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

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

    I got my project material for my chicken-quilt. Told myself straight away that I don't need nor WANT a 'stash.' Then I went downstairs in my basement craft room to try to find the paper-cutter, and found what appears to be about 20 yards of fabric that I purchased several years ago for "cute curtains" to hide the undersides of my craft-counter (apparently THAT never materialized...) (OH...HA! "Materialized" get it?! I made a fabric funny!)

    Anyway, I said to myself: what the heck am I going to do with all THIS?! It's obviously not going to get where it was intended anytime soon. See, my problem is this: it's January. I'm in "get rid of it" mode again and am piling stuff up to send to the curb in "Free Stuff" boxes, and I didn't need to find this. But now I don't want to just get RID of it...

    Ok, pay no attention to those 2 new tote boxes that I just bought on clearance at Target the other day JUST so I'd have "clean" totes for my fabrics...

    OMG I'm insane...I think I'm not only bi-polar, but now I've got clear evidence that there are multiple personalities working against each other in my head.

    Maybe I'll offer it up on the other board. It's seriously too much to 'practice' with...I would think...right? Isn't it?

    By the way, I don't expect anyone to actually respond to my rantings...or maybe I'm looking for validation that maybe...I might not be AS crazy as I think. Off to school now...catch you all in the a.m.

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    How about asking your multiple personalities to compromise? If you still like the curtain fabric, and you think it would work in a quilt, then cut off about 5 yards and save that for a practice quilt. This would give you enough for a backing if needed, then donate the rest. Having said that, it would make your new tote boxes feel so at home to have something to store...
    "I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to."
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    Whether you want a stash or not is immaterial.

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    I rather wish i didn't have such a stash myself. i have been culling things out for awhile now. books, patterns and even fabric and blocks i'd made but lost interest in. I won't live long enough to use up all that I have. so it's senseless to buy more stash. so go for it! Clean it out.

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    I don't have much of a stash because my mood and ideas change from year to year. And what i might purchase this year to make might not be something I want to do in the future. New fabric is always coming out to choose from. So I usually try to keep only the basics, W on W or tone on tone of several colors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teeler View Post
    (apparently THAT never materialized...) (OH...HA! "Materialized" get it?! I made a fabric funny!)
    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    Whether you want a stash or not is immaterial.
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    -Life is like a quilt...bits & pieces, joy -and- sorrow, stitched with love- http://spudgrandma.wordpress.com/

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    I never wanted a stash but then ended up with one. The only time I find it helpful is doing applique when you need a speck of something.

    Yesterday, I dumped all my "stash" bins into a big laundry bag. It will sit there for a few months and if I dont use it I am getting rid of it.

    I counted my UFO's and I have 14 that's enough for now to work on.

    Like one person said, my tastes change or I can never find that 4th fabric .

    I am using my stash to learn to FMQ but muslin is a whole lot cheaper than LQS fabrics.

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    Fabric is the material of our lives.
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    Honestly, never started out with the intentions of having a stash. Years go by and sales go on and the totes multiply. So you start tucking away nice creamy background fabric, and how about some more blues-can never go wrong with that color. Then you pick up a yard of fabric for a future baby quilt; never mind conception hasn't even happened yet.

    I did a full inventory this past fall and actually scared myself with the amount of fabric I have. I 'll never live long enough to make a decent dent. Obviously, I wasn't "scared straight", have purchased at least 25 yards since then. Did I mention that between hubby and BFF, I was gifted 44 fat 1/4s at Christmas.

    So you are not alone and best not to fight it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbeadit View Post
    Fabric is the material of our lives.
    Agree!!!!!

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    Almost three years ago, I started back to quilting. I have made a lot of quilts, totes and other items. But I joined the fabric moratorium at the end of last year because I have acquired way too much and just now need to sew a lot. Good luck in your quest!

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    Best thing you can do is to find three scrap patterns that you love.
    One for 5" squares, one for 2.5" inch strips and one for strings or crumbs.
    Cut leftovers/scraps immediately and put in that bin. When the bin gets full, throw together that quilt.
    I am a minimalist and am very happy when I have worked down my scrap pile to nearly nothing

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    Whether you want a stash or not is immaterial.
    hee hee another fabric funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    Whether you want a stash or not is immaterial.
    ROFLOL. Another material funny
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    ease the guilt
    make a quilt
    ease it more
    donate to the poor

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    Go with whatever makes you feel better..Stash or no stash? Never a question for me!

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    My mini stash consists of remnants from the bins in JoAnns, Hancocks, or Hobby Lobby. Not much at all.

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    Don't fight it.
    Find a way for this fabric and everything else in your life to make you happy. Then, go for it.

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    I've become a material girl over the years, with more time to grab and stash a bargain than time to sew. Just ask my husband--the material witness.

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    I have gotten rid of a lot of my stash by giving it away. Now I feel so much better,
    "Be yourself...everyone else is taken."
    Strong people don't put others down...they build them up."
    "Remember that your instincts are more important than rules"

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    Oh I love my stash. I actually had to make a stash to create my first quilt (I had only sewn clothing before and honestly had nothing suitable for quilting) and that stash contributed to my second quilt and by then I was surely bitten and in the throes of neeeeeeeeeddddddiiiiinnnnnggggg more fabric!!!!!

    Now, I go with the flow. If the fabric speaks to me, I buy a little. If it yells at me, I buy a little more. Sometimes I look at my stash and scratch my head, but a week ago, I pulled out a bunch of red white and black blocks that I had (mostly) completed about 5 years ago. I finished off enough for a twin sized quilt. Then I went back into my stash and pulled out a bunch of Japanese blocks that had been gifted to me. I ended up opening the blocks and, using black sashing, recreated identical sized blocks. So, my aim is to make a reversible quilt--red white and black on one side and Japanese panels on the other. This will be my winter project.

    So to stash or not to stash, ahhhhh that really is the question.
    Never argue with an idiot. They'll drag you down the their level and beat you with experience.

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    YOU DON'T WANT A STASH!?? ARE YOU RUNNING A FEVER WITH THAT FIT!! HA!! HA!! I've never heard of the such! I reckon I'm a fabrihollic! (or however you spell it!) I have about 10 totes full of fabric and even gave my sister a load of batiks for Christmas and still have more than I'll ever use! I suppose if it came down to it I'd probably get rid of some...note I said some. See the thing is I don't buy clearance. My BF lives in NY and he tells me to order what I want. SO, I order and he pays. When I go to visit he takes me to the Garment District. I always come back home with an extra suitcase. I don't go to the faric stores here, the closest one is 35 miles away. So it's easier for me to shop online. To be honest I do more quilting in my mind than I do for real. Duh me!!
    Thank You Lord for answering my prayers, in this I am truely blessed!

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    Sigh, I have to much and not enough time. I am trying to downsize it all, but that might take the next millinium. I really need to get on this sight to sell it.
    ABCDEFG

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    Don't fight it. It is inevitable.

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    Im new to this and i'm already scared of how much i have bought in the last two weeks!

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