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    Prairie Pointer

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    Default 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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    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


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    Missouri Star

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    Default 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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    Default 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.
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    Missouri Star

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    Default Re: Storage of fabric used on project

    Quote 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.
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    Missouri Star

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    Default 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!


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    Missouri Star

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

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    Default Re: Storage of fabric used on project

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

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    Prairie Pointer

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    Default 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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    Default 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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