Saturday, November 8, 2008

Let's Talk About Stash

I've never been much of a stash person. I always bought fabric with a particular project in mind, used it for that, and my only stash was scraps and odd pieces which were left over. When I was quilting, I saved those scraps, just in case I might be able to use them in another quilt block sometime. The last couple of months, I've been trying to build up a stash, but I have to admit it's hard for me.

I've never been much of a shopper. Retail therapy is not a concept I understand. I go shopping when I need something. That goes for clothes, groceries, things for the house ... whatever. So it's been hard for me to shop for fabric when I don't have a specific use for it in mind. I've picked up some yardage the last few weeks, but unless I have a specific project in mind, I get so overwhelmed in the fabric shop that it's hard for me to buy anything. I bought the same fabric twice because I forgot I already had some. Once I buy it, I feel compelled to use it for something.

Except for fabric that I purchased for a particular use ... this is my entire stash.

Pretty pitiful, huh? Well, I'm working on it. I guess I'm still not used to the fact that the kids are all gone, and nobody is going to need a new pair of tennis shoes, or have outgrown all their jeans, or need a trip to the emergency room for xrays or stitches or something, and it's okay to spend some money on things just for fun!!


Lurline's Place said...

I would have what is termed a moderate stash, I guess. Being a miminalist, I would love to have your stash, but then again I guess I love fabric too much. Try not to let stash-building get out of hand like the rest of us!Hugs - Lurline!

Shari said...

It really isn't true that she who has the most fabric wins! I have so much fabric that I forget what I have and as it is stored in clear boxes stacked on top of each other it is physically challenging to search for the pieces I want. I say good on you for being so organised and focused! I recently took 40 FQ from my 'pink' box and still could only barely put the lid back on. I really need to join Stash Busters.

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