I’m about 1 and 1/2 months into a no buying period (fabric and yarn) thanks to Stephanie from my HeartStrings group. She’d posted she was going to go the rest of the year without purchasing fabric and I thought it might be a good idea to join her since I seem to be buying faster than I’m knitting or quilting.
I admit I was getting the urge to do some shopping before I started clearing things out for the carpet install. Do you remember when I moved from MN 3 years ago and the longarm and stash went to GA? I said I wasn’t going to recreate my stash here but that I would kit up projects to work on while I was in FL. That part I did …. these are some of the tops and quilts pieced from kits I cut from stash.
I kitted up fabrics for my Quick Strippies – they make great donation quilts for kids or gifts and it’s nice to be able to grab a baggie and piece a quick top! Plenty of those got made up or quilted too.
But I also started buying kits, Jelly Rolls, and fat quarter bundles just to have here so I could start a quilt when I felt like it and those started adding up. Out of curiosity, and before I started beating myself up too badly – I looked through my quilt photos to see how I have been using them.
I buy kits more often for the fabric combinations than the patterns – these were all made from kits mostly found on clearance and just one of them – the bow tie – actually used the pattern that came with the kit. There are also several other kits I bought and gave Mom to make.
I thought Jelly Rolls were another good option since I didn’t have my stash here. I refuse to pay full price for them but Craftsy had lots of them on sale for half price and Connecting Threads sells 2.5 inch strips from their fabric collections too. Some of them have made it to the finished top or quilt stage.
And of course, I just can’t resist a fat quarter bundle on sale or clearance and again, I thought they’d be great for here in FL when I wanted to start a quilt and didn’t have access to the stash. All of these were made from bundles of fat quarters.
So while I have over purchased … at least I’m using what I buying … just at a slower pace which is why the 4 month’s of no buy makes sense especially right now as I get ready to combine the FL and GA stashes into one.
And in case you’re wondering what numbers prompted this review … just here in FL I found
- 18 Jelly Rolls
- 13 Connecting Threads 2.5 inch strip rolls
- 26 fat quarter bundles
- 32 kits
- 5 Strippie kits plus 11 one yard pieces of novelty fabrics that need additional fabrics pulled from stash to complete the kits
Plus additional yardage both brought from the GA stash and purchased for borders, backgrounds, and backings.
I don’t regret my purchases – after all, I won’t always have the same ability to buy what I want and I will be quilting for many years to come (hopefully but there’s still a lot of quilts to be made!