18217683_10154868553702663_1383341271_nWelcome to the first top on the Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Hop 2017 hosted by Cheryl Sleboda of Muppin.com.

Well. Well. Well. There is something beautiful about the process of opening the windows, blowing out the stale air, pick the stuff up off the floor of the sewing studio, straighten out the fabric, do something to invigorate the quilting senses. Truth be told I don’t mind a bit of a creative mess, however it’s a bit out of control.

When Cheryl mentioned the blog hop I signed up immediately because:

fabric shelf

oh the spillage! It’s terrible. Years ago a friend showed me how to store fabric for maximum use of space.

line it up
line the folded edge of the yardage
fold it over
fold over the ruler – keeping the folded edge lined up
tuck fabric
tuck the last bit of fabric under

 

pull ruler half way out
pull the ruler half way out, and fold the fabric on the ruler to create a lovely folded edge
stack it up
bonus! more fabric fits in the cubby
stack it up 2
the beauty of the fabric shows
making progress
it’s amazing what a couple of hours does for the look of the shelves

The bonus of tidying up is that I get to pet fabric, see what I have, see what still speaks to my quilt heart, and if I want to let anything go. All of it still speaks to my heart. With several pieces I could see whole cloth quilts. My gut says a few of these will happen. One surprised me, deeply surprised me because I don’t do repeats on quilts. But that’s a post for another day.

And here are the blogs for the next 21 days. That’s right 3+ weeks of Spring Clean Your Studio, please visit each blogger on their day. See more studios, meet some cool people, be inspired. #springcleanyourstudio

Happy Quilting!

May 1 – Teri Lucas 
May 2 – Tammy Silvers
May 3 – Emily Breclaw
May 4 – Amalia Moursiewicz
May 5 – John Kubiniec
May 6 – Debby Brown
May 7 – Melissa Marie Collins
May 8 – Delve MIY
May 9 – Misty Cole
May 10 – Sam Hunter
May 11 – Dale Ashera-Davis
May 12 – Sara Mika
May 13 – Sarah Trumpp
May 14 – Carma Halterman
May 15 – Jessica Darling
May 16 – Lisa Chin
May 17 – Sally Johnson
May 18 – Mandy Leins
May 19 – Shruti Dandekar
May 20 – Jane Davila
May 21 – Ebony Love
May 22 – Cheryl Sleboda

 

 

14 thoughts on “Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Tour Day 1

  1. Beautiful! Great explanation of folding fabric. I use comic book boards to store my quilting fabric upright, but I’ll try your method for my limited stash of non-quilting textiles. I’m in the middle of a studio revamp myself. It’s…time-consuming.

  2. Perfect timing! I am cleaning the sewing room today to start making room for a longarm (woot!). I have had my fabric in bins, which takes up a lot of room. Ready to go and make pretty folded stacks! Thank You.

  3. did this when I started building my sewing room!!2 yrs ago it looked perfect, many quilts later it was back to Spillage! I promised myself as soon as my newest quilt is done I won’t start anything until I make it neat. again!!

  4. Great folding technique! I need to try that for my smaller pieces, I’m a big fan of the comic book board method for stuff larger than a yard. Your fabrics are so lovely and vibrant!

  5. When I see this folding method, I always wonder what you do with all the small pieces or pieces that are too small to fold?

    1. Hi Marilyn, thanks for asking. It depends on what they are: half yards and fat quarters – get folded like a quilt shop; anything 5″ and up is getting folded and put into baskets. You can see one part of it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BTpBDX7hw8o/?taken-by=terilucas

      this is still a work in progress. I’ll be showing more as the work continues. Eventually the whole studio will get an overhaul from fabric and thread to batting and paperwork will all end up in places that I can use them well.

  6. Why does everyone store their folded fabric in horizontal piles? I store mine vertically, like books lined up on a shelf. That way I can pull one piece out without moving a whole pile. To put a piece back in, I sandwich it between two smooth laminated pieces of card stock. The smooth plastic surfaces of the card stock keep the fabrics on either side from wrinkling as I insert the piece between them.

    I fold 1/4 yd – 1 1/2 yd. pieces into packets # 4 x 12″, with any of their scraps tucked into the packet. Anything less than 1/4 yd. becomes Bonnie Hunter-style precuts. Anything more than 1 1/2 yd. is stored on cardboard fabric bolts, because I am fortunate enough to have room to accommodate them.

    My fabrics are sorted first by size, then by value, then by color (many thanks to Libby Lehman for this great idea!).

    If you are always consistent in how you fold and put your fabrics away, you never end up with a morass….

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