Saturday, August 18, 2007
On Thursday evening I showed my DH Patti's photos from her new sewing room. He really liked the look and asked if I would like such cupboards in our master bedroom, where I store my fabrics and books.
We live near Ikea, so after work yesterday we went and bought the cupboards and DH put them up in the evening.
Here is how it looked before - last summer.
Since then I have also been gifted with fabrics for charity quilts, so I have had some fabrics in a box in the cloth closet and the shelves has been a little more filled.
Wanting to be able to reach fabrics without completely re-arrange everything, I will not fill the shelves to full, so all in all about 2/3 of my fabrics is now on the new shelves, with all my books and magazines, about half and half.
It would have been nice with one cupboard of each, but I am to short to use the higher shelves for fabrics comfortably.
I am only 5'3" and am often using a small ladder, but carrying it from the kitchen to the bedroom every so often is not tempting.
These boxes are full of scraps to small to be on shelves. The answer must be string quilts and scrap quilts galore the rest of the year ;-)
The bed roller is under the bed with a couple of the other boxes and the rest in on the cloth closet floor, so the appearance of the bedroom is light and tidy. The new cupboards gives 4" more floor space. It does make a great difference in a small room.
DH is smiling ear to ear!
A lot of the scraps are 10 years and older - time to use them and get them out of here.
I have been fairly good with the fabric diet so far this year, and I have used far more than I have bought, but I still need to be dieting for a long time.
A little snack here and there will be nice, with emphasise on little :-)
Come the new year I will take another photo to see my own progress. It is nice to be accountable. I have made a note in my calendar for 2008, February 18.
I recognize that I have fabric shopped a lot over the years and I know I have the backbone to cut back too :-)
I know that compared to some my fabric collection is not very big and compare to others it is. However, it is over my comfort level since I do not have my own sewing room, and I also know the best way to organize a fabric collection is to use from it.
I intend to have fun using from these fabric and scraps. You know me - I am in this for the fun. The minute it is a heavy duty I will take a break, promise!
I will start a double 4-patch quilt in brown and cream - coffee and cream - this weekend. We have been invited to a friend's 40th birthday in 2 weeks. A lap quilt will be a nice present and a bite of the fabric collection elephant.
You know how to eat an elephant, right ? One serving at a time :-)