Once again looking to the online quilting community for inspiration in quilting, I ran across A Quarter Inch from the Edge’s The Year of the Stash.
While I don’t add to my stash as frequently as some, I do know that I’ve managed to acquire enough to make several quilts.
I also know that though I don’t need more fabric, I enjoy the burst of ‘happy’ I get from acquiring more. So much so, that it’s very easy to acquire fabric faster than I use it.
This year, rather than practice a ‘diet’, in which I refuse to buy fabric, I’m going to attempt to be conscious about keeping track of how much of my stash I use. If I do bring fabric into the house (because that will happen), then it’ll be tracked too.
I’ve added a simple tracker to my sidebar (yay, HTML!), so that it’s transparent to myself and to everyone following along. For total honesty, I won’t count yardage that has already been dedicated to a project toward my ‘used’ totals. If it’s already promised to a project, and binned with that project, then it’s not stash proper.
Estimating yardage used from my scraps will be tough… I think I’ll only count actual yardage. If I have to iron and starch it to use it, then it can be counted toward my usage each month. (I iron and pre-cut all of my scraps for use.)
Will this get me to use my stash more often? I don’t honestly know. I’ve already got several projects that need my attention. I got four WIPs through to completed quilt last year. I’d really like to double that this year.
Ideally, I’d like to do that without immediately replacing a completed project with a new one, but I know myself. I am fueled by feeding my creative beast. I’m actually more stifled and less willing to sew if I’m not playing with fabric. And, yes, that does mean I start an awful lot of projects, but that’s what the 2016 Finish Along is for 😉
And, because I hate the idea of a blog post without a photograph, and because I already have fabric to add to my tally:
From left to right:
1.) Utopia Specks of Rambutan
2.) Ella’s Basics Black and White News
3.) Ella’s Basics Silver and White News
3.) Ella’s Basics White and Black News
3.) Ella’s Basics White and Grey News
From left to right:
1.) Utopia Amber Lucid Hills
2.) Fibs and Fables Algae Cottage
3.) Fibs and Fables Midnight Escape
4.) Fibs and Fables Snowy Cottage
5.) Chillingsworth Cream Dapper Yardage
That’s 9.5 yards of fabric to start the year off, and to kick off my log.