You might wonder why I’m trying so hard to reduce my stash when I love my stash! Well . . the more I use, the more I can buy, right? That’s partially true. I’ve never had the intention of using ALL the stash but just whittling it down a bit.
When it’s time to pull fabric for a new quilt, that’s when I really love my stash. For the next quilt I’m working on, I needed 5 yards of a dark, 2 yards of a light and 9 fat quarters. There are only a few pieces in my stash that are 5 yards or larger. I mostly buy 3 yard pieces but will occasionally buy 5 yards of an ecru on ecru or light background. Lucky for me, I have a bolt of Michael Miller Jet Black so that works for my dark background. The light background is a mottled gray. And the 9 fabrics are there. I don’t buy many fat quarters so I’ll just whack off what I need.
I wouldn’t mind trading that top fabric, which is actually an orange, for a purple if I can find the right shade. Or, those two yellows really look too much alike. Maybe I’ll switch one of them for a purple. Hmmm . . that one between the bright pink and yellow is a purple. Looks kinda blue. Maybe I’ll switch one of the yellows for a kelly green.
Good thing I took a picture and then took a second look at my choices, huh?
Pam O says
The camera is a wonderful quilting tool. It really helps give perspective when selecting fabrics or settings.
Margo in Maine says
I have a big stash but find it hard to pull for a project…but am working at it more….decisions, decisions, decisions and then we change our minds…’how many times’!…and isn’t that our prerogative as women. Have fun doing it…
Living with several shops nearby, I love an excuse to go to them. I guess that’s why I don’t buy big pieces. Yet another of the differences between small-town life and an urban area. 🙂
can’t wait to see what you’re cookin’ up next!
that yardage sounds very do-able.
I use my camera a lot too – unfortunately sometimes I don’t look until it’s too late like in my Wonky Rails quilt where two reds landed right together in one set of blocks – luckily it doesn’t look as blendy in real life as it does in the photo and it’s done now so too bad!
I’m working on building a stash now that we’re out of the RV. 3 yards at a time hmm?? I usually get 2, no wonder I never have quite enough, LOL.
I like “shopping” from my stash too, that way you can keep changing your mind!
I think some more intense purple in there would look great!