Ah, back to school time. My neighborhood is full of little ones heading off to school next week. You can feel the excitement in the air. Of course the wonderful displays featuring school supplies will soon give way to Halloween, holiday goodies, and a new set of “I wants.” Kids get mighty excited about THOSE things, far more than about school! That means one thing for quilters and parents everywhere.
It is time to create new hiding places—and fast.
Oddly, I do not remember ever having to hide school supplies. But Halloween treats and holiday gifts, oh yes. I have been known to hide some of these too well, finding them again in June. There was a time when I could simply stash things in my sewing supplies, as no one but me every looked there. Alas, they did figure that out.But here is where we quilters have a great advantage, perhaps only rivaled by REAL addicts who hide REAL stash! We know how to ferret things away, how to discretely stash fabric, how to save precious bits for a rainy day. Raccoons envy us. Squirrels burying seeds are jealous of our creativity. Even teenagers respect our prowess.
Of course, not all of us need to hide our treasures. A couple of months ago I polled all my lovely followers to see how secretive you were about your stash. Fully 18% of you had supportive people in your home that you could show your fabulous finds to. Another 16% set it aside (quietly methinks) to show a friend later. How wonderful for you, to have someone who cares that you can share with! A whopping 45% figured it was no one else’s business or just added it to their fabric inventory. I admire their self-reliance and sense of security.
However, 21% felt compelled to hide fabric, or even lie about it. Well here at The Curious Quilter, we will NEVER judge you for that. Empathize? Absolutely!
If you are one of the lucky ones who does not need to hide fabric, great. That said, I think you are missing part of the fun. Not only can you hone up on your hiding skills for coveted gifts awaiting the appointed day. But you can think like a squirrel, and stash away a lovely bundle, waiting to surprise you later!
In hopes of inspiring some of you to get creative, I am sharing my Top Ten Places to Hide Stash (yes, fabric stash). These are places that three yards of fabric can settle in for the long haul, although I have not resorted to all of them myself:
10. Spread between the mattress and the box spring in the guest room.
9. Popped in plastic and placed above a basement ceiling panel.8. In an empty, cleaned out oatmeal box, way in the back of the pantry.
7. Used as a protective packaging layer when storing away grandmother’s china until next major holiday gathering. Hey, that’s even practical!
6. Folded and placed at the bottom of the clean sheets pile in the linen cabinet.
5. A GF did this: Saved shoeboxes, filled them with fabric, piled high in her closet, with the actual shoes on top. Her DH told all his buddies that she owned hundreds of shoes. She figured probably only 25 pairs.
4. Wrapped in plastic. Sealed in another layer. Put in a plastic bag. Buried in a large pot full of patio tomatoes. Waiting for fall. Soon, my precious, soon…
3. Tucked in the file cabinet, behind the 1992 Taxes folder.
2. Stashed in the toe of your DH’s beloved fishing waders. That works most seasons of the year, but watch the calendar for fishing season. Of course, then you could move it to his heavy winter boots.1. Wrapped in freezer paper, marked “liver”, and buried under veggies in the deep freeze. (Keep it away from the ice cream or it will be discovered.)
And now it is YOUR turn. What is the craziest place you have hidden fabric, holiday gifts, or well, whatever? Come on, we won’t tell on you!
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