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    Sorry if this is a topic that has been run into the
    ground, but I could not find any previous posts
    about it.

    So how big is your stash?
    yardage?
    fat quarters?
    scraps?

    I have a rather large stash myself, about 41 bins
    that are 58 quart in size (approx. 23x13x17). And
    within all these bins there are:
    fat quarters = 1-1/2 (at this current time still sorting)
    scraps = 4 bins
    yardage = more than I can count at this time. I am
    however working on trying to sort and refold all my
    fabric, as I am doing this I am pulling out ALL the fat
    quarters and scraps.

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    mine seems to be multiplying every day! LOL I went shopping yesterday, caught a fabulous sale & came home with 13-7/8 yds of new fabric. Was a very good day for me. It was the quilt shops anniversary sale, She was celebrating being open for 2 yrs, I got fabric from her for $4.68 a yard plus 25% off! I save $16. But like i said my fabric keeps growing & growing! I will attach a picture of some of my stash. I have a office cabinet fulllll that is neatly folded & sorted, I have another cabinet, with fabric folded & somewhat sorted & I have 2 dresser drawers full of fat quarters, folded. I love my stash & I love to keep building on it whenever possible. So when I get either in a down mood I go shopping or every so often I call some quilty friends up & we go shopping! Just love it. Now to get motivated..... I do have some estate fabric in the closet too & some WIP where I store all that fabric in Rubbermaid totes until the project is finished. I can't get the closet door open to take pics of the shelves in there but that's ok...it's probably a mess in there!

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    I've been reorganizing my stash - took home empty cardboard bolts from the LQS and and putting anything over a yard on a bolt. So far have done 137 yards and I'm not done. PLUS there's all the bins of pieces smaller than a yard. I need a fabric diet, NOW.

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    I have enough that I have placed myself on a fabric diet. I am working on getting it organized. I would hate to guess how much fabric is there.

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    I cannot match yours but my stash has sent out tentacles enough to engulf the guest bedroom wherein I spent countless lonely evenings scraping off 125 years of wallpaper and then recovering in a lovely wistaria pattern. I open a door a crack, slip in with a sturdy old broom handle, and beating off the reaching arms/legs? i grab a couple of pair of worn jeans, pull them writhing out the door and slash them into trash and useable quilt fabric. Phew. Sometimes of an evening, I tip-toe in with a flashlight (I'm not crossing the room to turn on a lamp.) and with a lightening fast nab, drag away a crumbling cardboard box of remnants to sort. Bwa ha ha. :shock:

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    3500 yards (thats when i stopped counting) for insurance purposes i had to count it and i eventually got sick of it at that number.

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    I just cleaned and cleared out my stash, putting fabric projects together and have been relinquishing that I don't ever plan on using. I did just do a very bad fabric shopping on ebay this last week or so. Another dozen yards to neatly hide.

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    WAAAAAYYYYYY to big, I am getting ready to cut lots of it up and make braided ,woven and crocheted rugs with the bulk of it.

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    I have 5 yards of a fabric I fell in love with and can't decide what to do with. I have 5 yards for UFO I just started and two shoebox sized containers of scraps and fat quarters.

    Fabric is expensive and I try to use what I have for projects or design a project around what I have. I just made a puzzle piece quilt of scraps that I had.

    Aside from my sewing machine, everything I have (tools and all) would probably fit in one large rubbermaid container.

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    I have been getting the cardboard bolts from
    any fabric store that I could find empties at.


    Quote Originally Posted by paulswalia
    I've been reorganizing my stash - took home empty cardboard bolts from the LQS and and putting anything over a yard on a bolt. So far have done 137 yards and I'm not done. PLUS there's all the bins of pieces smaller than a yard. I need a fabric diet, NOW.

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    Hubby told me the other day more fabric comes in, than quilts go out and I didn't think he noticed.

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    I don't have much of a stash YET. But...IZAquilter I would LOVE to open a closet and see all of those beautiful fabrics that you have stashed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt
    Aside from my sewing machine, everything I have (tools and all) would probably fit in one large rubbermaid container.
    Wow, I can remember when my stuff would fit into a rubbermaid container. That was before rubbermaid containers were invented probably! Now I am trying to fit everything into one room!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenheron
    I cannot match yours but my stash has sent out tentacles enough to engulf the guest bedroom wherein I spent countless lonely evenings scraping off 125 years of wallpaper and then recovering in a lovely wistaria pattern. I open a door a crack, slip in with a sturdy old broom handle, and beating off the reaching arms/legs? i grab a couple of pair of worn jeans, pull them writhing out the door and slash them into trash and useable quilt fabric. Phew. Sometimes of an evening, I tip-toe in with a flashlight (I'm not crossing the room to turn on a lamp.) and with a lightening fast nab, drag away a crumbling cardboard box of remnants to sort. Bwa ha ha. :shock:
    I love your explaination of the monsters in your closet. Mine has arms and hairy legs too. Sometimes I think I see red beedy eyes staring back at me. Then I just pet them, and they go back to sleep. They are so soft....

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    I decided to cut out all of the patterns I have been wanting to make while I am waiting on my renovation to be completed. So now I have about 15 UFO's, cut, bagged and sealed. I got rid of everything that was scraps, FQs etc. If I dont need it for a particular project, I got rid of it!!

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    You want me to give inventory of my stash? Well, the closest constructive answer I can give: My stash is pretty darn big. I have all of the above mentioned sizes and all colors. I really don't want to take inventory. Let me live in my dilusionary state of denial as to how much money I actually spent. lol

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    Way too big, in fact my husband reckons I could open my own fabric store!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaM49
    I don't have much of a stash YET. But...IZAquilter I would LOVE to open a closet and see all of those beautiful fabrics that you have stashed.
    Maybe tomorrow I can get in there & move things around to take pics of the shelves I have in there. Like I said, that is vintage fabrics & I think there's 6 shelves (3 on each side of the closet) of the vintage fabric in there. It gets over whelming & it's truely an addiction but I was VERY good on our way home from vacation. I did a quilter's sin, I passed up going to the quilt shops! I was just too tired & I haven't been motivated so I just couldn't make myself stop! So I was VERY good on vacation!

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    Big, but I am working on reducing it!

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    I have enough for my insurance agent to suggest that we up our policy!

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    I have 7 of the pattern cabinets, from the fabric stores, all filled with ruler folded, color sorted fabrics, 6 large totes(65 qt) full of scraps, then about 24 large totes(65 qt and up) full of fabrics, although only about 6 of these are cotton fabrics, the rest are other fabrics.

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    BIG enough I dont want to count it all but is it ever big enough?

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    i use to have a mini fabric/notion store in my home from years of working in fabric stores and having a sewing business. but after a divorce and having to move, I give away most of that fabric, much i had never used or didn't remember i had purchased and i stopped buying unnecessarily.

    my priorities have changed and now i would rather being lying on a tropical island somewhere or go whale watching or trek through the rain forest & see brightly colored frogs before they disappear or go diving or see the outback or go to the fiji isles rather than accumulate fabric i will never use.

    with that said i have about eight 35 gallon tubs of fabric (some left over from years ago) and four 20 gallon tubs of quilting stuff that i am currently working on completing for family and friends and also charity quilts. i gave all of the craft items (at least two 35 gallon tubs)away to some teachers and donated tubs of fabric to church and a few organizations. i would rather someone use it instead of my family having to sell it at an estate sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabric_fancy
    3500 yards (thats when i stopped counting) for insurance purposes i had to count it and i eventually got sick of it at that number.
    I think I'm running a close second to that count, as I'm organizing and packing in plastic totes as we speak!

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    Way too much as I finally decided Thursday night. I have fabric in boxes in my quilting room(under the 14ft. long arm). Hoards of fat quarters that I just can't part with. And then I have a little(maybe 8x10 room that houses my sewing machine, more fabric...some in bags, some in plastic totes and boxes, some just folded and laying there for me to pet, some in the process of getting made into a quilt. Again..AND, across the hall in another bedroom, I have more fabric.
    However, getting back to Thursday night, we had this horrid storm come through. Kitchen outer window broken from the hail, water pouring in windows. Hubby and I were standing here in the computer room looking at the water pouring in the North window and I felt water dripping on me from the ceiling. I looked up in amazement thinking, "How the heck can that be..my sewing room is above this one!" Hurried upstairs and the North window in my little sewing room had been smashed by hail. Water was pouring in along with hail, leaves and all kinds of debris. How I kept from stepping on broken glass I'll never know. The said debris and hail was in the hallway and the bedroom across the hall too. We managed to get a piece of cardboard over the window and as soom as that storm passed, our neighbor and a couple of other guys came over with a loader and managed to get plywood over the window. Another storm followed right after. It was horrid. In all my 66 years on this earth, I have never seen a storm like that one and I hope to never see another one.
    I now have fabric laid out all over drying. I've had to throw alot of "stuff" away as it just couldn't be saved. The only good thing that came out of this is that I found alot of things that I had forgotten that I had and I've made a vow to get my stash under control. Sometimes too much of a stash is just that...too much. I will be doing my fabric shopping in my own house for quite awhile.

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