No, I don't mean hiding fabric, as in hiding it from your family so they don't do a hoarder intervention. I mean fabric that is hiding from YOU. Look at that fold of fabric in the photo above. I had purchased it maybe five years ago, and it has been sitting in a bin labelled "William Morris" through two house moves. For my latest project, I dipped into the bin and pulled out what I thought were several half yard cuts of fabric. Evidently when I bought them, the person who cut the fabric stacked five pieces, cut them all together, and folded the pieces together. What I thought was a half yard of a rather boring print was actually five fat quarters of some very nice stuff.
Has that happened to you? It is a good lesson to unfold that stack of fabrics when you get home, before storing away in your stash. Otherwise, it is the old "out of sight out of mind" adage again. If you are like me, you will completely forget about what you have.
And look, it wasn't just the one stack of fabrics, there were SIX of them like that! I ended up with a whole bunch of great fat quarters that I didn't even remember I had.
I even had two stacks of blues, light and medium, in addition to the taupes, greens, pinks and reds.
Just look at all that! What I thought was six half yard pieces turned out to be thirty fat quarters. Good heavens. I find the most amazing things when I shop at home.