in defense of amassing a fabric stash

This is the post in which I explain to you why I think it is a good thing to have a relatively sizeable stash of fabric that you love. And I’m not even joking. Not even a tiny bit.

It is really nice to own a healthy stash of fabric for several reasons:

:: You rarely ever have to plan a trip to the store when the inherent need to make something hits. This is really important for me. I don’t have a lot of spare time to sew, therefore, it really helps to have all the materials on hand. It’s a huge timesaver.

::Don’t laugh after you read this one, but if you do it right, and you actually use the fabric that you buy, you can end up saving money.  The only place I ever pay full price for fabric is my local fabric store.  I love to give them my business and they deserve to charge what they have to in order to maintain a bricks and mortar shop. Otherwise, when I shop online, I wait for deals. I almost never buy a line of fabric that is newly released.

:: The most important reason, for me, is that I feel like it enhances the overall creative experience. Being able to enjoy the full creative process of mixing and matching color and print from several lines of fabric in the comfort of your own home is crucial. It allows you to make piles and leave them out in natural light to see if they really work together. You can take your time envisioning your end product before you actually cut the cloth. The pieces that you create,  I’d like to argue, become more uniquely “you.” This baby quilt could not have been created without stashing. The fabrics in the quilt were purchased from at least seven different sources over the span of almost four years.

:: It’s pretty! If you organize your stash in nicely folded piles and display it in a corner in your home, it just plain looks nice. {I will try to get a good photo of mine and post it here soon.}

Having said all that, you should really be selective when you make your purchases. Don’t buy anything you don’t truly love.  Even if its on super sale.  It doesn’t make sense to have more than you can store and access easily. Clutter is not your friend. OK. That’s all I have to say on that topic.  {Please don’t blame future fabric shopping binges on me!}

I also wanted to mention that I have wanted to make a quilt like this one for a very long time. And I am glad I finally did.  It was gifted to the sweetest, most adorable, little baby girl this past weekend.  I was so glad to be able to meet her and hold her and to see her mom {one of my best friends from college} as a new mother.  It really is such a beautiful thing to witness.

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15 thoughts on “in defense of amassing a fabric stash

  1. Hurrah! You have pretty much described all my sentiments about fabric stashing – thank you!! I’m in the middle of a half-square triangle baby quilt too and very nearly went with your layout. Haven’t blogged yet but please pop in soon. Just saw yours on Flickr. Love it!

  2. Dear Molly,

    Dear Molly,
    For some reason, I’m starting to think I’m learning more about your Mom via Apple Cyder than I’d ever imagined. I don’t know if I said this before but I am sooooooo impressed by your blog etc. and wish you lived closer so that you could help me create some of the beautiful things I see on your site. If only you had an “agent” to market your creative energy….would you want to keep the day or night job?
    Love, hugs, and always waiting for a kiss… Auntie Ami

  3. Phew – I read this just in time! I had been thinking of purging my stash, because I was thinking I never do any sewing. But then I see your quilts and projects and it stops me in my tracks. I love that this quilt is made up of fabrics gathered over time. The word authentic pops into my head. I guess by that I mean your quilt and fabric choices were not dictated by a certain line of fabric, etc. They came about because of your own creative aesthetic. What a lucky little one to recieve this gift from you!

  4. Hi Molly
    I adore this quilt. The colours with the neutral are such a beautiful combination.
    I’d also really love to know where you got your labels??? I’d love to get some printed but have no idea where to even begin looking… I would be most grateful for a nudge in the right direction 🙂
    Jules xx

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