This has definitely been one of those years where I’m so immersed in every day life that I am shocked when I look at the calendar and see days, weeks, and months flying by.  I’ve spent all of May obsessed with house projects and organizing and decluttering! I guess it’s what you’d call nesting…

Spring Cleaning

We are expecting a baby girl this fall (well, September, which is still summer here in Texas).  Isn’t that onesie the cutest thing? I bought it from Patchwork Threads.

A BIG part of my nesting has been a mission to declutter my sewing room. I did a huge destash sale this week. But honestly with Quilt Market going on this weekend and all of those tempting lovely new lines popping up all over social media, it’s going to be hard to keep things tidy in there. I’ll be back on Monday with a Moda market review post (I’m very excited about their fall 2014 lines!!!)

Spring cleaning my sewing room. I feel a BIG destash coming on! Details to come.#quilting #fabric #destash

So none of my fabric purging methods have been truly successful. I’ve donated it. I’ve given it away. I did a mini destash on Etsy that was a big mess and a huge pain. The fact remains that I still have TOO MUCH with MORE COMING IN  and there are awesome new lines coming out EVERY DAY and EVEN MORE awesomeness is coming after QUILT MARKET. I’m feeling inundated with fabric and it’s time for spring cleaning. Instagram seems to be a good place so I’m going to try that instead of Etsy. I’m destashing good stuff – quilt-shop quality, all new and unwashed…Amy Butler, Hope Valley, Nicey Jane, Paula Prass, Tula Pink, Sherbet Pips…to name a few. This sale will be mostly fat quarters and some tasty Moda pre-cuts (shown above).

Here are the rules:

1. Follow me on Instagram (username: vintagemodernquilts) It’s an iPhone app, but if you don’t have one you can follow and comment on the web at the link above.

2. I’ll post photos of destash items and the first person to comment with their PayPal email address is the one who gets it. I’ll invoice for cost of the bundle plus shipping. Invoices must be paid within 24 hours or the fabric goes to the next person in line.

3. The destash will start tomorrow (Friday, April 5) at 2 pm. (US Central time).

4. Each lot will ship in a flat rate envelope so keep that in mind (shipping is $5.75 to anywhere in the US).

5. Once a lot has sold and been paid for, I’ll delete the photo on Instagram.

I am open to international shipping, but the prices are high: flat rate envelopes are $19.95 to Canada and $23.95 everywhere else. I know it might be worth it compared to fabric prices in other parts of the world so if you are willing to pay that, I will ship to you.

See you tomorrow on Instagram! I have a lot of fabric cutting and sorting to do…

VMQ-Share-the-Love-largeI’ve been trying to clean out my sewing room and scale back my fabric (and crafts!) stash for…at least a year. I’ve given lots of unfinished projects and fabric to my guild, but I still have too much. And with my work at Moda and trips to quilt shows, etc., there is always more coming in. (At least the Moda pre-cuts are easy and pretty to store…)

I’ve used up LOTS of yardage making quilt backs and bindings for all of my WIPs, and I even did a few de-stash sales on Etsy. (That is not fun. Taking photos, writing listings, answering questions, mailing packages – not for me. I also accidentally switched two packages so one went to Australia and the other went to Canada. UGH!) I’ve come across a lot of quilters via Instagram and an idea came to me yesterday…why not share my stash with someone who is just starting out? I didn’t pay full retail for most of my stash thanks to sales and buying wholesale (back when I used to make and sell quilts at craft shows) so why not just give it away? The important thing to me is that it’s going to someone who will use it. I easily filled up three medium flat rate boxes with fabric and they are all set to go to new homes. Yay! It makes me happy to think someone else will finally use that fabric, and it’s a relief to make some more room on my shelves. I’m going to keep a box in my sewing room and add stuff to it each time I make a project.


If you feel inspired to give away some of your excess stash or if you’d like to receive some fabric, join this  Flickr group. I imagine there will be more seekers than givers, but maybe I’ll be surprised.

My fabric stash has become too much for me so it’s time for a big destash. I’m starting today going through my half  yard cuts and will continue going through the yardages, FQs, (maybe even the precuts!), and home dec stuff the rest of the week. You can find the listings in my Etsy shop. Lots of Tula Pink (mostly Plume, some Nest), some Jay McCarroll, Laurie Wisbrun, Paula Prass, Amy Butler, Jennifer Paganelli, Urban Chiks. You know, the good stuff.