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!