Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
Organizing the "stash" >

Organizing the "stash"

Organizing the "stash"

Old 11-10-2011, 12:26 PM
  #1  
Member
Thread Starter
 
guntherquilter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 71
Default Organizing the "stash"

When my son moved out, I immediately took over his room as my "she cave". My stacks/piles of fabric--1-2 yds of
each fabric--is stacked so deep on the shelves, I cannot see what is all there. I usually buy 3-6 coordinating fabrics to
use on a future project. How is it best to organize? Do I separate the coordinating fabrics and organize by basic colors? Or do I leave the coordinating fabrics together? Any suggestions?
guntherquilter is offline  
Old 11-10-2011, 12:41 PM
  #2  
Super Member
 
AliKat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 2,943
Default

I do a variety of stash organizing. Yes, I do keep some groupings together because they are enough for a project .... these I label so I won't forget, like I used to do.

Then I bread down the fabrics into categories: batiks. cats, Christmas, florals, and other themes.

I tend to fold my fabrics differently so I can tell at a glance how much is there. FQ's are folded differently than 1/2 yds, 1 yd, and 2 yds. If needed I can attach a label as to how much I have. Generally the folding is more than enough.

I bought IKEA Antonius system with the non-rusting wire baskets to store my stash. I have 2 sets, one on top of the other. They easily roll out of my closet if needed. Usually all I do is pull out a drawer and I can see what I have without any problem.

With my arthritis pulling out material off shelves would be most uncomfortable. The baskets help me preserve my hand function.

I have a separate Antonius system that fits under my embroidery machine table to put upcoming projects.

At least it looks organized.

ali
AliKat is offline  
Old 11-10-2011, 02:46 PM
  #3  
Super Member
 
Quilty-Louise's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Colorado
Posts: 3,535
Default

I have a certain way of folding my fabric and than I put it
in plastic storage bins.

IF I ever get finished with the sorting and refolding of ALL
my fabric I will post pics.

Quilty-Louise is offline  
Old 11-10-2011, 03:04 PM
  #4  
Super Member
 
KerryK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Heart of Dixie, Sweet Home Alabama
Posts: 1,011
Default

I fight with this question all the time!!! And in fact, just had a post on it not long ago. That being said, I do keep anything that is grouped for a project together in a clear plastic container. Everything else I sort by color the best way I can. (Everything is in clear containers on a shelf that goes around the top of my room - reachable.) Prints and florals, I agonize over where to put them. So, I just put them in the best place I can. Beats leaving them all over the dining room table while I'm trying to decide! LOL Sorry, I'm not much help!
KerryK is offline  
Old 11-10-2011, 03:07 PM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 862
Default

How you organize your stash depends on how you think when you are developing your ideas. I sort everything by color or theme. Others keep the coordinating fabrics together because that is how they would assemble the piece. You want to fold your fabrics so they are only ONE deep. That may mean a narrow fold. That way, you see all the fabrics instead of having to pull and push fabric around.

The hardest part of organizing stash is simply starting. Since you like to buy coordinating fabrics together, start by doing that. Fold them to fit the space you have. Keep them together. If it doesn't work, you can always change your organization. Everybody has different stash - mine is primarily novelties, so sorting by theme is more beneficial for me because that is how I select.

Last edited by IAmCatOwned; 11-10-2011 at 03:22 PM.
IAmCatOwned is offline  
Old 11-10-2011, 03:08 PM
  #6  
Super Member
 
JUNEC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Clearwater, FL
Posts: 2,328
Default

Suggest you keep your coordinating family collections together - in a separate area
JUNEC is offline  
Old 11-10-2011, 03:33 PM
  #7  
Super Member
 
Doreen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: El Paso Tx
Posts: 1,428
Default

I have been trying to organize everything according to color. All is folded more or less the same way. FQ's are all in one place. This is a very difficult thing to do especially if you want to keep coordinating fabrics together.
Doreen is offline  
Old 11-10-2011, 03:38 PM
  #8  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: SW TN
Posts: 592
Default

Congratulations on your "she cave'. I will be watching this thread for members' ideas. Thanks for posting the questions.
linda faye is offline  
Old 11-10-2011, 04:19 PM
  #9  
Super Member
 
sahm4605's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Blue Springs, MO
Posts: 2,167
Default

I would look at getting those core boards that a member on here was selling a bit ago. not sure if they are still for sale. you can wrap the fabric and then organize them that way. I like to go by type and color and "theme" like I mostly have batiks and they are almost all able to fit in a large photo box i got from wall mart and the same with my non batik fabrics. the fq's all fit into two disk holder things and are sorted by color and theme. batiks in one the rest in the other. i really would look into maybe getting more shelves so everything in only having to be one deep.
sahm4605 is offline  
Old 11-10-2011, 04:27 PM
  #10  
Super Member
 
carolaug's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Behind my sewing machine
Posts: 7,144
Default

My problem is all the left overs...I tend to over buy for my projects and end up with lots...also when I see a sale on flannel or theme prints I tend to buy a lot...I have been trying to be good and use what I have. Ha..LOL.
carolaug is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
bearisgray
General Chit-Chat (non-quilting talk)
59
08-31-2015 06:14 PM
Shelley
Main
176
01-28-2011 04:46 AM
keolika
Main
55
12-22-2010 01:45 AM
ammam
Links and Resources
0
10-05-2009 05:36 PM
Quilting Aggi
Main
18
06-06-2008 02:39 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


FREE Quilting Newsletter


SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.