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Saturday, 2 May 2015


Obsessive Compulsive Fabric Collecting: it's a disorder many quilters suffer from.  Recently, I had an email from someone making my New York Roundabout Again and had run short of the fabric for an outer arch.  To solve the issue, she decided to replace the 4 outer arcs and sent a picture to ask for suggestions on what colour to use.  I emailed back with the observation that the fabric looked like Fossil Fern and possibly I had the right shade of green in my collection.  She mailed me a snippet and...sure enough...
What are the odds? (pretty good actually...!)  I decided it was time to downsize, and I ruthlessly culled three boxes and two garbage bags of fabric from my stash.  I set them aside to deliver to some quilting friends when I visit next month, and happily revelled in all the extra space I had reclaimed.  Yesterday, I woke up with a burning desire to sew colourful scrap Dresden Fan blades and...I don't have to write the rest, we all know what happened.  Yup...I brought those bags and boxes back into my sewing room. I loved seeing my old friends, from projects past.
At what point does O.C.F.C. become hoarding?


  1. Very impressive! If you remember each little snippet of fabric, it's not hoarding. You just have a lot of fabric friends. :)

  2. It cannot be hoarding as you have used the fabric to make beautiful dresdens which will become a beautiful quilt! Absolutely no hoarding going on!

  3. I have some of that green Fossil Fern! However, I prefer to think of it as a collection, like a stamp collection.

  4. Definitely not hoarding.......letting your fabric 'mature' is not hoarding, it just needs to wait for the perfect project!

  5. Hoarding? What on earth is that? We all just have precious extensive textile collections... The oldies are just as precious as the newer stuff....

  6. Karen, I laughed right out loud when I read this blog entry. It was loud and long enough to bring Omer in to hear the joke. For me,it feels as if fabric can actually create a calming influence in our lives. i know that I like to just play with scraps. looking, feeling, and then imagining just what might lie undiscovered in each piece of cloth. hoarding? never!Enjoy.