Many of us are determined to use our stashes. I’m not committed to buying nothing this year. I am committed to using my stash; to making sure that I’ve checked the stash before buying anything. Then, if there’s something I need, I’ll buy it.
We’re all different! Bet most of you knew that without me having to tell you, huh?
When I showed something last week, one quilter commented that she rarely uses solids/tone on tone fabrics. This morning, CJ and I were emailing back and forth and she told me that she’s beginning to lean towards more solids or tone on tones. Oh, speaking of CJ, she just ordered a new Millennium and has her HQ16 setup for sale. Check it out if you’re near Arkansas and in the market for something like that.
I can’t remember when I went from prints to tone on tones. I do remember having prints in my stash but that was at least 15 years ago. Many would be very uncomfortable working in my stash since there are hardly any prints . . just tone on tones. These are the fabrics I’m working with right now. The borders were on my design wall yesterday.
The pink has a bit of yellow and green, the yellow has a bit of pink. Those two happen to be from the same collection . . which is purely accidental on my part. The green is Patrick Lose and the black is Dimples by Andover, which I totally love!
I truly love my stash! If for some reason I had to replace it all today, I’d go with mostly the exact same fabrics I have. In fact, one of the hardest things for me about using the stash is . . once I’ve used a piece of fabric, I no longer have it! The pink in this project is almost gone, only about 1/4 yard of it is left. I’ve loved that fabric and have used it in several quilts.
My questions for you are:
- Do you love your stash? I don’t mean is it too small or too big but do you love the fabrics that are in your stash? All of them? Half of them?
- If you woke up tomorrow and your entire stash was gone and you could replace it yard for yard at no cost to you (don’t ask me how that would work but just pretend), would you buy the exact same fabrics you have now or would you buy something different?
- If you would buy something different, what would you buy that you don’t have now?