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.
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.
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!
Happy Mother’s Day to all.