Friday, February 27, 2009

Shocking Stashbusting Attempt

At a certain point in your quilting life you decide you have way more fabric than you will ever need.  I've been quilting about 26 years so you might rightly guess I have hit that point.  

There are three ways of dealing with this: 
1) Don't buy any more fabric.
2) Make more quilts.
3) Give away some fabric.  

I'm sure I've already reached the way more fabric situation.  So, I have adopted all three of these strategies for stash reduction.  (For those family members who don't know what stash is -- it's a quilter's hoard of fabrics.)  I have been holding off on buying new fabrics.   I've been making lots of quilts.  I share some fabric with Jenny and others on occasion.   

This year I decided to keep track of the flow of fabric in and out of my stash.  My rules are -- fabric doesn't get counted as "used" until the quilt is finished.  Anything purchased or received free is in-flow of fabric.  I've been diligent about keeping track of this.  Here's my report on ins and outs since the beginning of the year:

Fabric used by finished quilts or giving away:  8.4 yards
Fabric purchased or received free:      20.33 yards
Net fabric ADDED to stash:        11.93 yards

-oh no, where did I go wrong?

Hum, something tells me I've hit too many fabric stores recently.  Although most of them have been out of my general area. 

And, I think I'd better get off the computer and start finishing some more stuff!  

Happy quilting all! Bonnie 


  1. Yaaaay! I am not alone in my need to hoard really good fabric, although I have only been at this for about a year. I can only imagine what 26 years of collecting looks like. I bet it has been a lot of fun!!!


  2. I admire your diligent tracking of fabric in/out. If you need help reducing your stash you could give to a guild and they could make charity quilts with it. Of course, I'd be happy to relieve you of some of your stash burden! : )


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