I was invited by Madame Samm of Stash Manicure to continue explaining the organizational madness that is my quilt cave (the basement). It looks like I will be posting there once a month for a few months to finish showing how I organize my space. This month I discuss how I deal with patterns, books, and magazines...all that paper that tends to pile up. Check it out at the link above!
I am lucky to have stash and books, but my set up is pretty humble...lots of second-hand file cabinets from U of M, table tops from the recycle center, etc. I love to dream about how it would all look if I had an unlimited budget to buy shelves, fixtures, fancy containers, etc., like they do on those organizing shows on the cable channels. I did have to invest in some sturdier shelves from IKEA for my quilt books after my last shelf collapsed into a pile of pressed oatmeal boards and quilt books gone all helter skelter. That was a sad, sad day...
I just love sheet pocket protectors, hanging file folders, sticky notes...I have a deep down obsession with office supplies...maybe because I love all the things they can help me organize. As a musician, I also store my loose sheet music and books in file folders like this, in addition to our family personal and financial records.
This is my favorite little "mad pleasure" - it is my idea book. I save pictures from magazines (that I don't save the directions to), quilt show photos, and little pictures from greeting cards, catalogs, etc. and I glue them randomly into this bound lab record book with a glue stick. These little snippets give me inspiration about color, lay-out, drawing appliques, little cute sayings to stitch, etc.
I do love using the bound books, even though they get too fat to properly close after glueing in all that wonderful encouragement. (Maybe a binder or spiral notebook would work better for you.) I like how these fit in my cubby, right behind my sewing machine. They are my "go-to" resource to get to a happy space if I am feeling blue or uninspired.
I think I need to make a correction from my last post. I posted blocks I had finished for an online bee I belong to.
I called these Disappearing 9-Patch blocks. I think they are really Disappearing 4-Patches. Disppearing 9-Patches look like this (thank you Helen of Quilts and ATC's).
Both the Disppearing 4-Patch and the Disappearing 9-Patch are great blocks to make with pre-cut charm squares...do you have a favorite quilt or block pattern that you like using charm squares for??