I have FDD, which stands for Fabric Deficit Disorder. I need more fabric. I want more fabric. I can’t have too much fabric. Well, yes, I can, but that hasn’t stopped me from buying fabric yet.
This is how I collect fabric for a project. After some kind of trigger like finishing a quilt, I go out on the hunt for more fabric. I check out the local quilt shops. I scope out the internet. I look far and wide. Then lastly, I look in my stash. Whoops, that should be first, but like I said FDD is a disorder.
Lately I’ve noticed a disturbing habit. I collect enough fabric for two quilts. Plus, I never know when to stop buying. The quilt top could be finished and I might see some fabric that would have been perfect except, well, now the quilt top is done. What do I do? I buy it any way. I can’t seem to help myself.
Speaking of habits, I’ve done some analysis and have discovered that during an average year I work on 12 quilt projects. Looking back at the years 2002 and 2003, I worked on eight and 11 projects. In 2004, I worked on exactly 12 projects. I really stepped it up in 2005 and 2006, with 18 and 20 projects respectively. But the numbers dipped in 2007 and 2008 to 10 and 13 projects. What does this mean? It doesn’t mean anything other than the fact that I may also have attention deficit disorder. Twelve projects sound a bit excessive. Wouldn’t I get more done if I worked on only six? So far in 2009 I’ve worked on seven projects and I’ve finished one. Bummer.
I also am an OC quilter and I don’t mean that I’m from Orange County. OC stands for obsessive compulsive. I quilt when I should be cleaning. I quilt when I should be grocery shopping. I quilt when I should be cooking. You understand, don’t you?
Here’s another acronym…wombat. I’m terrified of them. I don’t like wombats, any wombat. A WOMBAT is a project that is a waste of material, batting and time. (Seriously, I don’t make this stuff up.) I fight WOMBATS with every weapon in my arsenal. Sometimes I’d like to kill someone else’s wombat, but that wouldn’t be nice. Oh well, I’m off to fight my own battles.