A couple months ago, I titled my post Odd and Ends, Part 1, which implies that a Part 2 would be forthcoming. Well . . here ’tis!
Here’s a photo of where we left things off on that Part 1 post. Getting there.
And here’s where things are today. I’m gonna call this ‘done’ although there are still a few things that need to happen. . .
The differences from Part 1 to Part 2
- The second shelf down on the left side. The boxes are now full of folded *smaller* odd-shaped chunks of fabric as described in that Part 1 post.
- The really odd stuff (bigger than about a half yard and not necessarily selvage to selvage) was folded and placed in the blue bin on the bottom shelf on the left side.
- The top shelf on the left side consists of a few batting scraps, some yardage of muslin (on the boards on the lower corner), a few odds and ends in the small white bin, and two boxes of folded fat quarters (the two boxes in the middle – one clear and one white).
- On the very bottom shelf, below the blue bin is a bunch of random fabric panels and coordinates.
- And the ‘mouse quilt’ is still there – the lower of the two boxes on the second shelf from the bottom on the left side (no, I haven’t decided what I will do with it) But it’s now inside a plastic bin to keep it from getting any further damage from any future uninvited critters.
- The Upper box on that same shelf is fat quarters which lead to the final step in this project.
What still remains to be organized is scads and scads of fat quarters. Collected, folded in various ways, and stuffed into boxes and in between stuff in the prior, now long gone shelf-organization configuration. The stacks in front in the photo below are re-pressed and folded using the fat quarter boards as I’ve described before for a consistent shape and they are ready to store away.
Once I have a bunch folded and somewhat coordinated by color or type (prints, solids, novelties, geometrics), I place them in bins so they can be found quickly for a project that needs a little bit of ‘something’.
Some of the boxes are more color coordinated (this is a long skinny box – the clear one from the top shelf two photos up). . .
. . . than others. (this is the top box on the second shelf from the bottom). It still has a little room left for more fat quarters.
And fortunately, I have another empty box, and it looks like I’m going to need one for the rest of these fat quarters. And also fortunately, I think I might have enough space for another white box on the top shelf, or two smaller boxes (I have plenty of those too!) on that shelf two up from the floor.
I’m working on folding the fat quarters a little at a time. Every time I head to the ironing board to press a seam I’ve just sewn, I fold one or two fat quarters, then leave the rest for the next trip to the ironing board. They’ll get done in time.
What lies ahead?
And so, there we have it. Even though I still have some fat quarters to organize, I feel like I can classify this project as complete!
The way I see it, the next challenge has two facets: Now that things are better organized, keeping it that way will be a challenge, and I still need to find ways to USE some (if not all) of the fabrics here. And maybe there’s a third lesson: Being mindful of what I bring into this collection – not that I plan on going on any kind of fabric-buying diet. Being more mindful just implies (for me anyway) that I buy stuff that I really REALLY love, with bonus points added if it has a purchase when I buy it.
Some conclusions I’m willing to make after this exercise:
– I know I don’t have the most massive fabric stash out there, but it still feels like a lot to me.
– I have a lot of nice stuff and it really deserves to be used in something that will be appreciated. It will be a fun challenge to find that right project for some (or all?) of this stuff.
– A few of the fabric pieces I really didn’t like were excused from the stash.
– It’s so much easier (and MUCH more fun) to find stuff when it’s tidied up. In fact, I feel much more motivated to go shopping in my stash when it doesn’t mean stacks of floppy fabrics that are hard to move and navigate.
I won’t be posting here as regularly, but when I do have a fabric eating project idea, you’ll be the first to know! As usual, I’ll set up the post, then link you over with an email when something interesting happens here.
In the meantime, I hope I have inspired you, even a little, to freshen things up a bit in your own stash. And really enjoy the stuff that you have. Making room for that trip to the quilt shop for that little something new from time to time!