Fabriholics Anonymous

I have a problem, I love fabric!  I am ashamed to say that I have a hell of a stash!  Considering that I have only been quilting for 3 years, I have more than enough fabric to quilt with for the next few years.  I have tried to reduce the number of purchases, but I admit it – I am weak.  I am good for about a week, and then I find a sale and my resolve is gone.  I am a bargain shopper, but really I don’t need that much fabric and some of will never be used by me.  So here goes…

I am joining Making Rebecca Lynne’s Fabriholics Anonymous challenge.



– To use the Stash I already have!

– Finish UFOs without distraction by shifting to other new beautiful fabric.

– Stop the insanity of constantly buying the latest and greatest fabric.

– Save the money I spend on stashing.

– Destash the fabrics that I realize I am never going to use.


1) No fabric purchases for 6 months beginning January 1, 2014.   

2) At 6 months reevaluate status and decide whether to keep going for full year.  Evaluation July 1, 2014.

3) Create a UFO list and complete them!

4) Exceptions

▪   Backing: purchasing a backing to finish a quilt top is permissible.  However, attempting to use fabric in your possession for a backing is preferable.

▪   Books and Magazine purchases are allowed as they are not fabric.  Notions acceptable too.

▪   Swap Mama Fabric: if hosting a swap you are permitted to by fabric to execute swap duties, but you may not join a swap simply for the sake of being able to buy fabric!

▪   Quilts for Publication: if you are making a quilt for a publication and need certain fabric to execute it correctly then that is a major exception – who can blame you?

Gretchen’s Concession to the rules:    

  • I will be allowed to buy fabric for binding and backings.  I have been pretty good about buying backing and binding, so I don’t see myself purchasing much.  So I am hoping that my stash has the necessary fabric, but if not.
  • I will be allowed to purchase fabric to finish projects.  There are a few WIPs that need a little more yardage (like a border) that I will allow myself to purchase.
  • I will be allowed to purchase bolts of my background fabrics like white, gray, snow, cream, red, and black as necessary.  I currently am well stocked, but I may need to replenish.  However, I must use a coupon to purchase it.
  • I will be allowed to purchase fabric for a commission.  (if that ever happens!!)
  • If I sell any fabric on ebay, I will be allowed to use that money to purchase new fabric.

As I write this I am feeling a bit crazy!  Can I really do this?!?!?!  I am hoping that instead of spending time shopping for fabric, I will use the time to write blog posts.

About My Pieced Life

I am in love with all things quilting. My sewing room has many works-in-progress and a large stash of fabric. I have big plans and lots of ideas of creations I would like to make. My wonderful husband supports my obsession and Carson, my Australian terrier, keeps me company while I sew.
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3 Responses to Fabriholics Anonymous

  1. I am sure you can do it. We all need to support each other for the next five months and change.

    • Thanks for the vote of confidence! I have purchased 2 backings since I started this. I have to admit I want to buy fabric, but am trying to finish up projects and blog instead. How are your Fabric Fast efforts going?

  2. Pingback: Destash = I can buy more fabric!! | My Pieced Life: Like a quilt, life is a pieced work of art.

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