I seem to be doing more organisation than sewing lately, but I used to be a Boy (well, Cub) Scout, and we were always taught to “Be Prepared!” So I’m preparing for the quilting armageddon, and I’m assuming my fabric will have to be my missile defence system! So if you see me launching fabric grenades across enemy lines, you know I’m gonna need some backup from the Glitterati! Where am I leading with this? Well, when I was in Singapore, quilty friend Kate started speaking positively about the comic board fabric storage system.
To help with my fabric defences, I picked up a pack of 100 comic boards at her suggestion. (Seriously, like I needed any further organisational or fabric distraction, but here we are). Since being back in Australia, I’ve found myself killing time by unfolding, re-ironing, then refolding my fabrics around said boards. Because you know there are those times when you’re totally in a quilting zone, but you don’t really want to sew? I find just being surrounded by my fabric, and reorganising it, scratches that itch.
Kate told me all along that I’d need more than 100 boards, and now that I’m home, I’m realising I probably need like a 1,037 boards to fulfil the requirements of this type of system. No bother, as I’ve taken to some strategic folding. I started with all my large yardage pieces. You know the ones that you say are for quilt backings, but are really the ones that were on sale so you bought four five okay, six yards just in case! Then, I’ve moved to the slightly smaller yardage pieces, that I’ve committed to act as neutrals in as yet unforeseen projects.
However, when I last cleaned up my fabric cupboard (like three weeks ago; the addiction is real, y’all) I set aside some of my designer collections. I originally tried interspersing the Alison Glass and Carolyn Friedlander throughout my rainbow spectrum, but they didn’t like that one bit. So I’ve had them sitting in their own buckets at the back of the cupboard. Sequestered against their will, in the back, in the dark? Jesus. They’re not prisoners of war! These fabrics need to see the light of the day. So I decided they’d be next on my list to wrap around the comic boards and jump ship to this newfangled organisational system.
Now, let me tell you, I’m loving how this has worked with the yardage, all the way down to the half yards. There seems to be an ample amount of fabric in those type of cuts to wrap around the boards enough to see what is going on. I followed the folding direction of selvage to parallel edge, and then wrapped around the board, a miniature version of what you would find in your LQS. But fat quarters y’all?! What the what? How am I even going to tackle those? Kate suggested I cut the boards in half, but then the boards are not all the same size—induce conniptions now!
I also have to say that I’ve been using blue tape to fasten the fabric to the boards, and then tie it off at the end. This seems to work better on some fabrics than others. Embarrassingly, I commented to someone on Instagram that my blue tape always stuck to my fabrics, and well, I have to eat some humble pie, because I was wrong! I’m gonna have to find all the pins in my house and start using those, as I don’t use pins when sewing.
Anyway, this is all just a bit of a mumbo jumbo ramble scramble to tell you about what my fabrics and I have been up to lately! If you’re following on Instagram, you’ll see I’m working on another bomb of a project, and this organisational craziness is my respite. If you have any further tips or links to amazing comic board utilisations with fabric, please share them in the comments below!