I read Elizabeth's blog about her Mother's stash.

I feel totally different.  When I go into my Studio, just seeing my fabric "Stash" inspires me.  I live in North Little Rock, Arkansas and at this moment we are without any handy Quilt Shops.  Because of my stash, I can walk in and start or finish a project at 2:30 a.m. if I want to.  I don't have to plan a 'road trip' to buy fabric.  Every fabric that I love is here.  I've made sure of that!

Our Guild just lost one of our long-time members.  Her husband donated her entire Studio to our Guild, the Arkansas Quilters Guild.  Since April our Membership has had the benefit of our Dear Sarah's Stash.  It's been named "Sarah's Store" and I've shopped quite a bit, as have our other Guild members.  There has been a lot of money raised for our Guild because of Sarah's Stash and her Husband Ken's generosity.

My personal stash is a constant sorce of inspiration.  Also, as I add to my 'stash', the opportunity for colorizing & arranging keeps me familiar with all that is there.  Because of the organization that is required, I can put my hands on my reds - all of them - at once. Or my black & white collection or every green tone on tone I've ever come across.

My Stash has also forced me to get to know myself much better.  As I've grown as a Quilter I've come to realize that I don't need 5 yards of a fabric, just because I love the fabric.  I make small things (not small Quilts, but small pieces that I grow into Quilts that lay nicely on the top of a Kingsize bed) and having realized that, I don't need the yardage so much.  I love the "Jelly Rolls", Fat Quarters and quarter yard cuts.  That way I can have so much more fabric variety.

Also, my stash is not just stacks of fabrics, it's a collection of things I love, just the same as my Covered Bowl collection, or my Black Glass Button collection.  It is my Fabric Collection. 

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Comment by Lori's kitty-approved quilts on June 30, 2014 at 2:22am

I get inspired by my stash too.  Sometimes a messy stash fosters creativity more than a stash that is folded and stored out of sight.  

Comment by Linda Easterwood on May 26, 2011 at 11:03am

Great point of view.  I have to force myself out of my little box now and then!  I just love that you also view other items in your collection.  I have a collection of Laurel Burch art pieces that are bright and beautiful.  So glad you posted this blog.  Thank you.  Such a lovely thing to do donating to the Guild.  Now that is putting it to use!  Isn't it a shame that the little shops are becoming few and far between.  I adore small quilt shops - they always have the best quality fabric.

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