At the end of January, I posted about how I’m doing a Stash Report, calculating my fabric usage. Do I use more than I buy?
Well I am an absolute big, fat dolt because when I posted my tally in January, I was oh so proud of how I worked out the estimate of how much fabric I had used, but I forgot one very big thing: I participated in a fabric destash on instagram. IG fabric destashes are where you post pictures of fabrics you want to sell and list them under a destash hashtags so people can see what you have to offer and then payment is arranged via paypal. For Ausssie buyers and sellers, we have the #greataussiedestash, for example. As to not spam my regular feed with fabrics for sale, I have a separate IG account for the times I have things on offer at @rawdestash.
Anyway, I destashed fabrics in January and forgot to add them to my tally! So, my correct tally for last month should be:
|Year to Date||-19.5|
Which brings us to February, where because of the money available from my destashing, I was able to do more purchasing and therefore I have done more purchasing than using, whoops!
Salt Air by Cosmo Cricket kind of came out in the period where I was fairly new at quilting and was just figuring out buying online so I never ended up with any as it was pretty much gone by the time I decided I wanted it. Then it was offered up for destashing and I grabbed it with my grabby grab hands! What will I do with it? Because I’ve said I’m trying to only buy fabric with some kind of purpose? HA. I’m actually filing this one in the “bought it because I’ve been interested in it for a while” basket, which doesn’t count as ‘bad’ compared to new fabrics I’ve only just heard of and seen and must by right now.
I have been considering using it with my next purchase… Daysail from Bonnie and Camille.
Fun fact about me: I have a thing for boats. Cruise ships mostly, especially the mysteries surrounding sunken ones (I like Titanic because I’m interested in the ship!), so I was drawn to this line because of its boat motif and the awesome text prints!! (Want yardage of those, yes please!). This bundle is also going in the “been eyeing it off for ages pile” (as I discussed in my previous post about checking out the coming soon fabrics) and I’ve known I wanted a bundle of it as soon as I opened up the charm pack I bought ages ago when I made my Bonnie and Camille Charm Along quilt. I’m even using the remaining charms of Daysail in another quilt that’s on my Finish Along goals! But, I want this fat eighth bundle so I can pair it with Sweetwater’s Boathouse (which I bought last year so it doesn’t count on the tally :P ). The only plans I have for these is to make something awesomely nautical themed.
There’s 2m of burgandy shot cotton there! Sounds bad, but I need it to add to my next Possum Magic round! At least I bought one thing with a purpose! :D And thanks to a Christmas voucher I hadn’t finished spending and 30% off, I only spent $8 on the whole lot, woo! The cassette tape fabric (Geekly Chic from Riley Blake) was a bit of a whim buy but Serena and Carla have been trying to twist my arm into making a Sew Together bag, so I was thinking of using this in it. Maybe as the outside piece? Maybe I could cut out the cassettes and do something else with them?! At least I have two fabrics with plans!
PSA for Aussies: Did you know Big W stocks cheap fat quarters? That’s where I got the cassette tapes from and I’ve previously seen fabrics from Lori Holt and Lizzy House. The fabric stocked at by Big W is from the wholesaler Leutenegger, which on their site say they stock fabric from Riley Blake, Andover and Windham, amongst others, so the fabrics are the real designer deal. Just because it’s a cheap/discount store doesn’t mean everything they sell is cheap quality :)
I did fail with my last purchase of the month, buying purposely “because I want it”. This one I bought purely because it’s kinda cool; and I always love a text print! (Even despite the icky bug biology and spiders on there). Unless you prefer bugs to the skulls and heart and brains! This print is definitely in the “naughty” basket! On second thoughts, maybe this would would make an awesome Sew Together Bag instead?!
So.. how much damage did I do in February…
|Year to Date||-6.75|
On the plus side, I’m still “winning” since I have still used up more fabric than have brought in! Thanks to finishing a few minis this month, I squeezed some fabric out! Now I just need photos of the minis to prove I finished them :)
Technically, there was more fabric coming in this month that I didn’t count, however it was from a charm swap. I sent my charms in January and received my swapped charms back this month. Since I knew they were a straight out but then in as I was virtually just swapping the same amount of fabric I already had, I didn’t bother counting them at all in either month. Look at all that Anna Maria Horner goodness! there’s 112 different AMH prints in there! :D
Does anyone have a favourite charm pattern, or know of a pattern that easily uses charm squares? I’m so stuck on pattern ideas for these! We have a charm patterns Pinterest board for the swaps, but nothing in it has been speaking to me! I have been thinking about Carolyn Friedlander’s Outhouse, though…