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    Does anyone else have this or am I just crazy??? I know so many of you have huge stashes, but I actually HATE buying fabrics unless they are for a very specific project. Not because I donít want to, but because I am scared. The only thing I can think when buying is, what the heck will this go with? Why am I buying this? This will never match any of my other fabrics, so itíll never get used. I actually freeze up and end up buying nothing, even when it's a GREAT sale. Whenever I look at fabric pictures people post, I love them so much, but then when I go to buy them, I start hyperventilating. I do have a stash of sorts that is big chunks of leftovers from previous projects and big chunks that I got from the leftovers bin at my LQS, but other than that I find it very difficult to buy fabric that has no current purpose!

    Am I crazy?!?!?

    Rachel

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    no. You are not crazy. I think you are thoughtful.

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    You could be. LOL I really am teasing, because I am the total opposite.LOL. Wish I were more like you. Luckily I don't have much money or our house would be a "House of Fabric....Good Job, I admire you.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I go To The Sea To Breathe
    You could be. LOL I really am teasing, because I am the total opposite.LOL. Wish I were more like you. Luckily I don't have much money or our house would be a "House of Fabric....Good Job, I admire you.
    But it's funny cause I WANT a stash, I just can't get past those thoughts in my head .... LOL I guess it is a good thing!! :)

    Rachel

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    Quote Originally Posted by I go To The Sea To Breathe
    You could be. LOL I really am teasing, because I am the total opposite.LOL. Wish I were more like you. Luckily I don't have much money or our house would be a "House of Fabric....Good Job, I admire you.
    I think we have the same house,lol!!

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    What you might want to start doing is collecting particular fabrics -- batiks, florals, black & whites, etc., because you know that when you decide to do a project, they will all go together.

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    Oh girlfriend!!! We need to talk! :lol: :lol:

    I've got stuff that is 15 yrs old and just recently found the perfect quilt for it to go into. You just never no when something is going to hit you. If I really love something and I don't know what I'm going to do with it, I get atleast 3 yards. That way I can incorporate into borders.

    Oh by the way, took the pictures of the fabric for you and son tried getting it on the computer and lost everything on the disk!! :evil: :evil: Will try again. So sorry!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluphrog
    What you might want to start doing is collecting particular fabrics -- batiks, florals, black & whites, etc., because you know that when you decide to do a project, they will all go together.
    Thatís a good idea. I was thinking yesterday that I should focus on getting pieces fabrics that read as one color (ROYGBIV ya know? :)). Then I can buy the fun prints when I have a project in mind and I will have a good variety of colors to match with it alreadyÖ.. Maybe Iíll try this, Iíll just pick a color a month. So June will be red, if I am buying fabric that has no project in mind, I will buy fabrics that read as red. And so on for each month Ö. Thatís probably a pretty good basic stash to have right? And it gives me something to focus on instead of getting overwhelmed by all the choices. Hmmmmmm Ö.. You guys are bad, bad enablers :)

    Rachel

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    Oh girlfriend!!! We need to talk! :lol: :lol:

    I've got stuff that is 15 yrs old and just recently found the perfect quilt for it to go into. You just never no when something is going to hit you. If I really love something and I don't know what I'm going to do with it, I get atleast 3 yards. That way I can incorporate into borders.

    Oh by the way, took the pictures of the fabric for you and son tried getting it on the computer and lost everything on the disk!! :evil: :evil: Will try again. So sorry!!
    Haha, well thatís good!! At least I know Iíll find a home for it someday I guess. :) No worries on the pics, my computer loves to give me hissy fits whenever it feels like. Whenever is fine!!! :)

    Cheers!
    Rachel

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    I wish I could do that... but fabric seems to talk to me :oops: And when it talks I listen :roll: LOL

    I buy the prints now, when I see something I like and figure that later I can match up solids and extra colors after I find a project :wink:

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    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.

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    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.

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    I am afraid of not being able to find a print that I have fallen in love with, at a later date, so I buy these as I find them :wink:
    I enjoy pulling out one of my prints and then shopping for the rest of the fabrics to go with it.

    I do like to buy blenders/tonals to keep in my stash, I will pick up as much as I can when I find good sales on them :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by athenagwis
    Does anyone else have this or am I just crazy??? I know so many of you have huge stashes, but I actually HATE buying fabrics unless they are for a very specific project. Not because I donít want to, but because I am scared. The only thing I can think when buying is, what the heck will this go with? Why am I buying this? This will never match any of my other fabrics, so itíll never get used. I actually freeze up and end up buying nothing, even when it's a GREAT sale. Whenever I look at fabric pictures people post, I love them so much, but then when I go to buy them, I start hyperventilating. I do have a stash of sorts that is big chunks of leftovers from previous projects and big chunks that I got from the leftovers bin at my LQS, but other than that I find it very difficult to buy fabric that has no current purpose!

    Am I crazy?!?!?

    Rachel
    It's always good to have 'blenders', so a stash of them is always good to have! I get prints when I just LOVE them. And I generally buy more than the blenders I get. For example, I'll get a yard each of blenders, and enough of the prints I love to either do borders or a back - or both.

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    Rachel, I'm glad you posted this. I feel very much the same. I get so overwhelmed and afraid...I never know how much to buy, or if it will 'go'. Last week I found a fantastic quilt shop that was having a big sale. I was afraid I would freeze as usual. I pushed myself, and I decided to buy a kit (30% off)and found the backing on the sale table. ($4/yd instead of $9). I then found some fabrics that I think I can use together and the owner helped me decide how much to buy. Whew! Exciting! I really like your idea of getting color of the month blenders! Great plan! We can do this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynn Luker
    Rachel, I'm glad you posted this. I feel very much the same. I get so overwhelmed and afraid...I never know how much to buy, or if it will 'go'. Last week I found a fantastic quilt shop that was having a big sale. I was afraid I would freeze as usual. I pushed myself, and I decided to buy a kit (30% off)and found the backing on the sale table. ($4/yd instead of $9). I then found some fabrics that I think I can use together and the owner helped me decide how much to buy. Whew! Exciting! I really like your idea of getting color of the month blenders! Great plan! We can do this!
    Yay! Iím not the only one. :) I am so bad at this!! I went to a big quilt shop recently and they even had some great sales, and I just couldnít bring myself to buy even though I had the money. Itís so weird, I go in saying ďThatís it! I am going to buy 2 yards of a fabric I like today.Ē Then when I get in there, all the fears come back and I leave with nadda. *sigh* Alright, I have decided. I am going to focus on one color a month purchasing blenders, I will buy Ĺ yard each because I make mostly scrappy quilts anyway. Maybe if I get comfortable with this and I see a stash building, Iíll get comfortable with buying other stuff too. Lynn Ė We should both do this and post at the end of the month our new ďstashĒ fabrics!! :)

    Cheers!
    Rachel

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    Rachel,

    It's not a bad thing. If you are happy buying it when you need for specific quilts, then do it and don't try to force yourself to be different. I really only have one vice - fabric and I thoroughly enjoy the collecting part of the hobby. But if you don't, that's great too.

    We're all different and that's great!

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    When I first started quilting..I was so afraid of fabric. I realize now that I was afraid of making a mistake. Now I don't give a hoot...If I like..guess what..it is mine.

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    LOL, I wish I was more like you too! Its dangerousfor me to go to a fabric shop, then I see way too much I want!

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    I have developed a very bad fabric hoarding problem lately, after getting back to quilting after a few year's absence. (No stash!) I decided that I had to give myself some boundaries in buying fabrics that I don't have a particular project planned for using it: 1) It has to be selling at a really, really good price. 2)It has to be exactly a color or pattern I could visualize using. 3)I have to be reasonably sure I won't find this particular print or something close to it again.
    Then I rationalize and try to believe that the fabric meets all this criteria. But it works well in theory! If you can afford to buy it, you will use it someday - either sharing it with someone or planning a quilt around that fabric you just had to buy.

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    I have been a fabriholic since I started sewing at age 12. Everyone in my family always knew that the way to my heart was through fabric! If you really want to buy fabric to have on hand, maybe you should try getting 2 or 3 yards of 3 pieces that belong to the same family. That way you can put them together in a plastic bag and have them handy for when you want thm. But, Irish is rite, you should do what fits you best.

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    I think that is a good idea, about buying a different "basic" color of fabric each month. I kind of have a similar plan, myself - only instead of purchasing no fabric, I've purchased a great many novelty prints that have very limited uses.

    So my new goal is to buy more basics, and round out the colors in my stash (I have A LOT of dark blue, but no purple, very little light blue, and so on)

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    i need to take lessons...
    i found ebay and lost all sense of reality lol.. ordered way too much and now as it shows up in the mail i wonder what im supposed to do with half of it lol

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    I am somewhat like you. I too don't really buy fabric that I just "like." All fabric I buy is with a specific project in mind at time of purchase. The difference is that I have so many projects in mind, on the go and planned, that all the fabric I buy eventually becomes part of my "stash". Eventually it will go into a particular quilt, but for the time being, it sits on my shelf and I get to pet and stare at the pretty stash!

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