Or I could say, Interpretation on the Loose!
Back at the end of last year, when I was reorganizing all my fabric bins, and lamenting the fact that I couldn’t get all my fabric to fit into the bins, I made the goal of not buying any more fabric unless it was something that is needed for a project I already have started.
That left me free to buy large chunks of background fabric, if necessary to get a project to completion, or to buy backing, when a scrappy pieced backing just won’t work.
It’s still my goal to get all that fabric to fit into those bins, and I’ve been using it up quite quickly already this year.
HOWEVER . . .
The fabric-buying moratorium came to a screeching halt upon visiting a couple of quilt shops while I was in California, and all willpower was thrown out the window when I spent last weekend at my guild’s retreat at Sew Sweet Quilt Shop!
Here’s the damage I’ve done . . .
My daughter took me to The Orange Quilt Bee in Orange, California. I did stick to buying pieces that I will use up right away for some projects that have to be done this year. It was a good haul of low-volume prints:
Then when I presented my trunk show at Cotton and Chocolate Quilt Company, I couldn’t leave the shop without buying fabric! I did try, but I just couldn’t leave these behind. But again, in my defense, I picked out pieces that I will use up right away for these current projects, so I still wasn’t feeling too guilty.
Then, we come to last weekend — our guild retreat — where the retreat center is attached to one of the most fabulous quilt shops in existence, Sew Sweet Quilt Shop. We were there over Fat Quarter Friday, whereupon if you purchase 5 fat quarters, you get 3 free. How can I pass that up? Free fabric!!! So I didn’t pass it up — twice!
And I also bought some more low-volumes for those aforementioned projects. In fact, I’ve already cut into a lot of the fabric I bought, moving those projects along. And you’ll get to see these projects this summer, so I think then you will agree that I needed these.
I’ve already used up over half of this charm pack:
And I’m fixin’ to cut into these sometime this week, which will pretty much use them completely up, too:
So with all that, I still don’t feel that I added to my stash too much, and I will be using LOTS of pieces that are already in my stash to go along with these, so really, I probably broke about even with all this. And I’m hoping to get back on track with my goal of not buying anything else for the next few months.
That being said, I already intend to buy backing for a queen-sized quilt this weekend, and I’m headed to the AQS Show in Paducah in April. How good a chance do you think I have? Hmm . . .
And for the sake of a complete and honest confession here, here’s where I really got inventive with my excuses to abandon my goal. I got sucked into the Elizabeth Hartman vortex, and succumbed to the Florence Flamingo pattern . . .
AND bought the background fabric to make it with. I plan to use my stash for the actual flamingos, so that’s how I justified this purchase. I’ll be using up stash! I needed a big chunk of background! It’s adorable, besides! I blame Elizabeth. And my friend, Linda, who also bought the pattern and came back to retreat waggling it under my nose, causing me to rush back to the shop to snatch up the last copy they had in stock before someone else got to it. (They’ve already got more back in stock, so never fear — if you want one, too, they have plenty more!)
Is there any hope for me?