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    Hey Teri
    I know you are moving back to the states next year, even with the military all that stash can be burdensome to pack and ship, so if you want to start early to lighten your load a bit I still have room downstairs!! Now how can you beat an offer like that?!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skeat
    Maybe someone needs to hold my hand and pull me thru the process to the register!LOL Skeat
    Come on over, Skeat! I'll take a hand in your 'training' :D !


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    Wow, my sister is like that, but she gave up quilting about 6 months ago and is giving me her fabric to make a couple of quilts for her grand kids. Who can complain about that. I buy fabric if it calls to me and some if I need it. Who am I kidding most of it calls to me. Tee Hee.

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    I suppose I also belong to the Fabricoholic club (a sub-category of the quilting hobby to some, an OCD sickness to others, lol) My fabric purchases turn into projects, unless I find a project and (oh darn) don't have to buy the perfect fabric. :D

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    I buy what ever is on sale that calls my name, seek out going out of business sales altho this past week I stayed away from a 75 % off sale because the economy in Michigan may once again cause me to loose my job so I have a small stash I can quilt from adding only a piece or two to match up.

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    I used to buy when I could find a nice sale going on,but for the past few years I have slowed down on buying. I am trying to work on UFO's,and use what I have before buying any more. I do go look,but hardly ever buy,but if I am trying to finsh something and need a piece that I can't find in my stash they I might buy then. I haven't even got my sewing machine fixed yet. I keep putting it off because I would have to go to Kansas City to do that. I know if I go up there I will just trade up,then get in trouble when I get back home. I have a jonme 9000 the moter went out,it is 12 years old. I want to trade up so am wating to make sure I have some money when I go. Wating for my ship to come in......ha or I win the lottery..

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    When fabric was on sale in the past, I bought 4 yds of the ones I liked, because I knew they'd never be available again. Generally speaking, the fabrics on sale were the end of season ones. Sometimes I buy fabric that's NOT on sale that I don't need for a current project, because I like it and I figure it's not going to be around when I do want it for a project. Some designs last, but most of them are only here for a season, so if you love them, you have to buy them when you see them, or they'll be gone forever.

    I understand what you're saying about limited budgets, and I AM being careful right now - and have been for the last year or so. I'm mostly sewing from my stash - but I have a lot of left-overs from those 4-yd pieces I've bought over the years at the less-than $9 per yard we're paying now at the LQSs, so my investments in fabric are paying off. I bought them when I COULD afford it!

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    I NEVER buy fabric I don't need --- and I may be struck dead for that lie before I hit the "Submit" button LOL. I don't go crazy like I did when I first started quilting (and was working) but sometimes a fabric just calls out to me......Some people buy jewelry; I'm not a jewelry person. Some people spend money to gamble. Some people collect fine art. I'd rather buy fabric.

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    I generally buy enough fabric to that I like together to make an entire quilt. I do buy some others but not much. I have picked up stash from different places over the yrs. My stash is not huge but I could make do if I had to. mostly I find I don't have enough neutrals to go with everything else. I always seem to need whites, off whites, and things of that nature.

    Lynette

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    I wish I only bought fabric for a project. I find too many good deals! So I am staying away from any kind of place that might sell fabric! I have an addiction! The thing is, people offer fabric to me as well, and I just cannot say no! I am trying to be better about this, but I don't spend money on other vices, so I feel justified. :?

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    Anyone that needs to make more room in their house can send me some of their stash. I have a full cupboard to fill up. I've only been collecting for about 1 year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce
    I probably have enough fabric to last another lifetime! Will I quit buying fabric??? Hmmm, don't think I'll answer that one.... :roll: :roll:
    Ditto

    I don't think I can stop buying. I must buy fabric

    I love being able to pick up a pattern and just be able to pull all the fabrics from my stash. I have done that many times. I will also pull most and then pick up some to finish it off. If I see a good sale and the fabric calls my name, I pick it up. I am blessed to have lots of shops around me that have offered fantastic deals and I have rather large stash. Had a favorite store close in March and I picked up several hundreds of yards of fabrics at great price. In theory I don't need to buy anything for a very long time but......It calls my name!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AkAngel
    Hey Teri
    I know you are moving back to the states next year, even with the military all that stash can be burdensome to pack and ship, so if you want to start early to lighten your load a bit I still have room downstairs!! Now how can you beat an offer like that?!!
    Muriel
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    Oh, don't worry about my stash! I pack it very nice and neatly into boxes and the military puts in in a HUGE container and ships it for me. Safe and sound! :)
    But, thanks for the offer. IF I need to, I'll keep you on the list of people who are willing to protect my stash. :) :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    Quote Originally Posted by AkAngel
    Hey Teri
    I know you are moving back to the states next year, even with the military all that stash can be burdensome to pack and ship, so if you want to start early to lighten your load a bit I still have room downstairs!! Now how can you beat an offer like that?!!
    Muriel
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    Oh, don't worry about my stash! I pack it very nice and neatly into boxes and the military puts in in a HUGE container and ships it for me. Safe and sound! :)
    But, thanks for the offer. IF I need to, I'll keep you on the list of people who are willing to protect my stash. :) :)
    Count me in, too, Terri! LOL
    Do you know FOR SURE where you'll be moving. I think you said Little Creek in a previous msg. My son and family are about to move to Centreville,VA, so after you move, I may be able to actually meet you some day!

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    They are still saying Little Creek, VA, but who knows.......I just want Mainland, USA,,,,well, not California....sorry about that those that are in CA,,,,beautiful state, but don't want to live in San Diego.......

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    Terri - I gather you still don't know when ---

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    There's this great fabric store about a mile from the entrance to Little Creek, called The Fabric Hut about 7000 bolts of fabric. One of our favorite stores in the country.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cookn
    There's this great fabric store about a mile from the entrance to Little Creek, called The Fabric Hut about 7000 bolts of fabric. One of our favorite stores in the country.

    Yes, I got the 'quilters travel companion' for mother's day and there are several around each other. Norfolk-'Fabric Hut' , Chesapeake -'The Quilting Bee', Virginia Beach- 'What's Your Stitch'n Stuff', Newport News-'Nancy's Calico Patch'......Terri...you are going to be in quilter's Heaven!! There's even more north of there and one out in the water somehow:)Mabye start checking into these places for when their shop hops are happening to when you are coming! You have some serious catching up to do:)Skeat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cookn
    There's this great fabric store about a mile from the entrance to Little Creek, called The Fabric Hut about 7000 bolts of fabric. One of our favorite stores in the country.

    Now I KNOW I'm going to visit Terri on the way to my son's new digs! Maybe even before she moves there!

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    We are headed to the area, Norfolk, to get our house there ready to put on the market. I told my lovely Lady that there are two places I want to go, one is Fabric Hut and A Different Touch in Chesapeake. They are the dealer we bought our Bernina's from and just wonderful people. I lived in the area for about 8 years and honestly, being a Texas boy, most folks in the area are just downright surly from my point of view. East Coast people are different, glad I'm back in Texas.

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    I tend to go in difference directions depending on my mood of the day. I use to buy anything I really liked, might put a couple matching pieces with it as well. Then I went through a phase where I would see a picture of a quilt I liked, buy everything for that project. My thoughts were, someday I'll be retired and won't be able to buy everything I want so I'll have plenty of projects to choice from. I've grouped fabrics together in bags along with the pattern or magazine and last count I was up to 12 projects. So, the time has come. I'm officially retiring come the end of June, so my plan now is to tackle those projects as I feel like it. Now I buy only what I need to go with what I'm doing. Off to a shop at lunchtime to get more of a brown for binding on a baby quilt that's almost done. This quilt was not from my planned projects, everything except for the binding is from my scrap bucket.

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    This is what I do ... most of the time. I choose the fabrics and THEN I choose the quilt pattern to suit the fabrics. This is primarily because of 2 reasons: (1) both the time available and my mood to shop have to be just right, and (2) I buy, almost exclusively, quality fabric at sale prices. In this way, I have no alternative but to build a fabric stash.

    While shopping, if both the fabric and the price are right, I cannot afford to pass it up. I then keep some snippets of my fabric stash in an envelope in my purse so, on the occasions that I do get some time to browse and shop for fabric, I have the samples with me to find matching fabric. On the rare occasion that I choose a pattern first and then go shopping for the specific fabrics for that pattern, it's usually difficult to find what I want with all the requirements: color, quality, and price (and I refuse to buy poor quality fabric ever again ... been there, done that!)

    I quite enjoy my method of buying fabulous fabric on sale and then choosing what to use it for; in the long run, I believe it saves me money.

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    My Mother-in-law did that....only bought fabric for the quilt planned. She nearly fainted when she saw my sewing room a couple of years ago and my stash has multiplied since then.

    Quite honestly, I'm a fabricoholic...it is ALL about the fabric. Quilts are just an afterthought. (hmmm, did I really say that?) I have a huge collection of patterns for quilts that I couldn't complete in 2 lifetimes.

    warm quilt hugs, sue

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    Quote Originally Posted by wraez
    Quite honestly, I'm a fabricoholic...it is ALL about the fabric. Quilts are just an afterthought. (hmmm, did I really say that?)
    LOL! Yes, you DID say that! Sometimes it is all about the fabric. buying a great fabric and then figuring out what to do with it.

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    I have been organizing my stash and I have found fabric I forgot I bought for a certain project, but of course have not started or on some not finished. I go to the stores with a project in mind and I buy the fabric for that project, but I always end up seeing more new fabrics I like.

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