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Organizing Your Fabric Stash: Step 2

Here's the second in a series about organizing fabric stashes!  Before reading, be sure to check out Step 1: Let It Go and Step 2:  Gathering Projects Together

Step 2:  Gathering Projects Together.

Do you have quilt tops, blocks, and pieces all cut out and ready to go?  Gather them together! Give each already planned project its own gallon bag.  Insert the pieces (in whatever form they currently take) and the pattern (if you have it printed out).  Label the bag with the project name, and put all the partially finished projects in the same place.
[I call this my “Icebox” because all the projects inside of it are hibernating!  Currently, my “Icebox” contains, among other projects, all the blocks for a quilt-as-you-go Halloween quilt, Half-Square Triangles in need of ironing, and blocks for a tee-shirt quilt in need of sashing.]
Next time you are looking for a weekend project, go to your “Icebox” and grab whichever project inspires you at the moment.  For people who stress about selecting fabrics or picking out a quilt design, this is wonderful, because you’ve already done all of that work!

Let It Go:  We all have fabrics we purchased together, intending to make a specific project.  If that project no longer interests you, let it go! You can keep the fabric, and keep the pattern, but file the paper away and send the fabric to its breatheren, who we will be dealing with in the next steps.


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Organizing Your Fabric Stash: Step 5

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