Don’t give up on your 2008 efforts at stashbusting but it’s time to start thinking about 2009. Stashbusting means different things to different people. Some people (would it be rude for me to link to Vicky’s blog?) seem to have a steep uphill climb towards stashbusting. On the other end of that spectrum is Ruthie (and she works full time and is a longarm quilter who quilts for others so I think we can all give up the excuse that we don’t have time to bust our stashes!).
To be a successful stashbuster, I think we all have to examine our reasons for stashbusting.
First, I love my stash. It’s great to be able to pull fabrics to make quilt after quilt. I suppose my main reason for stashbusting is that at the rate I was going, I was adding so much more than I was using, there was no way I would ever use it all. Seeing fabric donated to guilds or sold at estate sales after the quilter has passed away . . that’s not what I want to happen to my stash. I chose these fabrics, I paid for these fabrics and I want to be the one to use them! There . . that’s settled! I will use my stash!
Several have mentioned they have too many kits. I don’t have a single kit here! Some have small stashes and want to use them. Some have large stashes and probably can’t use it all in a lifetime. Some love scrappy quilts. Some love using big yardage pieces. Some have all day every day to sit and sew. Some have full time jobs and small children at home. Some seriously want to use a lot of the stash. Some want to learn to use the stash before buying more fabric for a project.You see . . we’re all different! We all have different wants/needs/goals/abilities/time constraints.
I don’t think I need to give any words of advice here that we all need to continue to support our local quilt shops. I think we all have that part down and no one needs any encouragement in that area. Seriously, we do want to continue to support our local quilt shops when we need fabric. The shop owners need us and we need them!
For my own self . . I’m sure I will buy plenty of fabric in 2009. But I will use more of my stash. I will try to limit my purchases to fabrics that I need. I go through a lot of backgrounds and no doubt, will need to purchase additional background fabrics. I will not feel guilty when I make purchases because I will only buy what I need, or what I find that’s such a great price, it would be nuts to pass it up.
Anyone still reading? Here’s a little Stashbuster’s Pledge that I’ve drafted. You can download it, read it, change it, sign it, post it for yourself to see every day! If you’re committed to busting the stash in 2009, go over to the right sidebar and see “Stashbusting in 2009”. There’s a Mr. Linky box there so you can join in and post your goals on your blog and link up with the rest of us.
Together, we can bust a lot of stash in 2009!