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Message Board > Quilters' Corner > Storing quilting fabrics ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Date: 6/7/13 5:04 PM

I know we talked about this on another thread a few months ago, but I want to bring it up again. I need help.

I am working on the Trip quilt again. How do those of you store your fabrics from quilt to quilt? Do you store the same colors together? Such as blues/greens go in one tub and reds/oranges go in another?

I am finding it is not fun to dig through my larger tub to find fabrics. And I mean dig. (Of course my Hawaiian prints are in their own tub.) The rest of my quilting stash is in 2 smaller tubs, all mixed up. Then there are 2 drawers of scraps for smaller squares in my tall plastic container. Then there is a box of scraps from Warbler in another container. It is driving me nuts to have to dig and grab a color and then dig some more.

I need to finish cleaning out the guest room closet and put the serger in it. I seldom use the machine, but keep it in case I ever learn to sew knits. I plan to sell at a garage sale next door my 2nd cabinet. It is too short for me and I only took it as my uncle gave it to me for free. I store things on it and walk around it. I prefer to have floor space instead.

I clearly need more tubs so I can separate the colors of quilting fabrics better. In the guest room closet is a big tub full of clothing fabrics. I can't get it in the sewing room closet!

Suggestions?

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Date: 6/8/13 0:24 AM

I have a clear tub for lights, one for medium and one for darks. Then one for batiks and one for flannels. The scraps are in smaller clear containers 2 inch, 2 1/2 inch, less then 2 inch scraps. Anymore then that I can't keep track of.

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Date: 6/8/13 3:05 AM

Learn, instead of in Tubs - cotton needs to breathe!!! I would say put up shelving in that closet instead and buy those Comic book boards to wrap your fabric around. It keeps them SO neat and tidy, they line up easier for you to grab as well.

Right now, all my pre-cuts live in an Oak old TV stand type thing - you may want to keep that cabinet IF it has shelves, low is good for seeing what you have on hand.

My tiny scraps left over from other quilts I toss into a tub - BUT leave the lid off so they can breathe :-) That will all get cut into 2 1/2" strips to use in the Trip quilt or other Jelly roll type quilts.

I also buy bolts of fabric in larger yardage and tell Joann's or Handcocks to put them BACK on the bolt - So I store these 45" on the bolts on a bookcase shelving unit.

hmm Look in the forum for Sewing spaces and you may get more ideas - I'd for sure put shelves in that closet and arrange them so you can see them instead of tub diving :-)

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Date: 6/8/13 5:12 AM

I repurposed an old dining hutch. Its in the guest bedroom. Has sliding wood doors on bottom and sliding glass doors on top. I have fabrics folded and stacked. Originally I had threads on top but its now full of fabrics. Very handy to get to and see. Plus silverware drawers for rulers and such.

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Date: 6/8/13 11:31 AM

I thought everyone put their fabrics in tubs? Fabric needs to breathe? I had not thought of that. I asked DH just now about the shelves idea and he will help me put them up. We have to finish paying for our trip first. It was expensive.

The tall plastic storage unit is nice for all kinds of things. Mainly for storing fabric scraps and small tools. My MIL gave it to me and I love it. It is not air tight, as it allows air in at the top a little. If I go with the shelves idea, I will have to buy a bunch of small bins to put my various fabrics in. Won't they get dusty with no lids? Some stuff I might not use for years. I will need at least 6 small bins. Right now I have a large, very heavy tote for my fabrics, and it is a royal pain to move that thing in and out and back in the closet. This is why I needed storage ideas.

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Bernina 630, my main machine
Pfaff 2036, my class machine
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Date: 6/8/13 11:38 AM

I had planned to sell my 2nd sewing cabinet with 3 drawers at the neighbors garage sale next month. Now I am thinking it would make wonderful storage for fabrics. I guess I keep it after all. I wanted floor space, but it will not free up much and I use it for my serger from time to time. Looks like the cabinet is staying for double duty.

My tall wooden unit is for books and photos and my collection of vintage hats. The hats were my Grandmothers. I wore them to church for months.

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I am a Quilter at heart. I love to play with fabrics, patterns and colors. Recently I have discovered I enjoy doing applique. I love making pictures. Using a sewing machine is much easier than counted cross stitch or oil painting for me. I enjoy landscape quilting as well. I am working on my first applique project in the spring of 2014.
Bernina 630, my main machine
Pfaff 2036, my class machine
Babylock Molly
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Unique Sewing Cabinet 450L

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Date: 6/8/13 11:51 AM

Learn - You could still store fabric in bins, drill a few holes in the top to let the fabric breathe. I don't do this and never had a problem. In fact I would be more concerned that the fabric would get ruin with the holes in the bin. I think ideally shelving would be the way to go. I don't have the room and bins work for me but again I don't have great temperature variance, humidity, and zero sunlight on fabric either. It would be wonderful to have an armoire for all of my fabric so I could just open the doors and pet it

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Date: 6/8/13 1:59 PM

If you use shallow, clear tubs you can fold the fabric and store it vertically (like individual files) in the tub for quick viewing. Deeper tubs for the larger cuts. Then add a label, if you think it is necessary, with the color(s) of the contents.

PS: I have stored this way for many years and my fabric has not suffocated or deteriorated. I know I have some pieces of suiting that are over 20 years old.
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Date: 6/8/13 9:03 PM

I have to use tubs because of the cats. My fabric is ok in tubs and safe from depredation. I have only bad cats, remember.

There is some fabric out because I haven't put it away yet and Niamh (pronounced NEEVE, it is an Irish name) keeps sitting on it. I say, "Niamh, get off the fabric," and she says, "Make me."

Then I say, "Niamh, get off the fabric," and she says, "No."

This is my life with nine bad cats.

I wouldn't trade any of them for the world, but I have no illusions.

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Date: 6/8/13 9:58 PM

Gotta agree with Patti. I became a travel nurse in 1998, and some of my fabric has been moved around, in and out of storage (both indoor and outdoor in northern Illinois and SoCal) for months or years. Stored in plastic sterilite type tubs. I recently made something from the remnants of a pink calico apron I made in home ec in 1985.

So while I'm sure those plastics are toxic and evil and unsuitable for heirloom textiles, I think they're fine for storage. But then, the comic book board storage system is more accessible for actually USING fabrics.

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