It seems like everyone in quilty-blog-world is talking about their stash right now. I wonder if it’s because we tend to “take stock” as a new year begins. I moved from one state to another a week before Christmas, which forced me to come to grips with how much fabric I actually own.
I’m a little embarrassed by it. The fabric acquisition habit was bad before I worked in the quilting industry; now it’s completely out of control. My moving experience with Allied Van Lines went like this:
A nice guy named Dan came to look over my condo and give me an estimate on the cost to move my things. He made a point of saying that he’d been doing this work for twenty-some years and that he was pretty good at estimating. The company trusted him a lot, he said.
A few days later, the estimate arrived by email. Dan thought my stuff would weigh about 6000 pounds. They shot me a guaranteed price, which means that if your load actually weighs more than they predict, the cost will not increase. (Dan told me up front that he added some “pad” to the estimate, just in case it weighed more than he thought.)
Fast forward to moving day and my stuff being unloaded at my new place. The driver/unloading chief tells me that although Dan estimated 6000 pounds, the load had actually gone over 9000 pounds. Says the driver, “I don’t think they know how much fabric actually weighs.”
I’m totally loving that guaranteed price thing.
So that’s my stash story; here are other stash-related topics I’ve run across:
- shop the stash
- swap the stash
- organize the stash
- hide the stash
- build the stash
- pare the stash
- manage the stash
- therapy for the stash
- store the stash
- thrift for stash
- strip the stash
My stash research has revealed that I’m not alone. After reading other quilters’ stash stuff, nine thousand pounds is hardly anything at all.
If you’d like to add something from my stash to your stash, leave a comment by midnight Wednesday, January 5. Estimate the weight of your stash. The winners are comments #105, 95, 48, 59 and 76. I chose five because this is a great way to lighten my load! Thanks to everyone for taking part!