I have online quilt shops send me their emails telling what is new and on sale. I see everything they have to offer and think I need that, but do I really? No, I want that. There is a difference. This year I have decided, with a group of people on Flicker, that I/we are going to cut back on fabric and try to use what I/we have. I have set some goals for myself and with the help of my readers maybe I can achieve them.
My fabric stash has gotten out of hand. So out of hand that I've had to make other storage areas just to hold the fabric I was buying. See first photo. I need to organize it and think up projects that I could use it with. I will save that for another day. Right now I feel I just have to show you the mass mess. No, I don;t have enough fabric to be on the TLC show Hoarders yet, but I am heading down that road.
- Stop buying fabric on an impulse. IE: sale fabrics. I'm really bad about this. I love FQS 50 off twitter specials.
- Look in my stash first for fabric. Oh how easy it is just to buy the fabric
- If I need fabric for work (Patchwork Squared) then I check with Ryan and we talk about it. There is always something else I can use. If not, then and only then, I buy it, but it's not for me it's for work. That would be o.k. maybe I could buy a little extra for that just in case moment and then stash the extra. NO NO NO I can't do that. Ryan you will need to watch me.
- Free/Gifts of fabrics are o.k. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth...I don't see this happening much as I don't enter a lot of giveaways. Yes, I have thought of ways around this, but a good friend would not let me do it.
- I buy most of my fabrics in FQ or 1/2 yards. Quilt backings, bindings and sashing purchases are allowed as long as they are to complete a current project or an old WIP.
- Try to finish up my WIP. I have a few, more than a few really, but I'm not very good at getting them done. I love to start something new get it half way done then move on to something else.
- Go through my stash and group like fabrics that I will never use and host a giveaway on my blog or sell them. You know the ones I'm talking about. We all have them. We see it at the quilt shop then a month later you see it again and ask yourself why did I buy this? Yeah, those are the ones.
- Every time I find myself at another online quilt shop and have a shopping cart of fabric that I don't need I set that money aside to later spend on a trip. Yes, there are shopping carts filled all over the internet with items that I have not bought. Trip to where you ask? Maybe Mount Rushmore area.
Until next time,