It’s that time of year again. The time of year when summer is starting to wind down, the last barbeques of the season are taking place, and that final bit of vacation time is being squeezed in. Pretty soon vacations are over, kids are back to school and it’s time to start thinking about FABRIC!
I think about fabric pretty much all the time, and it’s true: I have thought about buying fabric, not bought it and then obsessed over it for days afterwards. I usually go back and just buy it. Lately, I’ve been pondering over orange buffalo plaid – how cool is that? Someone was doing a project online making pumpkins (because it’s never to early to be making pumpkins) out of orange buffalo plaid, complete with little pieces of tree branches for the stalks. I just couldn’t get it out of my mind. I went to my local shop and there it was: orange plaid. Of course, I bought some.
When I got home, I was reminded that I have more fabric than I could ever use in a lifetime so why did I so desperately need THIS fabric? As many a wise quilter has pointed out, buying fabric and actually using fabric are really too different hobbies. It got me to thinking: I wonder how long I could go without buying fabric? More importantly, could I manage to get through fall (rife with home décor-making possibilities) and the subsequent holiday gift-making season working only with fabrics I already own? When I was a kid, I had to work within such constraints. The only fabric I had available were leftovers from my mom and grandmother’s sewing projects. Back then I survived, perhaps I could do so again! In conclusion, I’m taking up this personal challenge: to not buy any fabric for the rest of the year. I may not buy it, but I certainly won’t stop thinking about it!
What fabric are you thinking about today?
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