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Thread: How did you build your stash??

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    For now I am buying fabric for specific projects and since I am still new I buy at least 1/2 yard more then I think I am going to need. I am also saving scraps and woopses..
    How do you know how much to buy if you do not know what you are going to make with it? Do you buy with a backup project?
    Or do you know you can make something with it.

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    I seem to make lots of baby quilts that I tend to overbuy for. That got me started. I also buy yardage of stuff I just like and lots of fat quarters.

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    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.

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    my name is Patrice. i, too, am a fabriholic. (believe it or not, there are more stacks of drawers than you see here. they just didn't fit into the pic.)

    i inherited the disease from my mom. (she had an excuse. she was a professional coutourie and tailor. she also made all my clothes until i was old enough to help make all my clothes. i got my first grown-up sewing machine in kindergarten.)

    i was on the wagon for a while. until i discovered quilting. AND a fabric department in the WalMart just around the corner. fell hard, my friends. very hard. very fast. when they remodeled, they sold off 75% of their stock, for less than half price, with the intent of closing the department. much ruckus was raised so it's still limping along, in much less space and with a smaller selection, two years later.

    THEN i joined this board and found out you could buy fabric online. all i can say is ... that wagon is now 25 miles down the road and out of sight. :lol:

    i've been known to buy whole bolts "just because" and with no idea what i'll do with it. it's madness, i tell you. madness!!!! :shock: :lol:

    i admire people who can buy only for specific projects. or who can control themselves enough to buy just "that little just-in-case extra." i am resolved to downsize my mountain and to splurge less from now on.

    when is the next meeting, please? let me know when it's my turn to bring snacks. :roll:
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    I've collected fabric for years, just not for quilting. When I began quilting, I've collected even more.LOL

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    I started with purchasing for specific projects, then noticed the "sale" bins and started adding markdown stuff "just becuase", then it was onto Ebay- again, specific needs first but then when I joined here and saw what a stash really meant. I knew I need to get serious and get some real stash. So I bought "fabric bundles" and "fat quarter bundles" on Ebay and going to the thrift store (I've found some fabric there) and yard sales. I think I'm finally comfortable with the amount of stash and now I'm working to reduce it.

    I, too, am a fabriholic, it is terminal, there is no known cure but not life threatening. There are those of us who are still in denial, but when you come out of the closet, it feels so much better.

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    oh, and when you come out of the closet, be careful the stash doesn't fall out behind you!

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    All I can say is wow. My stash is a laundry basket and a storage bin. Againg wow... my husband kill over..

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    Patrice,
    OMG! I am amazed, it is like walking into a quilt shop. Love it.
    I wanna be like you when I grow up :-)

    P.S I just showed your phtot to my DH, and he said, well, it lookes like we should be shopping for house with two extra rooms, one owrking area and one storage for fabrics!LOL I said I love that!

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    I typically buy 1/2 yard more than I need for a project. I also collect fat quarters. I recently purchased a bunch of 1/2 yard cuts of civil war fabrics just because I love them! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbm
    I, too, am a fabriholic, it is terminal, there is no known cure but not life threatening.
    It could be life threatening if one of Patrice's drawer columns falls on you! :lol:

    I have a pitiful stash myself. I'm working on it. Some times I buy for a project, adding a 1/2 yrd or so to each fabric for leftovers. And some times I buy because its a great deal. A yard seems to be my 'normal' amount unless theres only a few yards left on the bolt. Then I just take all of it. Can't bear to see a lonely yard!

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    I started stashing when fabric stores went out of business. I most often look at sale fabric.

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    I started quilting a little over a year ago. I had no stash at all. Bought for a couple of projects. Then on freecycle a couple of people was giving away quite a bit of yardage and I took that. Hit a couple of yard sales and got carried away because of the prices. And finally two quilt AUCTION

    Now there was my down fall.

    I am sorting and stacking about 3 thousands yards at the present time. Have a web site about to open for quilting. A low cost type for the everyday people lol.

    Hubby just shakes his head. rofl like that will help. He is building me build in shelfs and such as I have taken over the upstairs which is one huge dormer type room.

    HMMMM not hard to collect at all.

    :lol:

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    I started my stash when I opened a quilt shop. LOL However I am now retired and still continue to add to my stash. DH had a carpenter come in and put cupboards in the laundry room for my stash. He got tired of seeing boxes all over the house filled with fabric. Well, I have out grown my laundry room and once again have plastic containers here and ther around the house. Like the others have said, I buy more than I need for a project, and also buy because I like it. There is no cure for this. Marge

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    Okay ladies... My stash is small, but we (my stash and I) muddle through.

    Here's what I can't stand. I buy two yards... I share it with a friend... Now I have one yard for the stash... Great right? Nope, because no matter how much I started with a yard, a fat quarter, you name it I'm always "this much" short. You want to know why? Because I always find out that I LOVE IT, and oh how I wish I'd been smart like Patrice and bought all they had on the bolt! :roll: :roll:

    So I suppose I am a fabriholic wanta be? I'm like the drunk staring at the bottle trying to restrain myself, but everything I create has me crying out for more! :shock:

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    I buy by the bolt. Whatever I find that I like I just go ahead and get the entire bolt becuase I find that later, I wish that I had this or that fabric to mince in a new project.

    I am up to a little over 2000 yards now on bolts and in cuts. I also buy squares. I love making things with them.

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    You'll be amazed at the amount of fabric that piles up over time. I started out buying like others mentioned...because I crafted, decorated, putzed around with lots of little projects going nowhere until I found quilting. I was lucky enough to inherit fabric from a few quilters who gave up their hobby due to health issues. That plus a few years of buying stuff just because I liked it makes for a nice little stash. By they time I hit retirement, there will be no need to go out for fabric (not that it will stop me from buying it, of course!!).
    You'll get there. :D

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    Hi Quilting G--great question with some very interesting answers. I have enjoyed reading about everyone's stash.

    I am a fabriholic too, but not to the extent that some of you are!!! My stash has grown several ways-----

    1-I discover a specific fabric type that I like (ex-Civil War or 30s reproductions or Kansas Troubles Quilters) and then I start to amass a collection of it. If I want it for scrappy quilts then I usually buy just fat quarters or 1/2 yard pieces so I can get a lot of different ones. I will buy yardage of ones that I just LOVE so that I have border fabric when the time comes.

    2-I worked in a quilt shop for about 6 months and my stash really grew (I owed the owner money after I spent my whole paycheck every month---does the saying "will work for fabric" ring a bell?

    3-I had a friend whose Army husband was stationed in Korea. She used to go to the fabric market and buy fabric for a song. She was getting Moda for around $1.50/yard!!! She had to buy a minimum of 2 yards and since her stash was getting so huge she decided to share with me! So, when she bought two yards she would cut it in half and send me a yard. She sent me over 60 yards of fabric that year---for under $100! It was a great way to build my stash.

    Now I just buy what yells to me in the store. Sometimes I just cannot make up my mind and so I end up buying nothing!!! I am starting to feel guilty because I know I will never live long enough to use up everything that is already in my stash!! But, my LQS is having a fat quarter sale, so I am going shopping again tomorrow!!! I guess I will never learn!!

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    Oh darling patricej ..... will you come over and organize my stash like that? That looks like a dream come true!

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    PATRICE!!! WOW! Can I play at your house please?

    As you see from this pic, my pitiful stash does not even fill three of the drawers you see under the sewing table. :cry: What I have collected so far is leftovers from three baby quilts, and the occasional bargain off ebay. Fabric is EXPENSIVE over here, I get jealous when I see you all post pics of your purchases and see how much you are paying. Also I don't live near any fabric shops (probably a good thing). And of course I got some fabric from my generous secret santa!

    Pitifully small stash in drawers under the table. Donations welcome!
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    I too am a fabriholic. My husband says I need to get on the 12 step program - stay away from temptation (i.e. fabric stores) and when I do find myself in one, take 12 steps right out the door!

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    Wow, Patrice. I am just in awe. How long did it take you to build up that wonderful collection? It looks organized wonderfully. (Do you use the Dewey Decimal System too?)

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    When my husband asks me where I got "that" fabric my answer is:

    "Fabric happens"

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    I am a fabriholic too, and proud of it! It keeps me out of trouble otherwise! Husbands have to realize that we aren't out gambling, drinking, going to the spa, etc. We are being creative at home!! And we make useful things with our talents!

    I started my stash with a few specific quilts I wanted to make. I bought more than I needed so that I could make up my mind at home. Then I started buying fabrics I just couldn't live without. And fabrics that were marked down too low to pass on. And fabrics I might need some day, and...

    You know the fabric will be gone if you go back for more later!!!

    I now buy the "must haves" in at least yard and half cuts. Sometimes 3 yards. I wish I could buy bolts, but the budget can only stretch so far.

    Fabrics I bought several years ago are still appearing in new quilts. That makes me smile. I remember buying them and think how useful they have been.

    I read in my first quilt book: If you like it buy it. If you really like it, buy as much as you can afford. It won't be there when you go back!! Take these words to heart, and hope they never do find a cure for fabriholicism! :wink:

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    I am a fabriholic and I'm proud of it. No shame here, I enjoy touching it, washing it, and making things out of it. I, like Patrice the sister I've never met in person, I started very young........9 yo. I kept every scrap and willingly admit that I don't like throwing anything away. I have my bed frame on those rizers with tubs of fabric under it, I have drawer bins, I have baskets on shelves around the ceilings of two of my bedrooms and I use then replenish. I don't like empty shelves, my husband never ever said a word about the fabrics or threads when he could talk, because he liked what I do with a sewing machine. lol Now he can't talk he touches it and shakes his head yes at me.

    I've learned to toss the itty bitty scraps, I break them down to two or three thread and put them in my mulch bed, the birds and worms love them, they help to hold the moisture in the mulch bin and they are pretty peeking out of my flower beds for the birds to put in nests.

    I probably could make at least 5 queen size scrap quilts and maybe I will live long enough to do that as soon as I get back from my LQS with the next to last purchase...........for the week. I buy what speaks to me, I buy what is requested by friends for their own special project, I buy the bright and beautiful, the classy and the common, but worse..............hanging head in shame, I subscribe to a lot of magazines that mostly all have little stickie note markers on pages of projects I want to work up.

    This fabriholic doesn't have time for meetings, I MUST work up some of my fabric and buy buy more. I'm doing my part for the economy. Someone send me the notes on tape so I can listen while I'm sewing???
    :? :roll:

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