A few weeks ago, I posted a Sunday Stash that felt a little sad. It was Black-Friday-Cyber-Monday-shop-your-heart-out weekend. My sweetheart had just offered to build me two shelves for my newly organized yardage-on-comic boards, AND I still had my fabric allowance to spend. AMH’s True Colors were sold out on the few sites that had them on sale, so I cruised on for way too long in search of something to buy.

Nothing spoke to me.

Or maybe everything spoke to me.

The offer for shelves made me excited, but it also highlighted how much I’m expanding in what is truly an ample sewing space. I get antsy about having too much stuff, and I don’t want to feel like I’m a slave to my stash, constantly needing new ways to store, pack, and manage a growing-out-of-control collection.

Then I met Molli Sparkles who, for all his glittery fabulousness, delivered some sorely needed advice. Or rather a link to some advice. A mantra. For me. It was perfect.

Curate.

Amy at Badskirt is really on to something. And maybe everyone else already knows this or doesn’t share my struggle with what to buy, but if you’re like me and working on your stash philosophy, go read her post. I love every word. Especially the part about binging and purging and how a fabric diet can compound the problem.

I will not diet.

But I’m going to plan. I’ve got a list of projects and goals for 2014, and I’m thinking that I’ll let go of fabric in my stash that doesn’t fit; it’ll get swapped, gifted, or sold. New fabric purchases will fit my plan, and Sunday Stash posts will include my justification for purchase – if only for my own satisfaction. That’s part of how I’ll curate. Some of the projects on my list require larger cuts of fabric, and having a plan will help me maximize my buying power next time those sales come around.

So, my most recent purchase is on behalf of two friends who want some Charley Harper pillows. This fabric already seems to be hard to find, so I snapped up a fat quarter bundle from Westwood Acres.

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Photo from Westwood Acres

There’ll be more Charley Harper in the Westwood Acres shop in March – if these pillows are a success, maybe I’ll add a throw quilt to my list of projects.

Linking up with Fiona at Finding Fifth!

9 Comments

  1. mary

    I love those Charley Harper prints, I need them in my stash, my daughter was given a Charley Harper for Christmas last year and I fell in love. I’m not sure how I can wangle the purchase of it though! Last week I won a $50 credit to FQS but they don’t stock it so I planned ahead and bought fabric for my brothers wedding quilt!

  2. Wendy

    Curate seems like the perfect word for the year – I don’t know if you do one little word or not – but it seems appropriate to curate our lives as well. I just closed the Craftsy sale page because I didn’t find anything that spoke to me, even though I had a 40% off coupon from my Black Friday purchase. But that Charley Harper bundle – that speaks to me – great purchase, good plan!

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