I seem to have accumulated a considerable fabric stash over the last few years. When I started quilting I wanted only to buy by the project…that hasn’t really worked out! There’s just too much lovely fabric out there and while I do buy by the project I can’t sew quickly enough to make all of the projects that I want to make! Of course, I did fall into the habit of buying ‘because it’s lovely’ as well. The result is – too much fabric sitting waiting for me to cut it up and stitch it together! I read a post on Jess’s blog this morning about swearing off buying any fabric in 2014. It sounds hard to do but I think it’s necessary. I have quite a lot of WIPs that I would like to finish and quite a lot of fabric that I would love to see doing something instead of sitting on my shelves. I’ve decided to join in :gulp:
Here are the rules/goals…
- Backing: purchasing a backing to finish a quilt top is permissible. However, attempting to use fabric in your possession for a backing is preferable.
- Books and Magazine purchases are allowed as they are not fabric. Notions acceptable too.
- Swap Mama Fabric: if hosting a swap you are permitted to by fabric to execute swap duties, but you may not join a swap simply for the sake of being able to buy fabric!
- Quilts for Publication: if you are making a quilt for a publication and need certain fabric to execute it correctly then that is a major exception – who can blame you?
Now straight away I’m going to have to say that there is something that I need to buy :blush: I’ve been stitching away on the Hexy MF quilt and almost have all of the flowers stitched together – I think I have something like 15 left to stitch onto the quilt top. Back when I started making this quilt I knew it would take ages so I chose but did not buy the border/binding fabric – I’ll need to get that to finish it off. Am I cheating already? I hope not. I will see if I can piece together the backing from existing fabric though instead of buying some so a bit of a trade off there I think 🙂 I have more than enough projects lined up to keep me sewing for the next few lifetimes so I’ve no reason to run out of things to make. Here’s to seeing plenty of finished quilts in 2014 and the cessation of the groaning from my shelves at the weight they’re carrying!