Part of my desire to spend more time in my studio this year also involves keeping better track of what I’m doing in there. So, toward that end, I’m giving it a go starting today.

As I mentioned in my last blog post, one of the biggest challenges I face in the studio is my lack of a design wall. While it sounds like a small thing, it’s actually one of the things that cause me the most consternation. But before I can even get to that point, I need to find a place to hang the design wall.

My studio is filled with furniture right now, and most of it is pushed up against the walls. Most of that is storage cubicles, so I’ve spent a good deal of time the last couple of days deciding what it is I want to pull out of the studio and what to do with the items currently stored in it. I finally decided to pull out the Kallax unit I have in there for fabric storage. For storage, I am clearing out the cutting table so I can use it for fabric storage instead. Not only will this free up wall space once I get it unloaded and moved to my closet, my fabric will also be less likely to collect dust and dirt.

Up until this point, most of my yardage has been wrapped on comic book boards. I want to fold the fabric in such a way it will stand up so I can see the edge like a book spine. I gave it a go yesterday, and so far, I’m liking it. It’s slow going, taking quite a bit of time to unwind the fabric from the boards, then cut the boards down and wind it back on the smaller board.

It isn’t perfect by any means, but this is effective, and I’m finding that I like it a lot.

I still have a fair amount of fabric to redo.

And this doesn’t include all the new fabric I’ve bought recently. I have a huge issue, I know. But one of my goals for the new year is to use more of the fabric I have. All of the projects I make going forward will include at least one piece of stash fabric.

I don’t intend to rework everything in my studio right now, but over time, things may end up getting rearranged. I also know that if I start down that rabbit hole, I will lose half the year to a re-organization that will leave me wishing I had spent that time working on my quilting projects, but still not fixing all of my organizational issues. So maybe one of my other goals this year should be to make a commitment to stop moving things around in my studio once I have the design wall up.

Do you have quilting goals this year? If so, what are they?

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