I am still waiting for my fabric for Sedona Star to arrive, which is just as well, because I still have lots of organizing to do. I think I mentioned earlier that I recently committed to washing all my fabric before I use it. Even though I once saw cheap unwashed fabric shrink under the iron right before my eyes, I couldn't get over the hurdle to start washing it. Now the hurdle is very high, because my stash is over 20 years old, but I am slogging through it a few loads at a time!
In the back is the washed and waiting to be sorted by colour pile, and the bins in front are waiting to be washed. You can see I am getting down to the older fabric now!
It was Becky Goldsmith who changed my mind about washing fabric, at a workshop she did last spring for my second guild, York Heritage. I learned a lot at that workshop! Becky recommends that you put your fabrics in the washer AND DRYER, which is something I hadn't done before. I thought the dryer would tangle it even more than the washer did, but I was thrilled to find out that it doesn't tangle at all. Because she mainly teaches applique, her argument is that even cotton fabric will felt a little in the dryer, so it frays less and is easier to applique. I also really like the feel of the fluffier fabric.
How many of you have had a good look at your stash recently? I've been opening boxes I haven't opened in years! There have been many pleasant surprises, and also a few "what was I thinking" moments. Sky blue is not really my favourite colour any more! I also found a whole series of pinks and reds, and I had no idea what they were for. Then yesterday I remembered my plan to make heart-shaped log cabins. I still like that idea enough that I have added it to my to do list! So it's kind of a dangerous process as well! Especially given that I had to buy new background fabric last night...