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    Super Member fabric_fancy's Avatar
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    i'm always so surprised when people let their fabric get exposed to the sun - we all know how much money goes into our stash - why on earth would you do that.

    i have a walk in closet that is floor to ceiling shelves and i keep everything in the closet.

    even my design wall is behind curtains so that my WIP doesn't get exposed to the sun. i open the curtains when i'm working and close them when i'm done for the day.

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    Just keep it out of direct sunlight, and it will be fine. Incandescent light does a slight amount, but not nearly as much as sunlight.

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    Fabric can even air fade, I had a friend who had no sunlight or even light bulbs in her fabric storage area and many fabrics, especially dark bkues, blacks, greens faded where the folds were exposed to the air.

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    If any of you have low E windows that helps a great deal if things are left out. I know my sofa and drapes don't have nay fade marks on them since we got our new window.

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    I have two windows in my room, but no sunlight. Haven't had a problem yet, but will keep an eye on it. We do live in the woods on a lake.

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    My fabrics are all stored in frosted clear boxes out of direct sunlight, but in an open studio with windows on two sides. In more than 15 years like that, I have noticed no color fading whatsoever even of the deepest colors.

    Once the fabrics are put into quilts, they will not be kept hidden away in dark closets, so I'm just not going to worry about it. Storing them on wooden shevles does far more damage than in clear boxes.

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    I put sheets over my shelves. I have blinds on the window and I'm planning on making curtains for the window too. I don't really have much light getting there anyway, but it makes me feel better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilrain
    Fabric can even air fade, I had a friend who had no sunlight or even light bulbs in her fabric storage area and many fabrics, especially dark bkues, blacks, greens faded where the folds were exposed to the air.
    THIS IS VERY TRUE...
    I had items stored in cases in a storage place for several years; unopened and when I finally got to the stuff there was fading on all the clothing and linens stored there.

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    Mine are on open bookshelves, but there's only one window facing north and huge pines trees out the window to help. No fabrics--except a quilt hanging on the wall--are near that window. I had the fabrics covered in the other room--facing south and the fabrics directly in the way, but it's too much fun to be able to see them now. I don't want to hide them. The only fabrics I've ever found fad marks on were in a closet where no light got in. Strange.

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    I've actually seen pics posted on here that were taken with the sun streaming on the fabrics...makes me cringe.

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