Every quilter I know, myself included, has more fabric than she or he can use in a lifetime. We even have a special acronym for this situation: STABLE – Stash Total Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy. Nevertheless, we still buy more... but WHY? Let’s take a look at some possible explanations:
- It was pretty – This one is pretty self-explanatory and often the hardest to ignore. If it’s really just too gorgeous to put down, you have to have at least a little. Maybe just half a yard.
- I had an idea for a future project – This one always gets me. Fabric shopping always gives me a hundred new project ideas and often times even the slimmest chance of ever getting around to that cool idea is enough to prompt a purchase.
- It was on sale – I’ve already established that it’s pretty, although I really have no use for it... but it’s on sale? I’ll take 4 yards!
- Shipping Costs – You are already into it for $72, and with just $3 more you can save 10 or 15 dollars on shipping, so why not just add another yard?
- Shop Guilt – Small businesses struggle to survive and if I’ve just spent an hour combing the stacks, sometime I feel like I really should buy just a little something in order to justify my extended browsing.
- Retirement Stash – I won’t be able to afford fancy fabric purchases when I’m living on a retirement budget. Better buy that fabric now so I can use it then.
Whatever your reason, I hope you enjoy buying some more fabric soon!
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