Saturday, 2 January 2016
The Weird, Wacky and Wonderful
Jenn at Quarter Inch From the Edge has declared 2016 the year of the stash and she has written a stash manifesto to go along with it. She is encouraging others to play along and write their own manifestos. This prompted me to add to my 2016 goals the goal of using more of my stash.
My first thought was to have my manifesto typified by the statement "Use It or Lose It. With this scenario I envisioned myself restricting purchases to having used an equivalent amount of material from the stash, but here's the thing. I don't have that kind of accounting personality and the whole enterprise would just bore me to death.
So I'm still going to add to my stash, pretty much in the same way I do now, but I'm going to aim to use up at least as much of the old stuff as I bring in , and hopefully more.
Now I don't know about you but over the years I've managed to accumulate some fabrics that I can only describe as one offs. Maybe I went a little overboard at a sale, maybe I bought too many fat quarters for a particular project wanting to have lots of options for fabric choices. To be frank for some of my fat quarters I don't know what I was thinking!
Keeping all this in mind my Mission Statement is "To Use Up the Weird, the Wacky and the Wonderful" one offs that I have in my stash. It could be a fat quarter or several metres of fabric.
And here I share with you some of the dirty laundry.
Some of these could definitely fall into the category of weird and wacky, and if they don't fit in that category they don't go with much in my stash right now.
The weirdly wonderful category includes several traditional Japanese fabrics that don't really fit with each other or with much else in my stash.
Although some of these fabrics are quite beautiful.
So how am I planning on using these up. Well, in November and December I did a pretty good job of using stash fabrics in small presents like the five minute hexie coasters and fabric baskets. I might also sneak some fabrics into improv pieces, and I have some plans to give away some fabrics to homes where I know they will be better loved. It's all about lightening the load and freeing up space for new things.
So that's the plan. I'm linking up to the Year of the Stash Linkup with Jenn at Quarter Inch From the Edge. Like Jen I'll keep a running tab somewhere.
Do you have plans for lightening your stash this year?