My sister’s stash —part 3…with a giveaway!

Bias tape My house is filling and my sister’s house is emptying. She is one of the best craft collectors I have ever seen. She is the best garage sale shopper and sale finder. Truly inspiring! We were chatting over lunch this week that you can’t truly be a good crafter unless you are a bit of a saver (hoarder), so I give my sister an A++ for her ability to plan her crafts for at least the next 50 years.

This week we uncovered about 15 packages of binding tape, some of them made in the early 1900′s. They are so pretty and the packaging is fun. My favorite is the one on the top with the two little girls…I think that one is from the 50′s. The Warren binding is from the 30′s.

vintage magazines

We also sifted through a bunch of magazines from the 50′s, 60′s, and 70′s. The cross-stitch designs are funky and retro.  It was fun to sip a glass of wine and leaf thru them all. But of course my favorite was the fabric. I think this paisley fabric is really lovely.

Paisley fabrics and knits

Which reminds me…we’ve been doing some cabinet-clearing of our own here at the C&T office and we came across a couple bundles of Moda pre-cuts that we’d like to give away to two lucky readers!

You have a chance to win either a jellyroll featuring Lily Ashbury’s Summer House or a fat quarter pack featuring Grand Finale by Sandy Gervais (please allow a few moments for these PDF sampler files from the Moda website to download).

To enter to win one of these fabric bundles, leave a comment here on the blog and tell us just how good a crafter/sewer/quilter you are…what grade would you give yourself for your saving (hoarding) skills? The deadline to enter is Friday, December 2nd. The winners will be notified via email. Good luck!

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80 Comments

  1. Posted December 2, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    I would give myself a fairly high A for having too much fabric and way too many magazines. They all get looked through every now and again. I have been good lately and if I buy a new magazine a old one is donated to charity. Next year maybe different!!!

    Happy days.
    Bev.xoxo

  2. Posted December 2, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    What a great question? Sadly, while I’ve been quilting for years, I’d say I’m a B quilter. Need to work on my precision sewing and eye for color. I think I make so many charity quilts that sometimes I just think “Oh, that will do”. I really do need to focus on quality consistently, to build better habits.

    But, I do love pretty fabrics and Moda is definitely one of my favorites.

    SewCalGal
    http://www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

  3. Marisol
    Posted December 2, 2011 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    As a sewer I have just started so I would give myself a C but as a hoarder I would give myself an A! I love keeping all sorts of things for future purposes, ow the possibilities!
    Thanks for this giveaway!

  4. Posted December 2, 2011 at 1:57 am | Permalink

    Since I am a ‘poor’ beginner, my stash is quite small!
    So I think I’d get a C ;D

  5. kathy peters
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    I am a crafter with years of fun times sewing and gluing things together for fund raisers and most recently I have found a love of quilting so my fabric stash is growing by leaps and bounds. I am an A+ fabric and supply hoarder. Lots of goodies stashed in my sewing room. Thanks for the chance to win something for my stash!

  6. Kim McM
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Why do I feel like I am divulging something personal here? As a crafter I give myself a B-, because I am somewhat lazy and could probably try harder, and as a hoarder I give myself a B- too. I have way too much stuff and have trouble finding (or even being able to get to) some of my craft supplies. I am constantly trying to maintain order. Do I really need to win fabric to add to the collection? Well, yeah! Do you even have to ask?

  7. Posted December 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Okay so I’m probably a B. I just recently cleaned out for the Christmas auction we did for our quilting guild and came across fabric I bought to make curtains for my dining room that was about 15 years old. Just had to get rid of it. I also tend to have friends who tell me, “Hey, I bought this fabric (notion, etc.) and I got too much. Can you use it?” So I have lots of those things too.

  8. pat
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    Well as hard it is to admit…yes I am a hoarder of crafts. I have stuff from my grandmother, my mother and what I have collected. Mostly fabric but there are crafts items also. Lots of books, too. When I had to move my mother to the assisted living, I encountered the best of the craft, yarn, and sewing hoarding. I found the same Craftbasket books your sis has. This was my mother’s stress buster from her demanding job. She loved sewing, knitting and crocheting. I am in love with fabric, the feel, the colors and the possibilities of what it can become. I do try to make most of my gifts to give. It is my my inheirtance and I love it. Yes I am still buying craft things.

  9. poppyinpink
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    You guys.. what do you expect me to say? It goes with the territory…if you sew you collect fabric and beside it’s in the genes! I am just like my mother and grandmother so it’s going to happen. I saw my grandmother hoard and pet fabric, she even let me touch her carefully folded piles of sometimes very expensive fabrics, she was a sought after seamstress and knew the art of draping cloth, I dont think she ever had a lesson but was self taught. My mother has every pattern she and I (when I lived at home) collected and over the years it adds up, doesn’t it? She has gone the same route, learning from books and practice, practice practice. Before I caught the quilting bug I sewed from a pattern and made a reasonable job of it. Well I am a perfectionist and every stitch had to be right before I would wear a garment. I transferred to quilting bringing the skills and fascination with fabric with me. I think I am developing slowly but know I have a long way to go. Still it’s a fabulous and inventive medium and YES I am inclined to be a hoarder..but I do what you do, period streamlining!

  10. Posted December 1, 2011 at 2:57 am | Permalink

    I think I am a A++ fabric hoarder/saver, what I would like to hoard is Time to sew! I think I am an B+ quilter I have always crafted/sewn/done needlework since I was a kid with my Grandma. I still have some of her old wooden spools of thread for sentimental value :)

  11. Pat V.
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    Oh, I get an A+ when it comes to stash enhancement! And I’m not a bad quilter when I actually get a chance to sit down at my machine, either.

  12. Carla G
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    I’ll say I’m a B+ sewer – there is still room for improvement and techniques I haven’t tried. I’d say a B for hoarding/saving supplies too. I shop estate sales and thrift stores and find things that I might be able to use so I get it. I also inherited my grandma’s old singer machine that is built into a cabinet and therefore got all the supplies in the drawers too. I really need to get busy and use up some of the fabric that I have sitting on my shelves! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

  13. Katie
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    I’d have to say I’m a B sewer – I’m not bad but I’m new to it so I know I can improve. As for hoarding/stashing/saving fabric I had told my mom when I started that I was only going to buy fabric for the current project that I’m working on since money is limited and space it limited. Haha now I’m starting to collect a bunch of fabric because I want to make sure I have pieces from lines before they can’t be found again. I swear one day I’ll use it all…

  14. Gwen Windham
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm… well, not to brag, but I think that I’d have to give myself an A+… not that I’m all *that* talented, but isn’t crafting all about self-expression and having fun doing it? I think so, and I LOVE to express myself through whatever my current project is– and I certainly do have fun doing it! :-) As for my saving/hoarding skills, I guess maybe I’d say that I deserve a B– I try to stay organized, but I have a hard time getting rid of even the smallest scraps– because you never know when you may have *just* the right use for that small scrap. I’m definitely a “saver” but I do try to keep my “savings” at least somewhat organized… :-) Thank you for this giveaway! Both of those fabric lines are super pretty– great prize! :-)

  15. Louise
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Just rec’d a box of fabric today which I ran upstairs to add to my stash .. so I give myself an A in hoarding fabric .. altho’ with our last move I did donate part of the stash to make the move easier = A
    I’m a solid B+ to A in sewing. Been sewing for many, many years :-)

  16. kate
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    A — I have fabric (inherited from my mother) that pre-dates me — and all the thread that matches it too…lol. About 2 months ago, I took all the fabric I really honestly could never picture myself using and bagged it up to go to a charity for tie quilts etc…but it is still by the back door and the contents keep finding their way back to my sewing room…on their own of course!

  17. Carol Y
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    At this point I’m an A – I save but I’m judicious. There are things from my past I wish I still had, but I still have a good amount of quality nostalgic fabric and notions. I just unboxed some of my old baby/child clothes that mom made for me, took pictures of them and cut apart into usable pieces, since there was no reason to save them as clothing. I’m going to make a wallhanging or quilt that will be full of memories for me.

  18. Carol A Spadea
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    I find it hard to rate myself. In some things I would give myself an A and in others a D . I ma a horder big time . Thnaks for the giveaway .

  19. Posted November 30, 2011 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    What treasures! Love the vintage items….I have several in my stash that will never be used because I love the packaging so! :)

    As for my thrifty grade….hmmmm…..I’m quite a penny pincher…hubs says cheapskate! I but on sale and love, love, love remnant shopping, but truth is, if it’s a fabric I truly adore I have been know to splurge at full price from time to time, so I suppose the levels me out somewhere in the middle. :)

    Thanks for the fun!

  20. Posted November 30, 2011 at 3:32 am | Permalink

    Oh gosh, I’m such a crafty buyer “I’ll make that” & then put it into the pile type of person.. I have so many things that are just stacking up. I’m about to move house & am dreading going thru the craft piles… I’m thinking in 2012, I’ll turn it into a Just Do year and try not to buy anything & Make Do with what I have!!
    BTW.. I’d adore the Jelly Roll… maybe I can start to collect them too!!

  21. marg
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 12:34 am | Permalink

    I think I’d be a B- especially is this includes books for crafting, although my husband would say an A for fabric!

  22. amorette
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    sad to say i am average compared to your sister! i save all my scraps and gather some things to save for the future, but nothing like this! amazing!

  23. Jusa
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    Tricky question. How good am I at hoarding crafts materials? A++. How good am I at organizing and labeling them for easy access? C. How quickly is my tiny studio becoming unusable because I can’t stop hoarding and the stuff is overtaking the room? Imminent threat. Why am I entering yet another giveaway to add to it all? Hmmmmm. Because I really love that Grand Finale collection and my motto is, “Too Much is Never Enough.”

  24. Blossom
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    I’ve only been sewing for a year, so I would rate my sewing level as beginner. Thanks for the giveaway! : )

  25. Shelley C
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    I would say 98% of crafters are hoarders and I fall into that broad grouping. Yes, I rate an A+. I buy fabric to have on hand and then have a hard time actually using it cause I’m saving it…you know that vicious cycle? I have enough to last me to my grave, but well, I need some updated stuff you know…all that calico just isn’t hip right now….:P
    Had an ederly neighbor clean out her stuff…she didn’t have as much as me (thank goodness) but I’ve got even more to use up…and I can wax eloquent on the scrap bins too! LOL

  26. Brenda
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    It’s so hard to pass up a good deal at a thrift or yard sale, especially on the vintage-never-going-to-see-that-again items. I would probably give myself a high B, I love to collect, but I try to maintain my collection so I can actually find things later.

  27. Claudia
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    I used to worry over perfection. Now I just sew to enjoy and I’ve noticed I’m a much better quilter. Maybe it is because I have relaxed that I ace my points. I’ve learned a lot of little tricks about making blocks work and I’ve even designed a couple of my own. I guess I’d give myself an A for effort.

  28. Posted November 29, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Quilting? B+. Sewing? B Crafting? B ~ always room for improvement! Inthe mid 70′s I worked for Wegmans, back when they had fabric departments. I still have a package of interfacing in the Wegmans’ fabric department bag!

  29. Posted November 29, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    I’m a mediocre sewer…. and a super penny-pinching hoarder! Story time!

    As I’m checking out at JoAnn’s, I pull out my two 50% and two 40% coupons to use on my items. It rings them up and automatically places them. Of course, I want to save every penny so I examine the receipt to make sure it put coupons on the most expensive items. So the lady sticks two booklets of coupons in my shopping bag for next time. So about a week later, I walked in again, and was instantly pointed at by the lady, who shouted, “There’s the Coupon Saver!!”

    Yep. I’m well known around JoAnn’s now… :)

  30. Allison C
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    I was looking for some fabric the other day and my husband says “Gee I wonder why you can’t find it.”. Apparently he thinks I have quite the collection and would rate me an “A”. I think I would rate myself a “B+”.

  31. Elizabeth McDonald
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    In comparison to earlier in my life, I would rate myself a “C.” I have formed the habit of passing on to someone else anything that I clearly am not about to use. Nope, this does not pertain to quilt fabric, which is in a class by itself!

  32. Tamie
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    I’m a good quilter but still have lots to learn. At least I have three daughters that have varying degrees of interest in continuing. As far as collecting- probably only a C as I could collect more I’m sure. I’ll love to give you some more room in your office.

  33. Beth T.
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    As far as my sewing/quilting skills go, I’d give myself a solid B. I’m trying to be more brave and try things I haven’t before, so perhaps by this time next year I’ll be a B+.

    As to hoarding, I prefer the term “collecting”, and I’m an A student there. I’d give myself and A+ if I were more organized.

  34. MoeWest
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    I’ll give myself an A for sewing and a B for hoarding. Since I took up quilting a few years ago my hoarding skills have been improving!

  35. lee
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    I would get a B+ as I am good at the hoarding but not at keeping it organized! thanks!

  36. chris
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    I give myself a C as I think I am average at best – college student so I dont have much time for it! thanks!

  37. Gill
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    I’d give myself a B+ for sewing and an A++ for hoarding! I save everything!

  38. Posted November 29, 2011 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    I would give myself a B or a B- grade in the thrifting (hoarding) department. However, if you ask my husband, he would give me an A+. But, who’s asking? :-) Thank you for this chance to add to my thrifting ways cause free is the ultimate thrifty isn’t it. Take care and God bless, Cory

  39. Posted November 29, 2011 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    Love both fabric lines, tho Sandy’s is my favorite!
    As for hoarding ~ at first I was thinking a B would be good for me, but then I got to thinking what was in the guest closet and under the bed in there ~ so ~ I’d have to say an A+. I’ve had the pleasure of working in a needlepoint store, a bead store and a knit shop. Needless to say ~ I’ve got enough supplies for an army (really kidding, but I do have A LOT!). Now all I need to do to round out my working experience is to work in a fabric store!

  40. SewLindaAnn
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    Hmmm..wondering if I should really admit this. I am an A+++++….. “collector” (sounds nicer) of craft supplies, fabric, or something I just know I’ll use sometime. Lucky for me I was able to take over what would have been the formal living room. Who really needs one right?! Between saying “Oh, this is the last fabric sale, thrift shop, yard sale item I’ll get till I use my stash…” I continually find a way to justify just a few more things. I am now planning on entering a few Craft Fairs next year to start using more of it.

  41. Posted November 29, 2011 at 5:35 am | Permalink

    For piecing, I would give myself a B. Quilting would be a C, but would definitely be in the most improved category. My hoarding skills are an A+. :)

    Mary
    iammaryburke @ gmail.com

  42. Posted November 29, 2011 at 12:19 am | Permalink

    I neglected to add something in my previous message. Fabrics, books, and notions to me are like pets. Once I’ve accepted an animal into my home, they are forever pets, come hell or high water. Same with sewing supplies. So when mom retired, I brought all her fabrics and notions over here. She didn’t know the beauties she had stashed away. Then a neighbor got a package from the estate of her aunt. She didn’t want it. There were tons of UFOs, many of which I couldn’t use. She must have been a size O. But what was special was seeing that woman’s dreams, seeing the garments she was making for herself, touching the fabric, and examining her excellent skills. Somehow I felt a kinship and an honor when I went through her rulers and scissors and measuring tapes and even tools I’d never seen before. She made me so happy to share in this wealth–and yes, she was a hoarder too–just how many pairs of scissors or rulers does one sewist need? I hope I get to turn over my stash to someone who will enjoy it too. That’s why I’m teaching the little 9 year old neighbor how to sew!

  43. Posted November 29, 2011 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    I get an A+ for hoarding. We moved five years ago and I did not leave behind one scrap of fabric. I filled my 400 sq ft studio with those fabric bins, arranging them so that the cats can climb and sleep up high. They like the open bins, snuggle down in the fabric. I make clothes as well as quilts and everything in between so I have black suit-weight fabric, silks, pfd cottons and rayons, as well as quilters’ bits that I bought as the mood struck me. I have enough now to keep me busy forever. Then there are the yarns for crochet and knitting. I’ll tell you what I did throw away–elastics from the 60s had lost their stretch. I also winnowed down the magazines but not Threads or the old McCalls. And I found magazines where today’s quilting doyens were just starting out. It’s Christmas anytime I go down there. We won’t talk about my library. The fabrics have now wandered upstairs where I sew in the living room, and compete with the new techniques-DVDs for space. But I’m always most happy surrounded by my stash. I dream up new ideas everytime I walk by! Yes, the dressform stands in the middle, draped in a project.

  44. Posted November 28, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    I guess I’ll have to say I’m an overachiever and would give myself straight A’s, probably an A+ for my hoarding. It’s starting to spill out of the sewing room and into the rest of the house (again). That means it’s time to do some serious sewing and use it all up (as if!).

  45. Carol
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    I mostly use my sewing skills to create quilts. When I started quilting about eight years ago, I started collecting fabric, rulers, books, my mother in laws stash, anything that looked like it could be useful in quilting, but especially the fabric. I learned to sew in high school. Even made several things for school. Then I had sons (not daughters), and found myself mostly doing repairs. When I found quilting, I was in love. Now I had a purpose for needing all this fabric! Anyway, I have shelves and drawers and more drawers and containers, it goes on and on full of fabric. Its a good thing, since right now, I don’t have the same income, so I’m on a “fabric diet”. I still find I have plenty of fabrics to choose from to create my quilting projects for the classes I teach. I give myself an “A” in the stash department, a “B” for sewing.

  46. Posted November 28, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    I’m a good saver but I just learned to sew, so I’m just getting started. I have saved all the selvages so ar, so maybe I’m on my way to an A? :)

  47. Kathie L
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    While I love to sew, I don’t have unlimited space, so I’d give myself a C. Kathie L in Allentown

  48. julie
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    I considered myself to be an average sewer. I prefer sewing crafts than clothes. I give myself an A-.

  49. Posted November 28, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    I would give myself an A++ for starting projects, a B for my actual skill level, and a C for hording. However, my grandmother just gave me a HUGE box of sewing supplies that she had horded which gave my hording stash a bump to an A!

  50. Tami
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Well, I just moved and I had about 25 medium sized boxes of fabric (of which my boyfriend has said that he had NO idea fabric could be so heavy….) so I would say I have enough fabric for many life times! I have been sewing since I was 9 years old and I am now in my 50′s so in terms of a grade for my skills….I would give myself an ‘A’.
    Thank you for the chance to win some beautiful fabric!

  51. Posted November 28, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    Well, I would say a B for crafting and sewing skills, I might be better if I read instructions;)
    I do hoard, but in a good way, you can never have enough supplies and I buy when I can, so when I am low on money, I still have plenty of things to work with.

    Debbie

  52. Posted November 28, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    Good question! I give myself an A. And while I don’t hoard, I do embellish with stuff from the kitchen scrubber to the 3D flowers that come 4″ off my quilts=)

  53. Wyo Di
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Well, considering my DH tells everyone I have enough fabric to open my own store (untruth), I’d receive an A. But, it’s all the toys that would truly give me that grade, on the fabric, I’m honestly only about a B-!!!

  54. Posted November 28, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t go to count them, but I know I have more packages of that binding tape than your sister! I definitely am a hoarder!

  55. Ginger
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    I try to keep my stash under control. So I would give myself a B

  56. L N Biedermann
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    I must get an A! I have enough to keep me busy until I’m too old to see my work. Even starting to get organized.

  57. Posted November 28, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    I give myself an A plus. I am a first class collector or hoarder which ever you like to call me.

  58. Kathy M. Boice
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Oh my Gosh!!! I wish I could post pictures! I am an unbelievable hoarer of craft supplies. Over 30 years worth!! I would have to say an A++. It is all in plastic storage totes, labeled, and stacked almost everywhere. In the psare bedroom, under the basement steps in a hugh closet, in my sweing area, cutting area, and another storage room. PLUS, unpacked in my Garage since my house in OH is smaller than my TN house was. It is unreal how much wonderful stuff I have! I am 60 years old and as a child I watched my Grandmother crochet and I have balls of her crochet thread in an old basket in my livingroom. I am ready to “craft” with kids, have every craft imaginable for them to do, plus crafts I designed for them. Also have crochet, tatting, knitting, embroidery, Drawn thread needlework, red work, Cross stitiching supplies, quilting, beading, foam art, wood burning, tin punch, wood to paint, “stain glass” w/ paints, Paint n’ Bake, Basket weaving, soap making, candle making, Christmas ornaments to paint or sew, LOTS of doll patterns, Doll clothes making supplies, Soft Sculpture Doll supplies, Clothes pin doll supplies, Bird houses to paint, fabris painting, stenciling, framing supplies, need I go on???

  59. Beth B
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    I give myself a B for stash in regard to amount and organization. Although if I am honest and think what may be resting in some remote storage areas of the house, amount and variety of aged and retro stash may be an A with C for organozation. Now I am wondering what may be luking in the hidden storage areas.

  60. Posted November 28, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    I give myself a B. I have quite a bit of stash and scraps and I am trying to learn to use it better before buying more fabric.

  61. MarciaW
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    My quilting skills are B and garment sewing skills have declined to C. However, my ability to make quilts of discards and fabric others will dump is A, such as fabric samples or flea market surplus. It would be great if win, because then will actually have nice “collection” fabrics to use in a special quilt. Thanks for the chance.

  62. karen imwalle
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    I not only have MY stash but got some of my mom’s stash of goodies when she moved to a retirement home. I will give myself a B+ Right now it is even s/w organized. We will see how long THAT lasts!

  63. Patricia Hersl
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    I’m a decent sewer, let’s do a B there. But I tend to clean out my hoards. Still I have some stuff from the 50′s too! And just used the last of my true 60′s ribbon to trim a child’s pair of jeans. Hope that makes my B there too.

  64. Posted November 28, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Well, I won’t grade my sewing skills because I would fail. I am just getting into sewing/crafting and the only project I attempted (with my mom’s help) would have been an utter fail without her help. I decided to just bite the bullet and keep going no matter how many times I mess up. I purchased my first sewing machine yesterday.

    Hoarding is another story. I have already purchased about $250 worth of fabric and $150 of supplies (scissors, rotary cutter, etc…). Yes, I am a hoarder!!! I think the best think about this hobby is the beautiful fabric.

  65. Lynda Loomis
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    I get an A+ for the gathering end of procuring bargins and treasures and plays well with others! However…….on the organizing and finding what I have …..well to be truthful —I am attempting to raise procrastination to an Olympic Sport! Anyone want to join me in the competition?

  66. Jan H
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    I just recently rediscovered quilting and have been having loads of fun discovering all the bits and pieces of fabric I have stashed & hoarded over the past years. I would have to give myself an A+ – I have found things I can’t imagine why I ever saved. But I will continue to save because I am sure there will someone that will come up with a wonderful idea that will be perfect for those odd things. I have found a whole new inspiration on so many different blogs and getting overwhelmed by the unlimited, fantastic resources. I just discovered this blog and will be returning to see what gems lurk here…

  67. Posted November 28, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    I’m an above average collector for my stash:) My DH would say that I couldn’t possibly need anything else. If he only knew…..

  68. Posted November 28, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Keeping everything is in my genes – my mom would get an A. However, I can’t stand clutter and if something doesn’t fit, well, out it goes. I’d give myself a B.

  69. Linda Illes
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    I definitely give myself an A+ in the stash department. If you don’t want it I will find a way to use it now or in the next 50 years! lol I have turned peoples discards into some of the most creative projects.

  70. Posted November 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Think I would get an A for holding onto ‘Craft Necessities”. A couple of weeks ago my daughter need to make a fascinator as they were celebrating Melbourne Cup (famous horse race in Australia). Scarily enough, I had all the things necessary to make it..just by foraging in my cupboards…

  71. Lee
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    I am definitely a ‘B’ Quilter. Better than average but still room to learn and do more things. I love to be amazed by what folks out there think of and come up with.

  72. Posted November 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    In terms of hoarding stashing I get an A+! I not only have my stash but my aunt’s, mother’s, and grandmother’s stashes. Plus yarn and floss. I’ve been quilting since 1976 so you can just imagine. Something new to infuse the stash would be fun. Thanks.

  73. judi stokes
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    I can’t say that I’m a hoarder, I like things well organized and go thur my magazines frequently and pull only those articles that I might do some time, about once a year I go thur my fabric stash and pass along to others stuff that I wonder “what was I thinking”?when I bought it, I can always find a good home for fabric , I find pieces of fabric I had forgotten about and put them together for a new quilt

  74. Joy V
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Love filling my time with craft – what grade would I give myself – B+ – still learning lots of things. Now the other part of this question – Hoarder – F – BUT a collector – top of the class – I have been collecting stuff for many many years.

  75. Posted November 28, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    Right now I’m limiting my “crafting” time to making quilts and for that I would give me an A. My stash get’s a C. I keep making scrap quilts with the leftovers and I think they get together and make more! Thanks for the chance to win some more!

  76. Asta H. Werme
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    I HAD to laugh about the comments of being a good hoarder…and having crafts for the next fifty years…I DO, Too! When my children needed “copies” of magazine articles from the 70′s…I had the originals…same with craft supplies…everything that caught my eye over the years and I never had time to do…is mostly still here..neatly (sort of neatly) stored in baskets and boxes and storage bins in my sewing “studio”. The fabric and craft/quilting books are my favorites though. I LOVE just being with all that stuff…and enjoy looking at it. My fabric stash is in a shelving unit with glass doors (to keep the cat off/out) so I can SEE all my goodies. I have inherited supplies and books from several generations of craftswomen before me…and treasure those things as well. Now…the SEWER part…I have the skills…just take on too many want-to-make projects…I could go on for pages. Better stop here. Hoarder..grade A+…Sewer…I would like to think an A+ also. Just don’t grade for overall neatness of my work area! lol

  77. Margaret Verga
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    I think of myself as having A- quilting skills, but only B sewing skills as I never learned tailoring. It’s never too late! I’d give myself another A- for stash building. I just unearthed a pile of baby flannels…. and my kid is now 12! So I’ve had those for a while:)

  78. sue
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Ha, ha! Guilty! So I give myself an A. I have a lot of my grandmother’s notions, stuff in my house, stuff in my storage shed, you get the picture! Now my mother is sending me her stuff. So I’m building up my ‘Nostalgia Stash.’ And then there’s the scrap bag…

  79. Karen Browning
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Based on the sewing skills that I have learned just since my retirement in May 2011, I must give myself an A+. Why? Since May I have attended the Knoxville AQS Show taking 4 classes, the Ricky Tims Seminar in September and the International Quilt Show in Houston where I took 6 classes. YEH for early retirement.

  80. Wendy
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    How good? Well, I really enjoy it :) How about a B – I’d say I do not bad. As for hoarding – well, I try to only buy fabric for a particular project, so I don’t hoard, but I always have leftovers, not sure what to do with those yet!

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