Monday, March 14, 2011
got your steel-toe boots on? cause i'm steppin' on toes today.
an old picture of my scraps and my two children. one of them is completely buried - his hand is sticking out.
a friend shared a picture of her growing stash recently, and the comments on it made me think of this blog post that i've been meaning to write. but first let me ask you a few questions.
did ever buy a shirt (or other garment) that you love? it fits perfectly, you love the print on it, great price, etc? has that perfect shirt ever gotten to small, it's not so flattering, or it's out of style? what did you do with it? did you make it work? did you wear it anyway? did you stuff it in the back of your closet with similar things because you could never get rid of it? or worse....did you buy it and never wear it and never will? *gasp*
have you ever bought a piece of furniture that you no longer love? or doesn't match your decor anymore?
has someone ever given you some hand me downs that were perfectly fine, but they just weren't your style? did you keep them?
well, what did you do? did you have a yard sale? did you pass them on to a friend? did you donate them so a charity could sell them for money? or did you keep the item determined that you spent (or someone spent) hard earned money on it and that you would make it work?
now what if the said item was fabric? i see so many people hold on to fabric that they no longer like. fabric that may never make it into a quilt. fabric that could be passed on. i'm not saying it's wrong to hold onto fabric. but be realistic. do you have the space? do you like the challenge of using "old/ugly/no longer love" fabric? or will it sit and never get used?
can you view your fabric like other items in your home? are you willing to get rid of it if it no longer fills its purpose? many of us have bought fabric with the best of intentions of using it and then haven't. i have for sure. but i have a limited space for my sewing/quilting supplies. i've become more cautious in what i buy. i don't buy for "someday", or "it's a good deal but i don't know what i would use it for but i'm sure i'll come up with something", etc. i've tried to buy only stuff that i love love love and/or for a particular project that i will be starting soon.
are you willing to set limits to your stash? and i'm not endorsing a small stash or a large stash. you need to decide what is best for you. a shelf. a cabinet. a closet. a room. i think above all else, quilting/sewing is a pleasure. if our stashes give us guilt, then we should be able to relieve ourselves of that either with more thoughtful purchases or more thoughtful donations. or both.
if you are willing to donate a shirt you no longer love, why not fabric?
how are your toes? did i step all over them? feel free to blow a big raspberry in my direction and go on your merry way. these are just rambling thoughts out of my head.
ps don't get me started on saving "crumbs"!
pps want to give away some fabric? post it on flickr or on your blog. some people will even pay you to ship it to them. or be extra generous and spring for the shipping yourself. call it a "giveaway" and someone will think they have won something.
Posted by Sarah