It might surprise you to hear that there are two very different fabric stashes that quilters develop Ė one is the Quilt Fabric Stash (QFS) and the other is called Quilt Fabric Collection (QFC).
Most quilters have both stashes in their cupboards and drawers and arenít even aware of the fact.
The difference between a Quilt Fabric Stash and a Quilt Fabric Collection is one you will cut into without any quibbles, the other you wouldnít dream of putting a rotary cutter or pair of scissors to.
I feel I can safely say that 95% of quilters everywhere have a stash of fabrics they have purchased in the past, but have never been able to bring themselves to cutting into it. And Iím here to tell you THATíS OK!
My stash on the other hand is made up of all manner of fabrics that I intend to cut into. Iím very lucky to have a large pantry cupboard for my fabric stash storage and I keep my fabrics in colour ways for easy choosing. I store the fabric in lattice sided laundry baskets. I donít fold the fabrics, just plonk them into the right basket and being a see through container, I can get to the fabric I want pretty quickly.
You might be aghast that I donít fold my fabric when storing Ė Iím going to have to iron it anyway before I cut, and when Iím on a mission to find the right fabric, I behave a little manically and donít have the patience to gently fold each piece up. Thatís me anyway.
It was after about ten years of collecting a stash, that I realise I had certain fabrics that were ďspecialĒ. These fabrics were usually obtained after walking into a patchwork shop an immediately being smitten by a certain fabric that I simply HAD to have, even though I had no idea how I was going to use it. These special fabrics have become the foundation of my fabric collection. Just like some people collect elephants or frogs, I collect fabric.
I have ďcollectedĒ certain fabrics over the years and every now and then I will take them out of my cupboard, place them on my sewing table, look at and touch them, sometimes even iron them and place them over the back of a chair so I can admire them. And then I will return them to the safety of my little collection in my cupboard and bring them out another day.
I rarely ever use this special collection of fabric, though I have on occasion and thatís OK too.
I donít care what happens to my fabric stash or collection when I check out of this world. I donít care that my kids may be shocked at how much fabric I have. Iím hopeful that Iíll have the opportunity prior to my demise, to pass on my stash to quilter friends who will be able to use it.
Remember quilters, itís the journey, not the destination that matters!