My Stash

February 5, 2009 at 3:12 pm (Uncategorized)

yeah, so obviously it’s been a long time since I attempted to start this blog.  I’m not very good at this whole thing, as it turns out but would like to give it another whirl.  Maybe I’ll even make my page perty soon, just imagine! 

It’s been SO long since I’ve even logged in, I had to google “blogs” because I couldn’t even remember which host I used- goodness me!

Anyway, SewMamaSew is doing a “tell us about your stash” thing, sounds like fun so I thought it would be a perfect way to get myself blogging.  So here goes:

  • What do you usually sew?

 I love trying all kinds of new tutes.  I do a lot of craft swaps so that really gets my juices flowing.  My fave things to sew are purses/totes, wallets, things like that and then pillows, curtains, aprons…  I recently started enjoying the world of quilting, though I’m not very good at it yet. 

  • When you shop for fabric, what size cuts do you usually buy? (i.e. If you see something beautiful, but you don’t have a use for it right away, how much do you buy?)

Depends on the price.  I mean, I only buy fabric that I have no plans for if it’s a really good sale but if it’s quilting cotton then I might buy less, since such a variety can be used there.  But for the most part it would be somewhere around 1 yard.

  • Do you buy on impulse or do you go out looking for something you need?

I have a terrible habit of impulse buying.  Sometimes I even go to the craft store without a thing that I need and I just hit up the clearance shelves and remnant bens.  I regularly go to the thrift store and buy up good deals on fabric and sheets and napkins and whatnot there also.  It’s an addiction, but at least I admit it 🙂

  • Are you a pre-washer? If you are, do you wash your fabric before you need it, or only when you’re ready to use it?

Only if it smells like it needs to be.  I prefer to work with unwashed fabric.

  • Do you iron it?

When I first started sewing, I’d avoid it at all costs, but since I’ve discovered what a difference it makes in the end result, I iron EVERYTHING… well except my actual clothes, lol.  I’m usually a wrinkle bomb, but if it’s going through my sewing machine, it’s getting a good ironing.

  • How do you sort it? (color, print size, collection, etc.)

Sort?  What’s that?  I have very limited storage space, so I’m just content to have it folded and if I can see my varieties at all, sweet.  I do try to keep the clothes & sheets (for reconstruction) and actual fabric separated on different shelves though.

  • Do you have any special folding techniques?

Not really

  • How do you store your fabric?

I started off with it nicely folded in stacks in my Grandma’s old hutch, but I’ve grown out of it and now have it doubling out of a topless storage ben on the floor and a toy hammock hanging from the corner walls 😛  We are gonna look into more storage for me soon, and I cannot wait!!!!

  • What tips do you have for building up a well-rounded stash?

THRIFT STORES!!!!  I couldn’t believe how much craftiness could be found there.  Lots of yardage for cheap, and there’s always sales to be had on top of those low prices

  • When do you say enough is enough?

I say “what’s enough?!”

  • What are some of your favorite stash-busting projects?

the ones that I want to do and I just happen to have the perfect fabric and the perfect amount 🙂  It’s rarely the same project twice!

  • Do you have a current favorite print in your stash? Let’s see it!

Hmmm… I just bought my first Alexander Henry print.  I don’t have a pic but it’s called Very Berry.  I love it!  But I wish I had more than a fat quarter (oh, it’s my very first FQ too!)

  • What’s your definition of the perfect stash? (Consider sharing a picture or two of your stash & storage, or direct us to a pic on Flickr!)

Having a little bit of each color thread and a rainbow of fabrics.  Mine tends to lean towards certain colors… ones that I like.  I need more things that others will like too.  Also a stash that has all the tools and buttons needed to get the job done.

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