The "stash." It seems to be the ultimate goal of every quilter to have sufficient fabric at home to whip up anything he or she might need. "Need a coordinating fabric? I've got three right here in my stash," you'd say. My sister has a pretty serious one going. I salivate every time I see it. She is benevolent enough to gift me a a fat quarter here or there to help me finish a project. My stash is still small enough to fit in a drawer.
As you can see, I don't even fill my drawer! I've got other supplies in there too, for crocheting, embroidery and home decor. I thought about making it look tidy before I took the picture, but it didn't seem honest. This is how it really looks and it works for me for now. The baggies are for the bits of fabric too big to throw away but too small to see against the more prominent fabric.
My friend Grayson has a ridiculously beautiful stash. Her darling husband built a set of shelves just for her fabric. She has the habit of buying at least 2 yards of everything she likes so she always has enough. The whole wall is is rainbow of color. I find myself imagining ways to break in at night and make off with most of it. I'd be the "quilting caper".... that's a cool evil villain name. I could work with that. ..... I'm getting off track.
Anyway. How do you store your fabric so you can get to it easily? Do organize by color or by style? Do you separate your fat-quarters from your yardage of fabric? Do you use plastic bins?
Please share your "Stash' wisdom!!
By Cassie Grace
Ps. Later this week, I'll show you how we fold our fat quarters at Valli & Kim to make your organization easier and uniform!