Friday, July 8, 2016

Fabriholic: More is more

I have a confession to make: I bought fabric.

Kinda a lot of fabric, actually.

I think I should just come clean and declare it all here, and then make yet another a vigorous pledge to not buy fabric for the rest of 2016.

I knew I had been on a bit of an untethered acquisition mission lately.  I had been stashing my purchases hither and yon--hiding them even from myself, it seems.  But then this happened

June 19-25 Weight Watchers focus
Yup, even Weight Watchers conspired to tell me to clean up my act.  And then Sweetie, who moonlights as the Tidy Fairy at our house, encouraged me to tackle the clutter on display in some parts of my sewing room.  Starting with the flat surface that is supposed to be the guest bed.

It was painful, but I am pleased with the results.  "Current" projects [How does one distinguish between WIP and UFO?  Do you have a method for categorizing?] are now stored in the drawers below the guest bed.  Older projects are punted back to the basement.

And in the process, all this fabric came to light.

FQ overload!!!
All these fat quarters were bought in 2016.  (Hmm, looks like 6 yards to me; ouch.)

This is what 39 yards looks like--Gah!
And all this yardage has walked in the door.  Not all of it purchased, but every inch of it acquired this year.

Drat!  Because, you see, I already have enough.  In fact, if you consider my sewing output, I really have too much.  I'm in no danger of using up my stash--especially at the rate I keep adding to the booty.

we're outta here!
It is with great pleasure, then, that I present the Going Away Pile.  Far from perfect.  Far from complete (in terms of ruthlessly going thru the fabric monstrosity).  But it is a start!

Do you have a stash to die for?  What keeps it under control?


  1. Maybe 3rd time is the charm, I've already written this twice and it has been deleted (by me). I have a post-it note on the side of my computer screen that lists what fabric I have purchased so far this year and what fabric I have used. So far I've used more than I've purchased but I still purchased. . . I saw some fabric on yesterday that was dazzling but I've been able to refrain so far.

  2. My stash is seriously out of control, although I have been shamed into buying less fabric by finding out that I had, by weight, over 500 yards of scraps stashed away! So I've been trying to use my scraps this year, and sewing out of the yardage I already own as much as possible. And as far as the difference between a WIP and a UFO? I think if you've actually been working on it, at least occasionally, it's a WIP. If it's dusty, it's a UFO...