Monday, 12 February 2018

Sorting the stash

Well that took far longer than I wanted it to - but the fabric stash has been (nearly) completely reorganised and makes much more sense now. At the outset I wanted to get all the scraps and small pieces in one place so that I could make blocks like these:



These crazy/scrappy blocks are by Wanda Hanson - absolutely drop-dead-gorgeous with extra cherries!

Strips, squares, tiny left-over bits - and by the weight of this stack of boxes, a considerable amount of fabric!  (Ignore the top two boxes - more projects.)



But then it seemed like a good idea to put all the FQs together so that I could make some quick quilts to use up the smaller pieces of yardage.



Which worked in that the shelves look lovely and inviting, only I got severely distracted and both embarrassed & disheartened by the number of not-finished projects I unearthed, so Management has 'lent' me loads of storage boxes which normally house model-making kits.  I am telling myself they are 'his' boxes and have to be returned so that I get a move on with the projects and don't have them sitting around for years. *



All the batik fabric, which had migrated into the main stash has been sorted out and put together because in reality it doesn't play nicely with 'regular' quilting fabric so I might as well keep the two tribes apart.  Of course, seeing all the batiks in one place makes me want to start cutting strips for another Trip Around the World!



So I have gone from half a dozen boxes of small scraps, to wanting to use up the FQs, to wanting to finish the old projects, to wanting to dive into at least three brand new ideas .....


Sheesh **.


Then there is the entire shelf of tops completed but not quilted.  I pulled out two and spent a few hours deciding I no longer particularly liked them and for a while they were in danger of being shipped off to a charity shop. Management suggested I use them as tablecloths, what a smart man; I have some new pantograph patterns to try out and they will be perfect to experiment on.




Providing I can keep my itchy fingers away from a new project or three!

*  There was extreme photo-bombing  . . .












**  There is, very intentionally, no picture of the increasingly large pile of clothing related alterations that's currently sitting on the floor . . .



12 comments:

  1. Ok now seriously envious of your stash - but grateful for the pictures as I can now use it as evidence and say with honesty 'but look, some people have massive stashes, mine's just a few shelves!' Cue silent hilarious laughter of mad yarn/fabric woman.

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    1. {{chuckle}} Glad to be of service, m'dear!
      Cue silent hilarious laughter of mad fabric woman back to you!

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  2. Green with envy with your fat quarters, I am looking at my hexagon stash, I should finish my sewing machine cover.

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    1. Sorry Marlene; ah yes, hexagons - small box of them somewhere that really ought to be added to the unfinished project pile. Somehow they escaped attention :)

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  3. Is that your craft room or a small shop? 😆 X

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    1. You wouldn't want to shop here, the owner can be very unpredictable!

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  4. Goodness Jayne...what are your opening hours?! x

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    1. Morning J. Opening hours are erratic and unreliable. In summer it can all be abandoned for weeks at a time :-(

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  5. Wow, well done, but oh, I could just hear me saying all those same things. Mine is kind of sorted, but don't think I'd be game enough to show it. I must do something about my scraps & would be grateful for a helping hand.(lol) One day???? Love the pics of Daisy peeping & being very photogenic. Can't wait to see what happens next. Take care.

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    1. Hi Susan, lovely comment, thank you.

      OF COURSE you could show us! Sorting the scraps is fairly easy, anything about eighth/yard or less is in a tub. I haven't yet got really organised like some people and put squares together, and strips together - that would be way too much work!

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  6. Daisy certainly wanted to be where the action was. Well done on your organisation skills.

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    1. Thanks Eileen,
      Daisy ~always~ wants to be where I am, she doesn't understand when I explain she's becoming a trip hazard!
      Management says it is because I occasionally dare to go out shopping without her so I am now classed as a Flight Risk and have to be monitored at all times 😀

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