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What is the best way to store quilting fabric?

What is the best way to store quilting fabric?

Postby Loveaquilt » Sat Sep 19, 2009 7:08 am

Hi,
My question is for Alex or Ricky. I would like to know which is the best way to store your quilting fabric. In the open on a shelf subject to dust, or in a plastic bin??
I really would like to know. Any other suggestions will be appreciated.
Thank you
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Alex' system

Postby BethMI » Sat Sep 19, 2009 3:31 pm

Alex has demonstrated her system several times -- first on Simply Quilts and now on TQS. She stores hers in a closet, protected from sunlight and separated by color and sometimes type (batik, repro, etc.). She stores it in sliding wire baskets large enough to accommodate a folded FQ but not so large as to require double-stacking the fabric.

I'm sure there is a video on this website somewhere.

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Postby Loveaquilt » Sat Sep 19, 2009 5:26 pm

Thank You,
Thanks for sending the information. I appreciate your response. I will attempt to find the video.
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Postby Lorchen » Sat Sep 19, 2009 6:45 pm

There are so many different opinions and solutions to storing fabrics, but two things are mentioned again and again, and they do make a lot of sense:

1. Keep your fabrics out of the light so that they don't fade over time (especially when folded and on an open shelf, you may get fading along the exposed fold).

2. Fabrics needs to 'breathe' (So a solid plastic box, completely filled, with a close-fitting lid, and then not opened for a long time is not a good solution.).

Other than that...... whatever floats your boat!

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Postby cjtinkle » Sun Sep 20, 2009 1:45 pm

I keep mine in the closet on mini bolts. I love these, they are the ones from http://polarnotions.com/.

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Postby ljkn52 » Fri Sep 25, 2009 9:15 am

Those mini bolts look like a fantastic way to store fabric. Those would sure help prevent the fold lines that occur.
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Postby PDQuilt » Fri Sep 25, 2009 9:50 am

Mini bolts are cute and neat. But not for a SERIOUS fabric stash! Try cardboard boxes w/lids (like from Staples). Pack material inside. From each fabric, cut a strip that can be displayed on the outside - I hang mine out of the "gripper holes". Roughly sorted by color or other category, I can really find things fast. And I did say "serious" fabric stash. Never ask me "what are you going to make with that?" Ricky's hand dyes get a box of their own. :D :D
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Postby eileenkny » Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:25 am

I've heard you have to be careful with cardboard and fabric. There are off-gasses or something like that. If you do use cardboard, you should line it with muslin.
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Postby PDQuilt » Fri Sep 25, 2009 5:26 pm

Yuk - that's just too much work. If my stash gets gassy, I'll just buy more!! 8) 8)
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Postby GloriaH » Fri Sep 25, 2009 7:43 pm

:lol: :lol:
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