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Thread: Alaskasunshine's fabric folding( organizing your quilt room)

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    That's not a stash, that's a store!!!

    Wow!

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    great pictures! It is always gratifying to see that other people have as much fabric as I do. But, yours is so much more organized--not for long-- I have some time and fabric holders coming this weekend so my room will have more space and also be prettier.
    There is nothing prettier than organized fabric that can be seen! Except quilts of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingmimipj
    Quote Originally Posted by alaskasunshine
    Done with the tiny bolt. To keep me organized I have got to put it back where it belongs! ;-)

    I love my little Sunshine. She is always so expressive and the mouth piece for her momma and her brother! Gee I sure do love her!!! :-D

    The pix following pix to come are of my ceiling DH is adding more lighting for me to see better in my quilt room. He is so wonderful to me! :wink: We are off to have breakfast! I hope this tutorial has been helpful. In closing I must give a huge thank you to the lady that first gave us the idea to use the sign material. I don't know her name but she is brilliant. Also to wine woman who did this before me and helped me with sizing. She is wickedly organized. And lastly to my DH (gee this sounds like I am accepting a grammy) he cut all my boards and encouraged me all along the way. I was many times feeling like I would never even fill one row on my shelf but little by little I got it to where it is today.
    Take care and please post pix as you wrap and tidy your shelves. And don't forget to check on Craig's List for shelving and hutches and entertainment centers. They work so nicely and are great if you are on a budget like I am! :D
    What sign material? :?:
    If you call a local sign shop just ask if they carry the sign material that is corrugated plastic for signs. Usually realtors have for sale signs made of this stuff. They come in 4'x8' sheets. My DH cut them up for me. If you are not able to do that they may cut them for a fee.The only thing to be careful of is making sure your lines are going the right way otherwise the bolt will fold up as you try to wrap it. I give that information on the first picture on this tutorial.
    have lots of fun with this. Also if you have more questions feel free to ask away... :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by marybs
    Wow! Thanks for the help! What is the clip you used to keep it all together once wrapped?
    Did you answer this question? If so, I can't find it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingmimipj
    Quote Originally Posted by marybs
    Wow! Thanks for the help! What is the clip you used to keep it all together once wrapped?
    Did you answer this question? If so, I can't find it.
    They are called "BOLT BUDDIES" or you could use straight pins. I used both.

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    I use the same basic method but I cheat and use my 6" X 12" ruler to wrap the fabric around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andi
    I use the same basic method but I cheat and use my 6" X 12" ruler to wrap the fabric around.
    Yes I did the same. And then stored in plastic baskets I got from Big Lots. Worked for me. I just couldn't afford all the plastic needed to store my fabric pieces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andi
    I use the same basic method but I cheat and use my 6" X 12" ruler to wrap the fabric around.
    What a good idea.
    I've been reading this thread and was almost ready to purchase the "bolt buddies" or try to make my own, but maybe I'll just do it your way.
    Something has to be done QUICKLY to my fabric before it bursts through the windows in that room.
    Thanks!

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    Where do you find the clips (aka bolt buddies?) that hold your fabric?

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    WOW, great pics and such a big help. I am going to do this with my stash as well. I have located a sign store that will sell me sheets 18 x 24 for 2.00. I figure it will cost me more than what you got your 4'x8'. I will get 3 of the large and 6 of the fq boards from the 18 x 24. I am happy with that and I can't wait to start. Will go tomorrow to buy 25 of the boards. Have no idea how many I will need, but this will get me started and I can always go back for more. I did find the bolt buddies at ironpals.com, 200 for 38.00, so I am going to order them. Thanks so much for your inspiration. Also, did you note on each piece of fabric how much was in the piece? I am planning on doing this since I will have it spread out on the table and it will be a help in the future in determining if a piece I like has enough for the pattern I have selected. Sally

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    I am green with envy. Wonderful organizing. Just two things...what are "bolt buddies" and what is "sign material"? Is the sign material,plastic, cardboard, coreboard, metal...?

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    Cool! Thanks

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    Another thing you can use besides bolt buddies is plastic coated large paper clips found at the drugstore. I think mine were 48 for $2.50 in the school supply aisle.

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    What type of boards are you using?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nana pat
    I am green with envy. Wonderful organizing. Just two things...what are "bolt buddies" and what is "sign material"? Is the sign material,plastic, cardboard, coreboard, metal...?
    Please refer to the beginning of the tute. ;) Also the lady above you googled where to find bolt buddies. Happy folding. :-D

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    How hard is it to cut the sign material? Couldn't you use poster board instead if you have nothing to cut the sign material? Loved your tutorial and envy your organized stash!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fish92241
    How hard is it to cut the sign material? Couldn't you use poster board instead if you have nothing to cut the sign material? Loved your tutorial and envy your organized stash!
    You can ask the sign people to cut it for you for a fee. I am not sure if you can use posterboard for this. This sign material is sturdy and wonderful to use. My husband used his table saw to cut mine. I paid $17.00 per 4x8 sheet.
    I hope you are able to do this it is very neat. But it is REALLY TIME CONSUMING!!!!!!!!!!!! :shock:

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    Thanks for taking the time to post all those pictures,,and in order also! I am keeping this tutorial in my list of keepers and will use it later when my room is ready to get organized...it will tell me, or hold my DH for ransom, one of the two!

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    Wow!What a great stash organizer! Love your ideas! Wish mine was already done.

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    I love your organizing. I ordered the boards from Polar notions and they were a bit expensive. Now I fold the fabric and then slip the board out and stack them. What a great hubby you have!

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    I found the answer on the previous comments. Thank for the tutorial. One thing I know I will have to remove the cardboard that I have mine on temporaily but I but the selvege edge on the outside so I can find out who made it.


    I am green with envy. Your stash looks so pretty.

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    Thanks so much for sharing. You have your own quilt department from which to "shop". Do you have to order most of your fabrics or do you have a shop close by in Alaska?

    I lived in Alaska many years ago, a fabric store was unheard of then. Things must have really changed.

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    There is now hope for me. Through this tutorial, there may actually be a light at the end of this tunnel of fabric.

    I didn't have the boards today, but I did fold some fabric using my rulers utilizing the same method. They really look neat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doreen
    I love your organizing. I ordered the boards from Polar notions and they were a bit expensive. Now I fold the fabric and then slip the board out and stack them. What a great hubby you have!
    Are you stacking them or putting them up like books? I wanted to use polar notions but with shipping it was too costly. I hope you enjoy your fabrics when they are all organized. It just looks so darned pretty. Doreen you are right my husband is a sweetheart! I am crazy in love with that dude :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by rufus2
    I found the answer on the previous comments. Thank for the tutorial. One thing I know I will have to remove the cardboard that I have mine on temporaily but I but the selvege edge on the outside so I can find out who made it.


    I am green with envy. Your stash looks so pretty.
    I am not totally sold on the cardboard the fabric comes on as to ruining fabric by causing it to striping. As was discussed on the board earlier. I do know however you can fit a lot more fabric on the little plastic boards I used. I could have NEVER organized my stash with the card board. I do have about 10 fabrics still on the cardboard bolts. They look so cute in the entertainment center in my quilt room I got off of Craig's list. I believe I am their biggest fan. :lol: :roll: :thumbup:

    Please let me know how you do. I am so tickled "I" have been an inspiration on organizing. That is a hoot for sure!!! I guess there is hope for me :lol: :lol: :lol:
    ENJOY what ever it is that you are doing! :thumbup:

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