Friday, February 17, 2012

It's all gone.

Well, almost.

Today I donated over 95% of my fabric stash to Goodwill.

Don't be sad, though. I didn't love or even like any of it. Truth be told, I really have no idea why I've been holding onto this massive hoard of fabric.

I was tired of the "maybe somedays". "Maybe I'll use this fabric so-and-so gave me to make a donation quilt." The heavy guilt was beginning to weigh on me. I'm always grateful for the gifts I receive, but so much of this fabric was not to my taste and I was tired of trying to find a use for it. And then there's the odd compulsion to collect - I couldn't let go of even the smallest scraps. It made me frustrated and at times paralyzed my creativity.

There was something so liberating about letting it all go. I kept a few of my favorites and the best scraps have already been cut up for my postage stamp quilt, but really there isn't much left.

I feel so much better now.

So tell me, how does your stash make you feel? Is it full of designer lovelies that make you smile when you see them? Are your fuglies bringing you down? Do you ever feel the guilt?

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  1. I am so happy to read this! I have felt weighed down just visiting other bloggers sites and seeing the huge stacks of fabric. I just started quilting last year, and I have a 'stash', but most of it is slated for future Schnibbles. Also, quite a bit was won through giveaways. I organized it last weekend, and it just fills the space I have. So I am done until I have used some, or unless I win some giveaways. There are some blogs that I am going to stop following because I struggle with envy.

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    1. It's hard not to look longingly at all of those beautiful stashes sometimes! I like to look at those blog posts the same way I view window shopping: enjoy the loveliness but file it away in my mind as a "someday". I just want to be content with what I have - that's what this purge was all about. :) Your stash sounds perfect - it fills up the space you have without spilling out into messiness.

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  2. Oh where is your good will hehe. New to quilting have no stash so cant even think about giving away. Oh well Guess I need to start hording to fit in hehe.

    http://richardquilts.blogspot.com
    Stop by for my quilt givaway to guess my babys b-day and weight.

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  3. I've been buying quite a lot of fabric, most of it has been designer. Mind you I have received a few pieces in bundles I could rather do without.
    Been looking around charity shops to, to find some interesting fabrics.

    Also I'm holding a swap on my blog. If you're interested feel free to check it out =D
    http://ibescheraldine.blogspot.com/p/swap-time.html"

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    1. It sounds like you're pretty happy with your stash - that's awesome! A swap is a great way to get rid of those not-so-favorite prints. :)

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  4. That is so true. I'm not that brave yet, but I definitely have some fabric I need to let go of!

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    1. You know, it all started with Lucy's Fugly Fabric Party. It felt really good to give away some of my fuglies and I kept thinking about it afterward. One thing led to another, and *poof* it's all gone! It's really hard to take that leap... but I bet you'd feel awesome if you did it! :)

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  5. Sometimes I feel guilty about buying more fabric, so I start new projects to "justify" having it. like if my production is up then its...ok? But I totally hear what you mean. My little sewing corner is a little precariously stacked...I'm glad to find ways to "give" it away, usually in baby quilts of wedding quilts, then it makes me feel a little better.

    So far I don't have too much fabric that I don't like, though I do have a small stack that I might turn into napkins because then I won't feel bad about wiping my hand on them when we use them at the table! But I haven't made them yet so we'll see...!

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    1. I like that you're constantly looking for ways to use what you have. What's the point of buying all of that gorgeous fabric if it never gets used, right? You sound like you've kept your stash fairly manageable. My problem was finding projects for all that fabric. So much of it was stuff I wouldn't have chosen for myself, so I never wanted to use it for anything.

      Your napkin idea is a good one! What a great way to use up the fabrics that maybe aren't your favorites. :)

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  6. So, while I dont have a huge fabric stash (Robyn's the big sewer at our blog). I have a lot of odd things like old khakis-- for khaki quilt. And, lots of old scrub tops which I sort of kept for trial and error stuff, but the navy one came in handy at Halloween when I needed an emergency sailor costume.

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    1. I love that you repurpose things for your projects. That's awesome!

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