I had been moving into this realm of thinking and two bloggers have helped me turn that corner and decide to go full-fledged in that direction. The first is Molli Sparkles with his post No Value does not Equal Free. Quilting is actually a very expensive hobby and especially so when all the new fabric comes out and it is all so gorgeous and the desire to have it ‘in my stash’ overrides the common sense of ‘I already have gorgeous fabrics that will do just fine.’ The cost of creating the beauty we all enjoy is high. Fabric prices are going up and the quilting community tends to lean toward a designer esthetic and make it seem that the big box fabric store fabrics are not good enough. Some big name designers design fabrics for those companies that are printed on quilting grade cotton. I shouldn’t feel as if I cannot feature them in a project on my blog or use them from time to time, especially if I can get them at 40% off and be able to use an additional 15% off coupon.
The second post was a very open and honest look at spending addiction by Diane at from blank pages. Her post hit home because I have struggled with debt and having to curb spending. I know I have plenty in my life and I really don’t need to add any more fabric to my stash or any more Vera Bradley bags to my closet. A good deal is no longer a good deal when you are spending money you don’t have.
I got myself out of a large amount of debt a few years back. I still have some but it is in a more manageable state. I pay cash whenever I can. I still live paycheck to paycheck but that could change, for the better, if I curbed my fabric buying. I need to save up for when my car dies in the next year or two. I want to have more money to travel and visit my friends more often. I want to be able to pay the bill outright if something in my 10 year old house breaks down. I’m going to make thoughtful purchases – purchases with a plan.
I’m going to start with my Instagram Miniswap quilt. I will be using fabrics exclusively from my stash for the front, back, and binding. I have enough fabric so it shouldn’t be much of a struggle to do that.
I will still share on Sunday Stash but it will be with fabric pulls rather than purchases.
Speaking of Sunday Stash – this is my most recent purchase. It is Hollywood Sparkle. The pink, black, and grey will be used for the outside of a Mary Kay inspired Sew Together bag. I already have some pink and black laminate to use for the inside and the pockets. I’ve been planning this one for awhile now.
I used my own stash for this baby quilt top that was made for a guild charity project. It’s so sweet and pretty.
The fabric is Spring Fling by Me and my Sister designs. I do need to stop at Joann’s to get flannel for the back since I don’t have any pinkish flannels in my stash. I will be using all the coupons that I can. :-)
I was also able to get the backing done for the Kitty Mini Quilt Swap.
My newest goal is to make thoughtful purchases. That Hollywood Sparkle bundle was in an online shopping cart for 3 weeks before I decided it was the perfect fabric for that project. Here’s to saving money for what I really need and not just what I want. Diane started the #shopyourownstash tag on Instagram and I plan on playing along.