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From: Sewhappie
Date: 08-09-2005, 10:20 AM (1 of 6)
Okay, what have you found to be the best way to store your stash? What do you use as your priority point, color, size, designs, yardage? I have tried some different ways, but have not found one that I am happy with yet. Seems that I have more Un-organization with the fabric than orgainized. Do you store it IN anything or leave it where you can grab and run?
I really would love to hear others methods for storing their stash!!!! HELP!!!
User: Sewhappie
Member since: 10-27-2001
Total posts: 1427
From: carman
Date: 08-09-2005, 03:28 PM (2 of 6)
well lets see, i keep all my fat q's rolled up and on end in a dresser, 2 big wide drawers for them and then the next one has blocks that are completed or blocks that are from swaps and WIP'S (a few to many :bluewink: the next drawer has all my batiks and hand dyes and things like moda's and fossil ferns. in my closet i have taken out the hanging bar and put in shelves, oh one more thing about the dresser, i have put a shelving unit on top of it and holds all my book and current magazines. as for the closet, one shelf has my battings and another has flannels and another has patterns (non quilty ones) as well as my cross stitch things and the bottom shelf has all my fabrics that are larger pieces, sorted into colors. the bottom of the closet has trunk in it of old material that i some how recieved that has material from my mom and grandma as well as i have put the poly cottons in there to stay seperate from my good cottons, i like using them in my scrap quilts and utilitarian quilts. i have a big ikea desk that i sew on, and i am in the process of building a cutting table that is a perfect height for me. i have design wall that i put up last year i think, that is 8 feet wide by the height of the ceiling, i love it, i usually have many little projects on it and it is amazing how fast they get done when you can see them all the time, it is nice to put a bigger quilt on it too, one can take a digital pic and look on the computer (as it is in this room too) and see the design from another perspective.

i also have a bin for scraps that maybe once a year i go through and cut into strips or squares and then go on a scrap quilt run to try get rid of them, as they seem to breed like rabbits lol. haven't quite figure out how those scraps can do that :nc: :bg:
User: carman
Member since: 04-17-2000
Total posts: 692
From: Chrysantha
Date: 08-09-2005, 03:55 PM (3 of 6)
I guess my way is WAY TOO EASY...all my Asian prints....all my plain fabric.
Since thats all I have... :bolt:
It's easy to keep track of.... :bg: :bg: :bg:
User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
Total posts: 2414
From: esrun3
Date: 08-09-2005, 11:19 PM (4 of 6)
Norma, I think you and I keep our stash the same way, clear plastic boxes, mine are only sort of sorted by color...more cotton vs flannel vs other fabrics. Also have a clear plastic box for "works in progress" not to mention all the stuff on top of my sewing table that "I might need while making this or that"-and that stuff includes patterns, fabric, etc that I'm not even working on. I'm not sure there is a good way. And like you, Norma, the fabric I want is always, always on the bottom!!

Hope someone comes up with some good ideas. Sounds like Carman is pretty organized. Want to come to AZ and clean and organize our rooms, Carman??
User: esrun3
Member since: 12-02-2004
Total posts: 2345
From: carman
Date: 08-10-2005, 12:56 AM (5 of 6)
AZ in winter :wink: i have organized disorder lol
User: carman
Member since: 04-17-2000
Total posts: 692
From: shirleyp
Date: 08-10-2005, 02:39 PM (6 of 6)
I store my larger sizes of fabric in plastic bins or shelves, but I have photo boxes for my scraps. They have a place for tags on the front of the box and I labelled them by colour. Ligh, medium light, medium, medium dark, and dark. This way my scraps stay organized and when I have more scrapes they are automatically sorted. Makes it real easy to find small pieces for projects.
User: shirleyp
Member since: 02-12-2002
Total posts: 352
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