Thursday, July 30, 2009
Fabric, Fabric, and More Fabric!
It’s the dirty little secret of quilting; fabric addiction.
We whine about having too much fabric, or complain about how much our fabric purchases cost, or about how hard it is to keep it all organized. Then what do we do when this gets us down? We log on or head out and buy more fabric!
It’s a disease….
I’ve been quilting since the late seventies and have purged my stash multiple times. My latest purge was a few months ago when I got rid of two large boxes worth. Fortunately, I was able to donate it to a local quilt guild that makes quilts for charity so I didn’t feel as bad about it . But, frankly, it’s kind of sad that I had all that fabric lying around, and I didn’t do anything with it!
So now I’m tackling the next phase of the process. Re-organizing and restacking the fabric I have left, along with the stuff I bought over the summer. It’s a huge task because I keep changing my mind about how I want to stack them. I used to do them by color but discovered that I liked having the different color ways of the same fabric together. And then there are all of the fabric collections, I like to keep them together as well. So, do I keep the metallics separate from the regular cottons, or do I mix them together by color? And what about those holiday prints?
What I usually end up doing is overanalyze the situation to the point that I just give up and start shoving everything back on the shelves. If you looked at my fabric case, (it ceased being a bookcase years ago), you’d see 3 shelves of neatly stacked color sorted fabrics, and then total chaos. It’s like Jekyll and Hyde, the neat, organized, anal me and the “it’s going to have to do because I’m so over it” me. I’m not a big believer in astrology, but I am a Gemini and those twins are two totally dysfunctional chicks!
Oh well, it’s back to the piles. I’m tackling stripes next…send in the clowns!!!