stash

007Concentration this year will be upon the stash. Loving the stash. USING the stash. Being monogomous with the stash and avoiding flirtation with new fabric lines. Like most quilters I know, my stash is ridiculously large. I’m placing it on a diet.

The little quilt shown above was pieced together at least 10 to 15 years ago.  When I look at it today the term ‘low volume’ comes to mind.  I have always liked the fabrics that one might consider the shrinking violets of the stash.  Please don’t call them pastels, oh no!  Pastel brings to mind the sweatsuits of the 80’s …. lavender, pink, baby blue.  We’ll agree to stick with ‘low volume’ yes?memorial day sewing 016There is something very liberating about using pure white with cream – breaking the old rules appeals to me very much.  Because I was taught by a strictly traditional quilter, some of these habits are hard to bend.  Whenever in doubt, I refer to Suzuko Koseki’s work.

bully nap

Ahhhh – happiness is quilting or thinking about quilting.  Naps are good, too.

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About jody

mother of two amazing individuals, daughter, sister, artist, partner - devoted to knitting, quilting, gardening,writing,painting, reading, sewing, longing to live by the sea
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5 Responses to stash

  1. quiltykanuck says:

    Your post made me smile and giggle out loud. I don’T know what it is this year with everyone declaring themselves fabricoholics (Hi, my name is Yanic…) but so many of us are on the same mission. For me, it’s about scraps! It was my whole reason for starting the Farmer’s Wife Quilt (http://familyfaithfoodfabric.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/the-farmers-wife-sampler-quilt-block-14-butterflies-at-the-crossroads/).

    Good luck and keep us posted on your lovely stash creations! 🙂

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  2. I am a fairly new to quilting person and I have a stash dilemma. To stash or not to stash ?
    I live literally hundreds of miles from Quilt Fabric Stores – fabric stores are 35 miles and 55 miles in either direction. I have heard the call of the stash siren although it hasn’t gotten too far out of hand… yet. What to do ?? Happily buy fabric in hopes that some day it will get worked into a quilt or buy only what I have a “plan” for. Presently my plans change many times before online fabric purchases arrive.

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    • jody says:

      Hi Colleen,
      I might not be the best person to advise on this! New to quilting = fabric stash! You need to build some basics – if I were you I would look at a few internet sites and order small amounts of different lines. I use Hawthorne Threads, Fat Quarter Shop, equilter.com, Fabric.com and Pink Chalk Fabrics. All great online shops with good delivery. Find the stuff you love, i.e. Art Gallery fabrics, Moda, Westminister, etc. ENJOY.

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  3. pratima says:

    Jody, I am also working from the stash as much as possible, instead of saving favorite fabrics, I am learning to use them on a daily basis. Good luck with your goals this year 🙂

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  4. Hi Jody! Stash…I know just what you mean. I have collected quite a bit of yarn myself. I comforted myself by rationalizing that my stash was not near as much, as some of the other women in my knitting group. But, I was just kidding myself. You know you have too much stash, when you start to “feel” you have too much. Just about a week ago I gathered a whole bag of yarn and gave it to a friend of mine. It made me feel so much better to know it was placed in a happy home. 🙂 I hope you are having a wonderful day my friend! With Love Delisa 🙂

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