Tuesday, August 7, 2012

August Giveaway - Vintage Amy Butler!!!

 We Have A Winner!  
The winner is B Greene who really cracked me up with her comment.  Her organizational system sounds as fancy as mine is.  Here's what she said about her stash.....
"Mine is a wreck! Well, part of it anyway. I have a bin of 5-inch charm squares; a couple of bins of 2.5-inch strips. I also have a bin just for 2.5-inch squares that are soon to become a scrap vomit quilt. But then, I have bins of "good" scraps and "really good" scraps and lesser-quality scraps. I have a bag of strings. There are snippets somehwere and FQs everywhere. Just a wonderful, beautiful mess.

BUT - all my FQ bundles abd precuts are nicely stored and waiting patiently for their time to shine! Thanks for the chance to add this wonderful bundle to the mix!"
Sew Fabulous Quilt Shop Fabric Giveaway
 Happy August!  I can't believe it's already August, can you?!  I feel like once we reach August the year is pretty much over....August will fly by because it's the last unofficial month of summer and back to school time....September is just a filler month....and then October is the beginning of the whirlwind of holiday months that will catapult us into the new year.  So the year is pretty much over in my book.

Anyway, you may have already read in my last few posts that I've been going through my very disorganized fabric stash during the last couple weeks frantically looking for the right fabrics for my next project - Vintage Valentine.  I finally got so sick of the mess and chaos and fabric shoved in 10 different cardboard boxes in every room of the house that I decided to do something really wild.....I've started sorting my stash and organizing it by color all in ONE PLACE!  Isn't that a wild idea?  I've also realized that my fabric stash isn't quit as vast as I thought it was.  I found so many gorgeous fabrics in my stash that are totally my style and my favorite colors but I only have 1/2 yard of them.  What's up with that???!!!  Why did I do that to myself???!!!  So.....my new rule is that if I like a fabric (even if I have no idea what I'm going to do with it!) I'm going to take at least a yard of it.....or better yet two yards....or possibly five if I really, really like it! 

Soooo.....as I was doing all of this sorting and organizing I found this bundle of "vintage" Amy Butler fabrics from the Ginger Bliss Collection.  This collection is very out of print, very hard to find and very sought after.  And I'm going to give this bundle of 10 fat quarters to one of you! 

Just leave a comment to be entered to win....I'd love to hear how you organize your fabric stash.  I need some ideas on how to get mine all sorted out.  Or, I'd love to hear how your stash is as messy as mine used to be.  Or what is your dream plan to organize your fabric?  Please leave your comment by midnight on Monday, August 13.  I'll pick a winner on Tuesday, August 14, 2012.

Good Luck and Happy Sewing,
Jenny

P.S. Thanks so much to everyone who left a comment on my last post telling me it was o.k. to abandon a project!  I thought I was going to be scolded for not finishing what I started - LOL!

113 comments:

Amanda said...

My stash is only kinda organized. I have my scraps sorted boy/girl/solids and my yardage is all together with no system or sorted by project. That of course doesn't include the box of fabrics from my mom that i stuck in the closet and pretend isnt there...

Jodi said...

My fabric is in six plastic boxes - ugh! Such a pain to pick fab for a new project. But my FQs are in a nice wooden handpainted house tower, and a vintage mail sorter. Thanks for the chance - love Amy Butler!

Denise in PA said...

That's so funny about the year being almost over in August - my husband says that all the time!! Organized fabric??? I have it organized every which way - by color, by line, by scraps, by project. Oh, I wish I had the shelving to organize properly! Thanks so much for the chance to win this amazing bundle! o:)

Mommarock said...

Oh my goodness. I've been working on my stash ALL day! Ironing like a mad woman! I am putting all the fat quarters separate from the rest. They are folded like, well the fat quarters should be folded. I saved a cardboard from a store bought fat quarter and I am using that as a guide to help make them all the same size. I am trying to get them all folded first, and then I will worry (big time) about the color wheel. The rest of the fabric that is over a fat quarter a set style. Too hard to describe in a comment section. Then I will divide by color wheel too. I hope it will look neat when I am done. My feet are killin me.

jlk said...

My stash is a mess. I need a professional organizer to come in and take care of it.

Mike Pearson said...

Most of my stash is stuff that I have a project in mind, so I keep those fabrics together. Scraps, I just toss them in the bucket. Odd yardage that does not go with a project, I keep in a separate stack, but I do not have too much of that. If it's themed like owls, wizard of oz, or cowboy related (all of which I collect) it will be separate. Also, if I won a giveaway, I will keep those winnings together so I can make something out of it all in one project and share with the person that did the giveaway (have to keep notes on this).

brooke said...

My stash is a mix between unorganized pieces and mini bolts...I love the mini bolts, not so much on the inorganized scraps

brookeali(at)hotmail.com

fabricyoyoqueen said...

We have two ikea cabinets with clear doors. They work great!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Since I recently bought a used two-sided bookcase from a book store that closed, I've actually started to organize. Fabrics by color on one side and pre-cuts in the other. I still have a ways to go.

Teresa F. said...

I don't have many fabric, so I just keep part of it in three plastic boxes and the rest on a shelf. I can't say it's organized at all.

Barbara McD said...

I've been quilting for decades and have tried several different ways of storing fabric. The way I'm currently using is wire basket "drawers" that I bought at Lowe's; they also have wheels on the bottom of the frame so they can be moved. I've been using this method for about 4 years now and it works pretty well!

Lisa Marie said...

I have some things sorted by color and other things are very haphazard. I often tell myself I need to improve my system, but that takes TIME and I'd rather spend my time sewing. I agree about buying bigger pieces -- so frustrating to have a perfect fabric for a project but not enough of it.

Diane N said...

I'm not very organized when it comes to my fabric. I have plastic drawers under my work space...but they are filled...so anything new I buy ends up on my old sewing table piled high...

Margaret said...

I attempt to organize by color although it gets sort of out of hand at times, lol! GREAT giveaway, thanks for the chance to win
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RSHudson said...

I had it organized in clear bins in the closet but since organizing it, I've added many fabric purchases which are still in the boxes/bags they came in and thrown in the bottom of the closet, etc. making it hard to find things ;>) Thanks for chance! (EMAIL: marshudson at comcast dot net)

Irina said...

my stash is kind of organised, but just so it is tidy and in its place. I think I should organise it better, but I don't know what's best, by colour? size? print?...so that's why it stays the way it is...
thanks for sharing this giveaway, they'll be carefully organised if I'm the lucky winner!

Annelies said...

My stash is SORT OF organized by using an Expedit from Ikea. Wow...would I LOVE to win this!!!

Jacqueline Barnes said...

I just received my first sewing machine for my birthday from my husband on Wednesday. He also gave me a variety of fabrics, and I have bought even more over the past week, but so far I am able to contain it all in one plastic tub in my study.

Thank you for the chance to win free fabric! I am still learning about the different types of fabric and would love the opportunity to use such beautiful fabric!

Brita said...

Oh, I love, love this Amy Butler fabric -- I made a queen size top using all of those fabrics, in big blocks so I wouldn't have to cut them up. I would sooo love to have some in my stash to use again. Oh, my heart is whomping!!! I can hardly breathe!!! Organize stash? What?

Christine Slaughter said...

I just started quilting a few months ago, so I don't have too much of a fabric stash at all yet! I've got a few FQ bundles that are stacked on a small bookshelf. It works for me, for now... but as my stash builds, I'll have to get some ideas too!

Crickets Corner said...

My stash is organized by color in clear plastic containers unless it's Halloween or Christmas fabric and then each goes in a seperate container. Love this fabric. Thanks for the chance!

Jeanne said...

I keep fabric for a project grouped together with the pattern so when I get ready to do it I am not looking for the pattern. I am not as organized as I'd like to be but figure at least I try. Love Amy Butler. Thanks for the giveaway.

Tiffany said...

I organize fabric with "no purpose" by color - and fabric with a purpose with the group of fabric and pattern it goes with. Sometimes I can't believe how many projects I have, and how unorganized I get! It's hard to stay organized for me!!!

Kate said...

My stash is organized (at the moment) as I just had new cupboards put in! But some new fabric makes it messy again, so I have to re-do it ... Perfect to keep it on track.

What agreat give away.

Veronica Klosiewski said...

My stash isn't very organized, I do have my FQ's in a bathroom cabinet with glass doors so I can see them sorted by main color. Some is set up in "kits" in plastic boxes and the rest is stacked on my cutting table! So I've had to set up a smaller table so I can cut and work on the BOMs from guild. Found out my granddaughter in CA (I'm in FL) has started taking classes to learn to quilt, maybe I can send her some! Wish she was closer so I could help her out with her "homework" and take her to class.
Veronica in FL

Cathy said...

My stash is sorted by type or theme-- batiks are all together, orientals together, etc. I try to keep it in clear boxes to see what is in there but of course I never buy enough of the same size container so my fall organizing goal is to get it all in similar sizes! I also use big clear bags to keep special projects together. Thanks for a chance to enjoy this great fabric!

Joyce said...

At this very moment, I am very organized. Bought an old china cupboard and bureau at a flea market for a great price. Brought them home, cleaned and polished, a few drawer and shelf liners and all fabric is placed away. Each drawer holds a theme...top drawer is for civil war reproduction! I even put some sachets that I made from my wool stash and stuffed with balsam. It did take a whole weekend to do....

B Greene said...

Mine is a wreck! Well, part of it anyway. I have a bin of 5-inch charm squares; a coule of bins of 2.5-inch strips. I also have a bin just for 2.5-inch squares that are soon to become a scrap vomit quilt. But then, I have bins of "good" scraps and "really good" scraps and lesser-quality scraps. I have a bag of strings. There are snippets somehwere and FQs everywhere. Just a wonderful, beautiful mess.

BUT - all my FQ bundles abd precuts are nicely stored and waiting patiently for their time to shine! Thanks for the chance to add this wonderful bundle to the mix!

scottylover said...

I just finished organizing my sewing room again. Fabrics are by color in totes, scraps are in a separate tote, and precuts are in another. Some specialty fabrics (30s, Civil War) are in smaller bins. So glad to have that off my plate and now I am sewing again! Woo hoo!

Sandy A

Jess said...

These are so lovely! I have a huge bookshelf in our bedroom and all my quilting fabric lives there - mostly sorted by color but there are a few collections I keep together, too. Much better than the plastic tubs I used to use - they now house my many wips

JustPam said...

I semi organized my stash last month. I was tired of the bags and piles of scraps waiting to be cut into the Bonnie Hunter system. The boxes of fabric I already had cut just wasn't getting used. I decided to organize by color instead. I bought some large tubs and separated the fabric. Then I have one tub for strings and chuncks. I put my triangles in there and kind of wish I would have kept them out. My regular stash is pretty well sorted by color on shelves. I wrap it around my 6 inch ruler so they are all pretty uniform in size. Then my fat quarters are sort of separated by color in baskets. Still a mess but at least not as bad as it was. It was getting difficult to enjoy sewing with all those piles around me.

Missy Shay said...

My stash is a mess! LOL
missysaprons@gmail.com

Xenia said...

My fabric is organized by project and fabric line. I keep all my batiks together and try not to use thm with other fabric. I keep it all in plastic stacking shoe storage boxes that I can see into on the shelves.
Good luck with your stash! I'd love to win such gorgeous fabrics :-)

Peggy A. said...

I have very little stash but what I do have is thrown here and there. I think I need a professional.

Joann said...

I first have to say that you are very generous to give away such a coveted sampler of vintage Butler - gosh I would love to throw it on top of the pile on the bed in the spare room!!!
...yes (((sigh)) that is where my stash is residing at the moment, while I paint and reorganize my studio...which is taking most of the summer btw!!! (don't ask)

clear lidded bins have been procured and are waiting for the shelves to put them on to be resized and painted!

Jennifer Gail said...

I went from having no fabric to having it every where. I have fabric OCD. I need help bad.

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing.

ShirleyC said...

I really don't have an overload of fabric. I try to buy it with a project in mind even thought that might change when I actually start on it.
I have most of mine in small plastic bins that I can lift easily sorted by color and/or patterns.
I keep the main fabrics that I intend on using for my little granddaughter on a shelf to keep reminding me that I need to get busy! LOL

Glogirl said...

I wish I had a better way of organizing my fabric. I currently just put it in bags and then store it in a storage unit. It's not as accessible as I would like it to be.

ajmizen(at)hotmail(dot)com

hueisei said...

Every month I will spent some times to organize my stash. It's a mess especially when I'm selecting fabrics for a new project.

ritainalaska said...

you've done the first step! separated by color, i've got them folded and stacked in cupboards so i can see the size of the piece by the thickness of the fold. fq's and almost fq's are in open shelves so i can see them to pull pieces for applique; smaller pieces go in open bins in a cupboard. b&w and neutrals are also in open shelves along with 'pulled' fabrics gathered for a project along with the pattern. solids are in another set of open shelves. batiks are another matter. i'm out of space ... they're folded on end into very big shopping bags and stashed very close to the closet where i hang finished tops with the binding and pattern folded into baggies pinned on the hanger beside my seasonal clothes. my craft room also houses my 'puter and it's paraphenilia and my yarn and their stuff in stacked bins. so, it's an absolute neccessity to put things away. i can do two or three sewing projects, but only press and cut one at a time.

Michelle Hudak said...

I just bought some comic book boards for organizing my fabric so I can line them up on my shelving unit and see what I have. Right now most is stored in bins and boxes.

shel704 at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

My stash is definitely messy. But luckily i have few stash since i just start sewing. I will only buy new ones if i have finished working on (almost all) the fabrics in my stash, hopefully:)
andri_chama(at)yahoo(dot)com

Deb said...

Mine is all stored by color in large plastic bins that stack on top of one another. Unless it is a complete range and then I store that range in one bin. My Flea Market Fancy is all in one bin, as is my Heirloom and my Tula Pink. I keep having to buy more bins!!!

Fran said...

My stash is identical to your 'before' description of your stash. Mine is a bit all over the place, in boxes & envelopes - no wonder I can never find what I'm after. Thanks for the chance to win these lovely fabrics.

Dana Gaffney said...

I have all of my fabric on mini bolts on shelves, very organized, the scraps, strips and pre-cuts are trying to take over the room and winning. Even making scrap busting quilts seems to generate more.

Spoolhardy Girl said...

I try to keep my stash organized, but it's a losing battle.
Sometimes I arrange it by color, but then I miss having the fabrics from the same line all together, so I "fix" it, and then it just becomes a sloppy mess. BUT! Just like the sloppy mess on my desk, I know where everything is!

brenna said...

I have yet to come up with a good system! Scraps are in two bins, one for "regular" fabric and one for batiks. Other fabric is mostly by collection. I admit I'm still kind of skittish about mixing fabrics all on my own. :)

aerialkabuki said...

I have a couple shoe boxes and several ziplock baggies. Maybe I'll develop a more stylish solution someday.

Jennie P. said...

An organized fabric stash? Haha, I'm going to say for me, I just don't know the best way to proceed. I mean, it's impossible really. I just keep them nicely folded and leave it at that. One day I might have a specific storage place for them where I can organize them. But for now I don't.

green23 said...

Love Amy Butler :).

I keep scraps by color, regular fabric organized by genre mainly if I buy several fabrics of the same line. Every now and then I do a sort out.

Mimi said...

My fabric stash is organized by colour and FQ bundles which are all in clear plastic boxes. Would love to win some Amy Butler!!! Thanks for the chance!

Sallie said...

I have most of my stash sorted by color, in plastic drawers. I also have strips sorted by light or dark, and I have some scraps cut in squares and sorted by size. Thanks for the giveaway!

Billy'sgirl said...

Organized fabric stash? Maybe someone should write a how-to book.
"Stash-organizing for Dummies"?
"Beyond the Valley of the Stash"?
"Stash Mountain"?
I know, I know, "The Help". Help...

Gwen said...

I am so NOT organized--- and so want to be... I have a large closet in my sewing room, and my plan is to put shelves up and organize by type of fabric and print, and then by color.. one day... :-)

Elita en Suisse said...

Anything that is more than 3 yards goes on a big cardboard tube, though I fold it over into 4ths so I can get at least 5 fabrics on a tube. Anything that is 1-3 yards goes on a mini bolt, about the size of a comic book. Then they are arranged like books on a shelf, by colour family. Anything that is less than a yard goes into one of 5 cubes, arranged again by colour families. I love being able to look at the bulk of my fabric all at once. Like a big fabric library! Thanks for the giveaway!

Annie said...

I don't have enought to organize for I don't have that much fabrics. I can't afford quilting as much as others but how I adore quilting. It's expensive and all I do is hope to win.

Dianalyn said...

i have a bench with baskets to put fabric in. also bags all over the house lol

Jo said...

At the moment my stash is the thing nightmears are made of! I decided to change the way it was organized about 5 months ago I was going to put it by color insteas of colection. It is still somewhat folded stacked on the floor and a bed in 3 rooms with little paths to walk thru it. I was just so frustrated that I just threw up my hands and and said "I'm done". So fo now I hunt threw piles, someday I will finish it but it won't be right away, I pretty much just look at it grab what I want and shake my head and walk away! Hopefully you plan will work better fo you than mine did for mw.

Valerie said...

I finally broke down and bought a cabinet/armoire piece that I keep all of my crafting supplies in. So far, one shelf is my fabric stash and I have two bins for scraps. I try to keep it organized by color, but it is not always organized :-)

crazy quilt lady said...

I've been sewing for years, so my stash is huge! But there is always room for more cute stuff! I do a lot of donation stuff for the guild and gifts for friends and family. I have big clear bins under my cutting table for each color family. (3 for blues, can you tell it's my favorite?) and I keep 2 gallon freezer bags for whole projects with the pattern, fabrics, etc. all on a shelf. I actually tried to make a list of projects, so I can prioritize ones for gifts and still work in ones for me :)

Marcia W. said...

I don't really have a stash per se, but my mother has scraps/large pieces from years of sewing and quilting. I sorted it for her by the color categories she wanted and put in shallow labeled clear plastic containers sized according to quantity. A few plastic boxes have cut triangles and squares left over from her projects. These are in the hall "linen" closet. She has clear plastic bins with new uncut fabrics stored in her bedroom closet - to keep them away from me. These are sorted according to projects she wants to work upon one day. My next project using fqs is laid out on the spare bed so I can "audition". It isn't difficult for me to keep my fabrics organized as I buy fabric for a specific purpose, not as "stash".

Pam said...

My stash is somewhat organized in bins by project type (kits), bright fabrics, batik fabrics. The problem is that I cannot see the fabrics. Would love to have them out on shelves. I did organize my quilting rulers, notions, and thread this last year. I love Amy Butler fabrics! Thank you for the chance to win!

Grace Mauer said...

My stash is in a 18 gallon container, plus another one part filled, I have colors put together so i can find what i want easier,

kbzelazny said...

Plastic bins by color! Thanks so much!

legato1958 said...

My stash is in my daughter;s (an adult and on her own) walk-in closet. I have them in piles of fabrics that go together. I am NOT a good folder. (bad girl)

sue
legato1958 at aol com

Denny1600 said...

My fabrics are about the only thing in our house that is organized. They're in half of a large armoire. Organized by color "Kits"--fabrics that I plan to use together--are folded together on the top shelf. Big, multicolor prints go on the bottom shelf. I read something by an engineer about how she organizes her fabrics so I borrowed her idea. I measured my shelves and decided to put three stacks on each shelf. Each stack is folded to about 7" x about 15". The middle shelves have a stack for each color. It keeps things pretty neat and lets me know that I don't NEED more red, but I,m running low on yellows.

My mom folds hers to fit her cabinet shelves, too, but she organizes hers by type of fabric--solids, floral, geometric, nature, stripes, etc. it works for her. For larger pieces of fabric, she pins a note near the front edge of the shelf with the yardage, so she doesn't have to pull it out each time she wonders about the fabric.

Sharon H of Tenn said...

As I don`t have a sewing/craft room, my dining table is my work area. So stash is in Rubber Maid totes in different sizes. Most of the time they are just a mixed mess because I keep digging for this and that to go with whatever I`m thinking of working on. I`d really like shelving so I can see without digging through the totes. I love Amy Butler so thanks for the chance to win.

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

I have yardage folded on comic cards, precuts and fat quarters in another cabinet, and I am using plastic bins for strips and smaller stash! Always changing!

circle retreat quilter said...

Hi, My stash is beyond messy but working fulltime and a mother of 2, what else is to be expected, a happy bliss full mess of fabric just waiting for insipration to strike at any moment.
Thanks for the opportunity and raiding your stash. Stacey

Karrie S said...

I organize by color. I put my prints together. I have a scrap plastic container. I stick all my fabric in plastic boxes. When I'm working on a project I stick everything in one box.

Thanks for the chance to win!!!

c said...

Beautiful superb fabrics in this giveaway. I have my yardage folded on shelves, my fq's arranged also by colors in long boxes with lids
and backing fabrics are in drawers, everything else I buy just for a project has its own see thru drawer so i can add what I need over time, as I cant afford fabrics all at once sometimes. thank you
aka kingcooper0001@aol.com

rxm0m said...

My stash just keeps growing regardless of how much I try to reduce it!
My stash is organized in clear bins by color, with pre-cuts having their own bin.
Thank you for the giveaway the fabrics are LOVELY!

rxm0m said...

My stash just keeps growing regardless of how much I try to reduce it!
My stash is organized in clear bins by color, with pre-cuts having their own bin.
Thank you for the giveaway the fabrics are LOVELY!

tammi said...

I organize my stash by color and "type"- batik, solid, print, knit, etc. I am eternally searching for the perfect storage system. I need to read through all these comments for ideas....

Barbara said...

You know you are in trouble when you go into your sewing room and get depressed because there is just not enough time left in your life to use up all the fabric. Have you ever sewed and sewed to use up stash... and ended up ordering more because it's so YUMMMY? I don't think I'll make a dent.

Cindy said...

I'm afraid to sort my fab by color- I know where everything is in my mess! I tried to sort by type- floral, stripe, solid, too hard to decide where to put the striped floral! Each new project is like an easter egg hunt Cindy

Sandyser said...

I sort my stash by color and they are stored in plastic containers. My fat quarters are in separate plastic containers and stacked by color.

tamara said...

I sort my stash by collections, like all the Flea Market Fancy together. Thanks for this great giveaway!

Anonymous said...

When my granddaugther was last visitin I overheard this conversation "Mommy when granny goes you know where(eyes turned up to the ceiling) what happens to all theses fabrics ?"
Well that got me going trying to sort all my fabrics. I have now all colors together. It is a start. Fabrics I do not longer absolutely love are in one place to be made into projects I still will have to come up with.I hope I have many more years to work on my stash !
Karin

Donna C said...

I keep all my batiks together and the rest of my fabric is in plastic
drawers all mixed up. What a mess! Thanks for the give-a-way!

free indeed said...

Well, my stash was organized or so I thought. I had pulled everything out of the sewing room and painted the walls. Everything was put back in organised and easy to find. That was a few projects ago...I really need to clean up one mess before beginning another..that will be my mantra. Also, when one of my daughters was home this summer, we cleaned out the attic and lo and behold! More fabric and craft stuff. I am trying just to give away some stuff on freecycle, so far no takers...is it that horrid?? Can't ANYBODY use it??? Hah, and when my sister comes to visit in two weeks, I'm comandeering her to help sort the fabric by color and get it folded and sorted all nice and pretty again. Wish she was a crafter, but I can't foist anything off on her :P

SassyCathy said...

Awh Pure Bliss! Such pretty colors and prints! :0
My stash (some of it) has been organized into colors - but to sort JUST by colors just isn't good enough - what about the "departments of fabric"? like - Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Patriotic, 1930's repro's? ... so what is one to do? and then when you add to your stash and you have all of your bins full? then what?
Well - my stash (some of it - the newer parts) have NOT been organized because I have been procrastinating trying to develop a perfect plan - don't hold your breath ....
Right now there are 6 stacks on my spare bed trying to find their home.
But - SMILES - as ALWAYS - I would be itching to add some Bliss to my pile of threads.
Thank you for the chance to win and I hope your organizational effort will rub off on me.
Sassy Cathy

Beth said...

I'm just learning how to sew, so my fabric stash is pretty small. It's just in a couple of drawers in my craft cabinet. I'd love to add this to my pitiful stash! :)Thanks so much for the chance! bethfouche at hotmail dot com

Stephanie said...

Oh so cute, would love these... shuttermom77 at gmail dot ckm

Sew Here We Are said...

my stash is in clear plastic containers by color, next project, scraps, etc...stacked all over my sewing room! I think I need someone to come organize me!!

Tawanda the terrible said...

Thank you for a chance to win! My stash is stored in plastic see-through bins on shelves. It works okay for me!

Debra Lee said...

My stash is everywhere. I need some organization!

Minnesota Road Runners said...

I just finished organizing my fabric with my husbands help. All the fabric for specific projects - even if not complete is in a clear see thru tub with fabric bound together and name on binder/clear see thru bag. Rest of fabric in color order in 4- 6 inch hi clear see thru tubs. Fabulous ! I have some Amy Butler fabrics and love 'em.

ljeanne said...

I recently organized my scraps. This has made me happy and now I don't have to search for that color I need. The scraps are in baggies by color. Amy Butler and out of print , my heart be still! Hoping to win!

Anastasia said...

I have organized more organized sections of my stash. Some stuff is folded somewhat neatly in the closet. Some stuff is cardboard backed and on display. Most lines of fabric are together.
Sadly I know exactly where everything is located.

Anonymous said...

I organize my stash by fabric grouping into bins, but I always have more than one grouping in a bin, so I try to group similar projects together. After that, I put the pieces that are 1 yard or less in a bin (or two or three), but the FQs have their own bin(s). Finally, the scraps are sorted by color and if I have specials like batiks, 30's or Christmas, they get their own bin. I took me a month of ironing and cutting specific things for scrap quilts, but I finally reduced the volume by 6 HUGE bins and got the scraps all in about a dozen smaller bins.

Cgravely19 said...

Thanks for the chance to win. Most of my fabric is organized by color. I am also starting to organize by project, pattern and all fabric in a bin together that way I don't forget what I am doing with it.

vivoaks said...

I have some of my fabric on "bolts" and sitting up on a shelf. However, that really doesn't hold nearly enough. I have another entire wooden bookshelf FULL of fabrics by design & color - mostly my musical fabrics and solid colors. Then with the leftovers, right now I'm storing some in small fabric-like boxes that are being advertized to fit into wooden cupboards...not sure what they're called, but I fold the fabric around a 6" ruler, fold in half, and they fit perfectly. What's left from that are all over the place at the moment - laying on unused beds, in plastic containers, etc. (Yes, my stash is fairly large, because I figure when my husband retires in a couple of years, I won't have the $$ to buy fabric anymore! By then I should be set for YEARS!!!) Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!! Gotta love it!!!

Anonymous said...

I started with plastic boxes but grew tired of the lifting and shifting. Currently, book shelves and mini bolts have proved a much more effective method. They provide easy access as your eye can travel quickly across the range of colours and prints. Once the sometimes tedious work of preparation is completed, a mini bolt stays pert and pretty and can be handled many times and stays orderly helping me to feel more relaxed and work more productively, just love em!
grace(at)amnet(dot)net(dot)au

MJ said...

My favbric "stash" is sorted by color.
I have big clear white sterlite drawers. They stack up on one side of my sewing closet. When I need a color I just open the drawer to check out what I might have on hand.
I keep my holiday prints in another clear sterlite drawer set. It is not fool proof but does save me a bit of time when I am searching for fabric. If I do not find what I want then off to the store. A girl can never have too much fabric!!!

Carolle said...

A lot of my fabric is in drawers, somewhat organized as flannels, and light, medium, and dark. Some is in plastic containers, organized as Christmas, fat quarters,...and some is in Zip-lock bags, organized by scraps from finished projects (with fabrics that go well together). It's always a challenge...Thanks for the chance. I'd love to add to my Amy Butler fabrics!

Carolle said...

A lot of my fabric is in drawers, somewhat organized as flannels, and light, medium, and dark. Some is in plastic containers, organized as Christmas, fat quarters,...and some is in Zip-lock bags, organized by scraps from finished projects (with fabrics that go well together). It's always a challenge...Thanks for the chance. I'd love to add to my Amy Butler fabrics!

Shirley Tener said...

The Crap that is Crap that I bought in the First or its given to me, it gets thrown in a closet for Costumes, garage sales, etc.. My high end beauties sit infront of me so that I can see them, just on a metal stand, my pricey scraps, I paper piece and join swaps.

Cecilia said...

I organize my fabric mostly by color and have it folded and on bookshelves, so I'm able to look at it while I work in my room. I do keep my 30's fabrics in a few clear boxes in my closet. Thanks for sharing your fabric.

The Pitter Pat Boutique said...

I organize my fabric in many different ways:

1. Any 1/2+ yardage is wound on the comic book boards (http://www.amazon.com/BCW-Current-Comic-Backing-Boards/dp/B002SB3786/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344905893&sr=8-1&keywords=comic+book+boards)

2. Fat Quarters are folded and placed in clear bins (yes, I said BINS plural because there is a bunch of these) so I can see them all at a glance - sorted by color and fabric content - flannel, 100% cotton, etc.

3. All minky, fleece, etc is folded on shelves.

4. Any scraps larger than 4x4 are sorted by color into clear bins.

5. Any scraps smaller than 4x4, but still large enough for applique projects, are sorted into these type drawer systems by color: http://www.amazon.com/Sterilite-Corp-17918004-ClearView-Organizer/dp/B001KN12PI/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344906126&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=paper+drawer+orangizers

And lastly - when I have an order or project that needs a specific fabric I will place that fabric with the shirt (or other materials for the project like elastic, etc) in a bag with the description, date needed, etc on the outside.

Having said all that...would love to win this Amy Butler FQ set. I'm in severe lack of AB vintage fabric although it's some of my favorite! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

╰☆╮ Barb ╰☆╮ said...

Amy Butler collections are what got me interested in sewing/quilting again. I'd love to have such a vintage bundle - heavenly! As for my stash, I reorganize it about every six months, so not much advice to lend you, I'm afraid. The worse part of organizing is what to do with all the left-over scraps - too little to throw away, not quite big enough to do much with. So I have a big bag that those go into. One day I may dump them out and come up with something wonderful!

Juliana Colombo said...

hi! My fabric is in plastic boxes and in the wardrobe. too boring to pick fab for a new project. . Thanks for the chance - love Amy Butler!

Dollan said...

I have almost 40 years worth of fabric and I don't want to part with any of it. I love Amy Butler and have an assortment of almost all of her patterns.
Debbie

Ali said...

Most of my stash is in a large plastic container that used to be used for wrapping paper storage. Now it's kind of spilled over into my coffee table drawers with precuts in one side and weird specialty fabrics in the other...but I am going to be making a giant cubby storage unit soon here so I can access them better.
Thank you for the giveaway, my first ever quilting fabric purchase was Amy Butler, 4 years before I even ever thought about sewing (it was so pretty I just wanted to put it underneath the glass on the top of my coffee table!

Maggie Burdett said...

Well my stash is in 15 boxes I started out with lovely organized boxes but over 3 YEARS and that is all the time I have been sewing and quilting it has gotten a bit haywire, but I do have my fat quarters in lovely sturdy shoe boxes and I have put on the ends what I have in them like who gave me what etc., this works for me, but my larger stash well one day the fabric fairy will come and help me sort it out. regards Maggie Burdett Australia

Elizabeth M said...

I have several shelves,many Large bins little boxes for precuts and leftover snipits. I do have four bins in storage that I would like to retrieve before the end of October. I sort the bins according to projects. there are bins specifically for doll making and their clothes and quilts. My dolls are 18 inches tall. I have a bin of lining and a bin for period outfit fabrics.(my husband is a town crier) I have a bin and some drawers for alterations and a small white plastic 5 drawer unit for various thread types sorted by colour groups. I have a tall bookcase turned into my current projects. I have a shelf for embroidery projects and I have areas for all my sewing tools. I am currently using a gobaby to cut and package leftovers into usable pieces. So I am somewhat organized. I have a stash set aside for my quilting group. I have to get sewing and finish a few projects!

Deborah Smith said...

I sold a lot of my left over stash of fabric on ebay and bought my husband a new ipad. I have more to get rid of still. But the stuff I am keeping I am wrapping the larger pieces on the comic boards. The fat quarters I am folding and putting in clear plastic tubs by color. My stash has been a huge mess since we moved in this house 9 years ago. It was time to get it in one room and organized. lol

Deb said...

Love all things vintage - this fabric is beautiful!

Deb said...

I just realized I was supposed to say how I organized my stash. Unfortunately, I can't be of help. Mine is totally disorganized! Sad.

Barb said...

When my sewing room was flooded last September, I was able to completely reorganize! I wrapped my fabric on Comic Book Backing Boards found at amazon.com.
They are less costly than the ones found in sewing magazines for that purpose. I won't say how many I used, but they come in packs of 100 and I used a few and had to order more!

Ann said...

I missed this giveaway!! I was on vacation I love this material!!! Darn!

Wanda said...

I'm on vacation too. Hope I'm not too late to enter.