To be perfectly honest, my stash of prints looks a lot more like scraps to most people. The first shelf above my sewing machine has 12 small, clear plastic bins that hold the majority of my print stash (I also have a dedicated Carolyn Friedlander large bin on the second shelf right now, too).
I tend to add fat quarters, 1/4 and 1/2 yard cuts as my clear bins start to look about halfway full or when I can’t find something for a project. I recently noticed that my true greens (not teal) and orange bins were getting low on prints, so I did a little stash enhancing shopping from The Confident Stitch.
I chose to shop with The Confident Stitch because their core values resonated deeply with me during this crazy time:
“To us, sewing is transformative for both humans and the Earth. We believe those of us with the time to hyper-consume should, instead, slow down and create. As a substitute for following the newest fast-fashion trend, we can use quality fabrics in just the right colors to make things for ourselves and the people we love. Although the things we make will be far from perfect, the act of creating heals us and the earth. We feel soothed while we create, and we add less waste to the atmosphere, and to the world’s ever-expanding mountains of garbage.
We understand that humans and the earth need a lot more healing than sewing can provide. But, sewing heals both humans and the Earth a little bit, and for that, we are grateful.”
I also appreciated that I could refine from all quilting cotton fabrics to filter by color when I was shopping, which was handy for my particular stash enhancement needs.
I did let the order sit unopened for about 3 days after it arrived, but it was a hard act of self-restraint. I ordered a half yard of each of the following prints (from left to right):
- Go Dot Go QC in Fireplace, Unbleached
- “Farm to Fabric” Scallion Texture in Orange
- Giucy Giuce Interconnection Quilting Cotton in Rust
- P&B Textiles Square Maze Quilting Cotton in Green
- Andover Declassified’s ‘Hyperbolic’ in Quasar
- “Farm to Fabric” Scallion Texture in Green
I also picked up 100 more basting pins because mine are starting to be a bit dull and several have been re-purposed for other uses (label covers, mask tie threaders, etc.).
Not that I ever really need a reason to add to my stash, but I couldn’t resist rendering my Mirage quilt pattern using the new prints.
Do you typically purchase fabric for a specific reason or if the fabric just speaks to you? What is the typical amount of yardage you order if it is to just add to your stash?
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