In the last few days I organized my fabric stash. My bedroom is my “studio” and because it is so convenient to have the fabrics on hand, I kept some of them there. But now I moved them all.
Last summer I became allergic to the chemicals contained by fabrics. How ironic is that: a quilter to have allergy to fabrics! Before this I wasn’t allergic to anything, or, at least, I did not have any sign of allergy.
I think over the years I made some mistakes. And the most important one was that I did not pre-wash the fabrics. I did it in the first years but after that I noticed the fabrics are of good quality and I did not bother with this.
I order most of my fabrics online and it is such a joy when I open a box! But the first thing I have to do after a quick look it is to wash them. This and the medication I take every day help me feeling better (and allow me to still quilt).
Well, in spite of all these problems, I enjoy fabrics more than anything else.
Santa was good to me and brought me many fabrics- beautiful prints to bring to life my boring tone-on-tone fabric stash. I love dots and now I have a stash of dots but other wonderful prints too.
I bought for the first time a fat quarter bundle (I wash them too)! I just couldn’t resist to the beauty of this line (Quite Contrary by My Mind’s Eye for Riley Black Designs) so I ordered them all.
For a while I couldn’t decide what to do with them, a quilt or little purses, but yesterday I cut them all in small pieces and soon I will show you a collection of pretty little things.
Do you know this way for folding fabrics and keeping them organized? I think I am the last one who learned about it!
What a beautiful line of fabric! I fold my fabric like that and I have been washing fabric all week. I'm not allergic but wanted to get the sizing out of the fabrics. Can't wait to see what you make.
Oh yes…..beautiful fabrics…
Yes, being allergic to fabric would stink.
Hi Geta, I have not seen this exact method of folding fabric. I do something similar though. It is nice to have a way to always fold the same so they look so nice and neat on your shelf!
That Riley Blake fabric is so pretty. I bet your projects will turn out beautiful!
Mary L. says
I've been using that method for folding yardage a long time and it works great! What a shame about your allergy. I do not prewash. The fabric I was just given from a friend's stash has been prewashed and I hate it.
So sorry you are allergic to the fabric but glad washing helps. That folding trick is really nice to make all the fabric pieces match up in size.
Hi Geta, this is such a beautiful colection of fabrics!
I came by to wish you a nice, happy and creative 2011! Hugs, Renata.
Quilt Idea says
The fabrics are great but I love the quilt they lie on!
I didn't know that folding trick. Thanks for the great idea!
Angeles Diaz (Asturias) says
Hello! I am a very great fan of yours, long ago I had mentioned it in a book, I'd buy it, as I have to do? inch days ago I bought a few patterns,
and I would buy the patterns and the tutorial explains the counterpoint.
a big hug
not English, I have to be with the google translator
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Kay Lynne says
Beautiful fabrics! I've been using my rulers for a long time to fold fabrics. It sure helps things stay more organized when they're neatly folded.
Stormy Days says
How terrible to be allergic to something you love. Does washing them take the chemical out that you're allergic to?
Varga Györgyi says
Your nem fabrics looks sooo great. You will make lovely and beautiful things from them, I'm sure.
Brad Fallon says
Your collection is absolutely beautiful! I think you develop your allergy in constant contact with some fabrics but nevertheless it is not something to be alarmed with because you can still do what you love…QUILTING!
Madame Samm says
love these fabrics too Geta….I don't wash them before but always do after…gosh If I had allergies to fabric that would make me a drug addict cause I would rather take a pill than not sew…and I used to be in Pharma..lol
I agree with you. I love fabrics so much too. Everything at my house goes immediately into the washing machine once it is home. I just learned the folding method…8.5 inch ruler for the large pieces and the 4.5 inch ruler for the smaller…I am folding away:)