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.

5 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.

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  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.

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  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
    Regards,
    Anna

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  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.

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  5. Thank you for sharing with us at the Learning Center! .. Pat Sloan
    http://quiltinggallery.com/learning-center/

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