Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tuesday Stash Show

It's Tuesday and I have been trying to find my creative mojo. I miss it and I know it is hard to focus on other things rather than the cancer, but creating keeps me sane and feeling somewhat normal. So, since I didn't feel like sewing for the last few days, and in fact would walk into my sewing room and just sit and watch the birds out the window, I decided that some tidying might get me over the hump. It took me 3 days to tidy the one shelf where I keep most of my stash. Unsure of what was next, I opened my Bloglovin' posts this morning to Lisa of In the Boon Docks and found her post on #SecretStash contest from Craftsy. That got me interested. So here we are, in all truthfulness, unedited pictures of my stash.
 This is the shelf where I keep all the 1/4, 1/2 and larger pieces, folded and stacked in a method I learned from Jeni Baker at In Color Order. Love it since it shows the fabrics off so well. I decided to try stacking the colors together this time, instead of by collection or random, which is how they were. This is a 4 foot tall Billy bookcase from IKEA. The stacks on the top two shelves are 2 deep, beginning with red and pink on the left. Orange is behind, as is green (2 stacks of that). The bottom is multi colors that don't fit another category and Christmas fabrics on the right. The left is 2 yards or more flat folds. This is the pretty side of my stash.
 This wire bin is my old stash holder. It used to be organized by color in each drawer. Now it is older fabric and by that I mean years older. Some 10-20 years old that I bought at my LQS before the days of internet shopping. I still reach for it from time to time and I am always happy when I can use something from this bin. I stash larger scraps from newer collections in here too, but not in any currently organized manor.
 This I have shown before. These are my true scrap bins. Small scraps, sorted by color. You can see that after a project, I many times just toss the scraps up there Until I am motivated to have a sorting day for them. I used to smooth or iron them, but the way I dig through them it seems a waste of time. I iron as I use now.
 These bins are part of the home made table that holds my featherweight machine. I started using them for projects in progress and it worked...for awhile. The fabric in most of them is from finished projects and needs to be re-filed elsewhere.
 Some new bins added to the room have batting, mini quilts with no permanent home and yes, more scraps that my daughter just gave me. She has decided I am the keeper of all things fabric and she is the keeper of all things yarn. It works.
And then, in several places there are these. Jelly rolls, one of my favorite pre-cuts, randomly stacked. I have 6 or 7 of them. There are also charms, mini charms and layer cake squares in here in random spots. And there are lots of other crafting things in this little room. Two boxes of DMC floss for stitching, zippers galore and lots of odds and ends. I dream of the day when someone, not me, comes in and really organizes my space. I forget what I have and when a project comes up that is not just quilting, I can't find the things I swear I have, so I often buy more. That's not good. Maybe the organizing fairy will come visit some day. I have tried to talk my daughter into doing it, but no luck yet. Have a lovely week.


  1. I want to come to your house and raid your stash!! I love the Riley Blake Jelly rolls. I am "hoping" to finish hand sewing the binding on the baby quilt today. I used Riley Blake fabric for that. I have material envy right now!!

  2. What a great stash. I purchased some containers just like you have on Sunday and plan on organizing my scraps better. I read an article this past weekend that said the "dedicated" quilter has $6,000.00 of fabric in their stash. Interesting! I hope you can get your mojo back soon. Hugs

  3. I wish I had an organizing fairy....but she's have to stay here a really long time. :) blessings, marlene


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