I have reached the last area of the studio to repaint! It's the fabric wall. I emptied the top shelf and tried to move the shelving units. Nope.
But when I unloaded a second shelf, I discovered that I could scoot it out from the wall and give myself enough room to work over the next two days to sand the workwork, scrub everything, and paint.
I'm so relieved that I don't have to completely unpack all 20 shelves! About half the shelves have been culled over the past few months and I like the way I have most of it organized so undoing everything is not appealing.
Today, I spent 3 1/2 hours helping a friend go through her mother's quilting stash. She might have had more fabric than me?!? She kept all of it in translucent plastic totes with lids. She didn't very often buy small pieces. I would guess that 75% of the fabric was in 3 yard or more hunks. Someone must have told her to always buy 3 yards in case you want to use it for a border . . . or 10 yards in case you use it for a backing??
The reason I helped was to chose some of the fabric for my charity quilting making group's stash. My friend had first pick -- she didn't take much.
This is what I took --
I didn't think to take a picture of what was left behind but it was about six times this much -- yikes! It will be donated to another group . . . . or two. There aren't many pictures today because I'm still working with a "hidden camera" (ha, ha) and so all my photos are coming from my phone -- at least I figured out how to get them from the phone to the computer for editing this time. I'm so tired of learning more about my technology!?!
The longer we worked, the more evident it became that her mother purchased the same fabric over and over and over -- not the exact piece, but the same style, the same color way -- and her stash though large was very limited in scope. Despite a span of 30 years of fabric buying, there was no breadth of design or color. It was all muted, pinks and mauves primarily, florals and elaborate stripes.
Her mother won Best of Show within the past 10 years at our regional show with a beautiful applique quilt -- all in bright cheerful colors -- completely the opposite of almost everything in her stash. All the UFO's were bright colors. What was going on?
I think her storage method -- stacks of large translucent boxes -- kept her from being inspired to use what she loved because she couldn't see it and it was a lot of trouble to dig through stuff to find what she wanted.
Quilters -- how do you store your fabric?
I get a bit of fading every now and then but I also get a lot of inspiration from having my fabric palette right out in front of me. I do have a few of those translucent boxes but they are used to store "categories" -- Civil War, polka dots, etc. -- and it's easy to pull one for a project.
Sometimes it must have been easier for this gal to go buy new stuff but she must have forgotten than she already owned 100 yards of beautiful border prints any of which would have done the job.
My philosophy is if I can't see it, I probably won't consider using it.
So how do you store your fabric and is it keeping you from making the best use of it?
My 300th post is coming up at the end of this week!
I'm planning some fun so I hope you'll visit again over the weekend!