Fear not, I have no intention of boring you with my stash stats every week. I’ll check in periodically, but there will be plenty of times when there’s just nothing to say. But I thought I’d give a quick summary of the first week. Plus, Cara pointed out it was nothing short of neglectful blogging to talk stash with no pictures! (OK, I’m elaborating on what she actually said, but the point remains, I shall post pictures.)
For the week, I added twelve yards to my stash. OOPS! They were all purchased before I committed to doing this tracking project, but track them I shall. It included two yards of solid gray, one of which has already been put to use, as well as three yards of KONA BONE! I WILL FINISH THE TRIANGLES!
However, I am happy to report that I have used almost five and a half yards this week! I’ve got a top and back assembled for my baby girl’s quilt, and fabric cut for another baby quilt. Hooray! That left me with a net stash gain on the week, a little over 6.5 yards. Ah well.
The stash, as it stands today, is stored pretty neatly in four low, wide Rubbermaid bins that stack and fit nicely under the wacky bench/shelf in my sewing space. The bins measure about 17×27″, and are maybe 5 inches deep. Fabric pieces ranging from about a fat eighth up to maybe 3/4 of a yard are folded around a 5×6″ piece of cardboard that I use as a size template. Larger cuts (1 yard and up) are folded around a 6″ ruler and then folded in half (so the resulting bundle is roughly 6×12″).
Then we have brown, black, gray, and… miscellaneous. Multicolored prints that resist other categories, pre-cuts, a few random things that I want to keep together instead of separating into their respective color groupings, etc.
And, finally, the beautiful rainbow bin o’ solids. Oooh, so pretty…
This is, of course, separate from what I would consider “scraps.” To me, something gets tossed into the scrap bins if it cannot be easily and neatly folded around my little cardboard template. Sometimes that means a width-of-fabric strip that is maybe six inches wide, sometimes it could be a 2.5″ square. You can see my scrap bins on my first Triangle Madness post.
So, that’s my stash. How does yours look? Do you have a good storage system? Does mine seem gargantuan or paltry compared to yours?