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Thread: Moratorium on Fabric Spending

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    Moratorium on Fabric Spending

    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.

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    Yep... BUT, not completely.
    Generally the only fabric I buy is to finish up a project. It's way more fun to work from the stash.

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    I promised my son 6 months abstinence a couple of years ago; and I did it.
    Unfortunately, the next day I spent a fortune.
    Never would try it again - somehow deprivation sends me over the edge.

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    I too have joined this band wagon!! The prices are now outragious!!! I refuse to pay! Anyway, I have way toooo much of a stash. So am using my stash to make star blocks for oldest GS graduating in 3 yrs. Hope it's a big enough start, cause the next yr his brother & my oldest GD will be graduating. I have only spent $ for sashing at very little $. Sooo, I'm thinking when I pass, what in the world will my son & daughter do with it all?!
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    Congratulations Blackberry! I have certainly slowed down but have not abstained. The other day I was in a craft store and about fell over when I read the $17/yard tag on the flannel they were carrying. It was beautiful flannel with a real nice feel BUT, that is too much!

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    I'm not sure when I started my moratorium. Maybe around the same time. But I was similarly inspired-- both by the amount my stash had grown when I organized it several months ago and by the credit card statements that were filled with "small" charges to a dozen or more online quilting companies, adding up to too much each month. I wasn't going to make progress against my goal to be credit-card debt-free this way. Has required using the DELETE key on all those email announcements of sales. I have only purchased fabric to finish a project.
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    I'm not one to buy a lot of large yardages, but have quite a stash of smaller pieces. The other day I was in a LQS that is going out of business and chatting with the lady working there. She told me that they are hearing that by fall the new cottons will be 15.00 per yd. and I get to worrying that I'll not be able to enjoy my hobby with prices going up! And should I buy up sale fabrics now? Also, cotton clothing and underwear is supposedly going to really go up in price. Hard to figure the future out, isn't it?
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    [QUOTE=. I was just wondering if anyone else had made the same decision and if so, were you successful in that decision so far.[/QUOTE]
    I went through a long period of buying fabric on sale, more than I can probably use in a lifetime. I have already donated at least half of it, but am still sewing from that stash. I really fight the impulse to purchase some of the lovely fabrics out there, but to be honest, the prices have gone up so much that it helps me resist.
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    I really need to organize my stash and scraps!! I have spent WAY too much on fabric,, but it seems the grandkids want quilts themed in fabrics I do not have. It is so hard to pass by fabric on a good sale, or bought with a coupon!! Help me!! I need a 12 step program!! Maybe I need to do a partial moratorium..purchase only to complete the kids quilts if needed..this way they all get to choose their fabrics...other than that use stash~!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat625 View Post
    I really need to organize my stash and scraps!! I have spent WAY too much on fabric,, but it seems the grandkids want quilts themed in fabrics I do not have. It is so hard to pass by fabric on a good sale, or bought with a coupon!! Help me!! I need a 12 step program!! Maybe I need to do a partial moratorium..purchase only to complete the kids quilts if needed..this way they all get to choose their fabrics...other than that use stash~!!
    What about having the grandkids choose one new fabric and the rest from stash?

    I have just started quilting and do not yet have a stash. But as a garment sewer for over 20 years I have a huge stash of fabric and when the kids wanted something new, they had to choose from the stash first, especially for costumes, swim suits and t-shirts.

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