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New Year – Organizing Sewing Room – Part 1 of a 2 Part Series This Week

There is never “nothing” for me to do. Never. Ever. There is always bill filing, prepping for taxes, figuring out how to save money with coupons or point systems, reading the Wall Street Journal, then the New York Times, if I have the time because I woke up early enough to get that into my schedule. And, then catching up on quilting magazines and two cooking magazines. Don’t ask me why I think this; but I seriously think I have unlimited free time, and that is foolish thinking. I am working right now, on how I look at my stuff to do this year, and readjusting how I see it, and think about it and consume it.

My sewing room was first one the list and in serious need of organization and clean-up.  Here’s a few photos to help tell the story, which was not the prettiest of pictures, or for the faint of heart.

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HudsonValleyQuiltsOrganizingaQuiltRoom1

It came down to one last big box of fabrics, and it took two, really three days to sort and organize, and make this room work.

Lots of issues to resolve – the yellow – orange fabric at the top of the photo, or at the bottom of the photo below? Does it go with yellow          or orange? It really depends on what fabric it’s next to.

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HudsonValleyQuiltsOrganizingQuiltRoom2

It ended up with the oranges.

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HudsonValleyQuiltsOrganizeQuiltingRoom3

And what would you do with the fabric that is second from the left? It looks like aqua to me.

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HudsonValleyQuiltsCleanUp4

This purple and pink fabric was purchased over 20 years ago. It was a part of a group of six fabrics that were the first fabrics I purchased, when I began quilting. Where would you put that? Stay tuned, because at the end of this week, I will share with you how I organized scraps, not quite fat quarters, orphan blocks, and more.

I’m sure that pretty pink fabric snuck in with these reds when we moved, and it brought along a few friends too. Why is it hanging off the shelf? I’m not that sloppy. Thank goodness for my husband, Charlie who helped me fix this mess!! We laughed a lot, through this organization, But though that box was bottomless….

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HudsonValleyQuiltsOrganizingFabrics6

Look at this!! Purples and lavendars can stay together. But what about those greens, and the black fabric with the polka dots?? How did that get into that stack?

What a mess. Check out the photo below. See the fabric with the stars. Where would you put that?

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HudsonValleyQuiltsOrganizingfabrics6

So I began sorting, putting scraps and odd fat quarters in plastic bins. I really wasn’t sure how to organize this, except for the obvious; blues, reds, yellows, whites, oranges, purples, greens (which took 2 plastic bins), and low volumes/texts fabrics. But there were much more odd colored fabrics to categorize. So I took a 3rd day to figure out how to approach those, and to find more plastic bins.

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HudsonValleyQuiltsOrganizingFabrics6

That was a good idea because there was a lot of fabric in that one big box.

I came up with a system that works for me, so stay stunned….and I have an answer about what to do with fat quarters. Hint; I divided them into two kinds of fat quarters……

 

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply Missy January 9, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    I’m trying to organize my fabrics also, I am waiting on buying some shelving units for my closet.

    • Reply Anne Beier January 10, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      Part 2 will show how I did mine. I hope it helps. Please share what you did – I’d be interested, because you never know what we can learn from each other. Thanks.
      Best,
      Anne
      http://www.hudsonvalleyquilts.com

  • Reply Jan O January 10, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Some fabrics defy easy color categories. I have a bin for “Bold Multi” and a bin for “Light Ground Multi” and these help. I also have separate bins for Green, Yellow Green/Olive, and Aqua/Turq/Teal, because I have enough fabric in these color categories to overflow three bins. My Black bin includes everything with a black background, so that’s where I’d put your black multi dot. Everything 1/8 yard and up goes into these bins; smaller than 1/8 yard goes into scraps. Once you get your fabric sorted into color & category piles, the piles will tell you how you need to organize them. Good luck!

    • Reply Anne Beier January 10, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      That sounds like a good system. I did something similar. I’m just happy to be finished so I can get back to work again. Thanks for your response.
      Best,
      Anne
      http://www.hudsonvalleyquilts.com

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