Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sharing the Wealth

Polly and I pinch ourselves everyday. We are very lucky. We have a great family, giving friends and a fantastic job. (I guess it's a job. It doesn't seem like a job). Every once in awhile we can get a little cranky. We whine to each other "do you know how many emails I had to answer today?" Then we pause and laugh at ourselves. Yes, we are very, very lucky and we know it. This blog has enriched both of us and we have made new friends. Thanks. You make us smile everyday.

We are so grateful for out lot in life, we are re-gifting. You will be the recipients. (a lucky couple of you anyway). We received a lovely gift this week from our friends and colleagues at Moda Fabrics. ***Did you know Moda has the same problem we all do - stash management. They are running out of room down in Dallas! Their stash has become our stash and will now become your stash. They sent us this today.They ran across a complete (yes, COMPLETE!!) set of Prairie Paisley yardage. That means 40 prints of Prairie Paisley! Some of this has been "extinct" for quite awhile. All you have to do is comment on this post before midnight, Saturday the 27th and some of this could be on it's way to your place. It's the least we could do for you, our friends.

Let us in on your stash management techniques. How do you handle the stash? One winner (picked at random by www.random.org) will get a half yard of each of the 40 prints - 20 yards total, and one winner will get a fat quarter of each of the prints - a 10 yard total.Do you make quilts to give away? Do you share with your friends? Have you just accepted your problem and built a storage facility? Harry Potter has a cloak of invisibility. I'm hoping for a circus tent of invisibility to come into my possession. That might be the answer to organizing my stash.

And......

Remember when I told you we loved those Canadian Olympic mittens? Well, these arrived todayYou folks are so nice! Monica came across these in Vancouver and sent them along to us. But, (yes, there is a "but") they are teeny, tiny. This is actually good news once we thought about it. First of all, Polly and I don't have to wrestle for them. While we would love to wear them, we also want to keep them pristine with the cool holographic label intact. Now they will become the coolest Christmas tree decorations ever. I get them this year and they will then go to South Florida the year after that. Thanks Monica. We are very touched.

Good luck everyone!

Laurie

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mythreepaynes said...

Stash management is hard! Mostly I try to not make random, spur of the moment purchases. I try to get specific fabrics for specific quilt patterns. I store the fabrics and the patterns together, so I'm not left wondering, "What the heck did I get this for?" months (occasionally years!) later. Most of my quilts are gifted, very few live at my house. (Been thinking I need to fix that. . . it is a sad thing when a quilter has no quilts!)

Prairie Paisley is my favorite line that you have done. Loved, loved the deep reds and navy blues. I hung on to a layer cake for the longest time because I just couldn't bear to cut into it. Finally did last November and it because a wonderful quilt for my brother-in-law and his wife.

Thanks for making such lovely things!

Hennie said...

I do not have so much stash. My budget is not so big, so i love to win a little more stash. It is lovely fabric.

Hennie Schutter from the Netherlands

Esther said...

I try to control my stash, but seems to never work. I love Prairie Paisley!!!!

terry said...

I DON'T NEED ANY MORE FABRIC BUT MY MOM'S GROUP DONATES QUILTS TO THE ONCOLOGY UNIT AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL AND THEIR STASH IS GETTING LOW.

Anonymous said...

I control my stash by being unemployed right now! But I do put my time to good use, finishing up all the UFOs I have, so I am thankful.

Becky B. in Michigan

Anonymous said...

I broke down, moved my sewing room to the basement family room and bought wonderful wire shelving. The stash is managed, I still have it and I love it!! I'd love to add to it with new fabric! Thanks, please enter me to win.
Terry in snowy Iowa

S said...

Stash Management should be a 101 class at Quilt Market or FQS. My stash is grouped according to what I've purchased for a project, complete with a label from my new Dymo. I like plastic totes and can put a project in a grocery plastic bag, toss it in the tote and Yip-Pee Skip-Pee, it's tucked away. Love the Canadian red mittens and it's nice of you sisters to share them each Christmas.

Tammy said...

I try to control my stash, I have what I like to call project bins, but then I go shopping and buy a yard of this or that, cuz I just have to have it and well, there is no control really, just me trying to think there is. My hubby has a 2000sqft shop/garage, do you think he'd notice if I built a fabric room in it. As for what I do with my quilts, I've given most of them away, so this year I promised hubby we will have a quilt on our bed and a few hanging around for us to enjoy.

ferne said...

I have bins and sort by color. Then there are the zip lock bags with small scraps by color and in a bin. Sounds organized...but then there are the stacks of newly acquired fabrics or fabrics gotten out for a project and not put away. Currently the stacks are growing and not getting put away...oh, well, I try!

S said...

As for "sharing the wealth" I give quilts to Relay for Life (breast ca survivor), my church, raffles,family, friends and PNSF (people needing stashes of fabric). A neighbor once told me how she took her lifetime stash (she was in her late 70's then),put it in a pile and torched it as she and her husband were moving off their chicken farm to a new house in our small town. I never want to torch my stash! I share now.

Anonymous said...

This year is the year to use up the stash - sorting, giving away, using up!

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

Stash management? I just grin and bear it and plug away!

Sharon said...

I manage my stash by dividing it between 2 homes....It's very effective (but a storage unit might have been more economical!

Becky said...

There are two ways that I "attempt" to control my stash. I work in an elementary school. Our art teacher loves to use fabric with her students. I bring scraps and yardage to her to use in collages and making puppets with her students. The second way I have "trimmed" my stash is donating fabric to a friend who mass assembles pillowcases to donate to children who have cancer. I have also made some pillowcases for Conker Cancer, but my friend requested fabric for her cause.

I'd love to help you and Moda in your stash reduction. Thanks for sharing with all of us in blogland! Take care!

Anonymous said...

Stash MANAGEMENT....well so far it has worked out ok because as each kid graduated college and moved out, I was able to take over their old bedroom closets and drawers. Here's the BAD NEWS I have run out of kids and therefore, no more rooms to take over. But has that stopped me....NO!!! I just makes more quilts faster for family, friends and charity. I love your fabric and would be beyond TICKLED if I could finally win something. Kristy in Ohio

SusanB said...

My name is Susan and I'm a fabriholic. Or is it stashaholic? I belong to a quilt guild that makes quilts, and I make the for friends and family. I even finished one for me! Love your blog!

Amy R said...

Stash management: Well, I keep all the fabric by designers I like separated. I keep fabric for specific projects shelved together with the name of the project (2 of yours are in there!). The other fabric is shelved by color. If I get to the point I know I won't be using something, Project Linus can always use it! I don't really have too big of stash tho. So I really have room for more Minick and Simpson!

lmee2 said...

I just like to keep buying fabrics! Just love their feel and colors. SO my way to control my stash is just to keep buying more boxes! Thank goodness my kids are grown and out of the house. I've taken over all their bedrooms!

Mariel said...

I'm not too good at controlling my stash. If I see something I love, I buy it. Right now, I'm in the process of cleaning off a shelf of older fabric to make room for newer. I'm cutting a zillion strips for some donation quilts. They will be log cabins.

When I win your re-gift I know just the place it will go until I figure out how to use it. I love your blog!

bdalward said...

Can one ever really have too much stash? I love the choices it gives me and I am lovin' those Prairie Paisley fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win them.

Bev Brookens said...

I* keep my stash in clear blanket bags with zippers, I also keep leftovers from quilt kits in smaller
bags, everything is easier to see.
Love the Prairie Paisley line.

scottylover said...

Oh my, those are GORGEOUS! I have a my stash sorted by color in storage tubs. My sewing room is in the basement and it draws moisture, so I have to use the tubs. I try to "shop" my stash before I add to it, but most of the time I end up buying at least 1 fabric to go with a project. Just don't tell hubby! :)

Sandy A in St. Louis

SheilaS said...

That's one of my favorite lines-actually they are all fav's. I still have another grand daughter quilt to make and I just know I could make something wonderful if you should happen to pick me.

As to where to keep the stashes- I'm with the lady who just keeps buying MORE containers. Works for me!

rose said...

My husband would say that there is no such a thing as stash management in our house, just stash increases, and I would love to increase my stash with your lovely fabric. Thanks for offering it as a give away.

Val Miller said...

The only reason I try an manage my stash is so that my husband doesn't see how much I have and stop the madness ... so I do hide some of it, but it is not controlled in anyway whatsoever :)

mj said...

Stash management- LOL I don't think I know the meaning!! I'm a Hoarder and love it-that's why I would love to hoard your wonderful stash <3 Thanks, MJ

Janet S said...

This is a absolutely wonderful giveaway. I would think I was in heaven if I would win it. Thank you!

Janet S said...

This the greatest giveaway ever. I would feel like I died and went to heaven if I would win this giveaway.

Cornbread and Beans Quilting said...

Sounds like we could all use stash management classes LOL!
I too just keep piling it in my sewing room closet, all the while saying to myself, "I will not buy ANY more fabric."
Oh the lies we tell ourselves. HAhaha

I do try to group fabric by color/genre. I also have some plastic bins that contain all the fabric and pattern/book for a few quilts, that way when I finish a quilt I am ready to go on the next one without having to "shop" my stash forever.

Amy said...

I have all of my fabric stacked in a Billy bookcase from IKEA. Kitted projects are kept in large Ziploc bags or old bedding bags with zippers. Beautiful fabrics!!!

Debbie said...

I handle my stash I piece at a time. After that, I stick it all back in the tubs I use for storage and put it all away. My stash is unorganized and I don't know when I would ever have the time to organize it. If I did, it would take my sewing time away. Would love the Prairie Paisley to add to my stash.
Debbie in Wisconsin

Anonymous said...

"Stash Management" is a time consuming myth. I throw it into the box of color that best matches and move on. Or, in the case of a yummy group like this, it get's top billing on top of the "eye candy" shelf. Thanks for this giveaway opportunity! Gayle
gag7949@hotmail.com

Emma said...

You won't find management in my dictionary. Can't get organized enough to manage........just keep moving stacks from room to room. If I win, I promise to display Prairie Paisley on top of everything else. Thanks for another generous offer.

Cindi P. said...

We have started redoing our floors in the house...currently my sewing room is being done...which means my stash is in the 2 guest rooms, the hall, the master bedroom...need I say more :) I hope I win more stash :)

Becky S. said...

What a great giveaway! That is so nice of you to share your stash. As far as my stash goes, it is not nearly big enough. A girl can never have too many beautiful Moda fabrics!!!

Margie said...

You are supposed to manage stash?? LOL! I do try to control the madness some - I store fabric first by style (romantic, primitive, wovens) and they color. I also keep kitted projects together with the directions or book so when I'm ready to go it's all together.

Linzey Joy said...

How do I manage my stash? Sometimes I create give-a-way bags and then donate them to church groups.

Vanya said...

I too just buy more containers. I buy different colors for different projects and I am going to reorganize my stash this summer. Have a daughter graduating high school and should be a good summer job for her. Smile. Vanya

C said...

I don't have a stash, unfortunately. I can only afford to buy as I need it, and I use it pretty much immediately. But I'd love to start one... What a wonderful problem to have!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Nearly all of the quilts I make are for gifts for my very, very large family or for charity. I so enjoy making them without even knowing who they are for until I finish them! I would love to share your wealth of fabric.

Sharon S said...

Stash management....hmmmmmm. I keep saying I'm going to cut up my stash into usable pieces. Does that count? Can't wait for Project Runway to be back on next week!

Michelle said...

Frankly, my stash needs a manager. Gotta love those deep plastic storage tubs! Those fabrics are beautiful! Thank you for the generous giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Well, I'm teaching my neighbor to quilt, so I've been going through my stash, and passing it on to her!
Gael from Pink-a-Palooza!
landgtino@sbcglobal.net

Janet said...

Fabulous giveaway, I tried to get some of the range but I missed the boat. I'm not managing the stash, I sold some last year and donated the money to bushfire victims as well as a quilt. I give some to friends and need to clean out again the old stuff I won't use. I am starting to take over another room. Family have their names on a lot of my quilts.

Dawn said...

I don't really control the stash, I just let it take me where it wants to go :) Aside from my projects, I like to knock out donation quilts. I love this collection of yours ~ what fun to receive a bonus box from Moda. Enjoy and thanks for sharing the wealth!

Fiesta said...

I try to sort my stash but when I create it becomes unsorted at least for awhile. Thank you for the chance to win these great fabrics.

The Tarin Family said...

I am slowly building up my stash, so don't really need to control it quite yet.
I would LOVE to win this fabric to help build my stash. I live on a military base over seas, and there aren't many quilt fabric stores out here, so this would be ideal to win!
Thanks for the great giveaway!

stauffs_12984{at}yahoo{dot}com

Stina said...

Stash... ohh... I try to forget about mine... :o) You know at least when buying fabric... and especially if my significant other is around... He is always mumbling over the the fabric filled walk in closet where I stash( read HIDE) all my goodies... Just sorry he have to go out to the attic sometimes.. Still plenty of room for new goodies..;o) so please please hope I will be the lucky one!!!! :o) That would be just the greatest!!! Thanks for having this wonderful oppurtunity to win all the goodies!!

Cathy A. said...

OMG!!! Prairie Paisley. I love Prairie Paisley. I have been collecting it for quite a while for several quilts. I found some in Yoder, KS, Shipshewana, IN and several places in Kansas. Not Ebay, in person. Oh the joy of finding a treasurd fabric right there on the shelf or better yet, in the sale room.

I don't manage stash, I collect fabric. I love the feel of it, the smell of it, the sight of it. It just never ends.

I love the quilting process from beginning to end.

Marcia said...

Stash Management...we love fabric and use it. My mother and I live together in the same house, but we do keep our new fabric stashes separated:)) We have NEVER had a set of fabric from one line (expensive) so it would be awesome to win these. I would give them to my mother.
For scraps of "old" fabric, we have clear plastic bins by color that are labeled. We store those in the very small communal hall linen closet (on shelves). "New" fabrics are secreted away in dresser drawers, bedroom closet, or in clear plastic bins. Completed quilts are usually given away. Lap quilts for the nursing home, baby quilts, and queen/king size quilts for beloved family members - those are our recent projects.

Robyn *Ü* said...

I would so love to help Moda with their stash problem. Feel free to send them directly to me. I am so organized. How do I control my stash you ask? Easily. . . in every room in the house.

Linda Caldwell said...

Stash Management - I had extra shelves built in my studio so that I could expand my stash management so that it could control me not me control it - by color mostly - some by type of fabric. I can think of other addictions that could be worse - can't you? (Big grin)

Trina C said...

Control? Are there people that actually have control of their stash? Mine is in a pantry type cupboard and full. I need to get busy or get a second pantry! No control here - but I'd love to add to it! Those fabrics are beautiful!

Sheila said...

Very cool mittens. And I love the wool they're sitting on.

Stash management... hmmm. I have no willpower. I try not to buy anymore, but that means not going to quilt shops, so I tend to miss that aspect. I treat myself to beautiful backings and classes instead. My family loves my quilts, but don't feel they want anymore just now, so I focus on charity quilting. I get my fix and someone stays warm!

Cory said...

How wonderful for Moda to share with you. And, I am soo excited that you are sharing with us. I have a dresser I keep my fabrics, welll most of it and I have had to expand to a second small dresser. :-) currently, most of the quilts I make are for my church's Hugs Ministry. We make quilts, pair them with a stuffie, and give them to the local fire department for kids in crisis situations. Thank you for this opportunity. Take care and God bless, Cory

Anonymous said...

I think about stash management...in fact this year's resolution was to USE fabric that I already HAVE! What a concept. My plan is to follow the Bonnie Hunter System. I just haven't started...yet.

Resolutions are not binding; however, as I found during a business trip to Ann Arbor...I had to make a pilgrimage to Lake Street Mercantile. Needless to say, Resolution Broken! :) And it's all Laurie and Polly's fault! I LOVE your fabrics and Prairie Paisley is my fave!

Marci said...

I have only been quilting for about a year and a half and already have a stash that is crazy. But you just can't not get that new and great piece of fabric!!!

Love the fabrics you have posted, can just think of so many things to do with them already!

Marci.Whitmire@goldenpeanut.com

Cynthia said...

OK...so I thought I would be clever & confess I have no management principles when it comes to "the STASH"...a day late & dollar short on that one. But at least it looks like I'm in good company with everyone else!

These days, I'm just trying to get organized...bought a shelving unit from Costco & arranging in rainbow order. We'll see how it goes...I'll be organized, but the down side is my family will see EXACTLY how much fabric I have. LOL. Maybe, I need to rethink this whole organizing plan...

lil said...

stash, what is stash, ....... ;o))
well, I've got one, as you probably knew already
first of all I look at it and then sometimes I decide to use some of my fabrics for cute little projects, especially gift quilts
but, it seems that my stash is still growing
you know there are so many nice fabrics on the market and I might not find them anymore when I want to use them, that's why I keep on buying and hoping I will reach the age of 200, lol

Karen Holland said...

I try to whip up scrappy quilts or I send fabric I don't like any more to my Aunt, who just started quilting.

Anonymous said...

A fellow quilter and I are attempting to manage our stash by not purchasing any fabric in 2010...so far we're doing okay, although I have bought a few quilt patterns on-line, and she has bought yarn (she does yarn couching on her colourful creative quilts), but it has been very, very hard! However, winning fabric wouldn't count! And what beautiful fabric to win!
Rural Revival's mom:
http://ontarioruralrevival.blogspot.com/

Maureen said...

My husband and I are separated and so
now I keep adding to my stash. I don't have to sneak the fabric in.
I even have more storage for this addiction! His armoire is full of my stash and projects to be! His closet is my sewing room. I guess I replaced him with quilting!!

Cindi D said...

I'm working on my stash management, it's becoming quilt management! Always love to add to the stash.

Michelle said...

I pile it in the sewing room and make sure I'm the only one who has the key.

That isn't working, so lately I've been cutting scraps into 2 1/2" squares to see how many baby quilts I can make before my enthusiasm runs out.

free indeed said...

I have been very good and proud of my self control when going to my fabric store.....I avoid that section! I try to make all my gift projects from stash. I also belong to a block lotto group and make blocks every month to use up the scrap bin stash...I have been loving that! I just love playing in scraps...more so than with full yardage....

Anonymous said...

I put six foot bookcases in the closet in the room I sew in it works well, i also sort my fabric by color for the most part.

Debbie Rhodes Wichita Kansas
drhodes9@cox.net

cindy erickson said...

I store my stash in open bookshelves that line the walls!

cindy e

carmel said...

i must admit- unlike everyone alls my stash isnt so big...
i have a 6 month baby and i hardly got any sewing done latly- but now i am starting to wake up! i am looking for fabric, and i am also realy looking for a job so i can get this obbsesion back on track!

Michelle said...

Stash management? I've given up... I've tried a couple of different systems along the way; the most successful thing I did was to simply give up buying for a set period of time and work only on projects I already had in hand. But a girl can only stay out of trouble for so long.

I'd love to win these fabrics! That line is one of my all-time favorites!

Lisa said...

By stash management I'm sure you mean where do I find new places to stash my fabric??....under the bed, in a closet, behind the couch..............

kjb139 said...

I can't control my stash either!!! However, I have a huge closet with wire bins in it which I can pull out and look through. I've arranged them by color for the most part. My projects are all neatly bundled together. Now just to find the time.......

Kathy in Massachusetts

Erzebat said...

hiyall,
stash management? that is a new one for me (cheesey grin). when my son moved out, I thought, yes! I have my sewing room back after 20 years! my stash has taken over the sewing room and I am back in my bedroom sewing in there again. but there is ALWAYS room for more....... (mauh) Liz

Thelma said...

I'm fairly new to quilting and don't have much in the way of a stash, but this lovely fabric should would be a great start! I'll be keeping my fingers crossed!
Thanks!

Jen in NY said...

I am pretty good about controlling my stash...I don't buy too much without having a plan for it. But if it's something I love I buy it. Sometimes I just take everything out of my cabinet and refold it as an excuse to look at it all! :-)

Jan said...

My stash goes to make Project Linus quilts--I usually make around 50 or 75 a year. They go to the Dallas, Texas area to children in need of a comfort quilt. But my stash keeps growing---go figure!! Still lots of quilts to be made and I can always put more fabric to good use! Great fabrics!!!

Miss Jean said...

Oh, I just love your fabrics and Prairie Paisley would have a good home here in California. I've really made an effort of late to use fabric from my stash. I made a quilt for a friend and a quilt top for me all from my stash. The one thing I have stopped doing is buying a fabric just because I like it. I have bins of fabric that doesn't go with anything else. So no more single cuts. Unless I can buy enough for a kit, I don't get it! Also, my friends are doing scrap quilts. I'm going to start giving them fabric from my stash that I know I won't use. That will help me clean my stash out and will make their scrap quilts all that more scrappy.

Cathy M said...

My thoughts is there is no such thing as stash management if you are a quilter. I did get some great shelves from Ikea to "display" my stash.

Alana said...

Oh, what fun!! I would love to add that fabric to my stash. Did you say we're supposed to keep our stash "managed"?? Oops! I've only been quilting for a little over a year, but have "managed" to almost fill a dresser with fabric.
It is kind of "grouped"... does that count??
mybusyhands@gmail.com

Wendy Walsh, www.simplefolk.com said...

Prairie Paisley - love, love, love it! And stash "management"?? Isn't that an oxymoron? Seriously, I have various big plastic bins for my fabrics - brushed wovens in one, plaid collection in another, reproductions in a couple more - you get the idea! I really need to get things out of bins so I can see and get inspired by the colors and patterns. And PLEASE, do tell us about the gorgeous blue and beige wool quilt in the background of those nifty red Olympic mittens? I love that too!

Evelyn said...

When P.P. first came out, I bought some of every pattern that I could find. I even had to order some on the internet so I could make the quilt that I wanted. By the time I was done, I only had scraps, but the quilt turned out beautifully. I would love to have some of your stash so I could make some coordinates for decorating my bedroom. As for stash management---Just close the door--only you know what is behind it.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Stash - what stash???!!!! No seriously - I have my "folk art/prim" stash, my repro stash, my minick&simpson stash, my misc stash and then I clean that out and make tons of scrap quilts for charity and friends.

Kim D. said...

Stash Management techniques, is there a class for this. Ha!! I keep my stash on a shelf in my closet, it's organized by color or grouped together by designer. I also have UFO's in another cabinet. No warehouse yet, but it would be fun to have lots of room to create. I usually makes quilts for family, friends and charity and not many for myself. The paisley fabrics are fantastic, thanks for the great giveaway.

quiltdolls said...

i love my stash. I go thou it once a year & give misc stuff to sew for the cure at my quilt shop "the country loft" & a group of ladies make quilts & we have a sale every august & donate money to a cancer sew for the cure. I fill lucky I have not had cancer. I have had skin cancer between my breast. I sometimes feel overwelmed. My autistic son will be 18 on sunday & sometimes i fill so frustrated. going to my quilt shop makes me happy for that 3 hours. The owner of my quilt shop loves red& blue, so she alwqays orders your fabric. I am blessed this way. I just need more money to buy.
kim from san diego

Darcy said...

To lighten the stash load, several of us in a small group make quilts for charity. It's a way to give back to the community and have fun at the same time.

Darcy

woodward.d@generalmclane.org

needletat said...

For most of my stash (it grows faster than I can contol it sometimes) I categorize by type - floral, civil war, 30's, etc. I have recently started cutting my scrap up with 5 1 inch dark squares and 4 1 inch light squares that I store on a long piece of thread with a needle for a 9 patch charm quilt with a 1.5 inch block size.

Leslie said...

I guess I do not know what a stash management is! ;)
looking around in my room I may need one :)
I do make quilts for myself and for those who I know would really love them :)
I LOVE the Prarie Paisley!
Thank you for the chance!

Monica said...

my philosophy is you can never have enough fabric....my stash is, of course, out of control, but it's so much fun...like my own store to shop in! Would love to win some prairie paisley

Mary said...

I have my stash in various plastic totes and baskets, sorted mainly by color and/or type of fabric. Saying that it is managed would be stretching things - maybe we could say I manage to keep stashing more things away. I make a lot of projects for gifts and charity, but I think sometimes scraps and such multiply in the night. I'm retiring at the end of the school year - maybe I'll do better then. Ha!
I love, love, love that fabric and already have several ideas of what I would do with it.

Donna said...

I think it's more a case of my stash managing ME. FQ pieces are larger are stored by color in sliding wire baskets. It's the odd-sized chunks that are unruly and (I think) breed in the corners. I do piece the backs of the majority of my quilts which helps use up goodly amounts of fabrics I no longer love.

Mary S said...

I like to be able to see my stash,so some of it is in clear plastic tubs. I also like to be able to touch my stash, so some of it is in open wicker clothes baskets. Some of my stash is just too much stash, so it is in a cardboard box under the bed. There's always room for more.

Meg said...

My stash is on an upswing at the moment--I can't help it, there are so many beautiful things I just "can't live without". I have a closet in my sewing room which has been retrofitted with shelves--until I have no more room on my shelves, I don't have a problem, obviously! :D
I DO, however, make quilts to give away. I donate to a couple of local charities, including my local Project Linus chapter. Every new baby of a friend or coworker gets a quilt, as does every new bride. In fact, I realized recently that my problem is that I have yet to make a quilt to KEEP, so this is the year of a quilt for Meg!

Lorraine said...

I don't manage it! It's everywhere! in the closet of my sewing room, in the guest room closet, on my cutting table, on the FLOOR of my sewing room...but right now it is in 10 HUGE boxes until we move to our new home.

I'd LOVE to win some of your wonderful fabric. Thank you for opportunity to do so.

Jeanine said...

You can NEVER have to much fabric! And it's always fun to finally use a fabric you bought months (years) ago that you knew was just perfect for something!

Susan said...

Stash Management is opening the closet and deciding if I need to re-fold or just look at my stuff.....

Great prize....Susan

Ginger said...

I already managed to have some Prairie Paisley in my stash, but would love to have more to make an even bigger quilt. Thanks!

tong said...

I fold everything nicely and place them on the shelf, and they are more or less grouped together by colours... yeah, not too much managing going on. Thanks for the giveaway, those fabrics look gorgeous!

Debb said...

I have no self-control... yesterday, with a severe weather warning in central Pennsylvania, I traveled to my favorite quilt shop, Kay's Quilters Stash in Curwensville to take full advantage of her fabric sale... can I say madness... loyal customer... a women that doesn't need any more fabric... a women that has more ideas and dreams than time and energy... as for stash management.. I share with my sister's and offer some in my yard sale in the spring... thanks for the giveaway... awesome fabric...

Amy said...

Oh goodness, dreaded stash management... This year my goal is when I make a quilt, 50% of the fabric must come from my stash. I've already fudged and decided the 50% could be the backing. :D LOL

Anonymous said...

my stash resides on my ikea shelving in my laundry room aka the "futility room." my dh helped me create a little quilting area -- but it's a constant battle to keep the laundry and stuff from taking over!
with one son having a july 4th birthdate and another in the navy, i'm loving red, white and blue! just added some flag day farm to my stash last week. would love to add in some prairie paisley!

cindy
mamamokonzi@aol.com

wendy said...

I use lots of fun baskets for my stash. I put the projects I am wroking on in them to keep the fabrics organized. My hubby also build this really cool cabinet! I pick up tins, and other cool finds all over the place wherever I go that I think would work. I recently went through all my stash and gave away all that I am not using to a friend whose group makes quilts for the runaway teens. These kids are so grateful for anything warm, they don't care what it look like. This makes me feel so good that my left-over's are put to good use!

Anonymous said...

Its so good to read all the comments from quilters with the same stash control problems. What really gets me in trouble is a sale. I just can't pass up a bargin. Would love to add to my Prairie Paisley collection. Kay B

Lori said...

Laurie and Polly Thanks for offering more of your stash. You both have generious hearts.

Take Care
Lori T

Marcia said...

They have stash management problems too? Oh well there are so many of us that would be happy to assist. I never win but I like the concept of sharing this special stash.

Connie said...

My stash just keeps growing and growing and growing. But I'm gonna be a grandmother (baby Boy) in July so I've got to get more!
Love your blog.
conniep203@yahoo.com

Marilyn said...

This is such beautiful and would be perfect for our guest room. It is next in line to be redone! My stash is well under control. It has to be as the only place I store stash is in bins which are then stashed under my longarm table. I have plenty of fabric to make a number of quilts, but this line is just so gorgeous and would be an outstanding focal point of the room!

SueB said...

Want to wish every one good luck on the fabrics. They are wonderful.

Audrey said...

I try to use my stash up but you know that never has worked!! I do weed thru it every so often and donate to groups for charity quilts or make some quilts to give away also. BUT... I would love to add these prints to my stash (especially since my stash just happens to have some of these fabrics!!)
Audrey
audreybretz@gmail.com

Vicki said...

My stash runneth over, but I would love to win Prairie Paisley, and promise to give them a good home and make something for myself for a change! thanks so much for your generosity!

Marcia said...

Stash management is an art I have yet to acquire. I do attempt to group my fabrics by color, season, project, etc, but I still find it difficult keep it neat and tidy. My quilting friends love to "shop" from my stash and I love to share it with them!

call me crazy said...

I'd happily give those fantastic fabrics a loving home! :-) Cute idea to use the mittens for the tree! :-) Thanks for the chance!

Carole said...

I can't resist buying fabrics that I love even if it don't know what project they are destined for. It is not so much a system as what I like to think of as controlled creative chaos.

carol said...

Actually I like my stash. I like the beautiful patterns, colors, the dreams I have of making beautiful quilts, blocks, and learning new methods. I like giving myself to those I love.

Juliann said...

I thought I had my stash under control but lately I am finding that I am beginning to pile again. I was trying to put fabrics together for projects in plastic boxes but then I would take a bit here and there and now it is all mixed up again. But it is sure fun!

Mary - Texas said...

Stash Management....
It manages me. The more the better.

I love the Prairie Paisley line.

Mary

Pokey said...

Thanks again for sharing the wealth!
My secret is to keep the fun stuff where you can see it, so you can say,
"You don't need any more stuff! You better use some of this stuff!" Lydia and I joke that regardless of who bought it, either of of can dibs it if the piece has been in the house for longer than a year. HA!

Carol said...

I have 2 cabinets full of fabric and I just love to dream of what can be made from it. But anytime I use it I must replace it right away!! Thanks for the give away.

happy zombie said...

Wrestle crisis averted!!!! I''m gonna copy you and use mine for ornaments too. GREAT IDEA!

So yesterday... I'm sewing. With Bar Harbor. And I need just a little more - so I pop into my closet and see a box marked "Prairie Paisley" (one of my ALL TIME favorite fabric lines) - and find JUST what I needed. It's now the cherry on top of my project. All while thinking I wished there was still some more PP hidden somewhere. And here it is... and I'm late to the party! Thank goodness I haven't succumbed to fabric management and still had mine!

Jeanette said...

AAAAAAAARGH! I am always a day late and lots of dollars short!

I NEEDED this fabric so badly! I have half a quilt, started for my family room, then ran out of fabric. *Sigh*

Oh well, that's typical of my life LOL

I control my stash by making baby quilts for the NICU at the hospital where my twins spent the first three months of their lives, and where my daughter died before her life even began several years later. They need little quilts to cover the isolletes to keep the light out.

I buy fabrics then later on, when I haven't used them yet, and no longer LOOOOVE them, I bless someone else.

We also do crochetted hats. There is always a need!

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