Waiting In The Wings

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Fabriholics Anonymous

This morning a post from Jess of The Elven Garden came up in the list on my dashboard
which detailed a scheme with Rebecca about not buying more fabrics and using what we have in our stash - brilliant idea!!
I have been quilting and buying fabric for around 30 years now, had numerous sales at our Guild to reduce stash and books but still my shelves and baskets are overflowing, so I bit the bullet and will be joining 

read below

- To use the Stash I already have!
- Finish UFOs without distraction by shifting to other new beautiful fabric.
- Stop the insanity of constantly buying the latest and greatest fabric.
- Save the $$ I spend on stashing.
- Destash the fabrics that I realize I am never going to use.
1) No fabric purchases for 6 months beginning January 1, 2014.   
2) At 6 months reevaluate status and decide whether to keep going for full year.  Evaluation July 1, 2014.
3) Create a UFO list and complete them!
4) Exceptions
  • 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?
The button is on my right hand side bar so click there or the links to Jess and Rebecca above and find out all the details.

I now feel rather smug that I have a lot of new fabrics bought over the past month to sort and put away, plus I am expecting another order from Glorious Colour, hopefully sometime next week - do I feel guilty? No - fabrics below some from Glorious Color and others from BryerPatch

OK time to get some serious sorting in my quilting room


barbara woods said...

i was going to do that but i backed my last quilt with some of my stash and i have had to wash it 5 times with color catcher , i i will have to wash it again

Sally T said...

What a luscious pile! But yes, its time for me to stop buying fabric as well. Although I will need to cut off books too. Sigh. Are you going to start right away or wait for Jan 1? I keep wondering if there's some way to take fabric out of the stash, store it away in a box for awhile, and then redeliver it as if it were new.

Caroline Heinrichs said...

I'm on board too! I can go several years without buying anything new!

Sewing Mom said...

I'm thinking about hopping on board! I think everyone should do their destash before the new year so we can see what you're getting rid of. =) Kidding. Thanks for the inspiration.

Rosemary Dickinson said...

Found your blog and would also like to use up a good amount of my stash. Thinking of signing up!

Anonymous said...

I can't sign up, although I would love too. I know I would last about a day or two!

Anna said...

Lovely colours! Love the 'rules', glad to see that you can buy books!

Barb in Mi said...

Wow, you go for it! Have to check it out as well...

Rebecca Lynne said...

I "googled" Fabriholics Anonymous and found you! Love love love that you are on board and so smart that you've already been stacking up... I am getting more anxious by the week! - Rebecca