Back in the late spring and early summer, I did a thorough excavation of my stash. I picked up every piece of fabric that was a fat quarter or larger. Those prints that I still wanted to use went back in my storage drawers; those that didn’t were sold on FeelGood Fibers. (To date, I’ve sold more than $400 of fabric to the FGF community!)
I thought I was done. After all, I moved out a bunch of material that was no longer working for me, making the space and earning the money to buy quilting cotton that excited me. Then FGF launched its Declutter to Destash initiative, and I realized I still had work to do.
This challenge is all about getting rid of—by selling, donating, or trashing—what you don’t need and organizing what you want to hold on to. I started small and evaluated my notions. I consolidated my needles, tossed old seam rippers and marking tools at the end of their lives, and set aside duplicate items or notions I don’t use. The whole process took less than an hour.
Then I moved on to my scraps, which lived in resealable bags that I stored in a big plastic bin. Everything was already sorted by color, so really, what more did I have to do?
So much more.
I started by pulling scraps and cutting them for two projects: Plaid-ish by Erica Jackman and Brightly by Allison Harris. Then I went back through each bag. Fabrics that I had no interest in using were set aside for selling on FGF (see my popup shop here). Pieces smaller than 2.5 inches went in the recycling pile (my town recycles textiles). Larger pieces were ironed and placed in a new scrap drawer. The stuff in between was cut into hundreds of 2.5-inch squares (see picture at the top of the post). I have my eyes set on Jessie Fincham’s Scrappy Irish Chain tutorial, which requires almost a thousand 2.5-inch squares, to use up that collection.
The survey of my scraps took a good week and a half. It consumed all my crafty time (I did no sewing while I worked on it), and I found the process overwhelming at times. I employed the use of my AccuQuilt Go! to transform oddly shaped scraps into pretty 2.5-inch squares. Doing so made the process go faster.
Now I have a humble collection of notions—what’s pictured below as well as items that didn’t make it in the shot—that I’d love to pass on to someone who will use them. If that someone is you and you live in the United States, let me know in the comments below, and the lot is all yours. (If you’re a no-reply blogger, please leave your email address; otherwise, I have no way of contacting you.) First come, first served! This collection of notions has already been sent to its new owner. : )
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