Most of you will not relate to this but I’ve known quilters who hardly ever quilt because they no longer like the fabric in their stash. They feel they can’t buy new fabric because they have a stash . . though they don’t want to use it so . . they don’t quilt.
What if you’re in that position? What would you do?
Obviously, you need to get rid of the fabric that has you paralyzed. Decide today . . what are you going to do? Don’t you want to be excited about quilting again? Do you believe that there is no truly ugly fabric? Even if you don’t like it now, you must have once loved it or you wouldn’t have bought it, right? If you once loved it, don’t you think someone else would love it now?
- You could try to sell it on ebay.
- You could try to trade it with another quilter. Maybe she has fabric she doesn’t like and you’d love it.
- You could make donation quilts — quilts for orphans, lap quilts for old folks homes, small quilts for police to give to children when needed.
- You could make bags to re-use at the grocery store.
If you have the funds to buy new fabric, you can donate the fabric you no longer want. But, if you don’t want to go out and buy a bunch of new fabric, can you try buying a few new pieces to put with the old fabrics and maybe make it work?
Here’s a story I was told when I first began longarm quilting. For those who machine quilt, whether on a longarm, short arm, domestic . . you know that sometimes it’s just hard to get started. Even though I love longarm quilting, there are days when I can find every excuse in the world to keep from getting started. Some wise person said to me . . set aside an amount of time that you know you can spend each day at the longarm. For some it may be 15 minutes; for others it may be 2 hours. Just be realistic when you commit. Then, do it!
Here’s my challenge for any of you who feel paralyzed by the stash: Go to you stash right now and pull some fabrics to make some blocks. Make something simple — plain nine patches, or four patches, or big flying geese . . use those fabrics to make something. Commit to yourself that you are going to make a number of blocks . . maybe 4; maybe 9; maybe 12 . . and do it! You may be able to find that some of those fabrics you no longer love . . may just rekindle that flame of desire and you may end up liking them again.
Anyone willing to do this little challenge?