Tell us about your stash!

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We have lots of interviews to share throughout Fat Quarter Month. As we planned for February, all of the fat quarter talk led us to think about our own fabric collections (how we purchase, store and use fabric…). We asked many of our favorite sewists to tell us about their fabric stash and we’ll share their interviews and pictures in upcoming weeks. We want to hear from you too!

We started a new Fabric Stash & Storage group on Flickr. You can also answer any or all of the questions below on your blog. Once you post, come back and add the link in the box below for easy browsing (we’re trying something new!) add your link to the comments.

  • What do you usually sew?
  • 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?)
  • Do you buy on impulse or do you go out looking for something you need?
  • 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?
  • Do you iron it?
  • How do you sort it? (color, print size, collection, etc.)
  • Do you have any special folding techniques?
  • How do you store your fabric?
  • What tips do you have for building up a well-rounded stash?
  • When do you say enough is enough?
  • What are some of your favorite stash-busting projects?
  • Do you have a current favorite print in your stash? Let’s see it!
  • What’s your definition of the perfect stash? (Consider sharing a picture or two of your stash & storage, or direct us to a pic on Flickr!)

We’re excited to hear what you have to say!

Edited 2/5/09:  We were having troubles with Mr. Linky and the rest of the posts, so we’ve disabled it.  If you already commented, your link is in this list.  I apologize for losing your comments, but rest assured that you are entered into the drawing for the fat quarter packs.  If your link isn’t on this list and you’ve answered the stash questions on your blog, please leave a comment below.

  1. http://amyalamode.wordpress.com/2009/02/04/my-stash/
  2. http://abxkris.blogspot.com/
  3. http://hazelnutgirl.blogspot.com/2009/02/its-all-about-stash-at-moment.html
  4. http://quiltedpig.blogspot.com/2009/02/my-stash.html
  5. http://llamalass.blogspot.com/
  6. http://www.kevindhendricks.com/abby/2009/02/04/sewing-stash/
  7. http://mothers-of-invention.blogspot.com/2009/02/sew-mama-sew-challenge.html
  8. http://www.frostedtreats.blogspot.com/
  9. http://sewholly.blogspot.com/
  10. http://richellenutshell.blogspot.com/2009/02/about-my-stash.html
  11. http://jennadesigns.blogspot.com/
  12. http://craftismytherapy.blogspot.com/
  13. http://www.trashaloucan.blogspot.com/
  14. http://jdebreuilsartandquilts.blogspot.com/
  15. http://somethingrhetorical.com/talking/2009/02/my-stash/
  16. http://2undertoo.blogspot.com/
  17. http://spiralowlcreations.wordpress.com/2009/02/05/all-about-my-fabric-stash/
  18. http://jakoblaylaruby.blogspot.com/
  19. http://bettyanne.wordpress.com/
  20. http://betchashesews.blogspot.com/2009/02/stash-talk.html
  21. http://sewgoodsewfar.wordpress.com/2009/02/05/show-me-the-stash/
  22. http://asewingwewillgo.blogspot.com/
  23. http://craftbugjen.blogspot.com/2009/02/my-fabric-stash.html
  24. http://longwindedlolajo.blogspot.com/
  25. http://greeneyedsilversmith.blogspot.com/
  26. http://sparklejars.blogspot.com/
  27. http://www.filminthefridge.com/
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72 Responses to Tell us about your stash!

  1. Sophia Aster says:

    Four months late! Here is my fabrics stash: http://sophiaaster.com/blog/?p=280. This was fun!

  2. I hope it’s not too late to post this, I just found this site yesterday. I can see by your photos that I’m totally disorganized, but what else is new? I’ve enjoyed this thread immensely, and need to come back everyday for a while to look at everyone’s stash.
    Here’s my link.
    http://quiltingcrusader.blogspot.com/

  3. I’m totally late, but I’ve added mine! Yay for new shelves!!!!

  4. domoshar says:

    Here is my stash building: http://domoshar.com/archives/1681

  5. I shared my stash…
    http://charamichele.com/blog/2009/02/my-fabric-stash.html
    Thanks for hosting this :)

  6. wendy says:

    Oops, guess i’m supposed to put my link, here it is:
    ilovebabyquilts.blogspot.com

    wendy

  7. wendy says:

    I have uploaded my stash just now! I am showing off lots of designer fabric and one cute baby. Check it out~!
    Wendy

  8. Britt says:

    I have a tiny stash so not much to say, but I posted here: http://pigbook1.blogspot.com/2009/02/my-other-hobby.html

  9. Adrienne says:

    I updated my blog with photos of my sewing area as well as answered your questions. This has been so much fun seeing everyone’s storage solutions and sewing areas. Great idea!

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  11. Meredith says:

    I gave it a try! My blog is http://quiltthreads.blogspot.com.

  12. Jennifer says:

    Took me a while, but I’ve tidied (some) and photo’d to share!

    http://whimsynwonder.blogspot.com/2009/02/stash-sharing.html

    Enjoy, Jennifer

  13. craftytammie says:

    i’m playing along too! http://craftytammie.blogspot.com!

  14. beki says:

    I’m a little late to the party, but here are my answers: http://artsycraftybabe.typepad.com/artsycrafty_babe/2009/02/stash.html

  15. stitchstitch says:

    Better late than never, here’s my post: http://sewwrong.blogspot.com/2009/02/flash-your-stash.html

  16. Deb says:

    Here’s a picture (of my very pitiful fabric basket stash!) and the interview questions I answered.
    http://girottifamily.typepad.com/mountain_musings/2009/02/my-fabric-stash.html

  17. Jackie says:

    Better late than never – I’ve posted my stash confessional today over on my blog.

  18. That was fun! I’ve posted about my stash on my blog, Scarlet Fig. Thanks!
    http://lauriewis.blogspot.com/

  19. Annmarie says:

    I am so late posting this but here is my interview :)

    http://sewzenmama.blogspot.com/2009/02/stash-interview.html

  20. Mary says:

    Here is my first post, before organization.
    http://lifeon19th.blogspot.com/2009/02/fabric-stash-and-storage.html
    And here is my update, after I was inspired to organize my stash.
    http://lifeon19th.blogspot.com/2009/02/fabric-storage-update.html

  21. Anya T. says:

    Check this link for my post about my stash. Thanks.
    http://hillscreekquilter.blogspot.com/2009/02/fabric-stash-favorite-topic.html

  22. JenniMac says:

    my stash is so small and tiny. i’m really counting on you guys to help me beef it up.

  23. Elizabeth says:

    I just finished the questions myself.
    I’m at http://emadethis.wordpress.com/?p=584

  24. Cheryl says:

    http://naptimequilter.blogspot.com/2009/02/stash-report.html

    This was a great exercise to get my thinking about my stash, and what it really does for me – inspires, fulfills, frustrates, and bankrupts!

  25. Marissa says:

    All about my stash here: http://whiteplumsews.blogspot.com/ This was a fun post; I like seeing other stashes.

  26. B says:

    It doesn’t look like mine made it onto the list. I participated though.
    http://simply-b.blogspot.com/2009/02/confessional.html

  27. Jane says:

    Boohoo… don’t have a blog, but have had fun reading from them. My over all impression from looking at the flickr photos and reading the blog entries is… my stash is bigger than yours! And I don’t mean that in a wicked way… I’m truly embarrassed by it’s size. I have seen photos of stashes that are as big as a bedroom, so I know that I’m not that bad. I’m a quilter (mostly) and it’s just way too hard to resist some of the fabulous prints they keep bringing to market. My stashbusting tip… keep making those quilts and use the stash for the backing.. DO NOT buy fabric for the back!

  28. Kay says:

    I only own about 12 fat quarters as I am a newbie to this so it’s so fun to read about other’s stashes!

  29. britt says:

    posted about my baby stash of fabric, too. i guess i missed the deadline though. sorry. i loved this exercise though. i need to do it with my knitting too.

  30. Debbi Pinckney says:

    This was great! Can’t figure out how to take part and answer the questions – the main guestions that I woule answer — Sorted by project ie grandchildren clothing, my clothing and ??? — always but 3 yars or more !!! 6 granddaughters!! This is my second time aroud building a stash – in the 1980′ for myself and daughters ( still have some of the linen and raw silk ) and again in the last 2 years for self and grandchildren. Love theis site just found it today. Debbi Pinckney ([email protected])

  31. Gaby says:

    Thanks to everyone who has written about their stash, I am enjoying going through and looking at everyone’s stashes

  32. Jennifer says:

    This was a great idea! I love looking at everyone’s fabrics. They are all so beautiful! I posted about my stash here: http://jenniferworthen.blogspot.com/2009/02/my-stash.html.

  33. Lisa says:

    I got inspired and organized my stash for the first time – today! It was great to have a goal and fun questions to answer. Here’s my link:
    http://encouragingcreativity.blogspot.com/2009/02/some-housecleaning-and-progress.html

  34. Sandi says:

    Whoops! Looks like my original comment and link are missing, so here’s my stash post. I’ll take any opportunity to talk about my stash – there’s a lot of it!
    http://piecemealquilts.wordpress.com/2009/02/05/stash-this/

  35. nicole says:

    i am alsmost embarrassed about my stash, for the state that it is in, but it is just a question of time – until I get to organize the WHOLE garage or we move again to find actual space for crafting, sewinf & supplies.

    http://fingerprintsleftbehind.blogspot.com/2009/02/i-am-working-on-it-seriously.html

  36. kathy h. says:

    Love this post. Don’t have a blog but the last couple of years, I find my best fabrics while on vacation and at garage sales. Currently, there is only 100% cotton quilt fabrics in the stores – but in Hawaii? Barkcloth and other heavier weight fabrics and way more Japanese fabrics.
    Garage sales yield older fabrics that have a different feel to them.
    I try not to pre-wash anymore unless I am sewing clothes and not always then.

  37. Jacqui says:

    This has been such an interesting exercise for me – not so much climbing up into the attic to find fabric to take photos of (so much fun laying it all out by colour), but just thinking about my stash in a different way! To me it’s always been a source of vague embarrassment that I have all this fabric up there that isn’t being used. I fully intend to of course, but in reality? not so much. However, the idea that I could actually _plan_ a stash so that it is a useful resource instead of a collection of odds ‘n sods is totally new to me and really quite exciting! Thanks to everyone else who shared their stash thoughts and photos. I’ve been blown away by the beauty of some of them and while I like mine a lot too, it’s great to think about it in a different way :)

  38. Karla says:

    I love this post! It’s fun to see everyone’s stash, and check out new blogs!

  39. Joyce says:

    I posted on my blog this morning about my stash, then this afternoon, I found your thread on the same thing. I reposted your questions and answered them on my blog. I’ve enjoyed going to the other blogs that are blogging about their stashes. Thanks

  40. Set Carré says:

    Hey! I answered the stash questions, was number 20 this morning but i’m not in the list anymore!

  41. shaina says:

    I’m still a beginner, so I don’t have much of a stash yet. But I love looking at other people’s!!

  42. I really enjoyed reading about everyone’s stash! :-) Mine isn’t ready for viewing yet. ;-)

  43. I left a comment this morning but it did not show up. My recently refreshed stash is on my blog: http://sewdivadiane.blogspot.com/2008/09/sewing-roomafter.html

  44. Kat says:

    I love looking at other people’s stashes. It never fails to inspire me. Take a look here for my baby stash!! http://rippingoutseams.blogspot.com/2009/02/stashing-dark-secret-under-my-bed.html

  45. julie says:

    Too Much of a good thing at http://www.fireflylane.blogspot.com

  46. Sabra says:

    I NEED a stash. Gosh, the pictures I’ve seen of some cupboards full of beauty are unbelievable.

  47. Beth says:

    Here are answers to your questions about my stash. Thanks!

    http://quiltersnook.blogspot.com/2009/02/my-stash.html#links

  48. Kim says:

    How fun to peek into everyone’s stashes! Here’s my fabric stash post: http://retro-mama.blogspot.com/2009/02/talking-stash.html

  49. Leigh says:

    Ok, I wrote about my stash, and I’m sneaking peeks at everyone else’s posts through my workday. Naughty me!

  50. Nichole says:

    Interesting to see how everyone handles the stash different;ly. Thanks for this unique read!

  51. Rachel says:

    These are some great posts guys!! I have loved doing some blog hopping and reading all about your stash!!

    Rachel

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