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    I would ask for orphan blocks too, it is amazing what you can do with those.

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    There's a naysayer in every group. I am tired of it. Why can't people look for the good? AS others have mentioned, buying from thrift stores, sharing. etc. In your case, it could be that some families would welcome any fabric to help with the family budget. I grew up eating white rice with milk and sugar for dinner...a project like that would have made me quit the group. Better to give options and let the participants decide. I'm glad that lady has more than she needs for her life, but she shouldn't impose her will on those with less.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BETTY62 View Post
    I would go with your suggestions of where to get fabric as there are a lot of kids whose families just don't have the money to buy it in their budget. It would also teach the kids that being thrifty and recycling is a good thing that can have awesome results.
    I totally agree.....I recently found some unused, pretty sheets at thrift stores.

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    I think your ideas are great. I have lots of fabric I thought I would use, but now it just sits. I donate fabric all the time! Ignore that lady...
    People who start projects and never finish them are cooler
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    I think your idea is great.
    Ask the negative lady if she would like to purchase some lovely fabric and donate it. LOL
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    I donated a full bag of 100% cottons to church yard sale. Perfectly good fabric, but I have used it several times already or decided I never would. I would be glad to donate to any project such as yours and think most others would feel the same. Most, not all, obviously.

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    I would have told the woman: Your're right! Donating the fabric you like to use is fine with me.
    I believe giving what I can will never cause me to be in need.
    Being cheap is not a badge of honor.
    My heroes are working people, paying their own way, taking care of their children and being decent human beings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuzzyQ View Post
    Just a quick question ...
    I'm in the process of writing a modern quilting project for 4-Hers (9-21). One of the topics is where to get the fabric the members use. At the price of fabric it would be a pretty expensive project to run - asking families to buy fabric and cutters and rulers etc.
    I had thought of asking quilters in the area to donate their "What was I Thinking" /over-stash fabric (as well as encouraging the kids to pickup cotton shirts etc at thrift stores).
    I mentioned it to the quilters in my circle and got positive responses except for one lady. Her thought was "Why do they want our cast-off? If I don't want it why would they?"
    I'm one of those there is no ugly fabric, you just haven't cut it small enough quilters. I work with lots of fabric that have been donated to me and it is surprising what appeals to someone else or how different settings change the appeal of "ugly".
    Your thoughts?
    Well, I have heard this sentiment expressed about donations to homeless shelters, etc. And maybe that is what the lady is reacting to. Instead of donating ""ugly" or "castoff", just ask for donations to help cut costs for the project. Let them decide what to donate (and what means to them, whether it be special purchases or from their own stash.) Just a thought. I still donate clothes to homeless shelters and hope they are used. If I was asked to donate fabric or supplies for a worthy project, I would take from my stash, picking those items that I have too much of.

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    I do understand the concerns of the one lady. When I was a Girl Scout leader, we went to a camp and a lot of the art supplies were donated. We were supposed to make windsocks with crepe paper streamers. The crepe paper was pale yellow and grey. Let's just say, no one wanted to take their's home. And the magazines donated to make those paper beads had very little color. We didn't go the next year. And it was not because we were snobs - it was because the materials were not interesting.

    I think it is important to show the kids how to recycle scraps and clothing - but I would also teach them how to make sure how to choose the fabric. When my first daughter was born in 1981 and I wanted a lot of baby clothes I went to thrift stores. There were so many little clothes - some were in great condition, some were severely stained. I picked through it and bought only what I liked. In one visit I spend $7.50 and came home with 15 outfits. My husband came home, I had it all washed and sitting out on the couch, he thought I had spent my whole paycheck on baby clothes. So I totally endorse taking in donations but let them know if they really don't like something to check further.

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    I just figure that when people donate stuff - some will be great - some will be so-so - some will be unsuitable.

    Use what you can - get rid of the rest. In fact, sorting through he donations might be an opportunity to learn about fabrics!

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    I just figure that when people donate stuff - some will be great - some will be so-so - some will be unsuitable.

    Use what you can - get rid of the rest. In fact, sorting through the donations might be an opportunity to learn about fabrics!

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    Thank you all! And I will be adding the sorting of fabrics as a topic. Never thought of that one. Judging what is suitable for a project is a skill too!
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