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    Can't Stop Shopping

    I've become obsessed with searching for quilting fabric on Craigslist and at garage sales. I'm sure my family will be staging an intervention soon. It all started when I came across fabric at Joann's priced at $12.99 yard. I make a lot of charity quilts for Quilts for Kids but I just can't see spending that kind of money for them (I know not all fabrics cost that much). Anyway, I've thoroughly enjoyed the summer garage sale season and I've had some good finds. One lady was a fabric designer, another sewed Vera Bradley knock-off purses - so they've had really some really great fabrics at great prices.

    My name is Julie - and I'm a fabri-holic.

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    We're in the same club.
    My name is Sophie and I'm a fabri-holic.
    If life gives you lemons, make Lemon Juice!! Make the most of everything.

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    My name is Sue and I'm a fabri-olic ... and I love it!
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    My name is Sue and I'm a fabri-holic.

    I don't do the garage sale thing though. I stick to LQS but usually wait for sales. The last sale I attended was 75% because the shop was closing. They also gave an extra 5% off if you finished the bolt, and I found a lot of skinny bolts. I walked home with 77 yards of fabric for less than $300.00.
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    My name is Kathy and I'm a fabri-holic and proud of it.

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    I also look at garage sales etc. I got to a point I was going to stop quilting or I had to start using fabric I could find. I am happy with my choice. I do avoid looking at all the new fabrics as I can't afford it. I also do donation quilts and also do quilting for some one else that does donation quilts, Vietnam vets and hospice, and I quilt them. I did find some one that was looking to donate very nice Moda fabric but she wanted a recipe for tax deductible and of course we can't afford to have tax exempt status.
    Anna Quilts

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    I am in the same boat ! I do still love to look at the new fabrics though, and if there is something that I really love, I try and get just a fat quarter of it to mix in with my other fabric finds with whatever I am going to make. Honestly, unless the person you are giving the item that you made to is a quilter or fabric person, they have no clue !

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    Everyone on this board loves fabric or they wouldn't be a member. Fabric just seems to call our name even though we may have yards of the stuff at home. I think it's a good idea to set yourself a budget and not overspend your amount. Periodically you also need to take a look at what you have and perhaps do some sharing. I think there are a lot of worse problems than loving fabric.
    Shelbie from the High County in Southern Ontario

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    Super Member Lori S's Avatar
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    I am proud to be a fabric addict! No 12 step for me!

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    Garage sales and estate sales are great places to shop for fabric ..... I love it. I finally got selective in the fabric I bought since my stash became notorious. Enjoy the experience, there are worse things you could be doing.

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    Hi I'm Mary and I"m not a fabric holic ( yet ). But if I don't stop looking at sales on line I will be. Down South we just don't have the amount of people that make quilts as you do in the Northern States, so garage sales are not much help. But I did hit a good garage sale for some 100% white cotton top sheets ( yes I know), but for kids quilts they are great.

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    I think I am bordering between being a fabricholic and a fabric hoarder. Thrift stores, yard sales, auctions, misc. finds, just about anywhere there is fabric I WILL FIND. After being dry (not sewing for years), I am finally getting back into it. I have been designing and of course collecting --- for my retirement in a few years of course.
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    Hi! My name is Traci and I'm an addict. I'm addicted to fabric. Doesn't matter where it was born, if I like it, I buy it. If I love it, I may buy the whole bolt! I don't really want help. I'm ok with having this affliction. So far my dh is ok with it too. He's never told me I shouldn't or can't buy fabric. Thank goodness!
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    Oh yeah, I shop till I run out of money (and still I look). I've also become an enabler, my DIL is learning to sew and she needs supplies, right?

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    New fabric has gotten too expensive. I had been selling some fabric, but decided that with the cost of new, I was better off to keep what I have, even if I use it for the backs of quilts. You never know what you might find at a garage sale...or good will...as long as it is good fabric, doesn't matter where it came from.

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    I need to stop buying so much fabric and not using it. I can't go into a fabric store without buying something. If I was rich it won't matter so much. When I start a new project, I buy new fabric instead of using what I have. I bought fabric for a quilt for my son and his fiance and didn't start it. Saw another pattern and class and bought the fabric for a quilt for them. Maybe I'll make them a 2 sided quilt.

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    Well, guess I'm right there with the rest of you...I have cut back on buying so much new as I have a huge stash and hubby retires in 9 weeks so we gotta cut back on everything, I do buy if I find nice at my thrift stores or yard sales and maybe a piece or 2 to go with what I already have but I also give all my quilts away so just got to be a little more thrifty now with things so expensive.

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    My name is Caroline and I am a fabriholic. BUT I keep a spread sheet to record my thrift store fabric purchases to calculate the actual cost per yard. That way I can easily justify buying MORE, MORE, MORE!!!!
    Sweet Caroline

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    my name is Nancy and I'm a fabri-holic. How do I know... I just moved and had to pack it all LOL
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    Although I really don't "need" any more fabric, I still will buy at thrift stores, yard sales and at fabric stores.

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    Hi! My name is Fabriholic and I keep looking for more. My latest finds include 7 bolts [ some partial ] of flannels and other plaids. I payed a whopping $40.00 for it and got an estimated 60 yards. Then a few days later I acquired for $20.00, 2 whopping big tote tubs of misc. quilting cottons. I have been sorting and filing and have filled 3 of the shallow tubs with the most beautiful FQs and up to 2 yard pieces. there was also enough 4-10 yard pieces to fill a supersize tub ! There was also a garbage bag full of " scraps" and this is where I found cut quilt pieces and most of the FQs. Not too bad for a little hard work!! And yes my sewing room is overflowing.

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    Yep, I am a fabric addict also.

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    When I donate anything, I don't ask for a tax receipt. Especially, when it's going to a good cause. One year my husband was given 2 large whole hams. He called his main ofc and asked if he could give one to the local soup kitchen, and the other to a family of 8 who just lost their father. The company didn't even think about asking for a receipt. It wasn't big enough for them to deduct. Being a fabri-holic is better than an alcoholic. no one benefits from an alcoholic.

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    One definition of a fabric- dependency problem...a quilter who accepts free fabric,even though there is no place to put it! I must be a fabric- holic....just moved my 93 year old MIL into assisted living apartment....coveting all her unused storage space!
    Life may not be the party we planned for,but while we are here we should dance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    My name is Caroline and I am a fabriholic. BUT I keep a spread sheet to record my thrift store fabric purchases to calculate the actual cost per yard. That way I can easily justify buying MORE, MORE, MORE!!!!
    That's a great idea. Maybe I'll track yardage and the number of quilts I'm able to get out of it. Thanks!

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