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Monday, February 17, 2014

A Little Unfinished Business

I am determined to make a dent in my pattern and fabric stashes this year. When I moved to my "new" house a few decades ago, I brought with me seventeen boxes of fabric. (You don't want to know how many patterns I have. Truly.) It's very hard to stash that much fabric in a small house, so I loved having more room for it. However....I didn't do a lot with the fabric in those seventeen boxes. I bought new fabric for new patterns.

Finally a few years ago, I donated all of the quilting fabric to charity. I don't quilt, but quilting fabric made cute kids clothes and when I found the stuff on sale, I stocked up. My kids were in high school when I finally donated, and no longer fancied clothing sporting cowboys and hearts and the like. That left me with three boxes of usable apparel fabric and one box of scraps from clothing I'd made for the kids, just in case one of them took up quilting in the future.

Now my stash is under control, right? Nope. The stash is once again growing,. And growing. I've cut back on pattern and fabric purchases, but I'm still losing ground, so in the name of reducing stash stress, which in turn will allow me to indulge in more patterns and fabric without guilt, I'm making an effort to sew what I have first. And I have a lot.

My first projects were two UFOs (unfinished objects)--a melton wool jacket and a challis summer
dress. I cut the jacket out last winter, then spring sprung and I lost interest. I cut the dress out two years ago, but kept pushing it back to the end of the production line. Both are now completed (hurrah!). I'll post a few details in a day or two, but right now I have a novella calling to me, and since writing is helping to pay for my fabric habit, I'd best get to it.


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