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    Senior Member alisonquilts's Avatar
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    feeling sad that it is all gone

    I used the very last scrappy bit of my all time favorite fabric this morning. I have no more. I have used it in landscape quilts, classic quilts, as binding for heavy, woven Roman blinds (used yards of it for that project - every window in the house and two of its sliding doors have homemade Roman blinds!) and now as part of some scrappy blocks that will be assembled shortly. I have had it in my collection for over ten years...

    I love this fabric because it is a sturdy batik with a vaguely landscape feel (a suggestion of trees and leaves) containing many of my most-used colors - russet, chocolate, purple, burgundy, moss green, cream, even a bit of navy. Sigh.

    Do you have a favorite fabric? Did you hoard the last bits of a particular fabric when you discovered that you cannot get any more? Do you mourn any fabrics that you had, but are now all gone and commercially unavailable?

    Alison

    PS I will get over this...

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    I do have a favorite fabric and am afraid to use it iin fear I won't find anymore. It is a pansey print. Just love it.

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    I have a small piece of Asian print with gorgeous colors that I keep saving. Just can't get myself to cut it.
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    I feel your pain......

    I think the only thing that will make you feel better is to go shopping for more fabric .....
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    My piece of fabric that I just can not seem to find the perfect pattern for belonged to my Great Grandmother and was passed down to my Grandmother, to my mother and now to me. My mother gave me specific orders before giving it to me that I must use it, but I just keep holding onto it. When I pick it up and begin thinking of using it, I just start thinking of all of the history that it has per say been through. But, maybe this coming year I will find the courage and desire to make it into a treasured quilt.
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    i have several favorite pieces - every time i think they would go well with something, i can't bear to use it up
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborahlees View Post
    I feel your pain......

    I think the only thing that will make you feel better is to go shopping for more fabric .....
    For sure! That's sure to help ease the pain!

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    I found a fabulous purple piece a couple years before I turned 60 which I fell in love with and was planning to use to make my "When I am Old I Shall Wear Purple" quilt. Never made the quilt, I'm now 67, and i really don't like the fabric any more!

    Did that cure me of finding, falling for, and hoarding 'spectacular' fabric? What do YOU think?!

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    For those favorite fabrics of ours that we may not get to see... How about putting them in a photo album. Or use as a background for photos? Sorry for poor grammer. Sending this from iPhone

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    At least you cut into yours. . . . . . . . I have some that I can't bear to cut apart.
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    Must be odd man out. I have two "favorites" - AND I CAN'T WAIT TO CUT THEM!! I'm waiting for just the "right" pattern or idea to come along.

    They are both the same fabric - a solid jacquard, one is gold and one is red. The two colors together just siiiiingggg!!!
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    oh I do!!! i have a fabric that i can not even describe- yellow- sunsetty- orangey---paisley---doesn't sound like anything special- but i have used it in dozens & dozens of projects- sometimes just a little square- sometimes fairly good sized pieces- been carefully folding-cherishing each little scrap of it for about 8 years- i only have a couple little pieces left- like 2" bits- i wish/hope that someday i will unexpectedly find another piece of it- if i do...i will buy it again- i just love it! sometimes i could use those last couple pieces- but oh how i hate the thought of it being all gone...funny the hold some things can have on us!
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    I have several favorites. Time to get out there and find another favorite and go through the cycle all over again.

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    I don't ever feel sad when I use up the last of a favorite fabric. Once in a while I'll wish I had more of it. I have had fabrics though that I thought I'd never see the end of and I'm glad when I get it used down low enough I don't feel bad for tossing the rest.

    Since I've been quilting for several years now when I run across a fabric that I know I'll use yards and yards of it eventually I buy yards and yards of it!

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    I have some favorites I haven't used yet. I'm trying to use up all my fabrics, just impossible as I bought too many yards of too many pieces.
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    I too mourn the use of that last bit of a spectacular fabric. Unless I remind myself that there is more maybe even better fabrics out there just waiting to come home... I couldn't bring myself to use them.

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    My favorite is called "Maisy" - it's red and blue and pink and green and turquoise and orange and yellow and it has large alphabet letters on it. I have used it in so many baby quilts you'd think I'd get tired of it. I've made borders out of it. I've cut out individual letters and appliqued them onto blocks. I've backed entire quilts with it and I live in fear that I'll use up the last 4 yards I have in my stash and won't be able to get any more. I should go order some more right now.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborahlees View Post
    I feel your pain......

    I think the only thing that will make you feel better is to go shopping for more fabric .....
    This made me laugh out loud! Too right!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicca View Post
    My piece of fabric that I just can not seem to find the perfect pattern for belonged to my Great Grandmother and was passed down to my Grandmother, to my mother and now to me. My mother gave me specific orders before giving it to me that I must use it, but I just keep holding onto it. When I pick it up and begin thinking of using it, I just start thinking of all of the history that it has per say been through. But, maybe this coming year I will find the courage and desire to make it into a treasured quilt.
    Wow...I think with a history like that I would have to frame it and keep it for posterity! If you do decide what to do with it, post a picture...

    Quote Originally Posted by callie8799 View Post
    For those favorite fabrics of ours that we may not get to see... How about putting them in a photo album. Or use as a background for photos? Sorry for poor grammer. Sending this from iPhone
    I like this idea. For my next treasured-but-nearly-finished fabric I may very well do this.

    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    oh I do!!! i have a fabric that i can not even describe- yellow- sunsetty- orangey---paisley---doesn't sound like anything special- but i have used it in dozens & dozens of projects- sometimes just a little square- sometimes fairly good sized pieces- been carefully folding-cherishing each little scrap of it for about 8 years- i only have a couple little pieces left- like 2" bits- i wish/hope that someday i will unexpectedly find another piece of it- if i do...i will buy it again- i just love it! sometimes i could use those last couple pieces- but oh how i hate the thought of it being all gone...funny the hold some things can have on us!
    A kindred spirit!! Some of mine will remain in my house (in the drapes); I hope you have kept some of the pieces in which you used yours.

    Quote Originally Posted by ArtsyOne View Post
    My favorite is called "Maisy" - it's red and blue and pink and green and turquoise and orange and yellow and it has large alphabet letters on it. I have used it in so many baby quilts you'd think I'd get tired of it. I've made borders out of it. I've cut out individual letters and appliqued them onto blocks. I've backed entire quilts with it and I live in fear that I'll use up the last 4 yards I have in my stash and won't be able to get any more. I should go order some more right now.
    Buy it!! Buy it NOW!!

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    One of my first quilts was in batiks for my sister. I loved the quilt so much that I hated to give it away. But once I start something for someone I don't retract. I used a turquoise with purple dots batik as one of the main fabrics. I think I started out with 3 maybe 4 yards and I've used it in 4 or 5 quilts. I can't say it's my favorite but it has worked in many quilts.
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    The beginning of my stash was years ago. I was at a quilt show, met Mickey Lawler of SkyDyes and bought a precious yard of her hand painted sky fabric. A few years later I met her there again and mentioned how much I loved it. She asked what I'd made from it, but being a newbie I hadn't found the "right" project. Her reply- "What are you waiting for! Use it for something. It's meant to be enjoyed, not sitting on a shelf." Well- I still have it somewhere, waiting for me to make a decision. Hope I still like it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chicca View Post
    My piece of fabric that I just can not seem to find the perfect pattern for belonged to my Great Grandmother and was passed down to my Grandmother, to my mother and now to me. My mother gave me specific orders before giving it to me that I must use it, but I just keep holding onto it. When I pick it up and begin thinking of using it, I just start thinking of all of the history that it has per say been through. But, maybe this coming year I will find the courage and desire to make it into a treasured quilt.
    What better way to remember your grandmothers than to use the material in a quilt. That way when you pass it on to your children, it will be a more tangible memory for them rather than "just a piece of fabric" which they might not appreciate.

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    I don't have any yardage that I feel that way about, but I have way too many FQ's and 1/2 yds that are just way too special to cut into, so I haul then out occasionally and look on them fondly and put them back, not to be used.
    Yooper32 aka: Donna B

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    Using all of ones fabric - well - this would make me cry! When I see my stash is getting a little low, I try to replace it asap even if I have to find material at a yard sale or Salvation Army! I have several favorite, but I'd say the one I like the most has butterflies, small fluttering butterflies on a pale yellow background. If something I wanted were no longer available, I'd search online until I found something 'close' to the original pattern/type/texture.

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    I have many favorites! I really don't know why I'm saving them. Once in a while, I'll cut off a small piece for an applique, or just one small part of a quilt. One day, the inspiration will hit me and I'll know it's time! I just bought a gorgeous piece of oriental looking fabric with teals, purples, yellows and browns with flowers, fans and branches and it just screams "kaleidoscope." I can't wait to cut into that, cut I know I have to wait until I finish at least one quilt that I'm working on. It's funny how some fabric says cut me and others say save me.

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    A friend gave me some scraps of a poppy border print. I think it was a home dec fabric but I loved it. I got two twin size quilts, a purse, two Kindle covers, and two mug rugs out of it with the addition of some of my stash and other scraps. I would buy a bolt of that stuff if I could get it. Everything turned out so beautiful!

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