I made a start on getting fabrics unpacked and into the new linen cabinets yesterday afternoon. In the process, I had to think a lot about the most logical way to sort them.
When I started quilting, I used to sort my fabrics (mainly fat quarters) by colour - a basket of blues, another of reds, and so on. As I've acquired more fabrics and also started working with specific themes, I find it is more useful to sort fabric by type/style than colour. So I am working with the following main groups -
- C19th reproduction
- 1930s repro
- woven plaids/stripes/checks
- non-quilting/unusual fabrics
Before any fabric storage went into the room, we hung blinds, so these are always down unless I'm working in there and sun damage will be minimal. If it turns out there's strong sunlight on this wall in summer, I'll drape the cabinets temporarily. All my stash is unlikely to fit in the cabinets and there will be a fair bit in boxes on top I expect, but so far they are doing a great job of swallowing up cloth in surprisingly little space.
How do you store your fabric stash?