Work in the Studio, without any Sewing

We are in the midst of some remodeling here, to the living room and the kitchen, changing the way we store some things.  When we were ordering book cases and cabinets to be delivered, I ordered a large bookcase-y thing to store my fabric along with the other items.  This weekend, I assembled it, and have been working on rejuvenating my sewing space, and organizing my materials.  There’s still a long way to go, but here are some peeks at what is going to be a more functional space, I think.

Bookcase to Store Fabric

Starting to organize by color

I am replacing some wire basket “drawers” with one large bookcase, which will allow me to stack the fabrics by color family, and allow me to view my stash better. The drawers were a good start, but by their drawer nature, it was hard to see the fabrics, and I had to fold them up so small.  The folding was a pain, so I stopped doing it, and resorted to large laundry baskets full of fabric, which was not organized, either.  I think these cubes will be much better.

I spent several hours this afternoon folding and sorting  fabrics by color family, which allowed me to catch up on Downton Abbey, and watch some of the Indian Wells tennis.  With a break to erg, and a break for dinner (homemade thin crust pizza-  I should do a blog post on that, too.), I’ve come a long way today.  Plenty of work before this studio redo is finished, but I already see a difference.  The smaller footprint of the bookcase/fabric case allows me to change the orientation of the sewing table, which may turn out to be a major breakthrough.

Fabric Bookcase view two

After a lot more folding....

Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of green and a lot of blue.  The fact that I’ve been collecting them for garden quilts, and now marine quilts bears this out.  I also have a lot of grays, and a very large collection of black and white fabrics.  There are much fewer purples than one might think, and less red than I’d expect, since it’s my favorite color.   I think this case will be all quilting fabrics.  The garment and other fabrics will have a different home.

I’ve already re-purposed one of our small bookcases from the living room, to store the quilting books and some smaller tools and notions by the doorway.  I’m hoping that the space formerly taken up by laundry baskets of fabric will now have a cutting table that will be at standing height.  We’ll see how that shapes up.

Right now my computer doesn’t feel like reading the card from my camera, so I’ll have to post the rest of the pictures later.  I’m tired, but I’m enthused.  By de-cluttering my space, I hope I will better be able to de-clutter my mind.  Wish me luck on that one.

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4 Responses to Work in the Studio, without any Sewing

  1. Sheila says:

    You are amazing, Jennifer. I’m sure the organization will help you will feel even more creative than you already are.

  2. MOM says:

    Looks good, Jen. I wish I could get motivated to do the same with my stash, although it’s less the motivation than having the time right now. My collection is not as big as yours – I may have as many pieces, but not the yardage. The majority of mine is fat quarters.

    I do like my drop-leaf table (less than $100 at Joann’s on sale and with coupon) but at 35″ it’s too high for me to cut comfortably. Removing the casters would lower the surface by 3″, which might make it good height for you but not so easy to move. Still, I know your space; it probably won’t go there, even with the baskets gone. Sigh.

  3. Ellen Severson says:

    Wonderful work, Jennifer! When this semester is over, I want to get back to organizing my yarn stash. At this point, since I continue my love affair with fingering-weight and sock yarn, I have loaded all of that-weight yarn into a big box near my Mom Cave in the living room. I finish one pair of socks, think of a new person, find out their shoe size, and start a new pair… We have a rack of narrow bookcases upstairs for the rest of the yarn, and it’s pretty much out where I can see it. Well, except for the boxes under the bed. And a few bags…

  4. Ingrid says:

    You are always an inspiration. I just brought home, MORE fabric from my mother’s stash, and I need to find it a home. I think my current haphazard storage is wasting space. I should probably rethink the way I am doing things. Your cube system might work for me, even though I am not a quilter. and my fabric is more along the lines of types of weaves, types of prints, types of fiber.

What do YOU think?