Thursday, August 21, 2008

My Stash

A few friends of mine have shown how they are organizing and storing their quilt fabric stash. I thought I would join the fun and show you how I store mine. Most of my fabric comes from thrift stores. Some of it is new, but very few pieces.

Here is the first creative place I store my 'stash'. See this stack of vintage suitcases? Yep, fabric in each one.
This is an antique seed packet cabinet. The fronts of the drawers have a space about 6" deep all the way across for displaying the packets of seeds. Nope, not me! I have cones of thread and fat quarters! Behind the fronts of the drawers are vintage irons, quilting supplies, more fabric, DMC floss, oh, just everything and anything a quilter needs!So, what can you do with an empty sewing machine drawer? Fat quarters, of course! You can also fold them and tie a ribbon around them! (They also make awesome gift baskets for your quilting friends, and can be found at flea markets, etc.)This large piece of furniture is actually a library card catalog cabinet. I found it at an antique shop. Even though it is not antique, I knew when I saw it what I wanted to do with it! File fat quarters! Where did I get so many fat quarters? Our quilt group has an exchange each month. It is so much fun, and when I need a fat quarter for a project, I just go to my 'card cabinet' and pick one or two or three....or four.... I also cut up my odd pieces of fabric if there is enough for fat quarters, then the rest goes to another place for scraps or donated to my friend who loves scraps and has made beautiful quilts from all of our scraps, (then we get jealous and yell, 'Give me my scraps back right now!) The first 3 rows of drawers from top to bottom are crammed full of folded fat quarters. The rest of the drawers have more fat quarters, and other folded pieces of fabric. (Yes, I'll admit, I open and shut the drawers several times before I find what I need, but much easier than digging through the next place I am about to show you!) See that beautiful spool cabinet on top of the card catalog cabinet? My sweet Louie made it for me several years ago for Christmas.This little 3 drawer, one door cabinet came from Goodwill for $2.38. Yes, I said $2.38. One of the drawer slides needed nailed back in place and a little polish, but it is really very heavy, and a nice piece of furniture. The drawers have some fat quarters and some other goodies, but the 'door' part of it has pieces of fabric inside too.The next place we will visit is 'Michelle's Closet of Fabric'. I put the sheers up to keep moisture from summer and moisture from the humidifier in the winter out and keep everything dry. All the fabric is in plastic drawers and has never been in danger of moisture. I have a clamp lamp plugged in, in there, and it was on while I took the picture, otherwise, all you see is the curtain, and not the fabric while you are in the room. This closet is in our basement living area, next to one of my sewing machines.Here are a couple big plastic bins that sit on one of the shelves in 'Michelle's Closet of Fabric'.Inside the curtains, you can see my two floor to ceiling stacks of plastic drawers. Some drawers are not so big, others are big. This closet also stores the parts for my quilting frame, Quilters Cruise control, etc. while the frame is down. Here's a peek inside some of my fabric drawers.This drawer is ONE of my drawers that have folded up flat sheets for quilt backing, or if I decide to use them for fabric, I will cut them up. I think there are a few tablecloths in there as well, and a couple large yardage pieces. I love to use sheets so that you don't have to piece them and it is also much more economical. ...another drawer of fabric............ Here are some of my blankets that I use for batting, and for projects that need batting. I also have a couple containers which hold 5" squares that I have cut.The two suitcases on the bottom of the pile here also have fabric. (Notice the fake ivy garland disguising the sewer pipe? LOL! Disguising something disgusting..............)


Hazel said...

Michelle you come up with such unique pieces of furniture .There beautiful .Your stash is just to neat ,mess it up a little so we don't feel so bad :-) .

Amelia said...

My stash is not exciting...just sorted by color selection to be used in a future quilt. Scraps are ih totes in the storage building. I probably have enough fabirc to make 30 full size quilts - I do need to stop adding to the stash...but when I find something I like - seems like I just have to buy it.

Enjoyed seeing how yours was stored.


Moneik said...

Holy COW! I think you even beat my mom for stash! I have about 1/10th of that amount.

Jen said...

Dang! You've got a LOT of stash!!! Start sewing some of it up!! =)

Chelsy and Jen kept peeking in odd places last night; determined that I had to have more stash than I do.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

WOW, girl, you do have a lot of stash! And I love the way you stash it!

Thanks so much for your kind words on my blog today. You made me smile. Thank you.



Kristie said...

I am coming shopping at your house!!! Amazing!!! And I just love how you store it!!! Your house always looks so beautiful!

Obe's said...

oh that was a fun peek I did so enjoy that!!
Have a good weekend

Janera said...

well, yes, the fabric is nice. But, oh goodness, I do love that beautiful card cabinet -- and you know I covet your spool cabinet already.

Thanks for sharing!

thestonerabbit said...

Good Morning! I am so envious! What fabric organization you have! I sew a lot and stuff is crammed and packed everywhere in my Craft Cave!I really enjoyed all of your storage ideas--the one of using the old sewing machine drawer as a storage/display/or gift idea was splendid! Hope your day is great! dana
PS thanks for your nice comment on my post this morning! :-)

MouseChirpy said...

Wow, you've got fabric hidden all over the place (that's a good thing). I especially love your card cabinet full of fat quarters. To die for!
I enjoyed browsing your blog. It's so pretty and colorful. The flowered background is beautiful. Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comments. Take care.

Trish said...

Holy Moly, Batman! That's a lot of stash! And you hide it so well! I love both the library card cabinet and the seed packet cabinet.


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