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Thread: Fear of the first cut

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    I have been adding to my stash of fabrics over recent months and have managed to get a nice selection of sale or end of bolt fabrics but most have been purchased with no particular project in mind or at least no particular pattern, so why then do I have a problem, once I have found a pattern or project I want to try, going into my stash and bringing out fabrics and making that first cut? It is like I think that a different pattern may come along that is more suited to a fabric, what is up with that? I do know that for every fabric that I have and love there are hundreds more out there that I will love just as much. Whew, that was long, but maybe putting it into words will help me overcome my fear, the first step of my twelve step program for me the fabric hoarder.

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    I used to feel that way also, not so much anymore. I know that whatever i decide to use, I can replace it with something just as beautiful. And using gives me an excuse to go buy more. Go ahead, and take that first step!! It only hurts for a little while :lol: :lol:

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    Go for it Mama Bear. And I agree with everything Ninnie said. It certainly gives you a chance to buy more.

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    I had the same problem, still do to for some extent. However, as others have so beautifully put it your can just buy more!!!!! :D

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    I know how you feel MamaBear. I have fabrics I just can't make myself use because they are so wonderful and I might never find them again. My realistic side says why did you buy it if you don't use it, but my artistic side just won't let go.

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    I do that all the time. I have some fabric that I would love to cut into but I just cannot bring myself to do it.

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    Thanks ladies, I am soooooo glad to know that I am not alone, I was beginning to think myself strange (who buys fabric to store it on a shelf in the closet, me thats who)

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    MamaBear, don't be like me. I now still have fabric I bought in 1984. And I bought yards because I was afraid I would make a mistake and not have enough, much of it has never been cut. This year is the year to start in my stash first and yes I will still buy fabric, but I will find things to go with some of what I already have on hand. I may end up using a lot of my big pieces in my stash for quilt backs. I don't always feel my back has to match the quilt. In fact sometimes if I have a real traditional front I will put something a little funky or the exact opposite on the back and it seems to work.

    I use to do the same thing with some of my really nice clothes, I would be afraid to wear them, just in case I ruined them. Well guess what, I eventually out grew some of those clothes which were hardly ever worn. Now I use everything, clothes, nice dishes. Life is too short enjoy.

    You go girl.

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    Shaverg,

    I can relate I was recently going through tubs looking for fabric to back a project and found fabric that I bought when my son was a child (mid 80's) the good news is that Mario is back in style (lol)

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    MamaBear, my friend says I am a collector of fabric.

    I also never buy a FQ. I always buy at least 1 yard, just in case. LOL

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    Nothing smaller than a 1/2 yard in my collection but 1+ yards of most

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    Quote Originally Posted by MamaBear61
    It is like I think that a different pattern may come along that is more suited to a fabric, what is up with that?
    Embrace the pattern, embrace the fabric and know that there will be more patterns and more fabric. What would you rather say: I have enough fabric to make X numbe of quilts, or I madeX number of quilts?

    If you want support on your decision, you can always post a pic of your fabric and your plans and we can help you figure it out.

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    Thanks Mad Quilter, I just may have to do that and let everyone here give the boost I need to lay the fabric on the cutting mat and pick up the rotary cutter

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    You are not alone. I bought many yards over last year, and it took me until this month to cut some of it.

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    Some of my fabric is just fine to use and others seem to have a hold on me. I just can't bear to cut into it.

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    MamaBear you are so not alone. I started quilting in '97 and still have some very nice fabric I bought a bolt of. LOL I also decided that this is the year to get busy and use my stash, good dishes and whatever else I have been saving. Life is short & I am going to enjoy what I have from now on out. If I use all of the fabric that I really love, there will always be more at the LQS to be bought. If I break a dish, I can always replace it. Enjoy it now while you can.

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    There is actually a quilt pattern called Just Can't Cut It --- I don't have it, but I need it --- for all the large print floral fabrics I just have to have but hate to cut. lol

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    No, you are not alone. I sometimes have a hard time too, I think, "what if I found a better pattern for this later?" I need to get over it. I do shop from my stash a lot but some pieces are more special than others.

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    Thank you for starting this thread...how wonderful to find that there are sooooo many of us with fabric issues! I don't really mind buying fabric...or taking a break from buying fabric...but, when it comes to using my fabric....oooooh, now that gets tough for me. If I have a planned project it is easier...but it has to be a really good project. But to cut a bit from a fabric that I may have as little as 2 fq's or as much as 10 yds...I just can't do that...the fear of having not quite enough for the perfect project stops me cold! And my older fabrics are even more special to me...I can't hope to get more of those. Long ago I admitted to being a fabric collector...I bought fabric just because I liked looking at it...I didn't intend to use it for anything...I would love to be okay with changing my mind about this now...perhaps I'll work on this...there's definitely been some good posts that might make that goal easier. Again, thanks for the thread!

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    use it all....then you have another excuse to go shopping again! There is always that fabric that is so nice that you just have to have it...and then you go shopping again and find another fabric you just have to have..so my moral of this story is you must create to keep the cycle going! :lol: :lol: its the material life cycle!

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    Mario never went out of style ;) I've never seen mario fabric! I'd like to see a picture of that if possible. eta: found this link: http://www.ehow.com/how_2195275_supe...ilt-block.html
    I too fear the first cut. I feel wasteful if I mess it up. I'm not brand new, but I'm not seasoned either. I have yet to make a twin, full etc size quilt. So far it's just been blankies. I'm excited to try however, and that excitement should propel me forward, but that nagging fear of failure always pops up in the back of my mind. I just got some new fabric from fabric.com and it's laying out on my ironing board as I type. The panel I got was not what I ordered, so I called customer service and told them about it. I don't have to send back the panel I did get, she said I could use it or donate it, so I'm gonna try and use it. Now I just need fabric to match it :lol: It's an endless cycle!

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    I have this too but only with certain pieces - they're my 'pets' I just keep them because I love them. Sometimes they get as far as the mat but then 'no, I just CAN'T!' so back they go after a bit of a stroke and out comes something else that hasn't wormed its way into my heart quite as much. Am I REALLY peculiar? :shock: :lol:

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    Well, ladies, I understand the problem. I have a piece that harks back to the 1970's (gasp! 100% cotton from the 70's?) And I have yet to cut it.

    But on my ironong board are three little pieces from the 2000's that are calling - "come play!"

    So save those special ones - eventuallly we may cut into them - but play with the others and enjoy! :thumbup:

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    I can't wait to cut into a piece of fabric especially my favorite fabric. I want to sew it as soon as possible. I know I'll have a new favorite to cut into after using what I have.

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    Me too! I always see fabric that will work for all future projects, but once I'm set on a pattern I need to purchase more fabric. What's on the shelf won't do. I seem to love the fabric and am afraid to cut it up. I love looking at it sit there What's with that ? I am a stacker for sure.

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