I have too much stuff. There’s been a lot more “in with the new” at my house lately.
For months, I’ve been toying with the idea of disposing of my old quilting magazines. I’m talking 20-or-more-year-old magazines. If I haven’t made the quilts in them by now, I never will. I haven’t looked at them for ages. Nobody else seems to want them, either. Boxes of the same magazines I have were donated to the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum’s garage sale earlier this month. And almost every one of those magazines had to be carted off to recycling at the end of the day.
If I care to look at comical pictures of quilters with frizzy perms and huge eyeglasses, I need look no further than my own photo albums. Besides, I need the space for my issues of The Quilt Life!
This morning, 1986 and 1987 went into the recycling bin at the curb. I went for a walk, wondering if I’d made the right decision. These magazines are history, after all. Not just quilt history, but my personal history as well. Then I thought about one of the great tips from Carolyn Woods in her October TQL article about organizing the studio. “Clear out what no longer inspires you.” When I got home, the recycling hadn’t been picked up yet. Into the bin went 1988 and 1989. They’re history…Jan Magee, The Quilt Life