Waste not, want not

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past year, it’s that we have a lot of stuff. I don’t mean that we have a lot of valuable items, either. I mean that we have random stuff that just takes up space without really providing value. I include my yarn and fabric stash in that category.

That’s right, I don’t think my fabric or yarn stash provide value – at least, not until I do something with them. I’ve come up with plans to use my stash that will provide value:

  • Yarn that doesn’t have a fairly immediate use in a project, I don’t particularly like, or that doesn’t coordinate with anything else will be turned into charity items. Not only have I made it a personal goal to make at least one item for donation every month this year, I’ve sorted out a practical way to do it (more on that in a later post).
  • Fabric has been split into two piles. Larger scraps will be basted onto hexagonal English Paper Piecing templates because I have clearly lost my mind. Smaller scraps, including those generated by the hexie quilt leftovers, go into my crazy quilt pile.

Now, let’s talk about the EPP hexie throw project. Looking back, I have no idea what made me think, gosh, a hand sewing project that’ll take me months is clearly a good idea! I’m not sure I ever had a thought like that to begin with, especially since I’ve never particularly liked to sew by hand. But I have found that I enjoy having a portable project that doesn’t tie me to the sewing machine. I know it’ll take a while, but it’ll be worth it once this expands into a bright, colorful heirloom:

I’ve toyed with the idea of having friends send me old cotton dress shirts to include because I’m not entirely sure I’ll have enough fabric to do the top. I also hesitate to bring more fabric into the house since decluttering is tough enough already. For now, I’ll see how far I get with what I have – it’ll be a while before I really need to worry about it.

I am curious about what other quilters do to keep stashes low and organize scrap fabrics. I guess I’ll need to do some research!

Until next time…

-Tommy

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