If you’ve been opening any of my emails in the last few weeks, you know that things are really hopping here on the Hummingbird Highway for the moment.
The monthly FLOCK membership program kicked off in December with the first and second blocks delivered during January and just last week for February. In addition, Your Nest™ Organizer was introduced as a way to keep stuff handy – including favorite rotary cutters and tools – on your work table.
And in less than two weeks I’m headed to Miami with 40+ quilters to set sail for the Eastern Caribbean. These are our kits for our quilt project during our days at sea. They still have a few tweaks before they’re shipped off to Miami – very soon!
So, yeah, I have a lot going on right now. That’s not a complaint, just a statement of fact. Truth be known, I considered that this post would be about all that ‘busy’ reality with no time to work toward my stash organizational goal. And then I stopped myself. Everybody is busy, right? Getting my stash to a point where I can access fabrics easily and more expeditiously isn’t going to get done by itself. Furthermore, I’ll never “find” the time to accomplish my goal–Time doesn’t show up at your door–you have to MAKE the time.
So I decided that today I would schedule just ONE HOUR for tidying my fabric, and I chose a small do-able goal of one shelf – my batik collection that lives, rather messily, on one bottom shelf in my workroom.
I found two podcasts, about 30 minutes each. I had a plan. Once I listened to both podcasts, my hour was up and my goal would be met.
I emptied the shelf completely to start with a ‘clean slate’ — Almost forgot that there’s a electrical outlet back there!
And then I got busy. First off, I found a couple of ‘clumps’ of flannel scraps on the far end of the shelf. Once upon a time, I used these fabrics to make some samples for the local shop. I’m not really all that much of a flannel fan, but I saved these pieces.
The earthtone stack weighs about 2 pounds, and includes some longer skinny strips, and some bigger chunks of fabric. No real yardage to speak of. There are some winter themed prints, and some solids and a few cowboy themed prints. I don’t want them, since I don’t do much with flannels. I’m putting them up for grabs in the Tidy Fabric cart. $15 plus shipping, less the Tidy 10% discount if you use the coupon code, and I’ll send them your way. Now, mind you, I’m not looking to off load my stash into yours – but if you can add these to a bigger flannel collection, then it might make sense. I know I wont’ use them. Update: These flannel scraps have been sold!
Same thing with this bundle of pink/purple/green flannel scraps which appears to have come all from the same collection. Lots of pink and purple backgrounds with crayon-drawn-style stripes, hearts, and flowers. Really cute for a little girly-girl quilt or baby blanket. No real yardage, but some good-sized pieces weighing about 1-1/2 pounds in total. It’s for sale too, in the Tidy Fabric cart. $15 plus shipping less your discount with the coupon. Update: These flannel scraps have been sold!
Back to the task at hand. I started the podcast and got busy folding and rolling larger pieces of fabric around the Yard Plus boards (like I discussed here) and stacking them back in the shelf like books in a bookcase.
Then I took the smaller pieces of fabric (most pieces were about 1/2 yard or less, some fat quarters or nearly fat quarters), folded them once along the lengthwise grain, then twice more and rolled them around the fat quarter boards, without leaving the board in place for storing (like I discussed here).
I stacked the larger pieces on the left side (mostly) of this storage box, then the smaller pieces together on the right side of the box. When time was up and the two podcasts were done, I stopped and placed the box on the shelf with the organized fabric yardage. I tucked a couple of batik pre-cut packs between the box and the right side of the shelf and there’s also a little kit for an ‘upcoming’ project that needs a breath of new life at some point. This is how the box looked a the end of my hour:
With the time up, and the promise I made to myself to stick to my schedule, I had a few of the smaller pieces and some scraps left to be sorted, folded, and stored. I left those on the end of my ironing station to tackle a little bit at a time between now and the next installment of this broadcast. The stack is maybe about 6″ tall–all smaller pieces – less than 1/2 yard each.
I have to say, I’m pretty pleased with what I was able to accomplish with only one hour. And it would have been oh-so-easy to blow off the tidying effort ‘just this once.’
There is something to be said for taking a couple of days and hitting it hard, and tidying the entire room in one swoop. For some folks, that might be the best method to restore the stash to order. For me, with all I have going on right now, I’m really happy to settle for that hour-long commitment from time to time. How about you? I’d love to hear your thoughts.