Hi there. I hope that you all have had a nice week. Mine was very productive. I did lots and lots of sewing, which felt great. Some of it I will be able to show you within the next couple months. The other stuff will have to wait much much longer. Kind of weird (but fun) to be secretive. I am pretty blessed to be able to contribute to some pretty cool projects.
Anyways, I very regulary get comments and questions on what my fabric stash is like, so I thought I'd finally get around to addressing that. I have come to realize three things about myself:
1. I love fabric.
2. I don't like stashing fabric.
3. I love NEW fabric.
Really, I don't own very much fabric, and I destashed quite a bit of what I did have this past week. That is what those envelopes that are sitting on my sewing cabinet are full of. Alot of it I've had for awhile now. These were fabrics that were left over from quilts, miscellaneous projects, and some were impulsive buys that barely were touched. They were all wonderful, I just knew I wasn't going to use them. So they were sold and sent to new, loving homes. That makes me feel really good.
Now my stash is pretty small. I have a crate of staple fabrics that I can pull and mix and match, and I have several lines that are set aside for specific quilts. These are lines that I love and will use. I also held onto some of my favorite prints from Flea Market Fancy and Heather Ross. I also have a pretty nice supply of scraps and selvedges.
Now I feel so much better. You see, I'm the kind of person that doesn't keep or collect things. I am pretty much the opposite of a packrat. If I don't love and treasure that object, or use it on a regular basis, I don't keep it around. I don't like clutter and desire a minimalist lifestyle. Of course it only makes sense that my fabric stash be the same way.
The last thing I realized is that I absolutely adore new fabric lines. I love them. If I had to choose between picking and pulling from my stash or buying something new, whether it is for myself or a gift, I'll always choose the second. I like the novelty and freshness of fabric that I haven't already seen in twenty different quilts. It allows me to be creative without being influenced by what I've already seen. It doesn't always work out that way, but when it does, it is nice.
Speaking of new fabric, my latest fabric crush is Habitat by Jay McCarroll. I adore it. It is unique. I think I'm going to pair it with some natural crossweave and sew up a bowtie quilt. I've been wanting to make one of those for a long time. I think these are my three favorite prints from the line (but if you ask me again tomorrow, I'll probably say something different):
There are definitely downfalls to my way of non-stashing. Please don't think that I am saying that it is the right way to do things, because I'm not saying that at all. I'm simply stating that it is what I like. It makes me happy, and it works for me.
Are any of you non-fabric-stashers like me? I'm curious. I am pretty sure I am the minority here. :)