Monday, August 14, 2006

I Give Up!


I'll never be a stash buster no matter how hard I try or how much I want to be!!

Here I am feeling so good about no fabric purchases. I'm going to get this stash off of the shelves and out of the closets and into quilts!!! Yeah, right.

Why is it that I can't throw these green scraps away? I know there are 40-50 applique leaves there, but, sheesh, it's not like there's never going to be any more green fabric manufactured ever!

It's a sickness, I tell you, a real sickness!

16 comments:

Leah S said...

I don't think you're sick... I'd be keeping scraps that big myself! :)

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

And, there's no cure! LOL ;-)

Nancy said...

I'd be keeping them too! I don't keep all small scraps but ones that will make good applique leaves and flower petals I do. Not that I've ever USED any of them but I have them for when I get the urge. LOL! Yep, I'm pathetic right along with your.

Passionate Quilter said...

yikes--we ALL got that disease! we got 5000+ yds. of fabric stashed everwhere, yet can't part with just the smallest of pieces. I'm glad I'm not alone--there's some consolation in that. hahaha

Clare said...

Definitely no cure!

I keep every little bit (well nearly). It may come in useful for chimneys or windows for houses, or anything! I've just created a whole lot more too!

I'm now muttering about buying small plastic boxes in various colours so at least the scraps are colour coded. LOL

ruth said...

It's not a sickness, it's called thrifty, think of all the money you'll save because you won't have to buy more green fabric.

Beautiful material by the way.

Melzie said...

Sickness? If so we've all got it ;) xoxo melzie

Patti said...

Not at all! After all you paid good money for those scraps. If they are usable why would you throw them away. The key is to make sure you have a scrap saving system that allows you to find them easily when you need to appliquéé some green leaves.

Gail said...

looks like good,usable yardage to me-and at quilt store prices, I think you are smart to keep them, or at least share them with a friend that appliques lots of green things.

JudyL said...

Not sure if you're truly sick or not but you made me feel good! I never though twice about throwing those pieces away. Of course, whatever you have is probably contageous and I'll end up keeping similar size pieces after reading this post.

You know . . you just never know when there's going to be a fabric shortage and the perfect green for a leaf will be nowhere to be found! :)

Judy L.

Mary said...

Stashbuster doesn't mean you have to THROW fabric away - to me it means using what you have rather than buying more.

These pieces would go in my string bin which holds odd shaped pieces as well as my leftover strips and my strings. However, as you pointed out they would make a bunch of leaves too.

Bonnie said...

I was going to give you some hints on how to throw out scraps and then I remembered that HUGE tub I have filled with little pieces JUST IN CASE I need them for paper piecing. Hmmmm. I guess I have the sickness too.

Judy said...

I'd keep them. The can be good for applique leaves!!

Beth said...

You think you're bad? You should see some of the teensy sized scraps I save! I have a 3-drawer organizer for scraps, and one drawer is dedicated to all the itty bitty scraps that I've wondered what I'd ever use them for. But, you know what? I have actually a couple of times gone to that drawer just to get the right little scrap for applique. But I agree, it is a sickness! LOL

Shelina said...

I have a hard time throwing them away too. When I make triangle leftovers like that, I try to sew them together right away so I have squares to deal with later.
I used to save everything that was one inch square or bigger. Lately though I am having trouble throwing even smaller pieces than that because I can sew them onto postcards.

ForestJane said...

Well, the consensus seems to be, keep them!

I'd go thru and divide the pile in ½ or maybe ¾ ... bigger pieces on the right, smaller bits on the left, then throw the smaller bits away. That way you still get the feeling of being thrifty but you're also getting rid of the less usable dregs. Then stuff the bigger parts in a baggie, zip it shut, and get a bin to keep it in. :)