Fabric Filing System

Earlier this year, I shared with you my studio remodel. I called the post Not Finished but Fully Functional. That is still the truth today. There are a few little things that really need to be done–like organize my office supplies, but in all honesty that probably won’t happen until this fall. In less than two weeks, the boys will be out of school, and my time in the studio will be limited.

In those next two weeks, I’ve got to finish several quilts for my upcoming exhibit at the Gallery Nord in San Antonio, Texas. The Surface Design Association is holding its 2013 conference in San Antonio. In conjunction with the conference, galleries around town are featuring textile and fiber art. My exhibition of Color Grids is one of the SDA-sponsored exhibitions. Thank you SDA and Gallery Nord for supporting my work!

But before I could really focus on making those few last quilts, I needed to get my fabric in order. You see, my fabric was in its proper place, but it was not in the order it needed to be for me to find things quickly.

I have always bought 1 1/2 yard cuts of fabric. I like that amount. In the early days, I would take that 1 1/2 yard cut and make two fat quarters and store the rest in a closet.

I am taking these fat quarters out to McCarthy. We willuse them in my Creative Cloth workshop.

I am taking these fat quarters out to McCarthy. We willuse them in my Creative Cloth workshop.

But once I began my studies with Nancy Crow, I found that I needed the full width of the fabric, not a half as a fat quarter is, to make my new fabrics. I no longer liked the fat quarter size and was constantly digging in my stacked storage to find the right fabric. This created a monster mess in my studio.

Now that I have my new space, I can't imagine that I ever created in such a messy environment!

Now that I have my new space, I can’t imagine that I ever created in such a messy environment!

In order to make things more accessible for me, Walt built storage for my fabric all the way around my studio.

I think of this storage as a giant rolodex of fabric. Every type of fabric in my stash has its place–solids go in one place, vintage psychedelics in another, and they are all filed  accordingly.

I must say I love my new studio. It is so incredibly functional!

These are cut-outs of my boys that live in my studio every day. Notice that Tripp does  not have a stand for his photo and someone--I wonder who--has scratched out the word valuable on Ozzy's stand.

These are cut-outs of my boys that live in my studio every day. Notice that Tripp does not have a stand for his photo and someone–I wonder who–has scratched out the word valuable on Ozzy’s stand.

Every one got a World War II solider card for Mother's Day, right? Ilove mine complete with mud splats from walking home from school.

Every one got a World War II solider card for Mother’s Day, right? Mine came complete with mud splats from walking home from school. I love it.

Happy Mother’s Day to all.

This entry was published on May 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM. It’s filed under My Process-Quilts and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

5 thoughts on “Fabric Filing System

  1. drooling…….in awe of all that fabric! What organization!! Beautiful.

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  2. Looks great ,Maria! Hope you had a wonderful mother’s day too..much love Sue

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