Category — Fabric
Over the last few months, I’ve started to feel a bit suffocated by the amount of fabric I’ve accumulated. I love it all, and it’s awesome to have options on hand when I’m working on a projects, but let’s be honest – there is no way I am going to use all the fabric in my sewing room. On Monday I decided to lighten my load a bit and send some fabric to new homes.
In some cases, the decisions were hard. I love so many of these prints.
I thought I would share a bit about how I ran my destash in case anyone was interested in doing the same. I got a lot of great tips from my friend Katie. (Hi Katie!)
I decided to run my destash on Instagram. Instagram is a App on smartphones where you can take pictures and share them with others. There is a huge quilting community there, it’s a lot of fun!
First, I spent some time going through all my fabric. I store my fabric in tubs (you can see a picture on my FAQ page). I sorted through one color at a time and pulled anything I thought I could destash. My criteria were:
1. Fabric I had already used in several projects (I was ready to move on).
2. Fabric that was same shade of color as several other fabrics I planned on keeping.
3. Fabric that had been in my stash for 1+ years and I had never used.
Once I had pulled everything, I made bundles. Some were sets of matching designs (Sketch or Mono Pez for example). Others were based on color. And a few were based on type of fabric, like linen. I tried to size the stacks to fit in a USPS Flat Rate Envelope. I ended up with over 40(!!) stacks.
I went through and weighed all my stacks with a postal scale. I placed a notecard on top of each stack with a unique stack number, the weight, the approximate yardage based on weight (I used 6 ounces per yard), and a price that I thought was fair (and most importantly, would sell).
Then I took a photo of each stack and posted the information on Instagram. I included the hashtag #thegreatfabricdestash on each post. The first person to leave a comment with their email address (or “ME!”) got the stack.
Katie suggested I make a spreadsheet to track everything and that was the best advice. I opened Excel and had a column for: Stack Number, Price, Description, Winner Email, Winner Instagram Id, Invoice Number, Paid Flag, and Shipped Flag. This made it so much easier to track 40+ sales and packages.
Once the sale was over, I used PayPal’s invoicing tool to send invoices to all my winners. It’s very easy to use, just keep in mind you do have to pay PayPal fees. I also used PayPal to print shipping labels. I shipped everything USPS Priority Mail.
I’m not going to lie. It was tough. (Mentally and physically – this process took me an entire day). But it was also surprisingly therapeutic and freeing. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. And don’t worry, I still have a ton of fabric. But less than I did a week ago.
April 23, 2014 36 Comments
I’ve had my nose to the sewing machine all week, working on my Shimmer quilt for the blog hop post this Saturday. I thought I’d share a few pictures of the progress. I hope you will stop back over the weekend to see the finished quilt!
April 9, 2014 47 Comments
It’s been a flurry in my house this week as we prepare for a bit of downtime next week for Spring Break. Between some quilt designing, laundry folding and errand running, not a ton of sewing got done. That’s ok, I did do a lot of prep work for my next project.
Isn’t that fabric up there pretty? That is a really fun Fat Quarter bundle I put together for Fabric Spark. (And yes, you can buy your own!) I’m so happy with how it turned out! I’m sort of picturing tiny wonky stars made out of those colors, but not totally sure yet.
I did cut all my fabric for my Shimmer blog hop project this week. And my paper piecing templates.
Next time I sit at the sewing machine, I should just fly through these blocks (hopefully!) These are pretty similar to the Arkansas Traveler blocks.
Things will be a bit quiet here over the next week while I take a little break with my family. I hope to be nice and relaxed when I return!
March 28, 2014 14 Comments
Today I’m very happy to share with you a new sponsor here on the blog – and a new shop to me – LoveQuilting.com! LoveQuilting.com is an online fabric shop started by owner Nancy Ottaviano. I am always completely interested in how those in the fabric and quilting industry got their start, so I asked Nancy to tell me a little bit about her history.
Nancy ~ “I started my career in the 1980’s in the construction industry, as one of very few women at the time. I proudly worked my way up to the role as Chief Estimator for a commercial metal stud framing and drywall contractor. Along the way, in the early 2000’s, I found my inner passion for quilting.
While I love the modern quilt movement, and I am inspired by contemporary art quilting, and I respect the traditional quilt style, I don’t classify myself one way or another. I consider my quilt style to be eclectic. What is eclectic, you ask? The adjective, eclectic, describes people who choose from different sources. In my case, I have found inspiration from all 3 of the above mentioned quilt styles.
I created this online quilt shop as a portal to share my passion for not just the luscious fabrics available today, but also for the process of creating wonderful quilt projects. Lovequilting.com carries only top quality quilt fabric to offer you an enjoyable shopping experience. If you have a special request, feel free to email me.”
You cannot go wrong with blenders, perfect for building your stash…
Great bold designs…
You can keep in touch with LoveQuilting.com through the following links:
Instagram and Connected Threadz as Lovequilting.com
Big welcome LoveQuilting.com!
March 26, 2014 8 Comments