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Thread: Help! I think I need an intervention!

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    Help! I think I need an intervention!

    Someone please stop me from going to fabric stores! I have developed somewhat of an addiction to fabric. If there is a sale and I can get pretty fabrics for 3 or 4 dollars a yard, I go crazy. When I can get it for $2.50 a yard, I go berzerk!! LOL Hancock's is my new bar, coupons would be my bartender, and the fabrics are my scotch on the rocks. I have spent $70 on fabric just this week. Someone help me. LOL

    I think the problem is that I don't have a stash at all as I just started quilting... I SO want a stash!

    Can someone tell me how to overcome this!?

    Thanks,
    Candace

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    Just go with the flow, baby. LOL. I don't know how many people here will be able to help you, and I certainly suffer from the same affliction. Enjoy it until the plastic melts.

    The title of your thread cracked me up.

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    Join the club we all have a addiction to fabric but it could be alot worse addictions

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    LOL! So you gals are just going to be my enablers in this equation! hahahaha This is awesome. My bank card is gonna get worn down REAL quick, I can tell.

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    Ah! And just wait until the vintage machine addiction starts!!
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    I think you're asking the wrong people for help. We're all enablers here.

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    Hmmmmmm..... I think that we would all just be enablers!!! I have the same problem!!


    My newest Grandson, Caleb Austin, was born May 29th. I am now Grandma to 4 precious babies. I am so blessed!!!!

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    NO, I can't help you but I could be your partmer in crime. Enjoy building your stash.
    Fabric is like money, no matter how much you have it's never enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Ah! And just wait until the vintage machine addiction starts!!
    True. A yard of fabric takes...how much space, whereas another machine...

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    Sorry, you won't get any help from this bunch of addicts. lol.
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    It doesn't matter if you have no stash, a small stash, or even a huge stash like I have. I can never pass up a good deal on fabric. If I like it I have to buy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovequilts722 View Post
    Someone please stop me from going to fabric stores! I have developed somewhat of an addiction to fabric. If there is a sale and I can get pretty fabrics for 3 or 4 dollars a yard, I go crazy. When I can get it for $2.50 a yard, I go berzerk!! LOL Hancock's is my new bar, coupons would be my bartender, and the fabrics are my scotch on the rocks. I have spent $70 on fabric just this week. Someone help me. LOL

    I think the problem is that I don't have a stash at all as I just started quilting... I SO want a stash!

    Can someone tell me how to overcome this!?

    Thanks,
    Candace

    Tell me how to stay out of resale/thrift/consignment shops and I'll tell you how to stay out of fabric shops.

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    I could go shopping with you and tell you no after the cart is full and we are in the cutting line. I am cheap and a deal is a deal no matter, so I cannot help.

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    Oh the smell of fabric in the morning..........Sorry I can't help just got a coupon from Joanns

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    And after you've gone thru all the stores in your area, we'll be glad to let you know where some of the best places on-line are for you to get your fabric fix

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    I'm thinking that we all need a 12 step program. "Hello, my name is Sue and I'm addicted to fabric." lol. Good luck, but I agree, you are asking the wrong people. We all have the same problem. A few years ago, I cleaned my stash and gave it all away. That's so I had room for more. It's a sickness.
    Sue

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    Well, I wouldn't worry about it till you show up at the checkout with all the material still on the bolts, glazed look in eyes and a bit of foam at the corners of your mouth, mumbleing something about 2 1/2 yards of this, 5 yards of that, 8 yards of the blue. And they drag you kicking and screaming back to the cutting counter to get them cut. Well, I wasn't kicking and screaming that time. Just kind of adopted a lost look, which I am good at calling up at a minutes moment.
    My stash keeps me in stitches!

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    I found out years ago that quilting was addictive...I knew long before that, that fabric was addictive when I started sewing for myself instead of my dolls at age 11 or 12. I see fabric and have great visions of what it will become (whether that happens or not), I have to have it! It used to be 3-4 yards of whatever struck my "fancy"...now it's anwhere from a "skinny" quarter to 6-7 yards (backings). I am constantly reorganizing my sewing room to handle MORE fabric. I am quickly running out of space, no matter what I do, I just can't sew fast enough! LOL,LOL
    I think I must be over the top, but I'm smiling all the way!

    If you figure out the cure, I'm not even sure I want it. hahahaha
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    Just take it day by day, the withdrawal can be awlful. some hints, when your palms start itching and you want to feed your stash hunger - take all your bins/boxes/bags/shelves of the lonely fabric and put them all out so they can see the sunlight - and open each one, maybe if the need is great - dump a bin or shelf or bag on the floor and refold, fondle. It worked for me but off the wagon I fell too.
    Wow - we all should start a stasher's anonymous group. I joined the fabric moratorium on QB and did so well for 6 weeks. well I fell off the wagon - big time. Great deals on Ebay - I be so bad. Today I am back on the path, no fabric for me, I am taking it day by day. Today, i dumped all my fat quarters on the spare bedroom bed - queen size. this week I am arranging them to fit into plastic bins, folded nicely. Next, the quilt kit dresser - those poor babies haven't seen sunlight for years!!!
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

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    Alcoholics have AA, we have guild meetings, retreats, all day sew ins, quilt shows, the list goes on and on, only we don't discourage our addiction, we are all enablers.

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    I just like to think of it as 'stimulating the local economy'. It's a tough job, but I'm up for it.

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    Its a disease and I don't want a cure !!!!
    Ive gone past yards and buy by the bolt now... for the fear Ill never find THAT fabric anymore
    Every nook and cranny has been taken up in my sewing room... It has begun to flow to the second guest bedroom
    Its the warmest room in the house, has the best fabric insulation my eyes gaze upon...


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    I don't live near any Joann's or anything like that so I have to buy at my LQS and they don't usually have percentages off. One shop an hour away gives me 15% off because I drive there instead of going to the shops in my town. But, one day about a month before Christmas she has a huge sale. She opens at 6 am and if you come in your pj's, you get 40% off anything. 7 am you get 35% off, etc. Also, she lets you pick out everything you are going to buy a couple of weeks before the sale. I was the first person in and she grabbed my box of fabric (had my name on it) and I paid for it, in my pj's, and drove home. That's the best deal I can get. I live in a tiny town and all the cities around me are less than 15,000 people so shopping at a Joann's will never happen unless I travel hours away. I'm envious of all of you.
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    I use the excuse that mine is an inherited problem. I got the gene from my Mom. As further testimony to this being an inherited issue, all of my sisters got the same gene... so it must be a dominant gene. I also have cousins with the issue.

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