Quilter's Stash Rules Of Acquisition


We started thinking about the rules of the stash.  Thinking back to Star Trek and the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition, I think we can come up with a useful set of rules.

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Quilter's Stash Rules Of Acquisition

A fellow quilter and I were talking the other day about our "stash" or fabric library. Really, I think we should call it a fabric "bank" because we make deposits and withdrawals. I asked her if she ever made deposits without her husband's knowledge, and, of course, the answer was "yes". I asked her if her stash was organized and she said, "Of course! Isn't that a rule?"

Quilter's Stash Rules Of Acquisition


So, we started thinking about the rules of the stash. Thinking back to Star-Trek and The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition, I think we can come up with a useful set of rules. If you wish to print out the Fenengi Rules, I'll put a reference at the end of this page. The Ferengi reference # is listed after each of these rules.





  1. Never pay more for fabric than you must. (#3)
  2. Don't let your spouse's negative stares stop you from acquiring fabric. (#6)
  3. Always listen to guild and bee conversations in case someone knows about an upcoming sale. (#7)
  4. Don't let your friend's desire for the same fabric deter you from buying it. (#21)
  5. Make friends with your local shop owner. She might have something good hidden in a corner. (#33)
  6. Never say you have enough fabric! (#45) (#97) (#242)
  7. Beware the friend who asks too many questions about your stash. (#79)
  8. Don't wait until next week to buy what is on sale today. (#141)
  9. Make sure a good restaurant is always near your chosen fabric shop. (#214)
  10. If you buy online, make sure you know the manufacturer of the fabric to avoid disappointment. (#218)
  11. Fabric is its own reward! (41)

Truly, sometimes a fabric just whispers to a quilter to be taken home. Never resist this. Some day that fabric will tell you what it wants to be, and it will be great!




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Debi Warner
Author and humorist, Debi Warner, retired after many years as a clinical librarian and information specialist. She has her Master’s in Library and Information Science and achieved a Distinguished level in the Medical Library Association’s Association of Health Information Professionals. She has worked on teaching physicians to use computers and electronic resources. She also worked on several grants teaching the public how to use the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus public database and is co-author of several articles on health literacy. She took up quilting after retirement in 2012 and chaired the Rio Grande Valley Quilt Show in 2019. She currently teaches several quilting classes over Zoom and writes for QuiltingHub.
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