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Thread: Fabric Moratorium Update - Feb 2011

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    Senior Member KiwiQuilter's Avatar
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    We are two months into our fabric moratorium and it would be great to hear from everyone to find out how you are getting on.

    Last months progress was fantastic - everyone is doing so well. I’m really proud of you all. There were a few small slips - but nothing major :)

    What have you been working on? What have you (or have not) purchased? If you have used a variant of the original rules, please share with us your guidelines and your progress.

    The original thread can be found here: http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-79756-1.htm
    January’s updates can be found here: http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-86351-1.htm

    The original rules/guidelines are:
    * no fabric purchases to start a new quilt top (till 1 November 2011)

    “Allowed” purchases include any item required to finish an existing project (either WIP or UFO), including but not limited to:
    * batting
    * backing or binding fabric
    * fabric (if nothing in your stash will work)
    * thread or notions
    * fabric purchased on a plan prior to 1 December 2010 (e.g. block of the month)

    Some people have chosen a variation of the rules/guidelines to suit their circumstances, e.g. a 3 month moratorium, or commitment to use 1 fabric from their stash each month.

    Anyway, I look forward to hearing from you all and seeing your work.

    Cheers

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    I did buy fabric Sunday, BUT it was to go with the quilt I am making for my DD best friend's wedding. I am using most of the fabric from my stash.
    Although today I ordered 3 patterns to round out the Joined at the Hip Button Up series I'm working on.

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    I think I'm hopeless, UNLESS purchasing fabrics for 2 commissioned baby quilts is exempt from the moratorium :) :) one of my friends asked me t make a baby quilt for her grandson that is turning 1 in March so I purchased fabrics from "Favorite Fabrics" and Bethfranks here on the board for it so maybe I'm still within the guidelines. And DD1 asked me to make a baby quilt for her husbands nephews first baby. So I had to purchase fabric for that, I had no baby fabric in my stash.

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    I think you're still in since it was for a specific quilt. That's the story I would use. :lol:

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    I couldn't in good conscience commit to the moratorium because I knew I wouldn't be able to stick to it! However, I have been mostly using what I had. I think the only new fabric I've bought was for a purse.

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    I bought half a yard the other day to go with six others from my stash to make a quilt for my niece. The seventh I had in my stash was too blue. Turned out pretty cute. So I think I'm still okay.

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    I've purchased fabric but it's all been for projects I'm working on, mostly backing. And I've actually conpleted one quilt top and started two from my stash. So I think I'm still in, but just barely. I keep looking at the Hancock's of Paducah and Keepsake Quilting catalogs and it's very tempting.

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    So far so good. I've looked but the closest I've come to buying is a couple new sheets from Goodwill for backing for charity baby quilts. Now we may have a problem in a couple weeks, our club is making an outing to a LQS and she is offering 25% off everything in the store. I do have to make 2 girl quilts for twins due in the spring and my Great nephew needs a "big boy" quilt. I've decided to do a bug jar quilt for him. It has been fun stretching my color senses to make things go together from my stash.

    Pat

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    I am holding strong after a minor slip. But I need a backing fabric... and ... and it means going into the ... store!!! Oh I need strenght. But on the up side I did complete a whole queen quilt top out of scraps! I 'm feeling pretty good about that.

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    So far so good for me. I have just purchased backing fabric for my charity quilts. I pieced seven single bed tops during December and have so far quilted 4 of them. I had 8 extra large plastic tubs of fabric in my store room (not counting what I have in my sewing room) and yesterday needed more room in the store room so I ended up with only 5 tubs. Wow did I use up all that fabric.

    Will be turning off the computer shortly as we have Cyclone Yasi off the coast and we are within her landfall area. It is already a Category 5. DH has prepared the house and yard and I am cooking dinner for tonight as we are due to lose power and water shortly. Hope to talk to you all soon

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    Still on track..only backing for 2 quilt tops from scratch. Another top from a kit purchased couple of years ago. Made backing from fabric I got for free. I did buy a new rotary cutter when I "lost" mine in the holiday mess, so now I have 2 of them. Don't miss buying fabric when
    I look at my stash and try to adapt what i have.

    We will be through this moratorium and will have learned a lot of things.

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    :oops: Uh oh, caught with new thread on my hands - but it felt so good and, and, and it was such a good sale!
    OK, I've found some inner strength and will NOT buy in February!

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    I went to a quilt show last weekend and bought 2 batik FQ's for a current top I'm working on and also ordered some 30s charm packs from CarrieAnne on the board. I have a bunch of 30s blocks from the Quilting Bee one block/month swap and haven't been able to put them together because I needed 30s prints for a postage stamp sashings/border. I have none in my stash. Other than one slip last month, buying some polkadot fabrics for no intended purpose, I'm doing well.

    Mirabelle, please take care!!! I'll be praying for you and all our other Aussie friends!

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    quiltinghere wrote:
    whewwww - 2 down - 363 to go!

    Oh, the pain of each hour passing!!! LOL I feel your pain as does every quilter who is doing this. Does it count that I bought 2 pink fat quarters and sent them to someone who loves pink? I hate it and would never use it in a quilt, so I did good, right? I did good....I did good, right? LOL

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    January over and I stayed on track. thank heavens February is a short month. :-)

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    I'm going to join up in a casual sort of way. I love the idea and frankly have come to realize that for now, I really do have enough. Will still need to buy batting etc. I do want to be kind to myself, though.

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    I am doing great! I had a slip about a week ago for Batman and Superman fabric (which was admitted in January's thread). I've finished (pause) 3 quilt tops, including borders. I have a bunch more that I'm working on and I feel really inspired! Yay! And I'm for the $ I'm not spending on fabric, I'm saving up for a long arm so I can quilt all the tops I'm finishing. So it's a worthy sacrifice!

    And I very much appreciate the support group. Jokes aside, it really is helpful to have a group of people who are trying to cut back on spending to talk to and remind me to cut back and such.

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    Hope everyone in Australia and New Zealand are safe.
    The bag that I needed to buy interfacing for turned out great. May make some more of those. I have some decor samples that would make great looking bags.I know someone who might sell them for me.
    I have 7 WIP's with backing and batting, 1 I may need a backing for, 2 or 3 more that I have batting for them not sure about backing yet, to finish more WIP's I may need to purchase more batting and/or backing. I may need to purchase thread soon.
    My reason for the fabric moratorium is to have more workable space in my sewing room, that is beginning to happen.

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    Still on track!

    Only expense this month was to replace the burned out motor on my sewing machine. Out of my stash, I have made 140 HST's for the triangle exchange on The Quilt Show and plan to make more. I rediscovered in my closet, a box of 3" rail fence blocks that I'm laying out on my design wall. The fabrics are dark, light, dark, with the darks matching. Also, shopping from my stash to do some planning for my UFO's.

    Good things are going to happen this year. I have a new mantra: "I have enough, I have enough, I have enough . . .

    Thanks SO much for starting this moratorium!

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    My major accomplishment in January was organizing up my sewing areas. Pretty pleased I did because it turns out I have more fabric than I thought I did (*oh dear*).

    I've sorted all my WIPs into 1 container and my plan is to only work on items in the box :) Started to work on a large hand quilting project - but it is so hot here at the moment (93F) that it was too much for me. Now I'm piecing my scraps into blocks. I'm trying to put 1 piece of fabric from every quilt I've done into this.

    I'm also really pleased to report that I didn't buy a thing.

    Some items arrived in early January - that I purchased last year (before the Moratorium) to finish off that large hand quilting project. It was fabric for piping and binding.

    So far so good :)

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    Dont know what happened but I fell off the waggon... I bought 3 x 1/2 yard pieces of solid fabric to add to my "Plain spoken Quilt". They just yelled out my name when I walked into the store. I still resolve to stick to the plan!

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    I have been better because I'm on this board than I would have been on my own. I am breaking a very bad habit. I resisted several books that were calling my name just today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpotMurphy
    I have been better because I'm on this board than I would have been on my own. I am breaking a very bad habit. I resisted several books that were calling my name just today.
    I need a book Moratorium and not just quilting books. :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olivia's Grammy
    Quote Originally Posted by SpotMurphy
    I have been better because I'm on this board than I would have been on my own. I am breaking a very bad habit. I resisted several books that were calling my name just today.
    I need a book Moratorium and not just quilting books. :lol:
    I have cut my book spending way down by using my library card.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinliz
    Quote Originally Posted by Olivia's Grammy
    Quote Originally Posted by SpotMurphy
    I have been better because I'm on this board than I would have been on my own. I am breaking a very bad habit. I resisted several books that were calling my name just today.
    I need a book Moratorium and not just quilting books. :lol:
    I have cut my book spending way down by using my library card.
    The library to me is like an ice cream store. I want ALL the books.

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