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Thread: storing your stash

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    I have one double closet in my sewing room and it must hold everything I need for quilting. I really don't have a large "stash" though I buy fabrics that I like and add to them as I decide what quilt pattern I want to make. I group all the fabrics for each quilt together.

    I have seen some of your storage closets and you seem to do it differently; storing all your colors separate and then just draw from your stash when you know what your project it going to be. Some of your fabric stashes are like mini quilt shops! Maybe one day I will have such a stash...one can only hope. It is fun to see your quilting rooms, your fabrics and etc.

    these four fabrics, black print, green, dark pink and white print is for one quilt
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    these pastels are for yet another quilt. On top of the pink on top are three cross stitch pictures that I want to use in the quilt, so I will have to design a quilt around the three cross stitch pictures.
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    here are two of my towers of fabrics. the one on the right is of fabrics I just had to have and background fabrics. The one on the right is stacked according to the quilts I want to make.
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    Glad to know I'm not the only one who groups their fabrics together that will become a quilt!

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    I too keep some fabrics together in a group, just in case I forget what I bought it for, and accidentally use it for something else. I usually keep the design with it too, for when I want to get started.

    The rest of my stash is grouped in colours as much as I am able to, and kept in a large chest of drawers and plastic bins. Not necessarily ideal, but the best I could do at the time.

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    I can't say my stash is in order of any type very well. I keep my smaller yardage on mini bolts in my sewing room closet.

    Fat quarters I have in plastic drawers. Full bolts I keep on shelves in my quilting room. They're kind of hard to see in the picture.

    Someday, I hope to have one large studio where it all fits together, maybe then I'll be more organized!
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    You are not alone in this...I do the same thing :lol:

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    Nice stash!

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    I do both things. I have a stash that combines my fat quarters and yardage by color; but, I also have things by project. I use "project envelopes" that I picked up at walmart or target, etc... they are clear or tinted plastic. I label the envelope with pertinent info, put the pattern inside, along with fabric I pull from my stash. I set the envelope atop of the yardage that won't fit inside and keep it all in a rubbermaid drawer until I'm ready. I also list these future projects on a whiteboard, so I don't worry about them. It's a handy system for me and when I'm working on those projects, the pieces, scraps, my notes, and baggies of blocks have a "home."

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    I've got it by color, then I pull and put in a basket what I want for the next quilt. Then after I'm done, I put it back in its color section. This works because I never buy an entire line to make a quilt. With the exception of AB "Love". I did buy that all together, and haven't separated it.

    I wanna live at Tinkle's house though. It *is* like a quilt shop! :D

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    I don't really organize my stash much. My solids are seperate from the colors. Holiday fab's have their own spot. I do know where everything is and I am able to go right to a piece when I need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjtinkle
    I can't say my stash is in order of any type very well. I keep my smaller yardage on mini bolts in my sewing room closet.

    Fat quarters I have in plastic drawers. Full bolts I keep on shelves in my quilting room. They're kind of hard to see in the picture.

    Someday, I hope to have one large studio where it all fits together, maybe then I'll be more organized!
    WOW!! THAT IS SOME STUDIO. I REALLY LIKE HOW YOU HAVE YOUR FABICS STANDING ON END AND SO EASY TO SEE. GREAT JOB

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewTinker
    I do both things. I have a stash that combines my fat quarters and yardage by color; but, I also have things by project. I use "project envelopes" that I picked up at walmart or target, etc... they are clear or tinted plastic. I label the envelope with pertinent info, put the pattern inside, along with fabric I pull from my stash. I set the envelope atop of the yardage that won't fit inside and keep it all in a rubbermaid drawer until I'm ready. I also list these future projects on a whiteboard, so I don't worry about them. It's a handy system for me and when I'm working on those projects, the pieces, scraps, my notes, and baggies of blocks have a "home."
    I have those same envelopes that I put projects in and keep in a container in my sewing closet. The envelope pictured below contains all I need for a Christmas quilt for next year. I have several other pojects under the top one. It works well for me too.

    this envelope contains a QN size quilt - it just has not been sewn together yet! Look for it by the fall of next year.
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    I have those same envelopes that I put projects in and keep in a container in my sewing closet. The envelope pictured below contains all I need for a Christmas quilt for next year. I have several other pojects under the top one. It works well for me too.
    How cool that you do this! Great minds must think alike. My sis-in-law taught me this and I just thought she was a Genius. lol...

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    I seperate loose fabrics into solid, theme, country, floral, ect. Then they also get seperated into colorways.
    On one side of the close is the loose (undetermined) fabrics and the other is the kits and collected fabrics that are for quilts already planned. My garment and home dec have been seperated into bins and are stored in another closet in a spare room.
    The drawers hold stablizers, interfacings, projects in different stages and other tools that I use for sewing/cutting. But mostly fabrics. Hubby bought me this storage system from lowe's.

    one side loose fabrics
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    I have mine in bins based off the main theme of fabric, such as stipes/plaids, floral, novelty, solids, holiday, patriotic.

    I don't have as big a stash as some so this works for me. When I think of a project I want to do I gather up the fabrics I want to use and put them in a seperate bin.

    I'd take a picture but my sewing area is terrible since its crammed in the back of the laundry room

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    What a nice fabrics! I store some fabrics by project and I even include thread and pattern but not batting and often no backing. some FQ are stored according to color. My thirties FQ and fabric are all together as are the civil war fabrics, Hawaiian style fabrics, bug prints, fish prints and batiks. I also use ziplock bags, those plastic zippered bags that come around sheet sets and plastic bins to store home made kits in.

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    mine are all stuffed in bins but the ones i have plans for in the near future i keep in bundles so when i have time to start a new project i don't have go looking through everything. i just grab the bundle. they are in their own bin.

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    I keep the fabric I bought for a specific quilt together. The others are in totes. Those make it hard to find what a want though. I would love to put them on shelves.

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    I don't have as big a stash as many. 90% of it fits in a 5 drawer dresser. One drawer is odds and ends, patterns, preprinted labels and a few orphan blocks. Another is just red and greens and a few Christmas prints for my someday christmas quilt. The third is mostly batiks. The 4th drawer I store fabrics like you, designated for a specific quilt I have in mind. The last drawer is yardage (any cuts 2 yards or more). I then have some more yardage designated for someday quilt backs stored in those giant ziploc storage bags that you squeeze all the air out of. I then have various WIPS and UFOs in different stages for scrap quilts also stored in ziploc baggies. My closet in my sewing room has batting and a few other crafty type supplies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGarnet222
    I seperate loose fabrics into solid, theme, country, floral, ect. Then they also get seperated into colorways.
    On one side of the close is the loose (undetermined) fabrics and the other is the kits and collected fabrics that are for quilts already planned. My garment and home dec have been seperated into bins and are stored in another closet in a spare room.
    The drawers hold stablizers, interfacings, projects in different stages and other tools that I use for sewing/cutting. But mostly fabrics. Hubby bought me this storage system from lowe's.
    Your storage system is wonderful. I love things neat and orderly and you sure have that in your closet as do so many of the quilters that share here.
    Thanks for the exchange of ideas from all of you. Isn't this board wonderful?

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