Thursday, February 9, 2012

To Stash or Not to Stash?? Tell me what you think.

I was just reading the Quilting Gallery newsletter and ran across Pat Sloan's piece on organizing your sewing work space.  I have a rather large stash of fabric that I quilt from.  As you can see, it tends to get a bit messy as I drag out fabric after fabric to choose what I want when designing a new quilt.  My question is, do you use a stash or buy specifically for each project?  With the price of quilting fabric going up to $10 per yard or more it's so hard for me to resist a sale of $3-$4 per yard fabric to add to my stash.   How do you organize your stash?  By color, type of fabric, piece size, etc?  I'd love to hear your comments.


  1. I'm just a newbie to quilting so I don't have a whole lot of material. I do have a little stash, mostly stuff that I just loved that I found on sale. Otherwise, I just buy for each project at the time I start it.
    The little stash I do have is arranged by color, and then that is arranged by yardage. I just don't have the room for a larger stash.

  2. If I had it to do over again, I'd buy for each quilt. Well, no that wouldn't work. How could I make all my gorgeous scrap quilts. I buy fat quarters for them. Main stash is in a custom built cutting table. The balance is in the closet in boxes labeled: antique, backs, bindings, 1800's, 1930's, and various boxes of assorted sizes of strips, squares and triangles. The boxes for the ufo's are in there too.

  3. I think it depends on a lots of things but I love having a large stash of fabric. Fabric is even more expensive here in Canada. I have bought lots of fabrics on sale- I almost never buy fabric at regular price as the regular price starts at around 15 dollars and goes to 23 dollars a meter. The Canadian dollar is about par with the American or pretty close these days.
    I have most of my fabrics organized by color except for some categories- batiks, tone on tone, 30's fabrics, florals, seasonal items( Halloween and Christmas) children/ novelty, stars and sunflowers.. I also have some strips in various sizes and minkee or backing for baby blankets in a separate spot. It is hard because fabrics can belong to more than one group. Mostly I just have it sorted in ways that make sense to me.
    I don't what I would do if I had it to do over again but I think that I still would collect fabric because it is my nature to be a collector of things. Sometimes when I feel like I need to buy new fabric, I go upstairs and play in my stash- I realize how much is there to be used and it often stops me from adding to the stash at that moment.LOL

  4. I used to have my fabric on open shelves... then a friend had a house fire - she had her fabrics in drawers, and aside from some smoke damage, almost all of it survived. So, now mine is mostly in drawers, too! I sort by color, with separate drawers for holiday, wools, and silks. I also have a bin of interfacings and fusibles.

  5. Thank you for sharing with us at the Learning Center! .. Pat Sloan


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