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Thread: Fabric Moratorium Update - Jan 2011

  1. #101
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    HELP... :?

    I just reorganized my stash. That's not the bit I need help with. It looks nice and I can now see that I have plenty of all colors I like to work with. (Except silver and grey, which happens to be just the color segment I bought from Thousands the other day. So far, so cool.)

    Sigh. So I bought a book on hand-dyeing the other day. I didn't really need that for any projects on hand. :hunf:

    I hadn't really put books on my no-buy list. Yet. But today I suddenly found myself on amazon, realising I was feverishly browsing dyeing books. Now what's up with that!!!

    I have one book already. I've looked through it enough to know it's a great book to start me off, probably will last me for ages. I have fabrics in my stash I can use when the time comes. I'll only need a few dyes and stuff to start playing, when I'm ready - and I still have projects I REALLY want to get out of the way before I start on that. So, definitely not time for more dyeing books.

    Phew. :| Haven't bought any more yet. Won't won't won't. I know it's not my creative spirit needing more books. Please help me stay on....

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    So far this year - no quilting related purchases. BUT - just took my sewing machine in for repair. Grrrrrr . . . I have LOTS of other things I can do, but I have a 4 hour chunk of time to sew NOW.

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    I posted pictures of my most recent projects from my stash in the pictures section.
    <http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-94194-1.htm#2364150>

    Pat

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    Pat, Like your two quilts. They have a happy feeling to them.

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    Anna,
    Try Bonnie Hunter's website http://quiltville.com/ for free scrappy quilt patterns as well as books of scrap quits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewwhat85
    cant join santa gave me money for fabric
    same here.....and I can't wait to spend it :) I could never go months without using it...yup, I fell off the wagon :(

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    I went to Joann's last night - and got binding for two quilts, thread to match that particular binding, sticky paper for my embroidery machine, AND THATS IT!!!


    SUPER WIN!!!


    WAHOOO!!

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    I have slipped yet again. It may seem I am hopeless, but I have resisted buying supplies not needed right now three times. Just deleted the shopping cart. Thanks for that suggestion. It helps. But Lois N posted a picture of a beautiful stained glass wall hanging of dragonflies. I have resisted that pattern before so now I'm afraid it will disappear. So I bought it. But I haven't bought any fabric for it, yet. Then my daughter asked what I wanted for Valentine's Day. So she's giving me the pattern. Is that a slip or just plain luck? Thank you for helping continue to realize how often I buy for my quilting. Awareness is the first step. But when does the ability to stop buying all the time kick in? I'm back on the wagon.

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    Ability to stop buying all the time?!?!.... oh that would be nice. I've been doing the "buy only as needed" thing since September or so, and I haven't yet come to that point.

    Ok, I'm still on. I scratched my "go dye fabric!!!" itch by buying a packet of commercial dye for the washing machine and overdyeing two sets of pillowcases I'd accidentally washed together with a scarf that bled ugly grey streaks onto them. Lovely pure linen pillowcases, and I'm now so pleased I kept them, they turned out so well.

    Finished my crossed canoes lap quilt I started last summer. I bought half of the fabrics for the blocks (plus half from stash). Made the blocks then put them aside. Started my fabric moratorium, then continued with the quilt just before Christmas. Borders and binding are from stash, back is flannel I purchased for it. http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-94983-1.htm

    Spoke to my mum and dad and they love the quilt tops I've been making for them, so I'll be buying a matching border fabric for the two of them, probably sometime next week. I have enough flannel for the backs (I think).

    Currently finishing another door curtain that's been waiting on my shelf for, erm, months. Good thing this fabric moratorium, it's really encouraging me to finish stuff I want off my chest!

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    It's now February - where did January go????

    For your updates - please post to the February thread: http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-95818-1.htm

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltinghere
    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? LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by great aunt jacqui
    I am doing great. The sudden urge to impulse buy buy buy has left me. I still go online and fill my cart with what I love but never purchase it. I revisit my cart often and eliminate things. I did get fabric for christmas and soon will be using it.
    When I need fabric I go to my closet stash. If I have the urge I put a closed sign on the closet door. LOL

    Am excited to finish all my works in progress....what an accomplishment that will be. Also will try to make some christmas gifts. Just think of the $ we are saving in this bad economy. here is my newest slogan. "BETTER BEST BE SAVING THAN INDULGING IN FABRIC CRAVING" jacqui
    I followed your suggestion when an online store put everything 35% off. I shopped and had a ball. I wavered, but then I left without buying anything. That was very empowering. That was a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing.

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    I must confess. Two weeks ago, there was a sale at the LQS. I needed to buy backing for a once and done quilt, 2 3/4 yards, for I needed a solid or tone on tone. And then I bought 3 one yard pieces for that quilt, but I did have 2 one yard pieces at home. So I have all the fabric to make that quilt.

    But then, I saw fabric which is usually half price, on sale for $2 a yard. I couldn't resist. I ended up buying 13 yards of material. Not good!

    Then last week, upon my husband's suggestion to go to a quilt store, I bought 2 fat quarters but used one of them that night.

    So I guess that I am out of Fabric Moratorium group. But I will promise that if I am still in, I won't buy anymore fabric until April29 when I go to the quilt show in Somers, NY. What must I do to regain your confidence in me?

    So I guess that I must be the one that bought the most fabric on one buying spree. Has anyone bought more than 13 yards, at one time, during the Fabric Moratorium?

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    Failed miserably. I cleaned out my sewing room and found a lot of room that had to be filled. Then our LQS had a wonderful sale....... you know all the excuses!

    The only progress I have made is my UFOs. I have been slowly finishing them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Bell
    I must confess. Two weeks ago, there was a sale at the LQS. I needed to buy backing for a once and done quilt, 2 3/4 yards, for I needed a solid or tone on tone. And then I bought 3 one yard pieces for that quilt, but I did have 2 one yard pieces at home. So I have all the fabric to make that quilt.

    But then, I saw fabric which is usually half price, on sale for $2 a yard. I couldn't resist. I ended up buying 13 yards of material. Not good!

    Then last week, upon my husband's suggestion to go to a quilt store, I bought 2 fat quarters but used one of them that night.

    So I guess that I am out of Fabric Moratorium group. But I will promise that if I am still in, I won't buy anymore fabric until April29 when I go to the quilt show in Somers, NY. What must I do to regain your confidence in me?
    So I guess that I must be the one that bought the most fabric on one buying spree. Has anyone bought more than 13 yards, at one time, during the Fabric Moratorium?
    I still have confidence in you, we all fall of the wagon at one time or another.
    Yes, I did at the very beginning of the Moratorium. It was to finished a double sided civil war quilt. I bought 18 yds. I ordered two pices and one did not match so I had to order a third. Then a couple of weeks ago I bought a 6yd and a 2yd to start a quilt for my DD friend's wedding. I think I am still in as the fabric I bought was not a random buy but to finished quilts. That's the promise I made to myself some time ago.

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    I didn't join in because I had so little fabric and so many grandchildren and great-grandchildren and I promised I would make quilts for them. Maybe I can join late after these quilts are done and I have some scraps to use to make small projects. We'll see. :)

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    Dear Olivia's Granny,
    So glad that you still have confidence in me. I AM working out of my stash but it is so easy to fall off the wagon.
    I don't think that buying to finish a quilt counts.
    Blue Bell

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    I think you are right, we can buy fabric we need to finish a current project. If we didn't buy too much fabric and too many books, we wouldn't need a moratorium. I think I have had constant failures. But if you keep trying, you will do better. It's not about being perfect, but about breaking bad habits, at least for me.

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    BlueBell, I fall off other wagons. LOL Like food!

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