So how have I done?
SEWING FROM STASH
I have been very good about sewing from stash! Since my resolution, everything I've made for myself (or at my own instigation) has been made from my own fabrics. I finished my quilted Jumps (a UFO and stash fabric), worked up a pillow and some pillowcases, made a new petticoat, a retro style shirt, a lined scarf, a new lunch bag from organic cotton, a 1919 dress, a sheer shirt with bishop sleeves... et cetera.
A side benefit of this push to sew from stash is that I'm using patterns which I haven't used before!
On the other hand, my UFO list (and my resolution to finish one UFO before starting another) has not been as inspiring. It turns out--act surprised, now--it turns out that finishing old projects is not nearly as exciting as starting new ones, and there's nothing like a bit of boring but necessary sewing to motivate me to turn my attention to fun but unnecessary sewing. So I guess I'm not a total saint... I can feel my halo tipping.
THE LIMITS OF STASH
As I pull things out of my stash to use them, I sometimes find myself wondering why on earth I have them at all! Recently I pulled out a yard of 60" wide jersey, thinking I'd make a pullover sweatshirt, and I found it was covered in stains, the kind you get when you wash it with something that bleeds. I wouldn't enjoy sewing with stained fabric or wearing a stained shirt, so I put it in the giveaway bag for Goodwill, and that's out of my stash.
HAVE I CHEATED?
Once... maybe. But it was entirely justified and I checked with my accountability partner. See, I told my wee niece I was going to make her a hat, and did she have a preferred color? And that precocious pip told me that she wanted "teal and sparkly pink"! I had neither in my stash, so I hemmed and hawed and finally bought some sparkly teal. But that was for a special request, so I don't think it violates the spirit of the resolution!
Quilting, dressmaking, and history plied with the needle...
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