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Date: 5/3/13 5:23 PM

Today, I got up at the crack of dawn to stand outside of a house that was having an estate sale with so.much. fabric. Literally hundreds of yards of fabric that had never been cut plus about 75 feed sacks and hundreds of spools of thread. There were tons of ladies there with the largest totes they could find tripping over one another in an attempt to get to the fabric table. ( On a related note, I am quite proud I was second person in the fabric room,lol.)

My point is, don't save and save and save your fabric. If you have a piece you love, find a pattern and jump right in. In the end, it is only fabric. At worst, you lost a few yards and at best you get a fabulous new garment. I have noticed I already have pieces I deem too good to cut, and in reality, that is probably a silly thing to believe. Even if I cut into it and somehow mess up beyond saving, in the grand scheme of things, it is just fabric.

I am only 23, but if I accumulate too good to cut fabric for the rest of my life, I too will leave behind a huge fabric legacy. I think I'd rather sink my scissors in and hope for the best instead!

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Date: 5/3/13 6:37 PM

What a wonderful thought & great example for me, and perhaps others. I plan to start doing so as soon as I can. This goes along with the book I recently read about Madame Chic and secrets that were learned. Use your best and enjoy it everyday! Thanks

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Date: 5/3/13 9:19 PM

This post brought tears to my eyes!

How sad that this sew-er had deemed her fabric too precious for her to make up. Sure, she's probably fondled the pieces adoringly and imagined the fantastic garments that could be and yet, has decided her skill were not up to scratch, or the fabric was too expensive or she was waiting to drop a size or two, or, or, or ... and now, strangers will have the privilege of sewing up this lady`s precious collection.

I`m sure the fabric will go to good homes, at bargain prices, no doubt, and sewn up with thoughts that if it doesn`t work out, hey, it was yard sale fabric!


Thank you for calling me on this. I`ve been quilty of similar thoughts as this lady and now will re-assess my collection, and `make the cuts` and enjoy my fabric (no matter what the result).

Janine


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Date: 5/3/13 9:42 PM

Thank you for a great post. You are so correct in that it is only fabric! Over 20 years ago a well known sewing instructor told a class I attended not to stash fabric. A stash can tend to stifle your creativity when you want to make a garment because you feel you should use what you already have. I have found that to be so true for me with garment fabric over the years. If I don't make it up reasonably quick, it is very hard to use it later. Not always true, but enough times that I try to stay aware.
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Date: 5/4/13 3:25 AM

What motivating words to wake up to. I agree wholeheartedly and will attempt to sew up all I have this year lol.....even if it turns out to be a bunch of fitting garments. If nothing else I will acquire many skills in doing it.
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Date: 5/4/13 4:31 AM

You are so right! Currently I am working on a project for fabric (silk) that for 3 years was deemed too nice/expensive to cut. It is not cut yet as I am working on the muslin to get the sizing right, but it is happening. Some other wonderful pieces of fabric will follow.

About a year back I decided to go on a fabic fast. I have so enough wonderful fabric to keep me going for a while. I want it to come down to about a third of where I started before I am allowing myself to get more. I should add my sewing friend is on the same fast as I am and we keep each other honest. We are allowed to buy lining and buttons etc if needed for a project but that is where the buying stops.
So instead of now going out to buy fabric to match a pattern we are matching a pattern to the next choice of fabric.

Scary yes, more than once now I have been frozen with fear on starting a project on nice fabric but it is worth it.

Gilraen

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Date: 5/4/13 8:17 AM

Wow, that is amazing! How many of us just keep on buying fabric for our stash, petting it from time to time and never quite getting to the project that we had in mind in the first place. (raising my hand as guilty) And then there is the quilting fabric..oh my. You don't even have to have anything in mind for that! See it on sale and buy pieces of that in any size for the stash.

Then when we die, our husbands, kids, etc will sell it at a garage sale for 50 cents..even if we paid hundreds of dollars in the first place. They have no idea what it is worth..and would never guess what we paid for it.

I have a friend whom I quilted with for a number of years and she got pancreatic cancer and died. It was heartbreaking for me and all of her friends. She had specifically told her husband and grown children that none of her quilting fabric and things (except her machines) were to be sold. That since her daughter and son had no use for any of it, it was all to be given to her friends, of which she had many. And after all of them had chosen what they wanted, the rest was to be donated to the local quilting guild, of which she was a member. So I have some of her precious unfinished projects, fabric and books..I treasure all of them, but it is sad too because they were things she never was able to make.

Now on a light-hearted note: My quilting friends and I had a conversation about this, and my friend who later died of cancer (above) was there at the time. We laughingly said we would have to live for about 300 years to sew up all our stashes..and when we needed to go to a nursing home, we needed one where we could take all our tubs of fabric with us. One lady, who had been a nurse, chimed in, "Oh no! They won't let you take pointed things to a nursing home! No scissors, no needles, no pins! And definitely no rotary cutters! So there you have it..we need to sew up our stashes so we don't need a nursing home that takes tubs of fabric too..they won't let you take the sharp things we need to sew it up

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Date: 5/4/13 10:39 AM

What a good reminder to sew up what I have as much as possible. I have been trying to sew from stash since the beginning of the year both from a business and personal sewing perspective (definitely doing better on the personal front).

I've had to buy some yardage for quilt backings as most of my cottons are nowhere big enough for quilt backings (I guess I could piece my backs too). I am managing to use up quite a bit of my cottons on a variety of quilt projects -- hoping to get 7 quilts made by Xmas for grandkid gifts.

I have a lot of nice garment fabrics that I have put off sewing (the silk I bought at PR Weekend 2010 in Montreal comes to mind). I bought this silk promising myself I would use a great fabric to make something for myself -- still haven't done that.

Now all I need to find is more time.


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Date: 5/4/13 10:47 AM

Not the first time I've read a story like this here. Very inspiring to get in there and sew up a dent in that stash. You're so right--what am I saving it for? Have no sewing buddies and family will have no clue what to do with it. Better get busy sewing.

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Date: 5/4/13 10:51 AM

Another thing....the "old fabric smell"....

A friend recently gave me her mom's small stash...basically a small laundry basket (not sure how it was stored in home but not outside). There is a strange smell that is difficult to wash out. I am washing all the fabrics before taking to my ASG meeting, even wools.

Vinegar in wash cycle has worked best.....but the musty odor is still there.

Not intending to turn this into a "how to get musty fabrics clean" topic....there are lots of tips on Internet...none that I am convinced will work. This was all very clean and well-cared for fabric. Just a point on stashing, which I am very guilty.

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