I've been thinking hard about StashPact and my crafting resolutions. I run a small business, so it is unreasonable to think that I wouldn't purchase any fabric whatsoever for the whole year. Also, already this year I've spent $57.94 at my local quilt shop. $20 was on a 12.5" square ruler, which I've wanted (and needed) for a very long time and the reminder was on fabric (only half of which was bought for a quilt that I'm currently working on). For shame...
So here's what I've rundown.
1. Purchases for project-completing supplies are allowed when needed without question. These types of supplies include thread, quilt batting, insul-brite for making potholders, snaps for making bibs, and trims for dresses.
2. Solids are allowed when purchased for a specific project. Now that I've sorted my scraps, I have a few quilts in mind, but they'll all require sashing of some sort; I'm going to need some plain yardage to complete them.
3. Prints are also allowed when purchased in small quantities for a specific project. If I have the makings for a whole quilt save for a half-yard of fabric or so, it's okay to purchase that bit of fabric. The goal is to use up my stash, but I am realistic enough to know that I'll have to supplement what I have in some cases. I made this quilt, front and back, from stash fabric. But I simply did not have anything in my stash to bind it. So $3.50 later, I had purchased a half-yard of yellow micro-striped fabric and had a brand new quilt to show for it. It was a worthy investment.
4. Make Bigger Quilts. I love quilting, but most of my quilts are baby quilts - approximately 39"x47". The reason for this is twofold - not only do smaller projects give me quicker gratification when I complete each project, but I started sewing for children and most of my projects are aimed to them. But I'll have many more uses (and recipients) for my quilts if I start sewing them in larger sizes.
5. Stop Hoarding Fabrics. Like many quilters, there are some fabric lines that I just can't get enough of. Swell. Munki. Flea Market Fancy. While my collection of prized fabrics is small, it is dear to me. And while I have cut into those lovely bits here and there, I do want to use them more often in the coming year. There's just no point to having them folded up neatly - the point of fantastic fabric is to use it.
I'm enjoying hearing about your fabric goals for the year - do keep them coming!