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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Fabric Stashing

We took a quick trip to Washington a couple weeks back, and while we were vacationing, I picked up a few more fabrics to add to my stash.  I felt kind of lucky to stumble on these {mostly} out of print fabrics {Sunkissed by Sweetwater, DS Quilts by Denyse Schmidt, and Bliss by Bonnie & Camille}:


I tried to choose more than just blue fabrics {as I seem to have an overwhelming majority of blues!}, and I was sort of successful!  But my stash still seems a bit lopsided:


Now I'm on the hunt for some great yellows, oranges, and purples {in my defense, purples are really hard to find, but I love them!}!

What kind of things do you look for when you're fabric shopping?

21 comments:

  1. I have used a lot of subdued colors in the past..thing Moda 3 Sisters (any of their lines). I now find that I am craving bright, bold colors. My stash is woefully full of greens, browns, pinks and a certain shade of red. Lately I have picked up lime green, orange, purple and turquoise. I feel like I am living on the edge!

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  2. such a pretty stash you have. they would all look so pretty in a scrap quilt. I used to buy what hit my eye but now I just buy what I need. I have mostly greens because I use them a lot for applique.

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  3. You were lucky! I love those Sunkissed Fabrics but have none at this point. Boo... lol

    I too have a lot of blues and I love em. Thanks to a great deal last year, my purples are plentiful also. For me, it's oranges and browns. I seem to keep away from those like the plague and only pick them up when I have a specific need. I'm trying to be more open-minded about those ones these days.

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  4. I look for fabric that would make a nice dress, or if I have certain quilts I'm making I look for fabric that would match. I really like calicos for quilts.

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  5. Oh, Jennie, your stash is gorgeous! I'm not really able to be a stash builder at this point, but I love window shopping for Japanese prints, pretty designer fabrics, and anything in red! :)

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  6. What a happy stash, makes me smile... I buy what I need and if anything catches my eye and I really like it, it generally comes home with me :O) If I have enough money at the time that is...:O)

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  7. Nice finds :)
    And your stash is so neat !!

    Since I like to make quilts with lots of different fabric/collections, I usually buy basics - prints with one color + white because they are the easiest to match together.

    I've bought a few purples lately for a commissioned quilt and Patricia Bravo has some really nice ones !

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  8. I need to add more blues to my stash! And I love purple too!

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  9. your stash looks soooo delicious!!!

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  10. Wow, lovely colors and designs you have. I`m starting now sewing, but my favorite color are blue and pink, and the prints, I like flowers.

    Indira

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  11. Beautiful-ness! I put together a rainbow type quilt top this morning and found that the purples were hard to come by in my stash too. But it was a great adventure hunting through the scraps!

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  12. I think that my stash falls more the other way and is lacking in true blues and purples. How lucky are you to have found that Bliss fabric. I have been trying to get my hands on some and stock my Bliss collection :o)

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  13. Why don't we have good quilt shops here? I NEVER find goodies like this.

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  14. There are stuff I'm always drawn to when buying fabric and text prints are most definitely high on the list. I have next to no purple or yellow in my stash so I always look out for purple too!

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  15. My stash is low on purple, orange and yellow, too, so I look for those colors, but I am also notoriously in the clearance room of any quilt shop. Last time I was in one, I cleared their clearance room of all the Nicey Jane and Bliss that they had. That was fun!

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  16. Washington State??? Thats where I am!

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  17. Probably mostly bright, and it is so funny whenever I go to a quilt shop I usually end up bringing home red! Who would have known! It must have rubbed off on me from my mom.

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  18. Lucky you!! These are some of my favorite fabrics. Enjoy your blog.

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  19. Where in WA did you find those beauties? Love your stash!

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  20. Beautiful fabrics!

    I store my fabric like your stash and one of the reasons is so I can see which colors I'm lacking in. I'm lopsided on blue too and purple is probably my smallest section. I love solids but I have to "force" myself to buy them over all the gorgeous prints so that's what I'm trying to stash more of right now.

    Jennifer :)

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  21. Beverley Green, London, UKJuly 10, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    What do I do? Look for the cheapest fabric going luv!

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