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Thread: How old is your stash?

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    I was going threw my stash last light looking for something. And came across a yard of fabric from my first quilt that I made my DGS's quilt with. That makes that one pice of fabric 8 years old. The oldest I have in my stash. Do you have some fabric that is old? And if do can you remember what you made from it or was going to make?

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    I have fabric from when my grandmother made me dresses. I will be 40 in a few days... I try to put a little piece of it on my quilts.. even if it is in the label .. she is the one who taught me to sew.

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    I have material that is 13 years old. I have some green that I put in a dinosaur quilt for my grandson, and I use a small piece of it in every scrap quilt I make. He is 15 now and still asks me where his part of each quilt is, and always looks to find his green. :lol: :lol: I still have about 1/2 a yard of it, and I do use it sparingly. I also have some bow tie squares that were hand made by my grandmother , from feed sacks, and they are at least 50 years old.

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    I have frabric that was dye cut for my grandmother so I have no clue how old it is but it is old for sure. My mother and her two of her sisters worked in garment factories so there was always scraps available it seems. I have 4 large totes full of fabric and UFO's that belonged to my mother. Some of that fabric still has the price tags on it. I see from time to time when I go through it fabric that she made me clothes out of. I'm 56 so that gives you some idea how old it is. :D

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    I"m figuring I have stash that is close to 15 years old in my stash. That is when I started quilting, so I would say I have pieces from that time.

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    OK-I have fabric from 50 years ago, at least and some feed sacks that are older plus a lot of vintage fabric. Don't have any pieces left from that far back as I used to just buy what I needed, HUH....Then the quilting bug bit me and now have tons of fabric. I don't have to go shopping for more very often but I sometimes still get carried away in a quilt shop or at a show...MUST HAVE, but I don't know what for. :lol:

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    I would say that some of my stash is at least 15 years old. There are some pieces bought at auctions, yard sales, etc., that are older.

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    I don't have any stash more than 3 or 4 ysrs old. I like the new stuff that comes out every year so try not to keep much on hand. I am working on Christmas Projects right now. Marge

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    This week we had a speaker at our guild, Beth Ferrier. She says she has no stash! Since she designs patterns, she has to use the newest available fabric. Said if she didn't do that, all us quilters would not appreciate it! LOL

    My stash is only 6 years old....that's when I started quilting! I did no sewing before that. Now, if you're talking cross stitch or embroidery, that's a different story.

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    I still have pieces from when I first started quilting about 9 years ago. It's all inferior quality so I don't use it. Not sure why I keep it in my stash. haha
    I also still have some decorator's fabric that I bought and made my first big quilt (king) for my mother. I washed it before I gave it to her and then promptly had to sew it back together!
    I'm self taught, the hard way! :lol:

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    I have some stash from my GREAT grandmother's stash --- I'm almost 60 ....don't know how old that is! MY stash is about 35 yrs old....some fabric from my daughter's first clothes.

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    Since I just started quilting less than 2 years ago my stash is small and pretty new except for a few pieces my mom gave me and they could be pretty old! I also have some Dresden plates from feed sacks.

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    Most of my stash is 5 or less years old because I'm relatively new to quilting. However, I do have fabrics, mostly not quilting cottons, from over fifty years ago, the length of time I've been sewing. Looking through the boxes of old stuff is a real nostalgia trip for me, remembering what I made or, in some cases, planned to make with the fabric. If it would fit me (won't), I'd love to finish that denim jean jacket and pants set I started 30 something years ago. The jacket only needs snaps and finishing touches. :roll:

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    I know some of my fabric is from 25 years ago and my mom always had fabric drawers or boxes and I have some of that so some pieces are even older. Not everything is cotton.

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    My stash goes back to 1969. I sewed all my clothes for my senior year in high school. I would use some of the leftover fabrics to make my 3 little sisters play clothes. I recently found some of those scraps and hope to make a quilt using them soon.

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    The oldest quilt fabrics I have are around 10 years old.

    I have a piece of fabric I bought in the middle 70s to make a dress though. It's polyester so it'll probably just stay a piece of fabric. I know that dress pattern won't fit anymore and I don't wear dresses anymore anyway.

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    Well, I know for sure that a bunch of my fabric is from the early 80's, and some before that.. I'm just not sure..lol
    My mom had the old stuff and I think she "cleaned house" when I was overseas, so I wasn't there to object..lol..... probably a good thing.

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    I have fabric from sewing projects that are probably 30 yrs. old-not so much quilting, but garment fabrics. I've been quilting for about 15 years or more-more in the last 10. my stash is outgrowing my room. It's embarassing when people see it. it's out of control.

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    Some of my stash items are over 50 years old. Feed sack, flour sack, so forth. I also made all of my own cloths since I was in seventh grade and I am now 58. My kids and grandkids love it when I make a scrap qilt and tell them what each piece represents. In fact, my daughter writes on the back of each piece what it is from.

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    I have a oiece that I know is over twentyfive yrs old.Cause K-Mart stopped selling material before I got out of highschool.An I happen to
    have graduated in 1982 it was about five or six yrds.An I put it in a
    wedding ring quilt that is WIP.An I have a bunhes of material that I got
    at thrift stores that I know is as old as the other piece of material.

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    I started sewing with my grandmother when I was about 9. I don't have anything that old--the oldest fabric in my personal stash is about 31 years old from the baby clothes I made for my first nephew. I also have my grandmother's stash. Some of that is from the 30's. I made a quilt from Grandma's fabric for my mother and aunt, and there's still enough left to make another one for me. :)
    Sometimes I just like to sit in the middle of the floor and go through all the boxes, sorting and resorting, and remembering.

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    I have material from my grndmothers stach bought during the late 40's - so its about 60 years old. Scared to use it. Want to fix a crazy quilt she made.

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    I recently used a piece that I bought when my 2nd son was a baby. He is 23 now.

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    My stash dates back to my oldest son's baby quilt. He will be 32 in Jan.

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    I inherited some of my grandmother's stash (almost all small pieces). Considering how very ugly some of it is, they've got to be from the 60's and 70's.

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