Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Mary asked if I was going to have to fill my shelves back up. You tell me! This is one of 3 cabinets. The others are roughly filled about the same. Some shelves more, some less depending on how much I have of a particular color or type. My sewing room is very small so this is the only one I could be back far enough from to get most of it in. The bottom shelf didn't fit in the picture but if you scroll down to yesterday's photo of the cat in the stash that shelf is the one Charlie is sitting on.

This cabinet holds my blues, greens, gray/black/black and whites, and 2 shelves for backgrounds. This is everything from about 1/4 yd and up. The smaller bits are in plastic shoeboxes on top of some plastic drawers in the corner that hold my asst. strips. Those you get to see once the room is clean as that corner is REALLY messy right now. LOL!

The next cabinet holds reds, pinks/purples, yellow/orange/brown, floral, and large cuts (4+yds) for backings/borders. The last cabinet has collections - fabrics I've bought or pulled because they look great together and are waiting for inspiration to decide what to do with them, cats/orientals,batiks,novelties/multi-colors that couldn't be sorted into my color shelves, and the bottom will hold my Christmas fabric. That's the only shelf I haven't unboxed the fabric for yet.

There are some holes I need to fill. Orange, brown, purple, gray, and black specifically. But getting this organized has let me see where I'm short so when I do hit the fabric stores I know what to be looking for. I do think I've ended up with a much more usable stash that's not so overwhelming to deal with. And one that I won't feel guilty about participating in a little S.E.X. upon occasion and wonder where in heck I'm going to put my new acquisitions.

12 comments:

Patti said...

Looks great Nancy! I love the three cupboards you have. Wish I had something like that! If you are like me you'll have those shelves filled back up in just a year or two. That's what I did once I donated all my calicos to charity. Still can't believe I actually did that!

Pam said...

Nancy...how fun to have it all organized and within reach. And the donation boxes look wonderful sitting by the door...I have been in a "clean sweep" mood for months now and love to see things going out the door.

Tropical Screamer said...

Oh, to be so organized. I'm trying, but I'm making very slow progress. Thank you for the inspiration to keep at it.
Darilyn

Jeanne said...

Whoa, doggies! Nancy, you've been BUSY! Want to come over and work on my room now? Hahaha - more than 200 yards to donate and there's still plenty on your shelves :)

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Good for you for weeding through your stash. That is a huge amount of fabric to get rid of - decluttering all that space is sure to make your work area more enjoyable.

Cheers!

Evelyn

Mary said...

Looks like you still have plenty of fabric to keep you busy for a little while!

Samantha said...

I have holes in my stash as well- I guess we all tend to overbuy what we love, and avoid what we only fel eh about...

You are so organized!!

JudyL said...

Nancy! Your shelves are so neat! How good does it feel to have it all organized? I end up with holes in my stash too. I seem to go in spurts about which colors I use so it's almost impossible to keep all the colors equal.

Judy L.

cher said...

wonderful job Nancy! I think you have been a great inspiration to many of us. I hope soon you can get in there (after you are feeling much better!) and really enjoy the ease of quilting with everything so organized.

The Calico Cat said...

Sounds like you have a great system going!

Laurie said...

Nancy,
can i come play in your stash!? lol
hugs
laurie

Passionate Quilter said...

you are worried about filling in holes? LOL I bet you turn your back and that fabric, that's so nice and neat start multiplying again! I had shelves that looked like that, it lasted about a month! I'd be embarrassed to have you see them now! Way to go Nancy. You haven't posted for a bit, I bet you got inspired to sew instead!