I'm hoping to make this year a "buy very little fabric" year. So I needed to get a handle on what I have so I can make an efficient use of it. I read some ideas for cleaning up stash and organizing it, and since my sewing area has fallen into the "path to walk through" condition, I am making a stab at putting things in order.
I began by putting on Threadbare by Monica Ferris (a mystery audio book) and then digging through the scrap bag to find pieces to cut into 5" squares.
The colors and prints are very mixed. Sometimes loving fabric so much makes me hesitant to cut into it, but this size is easy to work with and I love how neat they look. Just doing this one group used up about one quarter of one of the scrap bags.
I also found bigger pieces that I will square up and put into a fat quarter category.
For the bigger pieces I am wondering if the "comic book board" method of folding is a good idea. Has anyone else tried this? This is what I saw that I liked: http://cuttopieces.blogspot.com/2011/02/fabric-folding-tutorial.html. Here is another one: http://www.thatgirlthatquilt.com/2011/01/mini-fabric-bolts-tutorial.html.
Sue of Quilt Times http://quilttimes.blogspot.com/ sent out the invitation to join and support her in her project to make a Radiant Star Quilt. The button on the left shows the version Sue is making. I'm joining in for the challenge. I found this design in one of my older quilt books:
However, I couldn't get a grasp of the directions, but I found a block by Eleanor Burns that enlightened me. She designed a 12" Radiant Star block for the latest Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks issue.
Thank you, Eleanor, for making it clear to me.
I have no idea of what fabric/colors I will use, but if I keep up with my organizing efforts, I may stumble upon the perfect collection.