Sometimes I sit in my studio and look at all the fabric that I own. All of the money that I have spent over the years, has certainly been my form of therapy. If you had to guess how many yards of fabric
you owned could you do it? Would you want to do it? I couldn't guess and the thought of it makes me very uncomfortable.
As a former scientist, I can figure out a way to approximate the yardage in my stash. I can estimate how much I have by weighing it. Do I want to do this? Heck No!!! It's depressing enough looking at my bulging shelves. Much of the fabric is outdated and would not be the focus of a quilt that I would design now. I shy away from fabric stores and quilt shows, so I am not tempted to buy more, at least until I've used up some of what I already have. If I need to create a project for a book or magazine, then I would be happily forced to buy current fabric, but otherwise, I've gone on austerity. And yes, for those of you that are not quilters, quilting fabric is like fashion. It changes from year to year.
But here's the problem. I probably have enough fabric to make 100 quilts. This means that I could potentially spend years trying to use it all. And what about the new projects?? And what about quilting all those quilts?? It all makes my head hurt.
So here's my attempt to start using up some of that fabric. This is my version of a scrap quilt. It's my own design that I created one step at a time. That's the way I like to design. I only used fabric from my stash.
It measures about 57"w x 68"h.
The center of the design is a hibiscus. The background fabric behind the flower is a feedsack from the 1930's. I must have bought it about 20 yrs ago. Some of the other fabrics have also been sitting on my shelves for a long time. I am thrilled that I got to use them and now they are gone - in a quilt.
I enjoy piecing the back for a quilt. It certainly adds interest and it makes the quilt reversible.
And it helps to decrease my fabric stash.