! Perfectly descriptive.
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Originally Posted by sewbizgirl View Post
I may be repeating, but

*Always store your fabric so you can see it.*
*Put stuff away as you finish with it.*

Love the term 'craftermath', DJ! Perfectly descriptive.

I love "craftermath" too!
As for putting fabric where youcan see it,...that depends on your personality.
I get overwhelmed . I can't believe it didn't procreate!
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