I’m getting to know other bloggers like Sarah at Sarah Quilts through Rachel’s Penny Sampler Camp. Sarah has asked bloggers to share pictures of their fabric collections. Even though I’m reluctant to show pictures of the chaos that lives by my sewing machine, it seems only fair to participate since I’ve been nosey and already looked at everyone else’s!
Here’s the thing though. A lot of people love to say how embarrassed they are about how much fabric they have. I think that’s crazypants. No one says, “Oh, I’m so embarrassed about how many books I have.” This isn’t like a closet full of shoes you hardly wear. Fabric is an investment in your craft! To those people with enormous, gorgeous stashes, I say, “Good for you.”
Great lines of fabric disappear, and I’ve learned that I can’t always order what I want later on. (e.g. Good Folks… *sigh*)
I seem to be reorganizing all the time, and I haven’t found a perfect system yet. To get ready for this post, I took my stash out of several boxes and drawers and from the various piles strewn through my workspace, and I gathered it on my cutting table. A closer look? Well… okay.
After I took this picture, I did a lot of sorting and stacking. The small scale florals that I picked up from my mother-in-law’s stash are still zipped in the plastic bag you see on the front right. That work in progress basket in the back right also found its way back under my cutting table, but everything else managed to get a new home in a relatively organized manner.
My lower drawer contains threads and basting spray and needles and other sundries. The drawer in this picture contains scraps from previous projects that may (or may not) get used as a unit for another project. There’s an envelope with some Umbrella Prints hiding in the back. I laughed when I realized my favorite fabric is still hidden in an envelope in the back of a drawer, but I can see it clearly in my mind, and I plan to set it free very soon. I think there are a few charm packs at the bottom of that drawer, too.
The basket holds IKEA fabric that I plan to use for backing and strip scraps left over from cutting and bindings. After taking this picture, I added those pre-washed flannels that were stashed under my cutting table in the first picture and the flannels from the smaller boxes up top.
Everyone needs a place for scraps. The big bin collects scraps as they’re made, and I sort them into the jars later. Leftover blocks and pieces hang out near the scraps while I figure out what to do with them.
And here’s the part I’m proud of. I’ve recently done a few projects where I’ve needed just the right color, and I’m finally at a point where I feel like I have a few options. Starting at the top and going from left to right, I’ve got:
Row 1: Small solids, red-orange-yellow-brown prints, green-blue-purple prints
Row 2: Penny Sampler stack of pinks and yellows, large solids, low-ish volume
Row 3: Penny Sampler stack of blues, random home dec-linen-upholstery, and still-needs-sorting AMH Loulouthi and some Christmas fabric.
The rest of the stashes are listed over at Sarah’s!