What Stash Busting Means to Me

Stash busting can have a different meaning for all of us. What’s right for me probably isn’t right for you. Each of us has to decide how we will handle our own stash busting efforts. There have been so many times I’ve tried to stash bust and I failed. I may fail again but I feel very strong and committed this time. If you truly want to bust the stash and if you try and fail, then just try again. You know you’ll never succeed if you don’t keep trying!

My plan is to buy no fabric until I’ve made a huge dent in the stash. I’m guessing it will be at least a year before I buy fabric . . maybe two years. But, if I’m in the middle of making a fantastic quilt and find I do not have the perfect fabric to make it sing, then I’m going to buy the right fabric. If I’m at a quilt show or quilt shop and I see a fantastic new collection that really catches my eye, but I have no idea what I want to make with it or when I can make it, I am not going to buy that! If I need to make a quilt for a friend and let’s say she loves horses and I have no horse fabric, I would buy horse fabric for her quilt or maybe for the backing.

My main goal is not to enhance the stash. If I truly need a fabric, I will buy it. I don’t anticipate that I will truly need a fabric but you never know. And, if I buy a fabric that I truly need and I use it immediately, I will not feel as though I failed at my stash busting pledge.

Don’t forget to post a link on the Stash Busting Sunday Report post. You can post on Monday or Tuesday or whatever day you get around to it. My post will be made on Sunday. Just don’t forget there will be another opportunity next Sunday so don’t wait til Thursday or Friday and then post on the old report . . save the good stuff for the new report.

Do you find that you’re more determined to use the stash so you’ll have something to report? Don’t forget to visit the blogs who have posted their report. There’s some great stash busting going on out there.

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    Leah S says

    I really agree with your fabric buying plan – buy when needed, as a last resort. I’ll enjoy taking this journey with you! 🙂

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    Randi says

    This is really fun, Judy! I need to make a huge dent in the fat quarters, and make some good use of some of that beautiful fabric on my shelves. I don’t want to totally eliminate my stash…I love my stash! However, I need to USE it, too! 🙂

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    zizzybob says

    It seems to me that there is alot of stashbusting going on across the country. I see it everywhere I read. I would bet that when quilt historians of the future study the quilts of the first decade they are going to find a large number of scrap quilts. They will deduce that there must have been a shortage of fabric at this time. LOL.
    BTW, if you don’t know what to do with much of your stash, you can always end me some.

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    pdudgeon says

    I love this, Judy! thanks to your inspiration i did some switching around on a couple of patterns and found a use for some scraps and two yards of fabric from the stash.
    when i get finished with these projects,there will be 3 more quilts(1 twin and 2 crib)and two drawers cleaned out.