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Old 07-28-2013, 02:31 PM
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I have been on a fabric diet for over a year now and it is very hard. I still by some here and there. I don't think I have too much of a stash 5 big bins and 6 smaller ones. Most of what I have bought is coordinated or bought with a pattern in mind. I don't think I will totally stop buying because I like to add new fabrics.
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Old 07-28-2013, 02:35 PM
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I'm finding that most of my purchases lately are much more intentional.

I'm trying to round out my blenders and my light color batiks so that when I get ready to make something I will most likely have what I need on hand instead of needing to drive 45 min to a fabric store.

Previously I've "majored" in focus fabrics and therefore a good part of my stash is medium to darks.

And yes I do have trouble cutting into smaller pieces of fabric because I also wonder if I might need it later.
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Old 07-28-2013, 03:02 PM
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I spent yesterday organizing my fabrics in the hopes of finding my scallop ruler tucked somewhere in between. No luck on finding the ruler, but I did set aside all of my brown fabric because I just don't like brown any more and can't see myself using it for anything. Those of you who donate your fabric, do you just bag it up and give it to Goodwill?
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Old 07-28-2013, 03:03 PM
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I am trying desperately to not buy more fabric, unless it is a really good deal. I plan to retire in a couple years and my plan was to not have to purchase after retirement. That is my excuse and i am sticking to it.
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Old 07-28-2013, 03:09 PM
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Oh you are so not alone. I keep saying no more and if I don't go to the store I buy online I can't win. I have to stop. I joined a group in Jan. saying we were going to stop buying am I the only one still buying. I will never be able to finish the projects I bought with the fabric to do plus all the other things I have to do. I've decided since I'm retired the only other option for some time is to stop doing housework it would be nice if I could tweek my nose and it was done like from the show Bewitched. Good luck using fabrics and not getting new. Sue
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Old 07-28-2013, 03:13 PM
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I found that if I stick to the at least 2 fabrics from my stash then I have not as big of a fabric situation. unless there is a special one for a specific reason. I do have a scrap hording problem. I have a ton of batik scraps of all sizes I have not used yet. need to get rid of them. probably have 5 or so gallon ziploc bags full worth.

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Old 07-28-2013, 03:17 PM
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I also have ENOUGH unless I need something specific for a project. I have "kits" put together of quilts that I want to make and I can start one at a moments notice since the pattern and fabric are all ready to go!! I don't need to buy any more fabrics either. I haven't out grown my craft room yet..... but I am sure I would if I kept buying fabrics just to have it.
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Old 07-28-2013, 03:22 PM
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I have been fairly successful at NOT buying fabric lately. I have alot. I unsubbed from EVERY online site, do not click on links from this board for sales and stay out of the fabric stores.

We moved across country in December and I gave quite a bit away to guild friends who make charity quilts. Mine fits on shelves in a closet. I noticed the other day the piles were surely shrinking. I am very productive and make a large number of charity quilts.

My charity group had a large donation of fabric given to us and I picked out exactly what I would use. I also decided to concentrate on using my stash instead of so many scraps. I no longer save every little bit of fabric. I have a box ready for scraps and when it is full will mail it to a friend who love scraps.

It was difficult in the beginning but each month gets a little easier. I am saving more money and will use it for a plane ticket to visit my daughter back east. This is what I think of when I start to want to buy more fabric.
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Old 07-28-2013, 04:04 PM
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Originally Posted by SingerSewer View Post
...do you have trouble cutting a piece of fabric? I am always fearful I will wish I had saved it for later....
Yes yes yes yes yes!!!

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Old 07-28-2013, 04:26 PM
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Ugh, now that I've probably got 90% of my fabric organized, I am shocked and disappointed in myself. For instance, I didn't realize I had any brown other than maybe a few scraps left over from this or that, yet once it was organized, I have a medium sized bin of just browns. The same with yellows and reds. And where did the giant sized bins of greens and blues come from? I just cut a ton of blue last month for a new project, yet I have so so much that I didn't even realize I had. It's like that with every color.

I don't intend to buy more fabric for a long time. I even pieced together batting today and I hate piecing batting, but I am so tired of being wasteful. That being said, I still love fabric. It's just so pretty...
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