It was the lack of cotton fabric that started the fabric hoarding trend. Quilters wanted to stash away cotton fabrics in anticipation of the next cotton fabric famine. That famine may come in the future, but in the present, the here and now, there are no longer just 6 quilt fabric companies but over 100 to offer 100% cotton fabric for quilters!
In the meantime, seasoned quilters have large fabric stashes that need to be stitched into quilts and new quilters are blissfully unaware of the need to hoard cotton fabrics. They buy the fabric they need for a project, finish the project, and clean up, maybe saving the leftovers, maybe not.
I have decided to sew from my stash as much as possible. I buy new fabrics to use as a focus fabric and for borders, but I am determined to sew down my stash. Here is a tip: one way to sew the fabrics that fall into the category "why did I buy this", is to sew them into pieced backings for quilts made with the fabrics that are still in favor. My backings are taking on a new personality with fat quarters sewn together, half yard pieces, 2 yard pieces, whatever. I try to coordinate with the top, but pieced backings are my choice.
Here is my stash, in case you were wondering what an out of control fabric stash actually looks like. The bookcases are over 4 feet wide and 8 feet high.