Last week I had a few days to do some "stash management" going through the tubs and fine tuning the stash and cycling the old to the smaller bins so it will be used up quicker.
This required me to go through the 12 large tubs of fabric that I keep under my long arm machine, pull out the fabric by color and sort them into groups of scraps/pieces smaller than a fat quarter and anything fat quarter size or larger.
This is the pile of fabrics smaller than a fat quarter and will be cut into...
my scrap user system sizes (strings, 1 1/2", 2", 2 1/2", 3 1/2", 5" sq).
The larger pieces (1/2" cuts) got cut into fat quarter sizes and the remaining yardage got put back in the tubs under the long arm. You might be wondering why go to all of the trouble....well I have found it is much easier and quicker to "shop your stash" if you are able to see it quickly. It also gave me a better idea of what color families of fabric I was lacking and was in need of adding to. Which brings me to the 2nd half of this post.
This week I celebrated a birthday and I wanted to "round out" my fabric stash color families instead of receiving the regular birthday gifts. Originally I was planning on going to my local quilt store to do the birthday fabric stashing but for some reason I decided to look at some of my favorite online fabric stores to see if there were any specials being offered. Fabric Shack just added a HUGE amount of fabrics to the sale-abration section of their site fabrics as low as $2.98 per yard and up (minimum amount per cut is 1/2 yard pieces). But don't forget to look in the main fabric section of their site also because there are A LOT of fabrics that are on sale ($4.99-$7.99 per yard with the smallest of cuts being 1/4 yd cuts).
I was able to get 42 yards of quilt shop quality fabric for only $195.00 plus another $8.00 for shipping! if I would have gone to my local quilt shop for these I would have paid anywhere from $419.00-$503.00 based on the current fabric prices of $9.99-$11.99 per yard.
Here is another pic of my new fabrics out of the plastic...per the postage on the box it cost $43.00 to ship but I only paid $8.00 priority mail because I spent over a certain amount in the transaction! As you can see from the pic I was lacking a lot of grey and black on white fabrics from my stash ;0) the three larger cuts of fabric (black, red & orange) is for Bonnie Hunter's Orange Crush quilt I want to make in the future. Also you can get some more sweet deals at the following online quilt stores Whittle's Fabrics, and Connecting Threads
and speaking of sweet deals....my daughter Rachel bought me some of my favorite jelly belly flavors for my b-day!
Of course dear hubby couldn't be out done by our daughter so he bought me some more jelly bellies!