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March 2020 Sew Organized

COMQG #seworganized2020

Your March prompt is here (late, but here)!

Fabric! 

Yippee! Fabric time! It is time to reacquaint ourselves with our stash. All of our stash. Yes, pull out the fabrics you have not touched in years. Come face to face with strange fabric you once thought beautiful but now inspires the question “what in heaven’s name inspired me to purchase this?”

First, remember that in January we created a donation box? It’s time to pull that back out as it will come in handy for this challenge.

 We’re pulling a #mariekondo

 Organize your fabrics into 3 piles. 

  1. Keep – fabrics you love, like and bring you #joy! 
  2. Donation box (read up on this box in our 1st post from January)
  3. Fabric you do not like and will never actually use.

Once you’ve organized all your fabric into these 3 piles we recommend taking a look through these organization tips based on our quilting style. These are only suggestions and we encourage you to organize in a way best suited to you!

Quilter 1: The Planner

  • Store your fabrics 1st by project. Keep all the fabrics together in a box/shelf.
  • For the remainder of your stash organize your fabrics by how much yardage you have of each. Label bins with increments most applicable to you. Here are some examples: backs >5yds, fat quarters, small cuts 1-2yds, large cuts 3-4yds, scraps, strips, bias binding. By organizing your fabrics by yardage it makes it easy to shop your stash for a new project.
  • Once you have your fabrics organized by how much yardage you have, organize how you like to shop (color, designer, pattern, etc.

Quilter 2: The Shopper

  • Designate an open shelf, design board, cork board or other area to place 8-10 of your favorite fabrics (of the moment) in an inspiring grouping. This can serve as a design inspiration point that you can change and admire a long time before the first cut. It’s fun to look at and tweak this grouping by adding and removing things as you acquire new fabrics.
  • Store the rest of your stash by the way you prefer to look at fabric. This could be by color, designer, florals, low volume pattern, solids, stripes, yardage, etc! If you are putting all different yardages together, it helps to put a piece of masking tape in the same spot on each of your cuts with an approximate yardage.

Quilter 3: The Stash Buster

  • If you cannot bring yourself to throw away a scrap of any type, create some bins by color in which to store your scraps. Have a shelf going where you can store these scrap bins for easy and frequent access. This can also be good for those who like to paper piece!
  • Store the rest of your stash by the way you prefer to look at fabric. This could be by color, designer, florals, low volume pattern, solids, stripes, yardage, etc! If you are putting all different yardages together, it helps to put a piece of masking tape in the same spot on each of your cuts with an approximate yardage.

 

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