This came up in my Facebook feed the other day….
I chuckled and moved on thinking of course we can’t have too much fabric. But then my mind flipped back to the Tuesday I walked into the sewing room to see this….
Immediately my mind flipped. Yes, yes I do think you can have too much fabric. I think I often have too much of a lot of things…too many projects going, too many UFOs, too many everything.
This is not fun. It is not relaxing. It is too much! Once I did sit down to sew, all I could see was another thing I “should” be sewing or another project that needed this or that or another project that I thought I would have finished a long time ago. UGH.
I didn’t feel good at all. I felt pulled seven different directions…and honestly, my heart really wasn’t in any project. I was just “doing them” to get them done or for a deadline or for something to check off my list.
It’s odd though… as I thought well maybe you should just pass the projects on ….but that wasn’t it either. Individually I was happy about each and every project. I was happy to be finishing a quilt for the pet rescue and I really liked the quilt. I was happy to be finishing my deadline project and I thought the project had real promise. I liked my mystery quilt. I especially love the colors! I wanted to finish the baby quilt for the new baby in my life.
Collectively, it was all too much.
Years ago, I sat at a dining room table and sewed. Part of me missed that. Yes, I had to clean it up from time to time when we were having company or a special meal, but I stayed focused then. There wasn’t room to spread out and take over a whole 14 x 20 room with projects. I seriously miss that.
I felt more focused and not so overwhelmed….
I was part of a Facebook group years and years ago. I lady had died and the family took pictures and showed her stash. The garage walls were lined with large totes floor to ceiling full of fabric. It was a double car garage….That would have done me in if I was the owner of that. I could never have found what I was looking for. I really think I would have simply quit sewing because I felt so overwhelmed.
It’s strange. When I was younger, I always wanted more and more…now that I’m older, I feel like I want less and less. I also feel like I want quality over quantity. I want things I’m in love with and not just things and things and things.
So…I’m making a little rule for myself. Only four projects out that I can see at the time. Four projects, I almost need to have out as that allows one waiting for the long arm, one ready for binding, one UFO I’m sewing on, and one that is a deadline project.
So back to the original question was “Can a quilter have too much fabric?”. I honestly think the answer is YES! I think for people like me, too much fabric can all be overwhelming! I know some of you might have a garage lined with totes of fabric from floor to ceiling and you might be okay with that….and not feel a single bit overwhelmed. I applaud you! I couldn’t do it.
I think it’s all a situation of needing to know ourselves. People have different tolerance levels and different ideas of the “right amount”. Some people thrive in excess…some people are overwhelmed by excess.
Blog readers have been asking me for a bit if I could do some tutorials on how to make free form ABC letters like I did for Georgia’s baby quilt…
I honestly will…but I’m not ready to add another thing to the fire right now. I promise it’s on my list.
All I know is I felt so much better after I focused and finished some of those projects that were laying everywhere in the sewing room. This whole next year I am focusing on trying to get caught up on UFOs and getting a stronger focus to my quilting room.
I am so blessed to have a big quilting room and I need to rein it back in and feel really good when I’m there. Too many projects, for me, is just too overwhelming.
So where do you fit in? Do you love lots…do you prefer a little? How many projects can you juggle at a time? There is obviously no right or wrong answer….I’d love to hear your method for taming the madness.