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Fabric Storage and Organization Redux (+ a giveaway)

Whew – I feel like I need a vacation from my fabric! We’ve been rather intimate the past week as I’ve been sorting, purging, unfolding, folding and moving my stash from one closet to my new cabinet.  I love my new Prepac Storage Cabinet! It ended up being just the perfect thing for me. It went together in under an hour with Ringo helping me and this thing is sturdy and well made. You can see my old fabric storage situation in this post. I was previously using the comic book board method.  It’s okay but it wasn’t working for my shelves since they are so tall in the storage cabinet. I needed something that could...
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Rethinking Fabric Storage

My new sewing area is still a work in progress and my biggest problem is how to best store  and  organize my fabric. Most of my fabric cuts are 1 yard or smaller. Previously I’d begun using the comic book board “mini bolt” method but I’m finding that cumbersome to maintain so I think I’ll be switching to something else.  I still love my Clip It Up system and will continue utilizing that for fat quarters and small leftover pieces. While I think the Comic Book Board mini-bolts work well I’m thinking I need to utilize the space on my shelving a bit better and make it easy to store fabric without having to wrap it...
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Big WIP Wednesday Update

Lots of updates in this post! I can see the end nearing of my big quilting studio move finally. New Pegboards Installed I work best under deadlines. Since the A/C guy has to have lots of stuff moved around the garage it forced me to finish my painting projects. I got the dresser finished and moved out and the pegboards were done on Monday. I managed to hang them by myself. If you want to get the details on my hardware and pegboard choices you can read this previous post.  The new pegboards were painted using the same paint used on my dresser refurb.  It took two coats.  I removed all the thread and rulers from...
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The Quilting Corner Moves

I’ve talked about wanting to move to a larger space in my house for a few months now. Since I’m mostly recovered from my respiratory illness I thought I’d try to tackle a good portion of the move today. I got way more done than I anticipated! I’d say I’m about 75% finished with the move. My sewing room was a 10×10 foot room with a small closet. I’m taking over my formal dining room and front “parlor” room which is an L-shaped space in the entryway of my home. I’ve got three large windows that face north and east so I get some really great light. There are also some nice shutters built in so...
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65 – Clip It Up, New Bag, Text Prints, Meeting a listener

I’m using a new Clip It Up system to organize my fat quarters and pieces of fabric smaller than 1/2 yard.  Pincushions in the hoop Class previews Grommets, buttonholes on Kismet, a new Midi Bag Owl Stuffies Meeting a longtime blog/podcast follower at a quiltshop Rainbows End New fabric obsession – text prints New podcast from across the pond – Bashful, British Quilter Podcast Finish – Riley Blake quilt
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Tour the rearranged quilting corner!

I spent most of last night and today rearranging my little quilting corner (a 10 x 11 room). It’s small so I make do with what I have. I know it’s larger than what some people get! This is the view from the door of my sewing room. You can see I’ve got the two sewing cabinets back to back now. I was having an issue getting the quilting leaf open when my Arrow Cabinet was up against the wall because I didn’t have much clearance on either side. Hopefully this works a bit better. I think I can leave the leaf up all the time now if I want and have more table space to support projects...
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Adventures in Babysitting & Fabric Organization

Over the past several days I’ve been working on a label. I won’t list the numerous things that went wrong with it while trying to get it done. I’m just glad it is finished finally and looks good! Last night I was stitching out the third attempt of it and while I was babysitting the embroidery machine I decided to clean up the fabric closet a bit. Don’t make the mistake of leaving the embroidery machine unattended. Bad things happen. Like a really loud knocking sound as you’re in another room and you find your machine still stitching in place with no thread making a horrible sound. I spent about an hour picking thread out of...
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New Quilting Room Organization

My thread organization has been bothering me for a while in my room along with a few other things. I didn’t like the way I had my rulers on my wall and the placement of my design wall behind the sewing machine was NOT convenient in the least. Right before the quilt show I ordered a few things to help me reorganize my room. Triton Products TPB-2 Two Tempered Round Hole Pegboards 24-Inch W by 48-Inch H by 1/4-Inch D Heavy Duty Commercial Grade American Tool 4″ Pegboard Hooks 100 Pc Stanley Tools 51 Piece Pegboard Hook Assortment I also bought a can of Valspar spray paint in a pretty green color that I liked. I...
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My New Favorite Cleaning Tool – Hoover Twin Tank Steam Mop Review

I’m slowly working through my house for “Fall Cleaning” and one of the things I hate doing is mopping my tile floors. I have tile in both my bathrooms, eat in kitchen and kitchen area along with the entire sunroom that is 12 x 100 feet. The sunroom kills me trying to mop it after sweeping everything up because of how large it is. We use it as a “doggie room” too so it gets all the stuff the dogs track in from outside on it along with the normal dust, dirt and hair that naturally happens when you own corgis. A few people now have told me about steam mops and how awesome they are...
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