All of us have something special we have put away and sometimes that makes sense. Keep a special outfit for a fancy event, use your new suitcase on your trip or crack open that bottle of Champagne when your child graduates. But unless there is a specific deadline on the horizon, it doesn't make sense just to hang onto a really nice item waiting for that perfect moment. It may never come or, you can just buy another bottle of Champagne.
I had fabrics that I bought in Provence back when I taught French. I paid a fortune for them and I LOVED them. They were so darn special, I just couldn't decide which project was worthy of them. I bought them in the spring of 1988 with a group of students I adored. My daughter Emily was on the trip and immediately after buying the fabrics I got back on the bus and drove through the French Alps with my students. We stopped and took pictures, here is one of the group. How could I cut into those fabrics which represented such a wonderful time in my life?
But that's crazy! What good did they do anyone sitting in my stash? I made myself make two heart quilts with them and even today I display those quilts in my sewing room because I LOVE those Provencal fabrics so much. I love the quilt even more and if a better project comes up, oh well, I will find another fabulous fabric.
I have a HUGE stash and sometimes it is just because I haven't gotten around to using all that I have in there. Others are too special and I resisting that. Enjoy today! Use them now! Wear your good clothes, put in your real diamonds, use the new dish towels and enjoy today. I am doing this with my collection of dragonfly fabrics. My friend Laurie gave me the first one and then I found four more. Did I really want a dragonfly quilt, well, no. But I wanted a project worthy of those fabrics.
Unexpectedly, the woman hosting our Book of Wonder book club asked me if I could host. I said yes and looked on the cover. Do you see what I see? A dragonfly! I am going to use those fabrics and maybe book club isn't worthy of them and maybe in twenty years I will wish I had a dragonfly quilt. But life is too darn short to hang onto every fabric waiting for the perfect project. Today's project is the perfect project. Stay tuned, I will show you what I make and since book club is March 10th, I better get a move on!
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