Fabric Fast check-in – 2 months in, and going strong…

Well, who’d have thought it?!

It’s been 2 months since I took the plunge and signed up to the Fabriholics Anonymous Fabric Fast, and I’m doing well. Really well, in fact. Oh yes!

I started out back in January by taking a good hard look at my sewing room, and deciding that it Was Not Conducive to finishing projects or making the most of my stash. Sure, I had fabric stored neatly in my cupboard and drawers (and the spare room wardrobe too, if you really want to know…), and my projects were all nicely organised into boxes, but they were piled up all over the place higgledy-piggledy and not desperately accessible.

Following the tactical purchase of an Ikea bookcase, and the relocation of my sewing machine to the corner by the window to enable said bookcase to actually fit in the room, my sewing space is now much more organised, and I can see all my stash and my projects at a glance.

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New Ikea bookcase full of project boxes

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My newly-organised stash cupboard

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Pre-cuts and fabric bundles

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Dress making fabric

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General yardage

Now I can actually see all my yummy fabric, I’m feeling inspired to cut into it and use it up. And I have been! I earmarked my stash of Taxi fabrics for the 2014 Sugar Block Club block of the month, and have already made January and February’s blocks. I’ve also re-discovered some Fig Tree pre-cuts, which had been stored out of sight in a drawer, and which I’m planning to use to make a wedding quilt for RR’s cousin, Miss S, and her soon to be husband, Mr E.

I still have a whole box of scraps which need to be sorted, but I’ve been waiting for a snow day to get going on this and we haven’t had any snow yet this year…

I’ve also been working my way through my project list, and already have a couple of finishes to my name this year- like Mum’s lap quilt and my Whole Lotta Bag.

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But what’s more important for me is that I haven’t felt the need to buy any more quilting fabric. I’ve unsubscribed from all the fabric-porn newsletters I used get, and haven’t been actively looking on-line at new, must-have fabric lines. A big test came 2 weeks ago, when I popped into my local quilt shop with Ms C, who needed border fabric for her beautiful one block wonder quilt. Yes I looked, and yes I touched, and yes I may have been a teeny bit tempted – but I didn’t buy ANYTHING!!! I don’t know who was more shocked – me, Ms C, or the owner!

What’s more, I’m not getting bored with the projects I have on the go, or with my stash, and I’ve so many quilt and dressmaking ideas whirring around in my head that I’m excited about.

So, all in all, so far so good on the Fabric Fast front – long may it continue!

7 responses

  1. Great job. I don’t have much yardage so I have been buying backing fabric.

  2. So…I am thinking you should take a trip to New York and have a go at organizing my stash? This looks wonderful!

  3. There’s quilt shops in Switzerland and overseas going bankrupt right now… 😉 Great idea on the organising though, I did a big rearrangement in January, and it’s so much more conducive to being able to grab what I need when I can see it all. I may also have anally Dymo labelled all the shelves, but we’ll not go there, okay?

  4. congrats! i like your organizational system.

  5. Love your Ikea bookcase organization system and the project boxes, I have a few of my projects in them and now you’ve inspired me to get more! Lovely Bag by the way I know a little girl who would love that fabric and the bag of course!
    Thanks for sharing your creative space, I love looking at other people’s creative spaces.
    Jodie

  6. […] in January, I had a massive re-organisation of my sewing room, and since then all my dressmaking fabric has been moved from the top shelf of the spare room […]

  7. Coming down to Geneva tomorrow and in need of a fabric boost. Which is your local quilt shop?

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