Early in 2013 I stumbled across Jodi's blog. I followed to see how her fabric fast for 2013 would pan out (be warned, you will want to read every post on her blog if you go over there. She's that good!). And as I read, my mind started percolating the idea of a personal fabric fast.
I was resistant to it at first. I came up with all sorts of reasons why it just wouldn't work for my situation. I have a relatively small stash of fabrics. Sewing is my job. I don't really buy that much fabric anyway. But as the year progressed, the idea appealed to me more and more. After my third Black Friday checkout, I knew it would happen. And then I had the good fortune to learn that Rebecca Lynn and Jess were also fasting in 2013. Plus, they are doing linkies! I love linkies LOL Here's my plan and my caveats!
1. Use up my scraps!
I have a ton of scraps. I'm sure others have lots more than me (ahem, Amanda Jean!) but I still feel a little overwhemed when I look at my piles. I actually have plans for 2-3 quilts using scraps and I am eager to tackle them. Of course I have grandiose visions of empty scrap bins by February. But based on others stories, the bins will probably be just as full come next December. But at least they won't be twice as full!
2. Finish up some of my WIPs.
Now I consider WIPs anything I have floating around in my brain that I would like to complete. The list is long (you can click on my WIP page to see just how long) and I imagine I will continue to add things to it as the year progresses. But I would like to try and finish the year with less UFOs than I start with.
3. I'm not stocking up.
Well, I'm not stocking up anymore than I already have LOL. I shopped liberally during Pink Castle's fall sales. Some with specific projects in mind, some just to round out the stash. But I didn't buy up a whole lot of fabrics for backings. I barely have any white left for backgrounds. And I don't have a roll of batting in my studio. Which leads me to...
4. My caveats!
a) I can buy notions and batting.
b) I can buy fabric for commissioned quilts if I can't work with my existing stash.
c) I can buy backing (again if I can't work with what I have)
d) I can buy white if needed
e) I may place an order for my shop in the late winter/early spring
f) I can buy fabric for class samples. I am starting to teach at a LQS this year and class samples have to be made from fabric they sell.
I'm actually quite excited about this adventure. Every December, I get struck with the urge to go through our house and clean out all of the things we no longer love or use on a regular basis. I feel like this will give me the same impact in my sewing space. Is anyone else participating?