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Thread: Anyone feel overwhelmed by their stash?

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    Super Member nhnative's Avatar
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    Hi
    I'm the same way. I have a lot of fabric (maybe because it doesn't get used). I wanted to make something, found the fabric and didn't want to cut into it. And I still buy more. I now have to go through my quilt mags to get them out of my bedroom and into the sewing room.

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    I have a pretty large stash. In fact, my stash might be able to compete with some of the best, but I do not feel the least bit of guilt. I guess I feel that buying fabric is my one vice, as far as vices go, and my husband encourages me to buy more when we visit the LQS. Before our last trip, I argued that I do not need more. But he believes that it makes me happy. I am happy, but who am I to upset the delicate balance of a happy marriage? So, I suffer in silence as he drives me to the LQS.....and paid the bill! See, how could I take that away from him? He's such a dear!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marvlin
    I've worked hard all my life. I retired fifteen years ago and thought now was the time for me. My husband passed away and then I was by my self. I went back to work full time and worked for seven more years. I did finally fully retire two years ago and have been sewing ever since. I worked hard and have a very good retirement coming in and I don't feel overwhelmed or alarmed when I go and indulge in more fabric. I do however clean out the fabric, love laying it all out and re-orginizing, but I have found homes for all my give away fabrics right here on this forum. I comfort my self by telling "self" that when I give fabric to someone who needs it, I am helping someone out with their shopping.......I will find any excuse to go buy fabric but in all honesty I use 90% of all fabrics I buy. Sometimes fabrics have to wait until they catch my eye, with a pattern in mind and then I go to work. Fabric collecting is an addiction but artists do the same thing with paints when they have a blank canvas just waiting for something to happen. Quilting gives me something to do, helps me feel good about my self, gives me an outlet for creating something beautiful and I never tire of it.
    You are my hero!

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    Quote Originally Posted by frog90
    Quote Originally Posted by reginalovesfabric
    I was overwhelmed with it but since I've put all the fat quarters in baskets, and folded all the yardage on comic book boards and I can see what I own I have been using it up. I like some of it so much I bought it three times, not remembering the first two purchases....crazy, crazy me
    What are comic book boards?
    They're cardstock/cardboard that one puts inside a plastic envelope/bag with the comic book to keep it from bending. It's not super heavy weight, though, so I wouldn't expect them to hold more than a yard or two of fabric.

    http://comicbooks.about.com/od/glossary/g/board.htm

    *hangs head in shame.* I've gone from collecting comic books to collecting fabric...

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    Nope. I thought once that I might have too much, then I bought a yard or two to help with that. :D

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    I am not a collector, I am junkie!

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    I am totally over welmond by masses of fabric. I can't hoard it!!! I would never sew if I had all that fabric around me like some of the pictures I have seen on here of stashes. If I see something I think I can't live without, I buy 1/4 yd. and then from there I add to it to do something. But NEVER the hoards I see on here. Thank GOD I can live with out a fabric store in my sewing room.

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    Well, I believe my journey as a quilter is as much about the process as the finished product. This includes collecting fabric, patterns, magazines, etc. A lot of the enjoyment I receive from my hobby comes from the collecting. I don't feel guilty. If someone needs something, I freely share. I try to use fabric I have. But if I see something I love and I have money, I will buy it. I recently purged all my magazines. I tore out the patterns I wanted and shared with my quilting group. I do the same with fabric I grow tired of. I give myself an allowance each payday and don't spend more than that. So I can't get myself into trouble. No worries, friends. Love your fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frog90
    Quote Originally Posted by reginalovesfabric
    I was overwhelmed with it but since I've put all the fat quarters in baskets, and folded all the yardage on comic book boards and I can see what I own I have been using it up. I like some of it so much I bought it three times, not remembering the first two purchases....crazy, crazy me
    What are comic book boards?
    I bought 100 of them for $15 here but not the comic book store went out of business.

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    If you think you'd like to clean out an overabundant stash think about sending it to Lynnie25 in Australia. Those folks need all the help they can get to recover from the devastation of the floods.

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