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Thread: Have you ever not wanted to cut into fabric?

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    Have you ever not wanted to cut into fabric?

    In the past I've bought fabric because I like the fabric, not for a specific project in mind. Now I've found a few projects I would like to try, and have started going through my small fabric collection, and while I often find a fabric I think would look good with that project, I've pulled it out ironed it, and before I could go to cut it, I find I can't bring myself to do so. I keep thinking, what if I find a better project for this fabric. I also get my fabric at discount stores or on clearance, so once it's gone it's unlikely that I will ever find it again.

    Does this happen to anyone else, and how do you deal with this issue?

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    But once it is gone you get to buy more!!

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    If I really like the fabric and think I might like to use it on various projects. I have purchased up to 4 yards. Hancocks sale is still going on and I will be heading over there today or tomorrow. I usually purchase at least 10 yards or more when there is a good sale and sometimes more.

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    If it is perfect for your project, then use it. Fabric collections come and go so quickly that if you wait too long and need more, good luck. If you save your fabric too long your taste may change or the fabric may look outdated when you go to use it.

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    It is not a crime or a sin to NOT use your fabric - (unless you went into debt or something to obtain it!)

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    I've got two fat quarter bundles that Fall into that category. I keep looking for just the right pattern. Have found several but can't narrow it down. So they're still bundled up on the shelf.

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    Guilty! But when you get ready to incorporate this into a fabric, you will be so glad that you did.

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    all the time... i'll just love it until the right project comes along worthy of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nammie to 7 View Post
    But once it is gone you get to buy more!!

    but not the same design.
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    I finally found the quilt pattern I want to use for my 13 year old butterly fabric. On our PBS station, Mary Fons and her mom did "Circles for Paige" I've been looking for a pattern to show off my beautiful fabric-------and this quilt using the material fo the largest circle is ideal. I've got quite a few butterfly fabrics, but eh 13 year old fabric is the most beautiful
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    There is nothing wrong with letting the fabric "age" in your stash. As we speak I am making a queen size quilt all from my stash. I feel pretty proud of myself that I have everything I need on hand!

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    I've used this simple pattern when I had some fabric I hated to cut up. It turned out very cute. http://www.modabakeshop.com/2009/12/...ing-quilt.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmrenno View Post
    There is nothing wrong with letting the fabric "age" in your stash. As we speak I am making a queen size quilt all from my stash. I feel pretty proud of myself that I have everything I need on hand!

    Colleen
    I had simply never found a pattern worthy of my fabric before. BTW, the 13 year old stuff in NOT my oldest st uff.
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    I used to have more of an issue with cutting up those very special pieces... till I was sorting one day and found a few special fabrics that now were not nearly a precious as I once thought... and the colors had gone from favor. So while I am in love with a fabric ... make use of it.. before you aren't so "in love" or even "in like" with a particular piece.

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    I have a piece that I bought when I was pregnant with my second daughter. I wanted to make a maternity top with it, then after she was born I wanted to make something for her with it. She turned 25 last week and I still have it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewplease View Post
    I've used this simple pattern when I had some fabric I hated to cut up. It turned out very cute. http://www.modabakeshop.com/2009/12/...ing-quilt.html
    I have some Santa fabric that fits this to a T. Thanks for sharing.

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    I have several pieces like this -- I take it out, handle it and fold it neatly and put it away. Many of my pieces that are hard for me to cut into are Laurel Burch, though I have to say, one piece (not Laurel Burch) is 10 years old and while it may be out of style, I still love it. When I think of how old it is , I remember all the 30's prints that we still love today and don't worry about it. If it is colors and patterns that I love, I will hang onto it until I find the "perfect" pattern at a time when I am willing to hold my breath and cut into it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sewplease View Post
    I've used this simple pattern when I had some fabric I hated to cut up. It turned out very cute. http://www.modabakeshop.com/2009/12/...ing-quilt.html
    May have to change my mind and use my butterflies here.
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    I had some fabric I loved and couldn't cut it. Then I did a quilt for me and that fabric went on the back without cutting just trimming. .
    Finished is better than a UFO

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    I, too, have some FQ stacks I just can't bring myself to cut up. I just love the way they look, decorating my shelf tied up in that neat little bow!

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    Yes, all the time, I love my stash fabric so, some more than others and sometimes just get so much pleasure looking at it, but when I do use it in a project, I am so happy with the results. After all, that is why we purchase it!

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    I have the same problem. For me, it's because I can visualize the finished project in my head. So, there's no need to cut the fabric. If I cut and use the fabric, the finished product might not look as good as what I created in my head!
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    There is a pattern called Easy Breezy which is great for those fabrics that you don't want to cut. You need 1-3/4 to 2 yds for the center of the quilt, fabric for the first border, then 1/4 yd of 5 or 6 coordinating fabrics for rails, then a final border, if you want one and binding. Square up the center fabric; cut the first border 2-1/2" to 3" wide; cut the coordinating fabrics into several widths (2", 2-1/2", 3", 4") and subcut into rails (I like 6" rails, but you can make them longer or shorter). Sew the rails together to make borders for all 4 sides. Add the final border if you want it. Easy Breezy.

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    When I find myself with fabric that I just can't cut, I tell myself that I can look at it every day in the quilt. I can cuddle under it, sit on it, etc. That helps give me the courage to cut it.
    Sherri

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    If I buy something I love, I want to use it right now, and will likely have a project already in mind for it. Other than that, I think in terms of collecting a color scheme for a future unidentified project.

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