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Thread: Why do they call it a "stash"?

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    Why do they call it a "stash"?

    I got to wondering, why do they call it a stash? I googled the definition and found: "to put by or away as for safekeeping or future use, usually in a secret place", which pretty much settles it!

    I mean, how many of us run our fabric purchases by someone else before making said purchase? I firmly believe that I could buy some fabric here and there and tuck it away with the rest of my stuff and my husband would be none the wiser! He only comes into my sewing room on an invited basis, usually for me to either show something off or solicit his help with choosing colors for the next project, so he really has no idea when my fabric collection grows, and since it still fits (for now) in a closet, how would he know the difference anyway?

    Just wanted to share a bit of humor...have a great day to all and Happy Sewing!
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    This is the definition I found through Google; I think it applies to quilters
    stash/staSH/

    Verb:
    Store (something) safely and secretly in a specified place: "their wealth had been stashed away in Swiss banks".
    Noun:
    A secret store of something: "a stash of money".
    Synonyms: verb. hide - conceal - secrete
    noun. cache
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    That about says it all! Also, don't mess with MY stash!

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    Now that I am single and don't have to hide anything, is my fabric collection still a stash??

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    I'm single and I enjoy my stash ..... some of neighbors wonder about me because I've given over my dining room (spreading into living room) but this is MY house and I've decided I'll live as I want.
    Make it a scrappy happy day!

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    copied from others :P

    Acronyms used by quilters

    • BOM = Block of the Month
    • DSM = Domestic Sewing Machine
    • FART = Fabric Acquisition Road Trip
    • FOB = Fear of Binding (thanks, KayEllen!)
    • FQ = Fat Quarter
    • HIPS = Hundreds of Ideas Piling Skyward (thanks, Mavis!)
    • HST = Half-Square Triangle
    • LAQ= Long Arm Quilter
    • LQS = Local Quilt Shop
    • MAQ = Mid-Arm Quilter
    • PhD = Projects half Done
    • PIGS = Projects in Grocery Sacks
    • SABLE = Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy
    • SEX = Stash Enhancing eXperience (or eXcursion)
    • STASH = Special Treasures All Secretly Hidden
    • TGIF = Thank God It's Finished!
    • TOT = Tone-on-Tone
    • UFO = UnFinshed Object
    • WHIMM = Works Hidden In My Mind
    • WIP = Work In Progress
    • WISP = Work In Slow Progress
    • WOF = Width of Fabric
    • WOMBAT = Waste of Money, Batting, and Time
    • WOW = White On White
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    Moonwork I think all but FOB applies to me LOL

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    Coz you pay cash, and don't wanna throw in the trash.
    As good as any reason i guess
    maybe i should call it something else, no one
    Would know what I'm talking about, and that would be good.
    everyone is always saying i have enough.but...honestly,i don't.
    do we ever???????

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    Because we hid it in secret places, I wish I had enough to have to hide it.

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    My "stash" is out in plain sight in the garage for anyone to see. Now that my sweetie is the Executive Producer of the TV program he is always coming up with ideas and goes to look to see if there is something I can use.
    He does suggest I sell somethings to make room for new so hopefully, I will be doing that again soon.
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    "toputbyorawayasforsafekeepingorfutureuse,usuallyin asecretplace" My "place" isn't secret but is hidden....from light, dust, touches other than mine. Yep, it's still a stash.....maybe a contraction of 'stow" and "cache".

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    I learned (while working on mine) that PhD means Piled Higher and Deeper...also applies to stash

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    (He only comes into my sewing room on an invited basis, usually for me to either show something off or solicit his help with choosing colors for the next project, so he really has no idea when my fabric collection grows, and since it still fits (for now) in a closet, how would he know the difference anyway?)

    My DH is color insensitive. He can't even sort clothes for washing. He will help with everything else with laundry but not the sorting. When my oldest was 10, I had to go to California for a few weeks to visit my father who was terminally ill. I left my son in charge of laundry and cooking! Otherwise they would have been wearing pink clothes and eating McDonalds' for the entire time.

    But, my DH provides me with plenty of FART's and SEX! Whenever he plans a road trip, he includes stops at quilt stores even if it involves a detour. Just last month he took me to Missouri Star Quilting Company! He even pretends to believe me when I tell him I'm all out of fabric and need to buy more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947 View Post
    That about says it all! Also, don't mess with MY stash!
    I agree . dont mess with my stash
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    "Stash" came into modern usage through the drug culture; referencing someone's dope cache.

    Before, 'to stash' simply meant to put something away for future need and 'stash' was the noun. It implies secrecy.......Squirrels stash nuts, nuts stash guns and ammo, the thrifty stash cash under the mattress and the revenue officers look for the moonshine stash.

    "Stash" is also short for the hairy growth above the mouth. If I'm not religiously careful to depilate, my quilter's stash will be seen on my upper lip.

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    AMEN !! I got rid of my spare bedroom and turned it into my sewing room!! On the rare occasions when weekend company does visit, I give them my bedroom suite and sleep on the couch!! No point in maintaining an entire room that only is rarely used. My sewing room is used every day and the best thing is I can leave my "mess" at the end of one work session and then just pick up where I left off

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryMo View Post
    I'm single and I enjoy my stash ..... some of neighbors wonder about me because I've given over my dining room (spreading into living room) but this is MY house and I've decided I'll live as I want.
    Isn't it liberating to use your home the way it works for you?? My husband is a builder, and we have always built homes with "resale" in mind, living in them for a couple of years and then selling them. The house we are currently in (and moving out of next Friday), has the dining room enclosed and used as an office for him, and the third bedroom is (was) my sewing room. That's how we showed the house when it was up for sale, told the prospective
    purchasers what the rooms were intended for, but this is how WE made use of them. You're paying the mortgage by jeez, use it as you see fit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryMo View Post
    I'm single and I enjoy my stash ..... some of neighbors wonder about me because I've given over my dining room (spreading into living room) but this is MY house and I've decided I'll live as I want.
    Hear, hear!

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    Good for you, I should do the same and never mind what the neighbors think or say.
    Quote Originally Posted by MaryMo View Post
    I'm single and I enjoy my stash ..... some of neighbors wonder about me because I've given over my dining room (spreading into living room) but this is MY house and I've decided I'll live as I want.

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    I like the way MaryMo thinks, I too sew and do what ever I want in whatever room I want to. If people come to see my house instead of me they don't need to come. LOL

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    Because I try not to let my husband have a clue as to how big an investment "we" have in my stash - this will remain a secret
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    OMG! I love the FART!!!!!!


    Quote Originally Posted by moonwork42029 View Post
    copied from others :P

    Acronyms used by quilters

    • BOM = Block of the Month
    • DSM = Domestic Sewing Machine
    • FART = Fabric Acquisition Road Trip
    • FOB = Fear of Binding (thanks, KayEllen!)
    • FQ = Fat Quarter
    • HIPS = Hundreds of Ideas Piling Skyward (thanks, Mavis!)
    • HST = Half-Square Triangle
    • LAQ= Long Arm Quilter
    • LQS = Local Quilt Shop
    • MAQ = Mid-Arm Quilter
    • PhD = Projects half Done
    • PIGS = Projects in Grocery Sacks
    • SABLE = Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy
    • SEX = Stash Enhancing eXperience (or eXcursion)
    • STASH = Special Treasures All Secretly Hidden
    • TGIF = Thank God It's Finished!
    • TOT = Tone-on-Tone
    • UFO = UnFinshed Object
    • WHIMM = Works Hidden In My Mind
    • WIP = Work In Progress
    • WISP = Work In Slow Progress
    • WOF = Width of Fabric
    • WOMBAT = Waste of Money, Batting, and Time
    • WOW = White On White
    Go forth and sew!

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    It sounds more cultured than "pile".
    Yooper32 aka: Donna B

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    I turned a extra bedroom into a sewing room and love it. I used to sew in the dining room and like others on the board if people come over I sure hope they come to see me!! I like having a separate area so I can leave things out. Everyone have a wonderful weekend.

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    A month or so ago, I found a list of acronyms on this site that was four pages long. And I found that QOV was not on it. I later found out that was Quilts of Valor. There are some on your list that weren't on the other list. BTW, I hate acronyms! But now that I am learning a little more about what they mean, it's not so bad. I have my list printed out, and just have to go to my "dictionary" to find out what they mean.

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