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Thread: Fabric Stash/Scraps

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    I finally after years of wanting and waiting have my own sewing room. I started organizing my my stash and scraps and found I have tons of novelty fabrics from doing projects for my monsters and has anyone ever noticed how many fabrics have dogs and cats on them?? Just curious because I found alot of those too. I have some fabric sets I forgot about of course I didn't buy enough yardage on some to do alot with....what was I thinking??? Then I have some that I love that I forgot I had. What does your stash/scraps look like? Are you surprised? Now I get the task to explain why I need more fabric when DH looks around going why can't you use all this, hahaha .......They just don't get it!!!
    *Rachel*

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    I spent 3 weeks solid refolding and organizing my fabric, but I still buy there is always another fabric out there you need or "want". like you I found things I had forgotten about and some "what was I thinking" fabrics. the only thing my husband says is "I don't need to be in here do I" as he looks around. I just grin and say no and he turns around and leaves.

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    Husbands never "get" it. I just do what I want to do in my sewing room and don't worry about what DH thinks or says. He's sure all of my sewing stuff is just junk anyway. I keep reminding him about his collection of antique tractors and machinery and parts. As for scraps, I have very few as I often make scrap quilts and cut my scraps and box them ready to stitch if the mood hits me. I have a couple of easy scrap patterns that I often make for Community quilts or quick quilt gifts and I always have pieces cut in advance for these. If I am between projects or thinking out a new quilt, I often grab my scrap box and make some blocks while my quilt ideas jell. If I were you, I'd turn some of those novelty scraps into kid's quilts for donation.
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    OMG! I have some minkee and beautiful flannel & material for baby quilts and blankets. I have a closet full of material, assorted sizes and colors and patterns. I have fleece, cotton, I have bunch of misc. fabric and yet many many times I realize I don't have want I need or want to go with a current project. It has made me realize that a stash is not always complete, mine is still involving.

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    I am constantly reorganizing in my sewing room...to make more space for more "treasures"! Too much is NEVER enough! Recently, like you, I have been going thru my scrap boxes and organizing into colors (reds, pinks, oranges in one box, blues greens purples in another, etc) I had gotten a wild idea to roll all my scraps and fat quarters and put rubber bands around them and stand them up in the boxes, but that just makes for a wrinkled mess of the fabric, so now I'm having to refold and straighten them all out. I am able to use a few of them for pillow cases for donations and will probably do a couple of donation lap quilts out of some more of it. I have 4 large clear plastic boxes that are over full, so this is going to make room for more treasures when I finish.
    As for the DH...he never has said a thing to me about my sewing room and I say nothing to him about his work shop.LOL
    Enjoy your space in your new sewing room.....I call mine my "cave".
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    I am constantly reorganizing in my sewing room...to make more space for more "treasures"! Too much is NEVER enough! Recently, like you, I have been going thru my scrap boxes and organizing into colors (reds, pinks, oranges in one box, blues greens purples in another, etc) I had gotten a wild idea to roll all my scraps and fat quarters and put rubber bands around them and stand them up in the boxes, but that just makes for a wrinkled mess of the fabric, so now I'm having to refold and straighten them all out. I am able to use a few of them for pillow cases for donations and will probably do a couple of donation lap quilts out of some more of it. I have 4 large clear plastic boxes that are over full, so this is going to make room for more treasures when I finish.
    As for the DH...he never has said a thing to me about my sewing room and I say nothing to him about his work shop.LOL
    Enjoy your space in your new sewing room.....I call mine my "cave".
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    I love projects that require me to look at every little piece in my stash. It's like going to an art gallery.

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    Those novelty fabrics are great for "I Spy" quilts for kids. I started using stash and then found myself buying small amounts of lots fabrics like animals, dinosaurs, vehicles, cartoon characters, robots, etc. I do them between bigger projects and they go together quickly and are good practice for FMQ and the kids don't notice the little mistakes.
    Marsha

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    My husband sees all my fabric but rarely comments. He once commented that I didn't really need all that "stuff" and I answered with - he really didn't need all those power tools! Since then - he sort of accepts that I enjoy what I have.

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    I have found some real treasures in my stash. Fabric I had forgotten I bought. Also some "what was I thinking" fabric.
    Marie

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    Fabric Stash/Scraps

    Since we moved from a 3-bedroom house to a 2-bedroom apt. a little over a year ago, unfortunately I had to get rid of almost half of my fabric collection. Because I quilt and have made 12 or more raffle quilts for my church fair, people give me fabric from their stashes, when my sister passed away I inherited her stash, plus other sources in addition to my fabric shop/quilt shop purchases. It was the hardest thing I have had to do, after leaving our home of 33 years, but I gave the majority to my best friend who passed a lot to a women who belongs to Caring Covers, a group that makes quilts for children in hospitals, etc. My DH wanted me to get rid of all of it, but I finally stood my ground and said "enough is enough", I'm not getting rid of any more fabric. In July I made the family reunion quilt without buying additional fabric - my family members sent fabric (this year's color was navy blue in memory of my sister who passed away 2 years ago - each family has a color so we can tell who belongs to whom), I had th3 background fabric and thanks to my BF who saved a very large piece of fabric, I had the backing fabric as well and my niece donated the batting. She was also the one who won the quilt. Funny how things work out. But in moving I discovered 12 hand pieced blocks that I had forgotten about, plus 2 block of the month quilt, a precut kitty quilt and lots, lots more. Now that my back is better, I hope to be able to do lots more quilting before Christmas. It's always good to know that when I want to make a quilt, I have lots of fabric to choose from without going out. However, I just had a craft fair, so the money I made will go towards my next fabric/quilt shop visit.

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    I am so happy for you! I'm still dreaming of a sewing/quilting room. Enjoy all your fabric treasures as you find them once again! :-)

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    My stash is usually organized loosely by color. It is easy then for me to make a mental note to get more red or yellow, or perhaps lighter and darker ranges of blues, greens, and purples. I don't like having mostly medium colors because then it all blends together rather blandly. I don't buy theme fabrics any more as I tire of them quickly. I usually end up donating those to others who appreciate them more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gramto4 View Post
    Those novelty fabrics are great for "I Spy" quilts for kids. I started using stash and then found myself buying small amounts of lots fabrics like animals, dinosaurs, vehicles, cartoon characters, robots, etc. I do them between bigger projects and they go together quickly and are good practice for FMQ and the kids don't notice the little mistakes.
    Thats an awesome idea because I have been wanting to experiment with machine quilting..I will do that along with scrappy quilt I saw. Then i'll donate them, I had premie twins 12 yrs ago so I believe in the NICU programs!!!
    *Rachel*

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    Me too, also....to all of the above. I had my stash in cubbies just as I liked it and felt all organized....and then an unexpected move, and I am STILL recovering.....AAARRRGGGGHH!! There...I feel better.....
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    Welcome to the boad, Rachel. You are gonna love it here. My stash looks pretty much like yours. I'm often surprise what I find tucked away and yes, I keep buying new. To me, fabric is sort of like money, you just never have enough. LOL
    Fabric is like money, no matter how much you have it's never enough.

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    I have very little stash because I am such a new quilter. I do have a plastic bin of strips that are all roughly 2 1/2 inches wide. I look at the bin and think about what to do with them. I don't have much in the way of a yardage stash. I did indulge the other day though. I purchased 4 1/2 yards (all that was on the bolt) of a fabric because I just loved the colors. It was at a quilt shop and on sale for $4 a yard. I am currently unemployed, so this was a HUGE splurge for me, but I could not help myself. I have no idea what I am going to do with it, but for now, I will just enjoy looking at it in my quilt room.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gramto4 View Post
    Those novelty fabrics are great for "I Spy" quilts for kids. I started using stash and then found myself buying small amounts of lots fabrics like animals, dinosaurs, vehicles, cartoon characters, robots, etc. I do them between bigger projects and they go together quickly and are good practice for FMQ and the kids don't notice the little mistakes.
    What a great idea!!! I have scraps of juvenile fabric that I didn't know what to do with .....BUT now I do!!
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    I think most of us when we go back and look for a fabric we need run across something and say, "what was I thinking?" bit i am sure I had a great idea for it!!

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