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    been organizing fabrics

    My ever-growing stash of fabrics (mostly due to all the fabs I have been buying for my purses/totes), was getting out of control-don't have a good area to store them. So, after clearing a top shelf in my closet above my hanging organizers, I am able to stick bolts upright, and in my sewing area, I have rolled my purse fabrics (well, till I ran out of empty bolts) on bolts, and keep them upright as well to take up less space, and I can readily see what I have. I love keeping it on bolts as opposed to folding because I don't get extra creases. I love looking at them from where I sew. I get the empty cardboard bolts from Joann's-they are happy to give them away, so I get about 8-10 each time I "pop" in
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    The cardboard from manufacturers is not acid free and over long periods can damage fabric. Just keep that in mind...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    The cardboard from manufacturers is not acid free and over long periods can damage fabric. Just keep that in mind...
    I heard that, but I only have a couple of yards of each one and as I use them down to less than a yard, they will come off and just be folded. I figure if the can sit in the shops for months on them (or longer), they should be ok. I don't plan to have them stored for a long time. Thanks for the heads-up, though!

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    Wow awesome!

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    Oh so many beautiful fabrics!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    The cardboard from manufacturers is not acid free and over long periods can damage fabric. Just keep that in mind...
    And you know this because? Somebody on the board actually emailed a manufacturer and asked and the answer was the cardboard was acid freee.

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    Looks like a fun closet to shop in!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    And you know this because? Somebody on the board actually emailed a manufacturer and asked and the answer was the cardboard was acid freee.
    Be great if this is true-I have in my closet several bolts that I have had there for a year or so, and full bolts I bought and haven't used much of yet. I'll take my chances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    And you know this because? Somebody on the board actually emailed a manufacturer and asked and the answer was the cardboard was acid freee.
    I KNOW this because archival, acid free cardboard and paper is expensive. There's no way all manufacturers would go to that added expense on an item meant to be thrown away. As for someone receiving an e-mail saying otherwise... If one manufacturer claims this, I'm sure not all of them are acid free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanuatu Jill View Post
    I heard that, but I only have a couple of yards of each one and as I use them down to less than a yard, they will come off and just be folded. I figure if the can sit in the shops for months on them (or longer), they should be ok. I don't plan to have them stored for a long time. Thanks for the heads-up, though!
    Then, you should be good to go!

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    Fantastic organization skills! When I do that I want to start a new project!
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    I want to come shop in your closet! Just kidding, I have enough fabric of my own to use up. Why does someone else's stash look more interesting than your own?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I want to come shop in your closet! Just kidding, I have enough fabric of my own to use up. Why does someone else's stash look more interesting than your own?
    Funny, huh? Guess it's because the grass is always greener etc---or we just love fabric so much!

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    Great job. One of these days I'll get there LOL
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    OMG! It's like your own little fabric shop! I'm so jealous! My little grocery bag of stash is pitiful compared to that. LOL

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    Looks great!!! You did a great job!

    I really have to try to be more organized!! I've been looking for a bolt of fabric that I bought last summer and I can't find it!!! LOL!! This tells me that I better get my stuff organized!! Who loses a bolt!! I know that the bolt was around at Christmas but it got stashed somewhere when we did a cleaning frenzy just before the arrival of out of town visitors - Geesh!! I have to find it!!

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    Love your organization it's so pretty & neat. Sue

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovequilts722 View Post
    OMG! It's like your own little fabric shop! I'm so jealous! My little grocery bag of stash is pitiful compared to that. LOL

    Candace
    We all started with "a little grocery bag" full of fabric-somehow, that little stash was very prolific and seems to multiply ALL BY ITSELF!!!! Give it time!! LOL

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    Wow! I thought I had a lot of fabric, but you win!!!!
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    I think I'm the only one who does kits. I buy kits all the time. I have over 75 of them and keep buying them knowing that I will never do them all, or even half of them. I've given some away to ease my guilt. I also have lots of FQs, some yardage, but I only buy yardage that comes in a design line. I can't just buy one fabric. I have to buy the fabric that goes with it. But I always see how everyone has bolts of fabric that doesn't go together. I know you find fabric to compliment the fabric you buy, but I don't have the eye for matching fabric unless it's from a line. That's why I have so many quilt kits. I have some fabric sitting right here that I'm trying to find the line of fabric so I can order some to go with it. It's Windham's Shelburne Circus fabric. I finally found a couple of yards to compliment this piece at Thousands of Bolts. Thank God for Thousands of Bolts. It took me over an hour to find it. That's why I don't buy single fabrics.
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