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Thread: How did you build your stash??

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    Power Poster littlehud's Avatar
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    I started just buying enough for my projects. Than I started buying a little extra if I really like the fabric. Now I spend alot of time in the fabric store just looking at the fabric and touching it and if something calls to me I buy it. Sometimes a fat quarter, sometimes a yard or two. And if it really yells at me four or five yards. It accumulates quickly. And it never fails when I start a quilt from fabric in my stash I always need another piece of fabric to complete my quilt so its off to the fabric store and here I go again. :D :D

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    Marcia, ROFL over "will work for fabric!" I worked at a Hancock for less than a year, and wrote checks every payday! I also bought two sewing machines while I was there and have every color thread there is I bet. Then Hancock and Joann went out of business in my town. My goodness did I load up.

    I have been sewing since I was a little girl, apparel and dolls mostly, and caught the quilting bug a few years ago.

    My stash is primarily in huge rubbermaid bins on long shelves in my laundry room, with a few in the closet under the stairs and then in a large armoire and bookcase in my sewing room. I dream of the day when it will all fit in one room, but that will mean a double size room, because even if I sewed up all the fab fabric I have right now, I will be buying fabric. I love fabric. Can't help myself.

    I usually buy in 5-7 yard cuts now, but have been known to buy bolts....

    I am brnd new to this board, and will take some pics this weekend of a few things I have.

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    I started with sewing craft items for craft sales, dolls, wall hangings, painted wood items that I would "dress" after I cut them out and painted, of course. I would buy all kinds of pretty fabrics for my dolls dresses. Then my friends finally convinced me to try quilting, well, I already had all the fabric buying down, though I discovered early on to be careful to check the quality of the fabrics cause many of my "cheaper" fabrics faded on the folds or have fallen apart. Now I must buy on a weekly basis or I will just die. Fat quarters just arn't large enough, unless it is for a specific project in colors that I don't really care for, I buy most of my fabrics on sale, some at terrific prices, those I finish the bolt one. But I do buy at regular price, usually a yard, 1.5 yards if I like it a little more, 3-5 yards if I really like it and if I love it, I will get all I can. Most of the time I try to use cash, cause I don't want DH to know how much I spend :roll: :roll: :)

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    If I see an FQ I like, I buy it. If I see a fabric I like, I buy 1 or 2 yards depending on price. If I see a fabric I REALLY like, 3 yards and if it calls to me from across the room, 5 yards.

    Once in a while I still find those "why did I ever" in my stash which then become charity quilts sewn with my ASG members.

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    I would not be too worried about how to build your stash, to most quilters it comes naturally. It is like filling your kitchen cupboards with cans and boxes of food for future use. I am an avid appliquer (Yes, the "A" word) so I can get by with lots of small pieces. Unfortunately, they are harder to store, I think, than the larger yardages. Take a look at thousandsofbolts.com for great fabrics at great prices.

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    Recycling clothes that were too worn for Goodwill, leftovers from things I'd bought for other projects, super duper clearance sales, projects that were PIGS and I'd forgotten why I bought the material...

    My favorite pieces are gifts from my grandma. This year, she asked what I wanted, and I told her "fabric"...and she pulled from her own stash since she doesn't quilt anymore. :) I'll admit that the patterns are interesting, but I'll find something scrappy to do with them.

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    I only buy fabric I really like, pattern, weight, and weave all taken into consideration. More often than not, I do not have a specific project in mind, so usually buy lots of it. I often buy the rest of a bolt if there's at least a yard left. I eventually use everything I buy; nothing goes to waste. One piece of fabric can look completely different when it's mixed with different colors and in different patterns. I can't describe how much I love going through my stash when I start a new quilt project. If I have to make a trip to the fabric store to add to what I've chosen for the new project, that's fun also. I just take a few fabric scraps to match up. Also, I always buy my fabric at sale price or with a coupon.

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    I was a serious packrat by the time I got married. I'd say at least half of the boxes i brought to our new home were fabric or sewing related items. I was 19 then. I had 3 children and sewed a lot...outfits, toys, curtains, a few quilts on machine with no idea what I was doing....started having health problems in mid 30's that slowed me down and eventually became unable to work. During that time I would look at my sewing stuff and fabrics and think about giving it all away, but just couldn't bc of the memories. I finally got some better doctors and although I have never been able to go back to work, after my grandma got me interested in quilting I was overly optimistic and thought I would try to work at home and sell stuff. I jumped from one idea to the next, "stashing all the way" for my "business". My health finally made me realize that I could never sew fast enough to make any profit. I like to buy fabric too much. Those of you who feel you have a 'puny' stash? BE GRATEFUL. it will grow in time, I promise. be glad you don't have the DISEASE of "CAN'T HELP ITS". i felt guilty about the amount of fabric I had amassed but then became very, very sick. When I finally started getting to a better place with all that, I had a new perspective. Accept that I love to quilt and make for others, so expecting that I wouldn't buy any more fabrics was not realistic. I just had to slow down and keep sewing. We are on a fixed income now and i save cash (we both have an allowance), so if i want to spend a little or all that I have in the envelope, it is up to me, with no guilt. I am actually quite reasonable with it, bc i have to be. With no guilt I actually get more done. I have to say I did a lot of soul searching while sick so did not just do this by myself. It was a spiritual journey. Don't wish to be a fabricaholic, to me it was a never ending cycle of...
    BUY-GET HIGH
    HOME I GO-NOW FEEL LOW
    SO, no 'fix' ever lasted...no purchase was the last, and although I had always been extremely moral and honest, I felt quite sneaky! A friend finally told me that I needed to go talk to someone and 'fess up'. I did, both spiritually and professionally. Even now, I know I will have to be careful the rest of my days bc I can still get dizzy in a fabric store and turn into the 'fabricwolf' or fabricstein. My plastic is paid off, I am guilt free and loving it! want to stay that way. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGarnet222
    I was a clothing, craft and home deco before I began to quilt. (still am for gifts and my 3 year old niece, sarah. ) So I was used to having yardage ahead for those projects. And of course the left over yardage when I overbuy piles up.

    Then my church gave me ten boxes of fabric and a lovely quilt frame when they were cleaning out the storage room. Then I got as much from a dear friend passing away. The lady next door moved here three years ago, and went through her stash and donated to the bulging closet too. :roll:

    Now, I live up out of the city and it does snow enough that I don't want to try and drive down that hill during bad weather. So the stash continues to mount. I usually buy with something in mind. But, the nutrals are always needing to be replaced and it drives me crazy when I am doing something and there isn't the right blue (or whatever). That is when I started hoarding.
    There it is ... out in the open..... I am a fabricaholic. And my name is sandy.

    I basically fall into this same category. Except it's my beautician that gave me two boxes of scraps and yardage when she decided she was not going to be doing anymore garment sewing. Some of it I passed on at the church bazaar and I kept the cottons. Also no one wanted my dear aunt's stash when she passed away. Most of that has been sent on to others, but I still "hold on to her laces, zippers, etc." Why?, I have no idea.

    I also find the neutrals lacking. And of course, never enough for the backing. :wink:

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    Patrice - how high are those stacks and what keeps them from tumbling over. What a terrible obit that would be - Quilter smashed by stash! loollll sorry but I must have a warped sense of humor. I envy the colors being all together and you being so organized...

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    I have been "collecting" for a looong time, and now people find ME and say they have some fabric, do I want it! Well, I'm just a girl who can't say no!
    I belong to a quild and they always tell me where the "good stuff" is and I have to go see for myself! And bring home treasures.
    I used to buy three yards of whatever, but that is never enough! And I buy "the rest of the bolt" when ever I can. But now I will buy bolts when I can! I just LOVE to feel fabric! I walk through shops with my hands out feeling the fabric, and when I feel something I like, then I look to see what it is! It usually follows me home!
    I used to have it all organized by color, but now that has gone by the wayside, and I need to start over, as soon as I finish this one I am working on right now! Wait, I have three that I am working on, oh well.....
    :?

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    I keep sorting out my fabrics and someone keeps going in and moving things around in the middle of the night. One night I am going to stay up all night is my sewing room and catch that critter....OOPS, I think I just caught myself.

    Your collection looks so organized, wish I had the wall space left to do that with mine. I have mine in cabinets. Used to have it hanging on pants hangers in my sewing room closet and I think I could find things easier but the rail was sagging so bad I had to do something different.

    I'm like you, can't pass up a bargain. My fav LQS closed but they used to sell you the end of the bolt for 25% off so I had lots of their wonderful fabrics. Now I order most on line from thousandsofbolts.com. They have some awesome deals, check them out if you still have some empty space to fill.

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    Grandma Cindy wrote:
    ...What a terrible obit that would be - Quilter smashed by stash! loollll sorry but I must have a warped sense of humor.


    well, maybe I do too, cause I just fell out when i read this! :D

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