Why I am Fabric Fasting

I’ve not been sewing much this past few weeks. I’ve had a really bad back since Christmas and I’ve just not been up to much, to tell the truth. But it’s slowly getting better, and I’ve been able to use the time profitably by re-acquainting myself with my projects and my stash, and deciding what I want to work on over the next few months.

First thing to admit is that I have a lot of fabric. Actually, let’s make that a s**tload of fabric! I’ve been doing a bit of an audit since Christmas, and the quantities I have shocked even me. As did the number of projects I have in progress, the number waiting to be quilted, not to mention the number I have bought all the fabric for but not quite got round to starting yet. Hmmm…

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My Stash and Project Cupboard

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Inside the cupboard, all so neatly organised 

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Auditing and re-organising stashed yardage

Suffice to say it was all becoming a bit overwhelming. And this is one of the main reasons why I decided to join in the Fabriholics Anonymous Fabric Fast, hosted by Rebecca Lynne at Making Rebecca Lynne and Jess from The Elven Garden.

When I first heard about their plan to completely stop buying fabric for 6 months, I was utterly intrigued. Over the past year or so, I have slowly been coming to terms with the fact that I might have a bit of a fabric buying habit. And that it may possibly be starting to get slightly out of control. Two years ago, when I last reorganised my sewing room, everything pretty much fit into the lovely glass-doored cupboard I bought to house my stash and my various projects. Now it is spilling over into piles of boxes everywhere, the bottoms of the drawers in my cutting table are falling out due to fabric overload, and I have started to invade other cupboards in the apartment to store my ever-increasing stash.

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Extra projects in boxes that won’t fit in the cupboard anymore

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More projects and scrap bin hidden under sewing table…

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Cutting table drawer 1 – Assorted fat quarter and half yard bundles

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Cutting table drawer 2 – Precuts: Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes and Charm Packs

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Spilling over into the spare room wardrobe…

So the Fabric Fast idea really started to get me thinking. Could I do it? I was sure I could. More importantly, did I want to do it? And yes, I was equally sure I did. The decision was finally made when I read a fantastic blog post by Jodi of Tickle and Hide, describing her own 2013 fabric fast. She wrote about how she managed, and how, as the year progressed, she started realising her own style and tastes a lot more. This really struck a chord with me, as I seem to make a bit of this and a bit of that – some of my projects are very traditional and some are über-modern, some use a muted colour scheme and some are in-your-face loud. And in general, I love them all. But I really hope that not getting distracted by the lure of new fabric lines and of new projects means I’ll be able to focus more on defining my own style. And if it doesn’t happen, I’ll surely have fun trying 🙂

And so I joined up. And I feel pretty darned good about it, too!

So here is my master plan:

  • First step – re-organise my fabric and sewing room, to get me motivated to start.
  • Next step –  create a list of projects I’d like to work on for the first half of the year. I have plenty, so narrowing it down will be tricky, but nothing ventured, nothing gained, as they say. I’m also planning on joining in with the 2014 Q1 Finish-Along with the lovely Katy from The Littlest Thistle, so I should have plenty of motivation to keep me going.
  • Final step – get cracking on the sewing!

I have the feeling it’s going to be challenging, but ultimately extremely rewarding, so wish me luck, and here goes…

10 responses

  1. Oh my! And I thought my reshuffle/tidy out had revealed a lot lol Things have suddenly become clear on the fasting front 😉

    Good luck!

  2. I find that every time I try to sort/organize my fabric it expands! Air gets into it and it takes up more space. Good luck!
    BB

  3. Well done, my dear! I know you’re going to be cranking out quilts all year and are sure to narrow down your style with ease. I will really try not to tempt you other than the occasional notion and plenty of batting to finish off. 🙂

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