All of today was spent cleaning house. Upstairs first. Downstairs next. The sewing room was a wreck!
Most of the area was looking pretty good til I got to the fabric storage area. I cannot figured this out! My fabric shelves are more packed than they were when I started this stash busting effort 10 months ago. I haven’t cheated! Honest! According to my records, I’m down 14 yards for the year. That’s not a big deal . . I know that! But, I promise you there’s more fabric on those shelves than there was when I started and I think it’s a whole lot more. A few boxes have been unpacked this past year (actually, more than a few) and some of them had bits and pieces of fabric that had gotten stuck in there but y’all . . my stash has grown substantially.
At the rate I’m going, I’m never going to use all this fabric. . NEVER! I don’t have enough years left. I kinda feel like a failure at stash busting because I thought I was really doing good . . especially til I went to Village Mercantile. So, what now? Do I just say . . heck with it all? I’m not meant to be a stash buster! I’ll just buy whatever I see that I want and stop counting? Or, do I persevere and vow to do better next year?
The good news is (1) I love my stash! I love every piece of fabric in there. (2) This economy is scaring the bejabbers out of me. It’s a good feeling to know that I can spend the rest of my life quilting and never run out of fabric, thread or batting. That’s a pretty good feeling, huh? Admit it . . you feel the same way! We could all quilt forever without buying another thing but . . we won’t. We’ll keep buying stuff because those quilt shop ladies need us! They need for us to buy fabric and batting and thread and patterns and books. We’ll do our part to help this economy, won’t we?
OK. I feel better. I’m not going to worry about the stash. It fits on the shelves now. I’m going to continue be selective about what I buy but I’m not going to worry too much.
And, here’s the pictures to prove that the stash isn’t getting smaller.
The top of the shelves on these units have some of my old tops thta are waiting to be quilted, and some “stuff” that I don’t know why I keep. Kinda like . . outta sight/outta mind I guess. The first shelf on this unit has a bunch of paisleys and some fat quarters. Then you’ll see all my ecru on ecru, some browns, some blacks. The next to bottom shelf is batiks. The bottom has a bunch of Fossil Ferns, some Christmas, some Splash, some stripes, and some patriotic fabrics.
The bottom shelf on the middle unit has all kinds of novelty type fabrics, florals and anything that isn’t tone on tone. Otherwise, there are blues, oranges, reds, yellow, green, pink and a good many Moda marbles.
I can’t say it’s going to get a whole lot smaller, but I can say it’s not going to get any bigger! I will work hard to use it and buy only what I really need, or what I really like, or what I find that’s a really good deal. Dang it . . I can’t win this battle . . but who cares?