the sorting out, the tidying up, the organizing. I'm not sure where this "clean it up" bug came from, but I'm definitely infected!!
I completely forgot to take a "before" picture...LOL, and these are almost an "after".Saturday afternoon found me pulling ALL the fabric in my stash off the shelves and onto the floor. The piles were as high as the seat of my chair(yes, I did much of the sorting sitting down). Ebby came in, took one look at the mess and retreated to the nice warm blanket in the bedroom. I sorted well into the evening, and then again all day Sunday. I was still at it yeaterday, but with some breaks for stuff like Income tax prep, etc.
I've been thinking about the best way to "have" my stash, and I'm not sure this is a forever plan, but I'm giving it a try.
I sorted by color into piles, and then pulled out all the brights. I used computer paper boxes to hold the fabric as I folded it into it's category. I've got all the big yardages(for possible backings or borders) stacked on the top shelf for now. I've put what seems like a bushel basket full of smaller pieces that I'm going to cut up into scrap baskets. I probably should put a "FINALLY" in front of that particular cut up statement. Do any of you have that "last piece of it" complex. I've spent years hating to see the last little bit of some fabrics gone. And I have found that I have had an "error" in my thinking. I've saved alot of small( 5 or 6") pieces suitable for small parts of applique. The problem with that is that I don't do applique...LOL. They work equally well for those great scrappy Country Threads type patterns, but I rarely do those anymore either. Soooooo, with great determination, I'm putting on my brave face, and cutting them into squares, etc. It feels good to have made that decision. I think I've been a reluctant learner when it ocmes to my sewing habits. I love to sew. I love to sew in the morning. I like to sew in my jammies with a mug of coffee right by my hand. All that love of sewing doesn't include love of cutting so I can sew at a moments whim. Well, by gosh, I'm going to be able to as I conquer the scrap cutting...*VBS*
And here an "after" for you, a new day had dawned...bright! Very bright. It's all of my really bright fabrics. Lots of KP Kids in there, some Jan Mullen, but mostly South Sea Imports. the KP Kids line. If I had a shelf over my cutting table I think I'd stack them there just so I could look at them..*VBS*
Thanks to all of you who suggested ideas for being to see what I am typing more easily. I haven't found the perfect for me solution as yet, but I've got ideas to work with now...Thnaks!! and hugs for all of you.
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