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    LAKEKIDS - Thanks for all posting that info. That's what I read and was confused which lead me to post survey here.

    SANDYPANTS - That sounds like a ROOM FULL of fabric to me...maybe you should share!

    The paper clip and other suggestion sound good...but I don't think I'll use them (or marking the amount) right now. I have enough to do downstairs (where MY AREA is located) to keep me busy for another month of evenings and days off work.

    JACIQLTZNOK - I agree - we NEED to see pictures of all this organization going on! (We'll keep watching under the main MISSION: ORGANIZATION header).
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    I would like to see ONE board with say 5 yards of fabric on it. So that I can get an idea of it will look like. Is there room to write on the top how many yards and the date? I found some on Amazon that are ok, but not the best. However they are the BEST buy. I have No comic book store near me to find the GOOD ones that passed those tests.

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    Have one with 4 yards

    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok View Post
    I would like to see ONE board with say 5 yards of fabric on it. So that I can get an idea of it will look like. Is there room to write on the top how many yards and the date? I found some on Amazon that are ok, but not the best. However they are the BEST buy. I have No comic book store near me to find the GOOD ones that passed those tests.
    I am going to check out a comic book store one day this week . I would say today but I have to wait until "someone" wakes up before I can get my car out. grr!!
    Anyway the best I can do it 4 yards.
    The brown piece of fabric with the eraser in front of it . I didn't crop the picture at all so you could get a better idea of the actual size. Does this help a little?
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    Quote Originally Posted by damaquilts View Post
    I am going to check out a comic book store one day this week . I would say today but I have to wait until "someone" wakes up before I can get my car out. grr!!
    Anyway the best I can do it 4 yards.
    The brown piece of fabric with the eraser in front of it . I didn't crop the picture at all so you could get a better idea of the actual size. Does this help a little?
    that is perfect! thank you! Since my shelves are not adjustable I need to get the most height possible, which is why I loved the LIFE magazine boards! My shelves are also 15" deep! Again, the live magazine boards work great for this! Must do some more research on these boards!

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    Just got back from the comic book store. It took us awhile, of course the first place didn't have any, so we had lunch. The first guy sent us to Office Max. Nope . That cutie( wish I were 19 again lol ) looked up the address of the comic book store and sent us there. I bought 3 pkgs for $9 each. Saved me $3 off the cheapest price on line. So although they Say they are not charging you for shipping Yes they are. :-)

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    I have used foam board from the dollar store which is also acid free and works well. I like it a lot - very firm and my fabric looks great. The down side it takes up more room and you have to cut it. The thing about cutting it is you can cut it to the size you want.
    I recently purchased some comic book boards and while they are not as firm, they do take a lot less room in shelves so I think that is the direction I will be going except for large pieces of fabric that I will continue to use the dollar store boards for.
    I do have to say that which ever board you choose it is a far better way to store fabric for all the reasons that other people have mentioned.

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    I have all my fabric grouped by the fabric line. I have them stacked up on my bookcases grouped together and in big rubbermaid tubs. Also in drawers in my dressers and I bought FQ fabric boxes. I've spent so much on storage containers that I hate to change my way but it would be so nice to have them all on display. But, I have lots of fabric, but mostly it's kits and fabric lines (like layers cakes, jelly rolls, charms and yardage). So I lay my layer cakes down, put my fabric on top, then the FQs and charms and jelly rolls. That's how I stack them. My rubbermaid tubs are long and not deep so I can see through them to see my fabric. But the fabric FQ boxes I have, I have to look inside to see what I have. I have one bookcase and one stand up storage unit (like a bookcase with doors on it) and the rest is the tubs, FQ boxes and dressers. Should I get rid of everything but the bokcase and storage unit and buy a couple more bookcases so I can see at a glance all my fabric? And what do you do about FQs? I have so many of them. They wouldn't fit on a comic card, would they? And does anyone else group their fabric by the lines instead of color?
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    Quote Originally Posted by damaquilts View Post
    Just got back from the comic book store. It took us awhile, of course the first place didn't have any, so we had lunch. The first guy sent us to Office Max. Nope . That cutie( wish I were 19 again lol ) looked up the address of the comic book store and sent us there. I bought 3 pkgs for $9 each. Saved me $3 off the cheapest price on line. So although they Say they are not charging you for shipping Yes they are. :-)
    That's a great price. I ordered mine off Amazon and they were more expensive. The "up" side is I didn't have to go trotting around the countryside looking for them. Unlike many of you, I really don't have a huge stash but I figure this is the time to start the organizing - while it is small enough to keep under control.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkys_mom View Post
    That's a great price. I ordered mine off Amazon and they were more expensive. The "up" side is I didn't have to go trotting around the countryside looking for them. Unlike many of you, I really don't have a huge stash but I figure this is the time to start the organizing - while it is small enough to keep under control.
    Well now that I know where they are I can go straight there. Having moved here not to long ago I am still learning my way around. I didn't think my stash was that big either. I am over 150 now and still have at least that much more to go. I know for some that wouldn't be big. But to me its a lot. I also am measuring it all as I wrap and sorting out the pieces that are cut funny or not a half yard. I am tearing some into fat quarters ( the cut funny ones) and I have a few that are just long pieces . My scrap bin is over flowing actually I am on my third container. I have a small lidded trash can , and kitty litter bucket stuffed full and a hamper I am now filling. I guess there are going to be lots of scrap quilts in my future.
    I am just trying to figure out what to do with all the fat quarters.

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    well, I recalculated, counted, did some figuring and decided that I just can NOT do my organization this way. I would NEVER get all of my fabric onto my shelves this way. SO, I am going to do the Ruler folding and thin things out and go from there!

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    Having read so much about these boards I went to the nearest comic book store to purchase or at least look into them and I have to admit I don't understand how it is that everyone is managing to use them since they don't seem even as thick as cardstock. The owner of the store didn't understand either he said he agreed that the product is too flimsy. He had two different sizes as well as thicknesses but even those I thought were not as good as using the fabric bolts. I do have some fabric that I have had on organizers for a few years but I also have alot that I have on bolts from the fabric store, also I found that in order to save some space if I cut the bolt in half straight down the length of it even that is stronger than those comic book boards. Another thing I had done was I had some foam board that I had bought years ago and I cut them down to the sizes of my organizers and used them also quite sturdy. Of course everyone has their own opinion on all these things but this is just mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok View Post
    I am going to do the Ruler folding and thin things out and go from there!
    Using the comic boards is the ruler folding method except you use the comic board and leave it in there.

    I found I was able to 'let go' of a number of pieces because I just wasn't 'doing that kind any longer'. It was happily accepted by another quilter friend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ariannaquilts View Post
    I have to admit I don't understand how it is that everyone is managing to use them since they don't seem even as thick as cardstock. The owner of the store didn't understand either he said he agreed that the product is too flimsy.
    I think they're 24 cardstock...whatever that is. It just gives the folded fabric a little more firmness when handling it. Makes it's stand up on the shelf better too.

    I don't think the store owner would understand ... unless he's a quilter!

    I agree though...we should do what's best for each of us in our own circumstances.
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    You can easily remove a fabric within a stack of ruler folded fabrics by sliding the ruler in the pile above the fabric you want, lifting the pile, removing your choice, placing the ruler back and sliding it out.

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    if i put mine on boards, it would take up too much space. i have mine ruler-folded on plastic shelves in a closet. they are organized by color.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    if i put mine on boards, it would take up too much space. i have mine ruler-folded on plastic shelves in a closet. they are organized by color.
    I had mine ruler folded in baskets according to color and I found it takes up way less space on the boards and its not falling over. I'm one of those that would just grab and pull . And even with it in baskets things got shoved back in and not nicely. This is ideal for me , if I pull some and use a bit the board is right there and I Have to fold it back on.

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    How thick are the comic book boards? Do they come in different widths?

    I have a question - If most quilting fabric is 45" wide - if folded into quarters - that would make the fabric approx 11" wide - does the fabric hang off the board - if the boards you are all talking about are 10" tall ????

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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNEC View Post
    How thick are the comic book boards? Do they come in different widths?

    I have a question - If most quilting fabric is 45" wide - if folded into quarters - that would make the fabric approx 11" wide - does the fabric hang off the board - if the boards you are all talking about are 10" tall ????
    The boards that I'm using are 8-1/2" X 11". They are the magazine size boards. For fabric less than a 1/2 yard, I have cut the boards in half.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNEC View Post
    How thick are the comic book boards? Do they come in different widths?

    I have a question - If most quilting fabric is 45" wide - if folded into quarters - that would make the fabric approx 11" wide - does the fabric hang off the board - if the boards you are all talking about are 10" tall ????

    To anwer your last question first. Yes it does but it doesn't seem to cause problems. I made sure my extra was at the top so it wouldn't fold under.
    As far as thickness. Shirt cardboard maybe a little thicker. And they do come in different widths.
    I found this which gives you all the sizes.
    http://www.bcwsupplies.com/products/comic-boards/

    It doesn't sound like it works and not everyone will like them but I love the way in cut down on the space I needed and how neat, finally, my fabric looks. Its exactly what I needed.I tried the different foldings and storage in baskets and on shelves. I could never keep it all neat.

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    What are comic boards? Are they the little white (sort of) plastic boards that the quilt shops sometimes sell?

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    Quote Originally Posted by njoyk View Post
    You can easily remove a fabric within a stack of ruler folded fabrics by sliding the ruler in the pile above the fabric you want, lifting the pile, removing your choice, placing the ruler back and sliding it out.
    Great idea!! I hadn't tried that... my method of pulling fabric has definitely been messier... and always when I didn't want to take the time to straighten the fabric pile out. LOL

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    i like the idea of the boards, i think they look so nice. one of the local quilt shops here has them on those and the little small ones, too. i always thought it would be so nice. i'm concerned because my flourescent lights in my craft room used to fade my cardstock when i had it out in the open. does anyone know if this is something i have to worry about with my fabric? i'll do some investigating online to try to find out.
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    I love the boards. I bought the cheaper (acid free) on one side. I found that for larger yardages (like 4 yds) or more that they tended to be flemsy. I purchase some foam boards (8 1/2 x 11) from Uline for about 70 cents each for the larger yardages of fabric. More expensive but they may great bracers on the shelves. I will order more. Mine are not acid free but the acid free are available....just much more expensive. What happens if the boards are not acid free? I am not familiar with the failure of the non-acid free boards.

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    I have my fabric wrapped on comic boards and am so pleased that I decided to dig in and do it! It is so easy to do and just changed my collection totally. I even bought a pack of 100 for my bosses wife and she ended up ordering 4 more and likes it as much as I do.
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    I use 2 together and have from the first time I started wrapping. Just felt 1 was too flimsy. I was using a glue stick to keep the boards together, now I use double sided tape. Bought 9 x 12 from the comic book store, about 100 for $9.99
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