Continuing to evaluate my progress on my 15 Quilty Resolutions for 2015, I decided to tackle resolution #11 yesterday mornting:
11. Let go of things that no longer serve me
This includes de-stashing fabrics I know I will never use and letting go of the idea that everything I do needs to be perfect. I am not perfect, and my quilts will not be, either.
I went through my stash and was honest with myself about whether or not I would ever use a fabric or not. Some fabrics are not quilt shop quality, and they were easy to let go. Some fabrics were gifted to me and have languished in my stash for years. Some fabrics were used on a particular project and are not likely for me to ever use again. Other fabrics were harder to let go, and I probably kept a handful that I might de-stash in another few years. 🙂 But overall, it was a great process for me. And holy moly, did I have a lot of blue fabric that I was ready to let go.
I posted a big messy pile on my Instagram feed yesterday wondering what I should do with the fabric, and I immediately got some great advice from Esther @ipatchandquilt: she recently went through a de-stash process and then gave her fabric to a friend looking to get started sewing. That was just the spark I needed. I reached out to a friend who has said she is interested in learning to sew / quilt, and it turns out she has been going to her church and helping to make quilts for children. I am very excited to be donating these fabric to her as a stash starter kit, and I hope some of the fabrics find their way into her generously made and donated creations.
I also heard from Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs about a fabric de-stash and swap that her modern quilt guild hosts twice a year – what a great idea!
So, keep in mind that your de-stashed fabrics might just be what someone else is needing!
Do you have any other great de-stashing tips or recommendations for organizations that accept fabric donations?
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