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Thread: But I don't WANT to build a stash...is that "going against the grain?"

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    When I began quilting in 1991, I had already been sewing for many years and was determined not to buy a large stash of quilting cotton. Then I attended a lecture where the speaker showed quilts she could not have done without her stash. She explained that manufacturers put out a color, say blue, only once every seven years and that this year's blues, which might be shaded (black added), won't be the same next time. Next time they might be toned (grey added). Looking around for lime fabric back then, I could see that it was just about impossible to get (and now it's easy). I could see she was right. This began my stash building. Sigh! I do have a nice stash, but it also takes up a lot of space plus time to maintain its organization and to access it. But if I did not have this stash, there are many quilts I could not make and I would have far fewer choices as to color. Color is a favorite thing of mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grandme26 View Post
    I did not want to "waist" money on a stash. Why have fabric around that you have no reason or patterns to use.
    What makes you think it is being wasted, or that there is no reason to use it?

    Personally, I love having a stash. When money is tight, I can still quilt. I recently joined a swap but don't have to worry about finding the right fabrics for it - they're right in front of me. Who needs a pattern - there are many, many beautiful scrap quilts that are possible to make with my stash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricket_iscute View Post
    manufacturers put out a color, say blue, only once every seven years and that this year's blues won't be the same next time.
    This is sooooo true. I have been on the hunt for the right shades of purple and sage for at least 3 years now, and so far, haven't found them.

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    I agree that Ghostrider says it all.

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    When I started pulling back on buying fabric (just because it was beautiful, or....) DH would insist I get it (he even scouts around and finds fabrics he likes). I told him I will die before I'll use up all this (and my stash is all in one cupboard) and he said, "Then it won't matter, will it." None of my daughters sew (one used to and maybe she will again when she retires). Gee, it may go to my quilting group of 5 or to a charity that does quilts. Wouldn't that be awful. In the meantime, I can dig around and come up with the perfect quilts called for because my cousin's grandchildren suddenly don't have a mama any more, or an adoption finally went through, or...... We're not weathly (we live in the top of a barn for very little $$) but we do what we want. Quilting is what I want to do, and DH is my helper (especially when quilting on my DSM) as well as doing his own thing (he sings with groups).

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    I have a friend who keeps no scraps and does not have a stash. She works on 1 item at a time and then gives the scraps away. Always starts with a clean slate.

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    I have been enjoying reading this thread. I love love love fabric always have. I know it is not possiable but I would if I could be happy to receive any and all your fabrics you do not want. LOL I make quilts for charity and for this year I have said I will not purchase any more fabric starting the first of Febuary ( I knew I would not be able to resist all the big fabric sales in January). If your not sending it to me Donate your fabric check if you have a habitate for humanity group in your area that has a quilting guilt ( the welcome home quilters - habitat in northern California) donations is how we make a quilt for each child that moves into one of our houses. Also in my area the girl scouts of america may be intrested for some of their fabrics.

    Happy quilting yippie

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    ( I do not know how to attach things this in in response to the may be I should reconsider statment with the 'click me' so I clicked) LOL now was that really a nice thing to do to a fabric a holic HAHA if you do not want a stash do not have one My self I just love fabric. O I said that in my post before. HEHE yippie

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    I have a small stash compared to many on this board. Don't know how it happened. But I just finished making 113 foundation pieced strip blocks with scraps from my West of Baltimore BOM from Keepsake Quilting. I'll use plain muslin squares to finish putting it together. I still have a pile of strips left to use on another quilt. I'm not very creative but I can certainly make string quilts which are a no brainer.
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    If that curtain fabric is a quality, weave, content good for quilt backs or backing for wall hangings, I would use it like that rather than toss it out and buy something else.

    My stash is too large cuz I'm a fabricoholic and cannot use the fabric I have in multiple lifetimes.

    My MIL still quilts and she's 90. She always bought only what she would use, never had a 'stash'. She saw mine and I think the poor woman was gonna faint away, or think I've been spending too much of her son's $, LOL. But at the same time, a smile came over her face and she's been so supportive ever since. HA.
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    I am in the process of sorting/trimming my scraps and I dated the boxes/bags. If I haven't used them in 1 year they will offered for free somewhere. I am not fond of an overfilled sewing area.
    Quilting makes me happy!..

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    Perhaps you can use all the yardage for backing or practice sandwiches for testing out stitches in fmq. That's what I'd do anyway.

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    remember that your excess stash is someone else's essential fabrics - find a place to donate where you know they'll use it and feel better about "de-materializing".
    Kate

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    Yippie- LOL, sorry 'bout that...wink. I know I'm doomed (hence the 'click me' post)...
    Fireworkslover- Practice...that's my plan...(again, noting the sarcasm in the OP about this being too much for practice...right? LOL). I'm sure I'll make use of the fabric...most of it is what I would term "1970's floral bedsheets" patterns.
    Of course, then there's that BOM/BOW thread over on the other board...that'll be good practice.
    Sarcasm is my middle name...just putting it out there.

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    A picture is worth a thousand words. This why I stash (not his year's photo, but easily could be).

    The Earth without art is just "Eh".

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    when you want to get rid of your stash let me know. maybe interested .. if the price is right .
    ​debra

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    I agree - never argue with the "fabric fairy".

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    LOL...yall just crack me up...
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    I am definitely in the "need a stash" group. I love that I can whip up some potholders (for anyone moving into a new house) in less time than it would take to go out and buy the supplies. Also, those boxes and boxes of fabrics are fabrics that I liked enough to buy without a plan for them. That means, my stash is full of fabrics that I like; the quilt shops carry more fabrics that I do not like than I do like. Even if I never use half of it, it has been money well spent because I enjoy just looking at it all organized too! I like scrappy two-toned quilts and I am sure I couldn't hit any store and find 30 or so red prints that I want to put together in one red and white quilt. I can do that from my stash. I made a scrappy purple and white quilt for my cousin a few months ago. I've made scrappy white and blue quilts. Now, I'm making a scrappy quilt in all browns/tans. Just thinking about my beautiful stash makes me smile :-)

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    I always thought that stash just happens. Even when I don't pursue my hoard, it still tends to grow.
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    As a fairly new fabric hoarder opps quilter I can't wait to have a medium to large stash. But maybe I'm the nutty one and you're not.

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    I found I had quite a stash built as well until I found this site... http://www.conkerrcancer.org/ I was able to make 27 pillow cases in all colors. Sent them off and lo and behold, I had three extra totes to put my new stash in. Yes, it's a sickness.
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    We'd all better get sewing because when we are gone, our DH's are going to use our beautiful (and expensive) fabric for car rags...yes, to wash the car!
    Pat

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    Mine says if I go first, he can wrap me like a mummy in mine.

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    I seem to collect fat quarters. Don't know why because you really can't do much with them. I never collect them in color families. They just sit here!!

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