Thursday, 6 January 2011

stash pact

the last (fabric) supper

Now you can call me crazy, or masochistic, or just plain lying to myself but this year I am following these rules....

2011 is the year of the stash.

My main goal is to finish up wips and to ONLY use stash fabric to back those wips.

No new fabric is allowed to be purchased unless it is for a specific project for work (fat quarterly) but I should use stash fabrics if at all possible.

Fabrics for backings, sashings and bindings can be purchased if absolutely necessary but try to use up stash first

My scrap box will be sorted, managed and used to make at least one big scrap quilt of king twin or larger. Any new babies that need baby shower gifts will get a scrap quilt made.

I will sort through my stash and either swap or gift out fabrics I don't want or will never use.

Exceptions - quilt market sample spree and free stuff I might get sent (sometimes I get the odd free thing - not often, but it does happen, it's a pretty awesome thing)

Every time I think about buying new fabric I'll make a note of what I would have spent and set that money aside. My incentive is a trip to New York for my best friend's 40th in Jan 2012.


I'm not the only one you know. There's a group of us. What started as a bit of a dare on twitter amongst a few of us has grown into a whole group therapy session (otherwise known as a flickr group). We will help each other out, we will hold each others hands. We will offer support when one of us is just dying to go shopping. We will do this together and we will be so proud of ourselves when we've said 'I went a whole year without buying fabric'. I am determined to do this. I really want to prove to myself that I can.
The pic at the top is of the last purchases I made in 2010. You won't see any more shiny new fabric purchase pics from me this year. Hand on heart, I swear.

42 comments:

Gale, Ky quilter said...

Oh wow! I was totaling this morning how much I've already spent on fabric from December 1 until now and it scares me. I, too, must go on a fabric diet but it is so hard to do when I see blogs with something new or something I don't have. The only way I could conceive of not thinking about new fabric is not looking at quilting blogs but I love you guys! I am however on a limited income so this post is inspiring to me. Next project - looking through stash for everything, believe me I probably already have it. Thanks for such a thought provoking post and good luck to you and me.

gale
galew417@comcast.net

Katherine said...

Boy, I don't know that I could do this, but I admire your resolve. Could I be a bit nosy and ask just how extensive is your stash? ;o)

Blueberry Park said...

are you mad?? have you been to therapy over the hols?? I am SOOO not doing this...(only because I've already failed and will continue to do so...)

Andi said...

A whole year?
I made a similar promise for a half year and lasted about 3 months. (Although I;m pretty proud that I made it that far).
Good luck and 'may the stash be with you'
Andi x

gardenpat said...

I've been doing this for almost 2-1/2 years and surprisingly enough, even though I've made literally dozens of quilts (baby through queen size), I have yet to run out of fabric. Friends keep sending over their leftovers! I'm excited to see how long this will be able to continue! Don't let anyone tell you it can't be done! It gets to be a game of creativity!!

picciolo said...

that sounds like a good idea - maybe a hard one to stick too though!
: )

trash said...

Uhuh, ok, yup, sure.


(Like Peter Pan - I really DO believe.)

em's scrapbag said...

What a scary, fun challenge. Good luck with it.

summerfete said...

Oh gosh I've already been fabric shopping 3 times this year! Admittedly they were mostly plain or sale fabrics, and for a quilt I am already making!

But still its going to be tough for you, but then again that depends on how big your stash is??

Clare

melissa said...

Wow i truly admire anyone who can refrain from buying fabric for a WHOLE year!.... It must be some stash!

The Tulip Patch said...

a year??? I don't think I could manage that. My stash isn't huge, but it is growing and I need to get a handle on it. I have a hoard of discontinued American Jane (probably over 15 yards worth) I got at the Quilt Festival in Houston and I really really want to use that but nothing seems worthy...so I just keep buying more fabric that I don't love AS much. Sick, huh?

One Flew Over said...

I started doing this about 6 months ago and let me tell you...THE BEST move I made.

Good luck x

Karin said...

Ack! You're a better woman than I! I aspire to your challenge, but I'm not that strong and I've only been quilting for about 2 years so I've convinced myself that I don't have a big enough stash. Excuses, excuses.... Good for you! I love your dedication and I bet you'll accomplish your goal.

Poppyprint said...

Ah, too bad. My stash gained 8 yards this week and I am very happy about it. A girl needs solids, you know. Good luck! I know better than to stop buying fabric, it would be far too painful. I just better live to be 100 or teach my daughter to quilt pretty darned soon so it gets used up. I am all for shipping out stuff you won't use (but in my case it's to make room for fabric I DO want to use!). hehe.

Theresa said...

I have been thinking the EXACT same thing, minus quilt market and trip to NY for your friend's b-day. But I have a cupboard of fabric that I bought because I had to have it and I haven't got to it. Then there's the UFO's.....! I'm with you all the way!

rosie/the fabric shopper said...

Bless you dear girl! I can't join you but I am so trying to get through some of my odds and ends so I don't end up on the "Hoarders" show!

amy smart said...

You have my undying admiration. And yet, I am wanting to join this pledge myself. This is the year I am hoping to unload more fabric than I bring in. I know I can't withhold from buying none - just got to be real with myself - but I am definitely in the 'use it or loose it' mentality. (Maybe we should start "The Biggest Loser - Quilter's Edition"?)

Also - reading Sample Spree - does this mean you will be coming to Market in Salt Lake City in the spring????

tattiekite said...

I did this in 2010 - so successfully that I am going to Melbourne, Australia in April (my brother lives there so no accommodation expense and only a 15 minute walk from the convention hall) for the AQC - I live in UK. I did it after my husband asked me to tot up all my quilting/patchwork and embroidery supplies for insurance purposes. It was hard and quite horrifying to realise how much I spent on "lovely things" which I had to have at the time but then sat lingering and unloved in my stash. 3 superking size scrappy quilts made from stash(and loved by the recipients) during the year. Each time I used material from my stash I put the equivalent money into my "Oz Fund". Now more room for potential Oz purchases!!

Marit said...

This sounds like a great idea - thank you for the inspiration!

Helen said...

I have joined Flickr purely on the strength of this support group! Stash pandemonium is entirely relative to space you have available - my stash is waaay beyond the chest of drawers and two washing baskets I have to keep it all in. I've been collecting fabric in a low level way for years now, but in the last year or two all hell has broken loose and I need to sort myself out. Not least so I can fill 'er up again with stuff I really love. I'll need the support group though, possibly a physical intervention here and there too! Good luck!

Laura said...

I've been thinking that I need to do something like this, and have even been looking at the online fabric & yarn sales and thinking "but I've got some of that somewhere". So I feel I'm off to a good start! The Flickr group is a great idea, and hopefully will be a great source of inspiration (and hand-holding!)

Mandalin said...

ooo Katy! I don't know about a whole year!!!! A large part of me says I darn well need to do it, but then there's the other part that says I'II never keep it up...I have resolved to finish as many wip's as I can, so I shouldn't really need anymore fabric for those right!!

Judith said...

You are one brave woman. I have given up many things over the past 10 years, first smoking than drinking. And both were fairly easy to abandon. But I could never ever conceive of giving up buying fabric and wool. Though I understand where you are coming from and I find it utterly scary at times how much money I do spend on fabric.

Bia, from Brazil said...

I´ve seen videos of buses taking ladies to quilt shows in the US and then giving a prize to the best buyer in their way back. It shocked me people tried hard to be "the best". Funny way of seeing things.

Trying to find a good match in the stash is a nice challenge. I supopose this is the way to find unusual combinations, out of the main track. Purchasing certain sets of fabric must be tempting but I´d dare say it doesn´t seem creative to me. Pretty results but similar to many other. The art in this field rests on the color/fabric choices.

I´m sure you can do many beautiful tthings without spending a single cent this whole year! Ok. Let´s think "a day at a time".

Sarah Craig said...

Good for you! I'm trying out the 8 week "fabric diet" to see if I can do it - I'm not terrible about buying fabric, but I do have trouble passing up a good sale. Most of the designer fabrics I get, though, are ones I win in giveaways. I've been in a drought for a while now - it's time for my luck to turn!

Apryl said...

O.O ... really? *rubs eyes and re-reads blog* really Katy? wow... thats a big commitment. I wish I had a bigger stash of fabric so I could send you a bit every now and again to keep you going. ;o)

Justine said...

Well good luck. Nothing else to say ;)

Hoola Tallulah said...

It is amazing what you can do with what is kicking around when you can't buy new, it forces you to be a bit more inventive and a whole lot more creative, good luck, can't say I envy you, but a trip to NY will surely be worth it!

rderrett said...

Haha! I'm a year ahead of you already - no new fabric purchases in 2010 and two small gifts of fabric from a friend and my Mum. You can all do it. Believe me - mine was not through choice and I chafe under the restrictions but it can happen. Thing is do you have the willpower and determination???

quiltygal said...

You can do it ...I did it last year so I could afford my os trip its amazing what I made without buying that I loved it makes you think outside the box ( mind you I think you are outside already !!!) Im doing the same this year I even talked myself out of buying a fabric bundle of my fav material the other day....will be good to see what you come up with

Rachel said...

Wow, you must have some willpower! I've signed up for the fabric diet challenge at cut to pieces which is no fabric buying for 2 months, which I think I should be able to stick to but a whole year?! I don't think I have the self-restraint for that! Good for you, though, and good luck!

jmbmommy said...

You are so hard-core lady! I am so behind on my blog reading (to much TV!) I am excited to see how you do, and just maybe I will join in later this year... maybe a June '11- June '12, simply a different fiscal year, right?? Buena Suerte!

Kate said...

I'm sorry, but that doesn't sound like any fun at all. I spend alot of my daydreaming time thinking about buying new fabric, what projects I will make with it, who will get I the finished project. I have several tubs of "stash" fabric plus several bolts of fabric left from a quilt shop I used to own. Still I can't imagine giving up buying new fabric. There are always such lucious new ones out there. Wish you luck though. Sounds too tough for me!

highwaycottage said...

Well I'm with you on that one. While I don't do resolutions etc I have made plans this year to finish all the current WIP quilts, and not buy any more quilting fabric (or any other kind if I can help it). It helps that I have so much fabric from last year that I never got the time to use I have no desire to buy any at the moment (except Sherbert Pips, but I think I can live without it).

meli B said...

I had a sport's coach once who said that I had to train for 6 days of the week, watch what I eat and take care of myself but he said that if I ever felt the need, on the 7th day I was allowed to sin like crazy. I think you are amazing and most of us pledge the same things after every stash binge, but I just need to sin every once in a while.

Shiree said...

oh so funny, quilt blogland has a theme and we are all saying something similar, we really do try and kid ourselves don't we, it is a bit like going on a New Year's diet, that only works for so long. But good on you, and good luck! I would be right there with you if I really thought that I could, but I do like the UFO bit, have a few of those to get sorted

colleen said...

Not a bad scheme if the beautiful Parisville is part of your stash and it's in mine, too! Between November and now I've bought or been given about 30 years of NEW fabric, so I am completely with you on this.

Colleen said...

Hee Hee Hee.... I meant 30 YARDS of fabric, not 30 YEARS but I must have been thinking that it would probably take 30 years to use it all up!

marabara said...

I must admit it also, I am addicted to fabric... Even thought I got engaged to the sewing and patchwork world quite recently I need to admit that I have been bying more fabric than the amount I could use in the next.... 5 years? So I might think seriously to join this group as well...

AnnieB said...

yo! good luck. crazy girl!

Linda said...

Hi, This was something like I did in 2010. Made lots of quilts, bags & cushions, all using fabrics I had at home. Enjoyed the rummaging through my Fat 1/4s and scraps and piecing for as many backings as I could. It's the backing fabrics I find come out expensive and always seems a waste to me! Anyway, good luck with your Rules. How about the FOQ in August?????

Eileen said...

Oh my goodness! Today is my first day at your blog! I love it! I just have a {very} small stash {this is true, I'm not in denial} and I dream of the day when I'll have more fabric then I'll know what to do with! :) but, I suppose since it's small I should nip the idea in the bud and use what I have so far! ...but, oh the temptation!

{My first goal for the year is to just organize my sewing space for some serious sewing for the new year!}

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