These are all old pictures . . you’ve seen them here before.
Do you ever think about what would happen if you couldn’t get the “stuff” you need any more? What if there just wasn’t any available? That’s not going to happen . . I don’t think. But, what if . . let’s just say there was a recession. Oh, wait . . that is happening!
Really, what if for some reason you couldn’t buy quilting supplies or you made a decision not to buy anything else? Most of us are working hard at stashbusting but I think we’re primarily focused on fabric. What about thread?
During 2006, I tossed all my empty spools and throw away bobbins into a bag. Here’s what I had at the end of the year. I was doing a lot more machine quilting then than I am now so I don’t go through thread like I did then.
For piecing, I use Superior Masterpiece on the 3,000 yard cone. The last time I opened a new cone, I dated it – October 8. I finished it on December 6. I’m piecing more now that I usually do but I figured if I base my usage on 1,500 yards of thread per month, I could get a fairly accurate guess as to how much thread I need to have for any given time period. Thread gets used a lot more quickly on the longarm. No matter what, there’s no danger of running out of thread around here.
What about batting?
The movers swore to me (or was that at me?) that they loaded 31 rolls of batting. I know that isn’t true but just in case it was, they weren’t all full rolls. From a full roll of batting, I figure I can get at least 13 quilts. Let’s just say for the sake of argument that there are 10 rolls here. That’s 130 quilts I can quilt without running out of batting. That’s a conservative number! 🙁
There are several quilt shop owners who read my blog. I’m not trying to hurt business for anyone. If I buy anything in 2009, it will be fabric so don’t go getting angry with me. OK? Say it . . tell me you’re not going to be angry with me and when I see you, you’re not going to say “You’re hurting our business!” I’m waiting!
OK . . I guess they’re not going to say it but my plan for 2009 is to buy NOTHING without first being sure there’s not something here I can use. So, I want ecru thread for piecing. Maybe I’ll have to use light gray. Maybe I’ll have to use pale yellow.
If I can just get my husband on board with this plan, we might make a dent in some of this stuff!