Monday, January 23, 2012
Today I want to share some of my goals for 2012 with you. I'm telling you this in the hope that you would help keep me accountable and that I might have some companions on the journey this year. Journeys are much more fun with friends along!
I had many comments last week asking me why I was giving my stash away, and did I have any fabric left? Let me show you my current fabric stash ~
As you can see, I'm not hurting in the fabric department. The amount of things I've accumulated has been weighing heavily on my heart for some time. I'll spare you the knitting cabinet and the book/pattern cabinet so I'll still have some readers when this is post is finished. I admit it, I fell into the marketing trap. New fabrics come out and they aren't available forever, so I would purchase lines I like while I could get them. Then I justified the fabric purchases by buying more books and patterns. Of course, new fabric lines are constantly coming out so the cycle continued. At Christmas I walked in my sewing room and decided it was time to take control.
So this is my plan of action for 2012:
1. No fabric purchasing, none. If I need to buy backing fabric, it will be a solid white or cream so that the yardage left over can be used in piecing.
2. Only items to be purchased are batting, thread and backing fabric.
3. No books or pattern purchasing. If I used every book and every pattern I have, I would not finish these projects in my lifetime. A startling reality.
4. For every quilt I take to the quilter, I must hand/machine quilt two quilts myself. This will help cut down on quilting costs.
5. I will have a giveaway on the first Monday of the month to reduce the amount of sewing, craft and knitting supplies I have. There may also be items I have made or items made by other bloggers.
6. I will donate items to charity. I have already given large cuts of fabric to my church as the college girls are making dresses for African girls. I also have a box of fabric going to a friend who makes quilts for babies of servicemen.
7. I have taken on 3 sewing students who will be able to use my fabric and patterns for class.
I do want to clarify some things. I feel very blessed to have a husband who supports my interests. I, of course, support my designer friends. I absolutely love their work, as you can tell. This will be very difficult for me, but necessary. To help control the urge to shop, I have signed up for a block of the month through Shabby Fabrics. Not only will a small bit of fabric come each month, but I will be perfecting some skills as well. The blocks include piecing, embroidery and applique. I am also doing two quilt alongs, so that with each block I make, I see progress.
What will happen at the end of the year when the fabric and yarn cabinets are empty? I don't know, but I can hardly wait to find out. So here's to a year of being productive, saving money and giving to others. If anyone would like the button, the code is on my sidebar. I welcome your thoughts on this post and well as any ideas to help me in this endeavor. Blessings, dear friends!