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The Report from The Rumpelstiltskin Challenge, Week 1

Welcome to the end of the kick-off week of The Rumpelstiltskin Challenge.  How did it go for you all – did you make it out alive?  It was an interesting week here among my own over-stuffed shelves, spanning a gamut of emotions from satisfaction to panic.  A whole year?  From only this stuff? I had to talk myself off the ledge a few times.  There was a tour of thrift stores a few days ago, which severely tested my willpower and the foundation of this challenge.  I’m very happy to say that I dodged the mediocre offerings of fabric that I normally would have tossed in my cart and left with only a 100% cotton white flat sheet, a (dyeable) staple in my studio akin to thread or needles.  And while I don’t have a lot of finished things to show for my week of hard work, I can say that I made a pretty big impact on my project shelves.  Judging by the three bags of trimmings that were hauled out, I’d call the opening week a roaring success.  Replenishing my etsy shop with a fresh batch of Quilt Top Kits is my low-hanging fruit, and I hope to have the shop updated by Monday at the latest.  All week long my mouth has been watering at the luscious combination of colors that have transpired – I can’t wait to show you what’s emerged from these humble shelves!  A sneak peek:

But enough about me.  How did your week go?  The Flickr pool is starting to gather some steam as we all wade through the chaos left behind by the frenzy of holiday making.    Check out the lovely things that are emerging from others’ stashes.

from the Flickr pool: image by Maker Mama

To be clear:  this is a stash challenge, not necessarily a sewing challenge.  My stash happens to be sewing-heavy, but there’s plenty of other making to be done from the treasures I’ve been hoarding. Another point of business:  the rules.  There really aren’t any hard and fast rules to this challenge, there’s no whistle-blowing police officer looking over your shoulder to make sure you don’t stray.  The premise is simple – use what you have.  Replenish your staples as needed, and with mindfulness.  I’ve allowed myself an emergency Exception Clause, in case I come upon vintage fabric so wonderful, so shooting-star-rare that passing it up would be foolish.  But I’ll disclose all of that here, to keep me honest.  Another friend suggested trading with others.  What a great use of stash resources, I say!  But this is your challenge, too. Own it.  Assess your situation, determine what you need, and go with it.  And don’t forget to share your progress with us!

Ok.  Discuss.

6 responses to “The Report from The Rumpelstiltskin Challenge, Week 1

This is exciting, I have just added my makings to your flickr page. This was new to me. So, I’m up there with some other fantastic things. Now what will I make next week?

Thanks for inspiring me:)

So I am late to this all because the first trimester with baby number four has me more tired and queezy than ever before but I am here and I will be taking the challenge! Now if I could just figure out how to add a button to my blog… As for what I will be working on this week, I have a stash of scraps waiting to adorn the heads of my daughter’s and all their friends so I will start there. I hope to be posting pics in Flickr by next week.

Hi! I just found your blog through Elsie Marley. I am a Wisconsin blogger on 10 acres. We talk about getting sheep, too. When the kids are a bit older and more able to help- and I’m not stuck with a little one. Love the challenge idea. I could use it. The trick is committing, I’ll have to think about it.

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