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Declutter Challenge - Day 20 - Fabric

Welcome to Day 20... the penultimate day of the Declutter Challenge 2022. We are just about at the end. Just two more days.

The past week has been a tough one... And the last step is the toughest of all. Your fabric.

For most of us, it will be impossible to declutter fabric in one day. And honestly, why should you? Fabrics are our paint. If there was no fabric, there would be no quilting. It brings us joy, soothes our souls, and refills our bucket. With all the hard work we have done in the past 20 days, we have been making space and you may decide that some of that space will be claimed by your fabric.

In the second week of February, I will have a dedicated video on how to organize your fabrics. But until then, you can clear out the unwanted, the stained, the musty. You can also sort your fabrics by how you use them. You might collect them by theme, size, colour or purpose. But remember to keep it simple.

The way that you chose to sort them now is not carved in stone, and it can be changed at any time.

This day will give you an opportunity to look at what you have and recognize what you no longer want or need.

If you have yardage, it’s a good idea to label them with what you have.

I know I have way more batiks than I will ever use. So I will be pulling those out. I also have bolts of fabrics and kits that I made for a workshop on Stashbuster #1, that has sat in my cupboard for two years. Those are going out the door. And I have fabric that I purchased for backing that now will go to my studio to live with my other wide backs.

I have also collected yardage for clothing that I have yet to make. I want to make a beginner quilt pattern out of these ones. So some more projects are to be added to the 2022 to-do list.

In all this touching, sorting and playing, you will want to start a tally sheet for how much fabric you actually own. It doesn’t need to be exact. I am going to estimate the amount in these containers and how much is on the bolts but we need to have an honest understanding of how much we own.

Have fun. Folding and refolding fabric is one of my favourite things to do. I hope you enjoy it too. But don’t forget to use your timer.

And be sure to show your piles online with the hashtag #jgidqdeclutterchallenge2022 and #declutterchallenge2022.

Take care, and I’ll see you tomorrow for our final day. Day 21.

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