When I first started quilting I only had a few fabrics and I mostly only bought fabrics when I was working on a project. In the past couple of years as I’ve done a few more projects and needed colors I’ve added to the collection.
I once read a quilting contest entry that classified scrap quilts as having no less than 70 different fabrics! Wow! I remember thinking at the time who would have 70 different fabrics?! As scrap! Huh! It took about 15 years but I think I could pull 70 different fabrics together if I wanted to…and that’s with my fairly modest little quilt fabric stash here!
How big is your stash? And just how much fabric would you consider to be a good working stash? How much is enough?
These are good questions and I don’t necessarily want to tell you that you may or may not be way out of control with your own stash….but. Friends. I have to share with you a post I recently came across from Teresa of Fabric Therapy and I’m having an anxiety attack just thinking of all that fabric! And the bins! Wow!
Anyhoo…I spent about a half hour this evening pulling out of my string basket some pieces that were wider than 2” wide. I wanted to cut them down into 2 inch squares. Which I did. I also found a stack of paper pieced strips. These were sort of a side leftover from when I was paper piecing some of my half square triangles on the Carolina Christmas Mystery Quilt. Cut into 2 inch width’s these will end up as half of a 4 patch. My goal, and thinking here, is to keep a little basket of 2” square pieces next to the machine that I can just run through every now and then to build up some 4 patches.
I really liked the way those 2” squares came together for the border on the Little Wheels Quilt project and think eventually by doing this I’ll have reduced my stash and have another 4 patch border to attach to some future quilt sometime. Completely workable.
So think about your stash. How do you organize it? How do you use it? And how much do you think is enough?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!