Monday, January 20, 2014

Stashing my stash

14Jan20fabric Honestly, I don’t know where it all came from! Fabric accumulates at an astonishing rate and the boxes, bags and piles had taken over my small sewing area. It all got tossed in the downstairs bedroom over the summer while the house renovations were taking place. Piece by piece I retrieved it as we slowly put things back into their places, and by the time winter came, it was covering the dining room table again. We had friends over for New Years and needed the table, so down to the bedroom it all went again. Last week 14Jan20rusty I bought a second storage cube at Home Hardware, identical to the one I bought there in 2010 except this one was half price!

I spent about 12 hours over three days happily sorting fabric. That photo above is only part of it. Funny how the green pile seems so much higher than the rest. And I forgot about those beautiful yellows! Much of the fabric was still in the bags I brought them home in, so it was a happy surprise to see them all again. Even better, now I can open a drawer and SEE them. I now have one drawer devoted 14Jan20cats10 to cat fabric! And one and a half with just Christmas. I know, I need to get cracking and use it up. I’m working on it.

Rusty and Ginger, of course, assumed that I bought the storage cubes for them. I gave them a few hours to play in the one I bought last week before I filled it. Rusty takes up almost the entire cube, unlike four years ago when I bought the first one. Looks like Rusty and Ginger were half the size they are now. That’s not surprising – they used to fit in, under, over and around a lot of things they can’t now. And Ginger is much more dignified now four years later than to be caught on the 14Jan20ginger10 camera chasing her tail upside down!

So everything is mostly tidy again. The downstairs bed doesn’t have piles of fabric all over it anymore; the dining room table is mostly empty (just a few more small things to find a place for). The cats are bored for the moment, but it won’t be long before something new takes their fancy. Everything is good today in my sewing zone.

Until next time,


  1. I think our stash multiplies over night. Glad you got it soughted, happy quilt
    Cheers Pauline

  2. I am looking at one of those for my sewing room. But I need to sew up some stash and remove a piece of furniture or two from the room before that happens. I can see fabric in some of the cubes and books on some shelves.
    Enjoy your stash and let us see what you are making out of it.