As you probably might have guessed, I love fabric, I love looking at fabric, I dream about fabric (sometimes literally) and most of all I love buying fabric. I can spend HOURS looking at fabric online and in fabric stores. I don’t really like shopping for clothes and shoes, but fabric – that’s my happy place!
I usually purchase fabric that is on sale at retail stores and I also like to shop at estate sales. There are A LOT of estate sales that have unfinished quilt tops, such as the one below.
Purchasing fabrics that are on sale, on clearance or at estate sale or resale store makes me feel like “Oh, I got a great deal!”. Lately, however, I have been feeling kind of “blah” about the amount of fabric I have and here’s why: I am overwhelmed by all the fabric I have and when I get overwhelmed I try to ignore what ever it is that is overwhelming me. Yikes!
After thinking about it for awhile, I also think that for me, I am not grateful for what I have. I probably have enough fabric to make at least 30 quilts – just check out the evidence below.
Now, I am not saying that it is inherently wrong for a person to have tons of fabric or tons of shoes or tons of purses. Everyone needs to figure out what is best for them and for me I think it is best to downsize my fabric “stash”. Why not use what I have so much of instead of buying more fabric that is going to be put in a closet or stacked on a shelf for YEARS. Yes, I have had some fabric for over 10 YEARS. Good grief, when am I going to use it??
You may have noticed that the title of this post is “Where did all of this fabric come from? PART 1“. That is because there will be a PART 2 to this post. At the end of the year I will do a follow-up post and I am going to have used up at least 75% of the fabric I have. I am no longer going to purchase any fabric (excluding quilt backing fabric which comes at a nice 108″ wide and is $8 per yard) for any projects that I have. I am simply going to use what I have. Know why? Because gratitude makes what you have enough.
My sister wanted this embroidered on a book cover and I realized that for me it’s so true!
My friend Catherine from AWildFlowerDay is an amazing artist. She writes all of the chalkboard designs at our church. A while back I had her make a custom design for me with the words “Gratitude makes what you have ENOUGH”. I put this on some dish towels and added them to my shop. I have one of these hanging on my oven door to remind me to be grateful for what I have. Honestly, I should have one glued to my laptop so when I get tempted to purchase something online it will make me stop and think “Do I really need that?”.
What do you think? Is there something in your life that you could have less of? Let me know in the comments below.
To be continued…….