The deed is done, I finally folded, sorted and packed up all the fabric from my reorg. I ended up with 8 bins.
I could easily condense the fabric into 6 bins, but I like how everything is sorted by color in each bin, and having room in each bin makes it easier to look at the fabric, pull it out, and put it back. (putting it back being the most important reason for leaving space) If I pressed the fabric together, there is this amount or more space available in each bin. I DID NOT leave the extra space for new fabric, really!
So this is what I ended up with, two bins of lights,
2 bins of pinks, reds, maroons, and rusts,
half a bin of greens, half a bin of golds and yellows, full bin of browns, (what's up with all that brown, I just don't know!)
a bin of blacks, grays, and purples, and a bin of blues.
Every time I blog about my reorg I always get a few questions about why I'm going with a fat quarter system. I'm no expert, and I don't really know if this is the best way to go for me, let alone you, but having the majority of my fabric in bins, sorted by color appeals to me. Now I only have to go to one place when I want to look for fabric, instead of looking through my yardage stack, my scrap bin, and my fat quarter bins. Before I started this reorg my fat quarter bins were sorted by family, by kit, and sometimes by color, not nearly as organized as they are now, so even getting the bins out wasn't easy.
On a personal preference level, I just like working with fat quarters. They are easy to press, cut and I've never needed a piece larger than a fat quarter to make a block. I had some 1 yard and 1/2 yard cuts that I could have folded and put in the bins, but I cut them into fat quarters and kept them together in the bins. I'll let you know how it goes as I start to pull fabric for projects.
Like I mentioned earlier, those bins make up the majority of my stash, the fabric in the bins is traditional fabric or civil war reproduction fabric. Additionally, I probably have 8 kits. I also have a small stack of red yardage, a drawer with my French General fabric, a container of precuts, and this container, which I call my happy fabric.
I guess it's more modern than happy, but the colors are bright and my definition of happy. It's basically some Carrie Nelson fabric, Kate Spain fabric, and Bonnie and Camille fabric. Not a very diverse group.
So that's my stash and while I am happy to have it all organized, I have to admit I wonder how I got a stash made up of this fabric. I don't even remember buying the fabric in the bins, I certainly didn't buy fat quarters to specifically put in those bins. A lot of times I would buy a kit then supplement it with additional fabric to make it even more scrappier. A lot of the fabric in the bins are the kit leftovers or fat quarters I didn't like and didn't use. And I bought a couple of Barbara Brackman fat quarter bundles and Jo Morton fat quarter bundles that I filed in those bins.
I'm amazed by the folks who are able to actually buy for their stash, other than reds I don't think I've ever just bought fabric to have, I normally have a purpose for it. Although if I had a purpose for that fabric I wonder how I ended up with 8 bins of it! One problem I have is that I can't decide what type of quilter I want to be. I love traditional quilts and some of the modern quilts.
On my Favorite Blogs list I have a link to Hyacinth Quilt Designs. Even though Cindy is a modern quilter, I love everything she makes, but what I admire even more is that she knows what she likes and that is what makes up her stash. Here is a link to her post where she talks about building a stash. click here This got me to thinking, I don't really work at building a stash, for someone as organized as I am, and into planning every detail, I just sort of let my stash build itself.
Allison at the blog Cluck Cluck Sew also has a nice post on building a stash. click here
So while I have more than enough traditional fabric, I'm really lacking on my modern side. Since I don't have much in that area, maybe I'll focus on trying to build that stash using the tips from Cindy and Allison. I'm really short on plaids, stripes and dots. In my defense, I don't have access to local quilt shop, I have to drive around 60 minutes to get to a good shop. Maybe I would have a more diverse stash if I was able to pick and choose fat quarters from some the the latest lines, instead of just getting a whole bundle. I sure envy you ladies who can pop into a quilt shop every week.
So I am happy to have this space back and to have my fabric organized, but I think I've really just started the process of "building" a stash.
Exciting news, the temperature jumped 40 degrees over the weekend and my day lilies have started peeking out of the ground. I'm now hoping we actually get a spring and don't go from Winter to Summer!
Some folks are just never happy with the weather!