And do you sometimes wonder why you have a fabric stash at all?
Or do you have fabrics in your stash that you wonder why you purchased them?
Read on and learn how to build a fabric stash for quilting.
Note that in writing this article I gathered ideas from my Tuesday night quilting group, who, as always, are a great help for support and inspiration.
Why do we have a fabric stash?
Because we love fabric and cannot resist buying more! Lets accept it, we love visiting fabric stores, hunting out bargains and looking for just this one special piece of fabric.
This is the emotional reason, but better reasons could be as follows:
– Inspiration, when you start a new quilt you can play with your fabrics to help build your picture of your new quilt.
– Saving money, buying fabric on special can often give you significant savings. Plus its fun hunting out bargains.
The mistakes we all made in building up our fabric stashes
– We sometimes wonder why we purchased that fabric, then we have to figure out what to do with it.
– Purchasing picture or novelty fabrics which have a limited use.
– Purchasing too many fat quarters, unfortunately there are limitations with what you can do with this size of fabric. (But they are just so tempting to purchase.)
Our ideas on how to build a fabric stash for quilting?
– When learning to quilt, we recommend having a minimum fabric stash, just purchase the fabric required for your project. Everyone has their own quilting style, it takes time to build up what quilts you enjoy making and the colours, textures and patterns which inspire you.
– Purchase tone on tone or textured fabrics, cream, black and lighter colours. Always look for these on special.
– Purchase these tone on tone fabrics in minimum of half meter lengths.
– Have a system for organising your stash, I use baskets, as shown in the picture. I try and keep each basket by colour, batiks, spots, stripes, black and white and a different basket for each project. (though you could try and be a lot tidier than mine!)
– A fabric stash can be cost effective way to build up fabrics for a project. Label a new basket for that project, and slowly add fabric to it as you find the right pieces, hopefully on special.
Thanks for reading, I hope we have given you some new ideas for your quilting journey. And as always, I am interested in your comments.