A few people have been blogging about the organization of their stashes, and showed photo's of what they did and how they did it. I was curious. Could I improve the system I had? It's something that is constantly evolving, so shouldn't the organization evolve, too?
When my daughter was born, all my fabric went into bins and were shoved into her closet until I could figure out something better. But, every day during nap time I would be inspired to do something and couldn't because it was all in her room. Sooo...
I decided to pull it all out and display it; in my front room (which also happens to be my sewing room). We have a couple of black shelving units that, pre-children, were filled with photo albums and decorative knick-knacks. Children arrived and it became filled with toy baskets and children's books. So, on the very top shelf, where little hands can't quite reach yet, I folded and stacked my stash by color and genre.
This first shelf includes multi-colored and whites as well as 1930's repro's, orientals, halloween, christmas, batiks (a very small and measly amount), and westerns (already thinking of a bunch of ideas for those!).
The second shelf includes my rainbow of fabrics. I only have 2 orange pieces in my stash, and I snagged both of those from my mom's stash. I have a lot more brown's and yellows than I would have thought, and not as many blues as I would have thought. It has been interesting to see all of it laid out like this. I think it will be easier for me to use up, though, which was one of my goals for myself this year.
Admittedly, this isn't quite all of it. I still have a bin with leftovers from quilts I have finished, and another bin filled with fabric sets I plan to turn into quilts eventually. I also have a couple of projects boxes that are in the works, even if that only means the fabric has been sorted and the pattern selected. Even still, it's a pretty sad little stash. Maybe some day I will accumulate more. For now, I am hoping I can get some smaller projects done with everything out here for me to work on.
I am linking up with Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday. This is definitely a work in progress, and hopefully some of that progress will be getting these beauties into some quilts. :)