Last night I decided to go through my stash and pull out piles of fabrics that I either don't love so much anymore, have no idea what to do with, or I like but won't be using anytime soon - and I put them all in a big plastic tub. I then took all of my favorites - "My Precious" - as our flikr group would say, and put them on the shelf so I can see them and remind myself of all the awesome fabric lines I have gathered and need to use.
The first thing I noticed is this... I have WAY too much fabric! I know, I know - what a blasphemous thing to say but it is so true! When it is all piled up on a shelf I don't notice how much there really is but when I started pulling out pile after pile and realizing how many full lines I do have - yikes - I was a little embarassed!
I will show some stash pics later maybe just to share my favorites but for now I need help on keeping that giant stash from growing at an alarming rate lol - which it has been for the past 2 years I've been sewing. (So embarassed to have so much fabric and I honestly have only been sewing for less than TWO YEARS... ahhhhh I am insane and addicted lol).
So - here are the lines that I REALLY want for the next 3 months - just ignoring the ones that would be "nice to have" in bits and pieces and telling myself NO until there is a month where I don't want a whole line.
Are you super excited about this line? Do you know what you will do with it? Please... tell me I don't need the whole thing... make me feel better about this (bad bad!) decision to wait on it haha.
If I am honest with myself, I WANT this ENTIRE line to make an awesome summer quilt! However, after discussing it with hubby and my budget, that just can't be :( So... I am thinking maybe a charm pack so I get a little bit of all the prints, and then maybe FQs of the plaid and polka dots because they will work so well with other projects. Such a hard decision to make... did I make the right one? Ahhh I am so weak lol. honestly as much as I love this line, I need to learn that I don't need to buy EVERY line and I need to learn to mix and match, which I think will work well with the plaids and polka dots.
Out of all 3 months, this is by far my favorite. I will be getting enough of the blue/red to make a quilt for sure and then some FQs to make into other fun projects. Love love LOVE this fabric line and out of the 3, this one is definitely the top priority.
There are other lines coming out this summer that I am super excited about, including one mentioned by Heather Ross that is supposed to come out at May Market. Knowing there are other lines I will want, I need to curb my wish list for the next 3 months - as much as it pains me.
How do you cut back on your fabric buying and convince yourself to either buy less or wait? I have gotten really bad at getting layer cakes of Moda ones I like, F8 or FQ bundles of ones I LOVE, and ending up with SO much fabric that I will never be able to use it all! This needs to stop... I need to get better... and I would love your tips and advice on how you decide what fabric to buy and convince yourself to pass up on other lines even if you like them.
... thank you, self-help group, your words of wisdom are appreciated. My name is Tiffany and I am addicted to fabric. "Hi Tiffany" says the group... ;-)