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Thread: Do you use an app for keeping track of your stash?

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    Question Do you use an app for keeping track of your stash?

    I think there's an iphone/ipad app specifically for crafting stashes but I have an android phone. So I've been using evernote but it takes time because with the free account, you can only upload 60 mb per month. What I'm doing so far is making a new evernote notebook for each fabric line or category (name of the line or a name like "miscellaneous dots", etc) and then I take a picture of the fabric with a 6" ruler on it to see the scale. I use the amount of fabric as the note title so I can see at a glance how much of each fabric I have. I use comic book boards so I have them wrapped first before taking the pic. I hope it helps me to "see" my stash better and use it more.

    A bonus is that I can have it with me if I'm shopping. Colors wouldn't be exact enough for matching but at least I could avoid buying a fabric I already have or one that I have something very similar of. It would be good for pattern shopping too although I mostly find patterns online these days.

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    I have a iPhone and I do have a app for that!!! I have not used it at all though, only because I have not really had the time and place to quilt until recently. I may start to use it and play around with some blocks before I start my next quilt. I am not sure I would use it for shopping, I generally take my fabric I am trying to match with me since it's such a long drive to the store.
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    Hope they make one for Droids! I either snip a piece of fabric or take a photo for now.
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    Oh gosh - this sounds WAY too techie for me........I would spend more time putting my data into the app than I would care to....especially if I had to start with the existing stash. Maybe if I was buying my first ever piece of fabric, but, given my advanced age and hoarding tendency..............I'll stick with my memory and risk an occasional double buy or purchase of something that doesn't match - that's how the stash got built I the first place!
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    What is the name of the app?

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    I don't. I do have a very small stash started in Florida. I used my IPad to take some pictures of the fabric to remind myself of what I had down there. I also photographed the rulers and plastic box of sewing notions and thread for the same reason.

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    someone posted on here a couple of days ago of a app for Ipads and Iphones calle Quick Calc I don't know if it is the one or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lots2do View Post
    I don't. I do have a very small stash started in Florida. I used my IPad to take some pictures of the fabric to remind myself of what I had down there. I also photographed the rulers and plastic box of sewing notions and thread for the same reason.

    I cannot not imagine taking photos of my stash but I do keep a book in my purse with the names of my books, patterns, rulers and templates so I do not buy duplicates. Ha ha

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    The iPad app is Stash Star Fabric...it's free. I've not worked with it much, but since I'm just starting my stash, it seems like a good way to go...

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    Sigh I don't even have an app for anything : (
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    I don't even have a cell phone I am so nontechie that on occasion I unplug my phone I learned to use a computer so I could see more quilts and found this site. I love it and hate it both. I love hearing that I am not the only one but I spend time with you all and I should be quilting. Life is a journey and mine is all over the place

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amythyst02 View Post
    Sigh I don't even have an app for anything : (
    Don't feel bad, I don't and won't. But for the younger people used to doing this it is great.

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    don't' feel sad.... Apps (and resulting technology) just complicate what should be a SIMPLE LIFE....... Keep it simple!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Amythyst02 View Post
    Sigh I don't even have an app for anything : (

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulswalia View Post
    Oh gosh - this sounds WAY too techie for me........I would spend more time putting my data into the app than I would care to....especially if I had to start with the existing stash. Maybe if I was buying my first ever piece of fabric, but, given my advanced age and hoarding tendency..............I'll stick with my memory and risk an occasional double buy or purchase of something that doesn't match - that's how the stash got built I the first place!
    I am with you on the techie stuff. I would spend hours putting in data and then never look at it. I would much rather spend my time shopping for fabric or actually quilting. My family is still waiting for a warm quilt to snuggle under.
    If I like it and it is on sale and I can afford it.....I buy it. If I end up with doubles---oh well. That scrappy quilt is just a callin' to me and someday it will happen. I just need to live to about 105 years old OR get a daughter interested...but so far, no luck!

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    While I was doing this, I found a bunch of stuff I didn't even remember buying. I'm talking yardage and bundles of fat quarters. I don't have a huge stash like some I've seen online (just one tall cabinet, 2 drawers and a box full of precuts) so it didn't take long and I was spending way more time going back and forth trying to figure out how much yardage I have of this and how many greens of that and so on. Now I can tag everything on the computer (it syncs up with the app on my phone) so that I can quickly look through my reds, greens, blues, stripes, dots, plaids, etc without it being actually physically sorted that way (it's sorted according to the manufacturer and collection).

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    I started writing a database program for windows to do what you're talking about. It tracks fabric, patterns, notions, machines, thread, wishlists, projects and publications. It took a lot of time to put my meager stashes in but I do find that even the act of putting things in helped me remember what I have. The goal had been to make it sync with iOS and Android (I have one of each), but for now I just make PDFs of the reports and carry them on my phone or tablet so I have them with me when I shop. I love knowing how much yardage of anything I have at a glance. For me it tends to be the opposite. "I think I have enough of that at home" then I get home and I'm short.

    So I guess my answer to your question is "sort of"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amythyst02 View Post
    Sigh I don't even have an app for anything : (
    One misnomer in the computing world is that you need an "app". Most of the apps for Ipad and Android have a PC equivalent. Sometimes the PC program is better. Sometimes using plain old MS Excel is better! Sometimes a notebook with glued in snippets and notes would work just fine. No reason you need an app and no reason to feel badly because you don't have one.

    But if you just have to have apps! ;-). The other misnomer is that you need to buy a phone with a data plan to have apps. You can buy an inexpensive Android tablet with no data plan and use it over wifi if you have it.

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    no way am I gonna take time to list my stash-cuts into sewing time.
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    The app looks good and would be helpful as your purchase ongoing, but there's no way I'm going to get out all my fabric and measure and photograph it! But, I love all the new technology! And just for reference, we had one corded black phone in the kitchen growing up and a black and white console tv, so I'm old! I'm so afraid of not being able to funtion without assistance as I get older, I've tried to learn everything I can about phones, DVDs and computers. I still need help, but my kids appreciate that I'm trying !!

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    We just moved so I had my stash out anyway, and I already had it measured for the most part. Just had to photograph it. The stuff I didn't have measured I still needed to wrap on boards so I measured it as I did that.

    I know what you mean about old. We had an old black rotary phone (party line anyone??) and a B&W tv too. lol. And we had to get up and turn the clunky knob to change the channel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeresaA View Post
    You can buy an inexpensive Android tablet with no data plan and use it over wifi if you have it.
    Exactly right! And in some places, Edmonton is one of them, I'm sure there are others, some of the Internet providers are offering free hotspots to connect wifi devices to all over the city. It's not just McDonalds and Starbucks anymore My android tablet is wifi only and I find I rarely need to connect it while I'm out, if I've come prepared to begin with.

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    My only app is to open the cabinet doors in my sewing room and look until I find the fabrics I want to use - and if they aren't there, I get to go shopping!

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    this was my thought...I like quilting because it gets me away from the computer. If I did this it would be more time on line...No thanks.
    Quote Originally Posted by wolph33 View Post
    no way am I gonna take time to list my stash-cuts into sewing time.

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    I am with you sista!!
    Quote Originally Posted by JoanneS View Post
    My only app is to open the cabinet doors in my sewing room and look until I find the fabrics I want to use - and if they aren't there, I get to go shopping!

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    i longarm and don't get to piece much (except when the machine is in the shop), I have a droid and honestly, I have a hard time downloading any apps, let alone an app to keep my stash. I think it is better to organize the stash and then you know what you have. I tend to buy most of my quilting fabric on line on sale.

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