(Image from Sewing Studio)
Do you dream of a space that is both inspiring and functional? This dreamy studio is in the dining room of a home! Be honest, when was the last time you truly enjoyed working in YOUR studio? Help is on the way! This year TQS is going to be YOUR Marathon coach! We aren't talking about the one with the running shoes and a loud whistle. We are going to help you get that disaster of a space back in shape so you can get back to the fun of quilting. As with any exercise program, it will take work on your part, but we will be here to cheer you on with ideas, suggestions, creative projects and inspiring studios. Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint. We are going to take it slowly, one step at a time. So, are you ready for your first workout assignment?
Purging Fabric: Part A
This week we are starting with your fabric stash. You know what we are talking about. Those bags of purchases, found treasures, gifts from other quilters you have stowed away in the back of the closet, under the guest room bed, or in cubbies in any spare space around the house. That's the stuff we want to bring out into the light of day. But, to keep a bit of order during this workout we suggest:
(Image from Old Square Inn)
- Find a place outside of the studio that will serve as base of operation, that is fairly close to your studio. This can be the dining room table (if the family doesn't protest too much), folding tables, or a hallway.
- Put on some fun music and get down to business. Depending on the amount of stash you have to go through, it might be best to do this over the course of several days, so that you are not overwhelmed.
- Arrange assorted large laundry baskets, cardboard boxes or paper grocery bags. These will serve as your sorting containers.
- Label the containers by type (i.e.Keep, Donate, Gift, Consign).
- As you go through the fabrics, be honest with yourself. Does it still appeal to you? Will it fit with your current style? Is it a look you still work with? If you answer no to most of these, the fabric should not go in the Keep pile. You can always change your mind later, but the idea is to get a handle on what you have. If you haven't set eyes on a piece of fabric for five years, chances are you are not going to miss it, so it should go into the Donate, Gift, or Consign area.
By the end of this workout, your baskets should look like this. Good for you! You deserve a little break.
Next week? We break down these sorted baskets into more manageable groups
and give you suggestions for what to do with the Donate, Gift and Consign piles.