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    Storage of fabric used on project

    This is my first posting and still learning how to use this site…so I apologize if this is already on here somewhere. I have recently gotten into quilting and have made a few quilts and applique projects. What do you do with the leftover fabric? How do you store it? My fabric inventory is growing but is packaged…just not sure what to do with all this "extra" fabric. I hope this isn't too stupid of a question. Thank you!

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    Re: Storage of fabric used on project

    Welcome to the forum. There are no stupid questions! There are lots of solutions to your stash storage. I'm sure you'll get lots of different responses.

    I store left over fabric in picture boxes, labeled by what quilt I used it in. So one box has all the left overs from one quilt.
    Then there's the batiks. They've kind of exploded all over... It has it's own large box. I keep the fabrics folded neatly in that sweater box.

    I stack the boxes with the labels showing (except for when my son puts them in, then their backwards).

    Hope that helps.
    Katrina
    “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” Maya Angelou

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      #3
      Re: Storage of fabric used on project

      First welcome to the forum.

      I am a new quilter too and I had my small, yet usable, scraps in zip lock baggies. My larger scraps are in baskets, and any larger pieces I have in a bookcase. There is a thread about managing your stash, which you can search for. Basically it depends on how much scraps you have and the space you have to store them

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        #4
        Re: Storage of fabric used on project

        If the scrap is the size of a fat quarter or larger, I fold it and put it with my other yardage. Smaller scraps are cut into whatever usable size strips (2 1/2", 2", or 1 1/2" wide) and/or squares (5" or 10") that I can get out of the piece. Then I group each size together in separate baggies or bins.
        *~* Myrna *~*
        *~* Quilters lead pieceful lives *~*

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          #5
          Re: Storage of fabric used on project

          Originally posted by MRoy View Post
          If the scrap is the size of a fat quarter or larger, I fold it and put it with my other yardage. Smaller scraps are cut into whatever usable size strips (2 1/2", 2", or 1 1/2" wide) and/or squares (5" or 10") that I can get out of the piece. Then I group each size together in separate baggies or bins.
          This is pretty much what I do as well. However, I also keep the very small pieces to use in mile a minute quilt blocks.
          If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.- Zig Ziglar

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            #6
            Re: Storage of fabric used on project

            If I want to keep them all together for a possible future quilt, I keep them in ziplocs. Otherwise, I do as Myrna suggested. If you like scrappy quilts, Bonnie Hunter's website has an explanation of her scrap users storage system.

            Here's a link:

            Quiltville's Quips & Snips!!: Scrap User's System!


            Welcome to the forum!
            Donna

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              #7
              Re: Storage of fabric used on project

              Hello and welcome to the forum from Massachusetts.You have already gotten what ever suggestions I would have given.
              :icon_wave:Joan

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                #8
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                I use shoeboxes, labeled according to color. I, too, cut into usable pieces as mentioned above. Happy quilting!

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                  #9
                  Re: Storage of fabric used on project

                  Thank you all for your suggestions...this was very helpful and I plan to check out the website suggested and the thread on "managing your stash"...but I think I know how I'll go forward. Again, thank you! Right now they are in piles on my cutting table...which is not very efficient and I keep having to move them. :-)

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                    #10
                    Re: Storage of fabric used on project

                    I manage mine like Myrna and it works very well for me too. I hang the strips and they are always ready without having to do endless tedious sorting and ironing before I can start a new scrappy.

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                      #11
                      Re: Storage of fabric used on project

                      A welcome to the Kingdom of "Stash". As a citizen of this great realm called "Stash", you will never be alone. As your fabric scraps grow, the loving citizens here can help you manage it. Suggestions on projects to use it will abound. Pinterest will become addictive, proceed there with caution. You will become versed in all the intrigue of hiding new purcheses that will add to your fabric collection. You will meet people who, in all good intentions, will find ways to help your fabric collection grow-- they will find sales, bargins, coupons, etc., that will enable you. You see , we all need to be equal with the amount of scraps we all have. In this realm, there is no envy! Only joy! Royal trumpets have been known to sing jubilantly when new acquisitions are brought in. The citizens love to hear all about the great fabric finds. We are joyous in each other's good fortune.
                      But beware, there are dangers lurking in the shadows. Quilt Police. Dreaded and despised. These are people who may at, one time, have had good intentions. But they have put their "Wannabe-Royal" noses in the air and will intentionality chastise you for wrong color choices, creative pattern changes, batting choices, machine sewn binding....AND... Failure to achieve the all-elusive ----SCANT QUARTER INCH SEAM!!!!! Yes, who would think something so small could cause such an uproar in the kingdom. But, Not to worry. They are quickly banished to the outer realm and there will, again, be piece (peace) in the Kingdom of Stash.
                      All the suggestions given are great. You will probably try several different ideas before you find the best way.
                      Sorry for the goofy post, I am just on one of my creative writing days.

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                        Hilarious!

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                          #13
                          Re: Storage of fabric used on project

                          Thank you. Sometimes I have those days when comedy just happens. An unusual way to express myself. Glad you enjoyed my story. Made my day.

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