I mentioned in my previous post that I was going through my stash of crazy quilt 'fodder' and downsizing dramatically. Well, you might be interested to know that 2 garbage bags are outta here and that's just the fabric alone (need I say, I have a LOT?!!!). Don't worry, I still kept some.
Then I turned my attention to the tote bin I had filled with bits of lace. The lid was perilously close to not going on so it was past time. Most of it was 'bits' that were saved for CQ but not useful for anything else. I kept the longer pieces that would maybe be useful for adding to baby dresses along with a few sentimental pieces of knitted lace that my maternal grandmother made. Still more than plenty for making crazy quilts!
Not my stash but you get the idea!
Next up was the shoebox filled with small lace bits - I kept a lot of those but cut out motifs I might use from the larger bits and got rid of the rest. Funny thing - the shoebox lid now closes! Interesting concept.
Today I'm delving into a shoebox that's filled with broken bits of jewelry and embellishments. I could have likely dumped the entire lot and not missed any of it but my conscience dictates that I at least go through it.
Don't worry, I am not giving up on crazy quilting entirely and I've kept things that I know there's a chance of getting used. I don't foresee doing any more large projects and will instead concentrate on small things like greeting cards and perhaps some of hearts for the 'I Found A Quilted Heart' initiative. I suspect, beyond the aspect of needing the space for other things, that I burned myself out when I was on staff of the crazy quilt magazine. I came up with a project four times each year I was involved and the idea well has dried up. Being able to just do small things is appealing now.
And don't worry that I'm wasting money on all the
trash stash I've gotten rid of...most of it was dumped on gifted to me or came from thrift stores back when thrifting was really cheap.
The space I gained from doing all this shoveling means I can now move my more-often-than-not-on-the-floor yarn stash into drawers and, gasp, actually be able to FIND what I'm looking for. Same goes for the fabrics...what I have kept I love and I know there's a good chance I will use it. Even better? I won't have to paw through it all in order to find what I know I have somewhere if only I can find it. In theory, all of this should mean that no longer will I buy fabric or yarn because I'm certain I don't have anything suitable for the project I'm contemplating, only to discover that it was lurking somewhere all along.
- THESE would be a great use for brooches and would look pretty on a collar or on a tote bag.
- THIS looks to be a very quick and easy pattern for a scarf that would be perfect for spring and summer. THIS one too! Or how about THIS one?
- And...just because I've been going through my yarn stash, THIS might be a good idea.
- And THIS is so pretty!
Today's quote: "Don't waste words on people who deserve your silence. Sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is nothing at all"