Confessions of a Failed Fabric Faster

Forgive me fellow bloggers and readers for I have sinned.  I have fallen off the fabric wagon (again) and, this time, I’m off to stay.  I have passed the point of no return.  I pledged to buy no fabric at all, for any reason, for one whole year.  I made it to four and a half months during which time I gorged myself on yarn and gadgets instead.  My fabric stash has decreased somewhat but I now have so many  knitting projects lined up I may have to move back to the U.K. so that I can wear woollies all year round 😉  Plus I have gadgets for patchwork, sewing and knitting that I probably have no need for and can’t even remember what some of them are supposed to do – the exception being  a 12.5 inch square patchwork ruler which makes me wonder how I ever lived without it.

Four and a half months isn’t so bad though is it?  Maybe I was too ambitious and, if I’d said six months at the outset as some of you wisely suggested, I might have been able to stick to it.

Like any addict, I will attempt to tell you ‘it’s not my fault’, ‘I was led astray’, ‘I needed it’, ‘it was for a good cause’ and some of these are true but, after managing to avoid Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Silly Sunday or whatever other day they have made a day to spend money, I gave in to temptation and shall list my deviations from the path of frugality, self control and discipline so you can come to your own conclusions.

Temptation No. 1 

(previously confessed)


Vintage Red Riding Hood Fabric

Offending Article:

A length of vintage French fabric featuring Little Red Riding Hood images.


It was too good to miss.

It only cost 2 euros.

It is vintage.

It was bought at a charity event

This has already been confessed to in an earlier post (2 months into the fast) and I was granted forgiveness by my kind readers due to all the above excuses and some they made up for me themselves (bless you all)

Temptation No. 2

backing fabric F2F quilt

Offending Article:  

One metre each of marbled and batik fabric for making the backking of my F2F block swap quilt which I am putting together using the quilt as you go method.


I had already committed to the F2F swap before my fast began.

If I don’t start putting the blocks together now, I will lose interest and it will fester in my ‘to do’ pile.

My local fabric shop had a 50% sale on and I had to make the most of it.

I like to support local shops (when it suits me!!).

As I am ‘quilting as I go’ I couldn’t do anything before I had the backing.

Temptation No. 3

Gelato Ombre Bundle

Offending Article:  

A half yard bundle of Gelato Ombre fabrics at a good price from Massdrop.


 I’ll let the Massdrop blurb explain  –  “Gelato by Elite is an ultra-gradual ombre pattern with vibrant coloring and a dramatic appearance. The 75 x 75 cotton sheeting changes color from the selvedge edge to the center, then back to the opposite edge. For a gorgeous finish for your next quilt, the Gelato Ombre Half Yard Fabric Bundle is a sleek collection of unique prints.

                                          Sort of like this

Gelato Ombre

and, if you need any more excuse, I am very short on plain fabrics.

Temptation no. 4


Offending Article: 

Cotton canvas fabric adorned with Eiffel Tower and other French motifs.


A customer wanted me to re-make a sewing box that I had previously made and sold but I had no fabric left and had to order in some more.


Temptation no. 5

(or ‘while I was there on that same website’)


 Offending Article(s):  

Cotton canvas fabric adorned with Eiffel Tower and other French motifs – in a different colourway.  Little fleur de lis on green.  Gorgeous button fabric.  Beautiful sprigs of oriental blooms on fresh blue background and adorable little baby clothes hanging on washing line held by little birdies.


Absolutely none!


I could have lied to you and kept my failure to myself but, what’s the point?  I managed four and a half months and reduced my pile of fabric somewhat.  Maybe I’ll try again next year but aim for 6 months instead of a year – I think I could probably do that.

On the plus side, my version of ‘Dry January’ – ‘Firsty February’ – where I am abstaining from alcoholic beverages for the month, is still on course.  However, another confession – it was nearly derailed last night when I could barely countenance my roast pork dinner without a glass of something dry, white and containing around 12%.  Unfortunately  Fortunately. the house was devoid of such a thing as I had shocked the staff of my local supermarket (and probably put several of them out of a job)  by leaving without any bottles of wine in my trolley in preparation for the miserable month.  Again, unfortunately, fortunately, a deranged (if you listen to my daughter) phone call to my neighbours to pretend I wanted to borrow a bottle of wine to put in the cooking, was thwarted as they weren’t in!  So I had a glass of coconut water instead.  I will, again, confess all if I don’t manage to stay the course.

Nobody can say I don’t try.

White Wine



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  1. #1 by poshbirdy on February 8, 2016 - 19:21

    We’re all only human, aren’t we! I applaud your efforts at abstention – and your taste!

    • #2 by tialys on February 8, 2016 - 20:26

      Thanks! I decided I wasn’t going to beat myself up about failing a self-imposed challenge which was only really undertaken to cut down my fabric stash and it has achieved that to a certain extent – albeit at the cost of a growing yarn stash :/

  2. #3 by Tina Long on February 8, 2016 - 19:48

    Sorry we weren’t in! Lol! Txx

    • #4 by tialys on February 8, 2016 - 20:19

      I almost asked René but I wasn’t that desperate!

  3. #5 by Jan Marriott on February 8, 2016 - 20:52

    Coconut water?????
    Sounds awful.
    I always did think the fabric fast was a bit unrealistic. Why beat up on yourself?

    • #6 by tialys on February 9, 2016 - 10:51

      Coconut water is the trendy thing to drink now – it’s full of electrolytes or something – but they are a bit slow to catch up on these things in France (or my part of it anyway) so it’s difficult to find and very expensive when you do. Then good old Lidl had ‘Asian’ week and there were cans of coconut water – 3 for the price of 2 – so I snapped up about 3 trays of cans. I had to explain what it was to the woman on the till.

  4. #7 by on February 8, 2016 - 20:55

    I forgive you everything, for the sight of those ombré gelato fabrics! I immediately signed up for Massdrop, but they’ve obviously sold out to another fabriholic in France.

    • #8 by tialys on February 9, 2016 - 10:48

      Aren’t they gorgeous? Even more so in real life. I heard about Massdrop through a U.S. blogger so had to have a peek and they do some things difficult to find in France (or the U.K.) and their shipping charges aren’t as bad as a lot of private sellers. I’ve bought a few bits and pieces from them now. Apparently this fabric is hard to find, even in the U.S., and it was quite a limited amount of bundles so I dived in. Reading other people’s blogs often costs me money!!

  5. #10 by Shirley Yeates on February 8, 2016 - 20:56

    I couldn’t have resisted temptation number 4 either

    • #11 by tialys on February 9, 2016 - 10:46

      Well, that was probably my best excuse as I had to order it in for a customer but I really didn’t need to expand it into temptation no.5. Well, apart from making the most of the shipping charges – a feeble excuse I know but one I cling to.

  6. #12 by nanacathy2 on February 8, 2016 - 21:04

    Suggest next time a day at a time. Red Riding hood and Eifel tower fabric totally necessary purchases. By the way using the book mark and project bag every day, thank you 😊

    • #13 by tialys on February 9, 2016 - 10:44

      A day at a time! What a good idea – I might be able to manage that 😉
      I’m so glad you are making use of your Secret Santa gifts – that’s really nice to hear.

  7. #14 by katechiconi on February 8, 2016 - 21:49

    Temptations 3 and 5 will require penance, in the form of actually completing your F2F quilt! The others are mere bagatelles… You could, of course, sign yourself up for another fast straight away, but only 3 months this time, followed by another and then another?

    • #15 by tialys on February 9, 2016 - 10:43

      Well, I’m getting there. I started quilting – already done 8 or 9 blocks – then realised I should be using better quality thread so scoured the internet for somewhere outside of the U.S. where I could buy Aurifil 50wt for something less than a small house would cost. It’s just arrived so I shall be breaking that out and getting on with it this week. I won’t, by the way, be undoing the quilting I’ve already done, that would just be silly.

      • #16 by katechiconi on February 9, 2016 - 10:49

        It would indeed. I hope the Aurifil performs to expectations. Personally, I save it for hand quilting, and use Gütermann 100% cotton Ne50 for the sewing machine or the quilting weight for hand quilting where it’s not going to be that visible. Go in peace and sin no more!

  8. #17 by Thimberlina on February 8, 2016 - 22:38

    Your whole post was thoroughly entertaining, and as a reward to making all of laugh I think you should buy yourself a few fat quarters! I’ve not heard of firsty february!! That sounds like you should be drinking more not less! 🙂

    • #18 by tialys on February 9, 2016 - 10:40

      Firsty February is something I made up because I can’t quite handle a Dry January – it comes too soon after the New Year, there are still social ‘events’ going on and, anyway, February is a shorter month!

  9. #19 by sewchet on February 8, 2016 - 23:04

    I try so hard not to buy fabric without a plan but then something as beautiful as the Eiffel Tower fabric turns up and scuppers my intentions. Four and a half months deserves a medal in my book:)

    • #20 by tialys on February 9, 2016 - 10:38

      I know exactly what you mean. I only went on to the shop to buy the blue Eiffel Tower fabric because the customer wanted me to make the same box again but, when I saw it came in cream and pink, I had to take some of that too and then there was a sort of snowball effect – you know what I’m talking about.

  10. #21 by sew2pro on February 8, 2016 - 23:11

    The babygros on the washing line fabric is just adorable; in fact you’ve have some lovely new acquisitions and I look forward to seeing what you make of them.

    Your penance is to drink coconut water with your roast dinner 🙂

    • #22 by tialys on February 9, 2016 - 10:36

      Next time I will put ice and a slice of lime in it and pretend it’s some sort of cocktail.

  11. #23 by jendavismiller on February 8, 2016 - 23:51

    Oh what a funny post! Are you standing with left hand raised and right over heart as you type? (That would be quite the accomplishment) I think 4-1/2 months is a pretty good stretch, you don’t deserve more penance than you already paid with the coconut water, and that you could send a bottle of that cheeky little white wine this direction! 😉

    • #24 by tialys on February 9, 2016 - 10:35

      I wouldn’t mind but coconut water is probably more expensive, litre for litre, here than wine.

  12. #26 by lovelucie1 on February 9, 2016 - 14:25

    For four and a half months, you deserve a medal! I find abstinence makes the heart grow fonder for whatever you are abstaining from. My nod to dry January was 3 dry days per week. I actually managed it a couple of times! However, I did find my sleep much improved so have committed to maintaining it through out the year. But abstinence? Never.

    • #27 by tialys on February 10, 2016 - 13:03

      To be fair to myself, I pledged not to drink during the week some time ago – although I do count Friday as the weekend 😉 – so it shouldn’t be so difficult to extend it to the weekends. But it is!!

      • #28 by lovelucie1 on February 10, 2016 - 17:26

        It was difficult to go the 3 days! I couldn’t miss my post cycle club pint (the only one I ever drink!) on a Thursday night and Friday wouldn’t be Friday without opening a bottle of Prosecco! Soon be March!

  13. #29 by Dartmoor Yarns on February 11, 2016 - 20:51

    Well done on the 4 1/2 months. It’s a long time to hold back. And well done for recognising you’ve had enough. Easy to limp on trying to kid yourself. Love the vintage fabrics best – although they’re all lovely.

  14. #30 by Emmely on February 17, 2016 - 11:15

    Resisting fabric is difficult… I can certainly see how you got tempted. 😉 Looking forward to seeing your F2F quilt come together! How is the quilting going?

    • #31 by tialys on February 17, 2016 - 11:19

      I’ve quilted eight blocks so far but then I stopped because I realised I wasn’t using the best thread so I ordered some Aurifil cotton – which everybody seems to love – and once I’ve sewn up my boyfriend cardigan I’ve been knitting, finished a sewing box somebody ordered and made a start on Miss March’s blocks, I’ll get on with it! To remind me, I’ve left my walking foot on the machine and found that it is actually good for a lot of other projects too which is fine because it’s a bit fiddly taking it on and off.

      • #32 by Emmely on February 17, 2016 - 11:28

        The walking foot is brilliant for most things. I only remove it when I have to ease something in or really need a special foot for e.g. inserting a zipper. I’ve never quilted with Aurifil because it’s not so easy to get here, I’ve mostly used Gutterman Sulky for quilting.

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