Not much going sewing-wise, but I did get three more Farmer’s Wife Sampler blocks done. (You can see the blocks I’ve done previously in groups of six blocks under the FWS tab at the top of the page.) Excuse my crooked pictures.
I also got another block prepped for hand applique on my basket BOM (a Moda sampler pattern). I have to add another leaf where that little white paper leaf is towards the center.
On the sewing room cleaning/organizing front, I’m tackling fabric stash this week. *groan*
Old System: My previous method was three shelves of a large bookcase filled with once-organized larger pieces of fabrics. On my closet shelves, I have plastic totes with specialty fabrics such as batiks, kids’ novelties, western (cowboy-ish), etc. It seems like I do a lot of digging to find what I’m looking for. Then things don’t look so good.
New System: I’m making use of the shelving units I bought at Target. Yarn in the bottom cubbies, yarn-related stuff in the drawers (YEAH!!! All my yarn stuff is together!) Next up is my fat quarters. I’m still adding fat quarters here. Batiks will probably still get their own tote in the closet, and maybe novelties as well.
This week I’ve been folding fabric to make mini-bolts. There are plastic pieces made to accomplish this, but they are pretty pricey for the number of fabric pieces I have to organize. Doing some searching on line, I found a lot of quilters are using comic book boards (used by comic book collectors. Yes, there are other hobbies besides quilting!). They are a piece of cardboard (about tag board weight) measuring 7″ x 10 1/2″. That 10 1/2″ is important, because if you quadruple it, you get 42″, very close to the width of most fabrics. Plus, because they are made to put behind a comic book inside a clear bag, to add rigidity, they are archival quality.
So. Your fabric comes already folded in half lengthwise. Fold it in half again, lengthwise. Lay your mini-bolt core (the comic book board) 3-4″ in from the end, and start wrapping your fabric around the cardboard. Secure with a small pin (I like the applique pins). Stack on end like a book or on its side. Done!
I am filling the shelves in this unit with pieces 3 yards or less. The larger pieces (mostly backing) will go on a shelf in my closet. These are so easy to work with, I can pull a stack off, select what I want, and replace the stack perfectly.
Are you wishing you had a pack of these cardboards? Your potential reward for reading this long post is I am giving away a box of 100 of these comic book boards. (That sounds like a lot, but I used almost 50 that you can see displayed in these shelves!) All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post. One comment per person, please. I will draw one name by random number generator Thursday morning, June 2nd, 8:00 Minnesota time!
And right after you leave your comment, pop on over to Judy Laquidara’s Patchwork Times to see what other quilters have been up to this week.