Thursday, August 4, 2011

WIWOW - August 3, 2011

Hi everyone:

Okay, I know it's Thursday, not Wednesday, but due to some technical problems I wasn't able to get this post out yesterday. 

While I had plans to accomplish lots yesterday, I spent most of the afternoon and evening trying to connect a wireless printer to my laptop - without success, I might add. I know you're thinking that this is a fairly simple thing to do - and it is if you are using a Mac and only want to add the printer to the Mac side of things. The complication arises when you're using Parallels to run Windows on your Mac and you're trying to hook up a new Canon copier to the Windows side of things - not quite as easy. Needless to say, hours were sucked up by myself and hubby trying everything we could to get this new printer to work on the Windows side. If you have any suggestions on how to connect a Canon MG5220 wireless printer through Parallels, send me an email. We'll be trying some other ideas perhaps tomorrow once we've calmed down a bit!

I'm still working on the studio clean-up and am almost done. The storage in the sauna is now completely done and full - unless I can find some way to squeeze in a little more fabric (hanging from the rafters maybe?).
Panels, novelty fabrics and collections

More novelty fabrics with cat and dog fabrics to the right

Black and whites and more novelty fabrics (yes, I have lots of these)
I have also sorted and stored my batiks, arranged by colour, as well as my Halloween and Christmas fabrics. 
Part of the batiks sorted by colour

Batiks on the bottom and holiday fabrics,
as well as some landscape fabrics on the top

I'm now working on my "colour wall". I've finished the whites, creams and yellows and hope to finish up the rest of the colours in the next day or so. 

Although this has been a lengthy process, I think it has been worth it. Now all of the various types of fabrics have their own homes and I found some treasures that I had forgotten all about. Rediscovering these fabrics has given me fresh pattern design inspirations. So it was definitely not a waste of time to sort out my fabrics. Now I just have to try to keep them organized this way...

Do you organize the fabrics in your quilt studio, and if so, into what categories? I'd love to hear about your fabric stash:)


BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I do organize my fabrics, but only about twice a year. In the mean time, it only takes one planning session to mess up the entire room.

Cathy (Corbin) Keevill said...

I am glad to see you finally cleaning out that pit you call a studio. Kidding, I find your room inspiring. I hope you can keep it clean. Mine never stays that way. I cleaned off my cutting table Monday and I can't find the top of it today.

Chatterbox Quilts said...

This is why I took all the photos - so I can remember how it looked before I started working on my next project! I'm really going to try to keep these fabrics in place and organized since that's the only way they'll all fit into the cupboards and cabinets again:)

Kari @ The Purple Quiltapotamus said...

I use the same plastic rolling bins as you do for my (much much smaller) fabric stash that I haven't gotten to yet. I can't say that I have many categories but I do keep them in flannel, girl fabric, boy fabric, holiday fabric, batiks, and my pre-packaged bundles are all kept in separate piles in my bins.

I have quite a few of the plastic scrapbook paper organizers from Michaels (they are 12x12x4 inches or so) to keep some of my projects that I have on the go separate but still storable and stackable. They go on sale for $5 each every few weeks and are great for patterns or holding accuquilt dies too.