Are You A Quilt Fabric Stash Queen?
Whether you are a machine quilter or hand quilter, you undoubtedly have been collecting fabrics and creating "the stash".
If you are just starting to quilt, and don't really have a "stash" yet, you will soon. It's every quilter's dirty little secret. Scraps, fat quarters, and yards of fabric squirreled away for a rainy day or a quilt yet to be conceived. You never know what you might need and when. Most quilters just can resist collecting beautiful fabrics!
I knew that I had truly become a fabric addict and well on my to becoming a stash queen as I cleaned out my closet recently and found fat quarters that I don't recall ever buying. Ladies (and gents), if you quilt, you've been there - right?
I love scrap quilts, so over the years, I've collected countless fat quarters and scraps from fellow quilters around the country.
The sources of "THE STASH" for any queen can be wide and varied...
Creating a Fabric Stash - Anyone Can Do It!
How does this lovely addiction start?
Fabric Stores: Perhaps it first starts with a trip to the fabric store (that's where my obsession began) - you might be looking for something else but the oodles and oodles of beautiful fabrics can't be resisted. You end up walking out with fat quarters and/or discounted yardage you just know someday you might need.
Quilting Exhibitions and Conventions: Exhibitions are like a quilter's "candy" store. Amazing quilts on display, ideas abound and "cream of the crop" fabrics enough to tantalize any quilter. Most quilters cannot leave an exhibition without buying something in the vending area! I dare any quilter to go to a show and not come away with something to add to the stash.
Local Quilters' Bee or Guild Fabric Swaps: These are excellent places to swap and build variety in one's stash. If you love to make scrap quilts, fellow quilters will be more than happy to give towards your stash! This is also a great place to donate fabric scraps. Even pieces as small as an inch wide can be used by quilters who like to make scrap quilts.
Online Quilting Bees: This is one of the best kept secrets for starting or adding to a stash. I first ran across on online quilting bee about 14 years ago. I couldn't make our local monthly quilt guild meetings so this was the next best thing! It's ideal for those that don't have access or the time to go to a local guild or a quilting bee. Being a part of an online bee can be an amazing experience. It's a great way to meet those with similar interests, participate in fat quarter swaps, block swaps, challenges, and online community quilts for charity or those in need - all on your own time and schedule.
Need a stash fix?
Here are just SMALL random sampling of links to explore for upcoming conventions, online quilting bees, and more!
Annual Indiana Heritage Quilt Show - one of my favorites in Bloomington, IN.
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"Where Did I Hide My Stash?"
I'll end this hub with a fun little ditty. The title of the song says it all - if you are a quilter or stash collector, you will love this and will most certainly identify with it!
Where Did I Hide My Stash?
Words by Bob & Heather Purcell
Music & Recording by Todd Purcell
I just got back from the quilt shop,
Now I gotta hide my stash.
Don't want hubby to find it,
It's worth far more than cash....