New Storage for my Quilting Room!

One of my last quilts was a scrappy string quilt.  I had a ball making this and I love that it uses up all of those small scraps left over from other projects.

Here's a picture of this quilt in progress...

Motivated by this project, I started collecting strips or "strings" regularly.  For a while, I was just storing them (by color) in large ziploc bags.  Not ideal but it worked. 

Then, I started reading the Quiltville website and enjoyed reading about all of the creative ways she uses leftover pieces of fabric.  So, now, not only do I store my strips by color but I also cut a few different sizes of strips that coordinate with her patterns.  

If you're interested in checking out her website it is located here @ Quiltville.   It''s just an awesome site that she has obviously put YEARS of work into.  I just purchased her most recent book which talks about how you can make scrap quilts by using scraps as "leaders and enders" while working on your current projects.   It's like making two quilts at one time.  Very cool, check it out!

Anyway, back to my new storage!  As I've mentioned before, I don't have a very large quilt room.  Don't get me wrong, I'm really appreciative that I have one as I know many people have to make due with their dining room table.  But all this really means is that I have to be creative when I decide I want to keep yet another item in the room.

While at Lowe's tonight, I came across these great storage containers.  They're tall and thin but the drawers are deep.  They also have rolling wheels so that they can be moved with ease.  I bought three with 5 drawers each for a total of 15 drawers.


Once I got them into my room, I decided to store them against my design wall.  When I need access to the full wall, I can easily roll the drawers out of the way!

Here's what the finished product looked like!




What do you think?  I LOVE that I can add to my strips as needed and that when I want to use some, I can just pull out a drawer and take it to my machine.  How cool is that?

:)   Thanks for stopping by....Heather


  1. I've just been throwing my scraps in a drawer and it's overflowing.
    great ideas!

  2. That is a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thanks so much Alycia! It's a lot of fun to share!! (Loved your blog by the way!) :)

  4. I've been making quilt pieces withthe selvage edge, wow it's pretty. I just lay the good edge over the aw then stitch using an embroidery stitch... Sandra Dogger Klassen Canada

  5. Heather, I have found many of your posts very helpful. I am a brand new quilter and am addicted after one quilt. Regarding your scrap storage... Do you keep all strips? and are they all a certain size? Any tips are helpful...thank you.


  6. Hi Wendy,
    Thank you so much!!
    What I do is try to get as much usage as possible from my strips of all different sizes.
    I like to have a variety of sizes so I cut: 1", 1 1/4", 1 1/2", 1 3/4" and 2".
    I like the variety of sizes.
    Hope this helps! I hope you have lots of fun continuing with your new quilting habit!
    Heather :)


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