Thursday, November 29, 2012

All Washed!


I think it was in June 2011 when I decided to wash all the quilt fabric in my stash. It has been an extremely long process, because, you know, I've kept adding to the pile. But, as of today, I am completely caught up! Woo hoo!

I've learned a couple things along the way:

1. I will never buy anything smaller than a fat quarter ever again. Long quarters and fat eighths are a nightmare to untangle in the washing machine.

2. My stash is never going to get smaller. Despite two supposedly "stash busting" projects, Hourglass and Texas Star, there has been no change in the size of my stash whatsoever. So I think a more reasonable goal from now on will be stasis, rather than reduction.

Now I just have to finish sorting it!


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There was still lots to wash in January!

8 comments:

  1. you must be thrilled that all the washing is done, in the spring maybe I will do mine. Now we will sit back and wait to see what you create with all or at least some of the fabrics.

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    1. Yes indeed, Margaret. I am so thrilled, in fact, that I actually find myself reluctant to buy more!

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  2. I wash everything the minute it comes in the door. I only wash my fat quarters by hand as I find the machine tends to make them knot up around the loose threads that come away from the cut edge. It also makes them very damp when hanging up so they dont need as much ironing when dry.

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    1. That's my plan from now on! You are lucky that you have been doing it from the beginning. :)

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  3. Well done! You got it done just before the end of the Australian Spring, so I reckon that counts as a Spring Cleaning exercise. I think stasus is a great aim. I too have decided that stash reduction isn't an achievable goal for the foreseeable future. I do, however, love finding remnants of really unusual fabric - don't think I'm ready to swear off that yet.

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    1. I like that! Plus, I started it in the spring here, June 2011. So it is one long spring cleaning project!

      I don't think my moratorium on new fabrics will last long either.

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  4. You have WAY more energy than I do. I have never (well, almost never) pre-washed fabric and never had a problem. I guess the first time I do, I will not be happy!

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    1. LOL, I'm not entirely sure that's true, Mary Ellen! Sometimes the washing became an excuse to play with fabric when I didn't have the energy to sew.

      Plus, nothing is ironed. There's no point ironing it until I use it, because it always needs to be ironed again then.

      But anyway, I'm glad it's all done!

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