Thanks you, thank you to everyone for all the lovely emails and comments about my splashback (which is called a backsplash in the USA - how odd it that?). I so appreciate all your lovely encouragement and good wishes!
I have always sorted my fabrics by colour in small baskets. The idea was that the smaller pieces (1/2 metres and below) went in colours in the baskets, and bigger pieces go in the cupboards. This is all good except for the fact that there seem to be more and more bigger pieces and the cupboards and the system was in collapse.
Moving house seems to be a good time to make a change. So here's what I've done, let me know what you think.
Those bags on the top are how I store my quilts, in pillowcases. Although heavens knows what I will do when the 30 others come back from their overseas travels!!
There is a shelf for each colour. Each colour is stacked in: a big pieces pile, metre and 1/2 metre pile, smaller piece pile, spot pile and and stripe pile.
This has created some interesting information about my stash. For example, I don't particularly like blue, however I seems to have a MASSIVE amount of blue, and also what is possibly the world's largest collection of different blue spots. The husband has suggested that I don't use the blues because I don't like them, but this prompts the question - if I supposedly don't like them, why do I buy them in the first place? Clearly I need to make a blue quilt and relieve the congestion on this shelf.
It has also revealed what most people would already know - my love of candy pink and lime green.
There isn't nearly as much red as you would expect though. This is because I am very picky about my reds and only buy ones I really, really love. It is very difficult to buy just exactly the right red and white spot.
This leaves me with a few other problems. Like where do the purples, browns, black and whites and greys go? This other cupboard is already full of whites, animal prints, assorted "stuff" and the shelf at the top, entitled, "Really big pieces of yummy things I want to do something with".
Hmmm. Oh well, meantime at least I have cleared a space where I can sew, with a lot of help from the wonderful Florence! (Thanks mate!!) It doesn't matter that the power board is hanging out of the wall, there are no skirting boards and that the rendering isn't done, at least I have a clear desk and a cutting board. Design wall is promised by husband this afternoon.
Off to unpack..... or maybe to sew!