Sunday, 10 January 2016

Use The Good Stuff

As I said in my goal setting post, when choosing fabric from my stash, I have a tendency to save the good fabric for later, at the expense of the current project.  I know it makes no sense at all, and this year, I want to work on this.

So one of my 2016 goals - my most important goal - is a four-word sentence:  "Use the Good Stuff".  It's that simple.

This does not mean that I can't ever use less liked fabric.  There are times when it's perfectly OK: a scrap quilt, a project for someone whose tastes are different than mine, and so on.  But if a fabric is the perfect choice for a project and I find it is "too good" I have to use it.  If I don't use it because I am saving it for some vague future project that I feel is worthier, I am robbing myself of an opportunity to play with gorgeous fabric while I still like it.  Who knows if I will still like it when I find the perfect project?

So, to hold myself accountable, I commit to blog about my fabric choices, and in particular, for each project, to clearly state whether I chose the "best" fabric or not.  I may still do a bit of "saving for later" but at least, I am going to fess up.  Recognizing you have a problem is the first step, isn't it?

So here's a first report, a positive one.  I must admit that, technically, this project was done a couple days before I made the commitment, but I am still counting it as a success.

Use the Good Stuff Report #1:

While my mom was visiting (and after she ironed and folded hundreds of meters of fabric), she hinted that she would like another infinity scarf, softer than the last one I made her (with Art Gallery fabric which I find quite soft myself).  I did not have any voile on hand, so I took a big breath and offered her to choose a piece from my very precious Liberty stash.

So much goodness in here.  And it's even nicer to touch than to look at...

She picked a fabric, and I made the scarf.  Her part of the bargain (because, you know, ironing and folding hundreds of meters of fabric and raising me into a productive adult wasn't enough...) was that she would pose for a picture and agree to let me post it.

So here is my beautiful mom, and her beautiful Liberty Infinity Scarf.

I can't think of a better use for this piece of fabric, and my mom is definitely worthy of using the good stuff.

I am linking up with Jenn's (A Quarter Inch from the Edge) "Year of the Stash", even though this is not a full manifesto.  I don't think I need a full manifesto.  I only really need one rule.  Use the Good Stuff.  If I keep passing on using the good stuff, I fail.  If I think about my fabric choices and chose to Use the Good Stuff, I will have a successful year of stash sewing.

Are you enthusiastically cutting into your gorgeous fabric, or do you have a hard time using the good stuff?


  1. I know what you mean about using it! A few years ago I set out to make a scrap quilt. A SCRAP QUILT. And my first thought was to go buy more fabric, but fabric I hated, so that I didn't use up the fabric I had.
    I got my self sorted out. Good luck, and have fun!

  2. Brilliant resolution - good luck. xx

  3. OMG!! I am guilty of this and need to change!! Although sometimes I simply don't have the fabric that I need for a project and have to buy!!

  4. It's so funny how so many quilters do that! I have a pile of fabric in a drawer that I keep for that "special" project. What the heck is that "special" project going to be? I haven't a clue!! 2016 is also the year where I sew my stash. There will always be more "special" fabric no? :-). I love the infinity scarf you made and it looks AMAZING on your mom. Great job!

  5. I think all quilters have 'those' fabrics that they don't want to use on any ol' project. I've got a few fat quarters of mermaids and what not begging to be used in a baby quilt. Just looking for the right pattern. ;) Good luck with using the good stuff!

  6. Use the Good Stuff is as fine a manifesto as anyone needs. It applies not only to fabric, but dishes, clothes, wine, whatever! I can't believe your mom ironed hundreds of metres of fabric. That's wild! Thanks for linking up, Dominique!

  7. Great idea! I tend to save fabric as well. The scarf looks great on your mom.

  8. That's a great motto, Dom. I also tend to put off using the good stuff too. No more! :) Beautiful scarf for a beautiful lady! Happy New Year to you and yours!

  9. I find it hard to use the good stuff too but I am trying. I did cut into some treasured fabrics this week. I still cant cut my Liberties but since seeing your scarf I think that is what I will make one too. They are so soft and drapable. Good luck with your goal.

  10. I think you are the sweetest daughter !


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