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Fold It, Fold It Good

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I am moving my machines and fabric stash back into my sewing room…that originally was my son’s bedroom…then it became my sewing room…then a bedroom for a daughter and grandson for a couple of months…back to my sewing room…then a bedroom for a son who relocated to Austin…and now I am claiming it as mine! Again. Moving all my crap stash around has been hell aerobic exercise enlightening to the fact that wowzers I have a lot of fabric. And notions. And tools. And….that I also live in a teeny-tiny house. How tiny you ask? We need a flight pattern to maneuver around. 2 people cannot pass through the hall or into a bedroom. It’s small. Reeeeeeally small. All my sewing paraphernalia has been in my bedroom. Tumbling piles that had the FAA calling me saying my flight pattern had been hacked. A walk to the bathroom in the middle of the night required Army Ranger skills. The kind of disorganization that if your house was burglarized the police may say you got ransacked. Living in fear that the producers of Hoarders has you on their “featured soon” list. You get what I’m trying to say?
Soooo…since I had the I want to sprinkle some gasoline and torch the place opportunity to start fresh I have decided to reorganize most of my fabric by folding it into mini bolts. I know there are many tutorials on using the comic book backer boards but their method didn’t quite work for me. I did use the comic book boards but my folding method is a bit different. Ready to try it my way? Here we go!

    1. First, release all negative thoughts. You are not a bad person. You are an artist and the fabric is your palette.
    2. Decide if you really need to keep it ALL. Those fabulous purple country-style ducks from the late 80’s should probably go.
    3. Fat Quarters can be set aside to deal with by a different method. You could fold them around a board but I prefer to fold them and not mix them in with my mini bolts. I stick to pieces larger than a fat quarter and have folded pieces as large as 2 yards. Pieces larger than that get folded without a board and get stacked either on their own shelf or in a bin.

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1. Fabric Folding Layout

2. Most times, not always; if you lay the fabric with the printed selvedge side down it will give you a nice identification after you have completed the folding process.
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These are the Comic Book Backing Boards I use. Click on the picture to purchase from Amazon.
Comic Book backing boards
It is my Amazon affiliate link…meaning I earn a few pennies if you order via the link. Thank you if you do!
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Just a Sample

This is just a few pics of my recent fabric purchases. I need to get busy and
M A K E something.

I have a few Bee blocks to do for Do.Good.Stitches and I’ve been busy making Kongko Cycling Gear hats. This is a very special-request-funky-customized cycling cap. It was fun to create.

I am in love with all the Granny Square Blocks being created. {Why Yes, I am late to the party. Here, have a bottle of wine and let me in} I blame Pam.

Photo property of ©PamKittyMorning


I went to her blog and she MADE me look at her uber cute Granny blocks and then SHE sucked me in I tell ya!
There is an awesome tutorial for the Granny Square Blocks over at Blue Elephant Stitches

What are Y’all making?

Happy New Fabric Monday!

The upS man delivered early today,
New Japanese Echino Ni-Co – Bicycle
In Aqua

And in Natural

These would be cute in quilts but are destined to be cycling caps and perhaps some bike bags.
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I neglected to mention where I bought the fabric. Super buzzy, and their prices are the best on this fabric. Another site wanted $3.00 more per yard! Fun side note… hover over the different characters in Super Buzzy’s site header..they animate! I am easily amused.

Hard Economic Times, Joel Dewberry, Dolly Dresses & Dumpster Diving

Economics suck. Unemployment and layoffs are equally sucky. Mr. Coffee has been without work since November ’09. My fabric stash is dwindling––except for the wool I use to keep Kongko lovers in hats {although I am sure cyclists would be lovin’ some Spring stylin’ on their heads}. I am coveting all things Joel Dewberry. I love his Modern Meadow collection. Especially the Sunny Day… it has O R A N G E ! OOO…look how pretty it blends with my blog! At least it does on my Mac.
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Don’t even get me started on the Dolly Dresses line from Lakehouse Dry Goods… so kAyOOOT.

“Hi. I’m Robyn and I’ve become a free fabric HO”. I search for fabric giveaways. I read the local FreeCycle list. I stand along the freeway ramps with my “Need Fabric” sign. Ok. I don’t. Am I suffering from Dwindling Stash Disorder Syndrome…the dreaded DSDS? GASP! Get the paddles. “CLEAR!”
Yeah, I’m whining. I’ll be fine.
B U T… isn’t my I-Rescued-This-From-The-Neighbor’s-Trash {score!} Chair just screaming for a cushion made from some fresh fabric?

Oh…Happy St. Patricks Day to all! This Hungarian descendant is cooking corned beef & cabbage