This is my stash of commercially printed fat quarters. It's a mess, partly because when my darling (%^&*) boys slam the nearby door stacks of fabric rain down to the floor; and partly because I've been trying to jam new fabrics into the space. But most importantly, I find myself standing in front of this shelf and not finding the right fabric for the job. I'm not a storer, I'm a user. Too many of these fat quarters don't deserve the space they're taking up. Time to cull.
These are the fabrics I've been buying lately. I'm still in search of the rainbow. My fabric choices are pretty much governed by my old buddy, Roy G Biv. (Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet) Bright, clear colors, tone on tone, this is my favorite box of crayons. (Yes, that is a bottle of nail polish, and a noodle bowl from my sister, the potter. It's a horizontal surface. Just saying.)
Now, this makes me happy. The fabrics are in rainbow order. The gray, civil war and multicolor fabrics are gone. I decided that each color should have its own stack, and I could keep only as many fat quarters as would fit a single column. Except for the greens. They are my favorite. Can't possibly have too many of them. And I can stop buying aqua. For so long it was hard to come by, I would snatch it up whenever I saw it.
Quilt shops, it seems, are forever looking for inventive ways to package fat quarters. These lovely greens were stacked in a celophane tube. Totally cute. But look what I found when I opened the roll to fold it into a shape that would better fit on the shelf. What a mess. I was sorely tempted to iron it before folding it, but I am a recovering perfectionist, and decided that the creases would ease out on the shelf. It could happen!
Of course, solving one problem often begets another. These are the rejected fat quarters. They are perfectly fine, quilt shop quality fabric, but some were duplicates, others were fabrics that I bought years ago, and haven't liked in a very long time. What should I do with these? I'm considering a quilter's rummage sale, but I'm more inclined to just give them away. Know a good charity?