Sunday Thoughts on "Stash"

So, while I kinda-sorta-totally knew that I had too.much.fabric ... it wasn't until I started to organize it at the beginning of this month that I realized that no... really... there was WAY too much fabric waiting for "something." So while I still had my goals and improvements fresh in my mind... I started to ponder how to tackle this problem. (Mostly because there is a guilt factor in buying MORE fabric when you still have oodles to use. Please note that I am still buying fabric, but I just feel a little more guilty about it these days.) 

I'm still pondering how I want to tackle it, but I know that there's going to be ... no, has to be... a significant focus on utilizing my stash this year. I want to have an overall goal for crafting and creativity this year. A tangible goal, such as ...  "15 in '15" or  something equally catchy. But I'm also thinking I need a "sub goal" of stash busting. I've pinned lots of ideas, but my stash tends to be in the range of 1/2 yard—full yard—lots of yard or more (!) cuts of fabric... so I'm still trying to figure out what to do about that as most of the pins I've seen are of a scrappy variety. (A post on the actual stash and where it all came from at a later date.) 

But, in the meantime, I've jumped in to a project I've wanted to do for a while... AND it utilizes fabric I already have on hand. Win, win! 

I've been watching a few other bloggers create blocks from Tula Pink's City Sampler for a year now. (At least.) Coveting them the whole time. This Christmas my sister gifted me the book and I dug into it as soon as we got home. I'm completely—totally—hooked. I had my first two blocks created within a day. And I haven't slowed down. (This week, I have to work so unfortunately I will be forced to slow down.) There's something incredibly gratifying about having something to show at the end of a night. Not a piece of something, not a work in progress, not a "going to be something. A fully completed block. I like that. 

Before I even owned the book, I knew the goal would be to use what fabric I could from my collection, and I'm hoping to continue this trend as I go through the book. At the same time... While I own a significant amount of fabric, I don't have all the colors fully covered, so I may need to pick up a "few" fat quarters here and there. (But just a FEW!) I also knew that I wanted to try to mimic the colors the designer used in the sample block because otherwise my quilt would end up as shades of blue, green and gray. And while that's perfectly fine... I have three WIPs in that color way. So for now, I'm going for every color of the rainbow. Or every color in the city sampler book. Or the pantone book. {wink} 

Wow. That was a long-winded introduction! 

Here's my take on the blocks. My block is the one on the right, the inspiration block is the one on the left. (I clarify since it's hard to tell if you are reading on a phone/tablet!) I find myself halfway through the "crosses" section of the book... and am looking forward to completing the second half over the next few weeks! 

Block No 1 : Blue Pinwheels


Block No 1 : Blue Pinwheels

Block No 2 : Pink Crossroads


Block No 2 : Pink Crossroads

Block No 3 : Bold, Graphic, and Bright


Block No 3 : Bold, Graphic, and Bright

Block No 4 : The Purple Polka


Block No 4 : The Purple Polka

Block No 5 : Spring Strips


Block No 5 : Spring Strips

Block No 6 : Beige & Boring {This is my least favorite block so far. It lacks contrast and really irks me. Don't be surprised if it gets replaced down the road!}


Block No 6 : Beige & Boring {This is my least favorite block so far. It lacks contrast and really irks me. Don't be surprised if it gets replaced down the road!}

Block No 7 : Checkered Cross {One of the hardest for me so far. All. Those. Tiny. Squares.}


Block No 7 : Checkered Cross {One of the hardest for me so far. All. Those. Tiny. Squares.}

Block No 8: Purple Pop


Block No 8: Purple Pop

And there you have it! Blocks 1 – 8 of 100! Happy Sunday Everyone!