Things are looking pretty fluffy and white in my neck of the woods. Everyone in the area is preparing for the upcoming snowstorm due to hit tomorrow afternoon. Hopefully, it will not be as bad as they are predicting, but what ever the case it never hurts to be prepared. My evening will be filled with some baking so that we have small things that require no heat to eat. Because we are in a mountainous region, it is very common for snow covered tress to take out power lines and it is better to be safe than sorry.
I have been doing more blog reading than writing as of lately. Jenn over at A Quarter Inch From the Edge has inspired me to take a good look at my fabric stash. She is encouraging all of us to take a good look at what we have acquired and has declared 2016 The Year of the Stash.
We had been talking back and forth through email and I told her I do try to make use of the fabric I have
hoarded collected. But that got me thinking...do I really make the best use or is it a half-hearted attempt that ends up in me buying more fabric? I made my confession to her that I try to use my stash, but maybe if I followed her advice and sorted it by colors I could do better.
I love fat quarters. Who doesn't?? But I always buy them in groups with good intentions of turning them into something. What is that they say about the road to hell and good intentions?
These fat quarters came to mind. The ones on the left were purchased with the hope of making a mini quilt (2 years ago). The ones on the right were suppose to be a Jacob's Ladder quilt (purchased 3 years ago). They all lived together in a tote, going absolutely nowhere. Maybe if I separated them, I could also diminish the guilt of using, say the blue fat quarters, for something else. Then I wouldn't have to stare at the sad little yellow pieces wondering why they are being skipped over. Kind of like when you separate a litter of puppies.
So I pleaded with my daughter to drag my totes from the back room, put on my jammies, turned on some Netflix and prepared to sort.
I only left behind two totes. One with left over Miss Kate fabrics the other 1930's reproductions. As you can see from the pictures, everything is just thrown in. They actually use to be in a folded neat order, but quite frankly who has time for that? (okay, lots of people, just not me)
Tote by tote, I created piles of yellow, orange, blue and so forth. What was surprising to me is the colors I thought I had a ton of turned out to be some of my smallest piles. Purple being the color I lacked the most.
It's not a huge stash of fabric, but it's mine. My biggest fear at this point was that I wouldn't be able to make the fabric fit back into the totes they came out of. Blues took up a whole container. Reds, pinks and oranges in the next. Followed by grays, black and yellow. Greens, white and purple. And an extremely large tote of browns and tan/neutrals. I had no idea the last grouping would be the largest. Of course this does not include precuts. They hangout somewhere completely different.
Princess Caroline of the Fuzzy Butts thought fabric sorting was the BEST THING EVER! Or at least the empty tote part.
One last thing...I have you heard about the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party over at Sew Fresh Quilts?
Lorna has put together another fabulous sew along, this time with ugly (though I think they are darling, probably why I needed to hire a stylist) little Christmas sweaters. Now with my stash sorted and the weather looking more and more like Christmas everyday, I am ready to get my sew-a-long on! Hope you will consider joining in, Lorna's sew-a-longs are the bomb.
If no one hears from me in the next few days, please consider sending out some search and rescue sled dogs or even a St. Bernard with a barrel of whiskey. If you could convince him to bring wine...even better! Stay warm my friends!! Thank God for quilts.
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