Saturday, April 2, 2011

stashing fabric


Hi there.  I hope that you all have had a nice week.  Mine was very productive.  I did lots and lots of sewing, which felt great.  Some of it I will be able to show you within the next couple months.  The other stuff will have to wait much much longer.  Kind of weird (but fun) to be secretive.  I am pretty blessed to be able to contribute to some pretty cool projects.   


Anyways, I very regulary get comments and questions on what my fabric stash is like, so I thought I'd finally get around to addressing that.  I have come to realize three things about myself: 

1.  I love fabric.
2.  I don't like stashing fabric. 
3. I love NEW fabric.

Really, I don't own very much fabric, and I destashed quite a bit of what I did have this past week.  That is what those envelopes that are sitting on my sewing cabinet are full of.  Alot of it I've had for awhile now.  These were fabrics that were left over from quilts, miscellaneous projects, and some were impulsive buys that barely were touched.  They were all wonderful, I just knew I wasn't going to use them.  So they were sold and sent to new, loving homes.  That makes me feel really good.

Now my stash is pretty small.  I have a crate of staple fabrics that I can pull and mix and match, and I have several lines that are set aside for specific quilts.  These are lines that I love and will use.  I also held onto some of my favorite prints from Flea Market Fancy and Heather Ross.  I also have a pretty nice supply of scraps and selvedges.

 

Now I feel so much better.  You see, I'm the kind of person that doesn't keep or collect things.  I am pretty much the opposite of a packrat.  If I don't love and treasure that object, or use it on a regular basis, I don't keep it around.  I don't like clutter and desire a minimalist lifestyle.  Of course it only makes sense that my fabric stash be the same way.


The last thing I realized is that I absolutely adore new fabric lines.  I love them.  If I had to choose between picking and pulling from my stash or buying something new, whether it is for myself or a gift, I'll always choose the second.  I like the novelty and freshness of fabric that I haven't already seen in twenty different quilts.  It allows me to be creative without being influenced by what I've already seen.  It doesn't always work out that way, but when it does, it is nice.


Speaking of new fabric, my latest fabric crush is Habitat by Jay McCarroll.  I adore it.  It is unique.  I think I'm going to pair it with some natural crossweave and sew up a bowtie quilt.  I've been wanting to make one of those for a long time.  I think these are my three favorite prints from the line (but if you ask me again tomorrow, I'll probably say something different):


There are definitely downfalls to my way of non-stashing.  Please don't think that I am saying that it is the right way to do things, because I'm not saying that at all.  I'm simply stating that it is what I like.  It makes me happy, and it works for me. 


 Are any of you non-fabric-stashers like me?  I'm curious.  I am pretty sure I am the minority here.  :)

xoxo A

29 comments:

  1. I love that pixellated fabric. That is really cool. Okay, I do not hold on to things. I am tending to more and more minimalism. That being said, I have a HUGE fabric stash. So clearly I'm willing to get rid of nearly everything BUT my fabric. Although I have donated bags and bags to church, and that feels good.

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  2. I like the way you organized your fabric in the envelopes. All my yardage fits into a box with the same base area as yours, but that's mainly because I'm frugal and haven't been collecting for very long. I had the hardest time cutting into my yardage, but I'm slowly breaking out of my shell. I'm a bit of packrat, but I'll soon be starting a new job and relocating in the next few months, so I'm pretty sure the small scraps and selvages will have to go.

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  3. I don't really have much of a fabric stash and I'm just starting to discover different fabric lines. I love seeing anyone's fabric collection {I have crushes on many}, but I don't see myself as someone who will collect a lot of fabric {but, then again ask me a year from now} :) I bought my first ever fat quarter bundle for the quilt I'm working on now and I have sooo much left over. It already makes me a little nervous that I might start hoarding fabric :) I really like your fabric philosophy!

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  4. I keep my stash of quilting cottons reasonably trim (perhaps a couple of shelves full), but I do have a pretty good stash of scraps, selvages and vintage fabrics. That's because those are the kind of fabrics that you can't just pick up as and when you want them. On the whole, though, I love the chance to buy new fabric for new quilts, so I don't keep too much stashed.

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  5. I guess I'm of the packrat side of things, but then you've seen my sewing room; so you know I am! But I am in the process of decluttering and making do.

    You know, I'd like to see a post from you on how you manage to sew with a busy family!

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  6. Im a packrat who desperately wants to stop and become more of a de-stasher. I'm with you - I love new fabric! Once I work with a full line of fabric, even tho I love the quilt i created, I don't want to play with that fabric line again. Scraps are awesome, getting enough maybe for a matching pillow is acceptable, but otherwise I just want new new new things to look at and create with :)

    Sometimes I see things I could make with the same line of fabric and want to buy multiples but I'm going to keep telling myself "if you buy that, you cant have that new pretty line coming out this summer/fall/winter!" and hopefully that will help me be less of a hoarder :)

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  7. I don't have a ton of fabric either. I like to get it as I need it and use it up. I prefer not to have a lot of clutter. Unfortunately the rest of my family doent's feel that way so we have way more toys around here than I would like! I look forward to seeing your top secret projects.

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  8. I am a total wannabe nonfabricstasher, I have prints I love but doubt I'll ever use and they just sit around because I can't get organized enough to sort and list them for a destash.
    I long to live the minimalist dream!!!!!!

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  9. I am building my stash and eventually I will use what I have for 'something'!! We live in a small town, so on a trip to the city I simply have to stop at a fabric store to make a small purchase with whatever catches my eye!

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  10. I'm not a stasher either. I typiclly only buy what I need for a specific project. Ocassionally I will pick things up just for fun but it's usually things by some of my favorite designers when I find them on sale. Or if I am visiting somewhere and stop by a shop I might pick up a little something if I love it. But most of what I have fits in a small plastic tub.

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  11. Jay McCarroll from Project Runway? That is so cool! He is my favorite winner ever.

    I love new fabrics as well. My stash is small because I'm pretty thrifty and I've only been sewing for a year. I have two drawers and one file bin full.

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  12. I'm a fabric hoarder. I won't lie. I don't have much fabric, but I definitely like to save scraps. I donated a bunch of my scraps yesterday, which felt good, but now that I see the empty space in my bin I want to buy more fabric!

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  13. I think I go in streaks for fabric. I don't collect anything, I take almost weekly trips to goodwill dropping off things! I'm suprised there's anything left in my house. hehehe. However, I have made a lot of fabric purchases recently after doing a pretty big clean out, but hopefully I'll start making the piles smaller sooner or later! I think a nice big quilt or two would get it cleaned up nicely, although quilts sometimes intimidate me!

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  14. Great post - got me thinking about my stash. I've been quilting for about 15 years so I've accumulated quite a bit of fabric. I'm only working part-time now so I actually have time to sew again but have lost interest in some of stash - my tastes have certainly changed over the years. How do you sell your stash? I certainly have some older lines that I'm sure some quilters would love to have. I do find that as I get older, I don't like having stuff around. As William Morris said: "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."

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  15. well if you ever are thinkning of getting rid of scraps send em my way ;) wink.
    i love scrapy quilts. so that's what i enjoy making, from my stash/scraps. :)
    that pixelated one is aweseomE!

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  16. I have a stash. It fits a small bookcase. My goal is to get it even smaller though. I feel like just now I am getting a better idea of what I really love and don't.

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  17. I'm a hoarder...I wish I could part with some of my fabric but I can't. I rationalize with myself saying I'll sew with it one day when my kids get older but it seems the older they get the less time I have so it's been piling up. I love the Habitat line though and can't wait to see what you make with yours. :)

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  18. Well, I am one of those people that the envelopes were addressed to :) I kinda randomly chose a set from your etsy and now it seems that I am collecting the Aivery line.

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  19. I will admit that I am a stash-keeper. Like you I live in the country, so when I get out, I find the need to grab things that talk to me! I'm not ordering as much of that online yet, but I could be persuaded to!! My friends and their kids like to sew here, because I have the extra stuff laying around. :o)

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  20. I'm only finishing up my fifth quilt so my stash is very tiny and fits in a basket. I like to live pretty simply, but I'm also thrifty. I can't wait for the days when I have enough scraps to make a quilt without having to buy a whole new line. Though I LOVE getting new fabric, it can get expensive. Can't wait to make my first scrap quilt in a few years!

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  21. Interesting to see how the "other half" live! My stash is my biggest treasure!http://machineembroiderybyaquilter.blogspot.com/2011/01/my-stash-my-treasure.html

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  22. I'm not a hoarder, but I have a large stash - mostly donated fabric for our quilt ministry. My own personal stash is much smaller, mainly because I don't have time to make a lot of quilts for myself! But we save almost every scrap of fabric - now to get it turned into useful sized pieces!!

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  23. I'm not really a stasher either. I like new stuff so I try to sew with it as soon as I get it. Also, I can't wait to see this bowtie quilt, I can already tell it's going to be amazing!

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  24. I wished I was a non-stasher and so does my DH.

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  25. When I first started quilting I kept hearing and reading about everyone's "stash" and thought it was a prereq, I purchased quite a few fat quarters and I'll be honest that they have come in handy on occasion, but when it's time to start a new project, I go buy all new material b/c thats the fun part. I buy the material let it tell me what it need to be (if that makes sense)

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  26. i stash fabric & clothes! it's too pretty not to do it. i buy when i need something specific these days, but i have a huge stash.

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  27. I completely agree with you about fabric and stashing. I don't really save or collect anything. I like using things up, or sending them off to new homes. I limit myself to two large plastic bins of fabric (which seems like TONS to me) and sell or give away any extra.
    This system also means that nothing new comes in without making room for it by sewing up or otherwise using some old

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  28. I've only recently started sewing after many years( junior high).I'm in love with the fabric choices available today.My favorites? Anna Maria horner,patty young, Amy butler... & on,& on!!! I get completely involved in my projects, also I'm picky on how I cut the fabrics as well. I too believe in discarding or giving away all things that are not useful or beautiful. Right now I'm hanging on to my relatively small stash.
    I am absolutely loving the idea of making a project out of selvages !!!! I can tell you I've looked at those perfect edges in a total different light now. Awesome!!! I'm in love again!!!

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