It’s hard to believe how quickly time passes. For instance, I just looked at the date of my last post and it was a month ago! It seems like it was only a day or two ago that I was being thrilled over my first little quilt from the Doll Quilt Swap, but like I said, it was a whole month ago. By the way, we did some rearranging upstairs and I now have a larger sewing space. YEAH!!! I hung my little quilt just to the left of my desk and straight ahead as you walk into the room so I can see it each time I enter the room and often as I’m working. It’s like it was just made for the space it now occupies.
Back to the issue of time…the first week of our anniversary celebration ended at 5:00 on Saturday, but not to worry if you missed it. We still have three more weeks to go. I’ve updated the shop calendar with the sales for this week so take a minute to look that over. The first part of the week we have the 58/60″ wide Children’s Clothing Fabrics which includes linen, thin-wale corduroy, plaids, and florals, as well as the plush fabrics that are in the baby bed.
The second part of the week Thimbleberries fabrics will be on sale to coincide with our club meeting day. As with last week there are two days that overlap in case you want fabrics from both categories. If you visit each week you’ll have a very well rounded stash! Not to mention some new freebies to enjoy!
Speaking of a well rounded stash…I read an article a year or so ago in a magazine that addressed the issue of stash maintenance. The author of the article, I wish I could remember her name, talked about how she had a great stash, but every time she went to pull together a quilt she was lacking the filler fabrics. She had tons of WOW! fabrics, don’t we all, but not much in the way of neutrals and other fabrics that would compliment those WOW! fabrics without going to the store and buying them. The need to go buy the filler fabrics would cause her collection of WOW! fabrics to grow even larger, plus it would cost her in time that she could have been spending on her new project. Not that she minded going to the quilt shop mind but she saw a pattern in her behaviour that needed changing in order to maximize the amount of time she had to sew and correct her stash issue.
Her solution was to divide her budget into an 80/20 split. She would spend 80% of her fabric budget on buying filler fabrics and 20% on the WOW! fabrics. As she noted you can’t go totally without buying the fabrics that call your name or else you’d be like a dieter who is deprived of their favorite foods during the diet. Eventually, you’d go berserk and wreck your diet, in this case a fabric diet. It took her two years to get her stash to where she could pull a complete quilt project any time, day or night, without the need to run to the quilt shop. If she used a lot of one colour in her quilt then she’d replace that colour on her next shopping excursion. The other bonus, in addition to having what she needed when she needed it, was that her fabrics were always changing over and stayed current with fabric trends.
As a shop owner I have to try to do the same thing with the shop’s “stash” each time a salesperson visits. Buying the WOW! fabrics is just as easy for me as it is for you, but buying the fabrics that will make your quilt a WOW! quilt isn’t always quite as much fun. Take neutrals for example, they’re kinda plain by comparison to their colorful fabric counterparts, but without them those WOW! fabrics you love so much wouldn’t shine as they’re designed to do. Yes, those filler fabrics are just as important, maybe even moreso, as those WOW! fabrics we like to collect. You may not love ‘em but you gotta have ‘em.
Be sure to take advantage of our sales this month so that you can increase the diversity of your fabric stash. That way, when you feel the urge to create at 3:00 in the morning you’ll have everything you need on hand and at the ready.
Now how about a give away!? I tried to figure out how to use a random number generator to pick a winner for this prize but have yet to figure it out. Maybe WordPress doesn’t even support that option. Anyhow, where there’s a will there’s a way so what we’ll do is put your name in a hat and draw on Sunday evening for a nice prize. All you need to do is leave a comment here on what fabrics you’d like to see in the shop that we night not already carry. It can be a particular style, homespun for example, or a particular brand, maybe Art Gallery or Northcott. Maybe it’s a style of fabric you’ve been looking for locally and cannot find anywhere. Or, if we have it and you want to see more of it you can tell us that too. Just leave a comment and let us know what fabrics you want to see in a quilt shop. Good luck!