Sunday, 20 October 2013

organising a fabric collection - not!!

I am messy I admit it!! 


I want to make quilts that I love making, & using, & giving, and I want to use every last bit of the fabric I have here at home!!
I know I don't store/ create/ sew in an orderly fashion.....AND  I have found that sometimes it's v. tricky searching for that one particular fabric...you just know it's there, but where ??!?!??!!?
I did try to sort my stash out one day ages ago with the view of getting things under control.
I had read that book "Sunday Morning Quilts" .....sort, store & use every last bit of your Treasured Fabrics. Hey, that sounded just like me!!!! no matter what fabric colour/ age/ collection/ designer.... I keep it, & do try to mix it all up, & do try to use it.
There was a whole section in the book about sorting your scraps, and they recommended sorting by colour which seemed to me like a really great place to start.  So I purchased several more white plastic containers from the supermarket & began to sort!   I must confess, it was a bit over whelming.....I have ugly fabrics from way back, fabrics that I love & use over & over, fabrics I never use, & fabrics that, sadly, are just background fill ins or it'll- do- type of fabrics!!!    BUT no matter,  scrap quilting to me is about using all of this lovely fabric!!!..... somehow, somewhere.....and making something pretty & useful out of all the bits & pieces that are causing a right mess in the spare bedroom!!!


Well...I've made a start!!!   How do others cope in this modern age with new fabric so
easily at hand (either from shops or via internet), and it's all so overwhelmingly inspiring?!?!?!

3 comments:

  1. I group mine by colour, but then have a separate cubbyhole for bigger pieces like backings. I have two scrap boxes - one for scraps I will use and one for scraps I take to school when we do sewing projects. My collection is nowhere near as big as yours though!

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  2. I'm greatly comforted (and pretty impressed) by the state of your stash! Sometimes I think I might be becoming a fabric collector rather than a quilter - I just need to retire so I can sew more ;-)

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  3. I had to have a chuckle reading your comments! I can relate to all that so well. I cannot throw away any fabric because I may be able to use it someday. (and I do use it, and want to use it - just don't have enough time). As a result I have cupboards full of dressmaking fabric, and now quilting fabric. I can't resist it - like Megan I fear I am becoming a collector rather than a quilter. I have lovely open shelves in the sewing room where I store all my new fabrics and this gives me great pleasure to just look at it. Under those shelves I have baskets of solids, little bits, big bits, old fashioned bits etc. It is nice to know I am not alone!

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