So being on a fabric diet is hard... we all know. I know that not everyone is participating and that is TOTALLY fine. Ultimately I think we all just want to be wise purchasers. For some that means buying as much as we can of our favorite line because we'll use it forever. For others it means finding that oh so hard to find fabric and victory that comes with knowing that you own it. And for some it is finding the best possible deal for ANY fabric.
Unfortunately I think that I've found myself in too many of those categories too often. If you are only in one...then you're probably fine. I'm not your financial adviser though...don't go into debt buying fabric!! Okay, maybe I am your financial advisor. LOL.
It has really helped me to start going through the yards and yards and yards of fabric that I have accumulated in one way or another. It's pretty sobering to take every piece of fabric you own into your hands and begin to reorganize it. It's the literal touching of the fabric that gets to me after a while. You know you have too much when you are tired of organizing your own fabric...and you LOVE to organize.
So let me put a bit of my stash out there....
these are my blues:
yep. it's a little ridiculous. Now it is true that I have far more blue fabric than any other color (although it is followed fairly closely by green!) but that is too much. How can I possibly use all of that and use what will inevitably join the pile at some point?
Honestly I think that I've justified a lot of purchases thinking that I will use the yardage to piece together backs. But that is all dependent on actually getting enough quilts made!!!LOL
I'm struggling to get the smaller pieces organized too. When you have enough scraps to fill over 6 of these drawers, you have a lot. 'nuf said.
And you might notice in the above picture that I am starting to put aside my fat quarters. I resisted this for years! I think, secretly I've always been offended that they are even sold that way...like you shouldn't be cutting up the bolt in more than one way. (sometimes I'm a very linear thinker!) But I'm LOVING having them separated. It gives me a much better idea of what is yardage and what is smaller pieces.
There is hope...
I've organized the red, pink, orange, yellow, green and half the blues at this point (haven't taken pictures of it all yet)
there on the second shelf you can see "all" of the greens. Why the quotes, Angela? Well, I'm so glad you asked. Because I have fabric sorted also by collection, by fat quarter, by scraps, by solids and by bundles. Yep. Well...you did ask.
Here are the upper shelves which have yet to be disturbed...but they will be soon...because the fabrics are making their way up!
But I do have one little corner that I am pleased with and don't feel is filled with excess at this point. And that is my new little bookcase for patterns and books. But honestly even that could be paired down. Living in New Orleans for the last five years has made me think about what I would be devastated to lose if there were another flood...or at least what I would take in an evacuation. Too much of this would not be it. LOL. But that's mainly because it is replaceable. :)
The (somewhat delightful) insanity continues with my scraps of just KJR! LOL. That's what happens when you send out way more fabric than necessary for a bee and ask for it back...
So, for all of those participating with me. This is what I'm working with. It's about gaining control over this impulse to fill a room with fabric that I don't use and about really enjoying EVERY SINGLE PIECE I OWN. That is my true goal. I want to love everything so much that I'm just dying to use it. Otherwise...I probably don't need it...
So I'm going to start pulling through the fabrics soon and getting even more swaps going. I'll post what I'm willing to swap here as well as on Flickr. And even more importantly I'm going to make a concrete list of current and oop lines that I feel I love greatly or at least use greatly. Hopefully what is not my current love, may be one of yours!