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    I too am a fabriholic. I made a rule this year to buy no more. I too am out of stash space. I confess I broke my rule a couple of times, but I am trying to use my stash and only my stash this year. When I buy it HAS to be on sale. If the fabric is less than $5/yd. I'm looking. I just got back from visiting my DS and 2 grands in Seattle. They don't see the need to visit fabric shops, so I only hit one and went to Martingale publishing for their tour and scratch and dent store at the end. So I did come back with about 10 yds. and lots of books. I try to sell them when I'm done with them and I'm thinking of selling quilts or patterns to help off set my addiction costs. HIH

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    When I find a fabric that "speaks" to me, I buy yards. Sometimes, a FQ just isn't enough. The right pattern will come along or I will make something up to do with it.

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    I have stopped buying impulse fabric, just cause I can't afford it. I only buy if it for a project I'm working on or for a near future one. The fabric I have no plans for is either given away or sold on here. If I have too much clutter I lose my creativity.

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    I'm am also a member of this "club". I don't have a large amount of fabric in my stash but I do buy more than I'll prob ever use in my lifetime. I dread the day my DIL has to come in and get rid of things--I can just see her rolling her eyes!!

    One problem I have is: I bought some fabric that I think is just too pretty to cut!! I had a vague idea of a project when I bought it, but now I just keep looking at it and petting it and don't want to cut it. Do any of you have this problem??

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    I've spent years building my stash, and I buy fabric if it speaks to me. Lately tho, I haven't, since I lost my job. Now I need to sell stuff~

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    I used to buy lots of fabrics to build a stash. A couple of years ago I decided to do something with the bulk of it before I bought more. Even to make a scrappy quilt the fabrics have to go together in an eye appealing way so I decided to do smaller projects. I now have quite a large collection of runners, placemats and tote bags. When I buy now I usually have a project in mind.

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    I used to buy lots of fabrics to build a stash. A couple of years ago I decided to do something with the bulk of it before I bought more. Even to make a scrappy quilt the fabrics have to go together in an eye appealing way so I decided to do smaller projects. I now have quite a large collection of runners, placemats and tote bags. When I buy now I usually have a project in mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janRN
    I'm am also a member of this "club". I don't have a large amount of fabric in my stash but I do buy more than I'll prob ever use in my lifetime. I dread the day my DIL has to come in and get rid of things--I can just see her rolling her eyes!!

    One problem I have is: I bought some fabric that I think is just too pretty to cut!! I had a vague idea of a project when I bought it, but now I just keep looking at it and petting it and don't want to cut it. Do any of you have this problem??
    Me! I guess I enjoy admiring my beautiful fabrics more than the thought of cutting and using them! Such a heartache...

    I really love those Japanese fabrics from Lecien Fabrics and they are so pretty, the last thing I wanna do is to cut them up! :P

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    I'm only into my 3rd year of quilting. My stash started when I bought a whole lot of FQs from a quilter who's having a clearance sale in ebay. Since then, have bought yardages and pre-cuts to add to my collection. Thereafter, I realise that I do not have much use for those FQs unless I start on scrap quilt projects. I'm even thinking if I should sell some of them away in bulk.

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    Last month I was on a fabric buying streak (good thing I pay the bills...LOL). I actually had 6 quilt projects to finish before Nov. so I needed some fabric....but most of it I just "wanted"! I acquired several charm packs, a couple jelly rolls, a honey bun, a dessert roll, and a couple turnovers! I must have been hungry when I went shopping...LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by retired2pa
    Last month I was on a fabric buying streak (good thing I pay the bills...LOL). I actually had 6 quilt projects to finish before Nov. so I needed some fabric....but most of it I just "wanted"! I acquired several charm packs, a couple jelly rolls, a honey bun, a dessert roll, and a couple turnovers! I must have been hungry when I went shopping...LOL
    Haha your statement is hilarious! Yup I've got a huge appetite for all those pre-cuts too. They are too yummy to resist! :p

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    I LOVE this subject! I started out buying just what I needed for a project (1981) For my daughters baby quilt. Now I like bolts, 6 yard pieces, 2 yard pieces, FQ's, 4 , 5, or 6 inch charms. I buy fabric in themes (roses, polka dots, cats, roosters n chickens, chicks, big floral, Native American, pansies, marbles, stars, stripes...). I have fabric in storage too and in my sewing room and in the back room. I LOVE fabric, the colors, the feel of it the bright ones and the muted...love it all.
    The prices have gotten out of hand though. way out of hand. I find great deals on ebay or etsy at times. Rarely buy new anymore.

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    I've inherited fabrics from two of my hubby's aunts, from a friend's mom, and from a friend. Many different types. THEN I get a wild hair and go buy [email protected]@

    I've got so many different types of projects started. Last summer, a few friends helped me make about 40 blankets for kids-----------some donated here, some there, all out of the inherited fabrics.

    Now I'm piecing some single block tops--much out of some of the donated fabrics.

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    About buying fabric-------------if the Wally World near you remodels, take a couple hundred dollars to the 50% off sale. I forgot about all that stuff I bought last spring.

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    I used to buy fabric for no other reason than I loved it - hence lots of FQ etc. so now only buy for a specific project and in between am using up my stash but I do slip up like yesterday when I went to a small quilt exhibition and one of the traders had this lovely piece just calling and calling me - did hesitate for a minute but has now found a new home - what will I do with it? am sure it will find its place sometime lol

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    I was a colector until I moved and made simple block quilts for charity out of it and now I'm a project quilter. It make my life and home less stressful.

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    I have more than enough fabric to last as long as I will live...the one with the most fabric wins right? But I am doing a good thing as I am donating 4 plastic tubs of fabric for charity quilts. I have washed, dried and ironed until I am weak...ha ha. Plus cutting for kits. I have them returned and I put on the backing and a friend quilts on her longarm. 4 inch over-hang on the quilt backing so we can filp and sew the binding. Oh yes...I have lots of help sewing as quilters are the best and always up for charity!!

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    i am trying not to buy any unless i have to or i just love it but i went into walmart yesterday to develope pictures had to wait an hour guess where?!! fabric dept. i found some blacks and bought a yard of each. i don't have much black and sometimes u just need a little for whatever in a quilt

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    [quote=vivientan]I have this bad habit of buying nice fabrics, especially precuts such as FQs, charm squares, jelly rolls etc, even though I do not have any projects in mind. Then I will search for suitable projects to use them, when it should be the other way round. Now I have too many fabrics lying around, waiting to be used!

    Oh yes -- FQs and charms esp. but also jellys that have been marked down. Haven't purchased a layer cake yet - they aren't usually on sale!

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    Hi Patty, I am from KY also. I love having beautiful fabric where I can look at it a lot. I am trying to use what I have on projects instead of buying more. It's hard to do. I have been quilting just a few years, but I have quite a stash. Kitty

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    I started off collecting random fabrics so that I have a collection/variety on hand for scrap quilts. I also purchase some fabrics with a specific project in mind.

    Cheers, K

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    I used to buy beautiful fabric and then couldn't bring myself to cut into it. Am working on the problem.... Now I have to dye the go together fabric for the old pieces, they are nowhere to be found..
    Am trying to use the beautiful too small pieces by making smallish gifts.
    Am a fabriholic, don't need a cure cause I don't want to stop buying beautiful fabric.

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    About 5 years ago, while living in an apartment from which I had to move, I held a "sale" from my fabric stash by putting a notice in a local quilt guild's newsletter. I pulled from my stash any I couldn't part with and hid it. The rest I arranged in huge baskets and on shelves/tables. I determinedly sold everything for $3 per yard (some cost me a few tears but I was ruthless with my clearing out). The 'buyers' called/emailed first to arrange a time to shop as a way for me to control the number of bodies in the house at one time. They all paid cash. I cut anything from 1/2 yd. up, no cutting fats. But some of the pieces I had were already only fat quarters or ¼ yd cuts, too.

    I had little slips of paper I'd printed from the computer with columns of cut sizes: .25 yd, .33 yd., .375 yd., .5 yd., .625 yd., etc., etc. and I put a chit mark in the appropriate column as they 'bought' and I cut. Then it was easy to add up all the decimal sizes and come up with total yardage, then multiple that by $3 for the total they owed me.

    I met some lovely ladies, had fun conversations, sold a ton of fabric I had not used for a decade, and made $1400!!

    Of course, I had to do it all over again 3 years later as I spent the original $1400 on more fabric.
    And I made another $1200!! (What I sold the second time was more of the 'old stuff', not newly bought, of course.)

    I admit that I owned lots of yardage of individual fabrics because I kept tons when I closed my shop in 2000. But a large number of the prints were those I’d collected in ¼, ½, ¾, yards for years. Some had been used in more than one quilt over the years. I had many, many blenders and tonals useful in any quilt, and I believe that’s what made my ‘sale’ so successful.

    Jan in VA

    Who knew I had so much value hiding in my fabric closet! :thumbup:

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    The way I see it is....eventually those fabric prices is going to rise and now you already have your stashes so less $ to spend later, just go with the flow and pick a pattern and start now! Worry about the rest when a project calls ya and lo-behold there is your fabric waiting to be used! Making sense ?? LOL

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    tellow brick road is a terrific pattern to use co ordinating fat quarters have fun

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