Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Mommy with her boy baby cat & her _____ baby on the way.


Mommy with her boy baby cat & her _____ baby on the way.
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

In case anyone thought that my cats would feel jealous of the baby, here is one example of how they will make themselves comfy in any position. (If my arms are at my side, he will rest on my side as well...) The girl started this rotation, but the boy can make her move...

The stashbusting concept has gripped a few blogs...

I too have gotten bitten...

This coming Sunday, my GF is coming over and we are going to cull my stash.

In the mean time, I need to evaluate what I have & why... So that I can know what to say good bye too.

Do I want to say good bye to any cat fabrics? (Heck do I want to even think about that rack of fabric? it also holds my taupes, my black & whites, & most of my Judaic collection. Probably not...) I did send some cat fabrics off during my last cull...

I will probably make some kits & let the rest go...

Stay tuned to see how strong I am through this process... I plan on playing with some of my favorite colors... blue & yellow. It won't be easy for me to let any of those go. (I even for a fleeting moment thought about keeping those & working only from that color combination... I know better - that is how I get a stash in those two colors to begin with!)

Any advice is welcome & solicited - If I can find the quilt top that should be hiding in there somewhere that may become a prize for the best advice.

Caveat - all quilting, quilt storage, quilt kitting, fabric culling, baby, what you really "need" for a baby, baby & cat, birth, freezes easily food, crock pot no fail recipes, etc. advice is welcome, but the quilting advice is what will be prize worthy. :o)

17 comments:

Catherine said...

Kitties always seem to find a way to get comfortable on your lap, no matter what! He's really gorgeous -- love his colour!
Do you have some quilts that you absolutely want to make? Why not get some big bags or containers and isolate the fabrics for those particular quilts, making up kits as you said, and then assess what you have left and what you want to do with those?
Why not prep some pieces in the blue and yellow for a hand pieced quilt that you can work on when you have minutes to spare here and there -- maybe a star quilt of some sort? It's amazing how much you can get done just stealing a few moments to hand stitch.

Lisa D. said...

What a pretty kitty! My advice about culling the stash (which I do at least once a year) - If you don't love it, let it go!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Best wishes as you clean out your stash... I did this over the 4th of July weekend a year ago and haven't looked back. If in doubt, hold on to it (separate box or corner of the room). If you don't like it or have had it over 3 years but just keep moving it from one place to another, out it goes. If you love it, well - there's no question there :-)

Not Lucy said...

The best way to reduce your stash is to keep quilting but stop buying! The last year or so I have mostly been buying fabrics to finish quilts: sashing, backing,etc. I have still been making lots of quilts but my stash bins are getting less stuffed.

If I find something in my stash that I know I will never use in a 'good' quilt, I use it to make quilts for charities such as Project Linus, Lutheran World Relief, etc. I have also used some fabrics up just as pieced backs for quilts.

Exuberant Color said...

If you have room to store the fabric, why not keep it, unless you hate it. There are a lot of pieces I almost got rid of and then an idea came along and they were perfect for it. Piece your backings, save on buying those big pieces. Colors aren't available certain years so you need to do wise stash building to have the variety.

Jeanne said...

Not much lap space left there, Mommy!
I fret while I'm culling, but once the stuff is gone, I don't miss it -- still plenty left.
Jeanne :)

Patchwork Penguin said...

Awwwwwwwwwwww Kitties are always ready to love. I remember when the twins were born, the cat jumped up into the crib and got the pacifier....... needless to say we had to nip that one really fast.

Hugs!
Nancy

Julie said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog. I think stash busting is over-rated. But with baby coming, the space available for cloth may be taken up by onesies. My girls are 2.5 and I'm still finding 3 month onesies in the oddest places! I hope you tackle the Sawtooth Cats - you can use your taupes for your beautiful Siamese friends. I'll be back!

Living on the Spit said...

My Thomas Jefferson loves to do the same thing. He has this particular position he loves for me to get in so he can feel all comfortable.

He also loves when I cut fabric on the floor...it is an old habit that is hard to break. He always thinks I need his help right in the middle of the fabric.

Good luck with the new delivery!!! I have seven babies ranging in age from 21 to 6, so relish every second of it and labor is not as bad as you might think. You will be fine.

Marlene

Ruth's Place said...

My cat would not stay off my stomach when I was pregnant. Every time I sat down!

Keep everything! That's my advice. Then you will never need to run to the store with a baby in tow, when inspiration hits (and child is sleeping) you can just shop the stash!!

Not very helpful am I? *VBG*

floribunda said...

Perhaps the cats are attracted to the baby's heartbeat? That's as much as I can tell you about babies!

On the stash question, though -- I once had a friend come over to help me cull books before a move. It helped that she was not a big reader or book collector. She went through and held up every single book, one by one, and said "are you going to read this again?". I did end up keeping quite a few for sentimental reasons -- not that I have read them again! -- but she definitely helped me to focus and be realistic about time and space. Maybe some form of this would work with fabric? Although I also agree with Wanda's comment about holding onto fabric so that you have a wide range of colors. I can't wait to see how it works out for you -- I might be inspired to do a cull of my own.

miniaturequilter said...

I am all for decluttering, but fabric is an exception. With 3 kids space is limited, so we installed metal shelving up high on our bedroom wall. (safely out of little fingers reach) I have bins sorted by color and plastic bins for sharp stuff. It's not real attractive but if I want to sew and have fabric it's all i have and it works out well. Besides, only my kids and hubby go in our bedroom. Hubby doesn't care so it's great (was even his idea)! Only other advice, is if space is that limited and you love most of your fabrics, but have to make room then cut a chuck out of each to make a charm quilt and then get rid of it without feeling remorse.

GRACE said...

if i were you, and you can ignore this advice, don't give/fling away anything you really don't want to. isn't worth it....can find a place for it someplace....even in a tote under the crib. no harm to it there i'd say....any just my 2 cents.

The Quilting Pirate said...

You look beautiful! So does kitty! :)

Everyone comes to a time to cull the stash once in awhile. I think I'll be taking your lead soon as well. I have too many UFO's and just not enough time or effort to finish them! Any pirate/sunflower items I'll trade ya for more kitty fabrics (you can never had enough) LOL

I end up giving a lot of mine between Freecycle, Project Linus and my blog.

Good luck.

Betty J in OKC said...

You and your kitty look SO comfy!

I've just started a blue/yellow quilt. I'm trying to get out of my "comfort zone" when it comes to quilt colors. My pinks are no longer connected to my purples. LOL!

I am a Tech Teacher said...

Somehow I missed your blog long enough to miss your pregnancy announcement. Mazel Tov! You guys must be thrilled! I am working in a new school, further from home, LOVING what I do. I am a tech facilitator, so I teach the teachers how to use tech in their classrooms. Aside from the baby, how are things??

Tanya said...

I can't wait to see a picture of you with a baby in your arms and two cats in your lap! You are getting so close! Who's going to tell us when the kitten has arrived? Is you husband ready to post the big news?