I admit it. I am on of "them". A fabriholic. We buy even tho we don't need, but it is on sale or it is the one we have been wanting or we know we will use it soon, or my personal downfall... "I have a 50% off coupon!"... and the list of reasons goes on! And once home, we diligently search for space for our "stash". And the stash is not only in fabric purchases, it is also in fabric scraps that we have been collecting from our projects. Just bits and pieces of all shapes and sizes, tossed into a container to "save for later" when we use the scraps to make something else. Yes, it is a very good way to organize things... save money buying on sale, save money buying for the future, and save scraps to make more quilts! But like everything, we have to ask...when is enough enough?
When is it to much? I know it would really make me aggrivated to one day go through all my fabric stash, choose fabrics, make the quilt and then in all the piles and stacks, find a fabric and the first thing I say is "Oh, man! I wish I'd seen this print when I was making that quilt! This would have been perfect!" Talk about ruining a day or the feeling of satisfaction from finishing a quilt!
But it is so much fun buying new fabrics and prints! And since prints come and go so fast, you have to grab them while they are out, right? Yes, if you can afford the money and the space you can! But many of us can't..so since I figure I bought all I have now with that same thinking...and there it all still is...just sitting there...making my "stash" grow... I think I have to stop thinking that way! Some of my fabrics are 2 years old!
I was reading a blog The Joy of the House to Myself and Jo was talking about this same thing. Had to be karma, right? So I am going to join Jo in a De-Stash and Fabric Fast for 6 months! I am going to be playing by her posted rules....with one exception which I will mention at the end.
- Backing: purchasing a backing to finish a quilt top is permissible. However, attempting to use fabric in your possession for a backing is preferable.
- Books and Magazine purchases are allowed as they are not fabric. Notions acceptable too.
- Swap Mama Fabric: if hosting a swap you are permitted to by fabric to execute swap duties, but you may not join a swap simply for the sake of being able to buy fabric!
- Quilts for Publication: if you are making a quilt for a publication and need certain fabric to execute it correctly then that is a major exception – who can blame you?There you go, I think it will be great. I have tons of lovely fabric and I’m really excited about using it!
So I invite you to join us... we have to look at it this way....if we can use up what we have...we get to buy again!
Thanks for stopping by and...keep on sewing those memories!