My husband and I started working on building a custom sewing machine table / cutting mat station for my new studio over the weekend, and we are getting close to being ready to install it in my studio. Let me tell you, I am READY to have access to my sewing machine again. I packed it away at the end of June, so all told I will have not used it for the better part of 2 months. I have a backlog of projects that are ready for me to tackle, so I’m going to have to prioritize what I need to work on first. Until then, I have all my beautiful fabric unpacked!
Let’s start with the obvious: my stash is 95-97% solids. The solids on my bottom shelf are cuts of over 1 yard that I can pull to use as backgrounds or backings. The middle two shelves currently are collecting my monthly yard cuts of Kona cotton as part of the Stash Fabrics Kona Club. Right now my plan is to basically collect all 365 yards and see them all grouped together, although I do already have plans to dip into some of the Kona Tangerine (more on that later!). The top shelf are my bins that contain scraps and prints, a bin for my WISP, and bins dedicated to Carolyn Friedlander prints.
Taking a step back, you can see that my sewing machine, cutting mat, and thread are all waiting on the desk to be finished and installed. I found a rug that fits in the space under my fabric stash and design wall perfectly, and when I need to baste a quilt, it should be easy enough to roll it up and tuck it out of the way for a bit. Speaking of my design wall… once we get the sewing machine table / cutting mat station installed, our next project will be to build my design wall.
This system of having my fabric out in the open on a shelf works for me because the fabric will never be in direct sunlight. And it also works for me because of how heavy my stash is on solid fabrics.
Speaking of solids, keen eyes probably noticed an unfiled grouping of blue solids on my ironing station. I just received some Premium ColorWorks Solids in Cloud Nine (lightest), Lapis, Royal, and After Midnight (darkest) from Northcott Fabrics for me to make a test version of my upcoming quilt along design. I have lots to keep me busy, that’s for sure, so it will be nice to have my sewing machine set up again later this week!