Stash Interview ~ Hillary Lang from Wee Wonderfuls

on February 5 | in Interviews + Profiles, Sewing + Quilting Tips | by | with 71 Comments

We asked Hillary Lang from Wee Wonderfuls all about her fabric stash. We’re big fans of her blog and shop, and we know she has a wonderful collection of fabrics. After you read the interview, check out the post Hillary wrote in September about her latest fabric sort; she talks more about all of the pictures you see here today. Don’t forget to play along with your own stash interview!

SMS: First of all, what do you usually sew?
Hillary: Toys and dolls mostly these days.

SMS: When you shop for fabric, what size cuts do you usually buy? (i.e. If you see something beautiful, but you don’t have a use for it right away, how much do you buy?)

Hillary: I’m quarter crazy. It’s stupid. I should buy more. But since I make tiny things most of the time I feel I can get away with it. If I love something I’ll buy a yard or a half.

SMS: Do you buy on impulse or do you go out looking for something you need?
Hillary: Well I always need it.

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Decor weight & Japanese prints

SMS: Are you a pre-washer? If you are, do you wash your fabric before you need it, or only when you’re ready to use it?
Hillary: Nope, never. Even though I should have learned my lesson when a predominantly red quilt I made for my mother ran all over itself. I still am too impatient to deal with washing and ironing. I like living on the edge.

SMS: How do you sort it? (color, print size, collection, etc.)
Hillary: I am newly sorted by color and I love it! I have two sizes on my shelves, sort of breaks down to less than a yard and more than a yard, and then I have tiny shelves for my favorite scraps.

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Scraps

SMS: How do you store your fabric?
Hillary: Bookshelves with narrow shelves. They seem to stay put as long as they’re not piled too high.

SMS: What tips do you have for building up a well-rounded stash?
Hillary: Buy the “boring stuff”. If you’re only working with wow fabrics you’ll soon find you have nowhere to go. Buy stuff that reads as solids or that has colored backgrounds. I have way to many novelty prints on white backgrounds.

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Wool felt & solids

SMS: When do you say enough is enough?
Hillary: I’ll let you know when I figure that out.

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Medium & large!

SMS: What are some of your favorite stash-busting projects?
Hillary: Pants for the kids. Specially helps with those vintage sheets I can’t stop buying.

SMS: What’s your definition of the perfect stash?
Hillary: I wish I knew. I have a ton of fabric and still have the hardest time pulling things together for the perfect mix. I’d say maybe less choices and more yardage. I have the opposite and it can be very frustrating.

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Hillary’s current favorite stash prints.

Thanks, Hillary!

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71 Responses to Stash Interview ~ Hillary Lang from Wee Wonderfuls

  1. Very good observations. Maybe adding some pictures will make the blog post more interesting.

  2. Danielle says:

    Oh and I’d like to second JenniMac in saying that I’d be very willing to take some of that fabric off of her hands.

  3. Danielle says:

    Wow! I’ve just begun sewing so my stash is very very minimal. I try not to go crazy spending money on fabric that I never know if I’ll use. I think I may sit her and drool over her stash for a while though.

  4. Melissa says:

    After reading this I don’t feel like such a dummy for washing an unfinished quilt top bought at a yard sale and having the reds bleed all over. Now I have to decide whether to just leave it and finish it as is or unsew and replace the “pink” whites.

  5. Jennifer says:

    oh, to have a stash like that…

  6. Bethany says:

    I’m so glad to know that someone so talented doesn’t pre-wash her fabrics. Now I can be guilt free that I don’t always.

  7. JenniMac says:

    She clearly has too much fabric. I’d be glad to take them off her hands. :D

  8. Jenna says:

    let me wipe the drool off my chin to say…..yowza.

  9. Lesley Stenning says:

    this stash is amazing. I am having such a fun time building mine, I love going through it and folding it tidily so i can see all the luscious colours!!

  10. Leslie Newton says:

    Love, love your stash! Fabric is my vice in life, well besides chocolate! It makes me want to organize better.

  11. Kate M. says:

    I seriously have to face my irrational dislike of purchasing solids. They really round out your stash.

  12. Anya T. says:

    Great interview and great stash!

  13. Jane says:

    So good to see other peoples’ stashes and that they have the same ‘control issues’ as I do… ‘controlling’ the urge to buy and then ‘controlling’ what to do with it all when you give in to that buying urge! Thanks for sharing, Hillary.

  14. Toby says:

    I love looking at other’s stashes. I’m still fairly new to it all so I have a small stash. I love looking at others to see what fabric I hvave that they do too, and what of their’s I want to find! And this is a great one!

  15. Jan says:

    Great advice on buying the ‘boring’ fabrics. They are so necessary to create balance in projects.

  16. Bloom says:

    Thank you for a great post. It’s always so much fun to read about how others manage their fabric addictions!

  17. Alisa says:

    Cute interview! I love her answers.

  18. becky says:

    love hillary and her fabric stash! thanks for the insight.

  19. Caitlin says:

    I love how they are organized! I wish I had shelving so that I could organize my craft and fabric supplies!

  20. Deb says:

    Well, one thing for sure is that I have been motivated to clean up my stash after seeing all these organized pictures and the ones on Flickr!!

  21. christine says:

    i am in awe of everything she does.

  22. Hannah says:

    so glad to see someone else who is too impatient to wash and iron.

  23. Serena says:

    Wow, I am drooling–not just over the gorgeous fabric, but over the organization, as well!

  24. Donna says:

    It’s a little bit weird, I think, how much joy I get out of looking at my cupboard of fabric . .but seeing everyone else’s comments, maybe not so weird! love hillary’s stuff – thanks for featuring her.

  25. Katie says:

    Wow, I can only dream of such a stash! I’m trying to work through mine so clear up space! Backwards I know..

  26. Jen says:

    I’m loving your stash here! I’m glad to see that you agree that it’s great to have solids and small prints that appear as solids in your stash – that was what I mentioned in my tips for a great stash… all too often I have to cool, fun prints but nothing to coordinate with them! Great tips here … I’m still working on folding my stash…

  27. LaLisha says:

    sigh…..ahhh…. i can only dream. still having to sneak fabric in the house.

  28. Suzi says:

    What a huge stash! Love looking at all those fabrics.

  29. aneela says:

    lovely fabrics and so neat and tidy, I could spend a whole week with your stash and not get bored

  30. Ryan says:

    I’m suffering from terrible stash envy!

  31. jill says:

    I love the tiny shelves for scraps — what a great idea.

  32. Lisa says:

    Man, that’s one heck of a stash!

  33. Michele says:

    Fabulous interview…I love reading her blog. My fabric stash is still tiny. Everything is shoved into two plastic totes.

  34. shaina says:

    Oh man. What fun fabrics!

  35. Tara T. says:

    I’m starting to learn how important solids and not busy prints are. soooo necessary and i feel like i have none!

  36. atia says:

    ooh what an amazing stash! thanks for this, it was a really interesting interview. Now I know I don’t need to prewash my fabrics too :p

  37. Great Fabric Stash – I have mine in plastic drawers by color – I would love to have it on bookcases I think that it would be easier to pull from instead of going through drawers.

  38. Paula in NH says:

    Thanks for sharing your stash. You’ve given me some ideas for storing my stash.

  39. alisha says:

    I love seeing stacks and stacks of fabric! I like Hillary’s living-on-the-edge attitude about not pre-washing. :) Maybe I need a little more adventure in my life.

  40. May says:

    Wee Wonderfuls has been a favorite for a long time, so as soon as I saw this I got excited. Amazing, what a fantastic stash! I can’t even imagine!

  41. Kiki says:

    Great stash. I don’t think I’d ever leave the craft room if I had that many fabric choices right at my fingertips!

  42. Bec Hollis says:

    Great interview! It’s wonderful (excuse the pun :P) reading about the sewing lives of others. Very envious of that well-organised stash!!

  43. Sabra says:

    Very interesting stuff here, learning so much so far this month. Thank you.

  44. amanda says:

    Drool.

  45. Alissa says:

    Such a pretty pretty stash!!

  46. jessica m says:

    I haven’t yet told my husband that my goal this spring is to build a good stash. Let’s keep that secret amongst ourselves.

  47. Stacy says:

    Wow! It is great to see others that have fabric addiction too! Great organization. That is something that I need to work on :-)

  48. JaneR says:

    Thank you Hillary for the insight into your stash and your collecting method. I too divide my collection by color and size. It becomes real obvious what colors are in great supply!!! I prewash and iron (no starch or sizing until it is used) then fold. I also have a box of misc scrap pieces for when I have the urge to begin a project, but should not. These pieces I cut to several standard sizes: 2.5″, 5″, 2.5″ strips, etc. These are in a small box–not rumpled in a basket…ready when I need some rotary exercise!!!!

  49. Terri Moran says:

    I love Wee Wonderfuls. It was the first crafting blog I ever read. I’ve bought several of Hillary’s patterns and they are very well written and easy to follow. Her dolls have become a Christmas tradition for my youngest niece. So nice to read her interview here.

  50. Rebecca says:

    I like how you can see all your fabric, mine is all in drawers. I think seeing it out is inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

  51. bec says:

    i love your stash and am very envious of your storage!

  52. Katie says:

    Beautiful, you have your own boutique right inside you house!

  53. Jeannine says:

    That is an impressive stash.

  54. Jodie says:

    I am completely jealous. :)

  55. Helena says:

    WOW! I wish my stash was like that. I just started a couple years ago, so with five kids I am very limited as to what I buy(projects in mind purchases only).

  56. Baba says:

    OMG that stash is to die for! I just wish I had a quarter of that. I love the shelving of fabrics so you can see all the color and print choices.

  57. Katie says:

    Love that last picture of your favorite stash fabrics. Yellows and reds and black are lovely together!

  58. Jessy Roos says:

    Wow! I can see what Hilary means by having too many choices. I love her stash – thanks for the interview!

  59. Valerie says:

    Wow! I just want to reach through and touch it.

  60. amy says:

    What a great stash! I wish mine was so well organized!

  61. alison says:

    Think I may actually have just turned green with envy – I’m away to check in a mirror!

  62. Joy S says:

    My fabric stash is scattered! I’m looking for good ways to easily store it so I can dig through
    and actually find things!

    I have yardage and remnants, projects and things wishing to be projects.
    Hope I can get some kind of storage worked out!

  63. Tammy :) says:

    I do not have much of a stash, but I am now inspired!

  64. jodie says:

    wow!

  65. valerie says:

    I love hearing the interview and seeing her stash. Thanks for sharing.

  66. aSprinkling says:

    When I look at this stash, I am so jealous! I am a newbie sewer and a VERY frugal shopper. I only buy what I need most of the time and only just enough for the current project. That means that I have little to no stash. But I sure would love one!

  67. That’s a really great interview! I love seeing others stashes and how they go about organizing them.

  68. Ellen B says:

    These stash interviews and the pictures on Flicker are great…It is inspiring me to do some organizing!

  69. There is something so magical about staring at gorgeous piles of fabric. It is like the project possibilities are endless. I also like looking at button collections and walls of yarn, but I’m crazy like that.

  70. craftytammie says:

    ooh, I’m envious! I too am a fabric hoarder, and I try to keep it organized by color. I hear her complaint about not being able to pull together the look I want. too many choices, maybe?

  71. Rachel says:

    Wow what a great stash you have here!! Wish I had this much fabric, though I guess my pocketbook is glad I don’t!!

    Thanks for sharing!!
    Rachel

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