Yesterday I had a fun chat with about fabric and quilting and jumping in with a new quilt project. This morning I woke up thinking today is the day to tackle my own fabric stash.
I am pretty good about getting rid of fabrics I don’t love. And I don’t really keep a lot of small scraps, generally nothing smaller than 4”. I can make scrappy quilts because I buy a lot of fat quarters or smaller cuts. There comes a time when some of those pieces are too fussy to cut so out they go.
I also have “too precious syndrome” – can’t use that piece because it is the last of it and what if I can’t find it again. Truth be told, I won’t ever look for it again. I might look a bit but I will probably find something else that I love even more.
This month, I am diving into my fabric bins and cutting. I am planning to go color by color, cutting squares from most of the fabrics in each bin. These will mostly become my quilt making favorite – half square triangles. I am also draw to the economy square I have been seeing on blogs and Instagram. Both are very useable blocks and perfect for scrap quilts.
My goal is to get through these bins by the end of the month. You can see the yellow/orange bin (middle left) is almost empty. I am also collecting pictures for inspiration because July will a great month for a new quilt. *Disclaimer – I have a few bins of reproduction fabric that won’t be part of this process and a few larger bins with bigger cuts to use for borders and backing. I would love to get my entire stash on hand down to 12 bins. I know it is an arbitrary goal but for me, too much is more overwhelming than not enough.