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Thread: Have You Ever Done This?

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    Have You Ever Done This?

    Not terribly long ago, I bought some very pretty fabric and made a Warm Wishes lap-quilt top. Had some left-over fabric (never mind that I purposely bought too much), so decided to make a second one, from the "scraps." So far, so good. Was having so much fun with the pattern, I made more, in different fabrics. Four tops, total. Okay, time to actually finish one. So . . . the other day, I pulled out a top, backing, and batting . . . but got to thinking it really ought to be a bit longer. Had enough scraps from that one, to make another two rows, for the length. Added the extra rows, then pulled down the roll of Warm & White again, to measure. Hmmmm. Ought to get two from the width, instead of wasting. Pulled out another top . . . and decided it really needed to be longer, too. As a matter of fact, I should make all of them longer. Pulled out all scraps, from the tops. Okay, I think I can get enough for the second one, if I cut my scraps carefully. However, the other two (the ones kinda alike) needed just a bit more of the light fabric. Off to Hobby Lobby, I went. I needed only about 1/4 yd of the light fabric, to finish those two tops . . . but what did I do? Thing is, I really do like that fabric . . . and it seems such a shame to get such a small amount. Since I got extra of the light, I knew I should get more of the focus fabric. Anyway, so now I have fabric to finish the two short ones and make a third of those two fabrics (I'd already stocked up on the third fabric) . . . and I'm pretty sure I'm gonna have left-overs . . . .
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    But just think of all the charity quilts you made. They all go to different people, so what if several are alike. I have made more full quilts with the leftovers. I like to buy a lot if I hit a good sale.
    Jean in MI

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    I love the challenge of using all my scraps from a quilt.

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    Have I ever done that?
    Nope...
    BUT, would if I found a bargin on the fabric.
    If you love the fabric and are having fun... then it's all good!

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    Oh yeah, many times!
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    Can't say I've done exactly the same thing. But when I buy fabric for a project I always buy way more than I need.
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    no. i don't collect fabric, i'm a notoriously slow quilter and i tend to be careful when i'm buying fabric to buy enough for the project and to waste as little as possible. i just don't seem to stockpile much of anything.

    i also tend to do a project once, and then move on to something else. the only pattern i have repeated is the rail fence, and each time i've done a variation.

    but i love the way you wrote that out.

    it made me giggle all the way through!

    aileen

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    Reminds me of the children's book "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie." Very cute.

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    LOL! I have done similar things.. "hmm.. needs just a bit more.. a 3rd of 4th border.. oh.. its to small here.. ".
    I have one quilt I went back to get more fabric three different times before it was the "right size"!

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    I mostly buy way to much.
    But I never have to be afraid I haven't enough if I make a mistake cutting!!!
    I like the way you told your story
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    Too cute! You been watching me in secret-?!?
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    It's those leftovers that get me in trouble. I never seem to be able to come out even.

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    Cute 'story'! Love your enthusiasm for your projects!

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    Yes been there done that. But mostly my thing is to buy what I think I'll need then go back and get more because I really like it and it's on sale.
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    Found the story amusing just because it hit so close to home!! Thank you for my first laugh of the day!! Linda

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    I can never get my left-overs to come out even, either!

    I think you are on an 'endless chain' of quilts here - - -

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    OK Neesie, Where are the pics?

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    I say if you love a fabric that much go get more! One day you won't be able to get it. Yes, Neesie, we need pictures please!!

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    oh me too! I love how you told this story! it is so cute ~ and, I agree with pictures please, also! =)

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    Off the subject. I love your name. Way nice a name! Wish it were my name.
    "Be yourself...everyone else is taken."
    Strong people don't put others down...they build them up."
    "Remember that your instincts are more important than rules"

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    Sounds like me when I'm making cabbage rolls - leftover filling, need to buy another cabbage, oh-oh, too many cabbage leaves now, better mix up more filling......what am I going to do with the extra filling? Better buy another cabbage - the big one is the same price as the smaller one. .....and on and on. Can you tell, I've got cabbage rolls on the brain - I'm off to buy some cabbages - how many should I buy???
    C9P aka Jan

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    You are too funny!!! Great read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tesspug View Post
    Reminds me of the children's book "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie." Very cute.

    Great analogy! It is exactly like If You Give A Mouse A Cookie!

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    I always buy over, then I have scraps. Scraps=a scrappy quilt about 6 months later. ITs a viscious cycle, but someone has to do it ..LOL
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    Loved that....every single time i've tried to be "exact" in my fabric yardage, i come up short. At some point i suppose i will have to find a Fabrics Anonymous support group - til then, i'll keep buying extra!

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