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Thread: Sewing Room Organization... YIKES!

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    Ok, so I saw how alaskasunshine organized her beautiful stash, and I think she made a lot of us feel uber-guilty about our wrecks ~ so I cannot afford all the boards right now, so I am making daily trips to my local store at the end of the day... they recycle the bolts anyway, so I am cutting them down with an Xacto to size... great stiff cardboard! :)

    After numerous "hide it!" episodes when family came over during the holidays, my room was totally out of control... I couldn't stand it! Everything would get quickly tossed in and the french doors shut. Well, its got to be organized for me to work! :shock:

    I am way too embarrassed to show the whole room and how totally bad of a wreck it was... but here is a quick idea. It was BAD... but I am working on the reorganization, and I am getting soo excited! It's very liberating!

    We had a LQS close about 3 years ago, and they had a set of 6 custom-built bolt shelves... well, I bought those along with yards and yards of fabrics... so I have two of them in my solarium, and they are working perfectly! After the initial cleaning, I may have room to bring 2 more of the shelving units up, I just cannot quite get to the far side of the room yet...

    So here's my progress so far...

    some of the original train wreck... even my Grace frame had to be hidden from guests coming over... I am so embarrassed it got that bad!
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    ahhh... how liberating to be organized!
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    oh, I forgot I had about 1/2 of these fabrics... enough excitement to start planning 20 more quilts YIKES
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    yum, its such a pretty rainbow forming :)
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    all my YARNS are now organized (up top in boxes) and protected from dustbunnies!
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    I keeps shifting as I get "another shelf done"... I have wrapped over 500 yards already, and probably have at least another 1500 yards to go... still have numerous stacks and sterilite under-the-bed bins that aren't even touched yet... oh, it will bo soooo great when done! Thanks alaskasunshine for encouraging us!!!
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    Ah, nice and as you go along you will find yourself reorganizing and fine tuning it!!

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    It looks like you have made a great start and have a bunch of wonderful fabrics. Keep going even if only "some" each day.

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    OMG this is a LOT of work, but very soul-cleansing at the same time :) I forgot how many Debbie Mumm's and KP kids I had... I've unearthed quite a few fabrics that I forgot I had! (Or didn't realize I had "that much yardage"... But I am tickled that I got to the far cubbies, as I had my mass-yardage pieces stacked over there, from the LQS buyout... I have 7 quilt tops that are done being pieced, and now I have great choices for the backers :) yippee!! I am spending a couple hours each day on it... the progress really starts to come together quickly!

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    Love your shelves! It's really beginning to look great...keep up the good work and "inspire" some more of us!

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    that looks great.I have shelves for about half of my fabric.rest is folded in neat piles on misc furniture in my honey's man cave,lol

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    WOW!! Very nice!! :!: Looks good!

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    congratulation on doing a really good job! Keep at it and keep posting pictures of the progress!

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    It's looking better. You're doing a great job!! Keep up the good work!
    I got a "new" sewing area about 2 years ago and I really try to keep it cleaned up. I have found that I have a hard time working in there when it's a mess. Plus it is my Family room, so I can't let it get really really messy. I have all my fabrics organized. Sure makes it easier to find the fabrics I may want to use in my quilts. Of course, I have overflowed my cabinets and shelves and have a few (a dozen or so) large rubbermaid totes in the garage. Those are real neat so I can quickly see what's in them.

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    You poured the guilt on me now lol lol lol
    I try...DH home today...Maybe he can move some boxes for me[ not able to move them].... He is napping now...Should I go wake him?????????????????? This is why I'm on the computer..I can't get to my sewing rm :-(

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    I am absorbing all your good ideas, so when I get to do mine in June (or at least get started) then it might go faster.

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    wow, lovely fabric, I would never leave my sewing room

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    wow...did you say you bought just the bolt shelves...or all the fabric that was on them as well??? lol. But seriously, you are doing a wonderful job and will be able to stitch up a storm when you've finished :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by miss_ticky2
    wow...did you say you bought just the bolt shelves...or all the fabric that was on them as well??? lol. But seriously, you are doing a wonderful job and will be able to stitch up a storm when you've finished :)
    haa haa :lol: I bought all 6 shelves ~ plus about 600 yards of their great fabrics... Got KP Kids, Shamash & Sons, southseas, Debbie Mumm, Andover, and sooo much more... those shelves are about 7 feet tall, and they are made to hold the bolts... so with my "half bolts" I get the two rows... but when I can finally get to the lower cubbies, I will have one cubby to hold my bolts (they just go "wherever" right now haa haa)

    I have just hit the motherlode with some Halloween kids prints I forgot I had... I got too many ideas swimming thru my head for new quilt ideas now :shock: bad, bad, bad, keep on task, gotta organize... no sewing today... BEHAVE! (yeah, like that'll work)

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    wow you have some stash...good luck lets see when it is all done.

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    Excellent job :-) Isn't it hard to stay on task when you rather be sewing :-) :-)

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    Fantastic! Great attitude, too. Would love to shop in your "store."

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    great job!!! love the Bird houses :thumbup:

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    That looks wonderful. You are inspiring me to start on mine.

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    I wish I could get motivated...lol

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    Wanna come do mine?? :shock: :shock: Looks great!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnie k
    great job!!! love the Bird houses :thumbup:
    Those were a great deal on clearance last year... they will eventually get mounted onto the wall, but can't do that until I get the room in order. I use the little drawers to hold new needles, extra pins, one has crochet stitch markers, one has hand-sewing needles, one has chocolate kisses (gotta have my chocolate!) etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lighthouse
    Excellent job :-) Isn't it hard to stay on task when you rather be sewing :-) :-)
    you aren't kidding ~ I should probably hide the sewing machine power cord to help me stay on task... I would rather be sewing and FMQ a couple projects right now! Just ran outta cardboard wrappers again... off to the store for MORE :)

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    Good Job! Great fabrics too!

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    Looking good!

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