Woe is me...I take horrific pictures, don't worry about the quality of the camera, its certainly the picture taker here. So this is whats on my design wall, a very bright batik, and fossil fern trip around the world. Does Benertex still make fossil fern fabric? That shows long I've had it in my stash, time to use it up. Its nice to have a bright quilt, amidst all the pastels and reproduction quilts that I make.
Now on to another question. You all know I am a librarian, and I catalog books, so why not catalog fabric. Does anyone else do this. I do...and here is how I do it:
I take a snippet of fabric, and I glue it to a index card, on that card, I write the manufacturer of the fabric, the name of the fabric line, the designer, the yardage, and the cost per yard, and grand total. I also include where the fabric came from. Whether its washed or not. I keep this updated, for the current number of yards to a half yard. From there the index card is weeded from the current use file, and is filed under scraps, and what I used to have. I am sure some day, someone like Barbara Brackman will be happy I did this. That and it keeps me happy.
How do I file the index cards? Alphabetical by manufacturer, then alphabetical by fabric designer, followed by fabric line. Make sense?
So here is a card for Maywood Studio's All Through the Night. It shows the magazine picture, as well as the actual fabric, and the cost. And it shows that this fabric was purchased on May 22, 1998 from Hancock's of Pacucah. I paid $7.98 a yard for it plus $3.99 shipping. I purchased a 1/2 yard, and its still not being used in my stash, lol.
I was asked in a comment if I have it indexed with where its located in my stash. My stash is in file boxes. Each index card also has a number on it. Those numbers are transposed to the master sheet that is attached to the file box, via a plastic sleeve. Each file box is lettered, so each fabric that is in the file box, also has the letter of the file box noted on it as well. So basically it reads as this.
Maywood Studio's All Through the Night: Fabric number 000198M Box AC
Box AC has a sheet attached to it, that includes the Fabric number only 000198M. Each box is also generically labeled as Box AC Numbers; 000180 - 000199.
I started doing this about 10 years ago. When I do buy fabric, I usually buy enough to do borders with out piecing, so that's 3 yards for my quilts. I rarely buy anything smaller than that anymore. My fabric is easy to locate by using the index, and I am not making a mess of my stash, or needing to stop and put things back. Everything is in its place. 1/2 yards and under, and not indexed, and the card is moved to the file that its gone. This method also helps if you are looking for a particular fabric you need more of, its easier to search and, there is no posting that you need this fabric, with no idea what it is or where it is.
I actually get more sewing done, because I am not constantly searching for something.