|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?
SMS: Do you buy on impulse or do you go out looking for something you need?
Hillary: Well I always need it.
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.
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.
Wool felt & solids
SMS: When do you say enough is enough?
Hillary: I’ll let you know when I figure that out.
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.
Hillary’s current favorite stash prints.