Lakehouse Fabrics? I have to say that I absolutely love them! They have a real 1930's influence but more updated. Maybe it's the 1930's part that makes me absolutely love them but they feel so fresh to me! have I done anything with any of these fabrics? Or have I purchased any of these yummy prints? No!! :'( I've been buying only what I need to buy to do projects out of my stash ~ and I think that this is really starting to wear on me.
When I first started quilting everyone said "You've got to built up your stash!!" So build a stash I did ~ and ~ can I just say that with a few exceptions I regret building that stash. I love my 1930's prints ~ it's a little collection but I really like it. I love my batiks and I use them a lot. I also love my red and white collection and I have a quilt planned for them. I do like that I have some background fabrics (creams and whites etc) set aside that I love to dig into when I start something new. Pretty much everything else though I regret buying to "build my stash." I have drawers of fabrics that now feel dated to me. I sigh and look at the three meter cut of something I bought on sale but I don't really like the tone of anymore; or, it is difficult to match it with the fabrics that are out now. These fabrics don't inspire me and I feel obligated to "use them up" and do something useful with them since I bought them. I've been doing this for a couple years now, and, thankfully, my stash is decreasing. My pile of UFO's has also been decreasing over this time. I do feel lighter now that my stash is slowly going down ~ but ~ I'm getting tired of dealing with my stash and I am wondering if I need to take bigger steps. Should I just list everything I don't like on Ebay? Or give it to Victoria's Quilts? Will I miss it when it's gone or feel liberated? I don't know.
I've seen a trend the past couple years of quilters stash busting ~ who, like me, are trying to decrease their stash. I've been trying to complete my UFO's and bust my stash but I think that I am in need of some inspiration. Should I take more drastic steps to lighten my load ~ or ~ should I just give myself a break and buy what I like?
What I can say though is that when a new quilter asks me about building a stash I never tell them to build one. I always say to buy for the project and make it. Don't buy meters and meters of extra fabric (like I did) just buy what you like and make from that. I still do recommend that people buy backgrounds, backings and batiks when there is a sale ~ but I never recommend that new quilters build a stash of random fabrics anymore.
Wow I feel lighter just having that off my chest LOL!!