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Am I a hoarder?

I don't think so, but if I had to live in my sewing room, I might say that.

I haven't done any stitching for quite a while.  The sewing room has become a catch all for "stuff" making it very undesirable to go in there. 

The TV show "Hoarders" gives you all these descriptions of people who do hoard and I have to say that while I was in my sewing room "gutting" it today, I found myself saying....."but I could use this 1" strip of fabric for something.  Maybe I should keep it".  But....I was strong.  I went in there with determination. 

I pulled all of this.....

OFF the top of  my stash drawers and totes making it impossible to get to the top drawer AND the totes. 

I pared down.

Two bags full.

and one box full.

Now mind you, my stash buying was never  buying yardage like some of my friends, but a fat quarter here, a half yard there, or buying for a project and then keeping all the scraps from them, so unless I was to spend hours and hours making scrap quilts, this just wasn't going to get used up. 

Even finding out at our latest guild meeting from an AQS appraiser that fabric may go up to $15.00 a yard in the not too distant future did not sway me.  This fabric was not going to get used by me. 

So, my friend Sheila is going to get the two bags full to make scrap quilts for her CASA kids (these are children who are in foster care and she is their advocate) and the box is going to be donated to a local assisted living where they have this huge craft room with several sewing machines.  The manager of this assisted living was telling me how wonderful the ladies that sewed there were.  They made quilts for charity. 
So, I am not feeling too bad about getting rid of some of this stash. 

The good thing though is that I found several pieces that are large enough to make a bunch of baby quilts and some pieces that are big enough to back larger quilts.  So now the majority of my stash looks like this.

Each drawer has been pared down greatly.  One of the tubs was emptied totally and now all my larger pieces of fabric are now in the top bin or on top of the drawers nearly folded and in full view. 

I am feeling much better about my sewing room now.  Hope to get in there real soon now to actually sew.   

While on my hiatus from sewing though, I have been knitting, but I will save that for my next post.

See you soon


  1. Mimi, you did a GREAT job paring down!! And doesn't it feel good to have a cleaner space to sew? Plus, a good feeling knowing that the fabric you won't be using will be used to benefit people who need it!! You are an inspiration!

  2. Job well done - not brave enough to follow you yet!

  3. Please come to my house! Thought I had everything under control a year ago when I really cleaned out...discarding, donations, using up...not so...seems worse than ever...

    Reorganizing after Christmas before starting in on major sewing through the next 3 wintery months has become a tradition but I had better start now or it will be into February before even getting started.

    Your bins look wonderful and inspiring - how are your Cherry Tree blocks coming along?

    Great to read your new post - you have been missed!

  4. You don't really want an answer to that question, do you? LOL Just kidding. I would say, No you are not, you just don't have enough time to do all the things you need to do! Glad you made a little progress in there.


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