I’ve been making art quilts now on a serious basis for about 10 years and full time for five!
It surprised me when I realized that. While thinking about that and looking at my bulging and dripping over stash storage, I realize that my quilt needs have changed as I developed my styles over the past ten years.
So how has it changed?
I have enormously increased my thread stash over the years, and recently I jaw-droppingly won Superior Threads giveaway of 30 cones of all 30 colors of their new Microquilter 100 weight. This is a thread I will use a lot and recognized when they introduced it that if it was as good as I expected that I would want a lot of it. What a nice thing! Thanks Superior! So I bought new cone holder to accommodate that. I store my smaller spools in the plastic drawers where I used to store more fabric. I would have a hard time adding much thread into my stash now. I am thankful for this stash and expect to use most of it over the next few years. I use a lot of thread in my wall art quilts.
I had originally stocked in a lot of Oriental fabric prints, story prints, and landscape prints in the strong reds, browns, and blues I really love.
I have increased those fabrics that are either solid or read solid, and I also have large quantity of blacks and whites, and I even have a lot of prepared for dye fabrics. Truly, I could use bolts of blacks, whites, and solid dark blues. I recently used up a bolt of black and had to buy some more.
I still love landscape fabrics, and have lots of plans for those.
I originally told myself I would never paint a quilt. Sew how has it happened that paints, inks, and other fabric markers have grown into a big stash…not huge, but big? He he he he.
Then there are crystals, beads, and sequins, which I use mostly on space and ancient manuscript quilts with a crystal or two on some of my others. These are small and take little space, but I use them up rapidly when I make one deep space quilt. I don’t buy a lot ahead because it is so expensive. I do watch for big sales in bulk though.
I can’t seem to keep enough stabilizers and battings in stock, since I use them a lot and mostly buy them as I need them, so those spaces are about the same.
I plan on a little stash busting by making a quilt for my bed and maybe a couple of lap quilts for my home and a charity quilt or two from the parts of the stash I no longer anticipate using in professional art quilts.
I will be reducing my stashes throughout this year. The last time I did this was about five years ago when I retired and started full time, and it held up well, but is once again in need of some attention.
I refuse to let myself add more storage, because I have plenty to keep enough fabrics, threads, and paints to last me the rest of my life! I must reduce what I have to make it all fit again and make room for the few things I need for specific projects that aren’t already there. This will be an ongoing effort for the next several months, I think…maybe longer.
Sew I am well stocked for quilting and sewing, though I could use more cotton-silk Radiance and a few more neutrals.
With apologies to those of you who are interested, I will be late in my promise for part two of our stylized landscape project next steps. I have to work through the background to get pictures and maybe even videos and that is taking longer than I anticipated. Nevertheless, I will get part two done in this month.
Sew how has your stash changed since you started this activity? Do you need to reduce or add or both? I would love to hear from you about this.