Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Make the Pledge

 I stumbled on this post today via a friend.

I actually don't find this too difficult.  I took a look back at my year this year and can honestly say that all new fabric was for either a commissioned quilt, backing, or a planned project.  I bought four destashes and a few small bundles to beef up my fat quarter collection for bee quilts. 
At the beginning of the year I said this.
 Do you remember?
  I did not jump on a SINGLE new band wagon.  No new quilt alongs.  I gave myself permission to join ONE swap.  And I did.  It is actually due this month and with my bee partners.  I am SO glad I have stuck to it!  I was able to use the money I earned on my quilts this year on tools for my longarm and some books.
I can report that I am very happy and very relieved that I stuck by it.  If I could make this awesome quilt out of all of my stash and scraps (only had to buy the backing)?
Stars and Stripes Quilt
I can EASILY do it again, right?
Back to the issue.  My stash is still pretty remarkable, however, I still say not too shabby for a gal that has been quilting/sewing for about 17 years.
 So I am pledging that I will stick to the Fabricholis Anonymous rules:
GOALS: (Taken from the original rules)

- To use the Stash I already have!
- Finish UFOs without distraction by shifting to other new beautiful fabric.
- Stop the insanity of constantly buying the latest and greatest fabric.
- Save the $$ I spend on stashing. MY EDIT:  Use the money I save to purchase more tools and accessories for my longarm. LONG TERM GOAL: Computer for my long arm.
- Destash the fabrics that I realize I am never going to use.

1) No fabric purchases for 6 months beginning January 1, 2014.   
2) At 6 months reevaluate status and decide whether to keep going for full year.  Evaluation July 1, 2014.
3) Create a UFO list and complete them!
4) Exceptions
  • Backing: purchasing a backing to finish a quilt top is permissible.  However, attempting to use fabric in your possession for a backing is preferable.
  • Books and Magazine purchases are allowed as they are not fabric.  Notions acceptable too.
  • Swap Mama Fabric: if hosting a swap you are permitted to by fabric to execute swap duties, but you may not join a swap simply for the sake of being able to buy fabric!
  • MY EDIT:  No swap fabric, but this is my "just in case" clause. Background fabric.  Like backings, I know I do not have the yardage for some patterns in my future this year!
  • Quilts for Publication: if you are making a quilt for a publication and need certain fabric to execute it correctly then that is a major exception - who can blame you?
Ironically, I just bought my last bundle for a planned family quilt next year.
And I will admit, I am going to see what I can get my hands on during Black Friday.  
Otherwise, my pledge might start sooner than January.
 Do you wanna join me? 


  1. Yes, I'm on board too. I've been quilting for over 3 decades and well, I can go quite a while without buying anything new. I emailed you about inbox email following of your blog.

  2. I'm really considering hopping on board too. I'm reading the posts of those who joined in to be encouraged! =)

  3. you are already incredibly disciplined! good for you for choosing to continue. =) your stash has already produced some pretty remarkable quilts. it's a great example to the rest of us!

  4. I've officially jumped on board, and I'm rather excited!

  5. You are inspiring!! I love your mantra of not doing what everyone else does :). I've been quilting nearly 20 years too, so I am sure I can go fabric purchase free without making a dent....

  6. I like your motto of not having to do what everyone else does. I don't know when I became such a follower! I'm joining in for at least 6 months, but I'd like to go the whole year without buying fabric. I can't wait to see what you make this year!

  7. Hello Heidi - I too have pledged to forego my favourite occupation of buying fabric!! Must admit I put in a few orders before the end of December - just in case! Hopefully we can all offer support to one another if we feel we are in danger of "falling off the wagon".


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