About six years ago, I vowed not to buy any more new fabric. There was enough in the world already and I could use new-to-me fabrics from thrift shops, flea markets, swaps, and our own old clothing. Well that lasted about a month until I needed a snuggly backing for a baby quilt. Still, I tread pretty lightly for about a year, but then got tired of smallish bits, and the lack of appropriate thrift shops where I was. Besides, all the new fabrics that have come out since then are so pretty!
After chopping up some sad quilts the other day and rearranging them into something more interesting, I needed about two yards of a deep blue to finish the project. I came close to ordering my beloved Oakshott cross weave online, but then realized that the fabric really needed to be recycled — like the rest of the quilt. So, off to Goodwill I went. And guess what?! Now that I am NOT shopping at the Post thrift shop, or in an area where most of the second hand stuff is geared towards kids and pricey (Germany), or filled with pretty site specific fabrics (Hawaii), there was actually some great stuff to be had. I bought actual wool and cotton content! A sport coat and trousers met my needs for the current quilt, plus I bought two plaids because I liked them. And, bonus for me, a cotton blouse that is in good shape and fits me great!
I am back to thinking that I could actually tread lightly again.