If you live with a quilter, you know about a fabric stash. My wife has a huge collection of pieces of cloth that are too small to use. She keeps them stashed away in plastic tote boxes all filed by some color matching system that I will never understand.
To be fair her collection also includes some fabric samples that are large enough to use some day.
I do not complain as long as the fabric stash is pushed up against the walls of the house as insulation.
There also are several garbage bags full of fluffy stuff. They are the trimmings from the middle layer of many quilts. Filler, batting or what ever it is called. Some if these garbage bags of pieces too small to use have made three moves with us.
I do not complain as long as the above-mentioned material is pushed up against the walls of the house as insulation.
My wife also has 30 years, or so, of saved magazines. All saved because hidden in those pages is a quilt pattern that may some day make it to the book of “Quilting Projects to be Done.”
The “Quilting Projects to be Done” book is a three volume set now with about 100 projects in each volume. At a completion rate of, 10 or 12 projects a year, the backlog will last a while.
Stacks of magazines add to the insulation of the house, so I can’t say much.
The few walls that would otherwise be bare hide behind bookcases. The reason I can’t complain about the fabric and magazines is that most of the books in our collection are mine. When we moved out of our big house up North, I think that the count for my share of the books was something like 60 packing cases.
We have given away books. I have sold books. Some books were water damaged and black with mold and had to go. I still have many books that I have not read yet. I think that when you leave books in the dark too long they multiply.
Every once in a while we visit a fabric store or bookstore and purchase more insulation for our house.
Just think of the energy savings and extra warmth you get when you have floor to ceiling insulation made of your favorite things.
P.S from the Energy Boomer’s wife: Please note the basement is full of boxes of his model train supplies that insulate the walls!
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