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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 today and tomorrow.


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 your 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. And with all the hard work we have done in the past 20 days we have been making space and some of that space can be claimed by your fabric.


First start with the unwanted, the stained, the musty.


Then take a look at the types of fabric. On top of quilting cottons, do you have batiks, wovens and other kinds? Are you using all of them? Last year I decluttered my batiks and this year I will be decluttering my fat quarter wovens. I tried quilting with them, I really didn’t care for it so I’m letting them go. I do have some denim here that I have been collecting that I will keep for the future but I will not be accepting any more.


How about the designer? Are there collections you have purchased because everyone else was or you thought you liked the style but now realize that isn’t what you like to work with.


How about by theme? Do you have holiday fabric for holidays you don’t celebrate or make for. How about baby prints? How many baby quilts do you make now? I know I am at my limit of fabric for baby quilts. I need to be careful not to accumulate anymore until this pile is used.


And lastly. Take I look at your bolts. The cardboard inserts take up a huge amount of space. If you only have 1 yard or two it will take up less space off the bolt than on.


I have purchased bolts of fabric in the past, and have found 15 yards of fabric is just so much fabric. And if you are like me, and really don’t like using a fabric more than once, the discount you received for the bolt, doesn’t save you any money if the remainder sits in your cupboard. So now I will only buy them if I’m going to use it for backing. And I keep them at the studio with my longarm and I have found several that I need to move there.


I am taking the fabric bolts I will never use again and I am selling them this year. Yes, I am dipping my toe in the resell market. And I’ll let you know how it goes.


It is a good exercise to go through your fabrics every year. Touching, refolding and re sorting them will give you an opportunity to look at how much you actually have,


As well as recognizing those fabrics that you have had for over 5 years. Why haven’t you used them yet? Do you still love them? Did you ever love them or were they just a good deal?


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 nicely folded fabric stacks online with the hashtags. #jgidqdeclutterchallenge2023 and #declutterchallenge2023.


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


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