Lately, I’ve been getting overwhelmed by all the ads – on facebook, coming in my email, on blogs - telling me all about the latest and greatest sewing machines, gadgets, rulers, threads, fabrics, patterns, and on and on – how great they are! How much I need them! Hurry before they’re gone! Everybody else has them!
How about you? This may come as a surprise from someone who sells patterns, but honestly, it’s true. Companies that supply quilters have found a good thing, and they’re making the most of it. And not just quilters, I’ve been feeling inundated with ads for just about everything lately. It makes me tired.
I don’t have much money. Never did. I’m not a quilter who can buy the latest and greatest fabric or gadget. I may “think” I need them, and want them, but do I really need them….not having the funds to get them makes me think twice, and I usually end up realizing I don’t really need them!
And then there’s my sewing space. It’s an 11’x12’ft bedroom, that IS a bedroom. My bed is in here. I do dream of a dedicated studio – looking around pinterest I see so many beautiful ones. Sometimes it makes me think that I “need” a studio. And then I remember this picture:
Wouldn't you love to know her? I would.
And then I’m grateful I have any space at all. I’m not looking much at pinterest lately, lol.
Frugal quilting, which I have no choice over, forces my creativity. I have to use from my stash, and work with the tools I have. The best tools I own are my hands…and I thank the Lord for them. Working from my stash makes me use unusual fabric combinations, or fabrics [vintage sheets!] and I think produces better results. When I think of when I started quilting, without any tools at all [cardboard templates, fabric cut with scissors, no sewing machine!] I realize that I felt a lot more freedom. Of course, I wasn’t blogging everything then, either…the results didn’t seem to matter as much.
painted quilts I made back in the 90's
I do have to buy things sometimes, and you bet I think long and hard about my choices. Something I probably wouldn’t do if I could just click “pay now” with abandon. There’s a side benefit to that, now that we’re thinking of moving – not buying means less to move.
How about you? Do you get overwhelmed with all the latest and greatest? As a pattern seller, I do want to sell patterns, but I try to keep it low-key – when I lost my job and decided to try to make a go of this, my blog got boring. Seriously, *I* got bored with it! I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately, and really want my fun blog back. My happy place. I don’t want this to be nothing more than advertisement for my patterns. I think there’s enough of that already. I want you to enjoy coming here, and not feel pressured to buy buy buy. Blogging is about friendships.
Leave a comment and tell me which quilter you are -frugal, or if you have to have the latest and greatest – I’d love to know!!