Quilt it with Love

by Sanjana
(Pittsburgh,PA,USA)


Just yesterday I finished reorganizing my fabric stash of 15 years. I'm a crafter that sells at craft shows. I’m also a quilter and currently teaching my granddaughter to quilt. So my room is usually pretty messy. You can't even walk in it by the end of the year, as I tend not to put things away when cramming for the shows.


I have a one-of-a-kind booth. I might have 15 things going at once, in multiples, but all have to be different. On top of that, a quilt or two is being made. My granddaughter's project needs to be supervised all at the same time. See why I don't tend to put things away and why you can't walk in there by the end of the year? :)

The first couple of months of the year are spent cleaning everything up. This year I'm about a month late.

I'm lucky. I have a walk-in closet that has all the shelving and that's where I keep my fabrics. I organize by topic and also by color. I use cardboard boxes on the shelves as they're easy to replace and free. I use sizes to fit together like a puzzle.

Separate categories keep fabric from falling when I reach for a pile, and very easy to see and get to everything.

I then list everything on a notepaper, left to right for all 3 shelves and tacked it to inside of closet. This tells me exactly where to look right away.

The bins on the floor are all fleece and all my fat quarters are in fat quarter cases on the shelf.

I got rid of a ton of scraps this last couple of months by grabbing a pattern and cutting it out and putting it in a ziplock bag. I cut out 60 quilts and all are different patterns. Remember, I only do one-of-a-kind things. I cut my fabric to prepare the kits that I assemble in-between everything else. I grab one and make it really quickly this way.

Lots of these are going to be donation quilts. Some I will sell and some I will keep.

So, if I can organize, anyone can! Just thought I'd post this in case it might help someone else.

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