Monday, May 26, 2008

Stashbusting

I've been thinking alot about stashbusting. You see, I buy fabric here and there. No, I'm not buying willy nilly or without a plan. I bought the Kona Cotton I am using in the Quilt for an Hour project. I bought a half a yard of novelty fabric for a project for my daughter. I was feeling guilty. I mean the point to stashbusting is to use what we have. But then I began to think about what stash is to me. Yes, I have alot of fabric. But I have tons and tons of books, patterns, magazines, ideas in my head....This is stash too. I find all the things that I want to do as overwhelming as the loads of fabric. But let me tell you. I've begun to do some of the things that I have wanted to do for years. This year I have finished UFO's,made purses, wallets, totes, grocery bags and pillow cases. I made coasters and baskets. I made a silly little zipper bag for Ms. A's friend. Do you have any idea how long I've wanted to make coasters? Or pillowcases? Or the zipper bag? Forever! Why didn't I do it before? I always have a quilt hanging over my head. Something that needs finished. Well, I still have a few UFO's but anything I start new, I finish. Once I finish something big, I give myself permission to start and finish something little. I also am just plain working on all those little things that have been floating around in my head. It feels great and I feel pounds lighter. I don't feel nearly as overwhelmed when I walk in my sewing room because I am accomplishing something. I feel fantastic about it. So I've added to my fabric stash. I'll get over it. I have actually USED the things that I have here! Accomplished long standing goals! That is stashbusting too! Look for pictures soon!

8 comments:

thegoldenneedle said...

Morah, I agree that stashbusting should be more than fabric. My busting I'm concentrating on is my pile of unquilted tops. Why make more tops only to have them sit in a pile waiting for them to get quilted. Last year I only got one of my own quilted, only because that was a class sample and had to be done. This year, I've already quilted 3 of my own so I'm makeing progress.

Keep up the good work.

Karen L

Stephanie Pettengell said...

Hi Morah, I know what you mean, I am certainly stashbusting at the moment but am also planning a trip on Friday to buy more fabric, I have run out of lights and I know you will agree that you can't make anything without 'lights'

tami said...

I think the only time stash becomes a problem is when it starts to overwhelm you. Sounds like you have a good handle on what you have and what you are doing with it. Enjoy.

Elaine Adair said...

This is a great post - there is something about actually DOING some of those ideas in the back of yourmind -- the ones that keep nagging at you, calling to you, begging to be tried out, etc.

When I was knee deep in jobs, kids, family, etc, I always said "I'm going to sew when I retire" and now I'm HERE, doing it. Satisfaction 8-)

Diana said...

I think you've got a good idea. I was looking through a notebook I kept a few years ago and found a list of projects that I wanted to make--somehow I always seem to get sidetracked and I haven't worked on any of them! You are right. Those ideas floating around in your head are like a stash, too.

margil said...

Beautiful job on that QFAH quilt, my friend. You are so hard on yourself!
I like your attitude toward stash-busting. I think UFO-busting is more important!
I haven't had a chance to sew for awhile now--what with MIL and other things, I'm lucky to get my mending done!

Megan said...

I never thought of all my ideas for quilts as being "stash" too - that sentiment will definitely diminish any guilt I feel next time I add to the stash!!

Lori in South Dakota said...

Quilting is supposed to be fun. Stashbusting is supposed to be fun. And you've got the right attitude!! You go girl!!

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