I got an email from a reader (hi Barbara!) a few days ago asking me how to build a fabric stash…so I thought I’d show you what I buy and keep on hand.  And since the price of fabric may soon be rising….you may find its necessary to watch what you buy more carefully.
Here are my basics….what I consider to be staples in my stash:
solids, polka dots, stripes, and small scale prints.  Usually I have some gingham in there too.
I basically buy the same type of thing for every color and I always have them on hand:

So my basics I always have and keep stocked.  I usually buy 1/2 yards of basics…but more if its something I love like that Katie Jump Rope blue basket weave up there.  I don’t buy as many floral, large scale or novelty fabrics, but I do keep some just because I like them.  I usually buy 1/4 yard to 1/2 yard depending on the price. 
And they are usually the ones that stay in my stash forever until I need to make a baby quilt…but it is nice to have at least some on hand if you need them.   For instance if I wanted to make a quilt today with that floral Dream On fabric….
I could pull enough “basic” fabrics out of my stash to make it work.  You can usually tell when I’m clear out of fabric and I’m only using my stash…because there will be gagillions of polka dots.  Like this and this quilt…I buy way too many polka dots.
  I’ve said before I don’t keep a big stash…but because I have a lot of basics and “usable” fabrics…I can usually make a lot of projects from my stash without buying more. 
But no matter how I can ramble on about stashing…the bottom line is, whether you have a big stash or a small what you love.  If you love it, you’ll use it and be more happy with what you have. 

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Polka dots and aqua

While my Mom was at our house over the holidays I handed her a stack of fabric, a pattern, and my two kids, as my husband and I headed out the door on a date.  When I got back both kids were fast asleep and all of the blocks were finished, in just a couple of hours!
There’s a whole lotta polka dots in this quilt….but I think it works with the large blocks and big scale of the pattern.  I quilted it by doing a semi-large stippling around the center circles, and then went back and added a swirl in each circle.   This is the crib size of the Kaleidoscope pattern, it measures 42″ x 51″.




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I know I’m like the boy who cried wolf here…but this is hands down my favorite quilt to date.  This quilt is very “me”.  I was a little sick of doing quilts with squares squares and more squares, so this was a nice way to change it up.  The quilt blocks are made using pattern pieces, but the blocks go to together surprisingly easy and it’s a nice way to dip your toes into template patterns if you haven’t yet. 
The circles are appliqued on…I used invisible thread, which is a lot like sewing with fishing line if you’ve never used it.  The pattern includes a crib size also…I’ll show you that one after I get better pics.  I quilted it with brown thread to match the background triangles and avoided quilting the circles….it gives them kind of a 3D effect in real life. 
The pattern for this is in my Pattern Shop. 

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