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    What does your material stash look like?

    Would love to see what your material stash looks like.
    How many pieces of material do you have stored away?
    And how many years of buying did it take to come up with your stash of material?

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    Ive been quilting 3-4 yrs now. I have a tall bookcase full of fabric and a long shelf on one wall full of fabric. My kids think i have too much but from what i hear of others stash, its a drop in the bucket!! Im trying to use what i have though i get tempted alot on here!!

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    Haha I haven't been quilting for very long but I have about eight plastic file drawers full of fabric not to mention all the stacks and bags that are in various places in my room. Of course to be fair I did inherit a lot of it from my grandma who was an avid quilter. But I do buy a yard here or there almost whenever I go to a craft store. I'm always asked, "what are you making?" and then I have to say, "Umm, nothin'. I just like it."

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    I have been quilting for years, but very seriously since going out on disability..I had a decent stash of 2 plastic bins at that time...It has grown to 4 bins, and a hope chest full.....There are of course a box or two somewhere around here too!! Will be more organized now that I have just moved..My daughter bought a house and gave me a room for my sewing room!! I havew joined the fabric moratorium..hoping to use a lot of this stash!!

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    I have been quilting for about 6 years. My stash consists of 4 pieces of fabric in a small bin, a stack of 5" squares to be used soon and a drawer of batiks cut in odd shapes. Having any sort of clutter or too much stuff makes me nervous. Therefore, I have very little. I prefer to buy for each project and then when I have a number of scraps, I use them up quickly in a scrap quilt.

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    I have been quilting for about 4 years now and have about 8 large tubs. Last year when I divorced I moved from a house to a small apartment and had to give up lot. Well, I did. But not the fabric. Not one scrap. Luckily, the new place has a large living room and a small bedroom ...so my stash is spread out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Painiacs View Post
    Ive been quilting 3-4 yrs now. I have a tall bookcase full of fabric and a long shelf on one wall full of fabric. My kids think i have too much but from what i hear of others stash, its a drop in the bucket!! Im trying to use what i have though i get tempted alot on here!!
    Ditto on this. I didn't think I had that much fabric until I started putting it up on shelves and found things I didn't know I had. I'm trying not to buy any more fabric or start any more projects until I get caught up. Except for my monthly embroidery and software classes. That counts as education so that I need to do. Some on here would make some of the small quilt stores jealous with thier stash.
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    I have been collecting fabric since high school...graduated in the mid sixties....of course a lot of it is garment sewing fabric. As for quilting fabric...I started quilting about 8-9 years ago...I am a fabriholic and have to see and touch each piece...LOL I have clear plastic boxes full of quilting fabric. 5 large boxes with the colors sorted and coordinated ( less than a yard each) . I have 1 box with Christmas fabric only, 1 box with fall fabric only, 1 box with kitchen prints only, 1 box with panels only. 24 boxes with 1 or more quilts in each (in the beginning stage, uncut). One six foot shelf with backing fabrics only, 1 six foot shelf with yard cuts only, 1 shelf with flannels only, 1 shelf with batting only....1 dresser with Batiks and specialty prints only. This not all the fabric I have, but I'm sure I have gone on long enough. LOL,LOL
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    I've been quilting for almost 30 years and have worked at a LQS for 5 years. You'd think I would have a house full of fabric by now, but my entire stash fits in a 7-drawer dresser. I really need to go through it and get rid of some stuff, especially the old "Wal Mart" fabric.

    I tend to buy when I'm starting a new project, very rarely do I buy fabric without a purpose for it.
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    I was just getting organized in my new room that my son closed in for me that had no inside walls or windows yet when one of our daughters and her family needed a place to stay a few months soooo back into boxes everything went. Right now it is all over the house in whatever spot it would fit in for the moment. The dry wall is going up in the room now but it will not be my studio for several more months now.
    As for my stash, compared to what I see on here it is nothing.
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    I have been quilting for 24 years, made my first quilt for my son when on maternity leave. I have what I think is a large stash of fabric: 27 extra large bins of pieces, sorted into color and size. Some pieces are a yard or so and others may be up to 7 or 8 yards long, I don't think I could even estimate how many pieces there are. Then I have 5 smaller flip top bins with my fat quarters sorted into colors. There is 1 big bin full of kits, 2 bins full if scraps, and 1 smaller one with my husband's old ties waiting for more to join them in a quilt. Also an almost full roll of warm and Natural batting. I would like to reorganize the fabric into cabinets soon, the bins are bulky and it is almost impossible to see what I have. Lucky me.

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    I have been a quilter/rugbraider for about 20 years, When we moved to DE 7 years ago, I sold most of my quilting stash, but kept 1 bin of fabric and 5 big bins of 100% medium weight wool for rugbraiding. Over the last 7 years, when quilting became my focus, I have 5 big bins of fabric, 4 ceiling to floor shelves of fabric, one jelly cupboard with quilt kits, fat quarters, layer cakes, charms, honey buns and jelly rolls. And one enormous bin of washed flannel (david's house future quilts), one bin of young adult fabric (quilts for kids projects), and 2-4 bins of fabric, bits, snips, scraps etc that I inherited. I do put together small quilt kit projects for teenage/mother quilters who end up in a safe from abuse place when the need arises. Alot of my projects end up there also. Oh, I joined the fabric moratorium this year, and when I fell off the cart this year, I did it big time, I ordered about 40 yards of fabric from ebay, from one seller who was selling her mother's stash.
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    I'd love to be able post a picture, but since the website changed, I'm unable to do that. I've tried. So, I'll do the next best thing.

    I have all of my fat quarters or 2 1/2" strips on the top shelf, vertically stacked fabric on the next (that fits the height of the shelf) , larger quantities on the third shelf (horizontally), and flannels on the bottom. Some flannels are already cut into 10" squares, ready for rag quilts. As well as a stack of 8" batting squares, also ready for future rag quilts. My full bolt of warm and natural (40 yds) is stored in a corner of my closet in my bedroom, hidden behind clothing.

    I've been a quilter for ~10 years now. My beautiful 6' Pier 1 enclosed cupboard was picked out by my dh to hold my fabric and still match our other furniture in the family room. Family room is right next to my sewing studio.
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    I've used all my quilting fabric. Even the bolt of muslin for my backing! My extras went to little clutch purses. I never really had a large stash. What I have left is fleece, felt and burlap from other non-quilting projects. I usually just buy as I need it.

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    I have sewn since high school - we won't say how long ago that was! I amassed quite a stash on my own and then a year ago I inherited my dearest friend's stash - which she stored in a studio separate from her house. Needless to say I had to be pretty organized when bringing it home. I have fabric stored on bolts (anything one yard or larger), fat quarters in boxes, sorted by color, precut squres (2.5 3.0, 3.5, 4.0) also sorted by color. There are charms. Strips, cut at 2.5 are also in bins, sorted by color. Rather than use cardboard bolts from the LQS I went to a sign company in town and purchased corrugated cardboard (like they make political signs from) cut at bolt size. They are strong but thinner than the cardboard ones and believe me, I needed to save space.
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    I have a large Rubbermaid bin of every colour and some colours have two bins ie blue/green and yellow/green. I have three dressers full of focus or wow prints and a smaller drawer unit full of fat quarters. Then I also have a bin of denim, fleece, Christmas, 30's, batiks, solids,backgrounds and a huge trunk of backings or very large pieces and three bins of good quilting scraps and three more of flannel. I have been collecting and using fabric for fifty years and I refuse to feel guilty about it. It's sorted, labelled and accessible and I use some every day. Practically everything I make is shared with family or given away. Fabric has always been my sanity saver and I think it is cheaper and safer than drugs or alcohol!

    P.S. I didn't count the poly/cottons, t-shirting, and left over fabric from costume making.
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    Have about 300-400 magazine boards with material wrapped on them! Been collecting for over 20 years.
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    Way more than I need to have.

    About 50 -58qt sized bins full not counting what is on bolts to which
    I have 50-75 (maybe more).

    I have only been quilting since Oct 200(5 or 6) not sure exactly now.
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    I don't use the foam This is how my room is organized..

    These are in 30 gal tubs no matter what size pieces they are:
    Holiday- each holiday (xmas, 4th, halloweenie, easter, etc) have its own tub
    Flannel
    Vintage fabric (35in xWOF)- all goes in one tub
    Authentic 30's feedsacks

    All my Bolts (3+yards) are on the bookcase and in walk in closet.
    All my 1-2 yards cuts are ruler folded, then separated by theme (floral, kids prints, asian, etc) and solids, blenders, and the rest are seperated by color on bookcases

    Batiks are in a see thru sterilite three drawer separated by light med dark..
    Fqs are separated by color, floral, novelty in it's own sections on wall cd racks, closet maid 24/36 bin shoe organizers.. Each area has its own 'theme' so i can find what I'm looking for.

    My scraps are in specific see- thru bins, tubs and drawers depending on size..

    Each Accuquilt Die cut shapes have a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own- I do have most if not all the dies already.. lol..
    strips less than10 inches but longer than 5 inches of has a a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own
    Strips longer than 10 inches but less than WOF has a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own
    2 inch strips are hanging on the back of the door
    1.5 x wof has a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own
    2.5 x WOF strips has a a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own
    3x WOF strips have a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own
    5x WOF strips have a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own
    all other strips x WOF are separated by colors and has a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own
    Crumbs have a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own
    Scraps less than a fq but larger than 6x6 has a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own- these are waiting to be cut with my Accuquilt
    2 in sq have a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own
    2.5 in sq have a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own
    3 in sq have a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own
    3.5 in sq have a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own

    4 in sq have a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own
    4.5 in sq have a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own
    5 in sq have a see thru sterilite drawer all of its own
    And my selvages are kept in recycled plastic Ice cream tubs by length..


    And that's how my room is organized..

    I followed Bonnies method.. www.quiltville.com.

    My 1930's fqs section- (just one of my fq sections)



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    Please ignore and overlook the creative mess..

    thank you !

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    I have been quilting for just over 2 years now, I have a bad habit of buying fabric and batting just because it's on sale. I have 9 good size plastic bins of fabric that desperately needs to be color coordinated and 2 boxes of batting. When I am fully recovered from by back surgery, I made myself a promise that I will get organized. If I don;t do this, no one will, it's all up to me. I will post pictures when I am done.
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    here is my latest storage of scraps....

    I host and play in swaps so i keep all the scraps : selvages and end folds..
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    I have been quilting for 37 years, anyone notice that the "stash" grows in direct proportion to the number of years? In my sewing room I have a walk in closet, at least it would be a walk in closet if it wasn't full of fabric. The fabric is neatly folded using the ruler method but there is so much that I can't really find anything, have to work on that. At the beginning of the year I had 14 UFO's. I have completed two queen size quilts, my target is one a month until there are no more. Like others I have joined the moratorium on fabric buying. It is kind of fun to structure my hobby around some rules. I tell my grown kids that if they aren't extremely good I will leave them my total stash. That terrifies them.

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    Mine is stored on shelves. I have been quilting 3 years. Let me see if I can find a picture.

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    I may be the only one on here that has this story - the floor in the room where ALL of my fabric was stored - COLLAPSED!!! Yes, had to move everything out of that room so that they could take out the entire floor down to the dirt - and replace it. Wierd, opening the door to that room and you could walk on dirt. Turns out it was an added room - possibly a porch at one time. Most of the fabric was on shelves, so had to buy plastic bins/totes and it is now stored in a store room in our garage, along with dressers, mattress, etc. - all belonging to our son - who, after a nasty marriage/divorce, has had to move into my sewing room. He has been here almost two years and is supposed to be moving to his own place soon. Hope so.
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