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Thread: Sorting my stash! ?!? How much is too much?

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    Sounds to me like you need to start sewing some quilts and use up some of your stash. And not buy anymore fabric until you use up the fabric you have. :thumbup:

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    after my girls left home i took one of the bedrooms and made it into a sewing room,,it isn't large but it is full,,,,i still have 1 bedroom left ,beside ours, for company

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    If you are going to give some of your fabric away, you can send it to me and I would really apperciate it. I am on a fixed income and don't have much money to spend on fabric. I love making quilts, and giving them away to friends and family, I have only 2 for myself that I have made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics
    If you have so much "stuff" that looking at it makes you vaguely unhappy... then you probably have too much.

    So then, the key is... do you know a place to give it to, where it will be used and appreciated?

    If so... let it go!

    This year I decided that I wanted to "travel through the world a little lighter" and gave away all of my crafty patterns and a whole lot of fabric. And... the people I gave them to were very happy to get the stuff and I feel a lot lighter for having done so.

    It's been several months since I did that, and I don't regret having done it.

    Bottom line... if it doesn't make you happy, why have it around?
    Do husbands count? I'm a little ticked off at mine at the moment!

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    If you love it, keep it. The rest, sell it or donate it.

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    Good morning to all! Well I paired down and i am getting rid of 2 totes of fabric trim & patterns I will be posting in the days to come. All very inexpensive and some free. All I ask is that you pay postage to your area. I will be labeling my offerings "Cajamk Stash" followed by a number. If you are interested PM me with your address to include zipcode and I will quote for shipping. I will accept Paypal, check and money order. Note: I do work long days Mon & Tues so don't fret if it takes me awhile to get back in touch.

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    I always thought I had just enough fabric. I rarely bought fabric just because I liked it or without a specific project in mind. Well, then something that didn't fit into my fabric collecion happened to me...in February, I inherited a huge (and I mean HUGE)quilter's stash. She passed away in October and I work with her daughter-in-law. She gave me all of the fabric, the unfinished projects and about 500 books. After I let my friends and my sister pick through the stuff I was ambivalent about, I spent about 6 weeks sorting into bins. Now I have about 25 sweater sized bins sorted by color. I do have a few sorted by type, like Asian, Batiks, Chidren and novelty, Christmas, bling, etc. In addition, I have about 60 bolts that I am slowly rolling onto "The Fabric Organizer" and will further sort those into bins as I can afford the organizers. Don't know if that answers your question, but my husband has firmly told me that I don't need to shop for fabric for a very long time. We will see...sometimes the fabric....it "speaks" to me and calls me...."you must have me", "your life won't be the same unless you buy a yard of me"......

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    There is never enough of too much fabric, but I guess that really depends on your space. ;)I have a bedroom just for my sewing and quilting. My dresser in the closet is full so I started plastic containers and label even thow I can see thru them and used milk crates zip tied together for extra shelving. I stack the smaller containers in them.

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    oh how i would love one room devoted to my crafts and quilting. but my extra room is an office for my home business. but i am thinking of the bureau in the closet in my office to store some of my favorite fabric and notions.

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    I sort and store mine by theme:

    * 1930s Repros
    * 1800s/Civil War Repros
    * Batiks
    * Kids prints
    * Holiday fabrics
    * Whites/Solids
    * Prepackaged (Jelly Rolls/Layer Cakes, etc.)
    * Kits

    It was the only way I could make sense of it all and find something when I wanted it.

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    I've been saving crumbs and small strips to use for paper-piecing and applique. Almost nothing is too small. But recently my little drawers were I keep them are beginning to be stuffed to the gills. I was thinking of bagging up some of it and taking it to my guild. Some of the women are always happy with every bit of fabric they get. We had a speaker in who made the cutest bags from the tiniest bits of fabric. She laughed about going to retreats and classes and cleaning out the stuff others threw into the trash. She said she could use anything larger than one inch.

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    First of all what kind of home buss? I sort mine by color in a dresser with a label on the drawer and in plastic containers see thru. Other plastic containers that you cant see thru but thats for all differant strips rolled up like jelly roll.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAJAMK
    Good morning to all! Well I paired down and i am getting rid of 2 totes of fabric trim & patterns I will be posting in the days to come. All very inexpensive and some free. All I ask is that you pay postage to your area. I will be labeling my offerings "Cajamk Stash" followed by a number. If you are interested PM me with your address to include zipcode and I will quote for shipping. I will accept Paypal, check and money order. Note: I do work long days Mon & Tues so don't fret if it takes me awhile to get back in touch.
    Also check with local churches or quilt shops or even a senior center. They may know of groups in your area that accept donations for making charity quilts. Just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soleegirl
    you can never have too much fabric. :)
    My sentiments exactly - unless it is cheap or ugly - or worse - both.
    Judi

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    I just recently completely reorganized my quilting room. I had all of my fabric sorted by color but that included scraps and larger pieces. This wasn't helpful when I started looking for fabrics to make a quilt. So I pulled out everything 1/2 yard and over. sorted it by color and ruler-folded it. All of this is in my Ethan Allen cabinetry I got from my Mom.. Then I took all the smaller pieces and sorted them by color and they are in one of those hanging storage units you get a Bed,Bath and Beyond. I also use this unit to store zip lock bags that contain unfinished projects. (I have way too many because of this board: I see something, then run to my sewing room to try out the technique...once I play with it..it ends up in a baggie and I have no idea what or if I will ever do anything with those pieces.) The thing about having a large stash (and mine is small compared to some I have seen here) is that it affords me the opportunity to share with others without regretting it. I am blessed that for 3 years I haven't had to buy much material since I do mainly quilting for my church (Prayer Quilts) so I get a lot of donations of fabric so the stash keeps growing. I think "too much" is when you spend more than you can afford. Good luck with your organization. I found it was invigorating to have mine organized.

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    Oh and one more thing about my stash. I am a big Bonnie Hunter fan of "Quiltville" fame and after she spoke to our guild and I took her class, I am a reformed scrap saver. I use her system and it has really been wonderful! I sort all of the scraps at the end of a project into strings, 1 1/2, 2, 2 1/2, 3 and 3 1/2 inch bins. If the scrap is 5 inches or less, I cut them into the above sizes and then I have a separate organizer for those. I further divide them into lights and darks. It has been great because of little side projects where I am doing something scrappy and I can just go to those bins and grab what I need. In the past year I have made two of her quilts and my daughters proclaim they are the prettiest ones I have made to date.

    This is her "Carolina Christmas" mystery quilt from last year, which I just finished last week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CAJAMK
    I am taking the next few days to sort out quilting fabric, templates, threads, books, etc. I truly have no less that 9
    huge totes filled with fabric alone that needs to be re-organized. I live in a tiny house and my sewing room is the dining room table. I am first getting all the totes unloaded and sorting by color except for Christmas, novelty, large backing fabric, scraps & childrens fabric. Then all others will just be sorted by color.
    Anyway, any ideas on sorting are most welcome.
    I have waaay too much fabric. Some is going to be donated to a local shelter or something.
    I used to think I had to much fabric. But since the cost of fabric is high and there isn't extra money like before. I'm glad I have extra fabric. I'm sure I will run out one day

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAJAMK
    I am taking the next few days to sort out quilting fabric, templates, threads, books, etc. I truly have no less that 9
    huge totes filled with fabric alone that needs to be re-organized. I live in a tiny house and my sewing room is the dining room table. I am first getting all the totes unloaded and sorting by color except for Christmas, novelty, large backing fabric, scraps & childrens fabric. Then all others will just be sorted by color.
    Anyway, any ideas on sorting are most welcome.
    I have waaay too much fabric. Some is going to be donated to a local shelter or something.
    Project Linus quilters? You can find them online or the local guild usually has info, or will pass it on. Of course you could send it to greedy little me.... :lol:

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    Remember, not all quilts have to be pieced. I've often made quilts where the front, back & binding are the same fabric. The quilts are about 42 inches wide & however long I want or can make them. Do some cross hatches on the front & you're done! Fast, easy & a great way to use up big pieces of fabric.

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    Early this spring I went through my sewing room and decided that I had way too much fabric, so I made a commitment to use it in charity quilts. I went on to EQ6 and made up some patterns for easy quilts that I could make up with small amounts of a single fabric. I have since completed 29 children's quilts and 15 adult quilts. Most are lap quilt size and were very easy to make. I still don't feel that I have made much of a dent in my stash, but by Christmas, I hope to have quite a few more completed.

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    i take fabric that has gotten on my nerves and made rag quilts somebody will take them aouple of them really thins out my stash

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    What is a tube block?

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    Good for you. It will feel so much better when you are finished.

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    If you are going to donate your fabric, try the local guild or ask at your LQS there are many gals making quilts for children in hospitals, our wonderful selfless Military, and for hospice and Nursing Home patients. Please be sure it goes where it will be used for charity.

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    I also plan to go thru my stash.

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