Stephen, my elder son moved out about six months ago and we have not done anything with his empty room until Christmas, when his brother took it over and turned it into a television room. Stephen now is making throw away comments about coming home – of course. This has therefore resulted in a domino effect of cleaning, sorting and rearranging. I have so much stuff spread across the place with no rhyme nor reason, so while I have been quilting, Glenn has been sorting. It is amazing what you find. Some really forgotten stuff. Amongst all of this is a pile of quilts and tops that have been shop/stand samples over the years. Most of these are very traditional such as little wall hangings made of stitcheries, some Block of the Month samples from Thimbleberries, applique and childrens quilts and some Jan Mullens samplers.
Recently on the AUS NZ Art Quilt list, there has been discussion on what Art Quilters do with there enormous stash of fabric now that they are working on a smaller scale and with different media. Finding all these quilts and tops made me ask what one does with a huge pile of finished or near finished items that you have artistically outgrown.
I really think it is time to get rid of these and am thinking about putting them on the website very cheaply or selling them through Ebay or Etsy. I would like them to go to good homes and be used and that won’t happen here. Plus I really need the space so I can sort my various stashes into something useable and potentially reclaim the spare room for the prodigal child. Here are some of the things I have found. When I look back on this from where I stand now, it is almost comical, but a lot of work went into some of these at the time. I certainly would not do it now. I am interested in your thoughts.