Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Trial and Error Tuesday - storage tip
I apologize, I only have time today for a quick tip.
One of the coolest things about becoming a quilter is all the wonderful fabric you get to work with. Unfortunately, a side effect of this cool thing is a tendency to accumulate said wonderful fabric. And where do you put it all?
I have seen some beautifully organized closets in blogland. Neat, folded bundles of fabric, organized by color and sometimes even theme. I am in awe of these closet owners. I, however, do not have the sensibilities to be able to organize this way, nor do I have the extra closet space. I have mentioned before that my studio space is actually a large portion of the garage. I want my fabric to be close to me, so it is there too. So, I need it to be protected somewhat from mostly dust and any car exhaust that makes it that far into the room. I started by buying large plastic storage bins with lids. When my stash could all fit into one of these bins, it seemed like a marvelous thing. But, then I began to accumulate more fabric and I started doing projects that needed, for example, 20 different fat quarters of a certain color. So, I started to need smaller bins where I could dedicate one bin to a specific color. They do make small, lidded plastic bins, but after I bought a few I realized there was another option = plastic produce containers.
We buy a lot of our produce at Costco, but I have also gotten some with large containers from the regular grocery store. I'm talking about the larger containers that hold 4 pounds of grapes, or 1 pound of baby spinach. I can pack a lot of 1/2 yard and fat quarter pieces in these things. I like to separate my colors, but I can also fill them with fabrics planned for specific projects too. For instance, I have one bin for my blue and white stack-n-whack fabrics, one with all the cut pieces for the Batik tile quilt that I started earlier this year, one with fabrics for a hopscotch game I plan to make (someday), one with all my charm packs, layer cakes, etc. Also handy are the quart size berry containers. I use these smaller containers to hold my scraps, which are somewhat organized into general shapes (but not colors, I don't have that many yet). I also have a small berry container with half square triangles that were leftovers from some flying geese I made at some point. You get the idea. The containers are great. They are see-through, lidded, can be stacked, I was already buying them to get the produce, and best of all I am reusing something which is good for the environment.
So next time you get something in a plastic container, think to yourself "would this be suitable for 2 1/2 inch strip scraps?
How do you like to organize your fabric?