No people I am not speaking of “stash” as in the green three-leaf clover that is not legal in the state of Pennsylvania. I am referring to a large stash of “fabric”. I am curious to hear if my peers have a large fabric stash. I often meander into a fabric shop and encounter an abounding amount of fabrics that I am drawn to, but refrain from purchasing. Of course my refusal to buy in quantity has me later kicking myself when it becomes evident that one of those “passed over” materials would have been the soul mate for a specific project. To make matters even worse when I take the time to venture back to the shop and invest in the cloth, it quickly becomes apparent that it has been confiscated by a wiser customer. I find myself slowly exiting the store feeling totally deflated. I believe I suffer from FCS (fabric commitment syndrome). Standing amidst all those beautiful patterns, and colors, gives me cold feet. I can’t seem to allow myself to be devoted to more than one piece of material. I suppose my relationship with fabric has me being a monogamous quilter.
I only browse for fabric when I have an upcoming project and it’s time to redeem the precise cloth for the design that is whirling around in my mind. Since I don’t accumulate fabric, I have but a very small stash to draw upon. This lack of resources often leads to a little bit of design challenges. Obstacles aren’t necessarily a bad thing but not possessing the quantity of fabric required for a design most definitely is!
When Hula Hibiscus was being constructed, thanks to Ronda K Scott, the challenge presented was to produce this piece from our “stash” alone. WHAT??? I about fell on the floor. I don’t even know if you can consider my collection a “stash” as it’s so pitiful!
No I wasn’t lying, it is very small, tiny, minuscule. So lets turn this topic away from me and out to the public. Do you have a large stash, or are you like me and need to find the closest FCS program?