(piles of stars - about 70 - on some of the pieced blocks)
I was chatting with Linda at Quilts in the Barn because she's been going gangbusters turning UFO's into quilts lately and I am both impressed and humbled. As I have mentioned dozens of times, I've been making stars. By hand, mind, but still just stars, stars, stars. My comment was that, yet again, my stash has crowded me out of the limited sewing space I have. So, Linda jokingly told me to show her my stash and she would show me hers. Well, below is not my stash - oh no, that is far more impressive - but it does depict recent fabric acquisitions all with the purpose of creating more "variety" in my stars.
(Note the pile of fabrics on the chair that still need ironing)
My problem is I've run out of storage boxes for these new fabrics. So I move them out of the way when I cut more star pieces and the put them right back while I take my prepared pieces away for hand sewing.
This white metal cart was purchased purely for temporary fabric storage. It has some long lost 19th century repros and most all of my loud bright contemporary fabrics. The top was to have been additional work surface but has been covered nearly since day 1 with an assortment of old blocks, old fabrics and new repros that haven't found a permanent home yet. The laundry next to it? Well, I always believe in pre-washing and I hate to see a load of laundry go through the cycle without at least a couple of fat quarters along for the ride. In addition to some clothes and sheets in need of folding you can see some pieces of the new Indigo Crossing line from Moda.
How do you sort your fabric for storage? When I see a gorgeous fat quarter pack of Judie Rothermel fabrics like this I hate to break up the party and store them by color. But, long term, I cannot think of a better method for finding fabrics when you need them. So, until I make the decision (or buy more plastic storage bins), they sit on my sewing table and get moved back and forth (and back and forth and...) each time I need the work surface.
Do you have stash management issues? Limited work space? I've shown you mine so you show me yours. And, please, tell me how to organize the mess!