We have a few winners… (and I’m a bit more organized!)

Thanks for all the great comments and project ideas! I wish I could give scraps to each and every one of you (although then I’d have to spend all my time at the post office and I really dislike going there!)… Anyway, Random.org selected our four winners this morning, and here they are…

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Winner of the larger scraps is #112 Sarah

Winners of the scraps bags are #186 Sandi, #21, Marissa, and #40, Michaela

If you were a winner, please email me your address so I can get your scraps out to you!

Oh, and based on the comments left, it seems as though there are a number of people who use scraps that are even too small to hold a seam. I typically throw away pieces of that size, but if anyone wants them, just leave me a comment. I’ll keep a list and as I have them available I’ll send them to someone on the list. I’d certainly love to know they’re getting used rather than thrown away!

So, the big question, did this help me get organized? Indeed it did!

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green-bin

I bought several of these plastic totes and pulled out and refolded all my fabric. I folded them to a size of 5.5″ x 6″, which allowed me to fit three rows in each bin. It’s sorted by color, though obviously not by the various shade of each color (hey, I was just happy to get all the fabrics of each color together! baby steps…)

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I really resisted sorting by color, and now I’m not sure why. How could you resist this? I’ve already found it so much easier to find what I’m looking for. These fabrics are less than 2 yard cuts. I’m still working on organizing the larger cuts. And the scraps. They’re still not organized.

These plastic bins fit nicely under my craft table. You may recall when I got this table, er… door. My brother attached it to the wall and secured it from the ceiling with steel wires. It’s set at the perfect height so I can stand next to it to cut fabric, and I just love it (even though now most of my fabric cutting occurs at the dining room table!)

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32 Responses to We have a few winners… (and I’m a bit more organized!)

  1. 1
    Bobbi says:

    That’s a great desk. And hooray for organization! :)

  2. 2
    Kerri says:

    congradulations to the lucky winners!! And your stash looks great!! :)

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    wendy says:

    Goll-ee! Your stash looks like the fat quarter bins at a quilt store! I separate my fabric by designer stuff I love and everything else I bought before I fell in love with designer fabric!

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    Sarah says:

    whoa, that is really organized! Nice job!

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    bake and sew says:

    Wow – it looks stunning organised like that. They will be super easy to pull out when you want to use them too. Brilliant

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    abcgirl says:

    wow. i love your stash. it’s so funny because in the top pictures i was thinking about how HUGE your stash was and then on the last picture, it looks so tiny. Maybe mine looks bigger because I have a lot of flannel (bulkier than quilter’s cotton) and some decorator weight fabrics (ditto). All I know is that I would LOVE to make quilts from your stash. Kid in a candy store, that’d be me.

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    aimee says:

    oh i love organizing things by roygbiv-all your fabric is so pretty!

  8. 8

    Your stash looks great! Congrats to the winners :)

  9. 9
    Alissa says:

    I love that desk! And your fabric looks soooo pretty!

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    Mal* says:

    I’ve not resisted sorting by color, but am feeling frustrated by having everything in plastic bins. Still, it’s probably the best way to go for now. Yours look beautiful! (PS: Sometimes I can use tiny scraps. We use them for projects at the hospital where I’m an art therapist. Let me know if you need to offload any!)

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    Tracy says:

    I’m just jealous of all that fabric!

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    katie says:

    i am so jealous…of the winners, and how beautiful your fabric looks!

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    Cheryl says:

    Now, how long will they stay folded that nicely? Great job!

    And I see you have my favourite grey Denyse Schmidt… I may have to steal it, I have so little left and this will be making it’s way into Smilosaurus’ room, whenever she gets her own room.

  14. 14
    Michaela says:

    I am so excited! Thank you again! I can’t wait play with your scraps and create something pretty. I love your organized stash. How clever is your table set up.

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    laura says:

    Oh my gosh. Your organization is totally inspiring. It may seem like a silly question, but do you have a specific way you fold? And do you use a cardboard template to fold around (like a shirt one?)

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    Ali says:

    If you ever want to unload any larger scraps I would be happy to purchase some :)

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    Kris says:

    I would love to have some of your little bits of scraps! Put me on your list. I need to oragnize my fabric stash bad!!! Thanks, Kris

  18. 18
    jo says:

    oh your fabric looks so pretty – that is a job well done!

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    Bekhy says:

    That looks awesome, good job :) Other things about scraps: I have a box of scraps for my kids to play with in my room. And, if you have a local Project Linus etc., there’s often someone who would LOVE scraps of any size that they would make into quilts for such projects. And, the small strips can be sewn onto cards: your fabrics would make fabulous cards. Probably already had these ideas on the giveaway post. :)

  20. 20
    Jenny says:

    Your scraps look fantastic! You should be proud of yourself – that’s a big accomplishment.

  21. 21
    Dani says:

    Has you (or any other commenters) ever used the teeny scraps to stuff toys? I had a handful of them the other day and wondered if they could be used in softees. Or would they be too bulky I wonder……

  22. 22
    Amy says:

    I could use some of your motivation to get my stash in order!

  23. 23
    Sarah says:

    Yay! I’m a winner! : ) Thanks so much for offering up your scraps!

    Your stash looks so pretty all organized. I bet it makes you feel good.

  24. 24
    Kim says:

    Hey Ash! This weekend I went to Montauk, Long Island with Sara and Katherine and in the hotel where we were staying was a group of women who called themselves the Happy Quilters! I, of course, thought of you. These women were amazing. They had themselves all set up with sewing machines and were working on many projects (kinda like you!). They let us walk through and look at their projects, some really beautiful stuff. So fun.

  25. 25
    Shorty says:

    yeah for your winners! and that organization is fabulous, dahhling! great job! i’m truly envious of your stash!

  26. 26
    Emily says:

    Congrats to the lucky winners! You inspired me to start working on organizing my stash…thanks!

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    Leigh says:

    Oh, your stash makes me so happy just looking at it!

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    Sandi says:

    Wow, I’m a winner! Thank you so much – and your stash looks wonderful now. I’ve organized by color and now I’m trying to go the next step and sort it by value within the colors.

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    Ginger says:

    Wow! What an impressive way to stash your fabrics. I don’t do fabric, but my Mom did, and trust me, it was the scariest cupboard in the house (and under the bed, and in the kitchen, and in the garage): you get my drift.

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    Sara says:

    I think you might have the greatest stash of all time….awesome.

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    Anina says:

    Wow! Those fabrics are so lovely. I really need to get organized too. Thanks for the inspiration.

  32. 32
    amandajean says:

    your stash is so very lovely! i’m happy for you that you are getting organized…even though you got a blister from folding all that fabric. oh, the things we go through for our obession. :)

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