As 2012 draws to a close I find my fabric focus shifting. I spent the last year collecting fabric by buying (a lot !!!) and joining numerous fabric swaps. I did not realize how much I have until I decided to switch my sewing space with my scrap-booking space (more to follow on that project once I download the photos from the camera). My daughter-in-law was helping me move things yesterday and laughed when I said I was going on a fabric diet next year. She said I made the same declaration this time last year and broke it on January 1. I said "I mean it this year!" and I really do. I have purposely not opened emails about "end of year" fabric sales and avoided quilt shops. My goal for 2013 is to only buy fabric for classes I take and a few select swaps. I need to use the stash this year and that will require actual completion of things. Then I will have room to buy more!!
I find my desire to participate in fabric swaps diminishing as well. I did about 25 this year and had 8 going at one time! Lots of fabric bought and it cost about $10 in postage each time (sending it there and the SASE). I used priority flat rate envelopes which made it easy on my end. I participated in two swaps where I actually made blocks. The Not Your Granny's Bee was awesome! I just need to sew the blocks together and I will have two beautiful quilt tops. The other, a siggy block swap, was a disaster and I never received my blocks back. After waiting for 5 months and no contact from the hostess I doubt I ever will. Lesson learned, I guess. The last few fabric swaps had delays - not sure if it was the holidays or what - and took months to wrap up. There are a few people I would swap with if they host again but I doubt I will do more than one a month for 2013.
I find myself drawn to some of the Block of the Month (BOM) groups being offered on blogs and Flickr. There are a couple doing paper piecing as well as a mystery one. Most are free and use stash fabric. New skills and stash busting! I do participate in a couple of BOM groups with local quilt shops but struggle to keep up so I will have to see how it goes. Guess I need to decide which ones I am going to try since most start in 3 days.
So that is my focus for 2013 - complete projects, do lots of BOM projects, and use my stash as much as possible. I still need to take stock of what projects I have in various states of completion and set some goals for 2013. Guess I should get off the computer and finish setting up the sewing room so I can do that!