Monday, January 13, 2014

a post... and a Green Fairy Quilts giveaway!

I know, I know... it's a little crazy... a post from me and a giveaway from Green Fairy Quilts all rolled into one! I just like living on the edge I guess!

First... a post from me...

January is always great for organizing and purging, isn't it? Especially in the sewing room, as in my case. A week or so ago, I found some great storage baskets at a local dollar store. Aren't they sweet?
When I got them home, I realized that they're the same baskets that miss Bee in My Bonnet, Lori Holt, uses in HER studio. Well, color me starstruck!
After quite a bit of sorting, pressing, cutting, and general sifting, I ended up with this...
Trust me, it is a LOT better than it was!
I realized that I was on a roll with the fabric organizing thing, so I headed to the baskets on my large bookshelf and wicker drawer unit. The bookshelf seemed to be holding a lot more than was necessary, so I bagged the collections that I can live without and threw them in a basket... It got pretty full in the end!
And after dealing with the drawers, I was left with this...
...and this!
Because of all the extras I discovered, I decided to have a Sewing Room Fabric Sale this weekend!
Here is another shot of what I'll be hopefully parting with...

Purging fabric is a good thing, but winning new fabric to help fill out the empty corners is also a good thing... and that's why I'm very excited to share a giveaway from Green Fairy Quilts with you!

Green Fairy Quilts is offering a Sewing Box jelly roll to one lucky reader of my blog! Adorable, yes?
It's sure to be the perfect addition to anyone's nice, tidy sewing room!

To enter, you must first sign up for Green Fairy Quilt's newsletter by clicking here. I know that I love their emails letting me know when they have new stock and great sales!
Also, I'd love if you could share with me your best organization tip when you comment to enter... because I'm very sure that once I finish with my sewing room, other rooms will be calling!
I will draw the winner on Friday, January 17th.

Good luck to you on the giveaway, and I can't wait to read your tips

41 comments:

Mel Donnett said...
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Mel Donnett said...

Great giveaway, and thank you for introducing me to Green Fairy! I'm having lots of fun poking around :)
To (attempt ) to keep myself organized, I wrap my pressed binding around the end of one of my rulers. When I've got a bunch of quilts on the go, it's nice to have the binding ready. I also love making my own binding, so I don't mind making it ahead of time!
Thanks for the opportunity!
-M

Μαμά τζίνι said...

beautiful basket

JoyceLM said...

I'm already receiving the newsletter from Green Fairy Quilts. I keep my fabric in see-through plastic bins, primarily sorted by color. I also have separate bins for batiks, Christmas fabrics & children's fabrics. Thanks.

Lisa Marie said...

I have signed up for the GF Newsletter. Judi is a talented quilter and I love her shop. I'm not sure I'm a good one to ask for an organizational tip, but here goes -- invite overnight guests! That's what motivates me to get organized around the house.

Sandy D said...

I already get GF newsletter and love her blog. When I have finished a top and are not necessarily going to have it quilted right away I will go ahead and make the binding and roll it up, tag it with a description of the quilt it is for and put it in my binding container.

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, love the baskets, looks so great, Blessings Francine.

ozone3 said...

Already signed up for the NL. Great organizing. Don't have any tips...I need to work on my stash right now...LOL!!

Thanks for the chance to win!!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I already the Judi's newsletter...thank you for this chance.

ROBERT YOUNG said...

I already receive her newsletter her quilting is amazing
thanks diana

Joan and Kevin said...

I'm already receiving their emails.
Love the baskets, I need to find some.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Sharon B said...

I receive the Green Fairy Newsletter. My fav organizing tip is to put a peg board up on a wall to organize my rulers. Best thing I ever did (with all the new rulers coming out I need a bigger one :))

Gill said...

I already get the GF newsletter!
I keep my fabric on open fronted shelves but I'm also looking for good storage ideas!!

Phyllis said...

I love those baskets. Going to check out my dollar stores to see if I can find them. I use mostly baskets to hold my fabrics. I have some clear plastic containers that I can slide under the bed. I have an old desk from my childhood that holds my sewing machine. An old chest of drawers holds a lot of fabric and patterns but I would love to be able to see them. Thanks for the giveaway!
I signed up for the newsletter.

Tracy said...

I already get the NL, love Green Fairy! I haven't done this yet myself but I plan too! With all the scraps is to cut them into the appropriate sizes and sort them into containers then when you are ready with a bunch for a project they are ready to go. I believe I saw this from Bee In My Bonnet. Thought it was a great tip, now to put it to use!

Deb said...

I need to get some of those baskets, where did you get them, dollar store, dollar general? I already get the newsletter from Green Fairy Quilts and have been a customer of theirs for a long time. Thanks for the chance.

Linda said...

HI,ALREADY RECEIVING GFQ'S NEWSLETTER!I SAVE ALL SMALL SCRAPS OF 2" SIZE+WHEN THERE IS A BASKET FILLED,CUT ALL TO YOUR FAVORED BINDING WIDTH REGARDLESS OF THE LENGTH AND SEW TOGETHER FOR THE CUTEST VARIED COLORED BINDING EVER!LOVE USING THESE ON MY CHILDREN'S CHARITY QUILTS!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

I love those baskets! I like having things organized so I can see what's there. I guess I need to make a trip to my dollar store and see if they carry them. I get GF's newsletter too. Thanks for the fun!

longlake7 said...

I save my really small pieces of cloth, such as trimmings, little pieces of binding, and so forth- place in a wire basket that you might use for bird food, etc. and I place it in a tree in the Spring, birds use these small threads, trimmings, etc. for their nests and I don't throw away ANYTHING.
It's so much fun to see them carry them away for their little homes.

Crickets Corner said...

I love those baskets. I use an old CD spindle to wrap my binding around and sit it by the machine. That way I can just reel it off as I'm sewing. I already receive the GF newsletter.

barbara woods said...

love those baskets , my sewing room get's cleaned up when we have a family dinner

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

I already get their newsletter and shop there too often! My best organization tip is mason jars for perle cotton and buttons sorted by color. Thanks!

Lisa said...

I already receive the newsletter and my organization tip is to keep it job specific. I always put everything up after each project!

Wendy said...

I already get her newsletter and shop their store...my tip is for the sewing room...I use one of those trays for silverware to put my marking pens, small straight rulers, rotary cutters etc. in to keep them tidy...

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

I already receive her newsletter. My tip is to invest in a label maker (I use a Brother P-touch) and then label each container, basket, drawer so you can easily find what you need without wasting precious quilting time searching. :)

supersara20 said...

I like to keep my fabrics organized by color. I then have a bag hung on the closet door handle that I put all my scraps in. About once per month I sort the scraps by color.

Mom2RyandSis said...

Your baskets look great! I'm horrible at organizing! Please share any great tips you get :) I receive the newsletter!! Thanks for the chance to win!

Donna Minter said...

I have been receiving the Green Fairy newsletter for a long time. I store planned projects in clear, plastic shoe boxes. I put an index card inside the end as a label.

Jennifer said...

I love those baskets! I already subscribe to the Green Fairy newsletter. Thanks for the chance to win.

Bobbie said...

I love Green Fairy! And I get the newsletter too!
Your baskets are great- and now I need some - if they're like Lori Holt's :)
I do not look like I am organized but I really am, really
I have been "bolting" my fabric on mini bolts- my LQS gives them to me or I use priority mail boxes and it is so much easier to see my fabric

PK Sews said...

I get the Green Fairy newsletter - a great shop! Thanks for this post and the giveaway. I love seeing other people's studios. It's the place where we really let our inner child do the decorating. Is that a repurposed chest of drawers that you are keeping your baskets in? What a great idea! I keep projects-in- progress in plastic scrapbooking boxes. they are the perfect size for quilt blocks, and they come in pretty, see-through colors. I stock up when they are on sale at Michaels.

Jacqueline said...

I signed up for the GF newsletter. my hint... Sort thru your mail next to the garbage can or recycle bin. Pitch junk mail before it gets into the house.

Thanks for a chance

Karen said...

I am already receiving the Green Fairy Quilts Newsletter and I love it.

To organize my fabric I picked up comic book boards and wrap my fabric around it. It helps make my fabric shelves look neater and it is easier to find what I am looking for. Looks like you did a great job of organizing!

beebee said...

thanks for the chance to win.
My organization tip is....I use comic book backer boards and wrap my fabric on them. They look like little bolts of fabric.
hugs
beebee

Colleen Gander said...

Green Fairy Quilts has my number or email address and I love to hear about their sales. My favourite colour is red and although I am moving soon and should be clearing out my sewing room, I am collecting some cute red painted pails from our dollar store to store my sewing tools in my next studio. I purchased some red and turquoise fabric with sewing notions to make new curtains and covers for my machines. So much goes behind closed doors in plastic totes that I need some cute stuff surrounding me.

Lynn McIndoe said...

I already subscribe to the Green Fairy newsletter. I am not very organised and am in awe of those who are. The only tip I can think of is that I keep all of my backgrounds on the boards that the shops have them on- 1/2 fabric width wide. Shops usually throw them away so are happy to give them away. I find it is easier to cut the fabric from them than to move around bigger yardage.

Kathy W said...

Love the fabric colors - signed up for the newsletter also. I keep a lazy susan on my table to keep the small things such as needles and pins organized.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I signed up for the newsletter.

Hildy said...

I've signed up for their newsletter a long time ago it's a great shop:-)
hildy(at)ebertzeder(dot)de

Cathy M said...

I buy the extra large 2 gallon ziplocs at my local dollar store so that I can keep all the "ingredients" for a project together in one package.

Deb said...

I'm signed up for the GF newsletter. Love her shop and her sales and her free shipping! I'd say the best organizing tip I would have is just to take care of all your leftover scraps from a project as you go. Yesterday I was working on my Block of the Month with lots of small triangles cut off of a Square in a Square block. I could just toss those, add them to the basket of scraps, or right then and there start sewing little small triangles. I'm going to do that today and get a headstart on taking care of scraps. That really seems to help me with organization.