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Thread: Moratorium on Fabric Spending

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    Super Member May in Jersey's Avatar
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    So far this year the only fabrics I bought were Thomas the Train and some other kid's fabrics for gift pillowcases for great nieces and nephews. Bought Moda cream muslin, 120' wide at about $7.50per yard, that's 3 yds of regular sized fabric per 120" yard. This is for quilt for DGD and her fiance as rest of the fabric for this quilt is from my stash. Also 3 yards of a nice blue for GGS's I Spy quilt - I have the I Spy fabrics in my stash but needed sashing, border and binding fabric.

    I'm co-chair of my guild's Project Pillowcases and I satisfy my fabric buying urgers by buying fabrics for pillowcases using our budget money.

    PS: I was at a retreat a few weeks ago that was held in a quilt shop workroom, the owner had some great fabrics on sale for $4 per yard and I resisted buying any as I really didn't need any more added to my stash.
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    I have only bought fabric twice this year. One 2 yard piece to finish a quilt I had started and to take advantage of a sale that connecting threads was having...$2.50/yard for their quilter's candy fabric which I love.

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    I am in the "already have too much fabric" category. I was trying to rearrange the stash this past weekend, and came to the conclusion that I can't possibly use up all of this fabric before I die. And right now I am in a quilting slump and really don't want to even look at the machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackberry View Post
    Way back in January I decided to have a moratorium on fabric purchases after rearranging my stash. I just couldn't believe I had so much fabric. Well, here it is the end of July, 7 months have gone by, and I have successfully kept to my decision. I was just wondering if anyone else had made the same decision and if so, were you successful in that decision so far.
    I reorganized my stash and put it on foam core boards at the end of June. I too was amazed at how much fabric I have. I have 3 five shelf book cases full and 3 large tubs that wouldn't fit on the shelves. I put myself on a fabric diet that week. I have been to my favorite LQS only once and that was to buy some muslin that I needed for my Biscuit quilt. I delete emails that come from fabric enablers before they are even read. I still browse the sales here on QB but I have been a very good girl!! I know it has only been a month but I am proud of myself!

    Alas, my will power will be tempted tomorrow though. My friend from Florida is coming to stay for a couple of days. I taught him how to sew and quilt a couple of years ago and haven't seen him for that long. I want to take him to my LQS as he has never been to it. He too is afflicted with the fabric buying disease. I will do my best to remain strong!!
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    No, I crashed and burned around March. Find I do better when I allow myself just a little shopping, like a charm pack every now and then. That keeps me happy with something to look forward to without much expense or adding a lot to the already too big stash.

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    I put myself on "fabric restriction" last Nov. I have a huge stash, a bad heart, advancing years, and a daughter who doesn't want to deal with it all after I go. I have only purchased 3 fabrics for backings and an assortment of Aurifil thread. This has been easier to accomplish than I thought because the Joanns that was 2 miles from me closed and the Hobby Lobby that is 25 miles away is just a shadow of it's former self. Both of their fabrics have definately diminished from the quality of the fabrics in my stash which were purchased several years ago.

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    Wish I had your stamina!! You could bottle it and sell it. Whatta you say? LOL
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    Well I am on the opposite end - I am making up for your "non-purchases" - what is funny is - I cleaned up my sewing room - organized my fabric and wrapped it in the foam core boards - my husband saw the room when I was finished - here is what he said, "You don't have enough fabric, you need to replinish your stash" Who am I to argue with him....

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    I am in the midst of re-oraganizing my stash. Started it several months ago but had to stop to finish quilts for my 3 year old twin niece & nephew. My favorite quilts are the "I Spy", Halloween and Christmas. So when I get near fabric that is what i gravitate to and there is no way to stop me when they have something new. Just found out today I have 12 different fabrics with turkeys on them. Can't wait to count the pumpkin fabrics, there is so much more.

    It must be an addiction! I was able to quick smoking over 25 years ago, but all my control goes out the window with certain types of fabric? Do you think they lace it with something?

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    Unless I need it to finish a project or it's a really good sale, the regular price $15 a metre for fabric in Canada definitely curbs the impulse to buy and add to the stash. I did buy a lot though when the sewing room contents of one of our guild members was sold at her estate sale. At $2-$5 a metre, I stocked up on browns and tans which were really lacking in my collections. I also had to buy a little red, yellow and green.
    Shelbie from the High County in Southern Ontario

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