Stash « Ann Champion’s Blog

Some might say I have too much fabric? I say..I have too small of a room!

When we moved to this house I was so happy to finally have a dedicated sewing room! It’s a smallish bedroom..but I wouldn’t have to do my sewing at the Dining room table.

Over time..I’ve added to my stash…and added..and now..I’m back sewing at the dining room table! LOL

In my defense..I’ve acquired a lot of my fabrics from estate sales, yard sales, and those 50% off clearance fabrics Joann’s sales. There’s very little in this room that wasn’t bought on sale…mostly very deeply discounted sales…so how could I NOT buy them?

sable002-300x225-9647433As you approach the room there is a bookcase directly in front of you. Why? Because I ran out of wall space to put cases against. Just behind that bookcase is my work table. Or at least it USED to be my work table!

sable0011-300x225-8949340 Are you ready for the tour? As you enter the door..there’s a bookcase so you have to turn to the right to navigate through the room. This area holds large yardage, bolts, and shelves of vintage fabrics, sorted by era. I use these to repair old tops or quilts when needed. It’s in a terrible state of disarray right now. I need to sort and restack..a Winter project?

sable005-300x225-5507505Butted up against the back of the bookcase containing vintage fabrics, is my bookcase of solids. I like to keep a good supply on hand and every once in while when they go on sale I go buy half yard-one yard cuts of any colors I like. As you can see..there’s a heap of fabrics in front that I’ve gathered for a project. There’s just no place to put anything! You can see my stereo system too, to the left. I love to crank up the volume and get lost in my own world.

sable006-300x225-6481446To the left of the stereo are my bins of 30′s repro, Civil War repro, and black and cream fabrics. There are fabrics stacked that need to be put away. I just got them and it’s a bit of a chore to get into those bins..they’re heavy! Another Winter project? To the left you can see some of the batting I have waiting to be pressed into service. As you turn to the next wall..it’s just closets. They have additional batting, craft supplies, boxes with embroidery transfers, buttons, various notions, etc.

sable007-300x225-1665504As you turn to the next wall..you’ll see the bookcases I store a lot of my fabrics in. This is where I stored my fabrics when we first moved to this house 15 years ago…and everything fit! I keep the red cloth, which I got dirt cheap at a garage sale, covering the fabrics so they don’t fade. These book cases are opposite a window with a southern exposure.

sable003-300x225-9800513This is a pic with the red cloth lifted. I mostly have these fabrics sorted by color, except the bookcase on the right has baby/children fabrics. These are my all purpose fabrics. There are bolts of fabrics on top of the cases.

sable004-300x225-3759160This is my work table..or at least it WAS my work table! I know it’s still under there..somewhere? This sits almost in the center of the room. There’s an aisle in front of the bookshelves so I can get to them. I have magazines with projects I’d like to do bookmarked, and another stack of fabrics I’ve been gathering for a future project. Just behind that stack is a small divided shelf unit for fat quarters. There’s a basket to catch little items..a roll of ribbon, pins, pencils, and paper, etc. Below the table I have additional reds, rusts, and oranges that wouldn’t fit on my shelves. There’s a bin of novelty fabrics too.

pegboard001-300x225-2440960As we turn to leave the room you can see the pegboard I have with quilting stencils, masking tape, and various notions. Below that are shelves I store my quilting magazines on. The top of the shelves need a good sorting and organizing too? I’ve just been plunking stuff down and really need to get things a bit more orderly and tidy!

So there you have it. My resource center. If only I could knock out the wall between this room and the one that houses my quilt top cupboard, and quilting book collection….

In the basement I have tables set up for basting, and a large bin of brights. My wool collection is housed there too, in bins. I hate working in the basement! It has fluorescent lights which I REALLY dislike…and basements have always been a little scary/depressing to me? Ours is finished and carpeted..but I still don’t like it..or Id move my things down there?

I intend to go through my sewing room and try to reorganize this Winter..if I get lost..please send out a search team?