Quilting fabric at first was just a small
I could group things, tie them nicely and put them in a bin for a future project.
But the stash just started to grow on its own, I swear, while I wasn't looking!
It did help when I was planning a project. I organized by fabric length. Over a yard, a yard, half yards, fat quarters, etc. Then I organized by color, a bin of blue, a bin of red, all the browns from cream to chocolate. That led to bins of Christmas and a bin of batik, plus a bin of plaid and a bin of dot. And just for fun, a bin full of miscellaneous pieces that could be cut up for scrap quilts.
|The current box of stuff to be cut up into usable bits...|
One day I took out the bin of 2 inch squares and went wild...
|The right side of my design wall looked like this.|
I have a box of projects that are not quite finished, and quilt blocks left over from either testing a pattern or where I made too many or maybe just made some because I could. Some day there will be a whole rash of finishes! Really, it IS possible!
|a box of UFOs and orphan squares.|
It doesn't look that good right now, but we have about a dozen quilts in various stages of completion and there are kits galore for the ladies who want to sew tops. I think messy and working is much better than neat and organized but nothing's happening anyway, don't you?
I have taken to calling this a personal collection instead of a stash. After all, does your husband have a beer can collection because he's going to USE them all??? Ha! I'm stocking up against inflation. Or a snow day. Or my retirement. Whatever -- I love my collection. Every single inch of it.
If I have to use up everything I have, I am going to freakin' live forever!