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    That's just too efficient

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    Oh, those poor souls with no fabric on hand to be inspired by! My theory is that if the pattern calls for half a yard then one yard is better and two yards must be even better yet! Yes, I love fabric...good fabric especially... so I try to keep as much on hand as possible.

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    my name is JoAnn{like the store] and I have quite a bit of fabric in my stash! I use to buy because I had to have it! now I look and say why did I buy that, but been buying for years. My quilting friends call it JoAnn's bargain basement. you always need a color that is a perfect fit for your quilt, just have to go to the store to get but , now I only get what I need . A quilt shop visit always make you feel good. I try to support the local quilt shops they have fabic you won't find in JoAnn's

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    I don't need to have fabric to inspire me, I get inspiration from going to online quilt shop. I can look and look, and save me money until I find the right fabric.

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    Oh my goodness...I have never ever been able to do that!
    I go in a fabric store, with certain colors, or items on the brain, and see other stuff, that would go with my 'bundles'...I am a quirky quilter...I bundle all coordinating fabrics, in bundles, according to project,...and if I am shopping and come across fabs that would go with something, I snatch it up...most likely will not see it again.
    What planet are these one project at a time, people from, lol...it is to be admired, but I could never imitate! They must be so organized, so systematical and disciplined...and lonely! lol!
    My fabrics are my friends and my family. They love me, and I love them. I have to go in their just to gaze and pet and talk to them sometimes, promising that their day will come, and we will make great things together! I am in a quilty world, in cave! happiness abounds :XD:

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    Really ???? People do that ????

    I've never been able to do that. I count the rest as stash builders. And one is never done before I'm buying more fabric. I never know what I'll be in the mood to do.



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    QCrazy, I couldn't agree with you more when it comes to bundling. I do that, too. In my fabric closet I have many, many colors and fabric patterns that my husband is sure I may never see again or use in this lifetime.

    See...sadly, my biggest problem is that I've gone from being satisfied with Joann, WalMart, Hobby Lobby fabrics to the more expensive and deadly-for-the-addiction quilting stores. Oh, the heart palpitations with a batik I haven't seen (or touched) before, or the gorgeous Asian fabrics, or "Oooooooh! What a wonderful color of....." I'm a sick woman. :roll:

    My income is now affected, so I will see just how strong my will is. I seriously plan on going through my closet and get reacquainted with some of my "friends" I haven't seen in years.

    BTW, I truly admire people who can work on and buy for only one project at a time...it's not in my genetic makeup and can't comprehend how to do that. My husband would be very organized like that if he quilted. I'm too impulsive. :oops:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky
    QCrazy, I couldn't agree with you more when it comes to bundling. I do that, too. In my fabric closet I have many, many colors and fabric patterns that my husband is sure I may never see again or use in this lifetime.

    See...sadly, my biggest problem is that I've gone from being satisfied with Joann, WalMart, Hobby Lobby fabrics to the more expensive and deadly-for-the-addiction quilting stores. Oh, the heart palpitations with a batik I haven't seen (or touched) before, or the gorgeous Asian fabrics, or "Oooooooh! What a wonderful color of....." I'm a sick woman. :roll:

    My income is now affected, so I will see just how strong my will is. I seriously plan on going through my closet and get reacquainted with some of my "friends" I haven't seen in years.
    BTW, I truly admire people who can work on and buy for only one project at a time...it's not in my genetic makeup and can't comprehend how to do that. My husband would be very organized like that if he quilted. I'm too impulsive. :oops:
    Ducky, we must be kin.
    i am slowly, liking the more expensive fabrics too. We have a really niiiice store here...hers is usually $8 up^!....but it is beautiful stuff.
    I was able to stay away for two years...was sick...didn't go anywhere, or do anything...but alas, I recently went in, and spent 92.00!
    crazy about what I got, mind you...but, my budget cannot handle it!
    I don't have any biases about fabrics, as long as you can't see 'grainy' lines, or see thru it, I'm good with it, but some of those pricier ones, are just so gorgeous and feel so, I-want-to-go-home-with-you.
    Did you know you could read a fabrics, emotions, by touching? lol!
    I read their little minds like braille.
    I will be working on a project, and have my mind on another...all the time. I am just starting to accept it. I am in the zone, when I channel all thoughts and energy on project in front of me...I usually can do that on machine...cutting, drawing, sorting...i'm all over the place. oh well, it's all fun! :D

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    DH and I are going to visit some friends in the Bay Area tomorrow. I already printed the map quest directions to the Thimblecreek quilt store in Concord. WHY I'm going to this holy grail of fabric, I have no idea. Why I am exposing myself to the temptation of color and texture of my drug of choice (fabric) I do not know. I do know that I NEED more fabric like I need a hole in the head, and I bet that I will not leave the store empty-handed.

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    I used to think I was free of addictions - don't smoke, can make a wine-cooler last a day, will stop gambling at a casino after losing $20 - - -

    but I do have to admit to two - fabric and chocolate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    DH and I are going to visit some friends in the Bay Area tomorrow. I already printed the map quest directions to the Thimblecreek quilt store in Concord. WHY I'm going to this holy grail of fabric, I have no idea. Why I am exposing myself to the temptation of color and texture of my drug of choice (fabric) I do not know. I do know that I NEED more fabric like I need a hole in the head, and I bet that I will not leave the store empty-handed.
    LOL! I would say we should form an FA (Fabrics Anonymous) group, but I, quite frankly, am NOT ready to quit (twitch, twitch). I don't have a problem....I can quit anytime I want (twitch, twitch).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky
    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    DH and I are going to visit some friends in the Bay Area tomorrow. I already printed the map quest directions to the Thimblecreek quilt store in Concord. WHY I'm going to this holy grail of fabric, I have no idea. Why I am exposing myself to the temptation of color and texture of my drug of choice (fabric) I do not know. I do know that I NEED more fabric like I need a hole in the head, and I bet that I will not leave the store empty-handed.
    LOL! I would say we should form an FA (Fabrics Anonymous) group, but I, quite frankly, am NOT ready to quit (twitch, twitch). I don't have a problem....I can quit anytime I want (twitch, twitch).

    Card holding member here!

    Always afraid of a family intervention happening here :lol: :lol:

    DD gave me a gift card to Belks for m-day. I ask why not a card for fabric and she said mama, you don't need any more material, you need clothes!!

    When I get low on a color, say blues, less than 20, I start to get sick at my stomach and know that I have to have a fix!


    Ninnie


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    LOL, Ninnie! I can only slowly nod my head in acknowledgment.

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    Recentlly, I couldn't believe it when I went to my stash, and I was almost out of purple. Time to shop!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadeinMaine
    When it comes to fabric, the word "ENOUGH" is not in my dictionary :D Besides, I deserve it !! :lol: :lol:
    woo hoo, my sentiments exactly! :mrgreen:

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    Quote Originally Posted by pittsburgpam
    I sometimes buy for a specific design.... but I'm pretty sure that my last purchase of 17 yards for a 100"x100" quilt WAS a bit much. :mrgreen:
    Pam, did you ever find out, what happened to your package?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    Quote Originally Posted by MsSage
    I now have 2.5 18 gal tubs of fabric
    I have 30 27 gallon tubs so I obviously don't buy "per project". Never have, probably never will, but I love being able to design projects based solely on yardage already in my stash (I don't do scrappy). My income is also limited, but fabric and batting are the only extras I buy and quilts are all I give as gifts. It balances out. I call it a health expense...mental health! :)
    wow, I'm on my way to your house. You donate to the 'needy', right? And you obviously believe in a healthy state of mind...well, if I saw that much fabric, just sitting, I would 'need' to plunder, and if we filled up a few yard size trash bags for me to take as 'gift', lol...well, that would be a healthy feeling indeed :mrgreen:
    Just trying to help you out. I'm just good that way. Now, where to put it?
    Hmmm, guess nobody needs to sleepover on bed in pc room,
    here, lol. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skeat
    Here I am!!:)That is exactly what I do!LOL Here's the facts of why...I am too cheap! The only time I buy fabric that is not for a project is an occassional fat quarter. That is it. I buy from a list for a specific project(s)...and, sometimes that will continue for awhile depending on the project. I stack my boxes and baskets w/a tag hanging off the fron't of them to tell me what project it is for and if there is still a need to fill on the inside of that:). Sometimes we are in a mood to applique, sometimes something crazy and then other times a sampler...any which way-I am ready or almost:)I'd love to go to a fabric store and just buy 3yrds of this or 3yrds of that...but, even if you gave me a $100 to do that....I'd never be able to decide. I'd stand there for days trying to debate if it was fabric I actually could use, if it is just cute at the moment....and will it be outdated before I'd get to it...then the practical side kicks in w/'you have plenty to do at home'....which works unless I find something I have to make now...which causes me to buy for just that project:)I wish I could just stack fabrics! Maybe someone needs to hold my hand and pull me thru the process to the register!LOL Skeat
    well, Skeat, some would feel sorry for you, but I wish I were more like this...sometimes, lol.
    I think it's bc I have grandbabies. I am not just a quilter...eegads, we have a 'sewer' in our mist...(hex signs...back you beast)...just kidding, I know that there are others, who do sewing projects, and not just quilts.
    Saying, that a lot of my stuff, is bought with abandon, bc i cannot resist, 'cute'. I am a sucker for it.
    In reality, if I don't become a machine demon, pretty soon, all four, will outgrow these fabrics. Guess i will make charity quilts then...for children.
    Part of me, just never grew up, all the way. I love kiddy stuff. I love sappy, and cute, and frilly, and oh, you name it. If it's fun, i'm there. :wink:
    You must be very organized, and don't have stuff spilling over, hogging all your house space, and hubby is content.
    My hubby has learned to live with me having the biggest room in the house...and I have mentioned more than once, that we should have taken this room for our bedroom, but, the one we use, has the master bath.
    anywhoo, he is just afraid, that one day, this room is going to explode and consume another room. Hey, what's wrong with that, I ask?
    I have gotten better, about budgeting, and really good, at rearranging to find more room, lol.
    I try to be frugal, and do ok, till it comes to the babies. SUCKER! see it on my forehead? lol. I am a good nana, though, and they have to pick up toys, eat in dining room, and cannot watch parent no-no tv programs.
    I said, I'm sentimental, doesn't mean, I don't do what's good for them.
    I'm balanced in everyroom except a fabric store...there...depends on the day, and my wallet. :wink:

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    Hey quiltncrazy - my feeling is that the MBR doesn't need to be the biggest BR in the house. Just needs to be big enough for a bed, closet & dresser - and of course needs to be close to a bathroom. The BIGGEST room in the HOUSE has to be big enough to hold my STASH! Or in my case 2 rooms. The smallest room in the house holds my 2 sewing machines & serger, a small closet full of batting and sewing stuff, 2 dressers full of STASH & scraps, all upper walls lined with bookcases full of STASH, and a filing cabinet with patterns & other stuff. The biggest bedroom has bookcases with STASH, an ironing board, a big cutting table with STASH under it, a chair hidden under WIPs, 2 small dressers with scraps and 4 small dressers with languishing (I love that word) other crafts (scrapbooking & pictures, jewelry-making stuff & beads). My design wall is in the hall between the 2 rooms. I suppose I should take pictures - but I have to finish the black and white exchange blocks first. I'll take a picture of the STASH and sewing room when I do that AND a picture for my new avatar. Whew ! I can't believe I just said all that.

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    organized?Me..?LOL I like to think it is more of a method to madness!LOL
    Dh happy?Well, what's that old saying...'happy wife makes for a happy life?!' After purchasing the past 2 years a cutting table...my 6600 for more zoom and throat space...and, the table for it to go on...oh, and the goodwill shelves...and plastic drawers for scraps...I don't know if he's 'happy' for I still don't have that gracie frame yet...:)LOL Skeat

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    I told you that DH and I were going to stop at the Thimblecreek quilt store today.....and they had the perfect backing fabric for floral scrap quilt - so I bought 6 yards. They also had a great selection of 30s repro and I need some backing for my MIL's quilt - so I bought 6 yards. Then they had a BEAUTIFUL black-based paisley that called to me - so I bought 9 yards. Lordylordy - what am I going to do? I feel so weak. (But happy)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoanneS
    Hey quiltncrazy - my feeling is that the MBR doesn't need to be the biggest BR in the house. Just needs to be big enough for a bed, closet & dresser - and of course needs to be close to a bathroom. The BIGGEST room in the HOUSE has to be big enough to hold my STASH! Or in my case 2 rooms. The smallest room in the house holds my 2 sewing machines & serger, a small closet full of batting and sewing stuff, 2 dressers full of STASH & scraps, all upper walls lined with bookcases full of STASH, and a filing cabinet with patterns & other stuff. The biggest bedroom has bookcases with STASH, an ironing board, a big cutting table with STASH under it, a chair hidden under WIPs, 2 small dressers with scraps and 4 small dressers with languishing (I love that word) other crafts (scrapbooking & pictures, jewelry-making stuff & beads). My design wall is in the hall between the 2 rooms. I suppose I should take pictures - but I have to finish the black and white exchange blocks first. I'll take a picture of the STASH and sewing room when I do that AND a picture for my new avatar. Whew ! I can't believe I just said all that.


    Sharon, can I come to your house and play? :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I told you that DH and I were going to stop at the Thimblecreek quilt store today.....and they had the perfect backing fabric for floral scrap quilt - so I bought 6 yards. They also had a great selection of 30s repro and I need some backing for my MIL's quilt - so I bought 6 yards. Then they had a BEAUTIFUL black-based paisley that called to me - so I bought 9 yards. Lordylordy - what am I going to do? I feel so weak. (But happy)
    The black-based paisley sound like the perfect fabric for a 'one Block wonder' - have you looked at that thread? I'm glad you had a great chance to stock up. Great DH :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoanneS
    The black-based paisley sound like the perfect fabric for a 'one Block wonder' - have you looked at that thread? I'm glad you had a great chance to stock up. Great DH :wink:
    No, haven't checked that one out. Actually, I thought I would use it as the backing for a queen-sized quilt yet to be identified. ...and yes: GREAT DH. He kept walking around pointing to different fabrics that he thought I might like. (He's my enabler - lol)

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    i used to think i had way too much fabric to be legal - until i had to make four quilts and really had no money to spend - i was able to find at least 80 fat quarters worth of material - if not more - plus the 5" borders and backing and binding - all in my sewing room - and I could do that several times over STILL

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