Jennifer over at Quarter Inch from the Edge has set herself a goal of focusing on sewing from her stash this year. She has even written a manifesto and provided tips on how to set yourself realistic and personalised stash-busting goals.
I did not set myself many sewing goals last year, and because I was realistic, they were achievable, except for my second goal of buying less fabric, which I totally failed at. My stash grew at an alarming rate, but part of that growth is due to two amazing fabric clubs, one of which was a much-appreciated Christmas gift from my husband. I console myself by remembering that I excelled at making humidicrib quilts. I also made a mountain of bee blocks, contributed to round robin projects and never missed a deadline. I think a success in one area balances out a failure in another!
Let’s try to be equally realistic and sensible this year.
In 2016, I would like to:
- make a dent in my stash by making a few quick and easy quilt tops that chew up fabric
- take a short break from buying and see what inspiration can be found in my stash
- keep chipping away at the Cupboard of Shame’s contents and my WIP list
- make bee blocks for myself each month as part of my Bee, Myself and I selfish sewing bee
- see some regular progress on hand quilting Dear Jane
- have fun.
To force myself to focus on finishing and using what I have, I have buried my pin-money debit card in a sealed envelope in the bottom of a drawer for safekeeping until Easter. Yep, not even a zipper will be bought. In the meantime, my pin-money account should grow undisturbed and I can go on a wild and uncontrolled spending spree buy the few things I will have noted on a responsible and grown-up shopping list when I eventually rip open the seal. I know I cannot stop spending for a whole year, but I can cope until Easter, maybe even a bit longer. We will see. I am already sure I will need some tone-on-tone white and some zippers by then. If at the end of the year my fabric bins are less overflowing and close to level across the top, I will see that as a win.
I have already spotted a flaw in my plan. Rummaging about in my stash and scrap box has bred a whole range of new ideas. The treasures and ideas that I have found in there! It looks like the WIP and UFO pile will grow as the stash shrinks.
Just this week, sorting and tidying my scrap box has turned up these new projects:
- some tiny hexies to make something out of – the scraps were small but too good to throw away
- a bag of aqua scraps that might become a cushion or some other small project
- a new quilt idea to use up the white scrappy crumbs.
Digging about in my stash has already seen three new quilt tops start life since December. I even cut into a carefully hoarded Bonnie and Camille bundle! However, I feel that all these new projects are okay. Jenn has declared 2016 the year of the stash, not the year of restraint.
What are you planning to sew in 2016? Will you be following Jenn’s suggestions and writing your own stash manifesto?