This may not seem like a very pressing issue! BUT! I am getting ready to reorganize my sewing room. Glutton for punishment. I currently have my fabric sorted by color and inside Rubbermaid-type see-through tubs. They are stacked on shelves (also some in the closet, some on the floor--you get the picture!) I get all dreamy-eyed and wistful when I see sewing rooms where the fabric is "out in the open" and readily available. That's what I want. I think it will help me to use those long-forgotten but wonderful pieces that somehow get lost in translation in the tubs. Right? Okay, here's my dilemma: my fabrics are all different sizes!!! How do you folks who use the "out in the open" method arrange the fabrics so that you can see what you have without the itty-bitty pieces being buried?
On a different note, yesterday I got my 5" squares cut for the Nickel Swap my mini-group is doing and thought it would be fun to reflect back on how we have done this swap. We started in September '05. Each month we all bring 8 stacks of 10 fabrics cut into the 5" pieces. Only requirement is that it be 100% good quality cotton--what you would want to receive. Our schedule: Sept: yellows, golds Oct: oranges, rusts, browns Nov: reds, burgundies Jan: blues, teals Feb: purples, lavendars Mar: pinks, mauves Apr: greens, olives, aquas May: taupes, beiges, off-whites, whites June: blacks, grays July: light backgrounds with prints Aug: multi-color prints and for Sept: batiks, color on color, marbles. What has amazed me is that, so far, I have gotten no duplicates!!! Those little squares are just such wonderful eye candy! I like having them in the sewing room just to look at and think about how nice it is to have friends who like to quilt, like me!