Do you all know Janet from Rogue Quilter blog? She accomplishes a lot and I always enjoy seeing her latest projects. It's funny - I will admire her fabric choices, and then think...I have that fabric! We have joked many times about how our stashes must be almost identical. Somehow through our e-mail conversations I told Janet that I would post pictures of my stash, so here goes!
I am lucky enough to have a nice closet devoted only to my addiction. This first picture is to the left, when you walk in the closet and is behind the door. It is just a hodgepodge of stuff. Some notions, bags, BOM patterns, Thangles, etc. You can't see them in this picture, but my trusty Swiffer and a broom are also in the corner, and my sewing machine cover sits on the floor. This is the least exciting part of the closet!
Below is more of the same - finished quilts on top, then lights/tans, pinks and now you can see some of the reds (my favorites!), more browns and blues and now some of the greens and purples as well. You can't really see the bottom shelf - that is almost all Primitive Gatherings fabrics (remember those huge boxes of fabric that Lisa gave me?) and some projects that are in the works - my PG Summer Block of the Week, etc.
Ok, now around the corner in the closet - looking at this picture, I think it looks like a big ol' mess! I don't see that when I look in the closet - it seems organized. Funny what you learn from a picture! Starting on the top you see some hand quilting hoops, and containers of scraps - I think most of those are flannel, so not something I would use in my jewelry. Oh, and one of them is all Minkee leftovers. The fabric on the top is all for backings. Guess that means that I should actually make a big quilt to use some of those up! The next shelf has my toile collection and on the right is my jewelry inventory that is on the website (in those plastic containers). Next shelf has charm packs and a few little kits that I should work on, and unquilted quilt tops. Many of them I had hoped to hand quilt - but I probably need a reality check and should just haul them to a machine quilter (then I could use those backings!). The next shelf down looks really messy - it is a basket that has a variety of cloth bags in it. Hard to believe that I got rid of a bunch of them, and it is still overflowing and I rarely ever use any of them! Then I have my business stuff and all of those binders are where I keep patterns (NOT my designs) that I have bought over the years. I have them all in sleeves and half way neat. I have a lot of Lori Smith patterns, for example, so they are all together in one of those binders. I have way too many patterns. I went through them awhile back and gave some away but they are all full again! I recently have been trying to thin out my magazines, and have just kept the patterns that I really liked, and pitched the rest of the magazine, so that quickly filled the binders back up. Oh, that is another thing that is on the floor that you can't see...some magazines - they are in holders so look fairly neat, but they seem to fill up quickly. I need to stop subscribing to magazines! Back to the picture - on the very bottom there is a box of DMC threads from my cross stitching days, more kits (mostly from my trip to WI last year) and a basket that has parts of my Cotton Club BOM and also my wool Summertime quilt (haven't worked on that FOREVER!).
Also on the floor, out of sight on these pictures, are my shipping supplies - the little padded envelopes that I mail my jewelry orders in, and bubble wrap, etc. And there is a little stool in there that came from my Grandma and Grandpa's house. I'm sure he made it - it's just a simple little stool, painted green with lots of paint drips on it. Sometimes I use that when I need to get quilts off of the top shelf, and other times I just sit on it and look at my fabric and think about how much I love each and every thing that is in this closet!