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Do You Buy Fabric Only For Your Current Project or Do You Buy Just Because You Like I

Old 04-06-2012, 06:31 AM
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I feel sad when someone has to take their stash to the dumpster. If you give to local charties then it is not a total waste. I have been trying to buy only what I need to complete a project. It is part of the new years resolution to finish ufos and only buy to finish them. I have been pretty good until yesterday. I gave in and bought a kit for a wall hanging that looks like a flag and also a baby quilt kit that I have had my eye on for some time. It has been hard to resist the BOMs since there are so many cute ones.
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Old 04-06-2012, 06:37 AM
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When yall are buying fabric becaue you like it, how much are you buying? I saw a fabric I fell in love with & got 1 yard, I was told later that was not enough lol.
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Old 04-06-2012, 06:40 AM
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I turned our dining room into my sewing space and store my fabric in small clear plastic totes by project, in fabric bins on a bookcase and in an old curio cabinet. I am not buying any more fabric until I use up some of my stash and complete more projects. Sorry about your loss!
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Old 04-06-2012, 06:46 AM
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Wow - sympathy from a fellow New Hampshire-ite
I live alone so store anywhere I want. Every room in my apartment (my ex-husband and I bought a 2 family house)
has cloth, batts etc.stored in large labeled plastic (Rubbermaid mostly) bins, except kitchen and bathroom. Tom, my ex, used to complain that I'd taken over the entire cellar when 1/2 was supposed to be his. Unlike me, he threw out anything he hadn't used in the last 5 minutes and no need for storage space.

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Old 04-06-2012, 06:55 AM
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I think the woman had to get rid of a lot of it because it mildewed and had become great mouse habitats...
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Old 04-06-2012, 06:59 AM
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Sorry you had to loose so much fabric, that hurts. Years ago my basement got flooded & ended up throwing several trash bags of scraps that were being saved for quilting in my senior years. This year I gave up buying fabric for lent, as of now I have made it, but tomorrow will be another story. We have employee appreciation, yes I will be buying fabric, however this is justified because what I will be getting is for the current WIP.
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:06 AM
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Think of it as a new beginning - I look thru my stash all the time and discard ( give away) stuff I no longer have any interest in -Raedar63 is right your taste change in a short period of time. I due have a rule that I should not buy any new fabric unless I have a quilt idea-- haha, my "rule" has not been working for me.
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:14 AM
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Originally Posted by beckyj View Post
Please don.t dump fabric. Places need donations. Thrift stores, quilt guilds, Lutheran world relief. We make quilts for others and can always use fabric. Older designs, out of date fabrics are still great. Call a quilt store , they can usually give you the name of a guild nearby, someone will be thrilled.
I have tried this . The only quilt shop anywhere near me is an hour away , The ladies they knew only want "quilt shop quality" The only thrift store around me tries to sell things for retail price . I have tried to give it away too but the bombardment of "fabric snob" questions sickened me . I felt like screaming IT IS FREAKING FREE!!!!!!!
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:38 AM
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Originally Posted by raedar63 View Post
I have too stopped buying I have so much it overwhelms me and I find I do nothing . Now the fabrics keep getting prettier and I also find my tastes have also changed . I am in the process of gathering and sorting for a few projects and the rest is going in the dump as well I mush have room to sew and currently I do not It is a long and difficult decision but don't you feel better now !
Please do not throw away in a dumpster. Donate to Salvation Army store or Goodwill or give away here on the QB for the price of postage.

To the OP, I am so sorry you lost so much to mildew, rodents and bugs. I am fortunate that I have plenty of storage in my living area of my house. My guest room has a large chest of drawers that is full of fabric. Then I have 3 under the bed size Rubber made storage containers also full of fabric. The closet of my guest room which is really my sewing room has prepackaged batting. I store my roll of batting under the rack of my LA. I don't have as much stash as many here though.

I go through things often and at the first sign of mouse activity I put out poison. I keep replenishing the poison until it is no longer taken. My cats aren't allowed in these rooms and mice seem to know it! Some years we get more activity than others.
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:54 AM
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I usually buy for a planned project. I do have fabric for a quilt for my spare room that I have not gotten to. I have scraps from previous fabrics all in plastic containers, in the spare bedroom closet, out of light.
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