I'VE BEEN BUSTING STASH!
I have a three day weekend this weekend. So I've worked steadily in my sewing room all day. Between naps that is. I'm sick. AGAIN! But I work a bit and nap a bit and HOPEFULLY I'll have everything all cleaned up and ready to move boxes back in by Monday.
So if I've been sleeping and cleaning, how have I been busting stash? Well I've packed a BIG box almost full to give to my guilds charity program. So far I've put 133 yds in the box and I know there will be more when I start unpacking boxes from the shop. Some of this is stuff I bought over the years that just doesn't apeal to me any longer. Colors I've outgrown, maybe not quite the quality I like. But no really thin, sleazy stuff. I tossed all that without a bit of guilt!. And much of it came from Mama's stash. Just before she went into a nursing home a few years ago she sent all her quilting stash home with me. it had been stored in drawers in a really musty room so I washed and ironed all of it and measured as I ironed. Quit counting when I hit 400 yds and there was still a big tub left to be ironed! Lots of it I like and will use but much of this is 80s calicos. Have I mentioned I'm not a calico kinda girl? Some I like the colors and kept those but there's lots of dusty blues/pinks/greens in that bunch that just don't apeal to me at all. I've kept it thinking I'd use it to make charity quilts or to piece backs with. But I have this thing where I really like my backs to kinda match the front so I just never seem to do the pieced back thing. BTW, I did cut a hunk off each piece to strip up into my strip/squares/brick drawers. So I'll still have a bit of each of these fabrics for my scrap quilts but won't have to deal with 2 to 3 yd cuts of a fabric that doesn't appeal to me.
So I could make charity quilts. And I have made a lot of them in the past. But right now my quilting time is at a premium. And it occurs to me that I have 2 brothers and a sister and except for the wall hanging I gave my sister a number of years ago they have never received a quilt from me. And I have 11 nieces and nephews. 5 have never received a quilt from me and the others it's been many years. And I have 3 great nephews/nieces and none of them have received a quilt from me. And I have several really close friends who have also never received a quilt from me. It's kinda sad to think that many strangers to me have received my quilts but so many people that I love have not. So no more charity quilts from me for a while as I work to make sure that those I love have at least one of my quilts to wrap my love around them with.