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Thread: Will I die with the most fabrics in my stash?

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    Hi, I'm beautress of the Great Piney Woods in rural Walker County, Texas and am new to this board. I'm thrilled to be here after having read a lot of posts last night, and I'd like to get acquainted.

    My stash has gotten a little crazy lately. I finally got a china cupboard to put dishes in when we moved here last year from Wyoming, so I thought, "Well, opening the moving boxes can wait. I want to sew a couple of quilts for the charity quilters around here." So I put fabrics for 3 Shelter quilts in it and made 10 tops and 5 finished quilts in just a few weeks. Then, I thought, "Well, there's still some more space in the china cupboard," so I put some sewing equipment in it, too, and the new fabrics I was collecting from local quilt stores. Finally, I decided to put the fabrics in containers with the fabrics I moved here and put them in the nice empty bedroom upstairs that wasn't being used for anything else. I kept filling containers, and filling containers.

    You have to have a lot of fabrics to make a few quilts, it seems. And the lady who said "She who dies with the most fabrics wins." may have been talking about me. :)



    Some of my stash does end up in quilts...600 since opening a quilt store in 1987. When family mutters of "Oh, no, not another quilt!" were heard, I started giving them to a Handicapped daycare center until they were ordered by the government to wash the quilts in bleach. Then they went to the local police department in Wyoming to distribute to children officers deemed needing a quilt, and the city allowed me to actually show the quilts at City Hall for 7 years running until I got fibromyalgia and could no longer do the physical job of hanging quilts...

    If I can ever find my album, I'll try to post pictures somewhere, but here are a few favorites I saved when making Wounded Soldier quilts between 2004 to 2009.

    Stars n Strips flag I designed, pieced, quilted and gave to a soldier from Colorado wounded in Iraq.
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    Quilt of Valor, Music in Red White and Blue, given to wounded soldier
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    Boots and Stripes for a Wounded Soldier
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    i am in contest with you on that

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    Welcome to the board! :D

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    welcome

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    great work

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    welcome!

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    Beautiful quilts and thank you for helping the soldiers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewwhat85
    i am in contest with you on that
    heheh!

    /anteing up 40 large plastic storage containers of 1 yard pieces or greater, 14 medium-sized storage containers of 30s, 30 large containers of paint pot colors separated as to light and dark with extra containers of reds, blues, oranges, yellows, purples, greens, and light neutrals...a 100-yard reel of sturdy muslin, and 12 library wood drawers full of fabrics for the upstairs sewing room, visited only when I need an extra cutting area when the dining room storage cupboard and huge table get covered with itsy bitsy pieces, the quarter yard stash, and too many finished quilt tops...

    Is that touche er what!
    Me so bad... :mrgreen:

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Welcome to the board! :D
    Thanks, Sueisallaboutquilts!

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    Thanks, frugalfabrics, mrspete, and CarrieAnne.

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    Welcome beautiful quilts

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    Quote Originally Posted by KonaLinda
    Beautiful quilts and thank you for helping the soldiers.
    Thanks, KonaLinda. We sent 34 that I quilted, a lady at my church donated one to us for the Purple Heart Soldiers Quilt project we did, and one of the helpers brought a finished wounded wheelchair soldier quilt. My shop in Wyoming donated batting and backings for all the others, and I did the quilting while others ran the store's day-to-day works.

    It took 4 years to do the designing and work, but that's not near the gift one soldier gives us all when he lays down his life and future health for the good of defending our nation's people from predators.

    In Wyoming, I figured it was so cold we'd make them full bed quilts, and a lot of them measured over 100" long. I used queen sized cotton batting and my shop longarm, which I greatly miss.

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    Thanks, kima.

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    Hello, and welcome from Idaho!

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    Perhaps you have soldiers in the family? Are you near any of the Texas bases? I have a son who was in Afghanistan and a daughter with the MN Nat'l Guard. Sadly most folks are not affected by the war unless they have family or friends involved. Life just goes on as usual. Folks like you are so special and appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KonaLinda
    Beautiful quilts and thank you for helping the soldiers.
    Thanks, KonaLinda. We sent 34 that I quilted, a lady at my church donated one to us for the Purple Heart Soldiers Quilt project we did, and one of the helpers brought a finished wounded wheelchair soldier quilt. My shop in Wyoming donated batting and backings for all the others, and I did the quilting while others ran the store's day-to-day works.

    It took 4 years to do the designing and work, but that's not near the gift one soldier gives us all when he lays down his life and future health for the good of defending our nation's people from predators.

    In Wyoming, I figured it was so cold we'd make them full bed quilts, and a lot of them measured over 100" long. I used queen sized cotton batting and my shop longarm, which I greatly miss.

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    Thanks and hello, Sadiemae. One of my most beloved quilt judges at the WY state fair lived in Idaho. Ran into her at the Grand Tetons Quilt festival in Jackson Hole in or around 1988 or 1989 and again at the WY State fair in 1993.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KonaLinda
    Perhaps you have soldiers in the family? Are you near any of the Texas bases? I have a son who was in Afghanistan and a daughter with the MN Nat'l Guard. Sadly most folks are not affected by the war unless they have family or friends involved. Life just goes on as usual. Folks like you are so special and appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KonaLinda
    Beautiful quilts and thank you for helping the soldiers.
    Thanks, KonaLinda. We sent 34 that I quilted, a lady at my church donated one to us for the Purple Heart Soldiers Quilt project we did, and one of the helpers brought a finished wounded wheelchair soldier quilt. My shop in Wyoming donated batting and backings for all the others, and I did the quilting while others ran the store's day-to-day works.

    It took 4 years to do the designing and work, but that's not near the gift one soldier gives us all when he lays down his life and future health for the good of defending our nation's people from predators.

    In Wyoming, I figured it was so cold we'd make them full bed quilts, and a lot of them measured over 100" long. I used queen sized cotton batting and my shop longarm, which I greatly miss.
    No, KonaLinda, I've no family presently in the military, and don't think there are any nearby military bases. Bless your son for his service in Afghanistan and your daughter for her service in the Minnesota National Guard.

    I grew up as an Army brat, but I always said prayers for our soldiers who served as my father who served in WWII, Korea, and Alaska in the Cold War and my older brother, who served during the time of Vietnam.

    I pray for all our soldiers and for the families who become bereaved when their loved one is killed overseas, for the families of those we lost on 9/11, but most of all for peace on earth for all nations. I think it'd be nice if everyone just laid down their guns, went home, and got a job helping others instead of homicide bombing helpless civilians.

    Till that day, I can only pray and hope people will open their hearts to wounded soldiers who took terrible injuries to bring about a world where their fellow countrymen and women aren't the targets of mean world-class bullies.

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    Hello and Welcome aboard ! Glad you joined us :lol:

    You have made some beautiful quilts - thanks for sharing

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!!!!
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    Hello there & Welcome to the quilting board from the state of Washington!! We are so glad to have you joining us.
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    To say that I am impressed is stating it much too mildly! I make lap quilts for the local VA hospital, but can never hope to match your record! I've wanted to do a couple 'Quilts of Valor' too, but may never get around to that...too many other things on my platter...

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    Welcome from Ireland. Beautiful work.

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