Everything in my home is trending to be more and more minimal; for example, we no longer have a sofa in our living room (but 2 of my husband’s homemade jet engines are proudly on display!). So it really is no surprise that my stash is on the smaller side. To be fair, I typically purchase fabric specifically for a project. That being said, it’s really important to me how my stash is organized and sorted. I recently had an opportunity to refresh and reorganize my sewing space, and I am loving my bright white walls this winter!
One of my favorite areas in my studio is my stack of solid fabrics and my Aurifil thread rack. Taking the time to keep them both sorted in rainbow order is something that brings me a lot of pleasure. Because I typically use 50wt thread, I keep all the 50wt thread visible on my thread rack and all of my other thread weights in a bin on the shelf beside my stack of solids.
Because I usually piece my projects using 50wt Aurifil 2600 (Dove), I have a big stack of pre-wound 2600 bobbins ready to go and on my thread rack, too. If it exists, I also keep a single matching wound bobbin underneath each large spool of thread on the rack.
For Christmas, my mother gifted me this beautiful fat quarter bundle of Collection CF by Carolyn Friedlander. I sorted the fat quarters into rainbow order and I have them stashed together as the full collection in their own separate bin for the moment. I typically mix my collections into my stash, but I want to consider if there is a quilt or two begging to be made with these as a grouping first.
How do you store big collections and bundles like this (the Collection CF has 37 prints!)?
At the end of December and beginning of January, I tackled some other organizational topics to feel ready for 2020: computer files, computer backup, and planner preparation. I am a member of the Craft Industry Alliance (affiliate link) and I downloaded their desktop organizer background (you must be a member to access) in aqua to help me clean up my desktop. I love that it has the 2020 calendar along the side that I can reference! I also made sure to back up all my files and schedule to have regular computer backups throughout the year. When was the last time you backed up your files??
I customized monthly calendars from print-a-calendar.com and printed them out to put on my magnet board above my computer. I keep 4-5 months up on my magnet board at a time and write down all my social media planning, project planning, and key deadlines on the calendars to easily refer to during the year. I also printed out my 2020 Goals to put on my board to hopefully keep me on track or at least help me make better choices about when I want to deviate from my plan.
I am excited about several new blog linkups that are beginning in 2020! Sarah from Sarah Goer Quilts is going to host a monthly “Show Me Something…” linkup. The challenge for January is to link up a project that features the color purple. Sarah will pick a new category for each month and it won’t always be a color. I’m looking forward to participating when I can.
Have you seen any other new linkups announced for 2020?
With my studio and files organized and at least a start of a plan for 2020 in place, I’m ready for a great year. Do you have any end of the year / beginning of the year / favorite organization habits?