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Thread: Need help sorting fabric.

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    Need help sorting fabric.

    I am getting ready to sort a large amount of fabric. When you have a piece that is white with pink dots or white with thin green and yellow lines, which pile should I put it in?

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    Step back- squint- what color do you see?? then sort in that pile..

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    I think that's a personal thing depending on how you are sorting. I have my civil war all separate and for that if the white is the dominent color then I'd put it with the white and so on. For my other fabric, I'm still working on my system but I keep flannels together, I also keep kids fabric together; mainly because my daughter raids it once in a while and that is where she'd go and it limits her from going all thru it. I recently got a bunch of fabric and I'm also sorting it by type; some of it is for decorating, there is homespun and since I want to make a french braid if I ever get enough (I'm too broke to buy any now). I have a lot of large florals and that is together. Then there is alot the is color coded going dark to light. This is what makes since to me because of the way I quilt. I also have 30 to 40 fabric and thats also done separtely. Figure out how you think you'll use it and try to come up with a system that will allow you to easily find what you need or see what you have when you decide you want to make something. I also don't have what you would call large amounts of fabric and from what I've seen on here most wouldn't call it a stash so I might do it differently if I can every afford to have a "stash". Good luck; it's a good thing you are doing.
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    When I look at the fabric, what color strikes me? If the pink dots strike me most, it goes with the pinks. If the white background is what I first notice, it goes with whites.

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    I have all my 30's fabrics in a separate 3 drawer cabinet sorted in colors. Other fabrics are sorted by floral & colors etc. and type of fabric. I try to use colorways to keep them separate. That's about all the farther I go before it all becomes overwhelming to me.

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    I too have a large stash.
    I sort by colour and in addition have separate collections of stripes, plaids, batiks, 30s, novelities, childrens,dots and a couple more I can't offhand remember.

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    I would put white w/ other colors in them in a separate pile if I had enough of them.
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    a great question with some awesome answers. I keep holiday, animal print and juvenile fabric separate. But have struggled with the same problem on a lot of the others.

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    I sort my fabrics different, this means I take my favorite designers separate: all Fassetts together , all AmyButler, PhilipJacobs and BrandonMarblys. My Batics are together, cat fabrics and dots and my redworks too. The rest I sorted by colours!

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    Thank you for all the help. Keep the suggestions coming. I am formulating a plan in my mind.

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    White with pink dots would go into my pinks. Pink with white dots would go into my pinks. Funny how we all do it differently. I do keep all my Hoffman in one spot, all my Kaffe Fassett and the like in one spot. Christmas and holidays in one spot and childrens in one spot, the remainer goes by colors.
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    I sort by colors, Christmas, Australian, baby/child, novelties (fisherman, bricks, rocks, sky, etc), metallics, batiks, brights, flannels, minkee, fleece and All Creatures Great & Small (animals/birds/fish from all over the world - eventual quilt for me!). Works quite well for me. Am working on getting all the scraps cut into sizes for quilts (thank you, Bonnie Hunter!), and those sizes are stacked on shelves for right now - but are very quickly going to overcome those shelves, so will go into clear storage bins then.

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    I have several different areas for sorting. I have my general fabrics sorted by color. I just by what color is the most prominent when I look a the fabric. I also sort novelty fabrics by subject matter-Christmas, Fall, Halloween, Snowmen, I Spy, etc. I have a large collection of CW fabrics-I sort them by color, but I also keep my Jo Morton fabrics separate from the other CW fabrics. (I have used them in swaps with friends and I like to be able to grab one easily). Special fabrics, like Minke, flannels, 1930s, homespuns, Kansas Troubles, hand-dyed, all have their own areas within my stash. It took a while to get all of my fabric sorted, folded and on the shelves where I wanted it, but it has paid off in the end-I can reach in and pull out the exact fabric I am looking for very quickly. It's a real time saver when I am on working on a new quilt.
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    There are always those pieces that either don't fit anywhere well at all - or could go into a couple of categories.

    Example: My black and white cat prints - do they go with the cat prints or with the black and whites?

    Example: The multi-color floral that doesn't have any dominant color - or many colors that seem equally bright - (I've started a separate stack for these)

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    This is how I did it: All whites, off whites, cremes and blacks go together. Then comes all my solids, then my stripes, then dots. Next comes my whites with black prints and blacks with white print. Next is prodominently black fabrics. Then predominately cream and brown colored fabrics . Holidays are together, Batiks are together, Asian are together, College fabrics together and special collections such as Dr. Seuss are together. Then I sort the rest of my fabric by ROY G. BIV, the colors of the rainbow. Whichever color is most dominant dictates what color group it goes in.
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    I use the 'background color'. If the background is blue, it goes with the blues, white or off-white goes with the whites, etc. This works for me generally, until the other day when I was looking for a specific fabric on the 'green' shelf, and the background was actually off-white. I don't think there is a 'perfect' system, just one that works most of the time. I do have a separate shelf for a project that is still in construction so I don't accidentally use an already designated fabric for a 'quick project'. Holiday specific fabrics get categorized for 'fall' or "Christmas" on a separate shelf or bin.

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    I sort by colour and type. All batiks are together in the same baskets, all blues, reds etc. When it comes to multi coloured prints or a fabric that can't be defined clearly by a colour, I then sort on the size of the print into small medium and large scale prints. Scraps are sorted and stored based on size only.
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    I work pt at a fabric store and sort my fabric similar to that. "Generic" cottons together by color, "designer" cottons by designer/fabric line, etc. Think of how you would look for a particular fabric when you enter a fabric store or quilt shop. It also works well to put your fabric on comic book boards, then your fabric can be stood up and it's very easy to see what you have. They cost about $12-$13 for 100 at Amazon.

    Good luck - post pics!!!

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    I agree with the above. The color that pops out at you when you look at it.
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    If you have enough 'dot' fabric, I'd put it into its own section, or consider a 'brights' area. I ended up with a 'brights' section in my fabrics for that very reason -- those bright colors were beacons if sorted into colors, and I often want only 'brights' in a project, like a baby or child's quilt, so picking from that area of my stash really works for me.

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    I usually sort by dominant color. So pink with white dots would go in the pink pile.

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    The largest portion of my stash is on open book cases. The windows are UV protected and face north. The shelves are filled with 1/4 - 1yd pieces, folded into a size no larger than 5 x 9". The 5" side is on the "book spine" side of the shelf and has a fold to easily see the fabric. There are 5 stacks on each shelf. They are divided into sections: solids, looks like hand dye, christmas, multicolor, oriental, black & white, flesh tone, stripes, browns, greys, silk, 30's, and the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green blue, purple). When a type of fabric will make 2 stacks, it gets seperated out. Projects in progress are in "ArtBin" totes, so there's fabric in them too. And "thinking about it" is stacked anywhere there's a flat surface. As you can see, my system is morphic- it changes with what I'm working on. UFO's: probably 40+ are hung in the closet, in ArtBin totes, in drawers, on the design wall; I give myself permission to put something aside that has me stumped or there's a deadline for something else. It's not a job, it's a passion. Large pieces are stored in the hall closets. As my style of quilting has changed and become more defined, my stash has changed.

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    Lots of great ideas here - I also use many of them. Sort by era (30s, civil war, etc) color and size - all big enough for backing a quilt is stored in one place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marrinb123 View Post
    I use the 'background color'. If the background is blue, it goes with the blues, white or off-white goes with the whites, etc. This works for me generally, until the other day when I was looking for a specific fabric on the 'green' shelf, and the background was actually off-white. I don't think there is a 'perfect' system, just one that works most of the time. I do have a separate shelf for a project that is still in construction so I don't accidentally use an already designated fabric for a 'quick project'. Holiday specific fabrics get categorized for 'fall' or "Christmas" on a separate shelf or bin.
    Background color is what i use.
    Just passing through!

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    I do what most have suggested...keep in themes, but I also have Large quantity pieces that I might use for a backing in one location.

    I also have landscape type fabrics together since I do a lot of applique and often need grass or water...etc. I have several plastic drawers filled with small quantities sorted by color for applique use also.

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