Unfortunately, most of my stash is packed in bins, so not as easily seen or to go thru. But, my stash is whatever fabric I have. Even if the original intent was for something else - if i think it'll work the best for something I want to start on NOW, then I will have to decide to use it or go shopping.
I gave up fabric shopping for lent once. About as hard as giving up chocolate! (I admit I went and looked and touched and ohhed and ahhed, but didn't purchase....at least not until after lent).
That's part of my problem too Annette. So much of mine is in those big plastic storage containers. I always surprise myself when I scrounge through them looking for something and find "treasures" that I forgot I had. I also have the problem of "personal" stash vs. "Project Linus" stash vs. "Tabitha" (ladies mission outreach at church) stash. Maybe someday I will get it down where is is more manageable --- well, maybe not. :o}
Eek! I just had to decide which answer to choose for the Jan. poll. I needed on that said "All of the above"!!!
I consider "STASH" any fabric that I bought because I loved it and thought it would look great in A quilt. Not with any exact quilt
in mind. Also, fabric that I bought for a certain quilt, and when I got it home, I changed my mind.
In other words, if it is not in a quilt, it is STASH!
I consider my stash as any fabric I already own.
I agree with everyone else's description of stash as well. As for buying for my stash, any fabric that I like that I don't have a project in mind for, goes to my stash. I must admit, mine's not nearly as organized as Helen's though. That was definitely a beautiful sewing/quilting studio. I'm hoping to get mine a little better organized though, as we are in the process of moving to a new house and my new office/quilting room will be a bit larger than the current one.
Even without my quilting stash, I must admit, that I have a bit of an excuse; It runs in the family. Not only is my mother a consummate sewer, but my dad is a retired textile designer. So you can imagine the fabrics!! :)
What a fantastic family to be a part of. I bet your father has some gorgeous fabrics in his collection. The textile industry would be an awesome place to work.
He wasn't one to keep a stash, but the mill where he worked would be open a few times a year to the general public, and you could grow browse through all of the fabric. All of the rolls of cotton, linen, wools, mohair, and silks, in every shade of the rainbow. Row upon row, in this huge warehouse. You probably know about it, you're not that far away from where it used to be. Dad worked for Stillwater. We used to live in Staunton. My sister and her husband still live there. I grew up there in VA, and definitely miss it! I miss the four seasons. While I can't complain about the fact that it was a cloudless sunny day of 75 here in Phoenix today, I definitely miss fall and the cooler weather. Out here, warm weather just means that summer is getting closer; and it's nothing to celebrate. We hibernate in summer in Phoenix! LOL.
I love the Staunton area and lived in Verona at one time. I like the four seasons as well but wish that winter would get about a month shorter....LOL>
I agree with everyone else. If it's mine, it's stash. I keep my stash in a bookshelf unit sorted by color. I can look at it all the time. I figure if I make a quilt from my stash, it's FREE. I already own the fabric so it costs nothing.
Love your room. I have pretty much taken over half our downstairs. I told my DH that after the kids are gone I was going to take up all our down stairs and we could build a small kitchen upstairs. He said that was fine with him.
What I find depressing about my stash is seeing fabric that I have listed on eBay as vintage. I don't feel vintage but I guess I am.
A stash is when you have so much fabric, you have nowhere to put it.
Doubledee from Tampa Bay
According to Ricky Tims a "stash" is all the fabric that you bought for any reason and you "intent to use" at some point during your lifetime, the rest is called "your collection". That is the fabric you love to touch, look at and admire and return to the closet. I feel so much better now.
doubledee and silviac welcome. i seem to have a collection with very little stash gini
gini in north idaho