Saturday, January 13, 2007

Too, Too Much



I was reading around the ring the other night and found a post on someone's blog (I forget where, it was late) about having too much fabric. I immediately felt the shame of recognition! This is the fabric I pulled from my stash for a project at an upcoming quilt retreat. See how it all falls together (sort of, I'm still on the fence about that Fassett)--quite a coincidence :) Clearly, I bought most of this at some point for some project that I can no longer recall. And, it has been sitting, for who knows how long, in a plastic bin just waiting to be used. When I was finishing up the Welcome quilt (shown in a previous post), I pulled out a fabric that was marked 1997 on the selvedge. So, it had likely been been sitting around for 10 years! Good gravy! So, one of my resolutions for this year is NOT to buy any more fabric--or books--or patterns. I need to show some love to all of the glorious fabric that I just-had-to-have last month, or last year, or last decade. And, unlike my eternal promise NOT to buy any more shoes, I really mean this one. (Seriously, who can resist the allure of Piperlime, with the individually wrapped shoe boxes and the cute notes and the awesome clearance prices?)

15 comments:

Angie said...

Oh Lord, girl, I hear you, I think it, I say it, etc. ROFL Those fabrics are gorgeous, BTW!

Patti said...

I don't remember writing a post like that recently, though I certainly could have. My stash is literally starting to take over the house. It used to be in one room. Now it's spread over three rooms and in the attic. Some of that is for clothing that has been aging for many years. Most is for quilting, but it has also been aging for many years. I've bought fabric "on speculation" since I started quilting as I seldom buy for a particular project. I've always wanted to be able to walk into my sewing room and make a quilt from start to finish without having to stop to go shopping - particularly if it's late at night! Well, I can do that at least a couple hundred times now and still have fabric left over! I'm with you - I'm going to try very hard to curb my buying this year. I know I can't stop cold turkey, but I'm certainly going to slow it WAY down.

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quiltpixie said...

may you find some real gems in your stash, and ENJOY them :-)

Helen said...

Awesome, awesome fabric, can't wait to see the result. Of course if you decide you don't like these fabrics they could wing their way over to me!

We all feel the guilt about fabric, I've just bought 25 metres and its not like I need it. I guess I'll just have to make a concerted effort to MAKE SOME QUILTS!

The Calico Cat said...

Well, those fabrics sure are nice... Have fun playing with them!

Nines said...

Ok, now I have to ask, how much is too much. I've been pondering this question, myself. I guess the answer lies in the mind of the owner! I love those fabrics. Use them up so you can... have room in your bins? Now doesn't that sound boring? You look like you are so good at the acquiring of stash. Well, whatever you do, HAVE FUN! There's enough guilt in the world :)

Carol E. said...

Gorgeous fabric!

YankeeQuilter said...

Those fabrics glow! I think the post on too much fabric hit a nerve with a lot of us. I'm trying very hard to not buy any fabric until the May Quilt show and then only if I've finished at least 2 quilts or emptied 2 shelves.
Sio

heather said...

I love that fabric. I'd say that there is no need to go shopping ifyou have that kind of fabric around but I definately undertand the fabric buying urge!

Shelina said...

I think it was Laura at PineRidgeQuilter

That is a beautiful set of fabric, although I did think you just got it from a quiltshop when I saw the photo.

Laura said...

Okay , we will do this no buying thing together! I am desperately going to try and buy only what I need! Love these fabrics, they look great together.

Samantha said...

That is a brave resolution :-) I like the Fassett in that mix...

computerpeach said...

I think those fabrics are beautiful. I have a resolution of a Fabric Diet for 2007 - only caveat for me is to buy fabrics to finish a quilt - for others it has meant other things.

Sandra said...

Love the fabrics - not sure which ones are the Fassett (I'm guessing the busy ones), but they all seem to go together to me :-)

Sandra said...

I forgot to say welcome to the Mavericks - they're a lovely bunch!