I decided one necessity was to organize the fabrics in my studio. They had been purchased and shoved in any available nook or cranny.
It was interesting to see what I had. I found I had almost no true blue – no navy, no royal, and no powder blue and very little brown.
When I started quilting that was about all that was available and I had boxes of those colors.
I decided if I wanted fabrics visible and accessible I would have to fold them so I could see each one.
No more “stacks” of fabric in a drawer.
For everything over 1/4 yard I found my 6 inch ruler was the perfect tool.
I laid the ruler across the fabric that was folded in half crosswise.
I start by bringing the end of the fabric over the ruler.
I continue until the entire length of the piece is rolled around the ruler.
Then I slip the ruler out, which slides out easy.
I then fold the entire piece in half. If it is from 2-7 yards this is the end of the process and I put it in a drawer with the edge up.
If it is from 1/2 to 1 yard I fold it one more time and it is ready to be put in a drawer.
I did not come up with the idea of using a ruler to fold fabric. I read about someone else doing it.
But – I did have to come up with a way to fold my fabric into a size that worked in my storage drawers.
This shows two dresser drawers that hold most of my 1/2 to 1 yard pieces.
This shows one of the Elfa drawers that holds larger pieces of fabric or collections of similar fabric.
I found fabrics that I had forgotten about or never knew I had. I have a lot of fabrics that were given to me for winning quilt competitions and that is why I wasn’t aware of some of them!
I hope this may be the spark that gives you an idea of how to store your fabric palette.
It is so much easier to design a quilt if you can look at your fabrics and see what you have.