Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Fast Failure

Sorry I've been away recently but I have several things that I am waiting to write about -- the posts are all started and waiting to be posted as soon as items are received and patterns are released. I did want to weigh in on the fabriholics anonymous fast and let you all know I am still here and sewing (just not showing).

6 Good things about the fabric fast/diet
-- better choices about fabric purchases
-- paid off a big medical bill (thanks mainly to the destash)
-- completed 23 quilts / quilted projects 
-- worked on several other craft projects, like pouches and crochet items
-- getting more creative in fabric combinations for projects
-- renewed joy from visiting my local shops and finding something I really wanted

For the last 6 months I have been on a fabric diet -- this was initially supposed to be a fast but that didn't work for me. I did pretty good on using up some fabrics and even destashed quite a bit more but I am not entirely sure that I ended up in the black on this diet -- you see I still don't have any more room in my drawers, as a matter of fact I think I may have less. 
I need another destash but I wonder is my blog a good place to do that -- any thoughts on a blog destash? 

I have been having a difficult time recently and have been considering continuing this diet another 3 or 6 months to see how more purging will make me feel. I know that initial list of goals has barely been touched so that and the custom orders that I have coming up are surely enough to keep me busy for a while. I am giving myself a break mid July when I go to Charlotte for a concert and that trip will include stopping at a few stores in that area. On the other hand, I have decided that I will not be doing our local shop hop in September but I am leaving myself open if a different shop hop is available. The real reason for wanting to continue on is that the hubs and I have decided that we would like to start thinking about moving and in order to do that we need to start saving more and cleaning out -- I'd love to move away from the city and if decreasing fabric purchasing is the way to do that then it might be worth it in the long term. 
When we move it would be a great opportunity to build that dream sewing room I have been building on pinterest for the last several years. The hubs has been eyeing long arm machines online and even asks me about them from time to time -- I think maybe he's wanting one, though neither of us has ever operated one. Funny right?

Hope everyone is quilting this summer, I know I am -- it's going to be a staycation in the sewing room in a few more weeks. 


  1. It looks like you have plenty to play with for some time.

  2. Shop Hops undo all of our best intentions don't they.

  3. Hang in there...it is hard. I am trying to do the same thing. It will get better. Robin

  4. I am behind commenting... I think you do pretty well considering the constant temptation everywhere you turn! I just unsubbed all of the IG sellers for that reason. Would like to use up leftover FQ's etc. for backing when I finish a project (but that can become sort of like making a 2nd quilt! :P Hope you get to move where you want to! <3

  5. Good luck! I so understand and now you have even more motivation. It goes look like you have plenty to play with in your stash so just enjoy those for a while.