I spent yesterday organizing my batik stash for the first time since we started all of our house moves. It seems like every time we moved, I would tell myself I needed to go through my batik stash and fold and organize them but it never seemed to happen.
I guess I feel we have finally found the home we want to live in and it is time to get these fabrics sorted. I’m only working on the batiks right now as the rest of my fabric is in another room.
It is now 90% done! I still have the blacks to sort and a little more arranging. I also have quite a few pieces of blenders and I haven’t decided if I want to keep them separate or mix them back in with the other batiks.
It sure looks like I have less fabric.
Batik stash at my last house
Here is what my batik stash looked like at our last house. This quilt studio was also in Ankeny in our unfinished basement.
Batik stash in our country home
Believe it or not, it has actually been fun moving as much as we have in the last four years. At each house, we have tackled remodeling, painting and more. I thought this was going to be my forever quilt studio as we were in the country. Then our daughter and grandkids moved to Ankeny. You know what happened next!
Back to the present
What I did was pull a color group of batiks from the shelves and then start going through them. Most of the pieces are a fat quarter, 1/3 yard or less. I actually found some bigger pieces I didn’t even know I had.
Over the last couple of years when I would work on a quilt project, I would keep the leftovers and just toss them in the right color grouping thinking I might need them again. Well, it was time to sort and if the pieces were too small, I cut them to the sizes I like to keep in my scrap stash.
Lots of batiks
It took me all day to sort through my batiks.
I always seem to make a lot of quilt projects with teal and thought I had a lot of it in my stash.
Organizing my batik stash
Can you see what I actually have? There are two stacks between the blues and greens.
I use a lot of browns and neutral batiks in my quilt projects.
When I pulled a stack of fabric off the shelves, I would then sort the pieces and decide if I should just cut them up for my scrap stash. Most of the pieces needed a little pressing from my iron also. I like to cut my scraps into the following sizes. I normally keep the 2½ inch strips in a drawer but it is full so now I’m going to put them in this clear bin.
- 1½ inch square
- 2-inch square
- 2½ inch square
- 5-inch square
- 2½ inch strips
I also have some batiks that I still need to organize.
‘Rusty spent the day downstairs sleeping under my longarm most of the time. He will go outside alone as long as he can see me through the window.’Rusty spent the day downstairs sleeping under my longarm most of the time. He will go outside alone as long as he can see me through the window.
My Quilt Studios
I have had 5 different quilt studios in the past 5 years! I just realized I need to do an updated quilt studio tour since I finished painting and getting things arranged.
- Ankeny quilt studio June 2023 – where we live now
- Ankeny quilt studio April 2023 – just before our move
- Ankeny quilt studio reveal May 2022
- Maquoketa country house quilt studio March 2021
- Maquoketa country house new quilt studio setup December 2020
- Maquoketa in town quilt studio decluttering September 2020
- Maquoketa in town upstairs quilt studio September 2019
- Muscatine river house new basement studio March 2017
- Muscatine river house spare bedroom February 2014
- Muscatine river house – small quilt studio October 2011
I’ve got to share a couple of cute pictures of our squirrels, yes I call them “ours” as they are loving the black oil sunflower seeds we feed them.
This one is waiting for his turn at the bird feeder. While I was watching, he actually climbed into the feeder and scared away the other squirrel.
Can you see all 5 squirrels? 2 of them are in the red bird feeder. There was another one in the other bird feeder but he jumped down before I could get a photo. The squirrels always seem to keep a little distance between them. It is hard to get any work done while watching them!
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