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    Fabric-Use-Phobia

    I suffer from this! Anyone else?
    I have great fabrics that I bought simply because I love them, without a project in mind, and now I can't bring myself to use them. I think 'If I use it, then I won't have this fabric anymore'. I find I do this more with my batik's than the other fabrics.

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    Oh my gosh.....you mean you do that too? Sometimes I think it is just the beauty of the colors stacked in my shelves, or the stacks of different types of fabrics....or the wonderful way you can spread the out and look at them.....but is that so bad????
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    I am a sufferer as well! Particularly with those beautiful batiks!! They are my addiction! Initially, they were all I had in my stash. But I found that I never made anything because they were way too beautiful and precious to cut or use! I'm getting better at filling my stash with regular fabric so I can make a thing or two-lol!!! Glad I am not alone in my turmoil!
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    I suffer from the same ailment!!!! I think I am going to use my stash but it seems everytime I want to make a quilt I have to make a run to the fabric shop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Bataplai View Post
    I suffer from this! Anyone else?
    I have great fabrics that I bought simply because I love them, without a project in mind, and now I can't bring myself to use them. I think 'If I use it, then I won't have this fabric anymore'. I find I do this more with my batik's than the other fabrics.
    A quilt is a blanket of love. Sharon

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    Oh yes. I suffer to some extent with this. How many times during the hour or more that I am on here just searching for new posts, does the thought cross my mind that I should be down cutting and sewing instead of up here looking for more to drool over and give my 2cents worth? More than I care to admit. The little guy on the one shoulder says "Stay. There is more to see." And the much bigger guy on the other shoulder says "Go get something done. But if you do, you will be disturbing all that neatly folded fabric that is tucked safely behind those cabinet doors. Leave it alone and go take it out and play with it later." Those fabrics don't want to be cut up. They are perfectly content right where they are. And so am I.

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    What a large family we have. One of these days I am just going to do it. (I think). Always feel there might be a better pattern for this beautiful fabric. In the meantime I'll just look at it. BrendaK
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    you are just a quilter like all the rest of us

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    I am a fabric addict as well. I have some beautiful fabrics that I've had for years that I can't bear to cut. I guess I'm a fabric collector as well as a quilter. I don't have any problem cutting most new fabric I buy.

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    start yourself a (swatch book) -- cut a 6" square from each fabric you love (*or 12") and bind them, or use ribbon, what ever to hold them together - i use a scrap book binder- and keep your lovely fabrics...then you can look through them, touch them, admire them when ever you want-- and use the yardage without fear of never having the fabric to admire again- you can also add 'notes' of the name/line, where it came from, the price...in case you want to go back & find somemore.
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    yes, i have several fabrics that i'm waiting for the right special project that may never come along
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    Go to your stash and while looking at it say to yourself...."who do I want to give this fabric too?" Sound crazy that you would give your fabric away for someone else to have the joy of cutting it up and using it in their quilt doesn't it?
    When my best friend died, I vowed to myself to cut into all my fabric because I wasn't going to leave a large stash for others to acquire. The old saying..."the person who dies with the most fabric wins!" is not accurate. The person who dies with the most unused, uncut beautiful fabric loses!!!!

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    YES! My phobia involves beautiful prints that I dearly love but can't find a pattern "good enough" for them. I use to and still do to some degree feel the same about my batiks. But at least with batiks there are more available unless it's got a pattern that might not be produced again.
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    I have geometric patterned Japanese (as opposed to pictorial) that I finally came to realize I'd never cut. There are 4 or 5 of them and I alternate hanging them on the walls of my quilt room so I can see and admire them.

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    OKAY, my solution isn't going to help your stash get smaller or your pocketbook, but I finally figured out a way that let me actually use really cool fabric that I normally could not bring myself to cut, because then it would be gone. For some reason, most of the time when I pull something from my stash, I use a yard or less. So now I buy extra. I used to buy a yard of fabric, but this year I started buying a yard and a half. Seems to do the trick because now I know I'll have a bit of the fabric left over. The other thing is that this gives you the opportunity to cut 40" strips LOF or WOF so you get the best use of the fabric design.
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    I have one fabric I love in that way. I have a bunch of fabrics that match it, plus a coordinating print. Whenever I see it, I want to buy more, just in case I ever use it so I won't run out. It's time to get a grip, I think!
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    It's much easier for me to cut up scraps than to cut into a long piece of fabric.

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    I consider myself a FABRIHOLIC! do they have meetings for this?
    Oh, quilting guilds! Unfortunately, I'm not sure this ACTUALLY helps you overcome your addictions....it, rather, feeds it so that it, and your fabric stash, grows!!!!

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    When I began on this site I vowed I would never be one of THOSE that bought material with no idea of a pattern.
    Well, I bow my head low and apoligize. I do buy material that goes together in a quilt. Now to find a pattern.
    I have 4 batches of material that I too am still looking for that perfect quilt. I have found a pattern I liked and with that in mind have looked at material. But my stash is growing along with my admiration for all you quilters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grammysharon View Post
    I suffer from the same ailment!!!! I think I am going to use my stash but it seems everytime I want to make a quilt I have to make a run to the fabric shop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Me too - I go to the fabric store everytime I start a new project!

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    I too am in your "group" but I have started to use some .. as fabrics just keep getting better .. and some that I thought so precious.. now don't look quite so "muesum" worthy.
    I have to keep telling myself .. if I don't use some of these "muesum " pieces... there won't be room for the even better fabrics.

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    Great responses! So glad I'm not alone. I'm really trying to use some of my existing fabrics on projects for Christmas, but haven't been too successful yet. Maybe we need a support group. Fabric-Hoarders Anonymous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    I too am in your "group" but I have started to use some .. as fabrics just keep getting better .. and some that I thought so precious.. now don't look quite so "muesum" worthy.
    I have to keep telling myself .. if I don't use some of these "muesum " pieces... there won't be room for the even better fabrics.
    Excellent points. I have been repeating something similar in my head too ... 'use the fabric, there will be others just as great available'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Go to your stash and while looking at it say to yourself...."who do I want to give this fabric too?" Sound crazy that you would give your fabric away for someone else to have the joy of cutting it up and using it in their quilt doesn't it?
    When my best friend died, I vowed to myself to cut into all my fabric because I wasn't going to leave a large stash for others to acquire. The old saying..."the person who dies with the most fabric wins!" is not accurate. The person who dies with the most unused, uncut beautiful fabric loses!!!!
    I may need to print this and hang it in my sewing room.

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    We are fabric collectors. Coin collectors don't spend there coin and stamp collectors don't post there stamps so why should we use our special fabric

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