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Julie Posted: Sat, Sep 10 2011 2:09 PM

I cut acid-free mat board into 6 x 12 (approx) rectangles and simply wrap fabric (1/2 yard cuts and larger) around the bolts. To hold the fabric on the "bolt" I simply snap a rubber band around the top and bottom. Then, I store them on closet shelves by color...so easy to find what I am looking for. My closet shelves look like a quilt shop.  I know I can buy plastic "bolts" like this but I prefer the mat board -- much less expensive.

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Diana replied on Sat, Sep 10 2011 3:14 PM

Hi Julie,    I get acid free comic book boards that are just the right size.  I think they're 7x10 1/2 inch size.  I'm the same as you, much cheaper than those plastic things and work just as well.  I bought plastic coated paper clips to secure the edges and it works fine.  My friends like to come and see my quilt shop...hehehe

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Kris replied on Sat, Sep 10 2011 6:12 PM

I use the comic book boards as well. I used to bring home empty bolts from the LQS and cut them in half but they add a lot of bulk and take up too much space on my shelves.

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gini replied on Sat, Sep 10 2011 6:18 PM

i roll my fabric around an 8 1/2 inch x 24 inch ruler, slip the ruler out and store them as flat folds.   when i need to look at a particular color, i just slide the entire stack off the shelf, go through it,  then more ofthen that not leave it sitting until the piles get so huge they're tipping over and i am in peril of being knocked over and smothered by fabric.   but what a way to go.

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Marie replied on Sat, Sep 10 2011 6:49 PM

Joanne's is happy to give the leftover fabric boards to me and I cut them in half remove the loose halves and roll my fabric around it.  Totally free and they get to recycle.

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Marie replied on Sat, Sep 10 2011 6:50 PM

oops, that should've read I remove the loose halves.  I don't cut the board in half.

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abbey replied on Sat, Sep 10 2011 6:59 PM

Good tips, I'm always looking for ways to be more organized. If only my desire to be as organized for school was as great  as my desire for organization in my sewing space.

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Karla replied on Sat, Sep 10 2011 10:56 PM

gini:

i roll my fabric around an 8 1/2 inch x 24 inch ruler, slip the ruler out and store them as flat folds.   when i need to look at a particular color, i just slide the entire stack off the shelf, go through it,  then more ofthen that not leave it sitting until the piles get so huge they're tipping over and i am in peril of being knocked over and smothered by fabric.   but what a way to go.

Gini, that's the same way I store fabric.  I'm forever digging through piles of fabric.  About twice a year I try to organize it, but it never stays that way very long.  LOL

 

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Patti replied on Sun, Sep 11 2011 6:06 AM

I can never get it organized, and some days, after looking for something, it all ends up in piles. Actually, since I have my fabric now on two rolling shelves it is easier to see it all, but the piece I want is always in the middle or bottom of the stack.

And I can never figure out the best way to organize.  Perhaps I should do it like the quilt store.  First group by type such as batik, flannel, children's, holiday, etc.  And then group by color.  Oh yes, then there is that shelf of UFOs.

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I use a foam pool noodle that I got at the $ store to transport ironed fabric, blocks and or show & tell projects.  Just cut it to whatever size you need and use a fabric scrap or rubber band to keep secured.  Takes up no space and no wrinkles!  (Don't store long term on these though unless you cover them first - just in case the color bleeds.)

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gini replied on Wed, Sep 14 2011 8:44 PM

Patti:

I can never get it organized, and some days, after looking for something, it all ends up in piles. Actually, since I have my fabric now on two rolling shelves it is easier to see it all, but the piece I want is always in the middle or bottom of the stack.

at guild, we had a lady give a talk on quiting gadgets.   she had large cloth baskets, the ones you get in fred meyers with the metal frames.    she stacked her flat folds in those with the fold up, so she could see all the fabric.   she uses those stored on end to hold her fabric.  when she needs a fabric, she grabs that basket.  if the fabric is at the bottom she just flips it upside down and the fabric is now on the top. 

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MNnancy replied on Wed, Sep 14 2011 10:17 PM

Diana and Kris, where do you get free comic book boards?


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Diana replied on Thu, Sep 15 2011 6:52 AM

Hi Nancy

  The comic book boards aren't free but cheap.  I get a package of 100 for about $10.  That includes shipping.  That's only 10 cents apiece versus $1.69 each that the plastic ones are.  I think the company is BCW products.  Do a google of comic book supplies and you'll find it.  The boards are certified acid free so the fabric is safe to use with it.  Hope this helps.   If you get a group together, order several packs at a time.  Good Luck

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Kris replied on Fri, Sep 16 2011 2:37 AM

MNnancy:

Diana and Kris, where do you get free comic book boards?

Nancy,

I ordered mine from Amazon.com (100 for $10 like Diana said).  If there's a comic book store near you they might have them. They come in several sizes.

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Melissa replied on Fri, Sep 16 2011 8:43 AM

I use acid free boards I bought online, too. I use the comic book size for a yard or more and cut those in half for pcs 1/4 to 1 yd. Since I had to take the time to fold them anyway, I did so on my self healing cutting mat. It has a ruler on it and i measured the fabric as I went. Then I wrote that on the board. As I use fabric off my "mini-bolt", I change that marking so I always know if I have enough to do a project with each particular fabric.


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