Thursday, February 22, 2007

Stashbusting, frogs and a definative moment.

I really thought I was a successful stashbuster. But I find out I need to work more on this principle. I am doing well at low buying ( not quite NO yet) and I am working on the UFOs - these things are all positives but letting go is a difficult thing.


How did I get to this discovery? Well, Colly needed new sheets for rest time at school. We had perfectly good sheets which have been used over the years but they are for small stretcher beds and now they are using mattresses (a bit like yoga mattresses). They are longer and less wide so I though I would just adjust by putting a fancy strip on the top and cutting the sides down. So Colly and I go to investigate the stash...... and found a frog fabric that he wanted. I showed him how I would put the strip at the top. This was not an option in his opinion - he wanted the whole sheet made out of the frog fabric!

Now this where I started to hyperventilate - and where I realised that I have a problem. I didn't have anything planned for this fabric but I still didn't want to let it go. Then it hit me, Colly will use this fabric five days a week for the rest of the year, if I left it in my cupboard it would still be there at the end of the year. So I gave myself a strict talking to and agreed to do it. Maybe this is my first step on controlling my stash, and getting my priorities right.

And here's the end result...

P.S. I still have a little bit left so I can put in in a scrap quilt some day.

11 comments:

Helen said...

Hi Bettsy

Thanks for visiting my blog. A belated birthday is just great, makes the moment last longer. So a belated happy birthday to you!

I loved reading your post about how difficult it is to let go (fabric wise). I feel exactly the same! It is great fabric though and put to a good use, with a scrap to remember it by!!

Cheers
Helen

joyce said...

The good thing is, that when the year is over, you can wash the sheet and put it back in your stash. If he will let it go, that is.

Angie said...

Oh Bettsy, I have the EXACT SAME PROBLEM!!!! when it comes to cutting certain fabrics (read---a WHOLE BUNCH OF FAV FABRICS!!) ROFL I do so admire you, girl, for just USING IT FOR THOSE SHEETS!!!! :D

Beth said...

I'm SO proud of you! Now can you make ME do the same???? HA!

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Good for you! I note the important postscript that some was retained for the stash. I hate to use up 'all' of a fabric.

Nancy said...

I'm feeling strangely proud of you . . . .

Pam said...

Oh yes - I could see where that would be a bit of a tough one. But you must be happy with the result - as Colly looks so happy with his new sheet. Much better than sitting on the shelf. Oh - and Joyce's idea is a really good one.

Sweet P said...

He looks very happy with his new sheets. You made the right choice.

Samantha said...

I have the same problem letting go of fabric- I call it "hoarditis". Using something up can be a bit scary! You did good :-)

Shelina said...

Congratulations on letting go. I think it is hard too. That is a very pretty sheet.

Carole said...

Oh I love that fabric. I have some in my stash and I think I know where I can get some more! lol Nice choice for sheets! I know what you mean about attachment to fabric. Often I look in my stash and say, naw, I like it too much and cannot bring myself to put in in a quilt! lol Keep well!