All my stash fits in 3 shoe boxes

Top view of stored fabrics in shoe boxes

Now you know that’s not quite true!

My main stash is the one which I use every time I start an art quilt

and it fits in three shoe boxes, organised into colour families where possible. The boxes have tight-fitting clip-on lids which keeps the dust out, and I always put a bar of (old) fragrant soap inside anything I store to discourage moths and other creep crawlies.

My specialty fabrics such as conversation prints, and backing fabrics (just a few!) are in plastic bins that are about 24 inches x 18 inches x 12 inches. I use these fabrics for grandbaby quilts, quilts for people with special interests like ducks, or for hospital quilts for kids. My tiny collection of batiks sits in a tiny plastic bin on a shelf in the studio van.

The shoe boxes are not your average shoe boxes either. They fit six pairs of shoes and are designed to fit under a bed or at the base of a walk-in wardrobe.

Shoe box for storing shoes

Here’s how the fabrics fit

Fabrics in the shoe box

and another view

Top view of stored fabrics in shoe boxes




Former quilt artist, now a painter having a great time creating art! For more than thirty years, I have been teaching (make that enthusing) people about making quilts, and am now retired! And now I make art every day!

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