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Thread: I'm thinking about de-stashing totally

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    If I found myself in your situation, I would go through my stash and really be honest with myself on what I will use and what I won't and sell what you won't. My stash is meager at best, and mostly blenders and tonals so I feel pretty confident that I will use most of what I have in one project or another. But if I were finding that I had shelves upon shelves of fabric that I *really* couldn't find a use for, I'd do away with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlwaysQuilting
    Quote Originally Posted by gaigai
    The object of stash isn't to use it up, it's just to have enough of it.
    Oh you have dangerous ideas :twisted: :twisted:
    Oh dear, you're all making me look at what has been a mysterious drive for a long time. I hate to even think of it let alone admit the word hoarder, but.... Yikes, will have to get busy. The idea of cutting up everything into scrappy pieces is great. Does anyone else do this? I suppose sorting them into different colours would be helpful. A friend's mom did this to make a Log Cabin about 30 years ago. I can still see her with 7 or 8 clear plastic bags of twenty different fabrics in each colour reaching into the bags for the top strip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlwaysQuilting
    Quote Originally Posted by gaigai
    The object of stash isn't to use it up, it's just to have enough of it.
    Oh you have dangerous ideas :twisted: :twisted:
    Oh dear, you're all making me look at what has been a mysterious drive for a long time. I hate to even think of it let alone admit the word hoarder, but.... Yikes, will have to get busy. The idea of cutting up everything into scrappy pieces is great. Does anyone else do this? I suppose sorting them into different colours would be helpful. A friend's mom did this to make a Log Cabin about 30 years ago. I can still see her with 7 or 8 clear plastic bags of twenty different fabrics in each colour reaching into the bags for the top strip.

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    well I've bought or collected the fabric so I will use it. I bought it when I had the money...usually a little left here and there from the grocery budget. Lately the grocery budget is barely buying groceries. So as much as I may want to buy fabric it ain't happening. I may buy a yard or two in a few months for the CW quilt I'm doing but anything else I make is going to be a scrap quilt from the stash.

    Oh and my stash is NOT huge. I have three 3' shelves and a few tubs.

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    I don't have much of a stash myself. Mostly on purpose. The few pieces I purchased as a stash never seem right for projects either. I've decided, at least for now, I need to only buy for specific projects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maurene
    The idea of cutting up everything into scrappy pieces is great. Does anyone else do this? I suppose sorting them into different colours would be helpful.
    This thread is so timely. Last night I was reading Bonnie Hunter's method of using her scraps. Here it is: http://quiltville.com/scrapusersystem.shtml
    I don't want to get rid of my stash as much as I would like to organize it to make it a little easier to search through when I need something. I love scrappy quilts so I like a lot of variety.

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    This is what I've been doing with my stash lately.....when i sign up for classes at my LQS, I fist go to my stash and try to use as many fabrics from there. I've used up alot by doing this. I'm also going to use up the rest by making pillowcases and small projects. I'm like you and have decided that having a stash of material is just not worth it! I very rarely use it in a quilt project and it just sits there nagging at me to be used!

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    I read an article that Japan needs 3000 quilts. My heart just sunk. Older ones probably would like asian material and of course the younger cartoons or whatever. Im hoping to get a discount on material. I will have to send some. I cant imagine how sad this is.

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    I know exactly what you mean. It DOES seem like a kind of hoarding, doesn't it? And I love my fabric, but when I go to make a quilt (which seems very infrequent anymore) I don't use what I have, I buy more...now WHY is that?? The gadgets that come out?? I feel I NEED them! Do I finally use them?? not so much! When I look at my stash, I think "oh that would be so nice if I coordinated it with these pieces over here) but do I do it?? Nope!

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    Quote Originally Posted by okiepastor
    I am de-stashing right now--but will have LOTS left. (25 totes)
    25 totes!! you have much more than I do. Maybe my destashing won't be so bad after all... :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlwaysQuilting
    How many of you reeeeeallllyyyy will use all the stash you have?
    I have several shelves filled with piles of fabric (some still on bolts), yet I always need to buy more for each quilt I make. My stash just "isn't right" even though I don't have strange colors or prints.
    Oh I might find one to use but most of the fabrics in my quilts are newly bought fabrics.
    So I'm really toying with the idea of just selling it off.

    Do you think you'll ever use up your stash?
    I have a niece who, like her mother, my sister, is not interested in quilting. But the other day, she (my niece) asked if she could have some fabric to make headbands for her sports team. So I let her go through my stash and take what she wanted. It was painful to just let "quilting" fabric go so quickly, but my sister said those 20 or so girls had such a wonderful time enjoying my fabric it was worth it. That's what I always hope a quilt will do! So - new use of my stash I was not expecting! But no, I don't think I'll ever use it all!

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    Last summer I took a BUNCH of scraps to the a quilt shop here that house "Linus" club. They make quilts for children in hospitals. They are always accepting scraps so long as it is cotton. I had a very large garbage bag that I took.

    You could donate your scraps and it would be appreciated and used.

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    since my house burnt to the ground I have started to build my stash again, I am not to worried about colours as yet as I know that one day I will have just what I want to make what I nead, I have had many offers of help but only 2 followed thru and I must thank them as the fabric they gave me is beatutiful
    and I can now remake my mothers lap quilt and my DD & SILs quilt that went up in the fire,
    I also thank my LQS store who all got together and gave me a plastic drawer set alost full of fabric fro little bits and peices to larger peices. so thank you all that came to my rescue. I can't imagine selling my stash it is much to pretiouse to sell

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    I seriously doubt that I will ever be able to use my stash. My wonderful sons have told me they will give it away at my funeral/memorial service! LOL! Actually, I think it is a grand idea.

    Mandy

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    Quote Originally Posted by zipit
    I've decided to use my stash. If I can't figure out anything better to do with some of it I'm going to just make HST's and see what I can come up with from there.

    I also do bags and aprons so I'm going to just start cutting and see what happens. Yards and yards of bias is going to get made and then I'll figure out what to put it on.

    We plan on a long distance move in the near future and with all of my machines and my Gammill, box after box of fabric is more than I want to worry about. Guess it would make nice packing material though.
    One of the women I took a class from once upon a time, had cut her fabric collection into 2.5 inch strips (before they were popular)--she found the cut pieces easier to move. Maybe that will work for you.

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    I am open to purchasing "de-stashed" merchandise and unappealing quilt kits. Hint Hint.... I make charity quilts for kids here in Afghanistan so I am always looking for bargains and castoffs. lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krystyna
    I am determined to use up my stash and it is HUGE. If I don't make quilts, I'll make aprons. Somehow I just keep buying more.
    could make a few dog coats to donate to the shelters. they have blankets but a coat would be nice for those dogs. just a suggestion for your stash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sienna's GiGi
    I am open to purchasing "de-stashed" merchandise and unappealing quilt kits. Hint Hint.... I make charity quilts for kids here in Afghanistan so I am always looking for bargains and castoffs. lol.
    there are lots of innocent kids here in USA that could use some charity also. Kids don't ask for the poor situations that become a way of life for some of them

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    I am thinking along the lines of most of you - I am actually going to an alley sale at my LQS this weekend - we can get a table and sell our stuff - I think I should concentrate on a couple of things because I have more than I will ever use and I really want to organize and minimize. I'm glad to hear I'm not alone

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    An idea i had to use up fabric. Creating rag rugs they eat up lots of stash. 15 yds of fabric for one rug. I used up tons of my stash, when starting an afternoon class for teenagers. what fun they had going thru and using my fabric.

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    I'm new to quilting so I don't have much of a stash. I am slowly building it but it's like potato chips, once you have a little you want more and more. I can easily see my stash building up to an unruly size. In fact I hope it does!

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    When I last moved 5yrs ago, I moved fabric I have had for several years. I moved out of that house recenty and still had a stash. I gave most of it away. It was not quilting fabric only, but I finally gave up the hope of ever using it all. I am just getting into quilting, so plan to buy only what I need for each quilt, no stash building. I can see your point and if you sell your stash, keep the money to buy what you need for each quilt you are going to make when you plan to start it.

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    Every now and again I pick out something I've held onto for years because it just fits the mood or the recipient of the quilt, pillow case, apron, purse or whatever I'm making at the time. I like to make scrappy projects sorted by color value. I don't feel I'll ever use up every single fabric, but I do like to have it on hand when the mood strikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlwaysQuilting
    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    I actually do use my stash. I have three quilts in progress that were totally from stash and another one that was mostly from stash. About the only thing I need to buy most of the time is backing.
    Wow. I think I could too if I made scrappy type quilts but all of the ones I make need to be specific colors, etc that my relatives want. I'll preview my fabric to them but they always so no and we go buy new fabric. Gee maybe my stash is ugly?
    Didn't someone here just mention she wanted ugly fabrics....lol.
    Me !!! I can use uglies!!! Poopie greens, mustardly yellows, pathetic paisleys, gawdy stripes, and not so hot dots n spots, horrible hues, anything you deem ugly that would add an interesting twist to my quilt. So if anyone has anything ugly that won't be used I can use it!! I only need 3x7 pieces

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    I too am deciding the same thing. I have never made anything up until recently that I didn't have to either go out and buy more fabric of the same kind or go out and buy backing. Now that I have decided to buy no more. I find I can make do with what I have, if I don't have enough I don't make it any bigger. So hopefully it will get smaller although I am not sure. I used up quite a few pieces recently and it didn't even make a dent. So go figure. Gee whiz.

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