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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Lauren said...

I don't control my stash. It's madness. I have a dresser full of fabric, but current projects are in a different place altogether.

Love those fabrics!

lissie.loo@gmail.com

Mimi said...

Stash management? What's that? I don't think I have it...that's why it is out of control. So why not add some of that beautiful Prairie Paisley to my already overrun closet, but it sure would make a great charity quilt for some fortunate recipient. My group and I make "love covers" for a local hospital. I think they would like some made from Prairie Paisley. Thanks!

Cathy said...

Every once in a while, I come across a forgotten treasure in my stash so it does not surprise me that Moda has the same experience, just on a much larger scale (my stash hasn't reached warehouse proportions yet, don't let my husband exaggerate).

I've given up trying to manage or control it, I just organize it, and re-organize it, and fondle it some more...

Lindy said...

Well...I try to attend stash management under my bed, in the closet,in the laundry room, well...I try...I gift my quilts to my family and sweet friends.

katie said...

Fabulous find Moda and thank for sending it to Minick and Simpson and thank them for passing it on.
I do quilt for my church and quilts are given to hospice,foster care, disaster relief, and the domestic abuse home for women.
would love to win

Diana said...

The only solution to managing the stash is to just keep making quilts. LOL! I love, love, love Prairie Paisley!

Margaret said...

Oh wow! I'd love to win! As far as stash goes, well, I don't control it. I just keep buying more containers to contain it. lol!

Sherrill said...

I've not done a good job of controlling the stash! In fact, I think it controls ME!! But I have at this point in time 7, yes SEVEN, projects in the works using ONLY stash. Some of them will wind up living here and some will most likely go to live elsewhere! Thanks for the giveaway!!

Treasa said...

My stash management is "plastic totes". I have several of them and I just write on an index card which fabric is in the stash and tape to the tote. Thanks Moda for finding the stash. Love the gloves. I hear they are hard to find. They will make the perfect christmas ornaments.

treasa.hamilton@gmail.com

Kwiltsfl said...

I have done a poor job of managing my stash and it has cascaded out of my shelves onto the floor! I guess the closest I have come to stash management this year is all the baby quilts I've made.
Karen

Monica said...

Awesome giveaway!

There is a method to my stash madness. I organize my stash by the style of fabric (i.e. patriotic, Civil War, 30's, batiks). And the rest is sorted by color.

Moose on the Porch Quilts said...

Prairie Paisley and Flag Day Farms are two of my all time favorite fabric lines!

The only time that I feel like I am "managing" my stash is when I make the back to a quilt. All of a sudden 4-8 yards of fabric gets put to good use!

I do make lots of quilts that I keep and that I give away.

Pat said...

I have absolutely no control what so ever. See it...want it...buy it...put it in the closet. When I do take it out I use it on a friend.

Bev said...

I love your fabric. In fact I bought some Bar Harbor fabric today and was really disappointed that the twill is not here yet! Must have the twill! The collection looks like it could be used to re-do a sun porch on a beach house....I can see the rose fabric as pillows--along with the stripe. The twill would be pillows for the wicker furniture and the "cheater" would be a throw...At any rate, thanks for sharing! Cheery wave from Bev
topinsales@gmail.com

Bevie Pearl said...

I use plastic totes that are in my guest bedroom closet. I take pictures of my fabric and attach pictures on the outside of my tote so that I can quickly see what fabrics are in each tote. My "scrap" pile is just that....a tote with scraps.
What an awesome giveaway!!

Joan Privott said...

The stash has become unruly! I know only buy what I know I am going to use. I have moved it too many times to add to it!

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MJinMichigan said...

I have s room full of shelves that are loaded with my 30 year stash.
I've been cutting the smaller pieces into strips and squares for scrap projects but of course that just moves it from area to another.
Prairie Paisley was my favorite of your lines so I would lvoe to win!

Kim said...

LOL I was just thinking last night I need more shelving units! That's the only way to control it...accommodate it! LOL That yummy Prairie Paisley would have a special place on the shelves!

**MIGNONNE** said...

Ooh Ooh Ooh! That is one of my most favorite lines of fabric ever. I am drooling just thinking about it.

Now what is this stash management of which you speak? Right now my I have to box up what I am not using. I think I have broken into all of my boxes at least a half dozen times. It's not very effective.

Rhonda P. said...

Love the fabrics. Stash management, what is that? lol I thought my job was to keep the LQS's in business by keeping a stash.

Beth said...

I have a wall of shelves that my sweet husband built to hold my Sterilite bins - the long flat ones made for under the bed. My shelves are just tall and wide enough to hold one tub so I can slide them in and out without unstacking the tubs. One column is color arranged, the others are arranged by type of fabric - civil war, 30s, batiks, etc. Oh, I loved the prairie paisley line - I have one quilt waiting to be finished and another to be made in it. Wouldn't be fun to have a trio of quilts from the line! Projects are in tote bags that have accumulated from everywhere. The tote bags live in a cabinet.

pdudgeon said...

LOL,my stash is housed in:
multiple Sterelite plastic drawer sets lined up against the wall (21 drawers of quilting projects and 8 more drawers of scrap fabric and yardage at last count)
In the closit are 8 more drawers of completed tops waiting to be quilted,
and under my quilting frame are 21 plastic 12 Qt tote boxes that hold the planned quilts that i'll be making this year.
So yes, it all resembles a mini Moda warehouse.
most of my stash is organized by projects,(with patterns and backing fabric included) just don't ask me to put my hand on the right box the first time.

But i still have an empty drawer saved just for that Prairie Paisley fabric! and i'd really love to have some, pretty please?

pattiq said...

I store like colors in plastic drawers but have special fabrics in piles on my sewing table. It's not that great of a system but oh well.

Stephanie said...

I am very lucky. When we built our new house, I got the bonus room as my sewing room. We put ceiling to floor shelving in the walkin closet to store my stash. I make quilts for Quilts of Valor and baby quilts for the social workers to give to kids in crisis.

Anonymous said...

When 2 of our daughters moved out, I moved into one of the bedrooms thinking I would have plenty of room for my stash. HAH! I call it my "padded room". Your Prairie Paisley would be beautiful in a quilt for the cottage.
~Joyce in MI

Jan Hatchett said...

I have my fabrics more or less divided into the drawers of a good sized chest of drawers. Batting is on the bottom and folded fabric is in the all the drawers. It usually is full to bursting! I need to sew faster.

Love the fabrics! Gorgeous!
Jan
www.anotherhatchettjob.blogspot.com

Janet said...

My stash is stacked by color on a shelf with glass doors. The doors no longer shut as the fabric stacks are now doubled but so far it all fits on there. I just love your Prairie Paisley line - the thought of Moda having stash management problems makes me smile. :0)

Susan said...

I'm very new to quilting (working on my first one now), so I don't have much of a stash other than the freebie stash I got on Craigslist last year! So I keep that little stash in a zippered bag that I got my new comforter in. I also have some fabric from various sewing projects in years past tucked away in a wicker trunk. I hope to have more stash after this giveway - hint hint! LOL Those fabrics are beautiful!

Kaye Prince said...

Hehe, I don't really think I "manage" my stash at all. On occasion I weed things out and send them to the Goodwill, but this is very rare!

I have been trying to be better lately though about using it, and I've gotten a few things finished recently and that feels good!

Debra said...

I don't really have any kind of stash management going on. I just buy what I like hope that I figure out how to use it and just have fun!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh wow, I have a few pieces of this fabric line, and I LOVE it. It would make such a beautiful quilt. I need to make two for my boys, and this fabric would work so beautifully. Thanks for sharing the joy.

PamKittyMorning said...

My stash controls me. Isn't that the way it is for everyone?

Ariane said...

Oh wow!!! I just love these fabrics. They are gorgeous. I have a nice stash. Not too big. I only have a little bit of space for my stuff. So, I keep it somewhat under control. But these would be so amazing to add to my stash. Most of my sewing is for others. I usually make scrap quilts to keep for my family. That way I get to keep a little piece of all my favorite fabrics. Thanks for sharing.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Stash Management... what a hoot. The only thing I manage well is adding to the stash.
Thanks for the opportunity to participate in your giveaway.

lesthook said...

I have crates and crates! But a lot of my fabric is older and I am waiting for it to come back in style,LOL!

Kim M said...

Stash, whats that? The only way it will ever get in control is when there are no more fabric shops. That beautiful paisley will look good with my stash. I make baby quilts and quilts of valor that are all donated.

Kate said...

Can a stash really be managed?! I keep mine in plastic boxes on the loungeroom floor, and they get dragged into my bedroom whenever I have visitors. I give scraps to friends when they want them and sometimes give stuff away on my blog too.

lizzie said...

Stash Management..are you kidding..I am a MODA snob...I only use MODA don't buy anything else...heaven forbid..I can't imagine not using MODA...feels good..looks good...sews good...as far as stash management..what is that..it's every where under every bed on every shelf in every nook and crannie..I must have it and I must have it now..There is NO cure!!!!!Lisa

Lizzie said...

Well, since I started blogging I've discovered that I don't really have a stash of fabric!! I'm working on it though. I've seen some HUGE stashes on some blogs and I don't think that I'm aiming that big, but I would like to have to add another shelf or two in my room! So I guess to answer the question, there is no management with my stash just a total desire to add to it....
Lizzie
xxx

Cheri C. said...

Oh, I am so laughing at your comments...

I just finished getting my stash "together". I have everything separated. NOW, I am putting an excel file to show what I have. I think if I know what I have, I will quit buying it over and over again. Also, I might just use more knowing exactly what I have. I also like the way Jaybird (and the person she got it from) is doing the account of fabric on hand, used, and bought... love that idea as well.

I would love to add more to my excel sheet - here's to crossing my fingers for the win. Thanks!!!

Cara said...

I adore Prairie Paisley!! Stash management...this sounds like something I've heard of but have yet to run across here lol.
When things start getting out of control I do go on the whole fabric diet thing, and I try to use some of it up, give some away...kind of the same thing with clothes lol.

Michele said...

I have one stash in a double closet, however, I usually don't even go into the closet because of all the boxes, containers, bags and piles of material in front of the closet doors. I really should get myself organized, but that would involve stopping my latest quilt in progress, and I really don't want to stop. It is madness, isn't it?

Tina C. said...

I don't have a large stash. It's probably a good thing. But adding these lovely fabrics would be great stash enhancement!

Christine said...

Oh wow, I am in love with those fabrics.
Well I control my stash in a way that once I have made a quilt and have leftover I cut them in to strips or squares and store them for scrap quilts.

Yes I do make quilts to give away and when we had the Bushfires here last year I send some to the collection place down south and from memory over 1200 quilts came together.

Quilting is what i do day to day and love it, you know my weakness is if someone comes to my house and is really taken by one of my quilts, they will more likely to go home with it. Can't help love giving quilts and it means I can by more fabric.

Have a great day from
Christine down under

Pookie said...

Here at Maple Hoo we're in the blissful state of being new enough at quilting that we can still claim that we don't have a big enough stash yet and new enough that we don't have to be stressing that we haven't used enough of it yet! Talk to me again in a year. Heh heh heh.

Robin said...

The way I try to manage my stash is I have to consider if it will fit into my smallish sewing room. I started filling the adjoining bedroom with fabric etc. when one of my children had to move back home. I had to forcibly empty the bedroom closet back into the sewing room. There is still a large drawer of Thimbleberries in the dresser.
As far as who gets the quilts it's about 3 to 1. I give away 3 and keep 1.
You have the best drawings!!!

Kathy R. said...

My cats don't believe in stash management. Every time I try to organize things, they re-organize as soon as my back is turned. My little Trouble boy likes to check what I am doing by jumping on my back and looking over my shoulder - he's such a big help :)He would love some new fabric to inspect and "organize." When time permits, we do make quilts and such for the Linus Project or other charities. Thanks for the give away.

jaybird said...

moda is running out of space?... they have my address... they can send it all to me! ;-) my stash.. is pretty organised... bags..bins..drawers... all labeled!!

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

Oh my...I have saved my Prarie Paisley and have run out in the middle of a quilt..OH PLEASE PICK ME! It is my favorite of all favorite lines of fabbies..love love love it.

Stash management? HUH..who wants to manage the stash? I'm more into Stash Expansion. Much more fun.

Pat

Carol said...

My stash? Oh well....the thing is that every so often I tell myself that I won't buy any more fabric until I use up ____ (insert amount - sometimes 10 yards or 2 quilts worth, whatever) and then I go surfing and see that 'must have' fabric that calls my name, like the sirens and Odysseus. And so it continues.
I make quilts for family and special friends.

sharon said...

I try to "control" it by subject matter as in the batik box, reproduction box,but some how some way it seems to morph on it's own. Then it is back to sorting again, I needed a bigger house! Thanks for having such a great give away! Sharonj

Gayle said...

I keep most of the quilts I make and store them in a vintage wardrobe that I rescued out of a house that was being demolished. To store my unused fabrics, hubby build some wonderful shelves that I just love!

Brooke said...

My problem with a stash is that I'd almost always buy a new fabric than use from my stash. So why do I keep stashing?? There is a quilting group at my Mom's church, and they make quilts for mission fields. Every so often I weed through my stacks and donate to the cause. I know in my heart that I can never use it all myself, and it isn't doing anyone any good just sitting upstairs in my closet. The quilting group doesn't buy ANY fabric, so the more donations they receive, the more quilts they are able to make. It makes me feel good to know it goes to a good cause........and it makes me feel less guilty about buying the next fabric!

The colors in the prairie fabrics are my very favorites. Soothing and calm. Love them! :)

"Lois Grebowski" said...

I have a stash? really? shhhh.... don't tell hubby... he just thinks it's laundry. bwahahahahahahahaha!

[wink]

Laura said...

Wow! Prairie Paisley is one of my all time favorite fabric lines. I was hoarding some of the fabric recently but decided to make a eye glass catcher out of it (I also made a table runner) just so I could have it with me all the time. I cannot be without my glasses - one pair for reading and computer and another pair for TV and knitting. I wish I could wear contacts! Oh well - please enter me into your give-a-way as I already know what I would do with it - I would love to make the quilt that was on the front of the quilting magazine about a year ago featuring Prairie Paisley!
Laura T

Karen said...

I think I should have stock in rubber maid. I love fabric! I started buying cute decorative boxes and hide my stash in them so my hubby doesn't know exactly how much fabric I have. I love giving my quilts away as gifts. Every Christmas I try to give 3-5 quilts as gifts. I love the Prairie Paisley line of fabric. I can never say no to red white and blue fabric. Please count me in the drawing for the fabric. Thanks for being so generous.
Karen M

Karen said...

Stash?? I thought it was my fabric collection. Use it for gifts-someone is always having a baby. Belong to a group that makes quilts for those that need a hug from God. Love, love, love, your Prairie Paisley Line!! Would love to add that to my collection!

L. Gray said...

I use totes and a sideboard to keep my stash sorted by washed/unwashed and by style (patriotic, CW prints, florals) and color. It's fun to sort stash, fabric handling is always a good time. If I receive some of 'the wealth' it would find its way into a quilt like this one (http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/2009/06/fuss-free-hand-quilting.html. I saw it here and I was in love! I hunted down the April 2006 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting and I am collecting lovelies to feature in it! Thank you for your continued inspiration.

Melody said...

Stash management?!? Not me. There is no rhyme or reason to my stash. I have learned to embrace my addiction and my stash. My real problem is that i give away almost all my quilts. I need to have more of my own quilts in my house. I would be overjoyed to win your collection Prairie Paisley.

Elaine said...

My stash management came as a surprise to me. One day my husband decided he wanted to make a quilt. He did, and has since made another 6 quilts. We take our kits when we go camping in our trailer and sew away. He would love your fabric give away.

Elaine
lecraft@aol.com

Angela said...

I do not have a very big stash. I have it sorted by color, except I have all my CW repro together. Thank you for your sharing!

Deb said...

Just in the last couple of weeks I bought 3 big see-thru bins from Costco to organize some of my stash. It's working so well that I'm getting more when I go back. (That's a lot of stash!) Yes, I usually make quilts for other folks...relatives, friends moving, and for special occasion gifts. I would LOVE to win your giveaway fabrics.

LisaC said...

I try to control my stash. I am more addicted to kits. Fat quarter bundles and kits. It's a problem. I've got maybe 30 kits right now. They're stored in totes all over my bedroom. My poor husband... I'm glad he loves me!!!

Sarah said...

I wish I could control my stash, but I just seem to be adding to it more than subtracting. After missing out on some fabrics for not acting quick enough I tend to buy early and buy often.

Anonymous said...

No stash management for me, but I would love the chance to win this great fabric. Thank you.

Darlis

WoolenSails said...

Love those mittens and what a wonderful tree ornament.

My stash is not that big yet, so manageable. I keep fat quarters in baskets and boxes and yardage on the shelves. I make some quilts for myself and some for gifts to friends. I love making wall hangings with sayings to give as gifts and great way to use up stash.

Debbie

Stephanie Soebbing said...

My husband and I our looking for a house with a room that has a very large closet that I can use exclusively for sewing and for holding my stash. Currently our second bedroom is filled with my stash, notions, batting, portable sewing machine case and UFOs. You can't even open the door.

I've only been quilting for three years, so I think I may need some type of AA for fabric buying if this keeps up.

C said...

I haven't got too much of a stash, but I have a few quilts in the making. I remember when that line came out, I loved it! How fun to receive that pile from Moda after it's "gone" so to speak :-)
I would love to make something out of it :-)

Thanks,
Christy
christywhetten@yahoo.com

deborah said...

Gorgeous fabrics! I would love to add them to my collection, which started so many years ago when I was just a child. My grandmother always took me along on her 'acquisition' trips to the fabric stores, so I was taught well at an early age how important it was to have a proper stash:) Every room in the house has some stashed fabric, with the most of it in a closet I use to store the stuff I'm using right now:) I don't have a huge stash right now, as I have been using it to make scrap quilts this winter. I have started making quilts for Quilts4Kids, and give most of my other quilts away.

Barb said...

Controlled stash? Isn't that an oxymoron?! :) I'm more like a dragon hoarding her pile of treasures lol

JulieF1962 said...

Stash management is an oxymoron! I would love to win those for my stash MISmanagement! Thank you!

Julie

kjquilts said...

I'm sorry to say there is no stash managment at my house. It's out of control and I love it!

Betsy said...

I have bins...and know where most of the stash is hiding... Every once in awhile I have to search for something....but now I have a label maker and I've been labeling away!

Ruth B said...

Love Prairie Paisley fabrics! I have a bookcase that I put stacks of fabric in sorted by color. Then I have bins of fabric that I sort according to how much I like it. I keep the best stuff in my closet and move the rest around the house in other closets. Even ugly fabric can be made into a rug someday. Some I give to church for the quilt club.

badlandsquilts said...

Oh my gosh... I have just gone to heaven... I have a whole area allocated for my RWB Minick & Simpson stash...that was one of my favorite collections of all time.

I have different areas in my closet/dresser drawers allocated to precuts, FQ stacks, fabrics that will be used as a collection and those that will be used as color. Items that are not my taste in more but still current I try to use for gifts and I have a box of uglies that will become a quilt to take to my sons baseball games. Thanks for such a generous giveaway!

di said...

Stash Management - um.....yeah, you could call it that. You could also call it basic investment for the future - you never know when there could be a Boll Weevil infestation and our cottons would be priceless!!!!

Ginny Worden said...

I have finally figured out that it is okay to use those fabrics that I love and have in my stash, as there is always more fabrics to love and covet.( Including Prairie Paisley, hint, hint)

Carol said...

I love your fabrics and quilts. My stash management system consists of multiple plastic bins, organized loosely by color or type of fabric.

I love your Prairie Paisley fabric.

Carol

kshackabq said...

Stash Management ?? I thought those were contradictory words -- silly me! I love making quilts for others. A friend told me today the quilt I made for her son when he was born has become his favorite "must have" item. Her daughter learned to walk while holding the quilt I made for her. Sweet moments to ponder while making quilts for others. Thanks for the wonderful fabrics you design for us.

Laurie said...

Hello!
Perfect timing to talk about stash - you'll have to visit my blog to see how I deal with stash management! Great minds think alike!!
Laurie
PS - This fabric is terrfic :)

SheilaC said...

I need ideas for stash management! This year I am taking on more projects to try and use more stash.. but they keep making adorable fabrics that I feel I must buy... so its an endless cycle ;)

Thanks for sharing the wealth and hosting this give away. Great fabric!

SheilaC

kelley said...

What a great giveaway...some of my favorite fabric !

Stash management has been going on here for years...to downsize I started giving it away...to friends, churches, on freecycle...my favorite was hundreds of yards to a church group starting a mission in Africa to help young women leave prostitution and become seamstresses...each completing the program would recieve her own Singer treadle sewing machine...they had almost 100 old machines newly refurbished by a group of volunteers...

in my church we make pajama pants for local VA hospitals...pillowcases too...

Amy said...

I just finished a jelly roll quilt with this line of fabrics. I absolutely love it and would love to have more. My stash management has been to participate over at Judy L's Patchwork Times blog each Sunday for my stash report. It gives you a little accountability. While I'm not ahead in getting used, it does make me think before I purchase. So at least I have a plan. :)

garden quilter said...

Just trying to avoid the avalanche! I have plastic bins on shelves that are keyed by color. Some are keyed by style(homespun), holidays. Mostly I'm just thankful I have a stash! I would be honored to give your lovely fabrics a new home - however they may not make to the stash - they may get into a quilt right away!

Claudia said...

My stash seems to grow. I do try to bust it out, but fabric is my drug. The longer I'm away from it the more I need it. I can just touch it and it makes my day better. That's why I need more. So 20 yards or 10 yards would feel right at home.

Anonymous said...

My stash of fabric as well as papercraftinig items is in my new craft room in our new home. Nice to have a place to call my own.
Hey Laurie and Polly - glad to see you have those great Canadian Maple Leaf mittens - after all you have Canadian roots. Karen

Janelle J said...

Stash management - Ikea (for storage) and Starbucks (improves my time management)! Prairie Paisley is beautiful and I would love it!

Anonymous said...

I HAVE QUITE A BIT OF FABRIC. WHEN I GOT INTO QUILTING i said I WASN'T GOING TO GET A LOT OF EXTRA FABRIC BUT HERE i go again. I HAVE COLLECTED QUITE A BIT just CAN'T RESIST THE BEAUTIFUL FABRICS. But in my stash I HAVEN'T GOTTEN ANY BLUES,REDS. i love red/white/blue so would love it. keep up the inspiring work. THANKS Sandi

benbel said...

Control my stash? what stash? the puny pile of beautiful fabrics in my closet? I need more! then maybe I can control it! Yeah, that's it!

Allie said...

Oh dear, you brought me out of hiding - I've been a reader for a long time but never dared a comment!
I group my stash by themes, then colors - and keep my fingers crossed that I can find them again. Looking for one fabric can throw my sewing room into chaos for the next few months! Oh the hazards of small houses.
I must say I'm finding it hard to believe Moda has a stash problem - their fabrics are so amazing!

Peddlecar Quilts said...

Oh my gosh, the Praire Paisley line is by far one of my FAVORITES!!! I just love the colors and prints. I would be so delighted to win some! I manage my stash in my closet, with lots of shelves, where I can close the door and not worry about fading. I also put together fabrics I've bought for a project, along with the book or pattern, so that when I go to it later I will remember what I bought it for! LOL! Don't you love it though?

Kathy said...

Love the fabrics!

I so need to consolidate my stash that I'm designing a new quilting studio! It will be built as soon as I can talk my hubby into it! Wish me luck!

Vicky said...

Oh, goodness, Prairie Paisley!! Please please please pick me! Prairie Paisley is my all time favorite fabric ever! Stash management? Ha! I laugh! My stash manages me! However, there's always room for Prairie Paisley!!

Joyful Quilter said...

My stash runth over...to all the bedrooms, to the garage, to the living room...there is no management here.

ColiBee said...

My process of stash management is just enjoying the pile getting bigger and bigger and then asking my seewt hubby to build a bigger house for us!

easy peasy! :o)

But I love the stash management from moda, that really fits to my processes...

Conni

Seams Sew Together said...

I don't control my stash it controls me. I have given quilts to the Royal Childrens Hospital in Melbourne to raffle.

Rebecca said...

Hummm my stash is running wild and has grown to fast for the cupboard, but it is hard to say no to all the lovely fabric out there. Just like yours, love it they are so my colours.
Hugs Bec

Betweens said...

Uh.. I just hit my head bouncing off the computer screen when I saw that luscious fabric...it would be perfect to make another Reaching for the Stars Quilt!!!
My stash went from one of my dressers to one of my closets, to getting Rubbermaid cupboards on sale, I now have a total of six and am told that I can start my own store cause I thought I could have everything in one room but the dressers are still full and the closet is still stuffed and now there are more shelves just for the fat quarters!!..but they are in Color order not by designer so I mix and match lots of designers fabrics and love to open the doors and pull anything from my stash to make a quilt no matter what time it is..it never stops growing.
Right now there is also a cupboard of UFO's I am working on...that is the worse stash!!hopefully I will be able to finish and display then give away to friends and family

Mayleen said...

I haven't been managing my stash very well! In fact, this year I signed up for a challenge that allows me to only use what fabric I already own. Some of it is from the 1980's! Help. I am starting to make a serious dent in it but so much is left. I think after a certain point, I will donate some of the older fabric.

Fiona said...

I was just taking about stash management with my UFO students today. I try to make quilts using my stash but adding new pieces to update and brighten the palette. Then when the top is done, the fabrics is then transferred from the stash management pile to the quilt top pile in another part of the house. I am a longarm quilter and have lots of my own tops waiting for a spare day between customer quilts.

So in fact I also have no "stash managent plan" just a tranference plan, and then I don't have to hide anything from my Husband.

Kathie said...

I go thru my fabric collection about once a year and give away anything I don't like anymore to the guild to make charity quilts.
I cut fat quarters into strip sizes I use most
6 1/2" for alternate blocks/applique pieces, etc
4", 2 1/2" and 1 1/2" two of these if I can get it out of the fat quarter.
when I want to start a project I just pull out the bin with the strips and start cutting and sewing with lots of variety of fabrics.
This works well for me , took a long time to figure it all out but it was worth it.
Love those mittens!
LOVE this fabric line would love to win
thanks
Kathie

Screen Door said...

Everything is sorted by color, but I have one pile in the corner of the cabinet that I consider current "Favorites"---Confession: It's a tall pile.... Great Fabrics-- thanks for sharing....

Anonymous said...

Praire Paisley is witout a doubt my all time favorite!!!!!!

My Stash............keeps growing and about once a year I sort it out orginize it and give LOTS to my sister in law.

My quilts..................most seem to end up as gifts.

The wonderful 'red mittens'....... I think Gibby would look very handsome wearing those in the snow!!!
Jill

Stacey said...

i wish i had a stash to manage, i can only buy what i need as needed. we have 4 kids, and i craft for spending money on my hobbies, those look so pretty though, and i promise that if i won, i would give it a great home and love and cherish it for many years to come!!

tami said...

My DH built me some gorgeous cabinets to manage my stash. The only thing is that I keep overflowing them. I love my stash. It makes me happy and is much less harmful than other vices I could have. I don't think I've earned a place on Hoarders yet.
That is a beautiful collection. My stash is predominantly darks and that collection is mostly light. It would make a great addition.

Anonymous said...

I try to make a few quilts for my guild. The guild gives the donated quilts to various organizations. I love the Prairie Paisley line. It's difficult to find that line now so winning some would be wonderful. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Nancy E

bamagirlkathy said...

I tend to give leftovers and other fabric to our local senior center-they can always find a use for the fabric!
Kathy
bamagirlkathy@yahoo.com

rebecca said...

Plan? I do need a plan don't I. Being a newer quilter I should really think about this event for the future.

Janet said...

Hi Laurie: For a while when "stash reduction" was the big thing I felt guilty having so much fabric, but after a month of parsimony I realized that buying and having new fabric was necessary to my creative process. So I started buying again and my blue funk disappeared. Is this a rationalisation? It just might be.
BTW I love Prairie Paisley, definitely at least as much as I love Bar Harbour and possibly even more, and that's saying something!

Jolene said...

I try to keep my fat quarters together in container, my yardage on a bookshelf and my scraps in a big tote. My quilt guild is doing a stash management program this year and we make something every month with a certain color from our stash to share with the group. We are also doing a mystery quilt with stash fabrics. Maybe by the end of the year my stash will be smaller, I hope!

QuilterPattiO said...

prairie paisley I love that line. I have 2 quilts with all ready and one more in the works. I take them out in June and enjoy them all summer. They are my favorite. So why not one more.
My stash keeps growing but I do make a lot of quilts to share. Two weddings and two grandbabies to create for this year!
PattiO

Nancyz said...

Who me? Do I have a problem with my fabric stash management? My quilt group has been making of charity quilts using our stash. Thanks for the giveaway.

Denise said...

I do quilt for my friends and family and I can't control my stash... really it controls me, it says me "buy another FQ, only another...." and I buy! :)
There is always a little corner for another FQ!
Denise

Karen S. said...

I try to control my stash, but I think it controls me. I have a friend that doesn't have much money to spare for fabric, so I try to give some of my stach to her.

bettina said...

stash management... what is that??? I have little stash so i keep it in rubbermaid tubs. I make things to give away either to charity like project linus or the local refugee program or to family and friends.

I would love to inherit the prairie fabrics

Anonymous said...

Nothing like making log cabin blocks to eat up a stash. My stash consists of fabric and log cabin blocks! Mary

Shelley said...

My stash has sent me to therapy! Not kidding! Stash Therapy! I am using my lovelies right now to make quilts for the cancer unit in our hospital. This has been very rewarding. Please enter me to win. And Girls, I love your blog!

Margo said...

Moving to a new log cabin and in preparing for the move I had to give up my stash due to a few months of putting things in storage.........I'm so missing it and need to start a new stash!
Those fabrics are great!

Anonymous said...

Wow, that is a treasure. It would make a lovely birthday gift for my march birthday:).
Stash management :), I am trying only to buy fabric this year to finish a current project. So far so good.

Hendrika @ fun2quilt2000@yahoo.com

SueB said...

SueBee said:

Yes I do make quilts for charity. Well I dont think of it that way. I make QOV for our soldiers. Your fabrics would be a very nice plus for those tops.

Helen said...

Stash management? If you have any great ideas I'd love to hear them. I do have fabric neatly stored in two Ikea cabinets and also in bins under my bed. It's the overflow that I have to deal with now. It's in heavy canvas bags in various locations. AndI keep discovering more. That said, I would love to have the Prarie Rose fabric. It's a lovely line of fabric.

Barbara said...

Would love to add your stash to mine! There's always room for more! The fabrics are beautiful. Thanks for your generosity, as always.

Carol Sc said...

I've cut into my "stash" of Prairie Paisley --- would love to add to it! Manage stash?! unfortunately not in my vocabulary. When I try to weed out fabrics, I find I like them all! Do you think Johnny Damon will help the Tigers? We can only hope!

Quilter Kim said...

Hi, my name is Kim and I am a "fabric fanatic" I am a collector of fabric, but I also use alot from my stash. It just seems that the purchasing and acquiring outweighs the using. I love giving away my quilts I've made to my friends and family, so much so that the only handmade quilt I have on a bed in my house is one that my DH won in a raffle. After admitting my addiction to fabric I will say that winning the Prairie Paisley would make a wonderful addition to my stash.

Sandy said...

I love Prairie Paisley! I have given away two quilts made from it. Maybe the 3rd time is a charm (or maybe a fat quarter!!)I tried during the first weeks of January to clean and organize my stash. That hasn't changed too much--it is just spread out a little further! LOL

Shirl said...

I recently did some stash management by giving the flannels to a neighbor who sews receiving blankets for a local hospital and giving several boxes of fabric to a local church whose guild makes charity quilts. I make quilts (large & small) and bags for my family and friends. A handmade gift is always received well.

ninepatch said...

I go to your blog everyday, as I enjoy it very much, so much interesting information.

Bev Old Remnants

Kathryn said...

My stash management technique is to try to only buy what I know I have a project for. Then, what's left over is cut into strips for scrappy projects. Plus, I try to use what I love rather than storing it way. If I don't love it, donate it to the local high school sewing class. They always appreciate free fabric.

ninepatch said...

I go to your blog everyday, as I enjoy all your comments and info. Fabric is never a problem.

Bev Old Remnants

sandi said...

I believe I need a stash - a big ol' stash - so I can best see what I need to use where - yes?? It's kinda like buying the biggest box of crayons or all the paints - bigger is best!! I LOVE fiber - and esp. your new showings!! sandi in texas setelzrow@grandecom.net

Sew Create It - Jane said...

I control my stash with a wooden spoon...I use it to stuff the fabric to the back of the cupboard! :o)

quiltnmaryf said...

I owned a quilt store for 13 years...Stash Management? Never heard of it! Now I lack the discipline I had when I needed to make samples. I am out-of-control. Yikes! I need some grandkids to sew for!

Lori said...

How fun to get the adorable gloves! Blogges are the best.

And what a hoot that Moda is running out of room!! LOL
I manage my stash by not buying that much!! I make mostly scrap quilts so if I start to run low on a certain color I purchase some FQers to replenish. I only have so much room and feel it is silly to purchase more then I'll ever use....I still have plenty, just not as much as most quilters.
I'd love a chance to win your beautiful fabrics!! I'll make room for them if need be!!! LOL

Gretchen said...

Prairie Paisley is one of the best Moda lines ever! Love it and would love to have some more :) Stash management???!!??? I've decided to use fabric as insulation--just keep stacking up along the outside walls of the sewing room and voila! lower heating bills this winter!!

Erin in MI said...

I'm just going out to buy more shelving to accommodate my stash. Being unemployed currently, I am attempting to get all the unwashed fabric washed and on my new shelves. We'll see how successful that endeavor is.

I'd love to add your fabrics to my process right now - they're gorgeous! And of course I wasn't collecting those prints when they were out.

Gerat job ladies!

Melody said...

My stash is everywhere. I try and control it but my 9 year old daughter is always going through it. And she hasn't learned to be neat yet.

melodylynnhoward@gmail.com

Nancy said...

My fabric stash has taken over my sewing room, but I just keep buying more. My mini quilting group, the Quilty Chicks, refer to it as "Henderson's Fabric Shop". The good news is that my 9 year old granddaughter has begun making quilts and someday I'll pass it on to her. Since she was very small she loved to play with my fabrics and now she loves to pick and choose what to use in her projects.

The Winn's said...

My stash keeps being added to. I buy fabric because I like it, and don't always have a plan for it. I am expecting my 5th baby, and I did just make a quilt for him, and I'm going to get around to making my girl's their matching "Patisserie" bed quilts eventually, but most of my quilt making is give away. I love giving something of use to others. I love Praire Paisley. I would love to not have a plan for it in my stash.

Rebecca in Tennessee said...

Management is not my style....I like to SEE what I have....I only have the wall beside my bed to store it and man do I love to drift off to sleep looking at my babies..............

Anonymous said...

Control my stash? What a silly notion! It's there for me to enjoy and revel in! And it would be just perfect to add some of Moda's Prairies Paisley stash to my stash!

Nancy said...

I share my stash with other quilters. I belong to freecycle and when I have a bag of scraps I will advertise online and someone will come to my house and pick them up, It's usually an appliquer that will take them....
I would love to share your stash...

Nancy said...

Right now it's scattered, but mostly in bins. When my studio is finished (soon, I hope!), it will be in bins on shelves.

Anonymous said...

I love the this line of fabric!!!! Please let me win!!!! :-) Susan Muller

Melissa C said...

I am just starting and need to add to my stash. This would make a great addition. Thanks for the chance.

Aunt Polly's Attic said...

I don't manage my stash ... it manages ME!!!! I've given up trying to make some sense of it.

Love the fabrics!!!! I think they need to come live in MY stash! lol

Teresa

Lizzie said...

Stash management? Is there such a thing? I love my stash and go throught it ever chance I get. I believe the reason we have a stash is because we love love love FABRIC! Thank you for the give away. Adding your fabric to my stash would really be wonderful!

thelazyquilter said...

OMG! How awesome of you guys. Stash? Uh, what stash? When it comes to fabric I'm like a hoarder in denial!

Kathi said...

I use the love system. The fabrics I love, love, love are in a pie safe. The fabrics I love are in a dresser. The fabrics I like are under the bed, and the rest I give (or throw) away. When any spot becomes full, I either have to quit buying or sew like the wind!
As for quilts, I can't seem to manage that, but I'm trying to make more to give away (especially from that under-the-bed fabric.)

Dania said...

I'd love to add the collection to my stash already purchased. It would be the perfect motivation to get started on a new quilt!!! Love all your collections.
dwkinney@cox.net

Anonymous said...

I manage my stash by adding to it as often as I can! There are so many wonderful fabric lines these days that if you don't buy it when you see it, it won't be there when you want it. Thanks for all the inspiration!
Karen L.

Tressa said...

My stash is very small. It fits in a couple clear totes that sit on a shelf in my closet waiting for me to use it. This fabric will be used right up though as it will fit in quite nicely with a quilt I'm working on for my living room.

Linda said...

Love the mittens...a collector's item for sure and a great tree decoration! I don't manage my stash, it manages me! I do keep it by color family in an armoire. I've started collecting charm packs and jelly rolls and those have spilled out into baskets. I've given fabric to charity and friends when it no longer interests me but I doubt if I will be able to part with much of my current collection until it is sewn into quilts and crafts!

Lisa D. said...

Prairie Paisley is my all time favorite of your collections. I made one quilt from it, but have another one planned (Chippewa 9-Patch) and would love to win more. I don't know if you would call my stash managed. I do however like to pass along my leftovers when I am done making a quilt. If I have a friend who is interested, most of the time I give them to her.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone ever really "control" their stash?! I have converted a spare bedroom and a very large armoire to store fabric. Then, started "displaying" favorite fabrics rolled and folded in large baskets on top of the armoire...and any other spot I can think of! Just thinking about this makes me smile and want to go fabric shopping!!! Juliet in SoCal

pdrue said...

I favor the bins and chaos approach to stash management. And more Prairie Paisley would look great in a new quilt I'm planning -- or even just in the piles of fabric in my spare room.

Patty said...

I love Prairie Paisley collectin!My stash isn't really managed at this time. We moved a while back and my DH moved my sewing room one day when I wasn't home. So needless to say most of it is in boxes or containers of some type. I've been slowly sorting and now have 2 cupboards to put it in.

sbmeeks said...

You wouldn't think that someone who has only been quilting about a year would have a problem with too much fabric! Guess again!! I had to buy milk crates and stack them with the opening facing out. I tried to tell myself I'm going use up what I've got and finish my projects before getting any more. As you would expect, that didn't work!

beeinstitches said...

Very little "stash management" here. Think I lost control a few years ago. At least almost all of my fabric is contained in one room - closet, shelves, shelves, and just piles of recent 'acquisitions'. So that is some sort of management!!! Of course, would love to have a little more to 'manage', especially from one of your collections.

HollyC said...

My 2010 resolution is to actually use my stash. I am feverously trying to use up my stash so that I can give myself permission to buy new fabric. I have already put a good size dent into it. Guess it's off to the quilt shop this weekend to buy more. Mustn't let stash get too low, or I won't have enough fabric to finish all of my projects. LOL. Thanks for the great contest and by the way I store my fabric in cabinets up in my sewing room.

Dianne said...

Lately my stash is definitely growing, but I do try to keep it under control. I only purchase what I need for a project, so the biggest problem lately is "scrap" management!

Lynn said...

My stash is never to large to put your collection in!!!! Hope to hear that I have acquired some more.

Kathy said...

Oh, MY! What a problem for MODA! I have my MODA stash in my sewing area. I also have my wools and my xstitch stuff and rug hhoking supplies in my room. The rest of the 'stuff' is in the basement, rarely used, so I should really donate it (after I wash it). I like to make scrap quilts for our boys who live in New England. They like the scrap ones. I do make quilts to donate to the school for fundraising, etc. I ahve shelves in my room to store things by Designer/line and then as it gets used, I store it by color. I also store it by 'type....my country and prim lines, civil war, and then contemporary. Backgrounds are another pile. Oh, My....

Thank you for this generous give away!

Doodlebug Gail said...

What a wonderful giveaway - those fabrics are gorgeous and I'd be really happy to give them a new home. I control my stash by sorting in colours - I have pieces of 1/2 yard and bigger in wire storage drawers and the smaller pieces in fabric storage boxes. This year I am on a "use what I have and buy only what I need for a specific project" mission - so far it's working really well.

Sandy said...

Boy, what a generous giveaway...I would love to be the recipient of either of the "stacks".
I have a gorgeous piece of furniture with shelves and glass doors that "roll above" to put a lot of my stash...it was a gift. The rest are in plastic totes...here there and everywhere!

Jill said...

I would love to add some Prairie Paisley to the fabrics I'm collecting for a quilt for myself -- even though I never seem to get around to starting it! Too busy with other, more important projects! Thanks for all your inspiration!

Lauradublin said...

I cannot tell you how much I would love to win - I've never won anything! Love your fabric, so it would be manna from heaven.

Lynelle P. said...

Ohhh I'd love to win this give away. I drooled for too long over the Prairie Paisley and POOF... it was gone!

I have always given my quilts away, but decided that this year I am making some for me.

Anonymous said...

Stash?? what stash??? oh you mean my quilting pantry??? One has to keep the staples in her pantry doesnt she??? My pantry has shelves with white plastic baskets full of the staples!! Its a good thing!!
pbaumi@roadrunner.com

Lynda (Granny K) said...

My miniscule stash is in plastic boxes, squirreled away in cupboards and wardrobes!

Lizziebeth said...

Well I try to control it with stackable plastic boxes and I haven't been buying that much since my husband's work is so slow. I would love to win such nice fabric.

Gracie said...

I'm totally not in control of my stash. I make all kinds of resolutions and then I see something new and lose all control. So I'm sure I could find room somewhere for more.

Lizziebeth said...

Well I try to control it with stackable plastic boxes and I haven't been buying that much since my husband's work is so slow. I would love to win such nice fabric.

Tricia said...

If you come into my house you know you will have to share the couch with either a pile of fabric, a cat, or a stack of books!-Talk about being "surrounded" by the things you love!
Thanks for the giveaway!
Tricia
triciasagen@netscape.net

Anonymous said...

I am a new quilter, so my stash is very sparse; however I'm working on that! Thanks for sharing!
Love,Linda

jldouglas@wispwest.net

Cyn said...

Stash Management?

Lot's of LOL's!

I'm not managing stash, I'm collecting!

Okay, I have a large needlework stash/collection which I do use for my many projects.

I'm just beginning to build my fabric stash as I am a very, and I mean very, new and beginning quilter.

For several yars, I've been buying fabric that I love and donating it to Project Linus so that the fabrics can be made into beautiful quilts. I finally decided that I needed to learn how to quilt so I can make quilts to donate.

By the way, I also buy yarn that's on sale and that I love to donate to Project Linus.

Please enter me into your giveaway.

Cynthia
Windy Meadow
cyn_stitches at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Stash management...hahahahahahaha.
What's that?

I've started a collection of "Prairie Paisley" to make a quilt for our future beach house. I would be thrilled to have more!

auntie m

Sharon said...

I have a wire basket (drawer) system that is working so far. I recently moved and every piece of fabric had to be refolded to fit the new system. This was stash mgt 101. I"m trying to be on a buying sabatical and using up pieces for backs. Donating to charity quilts is also a great place for those pieces I just don't like anymore!

Mary said...

I fold my fabric around a 6x24 ruler so thatit is unform and stack by color. I also keep fabric from one line together, breaking the stack by color rule. I do keep material bought for a specific project together with the pattern in a zip lock bag together so I don't accidentally use it.

DebrafromMD said...

I try to keep the Stash under control but it has a mind of it's own. I do not to put my fabric in dark, enclosed places though because I think it breeds while I am not looking. Sigh...

Heather said...

Stash, what stash? Haha! I keep about half of what I make. I just love making quilts, and even more I like buying fabric. :D

I'd love to have some Prairie Paisley, I love it!

Terry said...

I have one room devoted to fabric and other craft supplies. I have large shelving units filled with plastic boxes filled with fabric, divided by color, type, etc.Since I will never use it all I have been giving to charitable groups making quilts and pillows for nursing homes.
Along with everone else, Prairie Paisley is one of my favorite fabrics! Thanks for being so generous!
Terry Ann

Chl said...

My stash mangement techs:

I just let it rule me! I have accepted this.
It's like wabbits! Reproducing every time I turn around.?.?.
I have a two year supply for every single member of my family (7 of us).

Don't get me wrong, I make quilts and use them or gift them. I even make scrappy backs to use up fabric. I just don't understand?? Wabbits, I tell ya, wabbits. ;D

Anonymous said...

Well, I'd like to think I manage mine by a combination of color and the line or designer of the collection but....I it is more of the 'no that is not the right one, toss it into the pile and move on. My first pattern I designed was inspired by the Prairie Paisley line so I'd love to get a package of all the bits of it. Becky

julia said...

Stash management? Hmm...I think I barely reached the point where stash management is needed (maybe my partner wouldn't think so...). But I now think twice if I'll *neeeeed* the fabric or not before I hit the 'buy' button...
When I started quilting 2 years ago, I always was frustrated when patterns called for some scraps. I simply didn't have any - by now, this problem is solved, I even have all my scraps sorted by size in plastic bags//boxes .
My other fabrics are sorted either by color or by theme (Christmas/Japanese/reproduction/favourite collection or designer). Some future projects are already kitted - and all are stored in my bedroom in clear plastic boxes.
There were (already) some fabrics from my early days which I don't really like anymore - I took them to the group I attend once a month and the girls could take whatever they liked.
Oh, I would LOVE to win the giveaway! Unfortunately I didn't discover your fabrics earlier...(they're not that easy to get here in Germany and I didn't know about those fabulous online quilting shops back then...)! Prairie Paisley is one of my most favourite collections & whenever I come across it, I have to buy some of it...I have an extra box reserved for my limited PP stash...they would be perfect for a quilt quilt for my mom...;o) (if I were able to part with it when it would be finished).
Thanks to you & the fabulous moda team for this generous giveaway...
Julia
P.S.: those mittens are cute! Monica is a real sweetheart.

Diane(farmwife) said...

I really love the Prairie Paisley fabric from your collection. I have made a Schnibbles wall hanging using this and could really use some more of this collection to make another smaller quilt for a family member. I try to control my stash by making various size quilts for family members, quilts of valor and donation quilts for hospitals. But like most, I turn around and purchase some new fabric adding again to the stash. Prairie Paisley along with Flag Day Farms are my all time favorite Moda quilt fabric. Thanks!

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

Oh! Prairie Paisley-my favorite! As for stash management I have been making scrap quilts lately but a funny thing has happened-the stash has not reduced much! How can you make a couple of queen size quilts out of the stash and have more stash when you are done? Right now I give most of my quilts away since I have plenty for myself and hubby.

The Lawlor's said...

Well, my one approach has been to buy more shelves for my craft room! My other approach is to only buy what I am going to work on and I usually don't have too much left over after a project.

So, that being said, I would love to win!

Kristine said...

It's always fun to hear your Moda stories, and it's always kind of them to share, isn't it!

I do try to rotate my archives every so often, sometimes discovering a real treasure. I should give up on making small projects, though, otherwise I'm never going to make a dent!

Sinta Renee said...

Fabric has a "wild hair" nature. I keep my fabric nicely folded and displayed in baskets & cute little vinettes. The important thing about keeping your stash managed it to remember to PET it- continuously. Fabric likes to feel loved & given lots of attention. I tell the fabric to be patient, I will use it soon. If I neglect my stash- all hell breaks loose & I can walk into a sewing room that looks like a party has gone on in there... (the wild hair thing.)

Anonymous said...

I will gladly help Moda with stash control!
Kay H

Danielle said...

I know not of stash control! If some is good, more is great! I make quilts for my family and friends, so the more choices of fabric, the better. Thanks for the giveaway!

Jean C. said...

Stash management... yes, well how I have finally gotten it "a bit" under control is to let some of my new sewer friends "shop" at my house! I take out things I can live without, and they come take away what they want! It works for me! I gave away an entire laundry basket in January... although it still doesn't seem much is gone! Also, I have told my 3 daughters and 1 DIL to shop at "Mom's Fabric Store" if and when they need something that I might have... too funny!!! Might!?! What can I say..
my stash is very verital because I used to work at a fabric store and besides quilts etc... I make wedding dresses (although I usually don't stash that type of fabric) plus lots of other clothing.
I can imagine it must be fun to go thru the company warehouse!!! It would be a bit of Heaven wouldn't it? Thanks for sharing... with whom ever name gets drawn! P.S. the mittens are really cute! When the Winter Olypics were here in Utah, it was the cute barea's that everyone wanted!

SueB said...

I try to manage my stash by getting fabric that I know will all just go together one way or another. I usually only by Moda Minick and Simpson and Andover Jo Morton. It is just what I like.

Elaine S. said...

My stash is safely in my cabinet. Just waiting on me. Would LOVE to add some Prairie Paisley to it! Thank you.

amy said...

I love prairie paisley...it's one i never got to buying!! I think their stash problem is a good thing!!!
amy in chicago

llo said...

What is "stash management"?. Ok, I have tried but the STASH has won. I would love to add more Minick and Simpson fabric!

llo

llo said...

What is "stash management"?. Ok, I have tried but the STASH has won. I would love to add more Minick and Simpson fabric!

llo

Judy in Michigan said...

I have a large stash - don't remember buying most of it - maybe they reproduce by themselves like hangers. I've been making charity projects and donating fabric to our guild. I'd like to get rid of many fat quarters so I can buy yardage - I never have enough of one fabric for a project. We have a large basement so I've stored it on shelves - it's a nice dry area so it is safe from moisture and sun. If I should win some of your fabulous fabric, I will take very good care of it!! Thank you!!!

bobbie said...

I don't control my stash, I just go buy another container to fill up.
Prairie Paisley is my favorite fabric line. I have already
made 1 quilt and have plans for one more.
I give my quilts to family and a nursing home in my area.

Bobbie

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