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Thread: Fabric moratorium

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    Senior Member KiwiQuilter's Avatar
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    Does anyone want to join me on a fabric moratorium.

    What I'm thinking about is this...

    * no fabric purchases to start a new quilt top
    * from now until 1 November 2011


    What you can buy is this - items to finish an existing quilt project (either WIP or UFO):

    * batting
    * backing or binding fabric
    * fabric (if nothing in your stash will work)
    * thread or notions

    Anyone else interested in joining me?

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    I would but I don't think I can handle the withdrawels!!!! :shock: :shock:

    And I tried not buying fabric, wanted to get rid of my stash....after one year and 4 quilts, I have MORE stash than before!!! :mrgreen:

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    :shock: I don't think that I can do this :oops: :lol:

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    does that mean if I find something I have to have, but don't have a quilt in mind, I can still buy it?

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    Nope, not interested! I enjoy buying!

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    Sorry! Don't let my husband see this................he would sign me up in a heart beat!!! :shock: :shock: :shock:

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    Rachel - that would be a "no". The reason is that you wouldn't have the project already in your "to-do" basket.

    I know - pretty tough huh.

    A friend of mine started this last year. To start with I thought she was quite insane. The more I thought about it - the more it made sense. I gave it a go - and it is really achievable.

    The point of the 1 November deadline - is that during November there are some really good sales. That's when I would stock up.

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    I would love to but know I don't have the willpower to do it. I'll be in buying something to complete a quilt and a new fabric will shout my name and I'll buy it. Sigh.

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    I'm in!!! does it start NOW? What do we do 'confess' when we bought something we shouldn't have bought?

    The hardest place not to buy though will be right on this website's classifieds. I HAVE to check them everyday...even though I don't 'need' anything.

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    Not me !!!! It's one of the few things I truly enjoy !!!

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    I was thinking of doing this too, so i will join you. I am
    stuffed with fabric and kits and patterns. even if gorgeous fabric tempt me I will pass it by until november.

    I bought myself mucho mucho things for christmas. so kiwi quilter i will really try to do this. anyone else.?

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    I love to buy also, but shouldn't so I'm gonna say I'm in! May need lots of encouragement throughout the year however!

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    I can't do it because I'm having withdrawals just thinking about doing it. Yes, I need an intervention! HAHAHA. I will NOT be stopped!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltinghere
    I'm in!!! does it start NOW? What do we do 'confess' when we bought something we shouldn't have bought?

    I have been shopping online and fill my cart, but do not buy. I revisit my shopping bags bout every day. I eliminate some impulse buys. keep the gotta haves.....hope the arestil available in nov...ooooooooooooooo

    The hardest place not to buy though will be right on this website's classifieds. I HAVE to check them everyday...even though I don't 'need' anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    :shock: I don't think that I can do this :oops: :lol:
    And why would we want to? Oh, that's right. There is a reason why people are called Masochists. Or Sadists. Or both. :shock: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Funny you should mention this. I'm doing a crafting supply moratorium from December 1, 2010 to November 30, 2011. I posted a topic on this and everyone had something to say (some, a LOT to say!)

    I'm good for batting, backing, thread, fabric. Really. I've allowed myself things like needles, and I suppose if I run out of thread that would be a must, but I don't think I will!

    Feel free to follow my blog:

    http://reformedsupermom.blogspot.com/

    (I wasn't going to say anything, but since you started it... :lol: )

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    Super Member Rebecca VLQ's Avatar
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    Funny you should mention this. I'm doing a crafting supply moratorium from December 1, 2010 to November 30, 2011. I posted a topic on this and everyone had something to say (some, a LOT to say!)

    I'm good for batting, backing, thread, fabric. Really. I've allowed myself things like needles, and I suppose if I run out of thread that would be a must, but I don't think I will!

    Feel free to follow my blog:

    http://reformedsupermom.blogspot.com/

    (I wasn't going to say anything, but since you started it... :lol: )

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    Oh Kiwi, that's a really TALL order! I think you're going to be lonely on this one. Count me OUT lol

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    Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha....rothlmbo ! Sorry..impossible! But would love to try!!

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    When you start is up to you. I would recommend choosing a date before 1 January 2011.

    I'm starting now because I've had a wee blast at the sales.

    While my stash doesn't even remotely compare to others, when I think about what I have - really I've probably got enough to keep me going for 2 or 3 years.

    I've got;
    * several WIPs (4 that I can think of already - but I know there's more),
    * BOMs (not started),
    * Ryan McKenna kits (not started), and
    * the stash.

    I want to get my spending under control - and this is a "fun" (yes it really can be fun) way to do it.

    Confessions - why not. Tomorrow will always be other day, and another chance to get back on track.

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    Pictures of finished projects will help too.

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    Not me, I don't ever want to not buy fabric when I see something I like. That is what quilting is all about!!!

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    I am actually going to be downsizing and promised myself to not buy much next year. I really need to get a handle on the fabric overage I have going on - massive fabric overage to say the least. I might actually also do a machine downsizing too. I haven't gotten brave enough to try my quilting frame, 15" machine and robotic quilting carriage so I might be downsizing that as well.. we will see.... I am still trying to muster the strength to figure out how to use that darn thing.

    But for the fabric downsizing... I am seriously considering it. I might actually need to buy blender materials since I own mostly prints...

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    Rebecca found your thread. Just reading it now.

    I know it's a bit of a catch 22.

    Shopping does keep the industry going (including the postal service).

    Not shopping, for personal reasons, can have its own rewards depending on what the reasons are.

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    That was going to be my New Years resolution. I have purchased so much fabric in the last two months, all good prices, companies closing, great sales, Black Friday, Cyber Monday. I have 4 orders that still need to come in. So I'm with you, just need to use all the beautiful fabric I have. The only acception is if someone wanted me to make something special for them. But I don't think that will happen. I'm going to try to make miniatures, so that means, I have fabric for the rest of my life right not.

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