Hello! It’s me again, Polly from Aunt Polly’s Porch blog!
I’m so glad to be posting here at Stash Manicure again! :-)
I have been BLOWN away by the ginormous and
extremely organized “Quilt Cave” photos
and posts by Teresa of Fabric Therapy.
OH MY GOOOODNESSSS!!
(And I thought I had a nice big stash!!
This is our fourth home over the past 31 years
but it the first one in which I have my own sewing room.
So however tiny it is,
it’s ALLLL mine!!
Samme and I were chatting about
how her sewing room reflects her love
of girlie things… totally feminine
and frilly… mine- not so much!
I have always loved everything by Mary Engelbreit.
I have all her books and LOTS of her fabrics.
I love her use of bright primary colors
mixed with black and white.
So, my little sewing room has her ALL over it-
the curtain valance, the cover of my Big Board,
my sewing machine cover,
all sorts of her knick-knacks and such.
Because my sewing room is so tiny-only 10’ by 10’,
I really HAVE to be organized or with all my stuff,
I’d not be able to move around in there,
find anything or even get in the door!
I do share my room, though, with my dog Yogi.
He has a comfy bed up on my sewing table
in front of the window which overlooks the backyard…
man, he gets the BEST sleep there!!
ANYHOO… my favorite organizer in my sewing room
has to be those plastic drawers on rollers.
I have them EVERYWHERE!!
I like that they can fit nicely under tables and can
also stack on top of each other without the rollers.
I store my saved scraps in these drawers under the sewing table extension.
( My sewing table is the larger “Quilter's Dream” by Horn.)
When I have allot of leftover scraps from a whole collection,
I’ll put them together in a Ziploc before putting them in the drawer…
which is good to quickly pull out to make smaller projects
like purses or table runners and wall-hangings.
These above are perfect for patterns and embroidery supplies
like rolls of stabilizer and design CD’s.
When I’m in the middle of a quilt, the design wall
is usually full of blocks, but other times I just pin stuff
up there to inspire me or that I need to work on next!
Just a few months ago, I cleaned out
and reorganized my stash closet,
which I like to do about once a year.
I have grouped my stash into
colors, then a shelf of novelties,
a shelf of decor weight fabrics, two
shelves of garment fabric, a shelf
of flannels, a shelf for fall and winter
fabrics, a shelf of spring and garden fabrics and
a few shelves of florals separated into main color groups.
I LOVEEE Florals!!
I have a row of plastic show boxes filled with quilt labels
and panels and then above them I have
several plastic bins sitting on their ends
on top of the grey metal shelves
in my stash closet that house
larger pieces of fabrics for backings
and several bins with bundles of coordinated fabrics
ready to make a whole quilt with…
just waiting until I make up my mind
what pattern to make or design.
They are very patient fabrics!!
I keep a big roll of Warm and Natural batting
in one end of my closet
and packages of other battings in the other end!
Above the tall bins on top are packages of Polyfil stuffing
for dolls and pincushions and such!
I like to put on a DVD while I’m
sewing… all chick flicks mostly,
so I have a little media shelf which as time goes by
is getting taken over by jelly rolls and charm packs.
My fat quarters are stored in a little wooden antique chest of drawers…
but I removed the drawers and use the chest as little cubbies!
I stacked 2 of the drawers up on the right side to make a bit more room!
Here on top of a cutting table that is never empty for cutting,
I have my Alto’s Quiltcut and Accuquilt Go! and dies,
as well as, all my rulers.
And I LOVE quilting books.
Such inspiration for me…
maybe some day, I’ll write my own! :-)
So, you see, you really CAN fit
ALLOT of sewing and quilting
stuff in a tiny little room if you take the time
to organize your fabric, scraps and supplies.
As my dear Mother always says-
“where there’s a will, there’s a way!”
And I AM one strong-willed lady!!