In the beginning I bought everything that was on sale, and most of it was 'traditional'. It matched what everyone else was using in the quilting classes I attended. I was new to online fabric shops and went a little mad. I collected a lot of fulgies, which should all be gone by now. Though I do think that sometimes they hide in crevasses and breed - then those little buggers leap out and give me a fright!
Next came the buying a whole line of a fabric stage. Only I would get them and there were always several prints that just did not do it for me. Fine when it is a charm pack or a layer cake, but when you have a FQ or half yard of it and it is glaringly obvious that you won't ever use it then that is a waste of money.
Finally, I am at the stage of buying stuff I like, and only what I like. I also have my fabric in its new storage units so I am better able to see what I have sorted by colour. This system works for me. It was only when I got the Ikea units and sorted it all that I came to realise that I had far more blue, pink and green than red, purple, orange or yellow. Now that does not mean that I don't still buy blue, pink and green. But it does mean that occasionally I remember to add to my stash of the others.
Well, that's the theory - because at the recent LQS sale I did come out with almost all blues, greens and pinks so in reality I am failing badly! I've done slightly better this time.
|I already had the layer cake but I got the solids to go with it.|
Any suggestions for a quilt pattern?
Woodlands from Anthology.
|Everyone needs a few sheep and flowers in their stash,|
|Some Modern Whimsy.|
Good stash builders.
|Despite this looking like a package of hankies for your grandfather,|
it was an ideal chance to build up my purple stash.
|You don't find enough good purples out there in the fabric shops.|
At least I don't, so I had to have these.