Thursday, January 29, 2009

A Major Fabric Diet

Sighhh.... it was only a couple of days ago that my stash was overflowing and taking up almost every corner in my home--much to my husbands disliking. I dramatically reduced my stash and did some major stash busting!

Remember this?......

Everything organized by color, calico, vintage solids, flannels and overflowing everywhere. Not like that any longer. Thanks to the big help of my best buddy who came over and helped take away a great amount of the fabric--(it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be) has helped me clear away my clutter.
Here is how it looks so far in all it's disorganized mess and in progress:
Empty tops, not as full shelves....this is a good start.

These still have to make it's way somehow into my main wall unit. A big difference from before.

Look! All empty behind the doors!

An embarrassing mess, but I tend to make a big mess before it actually gets sparkly clean.
It is nowhere near finished, I still have to organize and decrease some more. There is still the books, the many unfinished quilt blocks, unfinished quilt tops, and tons and tons of pre-cut 1 1/2"-10" squares that I was saving for so long, I think it is finally time to let go. There's still the bins of scraps that I'm going to be going through now w/ a different eye, plus, I've signed up for swaps that only require me to send scraps and of course I'll add tons of extras to it so a big de-stash it is!


fawndear said...

Best of luck with your organizing.
I'm so glad your back and wish you the best with your pregnancy, sewing adventures and everything.

I've given you a little blog award because you are so 'Kreativ' and talented. Stop by my neck of the woods sometime to see it.

And thank you for sharing your talents with the rest of us.

Shari said...

I've often told my children that possessions are a burden to look after but I never considered that about quilting fabric. Yet we spend a lot of time, effort and money buying it and storing it and using it. You are very wise to learn to let go of it (or at least some of it). You've certainly taken stash-busting to a new level, yet I've acquired at least some of my fabric from other quilters who decided they didn't want to quilt any more (gasp!). At least you can still quilt, and still probably have enough to keep you busy for a while. Be happy!

Valerie said...

I love this because you are showing us the process. Everyone has the messes but are just like me and to embarrassed to show it. I can't wait to see yours all organized. I actually think it looks great now. My stash is not that big because I am just beginning but I am sure it will get there. Good Luck!

whoopsadasie said...

Wow...that is amazing that you can let go of that! Good for you!

I wish I lived closer...I would love some of all that...even your scarps!!

I am sure it will looko wonderful again when it is all done!

Carla said...

Congrats on being able to let go of your fabric. Not me. They will have to wrap me like a mummy in it cause I'm taking it with me. :)

FabricsNQuilts said...

I found you via KatieDidnT on twitter. I love your studio. I thought the before picture was perfect!

I know you are proud to know your treasures went to a treasured friend.

My advice...have fun restashing...just don't tell your DH *wink*

marmee said...

it always feels good to purge...good for you.

Quiltplay said...

You must be so relieved. Everything will be less chaotic now. looking forward to seeing what it looks like all tidied up.
I would love to do the same and have already donated a great deal to charities but it always amazes me how much is still left. Is your fabric being used for charity?

Anonymous said...

Impressive! I've been trying to wittle down my stash a bit too, but I haven't got rid of nearly as much as you have!

NanaKaren said...

Hey there! This is my first visit to your blog and I love it here. Your quilts are great and I love what you've done with the stash.

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