Sunday Stash: Shades of Grey

I have definitely taken advantage of the recent fabric sales online. Thanksgiving buys will be coming, when the fabric arrives. In the meantime, I had a discount code for 15% of at the Fat Quarter Shop, and I bought a LOT of the new Kona Cottons. They are so bright and wonderful, I can easily sit and look and dream for hours (well maybe I am exaggerating, just a tad). This week, I had posted some of my new projects made from the new colors.


What I had not featured, was the amazing new Greys the Kona Cottons now have. I plan on making a grey, white and black quilt next year so I stocked up. I am so excited, they are fantastic….there is shadow, graphite, sliver, shoal, coal etc. (no particular order).


A big question…….When you buy your solids how do you store them??

The reason I ask…..The other day, I ran out of some cream/off white Kona solid and I couldn’t tell you what it was. Not a big deal unless you want to buy some more of the same color. I decided it was time to buy a Kona color card….that helped narrow the choices down. I now have two colors it could be. Hmmm.

This event lead me to my new addition to my existing fabric storage method for solids.

  1. Fold fabric to a width that is no wider than a comic book board.
  2. Wrap fabric around comic book board (I buy my boards from
  3. Write a label with color on it and place at the top of the board (Label is about 1″ x 0.5″).
  4. Place in shelf (I store my solids in color family).


Hope you enjoyed the tip. I have so much more to show you but it will have to wait I suppose.
I am linking up with Sunday Stash which is being hosted this week by Molli Sparkles.

11 thoughts on “Sunday Stash: Shades of Grey

  1. Joanna

    I’ve only ever bought solids from Fat Quarter Shop and Pink Castle fabrics and both stores added their own label to the fabric to advise of the colour. I just leave these labels on the fabric and fold the fabric up in my fabric shelf; I don’t store solids any differently from the rest my stash. The only solids I keep separate are the yardage of white, because I have quite a bit of it… I keep those in the zip lock bags that FQS folds their fabric into because it looks so tidy and clean in there!

    1. mlwilkie Post author

      That is so interesting. I have bought easily 30-40 yards of various solids from Fat Quarter Shop and never had a label…I will have to ask them. When creating the labels, I just use the invoice as the fabrics are typically in order.

      I do get the label with Fresh Modern Fabrics and loved it. I just used the label it came with and put it on my comic book boards.

      1. Joanna

        Now that you mention it, I might have actually asked them to do so but I can’t remember. It definitely makes it easier than trying to figure it out for yourself!

  2. clumsykristel

    Definitely agree with Allison – even with the colour card it can be really difficult sometimes to tell exactly what colour I’ve got. (Honestly, they need larger samples than that little 1-inch square. I was thinking about this a while ago, how if they had a charm pack with every Kona colour currently being produced… I’d be mighty tempted to buy it – at least if it came labelled!)

    I like the idea of marking the colour on the comic book board – when I was cleaning up my solids stash a week or two ago, I found some that had been labelled where I bought them, and the stickers were so stuck on the fabric, I’m pretty sure there is still residue and bits of label stuck on most of them.

    1. mlwilkie Post author

      A friend of mine actually bought a card earlier in the year….to add the new colors she bought the charm pack.

      I liked the selvage idea too!! Could be some new design needed 🙂

  3. Molli Sparkles

    Ooooh, those greys are giving me chills! I was just speaking to Grandma Sparkles in Oklahoma where there is snow on the ground and it’s like -8 degrees, so these totally remind me of her situation at the moment. Thanks for linking up this week, and I know I’ll be seeing more of you in 2014! Mwah!


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