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    Rachel, I try to only buy fabric for a project. When I see all of these "stashes" I think OMG they are never going to use all of that up and look at all the money that is just sitting there being wasted.

    A sale is only good if you are going to use it. Even if you get fabric for $1 a yard, in the end, if you havent made it into something, then it gets given to Goodwill or sold at a garage sale.

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    I have one motto when it comes to fabric..BUY!!!!!!
    I love to have fabric in my stash because I like to be able to go to my stash on a rainy or snowy day and be able to work on a new project - sometimes if I find a good buy I buy extra - because I know that somewhere down the line that will work as a great backing or will coordinate with others....
    I LOVE FABRIC!!!!!
    I've worked in fabric sine 1986.....it's the only life I know :-)

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    Rachel,
    I am the SAME way. A lot of times I will go because they are having a great deal and then I get there and I think what am I doing here I have enough fabric at home for this quilt, and that quilt and I walk out with nothing. I wouldn't go into a store and buy paint if I didn't have a wall to cover, I wouldn't buy diapers if I didn't have a butt (just turned a year old) to cover. Why go in and buy fabric if I don't have a quilt to make with it!

    When I do get ready to make a quilt I buy everything I need for it right then and there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    I can't relate. Fabric calls my name. I must buy regularly..... I must...... I must.......

    I know what colors I like and so most of my stash will play very nicely together.
    I'm the same way!!

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    I can't relate either. I try so hard not to buy, not even 1 piece, but I can't help myself especially if it's on sale!

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    Quote Originally Posted by seamstome
    Rachel, I try to only buy fabric for a project. When I see all of these "stashes" I think OMG they are never going to use all of that up and look at all the money that is just sitting there being wasted.

    A sale is only good if you are going to use it. Even if you get fabric for $1 a yard, in the end, if you havent made it into something, then it gets given to Goodwill or sold at a garage sale.
    Okay you guys are making me feel better :) Thanks everyone for all your thoughts!!

    Rachel

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    you are the person i want to be when i grow up. (which i'm beginning to think is never going to happen. :roll: )

    i wish i had your common sense and self control. i might have a guest room instead of a storage room. :?

    be yourself. you're doing great. :thumbup:

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    Crazy?? Maybe not, Rachel. Maybe just a serious phobia??? Whatever it is, better you than me! If I see a yummy fabric at a price I'm willing to pay ... the more yards I can get, the happier I am; occasionally I go down to my basement sewing room to admire and touch the fabric ... I think it must call to me. Because there are really very few fabrics that have all the qualities that I want, I don't have a large stash, but enough to make me feel warm & fuzzy. (Gosh, maybe we're both crazy!)

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    Rachel, I look at it this way ( and it does work for me)- if I have an assortment I tend to be more creative. Does that make sense?? It's really fun to go through my stash and come up with a great idea. But again, that's just me. I was hopeless when I bought the fabrics for my first quilt- I wanted most of the shop :D:D:D
    One question for you- are you like this about other things or is it just fabric?? I hear a little "phobia" too. I am very sensitive to fears b/c I have some, not fabric though lolol
    HUGS, Sue

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    I wish I hated to buy fabric--I'm just the opposite! I just love fabric and fabric shopping. It doesn't matter if I have a particular use for what I buy either. It doesn't even have to be beautiful. I can spot something with great texture, or something that is just interesting that I know will find a place in one of my quilts (or dreams of a quilt!). I'm afraid I love designing and drawing and planning my quilts out on graph paper, almost more than I do making and completing the quilts! But it does help to have a great stash. I find that I really don't need to go out and buy when I'm ready to start a project, because I have enough at home to go through and try to make my own fabrics work in my designs. So, I may be a bit fabric-crazy, but, as I tell my DH (when he sometimes just can't help commenting on the amount of fabric vs. finished quilts), he's lucky I'm not hooked on expensive clothes, jewelry, or travel! WLee

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    you are the person i want to be when i grow up. (which i'm beginning to think is never going to happen. :roll: )

    i wish i had your common sense and self control. i might have a guest room instead of a storage room. :?

    be yourself. you're doing great. :thumbup:

    I used to think this way. Then I lost it. Figured life is short & ya never know with the way the economy is or can be, so might as well just buy fabric now. Kind of like an investment. LOL I even get a kick out of going to Quilt In A Day site and ordering from their site. Every week they put a certain color or pattern of fabric on Sale. So I hit it. I Shop other online places as well when they have Sales. Blenders are wonderful to have on hand. Whites & Creams, and your primary colors as well. I also started collecting reproductions from the 30's & CW. If I needed to, I could make many quilts without ever leaving the house for fabric. That is a good feeling. But I keep adding. LOL My Mom & a couple of my friends Shop my Stash also, so I try to keep a good amt. so they can keep on sewing. When DH retires I may not be able to buy fabric often so I am getting prepared now! LOL That is my story & I am sticking to it. Oh! And I am also trying to help stimulate the economy. LOL But other than my grandkids, this is the only thing I splurge on. DH knows I am cheap on him so he doesn't mind. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Rachel, I look at it this way ( and it does work for me)- if I have an assortment I tend to be more creative. Does that make sense?? It's really fun to go through my stash and come up with a great idea. But again, that's just me. I was hopeless when I bought the fabrics for my first quilt- I wanted most of the shop :D:D:D
    One question for you- are you like this about other things or is it just fabric?? I hear a little "phobia" too. I am very sensitive to fears b/c I have some, not fabric though lolol
    HUGS, Sue
    Oh it probably is some sort of phobia. I have a hard time buying anything actually even when i have the money for it. But most things I bite the bullet an buy anyway, but for some reason I have a really hard time with fabric. :) I think it's becuase we are trying very very hard to pay off all our bills, so my mind set is to not spend automatically. So when i do have money for a specific thing I feel like it has to be the ultimate perfect thing I buy because I may not have money for it again for a while. And that's where the fear comes from for buying fabric. I go in with say $50 and intend on buying fabric, but it's not enough to buy for a whole quilt, so maybe I'll just buy 2 yards of only 2 fabrics, but then what if I never find a use for those and I have wasted this precious $50? SO I decide on just getting a bunch of fat quarters, but then what if a fat in not enough once I find a quilt I want to make and this fabric is gone when I am ready to buy more? And then after pacing around the store for 30 minutes picking up and putting down, I leave with nothing. LOL Yes it's a problem. Because I do want to buy. But I guess it's good that my house is not overwhelmed with fabric.

    Maybe if I sit down and decide on 5 or 6 projects and what fabrics I want for them, I could start buying for those. I have often bought a coordinating set of fabrics for a project, but then ended up using it for something else. I bet it would help me because I would know that it has an intended project, and I would have a stash because I could end using the fabric for a different quilt ..... hmmm not a bad idea.

    Thanks everyone for your comments, I know it's a little odd, but it's good to 'talk' it out. :)

    Cheers!
    Rachel

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    i'm here if you want to purge this way !!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janetlmt
    I admire you for your will power also...I do not have the will power at all. My stash has extended to a second bedroom. My dear husband takes me fabric shopping about once a month and tells me.."buy what ever you want"
    Rachel you aren't crazy!!!!
    I have started to go thru some of my fabric and am going to purge some of it.
    i'm here if you want to purge this way !!!lol

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    Rachel-
    It sounds to me as if it is a situational thing - that when your financial goals are met, you might be in a different place with fabric buying (or not). Since I organized what stash I have, I have really cut down on buying until I use up what I have. The only problem is, now, I have to buy more to go with what I have in some cases because some of this fabric is all over the board. DH is talking about retirement and downsizing so that is affecting my shopping attitude too. When I was at the Keepsake sale this weekend, I kept thinking "Wouldn't it be nice to buy all the pieces I needed for a project right now?" Then, again, I always did enjoy a good treasure hunt...
    Give yourself some space - this doesn't sound like a bad problem and it may change when your lifestyle does.
    lots2do

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    Quote Originally Posted by lots2do
    Rachel-
    It sounds to me as if it is a situational thing - that when your financial goals are met, you might be in a different place with fabric buying (or not). Since I organized what stash I have, I have really cut down on buying until I use up what I have. The only problem is, now, I have to buy more to go with what I have in some cases because some of this fabric is all over the board. DH is talking about retirement and downsizing so that is affecting my shopping attitude too. When I was at the Keepsake sale this weekend, I kept thinking "Wouldn't it be nice to buy all the pieces I needed for a project right now?" Then, again, I always did enjoy a good treasure hunt...
    Give yourself some space - this doesn't sound like a bad problem and it may change when your lifestyle does.
    lots2do
    True it may, although I have to say, I would LOVE to give my little money I have to a personal shopper that knows my taste and have them buy for me. Because I have no problem loving fabric that is coordinated for me, or bought for me, or given to me, I just have a tough time picking it myself. I love hitting yard sales and finding a little stash of fabric to buy because there are no choices there. That may be why I love getting scraps from other people too, because they have picked it out. I have no problem diving in the scrap bin at my LQS, I will buy almost everything in there. I really think it's because there are too many choices in a whole store and I really want it all and my small amount of spending money seems to buy so little, so I feel like I must get the absolute perfect thing, which then brings on the fear. I guess I just need to stick to what I am comfortable with, so I will stick with OPS (other people's scraps :) :)), specific projects, and blenders for now. :)

    Sorry to get all heavy on you guys!!!! But I am so glad to be able to figure this thing out because it has really been bugging me, but maybe now that I can recognize it and know what I am comfortable with, I can not be so scared. LOL .... goes off to find a yummy scrap bin to dive in

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK
    no. You are not crazy. I think you are thoughtful.

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    I have been trying to use what I have, but every time I start a new project....well, I can't find anything that I like together. Then again, I've passed something up that I really wanted then get home and have to kick myself.

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    Always buy a piece if I like it - it may not be there the next time I'm in the shop! So if I don't have a project in mind, it's just fun to look at in my stash.

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    Oh Dear!! I have such a LOVE for fabric that I want ALL of it. Sometimes (most) time, I am sure my DH wishes I was more like you. lol

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    If you don't LOVE the fabric and can't live without it, then I would say stick to your current plan. I have a stash that is almost overpowering and wish I had the discipline to keep it maintained. No - not crazy (well, not about the fabric thing for sure) lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katia
    I wish I was more like you. I honestly do. I am not a hoarder when it comes to most things, but fabric is my passion. I usually have an intended purpose for what I buy, but buy way more then I need.

    I think my problem is that I am a much better planner then I am a doer. (is that a real word?) I am good at buying and organizing the stuff, but sitting down and getting things actually made is harder for me. I am getting better and working at it. But it is a process.
    This is me! But once I get started I don't stop until it's done. :lol:

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    I wouldn't call it a fear but I definitely know that I have an addiction when it comes to buying fabrics. I buy fabric cuz I love it, with no idea what I am going to use it for or when. My stash is large enough and I don't want to spend my money foolishly, as I have done in the past....which is why my stash is what it is.

    I am more of a fabric collector than a quilter, altho I always have the best intentions of getting those quilts done.

    warm quilt hugs, sue in CA

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    Im different, I guess. I dont love fabric....I love the finished product. To me, the finished product has the value, chunks of fabric, no matter how pretty, have little value. I do have a small stash of mostly blenders and left overs. IMHO that's why they make stores so they can pay the carrying cost of the inventory. If you are selling products then I can see buying a stash. But to have enough stash that you never will use it all up is collecting something that has no appreciating value.

    I must watch too much Dave Ramsey.

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    I use to buy every fabric I saw that I liked. At least a yard. Then my finances when in the dumpster. So I use something from my stash now and only buy what I need to finish the quilt. Unless of course it something I REALLY love or something that can be used with a lot of different fabrics. My biggest problem is picking fabric. I have just so much money and I don't know what to buy. Sometimes I just walk out with nothing because there are just too many I like and I can't choose. lol

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