My Sewing Space, Part Two

Recently, I shared with you a bit of my sewing studio. Today, I continue that tour by showing you how I store my fabric and WIPs. No wagging of fingers when I get to that part, okay? <grin>

Let me refresh your memory of my sewing space.

Next to my black chest of drawers, I have a wall of bookcases. I use two of them to store my fabric.

Yes, I have a lot of fabric. It's main purpose is to make other quilters feel less guilty about the size of their stash. <grin>

As you can see, I organize my fabric mostly by color, starting from neutrals (in the lower left) and moving through browns, yellows, oranges, reds, pinks, purples, blues, and greens (on the right).

Certain fabrics are organized by style, such as orientals, 30's, pets, holidays (like valentines and St. Patrick's), patriotics, Christmas, novelties, and my growing collection of solids.

Recently, I put my dotted fabrics together. Wonder why. <grin>

I love black and whites, so I keep them together too. I also have a good collection of black and gold fabrics, and I used them to make a quilt for Katerina's choir director. They were perfect for a star-filled sky!

On top of the fabric bookshelves, I store large batting scraps, my thread collection, lamps, my old sewing box with sewing notions, and fleece.

To store my fabric scraps, I purchased this little beauty from IKEA. They call it Anotonius, but I call it awesome! It fits just under my sofa table, which I use for my cutting station.

Each drawer is filled with scraps, organized by size--under 2-1/2", between 2-1/2" and 5", and over 5".

Every so often, I cut up some scraps and store them in these nifty organizers, also purchased at IKEA. I want to cut up all my scraps at some point, but for now they are at least organized by size. Once they are cut, I want to organize them not only by size but by color as well.

Now for my WIPs. I have tons of them, so no judging! <grin> Last time I showed you that WIPs I’m actively working on at the moment are stored right at hand, on top of my black chest of drawers. As you can see, I'm currently quilting two quilts, and actively piecing two quilts.

Other works in progress I’ve organized each in their own storage box, labeled of course! These are so numerous I have them in two places. The first area is above and below my tool storage, on a bookshelf that’s on the same wall as my fabric bookshelves. This bookshelf also holds my uncut batting (on top) and my magazines (below).

Each box has a label that tells me the name of the project along with a list of the things that still need to be done, such as applique, piecing, adding borders, and so on.

Other projects are stored, just to the right of the line of bookshelves, on a smaller bookshelf that also houses my quilt books.

On top of this smaller bookcase, I have my precut collection, buttons, quilt show buttons, and Guild name tags. Yes, I have a lot of name tags but it isn’t because I can’t remember my name! <grin> Our guild usually gives each retreat participant a new name tag that fits the retreat theme, and I’ve gone to a lot of guild retreats.

Tucked into the corner there on the right is my collection of fabric bags, acquired at quilt shops, retreats, shop hops, and the like. Always handy!

I think that’s it for now. Thanks for stopping by my studio! Come back next week as I continue the tour by showing you my pressing station, sewing area, and another awesome IKEA piece. Meanwhile, be sure to stop by Melva Loves Scraps for links to lots of other studio posts!

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Tell me…How do you organize your stash? By color, by type? What about WIPS and scraps? Do you cut them up or organize them by color?

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