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Stash management anyone? (GIVEAWAY!!)

Want to see my stash?

No really, think about that carefully before answering.  It's bad.  Not a luscious "OOh, look at all her pretty fabric...!"  More like, "Dude, get that pile up off the floor!  Is that a dirty sock mixed in there?"
See?
(Yes, I did edit out the dirty sock..)
I need some help.  Luckily, paperpieces.com called a few weeks ago and asked me to try out their new product, Polar Notions mini bolts.

The instructions say to wrap your fabric around them and Poof!  instant clean sewing room.  Look, they worked for Mickey!

No really, it's just a great product for stash organization.   Because who likes folding, stacking, unfolding, refolding, reironing because it was left crumpled under a pile of other fabric for 2 months... well, you get the idea.
 So I watched the video and gave it a shot..

(***Having trouble editing this post today, sorry!  Check back for pics of how I made these work for me as soon as I'm done wrestling with my laptop***)

 If you'd like to be entered in a giveaway for a pack of mini-bolts, please comment and tell me approximately how much fabric you have (in yards).  I'm just curious..


And dont forget to visit the other Polar Notions Mini-Bolt testers!  They're all having giveaways this week too...


****Giveaway closes next Sunday, 11/23*******

Comments

  1. I'm glad I found your blog since I've gone a little crazy with the EPP! I est. that I have about 100 yds. of fabric.

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  2. I alsways see people having the fabrics lovely organised in the shelf. I squeeze them folded in a plastic box or just leave the on the floor. How many yards I have? No, I did not count them :D

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  3. I estimate around 400 yards of fabric in my stash. Those mini bolts seem like a great idea.

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  4. 46 yards, that's just a guesstimate. Thanks for the giveaway.

    janie.mccombs(at)yahoo.com

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  5. Six years ago, when our LQS closed I brought home 250 metres of fabric to add to my already healthy stash. Since that time I have been constantly adding fabric. Let's just say input way out balances output. I would guesstimate that I am looking at about 600 metres waiting for a quilty home. I could really use these bolt boards. Thanks for sharing and offering a giveaway.

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  6. wouldn't know where to start, too much but i would guess 100

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  7. Um, if I don't count it, it doesn't count, right? ;). Maybe 30 yards. Maybe more. I'm not counting! Would love to win!

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  8. I just started my stash. :) I have about 15 yards. The boards look so awesome. I watched the video, and they are also great for organizing projects. Thanks for your review.

    Jackiethompson323(at)gmail.com

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  9. Looks like a wonderful way to organize my stash. I have way to much fabric to have any idea how much I have. Would love to win so I can start organizing my stash.
    Ruth Frank

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  10. What a great idea. I probably have at lest 100 yards.

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  11. What a great idea! I wouldn't have a clue how many yards - maybe 50, I tend to buy smaller pieces of fabri, fat quarters and 1 yard pieces rather than big lengths!

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  12. Wow. This feels like confession time. Well, I worked for 12 years in a quilt shop with a very generous discount. That's should give you a hint. I'd honestly be afraid to add it all up. Needless to say I have a walk in closet with shelves floor to ceiling full. The wonderful part is that I do go through the fabric from time to time and there isn't much there that I don't still love.

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  13. Oh my gosh, I couldn't even begin to guess how many yards of fabric I have. I have well over 15 LARGE tubs of fabric, over flowing with fabrics (neatly folded to get more in the tub). It's also stacked on shelves, in bags, in laundry baskets, etc. I even have some fabrics that I bought the whole bolt (almost 15 yards each). Because my fabrics are in tubs, and hard to get to, I usually forget what I have, and tend to buy more (sometimes the same stuff). I'd love to organize my fabrics in my sewing room and closet. I've been thinking of trying something similar to this. Thanks for the chance.

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  14. Gotta say approx. 900-1,000 metres of fabric in my stash. Could use some of these folders!

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  15. Nothing like "spoiling" a gal's day with that question, just right sometimes, not enough if I start something and have to order more, or too much, if I can't find that piece I just had!! So, yes, I need to organize, but need some boards to help me. Kathy in Colo

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  16. These look great! Please enter me in your drawing. How much fabric do I have? That's a tough one to answer. I brought several boxes with me to Japan and have added it it but not too much. I have several plastic tubs and a foot locker of fabric stored in the US. All of the blue fabric for the epp quilt I'm working on came from stash.

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  17. I hav enough fabric to last a life time! 10 copy machine paper boxes filled with fabric in a storage unit since superstorm Sandy (2 years ago) I could really used these. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. After reading some of these comments I feel like I have no stash at all.... Maybe 10-15 yards, but then again I've only been quilting for about a year now. I love feedback fabrics and I have tons of small pieces of that so I'm not exactly sure what that would translate into for yardage. Thanks for the give away! ~ Lisa

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  19. I would say maybe 10-15 yards. dawnm1993 at gmail dot com

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  20. I think I have about 500+ yards of fabric. I blame it on my husband. He encourages my fabric addiction so that he can buy more golf stuff (that's our deal). The polar notions look great for stash management. BTW..thank you for getting me hooked on EPP. I love your book and your blog :) cheers, Paula

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  21. Oh, I so need these!! Thanks for sharing. How much fabric? Well, my husband just asked me this same question the other day. Do you mean the fabric my husband knows about or the stash he doesn't know about? I have about 25 yards haphazardly folded on the shelf and about three dozen fat quarters tucked in several bins where he can see it but then there's this box under my sewing table that needs to be wrapped on these wonderful boards and shelved and that would be about 30 yards more. But then I'd have to confess or get to sewing faster than I've been buying lately. Oh, and then there's the 4 full bolts-8 yards each-of flannel (it really was a great sale) I just bought this weekend to sew into crib sheets, swaddling blankets, and changing table pad covers. These boards are just what my fabric therapist is recommending to get me organized. kthurn@bektel.com

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  22. You really ask hard questions! LOL I would guess 1000 yards. Who can tell when it is on shelves, in cubbies, in baskets, in drawers, etc. A little bit here, alot there, and wha La! More than you can guess! Oh, and let's count the pre cuts! Hmmmm. Thank you for having a give away! midwayfarms@hughes.net

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  23. I'd like to say not very much, but I bought 20 yards this summer and I must have 200 more in my cupboards.sheesh. don't tell anyone!

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  24. My original stash (spanning four decades 60s through 90's) is on seven floor to ceiling shelving units. Then there are approximately twenty multiple-gallon plastic tubs that hold "special collection" fabric, e.g., Civil War, Amy Butler, Heather Baily, Chez Moi, etc. It's somewhat traumatic to think of wrapping all this fabric around those little bolts just so that it wouldn't scare someone that I wasn't as organized as they thought I should be. I admit, sometimes I can't find things; but, miraculously, most of the time I can!! My notions are very well organized and I can always find what I need. And why are we manufacturing these plastic things when we could be wrapping our fabric around cardboard? Seriously!

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  25. I think I'm scared to try and figure it out! Has to be at least 1000 yards....Yep you read it right! LOL

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  26. I'm a newby so I probably have around 15 yards of many, many pieces! I could really use those fabric organizers!!!

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  27. Why are my eyes rolling in my head? I hate to think about this one. I have a closet full...fairly well organized...lots of remnant pieces....so maybe 250 yards? Who will know? :)

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  28. Thanks for sharing this. I think I have over 1000 yards of fabric. Some are not quilting cottons, but most are. It's probably more than 1000, lol.

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  29. Yards? No idea. But six 56 gallon tubs works out to. .. 336 gallons? Yikes. Can't wait to see your studio!!

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  30. No clue as to how many yards but there are 4 bursting cupboards (84" by 18" by 14") and one very fully closet! I really, really, really need to start making things! Thanks for the opportunity! jlneely@att.net

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  31. I don't think I want to know how much fabric I have! Maybe 200 metres? Closet doors were invented so you don't have to come to terms with just how much money you have invested!

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  32. Oh dear...Perhaps 100? My stash is in plastic tubs. I keep telling myself I should shop for fabric at home!

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  33. My stash isn't very big (yet). Maybe 20 yards?

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  34. I love your pictures! It's so good to know others have fabric willy-nilly on floor, table, chair and shelf! I just expanded my stash into a bedroom closet. I also have the closet in my sewing room plus six very large drawers full of fabric. I used to think I had a small stash, then I read these comments. I'm definitely little league. Guesstimate is 300 yards.

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  35. I'm sure I have more fabric than I can use in my lifetime. But I'm sure going to have fun trying!

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  36. I'm not really sure how much I have. I would have to guess around 25 yards......

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  37. Just a wild guess but I'd say about 80 yards. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  38. I don't really know how much I have but I would say not as much as a lot of others I see on the web. LOL

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  39. I don't have any idea, but some of the higher estimates sound right. Finding ways to store and then to locate again are truly challenging. I love the idea of storing sideways as with bolts...it would be much easier to see what is there. Great idea!

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  40. Not really sure but definitely over a 100. I definitely could use those mini bolts!

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  41. Oh gosh maybe 50 yds of yardage but then several large boxes of FQs and scraps
    - I purposely don't think of it in yds lol that's juts scary!!
    what a really great idea though these boards are!

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  42. Hmm...I'm going to be like a lot of others and say around 100--150 yards on my shelves. Also, I have eight Art Bin satchels full of fabric for WIP plus a plastic drawer unit with my 2" squares, 1 1/2" squares, "crumb" pieces, and a few backings. I recently decided that I must--I MUST--make better use of my stash in the future instead of running out to purchase special fabric for each project. :) Happy Monday!

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  43. I have about 10-15 yards of fabric
    cooladam1 at live dot com

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  44. I have probably 300 yards or so....mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. I have no more than 50 yards of fabric. I am very interested in these. I bought some comic strip cardboard pieces and wrap them around relatively small pieces of fabric.

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  46. Jessica, you are an enabler! How can you show something like this and not get excited. I have been thinking about doing this for some time but have been adding to my stash instead. I am a FABRIHOLIC in the worst way. As to how much fabric I have, well my husband and his friend say I have enough to open my own quilt shop. I have shelves of fabric. It took my husband and I one week to wash and iron all the fabric just so that I could then organize it by color on my shelves. I wonder what he would say if I won this wonderful gift and started to wrap my fabric. Think it would be longer than a week? He guesses that I have well over 1500 yards just on the shelves, but that is not including the bags that are on the floor waiting to be washed and the four drawer dresser of fat quarters and the four drawer rolling cart of fabric strips.

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  47. I've never thought of how much fabric I have in actual yardage and it's a bit tricky expecially if you take into account all the partially used fat quarters. Probably less than 50 yards but I'm thinking these bolts and mini-bolts would come in handy for being organised!

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  48. How nice would these be!! I bet I have close to 150 yds. maybe more, haha genipickens at gmail dot com

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  49. too much... enough i could make a quilt every day for a year... if I could finish a quilt top in a day that is...

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  50. I think I have about 25 yards, including a few old sheets for backing. I don't have much of a stash. sarah@forrussia.org

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  51. I think I have 15-20 Yards. Not too much, if you compare my stash to many others. I tend to pick up fat quarters and fat eighths, so less than it looks like.

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  52. I would rather not think about it!!! Probably around 50-100 yds. Would love to bring some order to it!

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  53. I have no idea but maybe around 40 yards??

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  55. I have a wall of fabrics. I have no idea how much. These organizers would only be the beginning!

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