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Thread: Fabric Hoarder Confession!!

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    Fabric Hoarder Confession!!

    Confessional time ........
    I have decided today, that I am a fabric Hoarder - and I am going to stop!!!! I will never in many lifetimes complete all the projects that I have hidden in totes, drawers, closets, attics, trunk of car. My goal for this fall and winter, is take all the fabric that I will never use (you know the kind, the stuff from yard sales, auctions, thrift stores,etc) and donate it. When I was first starting to hoard and quilt, I hunted down fabric - not project specific, just fabric, lots of it. Not the best quality, in colors that I do not like any longer. Even if I remove 50-100 yards of fabric, I still will not have enough years left to make the projects that are left. Seriously, am I the only one who realizes that "enough is enough'?
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

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    Yep! know how you feel and am trying to put a stop to myself too. LOL

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    I spent the past two weeks packing up an 82yo friend, recently widowed, for a move to her daughter's home, two states away. She doesn't collect fabric, but she has hundreds of pieces of bone china. I'm still dreaming about packing paper/boxes!!! I came away from it inspired to clean out my stuff, from extra kitchen stuff to extra fabric to garage junk. I was an Army wife for 25 years and I traveled light for most of that time. However, I've been "planted" here for 8 years and I am rapidly filling up a house and garage with "stuff." I'm with you--it's time for traveling light once again.

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    The only problem I have found with having a big stash is that eventually it take up most of the quilt room, no matter how big that room is. Then there's no longer any possibility of finding the space to actually make something. The only solution is to get a bigger room and start the whole cycle again.

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    I can't believe how much fabric I have gathered over the 6 years I have been quilting. I do not want my fabric to end up in an estate sale at some point. I have decided to use what I have and I really like scrappy quilts, so that is my focus.
    Having fabric in the garage and pantry is not a good thing. the garage has it in cupboards, carts and plastic drawers - way too much. The pantry has 4 bins full. Yes, I need to use it before adding to the stash. I have even decided to use piecing as a way of using it up for backing a quilt.
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    I may be a hoarder (still in denial maybe) but I continue to collect when I find appealing fabric ..... but I am slowing down and being more selective. My goal is to use it all before that day comes when it will no longer make any difference.

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    Great post. I too am a hoarder. My aim is to donate/give away 1/10 of my fabric by the end of this year 2013. I am at present looking for good homes for it. I know that I will be happier when I do this. I think now before I buy.
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    I only buy fabric now to go with the fabric I already have. I am trying to finish up some UFO this year and do need to buy backing fabric. The up side of having a good stash is that I am knocking out a lot of charity quilts at little added cost.

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    I have stopped buying fabric...I have way too much! I was going to buy some today for a backing for my sons quilt. The hubby says why don't you just make another revisable quilt...great idea...and I will use my left over fabric from the front. I may beable to make the same thing...bought way to much. I don't think I have bought any since last Dec. Thankfully I have come to love scrappy quilts. So when I make a quilt, I then make a scrappy.

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    This so fits me...do you have trouble cutting a piece of fabric? I am always fearful I will wish I had saved it for later. I think I am ate up with goofy!
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    Happy Days!!! I am retired and have fabric and a sewing machine...what could be better than that?

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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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    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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    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?
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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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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    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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    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.
    Last edited by sahm4605; 07-28-2013 at 03:16 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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    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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    Quote 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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    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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    I live in fear of becoming a fabric hoarder so I do not buy without a project in mind. Even that way little bits creep up on me from the leftovers.

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    I quit buying yardage except for backings. I am making myself use what I have. Now that said.... I pulled fabric to make a quilt and just have to go buy some pale yellow fabric to give it that extra burst of color. No other yellow will do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SingerSewer View Post
    This so fits me...do you have trouble cutting a piece of fabric? I am always fearful I will wish I had saved it for later. I think I am ate up with goofy!
    Me too! I am sew afraid if I use this I might be 6 inches short for another project! I think it is a disease
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    Yes, I am a collector, shop/binge fabric buyer, HOARDER. I have donated to charity twice. (Big moves! I could only take what I could bring in my car.) Excess fabric had to go. And, this last time I reduced, I saved money from my pay checks and have mailed about 30 lbs of fabric to a fellow QB'r that could really use the fabric.

    I probably still have more then I NEED. And still want to get one more box out to this same person. But, I definitely have enough to play with for awhile.

    The shame of it, I really regretted passing on very little of it. (Only a piece or two.) I wasted money on fabric that I had outgrown (taste changed). Too many focus fabrics. My new mantra, I will not buy anymore focus fabrics!

    I was overwhelmed by my stash. It made it hard to go pick out fabrics for a particular project. Too many choices. Plus, I found that I'm really a scrappy quilter with a bit more modern flare. (Or at least I think so.) I'm still relatively new to the quilting way of life.

    I am really trying to police my purchases from now on. And really only buy the amount of yardage I need. I really love working predominately with scraps. (I'm thinking that charm squares are my new best friend.) I also love fat quarters.

    But, for now, I really don't need to buy much fabric. I will use all the beautiful fabrics that I really love and saved for myself to play with and make some of the quilts on my wish list.
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    I know exactly what you are talking about!!!!! I have sold several kits I bought and sold well over 50yrds of fabric and still have so much. And let me tell you patterns, magazines and books who in there right mind is really going to make that many or have that much money to do so. My name Christine and I am a fabric hoarder. There I admitted it too. First step done only 11 more to go right to be cured
    ​Christine

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