…and then suddenly, it hit me. There is too much fabric here. 

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I have been building my fabric stash since I started quilting in 2004.
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The foundation of the stash came from many block of the month clubs and quilt kits. As a new quilter, I found projects and quilts to make everywhere.

I loved appliqué right away and appliqué can require lots of different fabrics in order to achieve the look you want. Imagine a Baltimore album design with many (many) leaves. I knew I didn’t want yardage of ten different greens and the block of the month clubs/kits were and still are a fantastic solution. You receive the amount of fabrics you need in all the colors and patterns required to get that look. Vunderbar!

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I had civil war, 30’s reproductions, contemporary, representational, and eclectic quilt supplies showing up all the time.  My personal taste and style was all over the place and therefore, the fabric was too.

Like so much on my life, I went a wee bit overboard and ended up with so many different kits and BOMs showing up in the mail that I couldn’t keep up, especially since I found so many other things I wanted to make at the same time.

So there I was, in the mist of tons of fabric trapped in the envelops, waiting for me to free them and turn them into their intended self. Around 2009, I bombed the BOMs. I took all of the fabrics and incorporated them into my stash and made a separate pile of accompanying patterns.

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That’s when I really had a STASH.

I have moved it from pillar to post many times. It has been organized, reorganized, sorted, and loved. And curated along the way. I thought.

It was slimmed down every now and then when I would purge the stuff I hated but anything that I could picture in a project stayed.

The problem with that, as it turns out, is that I was picturing the fabric in the patterns for which they were originally  intended and I didn’t yet realize that I didn’t even like them anymore.

Come to June 2014, and I finally know what I will and will not use in my own work. It is an awesome feeling – realizing that I  have developed a true personal style.

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I like fabrics that are clear colored (as opposed to muddy), I like fabrics that have small scale prints on them (because I have always loved small things – remind me to tell you about the time I made a miniature grocery store someday), I like fabrics that have some texture to them. My current favorites are Riley Blake’s Shuffle, Michael Millers painters canvas, Grunge by Basic Grey, and Timeless Treasures Sketch.

I still love appliqué and patchwork. But not civil war themed. While I love fabrics with texture, I am not attracted to batiks.

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The other day, I wanted to re-organize the solid/texture fabrics so they could be together and sorts by color, but I didn’t have any room!

…and then suddenly, it hit me. There is too much fabric here.

I suddenly saw my stash for what it really was, it was a museum of things I used to like. I was overwhelmed by it.

And so I went through it again. This time I thought about the projects I want to create and found it really easy to pull out the ones that didn’t make the cut. Yes, there were a few that I hemmed and hawed over, but ultimately, if I couldn’t picture it’s future use, I put it in the no pile.

Which brings us to the no pile.

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What do I do with it? It is all high quality quilt store fabrics. There are civil war prints, large scale prints, batiks, and more colors than you can shake a stick at. I know lots of people will love them even if my taste has changed.

Time to destash at Within A Quarter Inch!

I also know that there is hundreds invested in it. And without my income, my family can’t really afford to miss out on the potential opportunity of selling it.

Time to destash at Within A Quarter Inch!

Do I sell it on etsy? eBay? Instagram? Right here?  What would you do? Should I make bundles? Bundled by theme, by color, by style, by designer?

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I am really interested in your opinion! Please leave me a comment on what you would do or what you have done in the past with fabrics you want to destash.

**Edited to add**

I have started destashing on Instagram. You can follow me here: TheAllisonRosen Or, you can search for the hashtag #thegreatfabricdestash