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A Light-hearted Look at Appliqué Quilts by Sandy Fitzpatrick


Fabric Storage Dilemma

UncategorizedSandy Fitzpatrick2 Comments

I've been feeling a lot of fabric lately. That sounds a little strange but let me explain...I bought some new shelves to hold my fabric stash and in the process of moving the fabric into to its new home I've been doing a lot of folding! This is the third system I've tried to store all of my fabric and I think it may be just what I've been looking for. For many years my fabric was folded in stacks and placed on a shelving unit. The problem with this system was that there were no dividers between the stacks and when I'd pull out the fabrics I needed for a project, I usually ended up with a mess of leaning towers of fabric. A few years ago I read an article in Quilting Arts Studios magazine about using square wire baskets to store the fabric. This would still allow you to see your fabric,  keep it more contained and avoid the mess of fabric falling over in the process of pulling and grabbing it from the shelf. I found wire baskets and plopped the folded fabrics into them, keeping them separated by color.

After trying this method for a couple of years I finally had to admit that it didn't work for me either. If I needed a particular red fabric I had to pull down the red fabric basket, dig through to find the fabric, pull it out dislodging others in the process, and then cram the basket back on the shelves. Since the baskets were wedged so tightly into the shelves this usually carried the risk of having the whole shelving unit fall forward with all the pushing and pulling.

I decided it was time to try something new and found the Expedit shelves by searching the Ikea website.

 These seemed like the perfect solution because I could display all my fabrics stacked by color on shelves again, but these shelves were like cubes so they offered the extra dividing system I needed to keep the towers of fabric from leaning and falling over in the grabbing and pulling process!  Unfortunately, the closest Ikea is 3 hours from here and the cost to order online and have them shipped was outrageous so a daytrip was in order. DH and I made the trip a couple of weeks ago and purchased the 5 x 5 cube unit as well as a single tower unit. We then spent a Sunday afternoon putting them together. As with all things Ikea, the directions were easy to follow, no words, just pictures and we didn't even end up with extra pieces of hardware in the end! One thing we did, that wasn't in the instructions though, was to add wood glue to each of the little wooden "dowels" to make sure everything held together well. We also attached the units to the wall so that there won't be a chance of the shelves toppling.

Once the shelves were assembled, it was very tempting just to load them up with my stash just by transferring the fabrics from the baskets to the shelves. However, I knew there was fabric buried in those baskets that hadn't seen the light of day in many years. Some of the fabrics were bought years ago when I first decided to try my hand at quilting and just weren't the quality fabrics that I wanted to keep. You may have some of these in your stash as well. You know the ones I mean. They are a little stiffer or just don't have the feel of the better quality fabrics. I decided this was my opportunity to weed out those fabrics that I knew no longer met my standards or were not the style I am currently using. So my days of refolding and weeding out have begun. I'm spending long hours watching old reruns of Project Runway and stroking fabric.  I'll keep you posted...

New Beginnings!

UncategorizedSandy Fitzpatrick5 Comments

It's a new year with lots of possibilities just around the corner.  I love to start off the new year with things a little more organized than they were the last hectic weeks of December.  My goal is to try to simplify, simplify, simplify.....we'll see how successful I am at this!  Today I worked in our home office to try to make it a little easier to actually sit down and get some work done.   Things look much better, now I just have to start shredding the four boxes of paper which were stashed in the corner for the last few months by my DH. 

I love to clear out the clutter, unfortunately I am married to a man who believes in hanging on to each and every thing he ever owned.  Don't get me started on the fact that he still has the leather outfit from his Davy Crockett doll which he had as a child (FYI the Davy Crockett doll is no where to be seen.)   We also won't mention the deer antlers that we have in the garage mounted on a piece of plywood, but not hanging up, which were given to him by an acquaintance when he was a child, or the ziplock bag stashed in the closet that contains old childhood memorabilia.  Keep in mind, he did not kill the deer, but for some reason has a difficult time letting them go.  His idea of organizing is moving everything to a more consolidated position and not getting rid of much.  My idea, on the other hand, is to sort, toss, and donate as much as possible.  Just because it was given to you doesn't mean that you are obligated to keep it for the rest of your life.  I'm sure there is someone out there who would love the bobble-hipped hula dancer or the cute little statue dressed in aquamarine flowing robes to represent your birth month.  I love the look of an empty space on the bookshelf and don't feel the need to have every little space occupied.

My sewing room on the other hand, is a different story.  No matter how hard I try to keep things neat and orderly, it is virtually impossible.  I simply chalk this up to the fact that you can't be creative and neat at the same time.

I learned a long time ago not to make New Year's resolutions.  My goal, however, is to try to weed out more of the junk that seems to be taking up too much space.  It used to be a little easier to get rid of things when we moved every three years with the Air Force.  However, living in the same house for ten years has certainly taken its toll.

Here's to hoping you accomplish your new goals in the new year too!