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Thread: Does anyone not keep a big fabric stash?

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    I would guess each way has it's own good points and not so good points. I suppose is I had the money I would be a "stasher" big time. Not having any LQS here except for one and then there is always Hobby Lobby and WalMart. Both HL's are a bit aways from here. My local wally world doesn't sell fabric any more except for those 2yds packs and I just don't like the quality of it. All this plus a limited income keeps my feet grounded. I have taken moths to get "sale" fabric to make something. Mostly do scrappy tho. I am just proud and happy to be able to do something that I love.

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    I have a small stash to what most of you have for sure. I don't care so much for a big stash, but do buy a small piece when I get a chance to pick up a color that I don't have. I am seeing the need for organization. lol...
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    I am only just starting to "like" scrappy quilts. I went through my scraps and sorted colors and none of them are enough of coordinating colors to make a quilt. Therefore, I cut 2 2/2 inch squares and just sewed anything together and made table toppers. I really enjoyed doing that and friends like them. I make them circular and scallop the edges. I do see these beautiful scrappy quilts all color coordinated, but I don't think I will ever have enough scraps to make one of those. I just wish------.

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    I have been a stasher for years but am trying to downsize. It gets hard when you can't find a fabric and I have even at times, yes I do admit it, I have repurchased a fabric that I already had.
    If you can keep it small and sane, it is wise to do so.

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    I have been sewing down my stash by making various sized small quilts and donating them to the local animal shelter. I get lots of practice with fmq, and the animals don't care about my imperfections. I've never had an animal turn down a cozy quilt.
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    I have lots of fabrics and had some for years. I plan on making lots of different quilts and many, many quilts. I have used many large pieces up over the years. I will continue until I am called home to that big quilting room.

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    I'm kind of in the same situation as Patrice, but thus far, am having no success controlling it! Fortunately, I like scrappy quilts best, so I lop off bits and pieces to use, as well as giving away to groups who make things for others. Once I get back down to a manageable amount, I'll be happier.

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    I'm fairly new at quilting and at this time (since I work full time and don't have time to shop) don't have much of a stash. But I'm going to be retiring in a couple of years (I hope) and would like to have built up enough of a stash that I'm not having to buy all the time...I don't want overload, but would love to have enough to play with any time I want without having to constantly buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I have lots of fabrics and had some for years. I plan on making lots of different quilts and many, many quilts. I have used many large pieces up over the years. I will continue until I am called home to that big quilting room.

    I bought it to use and this is what I intend to do.
    Me too! I was introduced to quilting by a friend who stashed. A lot of my fabric cost half of what is does now at full price so I'm also saving money. I am cutting down on buying more until more gets used up.

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    Not a stasher here. I only buy for projects. Even at that, I'm ending up with tons of scraps. I just found a pattern that will use up a bunch of batik scraps that I have. I enjoy having scraps for lotto blocks too. I would go crazy if I had a big stash. To me, it would just be dozens, even hundreds, of UFOs. The pressure to use what I had bought would be overwhelming and take all the fun away. Each to his or her own.

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    I've been sewing from my stash for the last 1 1/2 years. I like to shop from my stash first -- and that is easier since I organized all my fabric. Doing that reminded what I had and now that it is all color coordinated it is easy to find what I want. I've only bought fabric for a specific quilt. Works for me!

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    I have a little stash of the leftover pieces which I cut into 1 1/2", 2 1/2" strips, 5" squares and 3 1/2" squares after I finish a project, the only fabrics I keep a stash of and by that I mean a few yards, is neutral blenders, such as white, cream, navy and black. Otherwise I buy as I go along

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    I have so much stash that I am embarrassed - I had a lot, then my BFF passed away and I got all of hers. Before I got hers the floor in my sewing room collapsed - old floor in an added on room. So, DH had to get a friend out here (in the country) and build me a room in our garage to hold all of the fabric. My DH told him to make the floor extra sturdy as I would fill that room with my fabric - which I did in a hurry. He even built me floor to ceiling shelves to hold all of my Rubbermaid see-through totes that I had to buy to put all of my fabric in. I am still sorting my BFF's stash and incorporating it into mine. Huge job. I hate that my fabric is so far away from my sewing room. But, I still hoard it and keep buying more.
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    I do have too much as stash, however when I organize, I put into tubs that fabric that is calling out for charity quilts, and when people give me cordoroy, I make school bags for my church. I think just keeping it organized it is huge thing. I also make quillows for the graduating seniors at my church for my daughters memorial, so that fabric is usually 2.5 yards, so that is kept separately in space bags. Every year I make a tshirt quilt for the band boosters at our school, and the music fabric, tshirts, etc, are all kept in a space bag too. This way, I know where everything is.

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    I don't have a stash, I try and buy exactly the amount I need, although I usually have a little leftover. I don't have the room to have a stash, plus part of the fun of quilting to me is picking out fabric for a new pattern, so I have never done a scrappy quilt.

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    Me. I also don't have a real stash, only scappys that grow up to a mountain.
    I buy a little bit more of what i need for a project and keep the usable scraps in several boxes.
    Till now it happened just a few times that i have seen a fabric I NEEDED to buy just because I knew that I would die for it. And also I have some fabrics here and every time when i watch them, i say to myself: What the hell were you thinking to buy that back then?

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    I have an average sized stash I would say. Quite a few FQ and lots of scraps, a few larger pieces for borders and backings. I think I value the scraps more than the rest because I make scrappy quilts and it is my palette to draw upon. The cost of fabric here in Australia keeps most people's stashes under control.

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    I have a very large collection. I'm starting on my 4th (100 count) package of comic boards that I use for anything over a yard (most is over 2 yards and lots over 4 yards). My theory buy now while I can afford it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joyce888 View Post
    I have a very large collection. I'm starting on my 4th (100 count) package of comic boards that I use for anything over a yard (most is over 2 yards and lots over 4 yards). My theory buy now while I can afford it.
    I'm on my 4th too (although most are FQ and small yardages) but on another thread someone said they were on their NINTH. So I feel much better about my stash now.

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    I am 68, disability retured, on SS so not much money to buy stash. I f you want to send some to me, go ahead. You can PM me or Facebook me. I will answer. I will try to pay for postage

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