My fat quarter storage has looked like this for years.
And when I ran out of drawer space, I bought more.
There has been no stopping of this collecting madness.
Fat Quarters are like candy-
One or two here or there may not seem like a lot, but when you have a job that takes you into quilt shops around the country, and you want to support the quilt shops, it is very easy to pick up a couple that you like, make a good-will purchase to thank them for carrying your books and supporting YOU as a designer, and take them home.
Only – I can’t sew them up as fast as I can buy them.
My drawers have been overladen with wonderful fabrics, but they are so full that I can’t even get back in there to pull out what I want, not to mention remember just what is hidden in there in the first place.
I have reached a crisis point.
The larger drawers are so heavy that they don’t open and close right, and the stacked units are falling apart:
Oh, you poor babies! You need rescuing!
Tada!! I opted for super strong industrial shelving from Sam’s Club!
I have several of these here at the house, they hold cases of books, vintage sewing machines, items in a closet –if I decide I don’t like this way of storing my fat quarter stash, it can always be used in the garage or the shed at the cabin ---I had been thinking of CD racks..but I don’t want the dust factor, or the bug factor ((Yes, I live in the country in the hot and humid south!)) and I knew I wouldn’t be able to store as many, or to keep them neater and more orderly.
Yesterday’s purchase – shoe boxes with lids from Lowe’s-
Yes, I know it's a mess -- it always gets worse before it gets better!
And I began the job of unfolding and refolding to fit.
Attacking the black on whites first!
I am restructuring this whole mess!
Looking so much better! Long way to go.
By bedtime I was here.
Side view of three bins of neutrals!
The Strip-It-Down-Now Pile!
I culled some pieces I really wanted to be "gone" from the Fat Quarter stash. These were odd pieces, smaller pieces or just things to add more variety to what I've already got in strips.
These will make a great addition to the neutral strips in my Scrap User’s System – I always need more variety and will be happy to see these go there.
Oh yes, and to those who are amazed that I even HAVE Fat Quarters, or to reply to your question of “Fat Quarters? I thought all of your fabric was in strips?” Well, honey, guess where strips have to come from to begin with? You usually can't buy them already stripped down. It has to come from yardage, fat quarters and leftovers from other projects.
This is going to take me a long time to complete, because I leave for Vermont on Wednesday. I’m tackling one color at a time, an evening of folding fun when I can get one, and it will get done.
I am going to need more containers!
No, let’s shop for something else. I think there is enough fabric here for a while!