May 10, 2013

Quilt Storage

Is anyone else out there running out of space to store all the quilts they make? It's a good thing I don't make really large ones. I just don't know what I would do with all of them. My biggest concern is fold lines so that's what determined my storage method. I actually started rolling my quilts many years ago, but recently I added some improvements. I used to roll the quilts around some archival paper, but that wasn't very effective because the paper flattened out in a matter of minutes. Now I sew a fabric tube and use it to cover a pool noodle and roll my quilts around that. That works much better. I wrap the whole roll in plain white fabric tie it with fabric strips and slip the roll into a long  6 x 48" box. Each box is numbered and labeled with the name of each quilt that lives inside.
Each quilt has been photographed and is entered into my inventory database. The info includes the year made, where it is currently located, whether it's been sold, amount of sale, etc. The only information that I need to enter into the database is where each piece has been exhibited.
That takes care of the larger quilts . . . . but what about the smaller quilts?? I'm still not sure what I'm going to do with these yet. They seem too small to roll, but too big to store flat. What do you do with yours?
I have one final dilemma. What do I do with the quilts I just don't like anymore? They are constructed well, they aren't really ugly. They just don't appeal to me at all. I'm thinking of removing the labels and putting them on the FREE table at the quilt guild. LOL The thought that I actually made this one cat quilt cracks me up. It would be a great one to show as a "Then and Now" type story. Maybe I'll take a photo of it for the next post. You'll crack up too!