I've thought about this whole stash-busting thing, and it has it's good and bad points.
I've also thought about buying fabric versus not buying fabric, and that too has it's good and bad points.
And i've definitely thought about fabric collectors/curators versus quilters who use their fabric.
this is what i've decided for me.
Next year i'm going to count what goes out of my drawers into quilts, not what goes in.
If i need a fabric i'm going to buy it and not penalize myself because i didn't already have it on hand in my stash.
some quilters need larger stashes than others. a big stash or a small stash is not good because it is big or small--it's good if it meets the quilter's needs.
A fabric collector's/curator's needs are entirely different than a person who wants to make quilts. So it makes sense to count their stash differently than one would count a quilter's stash.
So next year i will fine tune my stash to meet my needs, adding and subtracting as necessary in order that i may be a well-equipped quilter.