Sunday Stash #57 – …With Molli Sparkles
Welcome to Sunday Stash with Molli Sparkles, now at its new home! Thank you Fiona of Finding Fifth for letting me adopt your baby. Now, what is Sunday Stash? It’s a weekly link up party where you can come meet others, show off any and all sewing supplies, new or otherwise, and then be encouraged to do it again!
There are a bunch of you out there who are going on fabric fasts for part or all of the coming year with Making Rebecca Lynne. Now you would think with my buying habits, and as the new host of Sunday Stash, that this would leave me a little cold. Not in the least! I think it is a brilliant idea, and I wish all those soon to be skinny minnies the best. I almost joined in myself, but upon seeing the fabric fasting competition, I thought I was already the real slim shady. (Please stand up! LR!) So instead, I’m going for fabric neutral.
Fabric neutral? You’ve heard of carbon neutral, right? Well for 2014, I’d like to stay fabric neutral. Same, same, but different! You see, I already have a lot of fabric I love and I fully intend on using it! Of course there are some bits and pieces I’d like to add to the collection this year, but I’m also in no hurry to buy yardage of fabric that doesn’t enthral me. We are all guilty of that “just because” fabric, right? Amen! Hallelujah! Praise Jesse to the J! So my participation in the fabric fast will be more derived out of a calculation to keep my stash level approximately the same (perhaps a bit less, if Mr. Sparkles has anything to say about it).
So many of you have asked, begged and pleaded, “Molli, please, please show us your complete stash!” Well since Sunday Stash has found its new permanent home, I figure now is the perfect time for me to show you all of the goods. This will also provide an interesting retrospective at this time next year to see how fabric neutral I remained.
I have my stash divided into five categories, which I like to think are pretty organized (most of the time). That being said, we’ve all been in that frenzied state where we are pulling one fabric, then another, and again, and again, until our whole stash is on the floor and we realize that fat quarter we are looking for was actually given away to Auntie Lou-Lou at the last family reunion because who knew you were gonna need neon, feed-sack repro in the maize colour way? But sometimes, you do. So yes, organized most of the time.
On the really good days those categories are:
My everyday play fabrics, fat quarters, or half yards. When it’s time to taste the rainbow, this is my first stop. I use these for quilt bees, scrap projects, swaps, and playing with colour palettes.
This section is comprised of solids, yardage, and batiks. That bottom row is mostly homespun, but the top left corner are Art Gallery Pure Elements. Delicious! The batik area is looking mighty slim after finishing Sparkleworks, time to restock!
This is the hoarding section. You’ll find all of my designer collections lingering here, waiting for divine inspiration. Get a Clue with Nancy Drew, Comma, Architextures, Notting Hill, Color Me Retro, Prince Charming, and Noteworthy to name just a few. I like seeing them grouped together, but they’ll most likely be mixed and matched when used.
This is the overflow box. Some further designer collections wanting to make the move to the hoarding section, some large quilt backs, and all those Japanese heavier weight fabrics awaiting cushion-hood and pouch-dom.
This final section of the room is my scrapping work station. The smaller tubs on the left are mostly scraps divided by colour, or used as re-sorting buckets. I also have a few of them reserved for specific notions, or pre-cuts. The larger tubs on the right are the projects I have on the go. As you can see there are some in there I may not have shown you yet!
So that’s my stash! All of it! So let’s see, what else?
Remember, this is a safe space to show off all new sewing supplies (when your significant other, or pet just doesn’t seem to care!). But wait, what if you don’t have anything new? I still encourage you to link up! How many times have you been shopping online for fabric, confronted with those tiny, illustrated swatches, and thought to yourself, “Motherfucker, how in the hell am I supposed to tell if that is eggplant, radiant orchid, or god damned cerise?” If so, you might have anger management issues. Toned down though, you might be like the rest of us, clearly wanting more information!
That’s why I want to see you link up fabric, new and old, photographed in lovely natural light, with as much manufacturing information as you know. That way the rest of the world can not only marvel in jealous splendour, but also delight in discovering if that’s the fabric they need or not! Plus, for all you fabric fasters, this might present some wonderful trading opportunities with other posters! Hello, it’s like shopping, but not!
Oh, and you want to host some of this business? Mmm hmm. Next week I will release a sign up sheet for first quarter hosting duties. The catch? You also have to do an international giveaway when you host. It’s all in line with being fabric neutral.
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