Friday, October 20, 2006

Taming the Stash


It's time to sell the little house in town and before I can even think about showing it, I have to make it look like a home instead of a messy, messy sewing room. I bit the bullet today and packed the entire stash. Except for a few pieces of fabric I kept out in order to finish projects that have deadlines, everything is packed. The first few boxes, I measured the fabric as it was going in just to kinda have a record of it - just in case I never see it again. Each box held between 110 and 120 yards and I packed 19 boxes. I didn't count the bolts because I'm not packing them.

So, no new projects from me for a while. I hope to be able to open the boxes and put the stash away in a new home some time after the first of 2007.

Thanks to all who responded about the Quilt for an Hour project. Glad to see there's interest in keeping it going.

Responses to Comments:

Karen from Cotton Spice asked: Got any sock patterns to recommend?

I'm the last person to be giving advice on socks but the pattern that Suze sent me is Classic Socks by Yanker Knitter Designs and once I got started, it seems easy. The knitting shop here gave me a free one from Plymouth Yarn Company to use with the Sockotta yarn. It's called "Ladies Basic Socks". I think the basic patterns are pretty much the same once you figure out how to do the heel, gusset, etc. I have not figured that out yet but I'm fixing to prop my feet up and knit and I think I might have a sock finished by bedtime .. if all goes well.

Judy L.

13 comments:

Vicky said...

Oh, gosh, my heart went pitty-pat at the site of those boxes. I've still got boxes in the garage!

That's a LOT of fabric, Judy! :) And that's a good thing. However, having to move it, and the longarm, doesn't sound like fun!

How about we have a great big moving party for you - or as they'd say in South Louisiana, a coup de main? Don't know how much help we'd be, but we'd sure have fun!

(Hugs)

soccertxi said...

Judy~ I like looking at all the fabric in the boxes! I guess its like seeing all the fat quarters lined up in the quilt shop. They look so...hopeful! I had fully intended to do the October HAD. I pulled fabric, cut about half. Then life got hectic (what is new!) I have been quilting and/or just piecing over an hour a day on a couple of deadlines. I will go for either way : an hour a day or the whole shot at once. I went to high school in Alexandria. AZ just does NOT do a good ettoufee!

Tazzie said...

Gosh Judy, you sure have a lot of fabric! I can't help thinking of the possibilities seeing them there. Good luck with the sale of the house, I hope it's not too stressful for you.
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Norma said...

That is an impressive stash! 2007 is a long time to pack away that stash.

Linda in Hamilton said...

Holy cow!! that's a lot of fabric!! I know I don't have enough to fill even one of those boxes...I think I have stash envy!!

May Britt said...

When I moved to a new house this easter I packed all my sewing stuff myself. Did not allow the movingguys to do it. And I was shocked about the amout of my stash. I did not calculate the yards but I realised that I had plenty of fabric.....more than plenty. And still I am buying more. I am getting back to my sewing mood again. Have not done much sewing this month....yet. Wish you good luck with you moving to another house.

Beth said...

Hmmmm, seems a shame to pack away all that glorious stash. Why don't you let me come and get it and I'll just sort of hold onto it for a while . . . Heehee I too think I have stash envy!

Patty said...

All day yesterday I was thinking about my stash. Will I ever use all that fabric ???? I kept asking myself that. After seeing your fabrics all packed up so nicely, I decided to just pack some of my fabrics up for a while.

Susan said...

Well, congratulations, I think you have more fabric than I do! =) What are you doing with the bolts, then?

I am interested in keeping the hour a day going, too, and hope to get around to starting the October pattern this week sometime.

The Calico Cat said...

wow.... Are you still going to LA while trying to sell/move?

Amy, ducking in shame at the lack of progress that she has made - even with an appointment...

Anonymous said...

Oh my - if I had to pack up my stash for 4 months I think I'd go nuts!!!!

Patti

Suze said...

Sell the little house in town? What did I miss?

Where are you going?

Linda_J said...

Hope you don't find that the stuff packed away means buying more for replacement in the interim. Lots and lots of fabric!