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Back in September I made a decision that during my 5 week break between gigs in Oct to Nov there was going to be some editing (see previous blog), some sewing (I’m trying), and some serious reorganizing of my stash.
In normal times all my fabric lived here for years in these wire bins.
But somehow over the last few years it has just…well…spilled out…everywhere.
And in a kismet moment while teaching in North Dakota I received an email from PaperPieces.com. They were now the owners of Polar Notions the makers of Polar Boards and would I like to give them a spin? I couldn’t type YES fast enough. I have dreamed of a wall of fabric in my studio for years. One where I could actually SEE what I have to work with rather than search.
Even just the ten boards (large size) they were offering to “give it a spin” with were gonna be so much fun. I envisioned using them for project organization.
The boards arrived. I wrapped. I fell head over heels in love.
And then another kismet moment. An app that I discovered while in North Dakota called “Offer up”, think Craigslist and Instagram have a baby, brought an offer of two CD/DVD shelving units for $25. I pounced. Within an hour they were in the jeep and on the way back to my studio.
I order more boards. A lot more boards. And Paul got to work stabilizing the shelves to the wall and helping me figure out the best strategy for shelf space. Since the shelves cover an outlet, and outlets are at a premium in my 70 year old home, the back was cut out to give access to that electrical outlet. This caused that line of shelves to include two larger areas that would accommodate the yardage size boards. All the other shelves where figured for the fat quarter size boards as that is 90% of my scrappy stash. We decided to mirror image this shelving setup on the second set of shelves even though it was not absolutely necessary for symmetry.
Then I pulled out one packed-to-the-brim-and-then-some basket and began the process of laying hands on every piece of fabric I own. I had two containers nearby. One for scraps to be cut down to strips and the other was my “it’s leaving” bin. I actually do cull my stash every few years (the last culling sent 32 pounds of florals to a friend in N.C.) so this is nothing new, but this time I was brutal.
And order more boards. And wrap.
And then just fold and put fabric in holding for even more boards to arrive.
And finally after several weeks the wall is done.
Behold “The Rainbow Wall of Awesomeness” as it was named by a friend.
Already having my stash on the boards where I can see EVERYTHING has spurred on so many creative ideas.
Paper Pieces currently has the boards on sale for this weekend. You can find them here. I won’t go into the technical details about the boards, that info can be found on the PaperPieces website.
You deserve a Rainbow Wall of Awesomeness too!
To get someone started…yes I am enabling with the help of Paper Pieces…a set of set boards, winners choice in size, are up for a Giveaway. Just give me your best guess in a comment on this blog posts as so how many Polar Notions boards I have on my wall to enter. The winner will be a random draw on Sunday morning so the guess truly doesn’t count but I am curious what you think. If you are new to my blog and this is your first comment please note it will appear as soon as I put you on the approve list. I will monitor the blog every few hours so don’t worry you will get your entry in.
Enjoy your day and sew something!