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Thread: 2013 Fabric Moratorium

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    From the heavier fabrics, you can do quilts for your local shelters. I would make sure the satin is washable, if not, sell it on ebay - or in your local paper. The knit fabrics make a very warm quilt, but again test wash strips. My mil made alot of quilts from polyester squares - when she passed we donated them to the men's shelter as they wash and dried well. Quilts do not have to be 100% cotton.

    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    The multi fabric quilt you are describing is a (victorian) crazy quilt. It is pieced from all kinds of fabric, then embellished with stitching, lace, ribbon etc. If you have a machine with decorative stitches you are half way there. Google it for amazing examples!
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    The multi fabric quilt you are describing is a (victorian) crazy quilt. It is pieced from all kinds of fabric, then embellished with stitching, lace, ribbon etc. If you have a machine with decorative stitches you are half way there. Google it for amazing examples!
    Oh, cool. Thanks for the input.

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    I've managed to stay out of the quilt stores, I've organized my stash....the downfall is now that I've been digging out my UFO's and this is VERY discouraging. Some things I don't even recognize! I walked out of the sewing room & closed the door. Need to regroup before going back in! Seems like it's more fun to collect fabric!

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    Okay, I sort of fell off but I think it is one of the "okay" slips. My DIL called me last night because she needed backing from CT. Did I need/want anything? I love the Rhapsody in Red but last summer bought a red/white kit from a man whose wife had died. I "let" myself buy the backing for this quilt. It helped my DIL get free shipping, allowed me to have a small bit of that lovely collection and kept me from adding to my stash. But I did buy....

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    Irishrose and MaryLane.. You aren't alone in loving CT's Rhapsody in Red. My magazine is still sitting on the table and I drool over it but I have resisted. If it is so good, perhaps they will do it again later when I have caught up. I have found that one way to help myself not think about buying anything else is to go into my sowing room and sort fabrics. I see so many scraps that I can make something out of so that is my best way of staying on the wagon. I did order 2 yards of a pretty green from a Joann email but that is for the quilt our guild is doing at our retreat this fall and I know that was not on my moratorium list so not feeling bad.
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    Yay Me!!! Went to my meeting this morning at the LQS. Walked right past the markdown area, and glanced in that direction, but didn't touch anything. I purchased a ruler and my buck-a-block for January (need to keep them in business!!) but no fabric.
    Now my next dilemma is that I'm looking for a new project. Many of the quilting magazines are featuring quilts with a lot of white and I'm smitten. Of course, I have like 1 yard of wow. Do you think these white quilts would have the same impact if I use a darker beige, as I don't have enough yardage of any light neutral? Is it the white, or just a large expanse of one color that makes the impact? They all look so summery...
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    PaperPrincess, it's your thread, but I think you can buy the white if you 'need' it. I also think I beige would look good if there is plenty of contrast. I have been looking at a magazine with a quilt on the cover with a light green background - it looks so springy. I am planning a simple quilt with a dark beige background and scrappy fabrics, but I'm not particularly thinking summer. If you are smitten with the white, buy just enough for one quilt - that way, you aren't adding to your stash.

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    Thanks for the support irishrose. I would feel comfortable making a purchase for a specific quilt. I won't be able to start my next project for at least a week, however, so I'm going to continue to look and see if there's something else that piques my interest. If I do decide to go with one of the ones shown in white, I think I will make a sample block with one of my other neutrals first to see if I have one that will work, or do I really "need" the white...
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    I went into Joann's today when we were in Green Bay. My mission was to get some sock yarn, but they didn't have what I needed. However, I do get kudos for not purchasing some sock yarn I liked. I have yarn at home which needs to be used first. I thought of you....

    Then, I looked at the 1/2 price flannel. I didn't buy any fabric. You certainly are a good influence on me. Thanks :-D
    My purchases were plastic containers at $4.99 each to store precuts and WIPs. Even then, I limited my selection to three. If I need something later, I'll consider the need/want. This discussion of decluttering, scrappy projects, fabric moratorium and finishing UFO's has been realistic and rewarding. Thank you!

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    Spent a day out with my mother yesterday....drove past her local quilt shop....completely resisted the several bags of velvets/brocades/potential crazy quilt fabrics at one of the many charity shops we visited.....only came home with a new scraps bucket for the kitchen and a long top/dress which fits perfectly and will do nicely for when I pick up DH from the airport on Monday....mind you I did say out loud "you do not need this fabric" when I spotted that ever so tempting bag ...had to explain to Mum I was not going dotty but was on a fabric and quilting magazine moratorium

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