Fabric Fast

Fabric Fast 2021

There is a well established connection in my life with feeling stress and wanting to buy something. Obviously, this pattern is rather problematic. Back in 2018, I went on a fabric fast and stopped buying fabric and quilting supplies for about nine months. The experience was painfully amazing. Which is to stay I had many moments of feeling uncomfortable mixed in with increased peace and connection. And I need a repeat.

My work in progress pile is piling up and I am flitting between projects with no real purpose. I need to stop starting and accumulating and working through what I have. Thus, it’s time for a do-over. Starting July 1, 2021, no more fabric, quilting notations, patterns, thread, or that-cool-thing-I-saw-on-Instagram/Estsy/wherever. For this to work, I need rules. So here we go:

  1. No new fabric, notions, books, patterns, blocks of month, cool thing-a-ma-jigs before 2022
  2. No starting new projects until I’ve finished three of my outstanding projects
  3. I am allowed to buy fabric to complete outstanding projects…but bonus to me if I can use what is in my stash
  4. When/if I get to start new project, I have to use what I have.
  5. I am allowed to accept gifts.
  6. None of this applies to someone commissioning me to make them a quilt since they will be doing all the buying/spending anyway.

Anyone else ever feel like they need a cleanse every once in awhile? I find that sometimes I have too many choices and by giving myself some limits it helps me direct my focus. In this case, I want to focus on finishing and practicing my quilting skills. I won’t ever do that if I keep getting distracted by that shiny thing I saw…

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