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Fabric Stash + Basting

Over on IG (instagram) this week, I owned up to my fabric stash and my fabric addiction. It actually was a really good exercise for me. My husband and I always had an agreement that I could buy fabric just so long as it fitted in my sewing room…..well then my shelf broke and that is where this all starts 🙂

So, my guest room landed up being the temporary storage room when my shelf broke (fall off the wall). Finally, this weekend I decided it was time to organize the fabric that had landed up there and move it onto comic book boards. Folding underway….

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After around 3 1/2 sets of boards (each containing 100 boards) folding was complete. In this lot I have cotton and steel yardage (all of the prints), Katarina Roccella – Indelible, all of Alison Glass’ lines, Joel Dewberry – Bungalow, both of Francis Newcombe’s lines, Heather Ross….and more.

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So, that was my overflow room. I decided I would own this totally and also shared the fabric actually in my sewing room. The first side of my project table contains my basic stash….all prints organized by color [Blues | Teals/aquas | greens |reds/pinks |oranges |blacks/grays | multi-color | browns/yellows |Purples/low-volumes].

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The second side has been organized by designer and has my solid stash (which is mostly Kona). IMG_2395

Lastly, this is the messy part of my current storage that does need reorganizing (underway and hope to complete before the weekend). Down on the floor on the left, it starts with a bin/pail for all pre-cuts. On the book-case contains Project bins, Aurifil thread boxes, Linens/ Japanese prints, my fabric line from Spoonflower | more project bins,  quilting books |Flannel, Corduroy, Minky and Batting etc. On the far right side on the floor I have two more bins, 1 contains all the kid prints, the other fabrics that I use for bee blocks. IMG_2396

My goal for showing this is threefold;

  • is to really admit what I have,
  • and then take the steps to use and reduce the stash,
  • reorganize and move my overflow stash back into my sewing room.

From a project standpoint…..I finally got around to basting two of my quilting projects. I was at Spoonflower, last night, and got enough space to baste this one. Yay, onto quilting.

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Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (button on the right).

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Sewing Room Updates/Progress

A while back I posted about my sewing room (here and here), which I have to say I love and was working for me. I still have not resolved my design wall issue (I am still using portable boards), but I have made some other updates that are still in progress. I will admit, I am having to work out how to use all my space, as I need more room mostly due to fabric buys and WiPs/Projects for the year.

So come, enjoy an updated tour 🙂

First off, I added wall shelves at the back of my storage desk over the weekend. I have labelled everything for you all on whats on the shelves. I have two more additions (see edits in blue), I want to make:

  1. Adding a rack at the bottom of the shelves for hanging quilts etc.
  2. Adding an open magazine rack to the side to store Accuquilt dies. (thinking about this one from Ikea)

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These are the items already to go and be hung on the rack when it’s up.HangingObjectsReady

In between the project desk/cutting table/fabric storage and my sewing machine, I plan to hang my craft storage board I made (with the hubby’s help).
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I want to say, I work better when things are more organized. I am not sure if this is me procrastinating or actually coming up with more creative ways to store fabric…anyway the next photos show, in my re-organization, I have invested in project bins for my 2014 goals.

My bookcase + Project Rack are full of lots of possible projects, some additional supplies and my craft books.
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I found a great use for the space under the couch 🙂ProjectBoxStorage_Couch

Finally, I thought I would give you an overview of the main space, with the current updates collectively.
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If you are interested in some of the items you see here, here are some links:

Linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (see link on right menu).

Sunday Stash {18.08.2013} + Sewing Room

Remember the post where I was playing around with the palette builder by Anne @ Play Crafts,  and how cool it was that it now supports the Kona Cotton palette. Well, that and the sale on Kona cottons at Fat Quarter led to this:

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Yes, 29 new Kona solids have been added to my fabric stash. This purchase, finally had the hubby asking ” Where are you going to put it all”. Then comment just so long as you can fit it all in the shelving I am ok. You will be pleased to know with a little organizing they all fit.

I had shared with you a couple of photos on my fabric stash and sewing room of late. To consolidate so I can share on Studio Spotlight link-up, here is my sewing room and stash storage.

The Sewing Space:
I love the natural light I get with the sewing machine in the alcove there. The Pottery Barn project table has been amazing – so worth the money.SewingRoom

Upcoming Project Storage & Book Case:
The Project Storage is new, purchased from PB Teen. The bookcase (from west elm) is invaluable for storing my Scrap Bins, Linen, Charm Packs, Corduroy, Mens Ties, Batting, Zippers, Finished Projects etc. I love how it matches.
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Rainbow Fabric Stash:
The majority of my fabric is stored by color in one side of my Project table. It is a 3 x 3 cubbies, and I store my fabric using Comic Book Boards.FabricStash

Fabric Collections & Solids:
So, this side of the project table has been recently reorganized, as of this morning, to incorporate those new solids and the collections I have shown the last couple of weeks.FabricStash_CollectionsSolids

The last thing in my sewing room I love is the “break area”.

Break Area:
The sofa of course now has my yellow & grey Kiwi cushion and the Spoonflower bolster cushion to help with the quiet creative thinking time 😉
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Linking up with Fiona @ Finding Fifth for Sunday Stash

and Ellison Lane’s Studio Spotlight

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Peek into my stash

I was watching yesterdays posts, as folks posted about their fabric stash as Sarah asked “I’ll show you mine, if you show me yours” and created a linky party for today. I loved the idea. I thought I would let my photos do most of the talking so here goes…

First off let me show my latest addition to my stash that I purchased from Hawthorne Threads. It is Just My Type by Patty Young for Michael Miller:
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Ok, now onto my addiction (yes!!! I will be the first one to admit it is an addiction). I store my fabrics using comic board inserts and store most of my fabric in my work table. At the moment, it is a little messy and I need to store all those fabrics onto somewhere 🙂
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On one side, I store collections and solids. You may be able to recognize…Lotta Jansdotta Glimma, Stof Uno, Lizzy House Constellations, Indian Summer, and some Tula Pink. Not too bad right???
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The other side I organize by color…and I am running out of space.
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Finally I showed my new project storage and scraps the other week, but this book-case also stores my linens, charm backs and corduroy.
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That is my stash, I am linking up with Sarah over @ Sarah Quilts.

Addicted – my work in progress

So, this is the post where I admit I am addicted to buying fabric. Yes, like many out there – I can’t help myself. I see a cool new print or fabric line and I get an idea and I just have to have it. I promise I have a plan and idea for all of it 😉

I discovered, this week, how bad it is when I decided to start organizing my fabric and workspace. This is my work in progress this week (linking up to freshly pieced)…..keep reading my admission below.

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Below, are photo’s my fabric in the middle of being organized. I am using comic book boards (which are amazing) to stack my fabric easily and allowing visibility. After going through 200 boards and still only 2/3 of the way through….I was thinking – oops, that is a lot of fabric. Now, to some this might not seem to bad but wait – I only started buying fabric sometime September or October last year (yes I am saying…no more than 5 months). Hmmmm….but it sure looks pretty.

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But wait there is more…..this is my basket full of more fabric that I am using for dedicated projects – there are at least another 50 fabrics in this basket and most of it is from spoonflower.com. Did I say addicted…..well spoonflower is my favorite shop 🙂

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So I mentioned and showed you my fabric, well the other part of my crafts include men’s neck ties…..this is my collection for making neck tie art pieces.IMG_6921

Lastly – here are my scrap jars for all my fabric scraps. I would love to here about your craft addictions (help me feel better, maybe I am part of a club 😉 ).IMG_6920

 

Oooh – I forgot, here is my most recent purchase which may have to be my last for a while….I love it – my son’s school’s mascot is a penguin and I will use this for gifts for the teachers at the end of the school year.
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Craft storage board in the making

I decided that I need a craft storage board for my cottons, ribbons and scissors to get them off my sewing table.

Deciding that I can make it myself, I went off to Lowes Hardware and bought a pre-cut board. I really wanted a green chevron pattern for the base.

I painted the board with a premium white primer (3 coats) and once dried I went about laying the blue painters tape on the board to mark out my pattern. I used my 5 1/2 on square to get the perfect 2 inch alternating stripes. Below is board with all stripes laid down and the first coat of green wall paint.

After 4 coats of green paint (making sure it was dry before each application) the green was done. Leaving it to become touch dry, I then removed the painters tape – this is how it turned out. I was very pleased.

Next steps, I need to add:

  • hooks on the bottom for scissors
  • dowel bits at an angle (2-3 rows) so I can put cotton
  • 1 row of dowel with two end pieces that will hold my ribbon

I will post photos once it is all finished.

My new work area

My craft area in our bonus room has come a long way. I love the changes we made to accommodate my renewed interests.

First off we made a floating sewing table in one of the alcoves. It was a great use of space. I got a cool new chair from West Elm and a desk lamp from CB2.

We moved my crafts project table (which was originally purchased from pottery barn) to be floating, so I can now work around all sides. We added a new bookcase (from West Elm) to help organize finished projects and ongoing projects; added storage baskets (felt gray one from West elm, Green tray also from West Elm, Dark weaved basket from Pottery Barn and the wood tray from Crate and Barrel).

 

The bookcase adds a framing element to my craft area and the new reading area. And today, our new couch (from CB2) arrived which adds a nice reading area which sits on the other side of the bookcase.

 

So that’s my new work area.

I also wanted to share two of my favorite walls I painted in our house. The first is my sons room which are squares that slightly wrap around the room; and the second is the guest room which is painted orange and I used white vinyl to create a tree and individual leaves decal.