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    How do YOU stop buying fabrics?

    Serious question here....It's almost becoming an addiction. LOL

    Please tell me I'm not alone.
    ~looking for fabric...if you have some you would like to sell, please PM me~

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    You are not alone!!! Nothing stops us but an empty wallet! LOL

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    You are not alone and it is very hard. I delete email notices from fabric sites as soon as they arrive. I've pulled together fabric sets with patterns for projects I can do completely from my stash. I keep thinking about other things the money should be used for - the list is long! And I grit my teeth a lot! Be strong.
    So many quilts, so little time.

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    You are not alone!

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    Once it helped me when a friend and I challenged each other as to who could hold out longer without needing to buy. It lasted almost 3 months until we ran out of a needed a particular fabric. It showed who had the biggest stash.

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    SewCrazy: Your not alone. I do mostly scrap quilts and it seems I can't get enough scraps..Now I'm hooked on using men's shirts and I'm buying them like crazy. It's just fun to make something from nothing. I try to buy only what's on sale and not over spend but I'm sure pushing the limits. I always find homes for the quilts I make. I do think it's some kind of addiction but I'm not ready to be cured. I have have however branched out to vintage machines. That's getting a little crazy too. Have fun with your hobby.

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    Dont go to fab store.

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    Reorganizing my stash has helped me quit buying more fabric.

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    Retiring early with limited income sure stopped me from buying like I used to.

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    Move 3 times in 3 years. That'll give you a serious appreciation for what you already have. If you can't do that, haul all your fabric out, sort it and put your own "kits" together. Don't worry about having enough, just make the quilts however big the amount of fabric you already have will let you. Then stay out of the fabric store until you get at least two of them done.

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    Such good tips! Thanks Ladies, and THANKS for making me feel like I'm not alone!
    ~looking for fabric...if you have some you would like to sell, please PM me~

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    I've moved my fabric purchases to Goodwill and yard sales, etc -- much, much cheaper, and I'm looking for kids clothes for our grandkids, too, so it justifies the shopping. But I'm not buying anywhere near what I used to as I have so much, and am using a lot of scraps to make quilts, which are my favorite kind of quilts.

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    Quit my full-time job, stay away from fabric stores, stay off Connecting Threads...
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    I have only just started. It's been MANY years since I've even had a fabric stash and am working on building it. So far, I have really been hitting the Goodwill store and my husband's closet. Poor man.

    From what I have read, I may be in trouble. Sorry I don't have any tips to help a person with their fabric addictions. LOL!

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    tuscon quilter - that's the deal here, but it's my husband who retired early. The cut in his pay was our extra - for my fabric and his model trains. Now, somehow he continues to buy train things, but that forces the reduction in my fabric buying even more. Sigh. But it forces me to be resourceful. If I think of it like a game it helps. I give away a lot of quilts - made 7 in the last month - but now all from my stash. Now I did have to get a bit of black for sashing, but am allowing that. All that crazy buying in the past is getting me through this time now. Good luck.

    Stay out of fabric stores is a given, but I live in a small town and work two jobs. The only store in town closes while I am at work, but ... the internet sites don't! So far - at least 3 whole weeks! - I've managed to stay away.

    A friend and I do shop-hops together. There's one at the end of the month that we have never missed - it involves leaving work on a Friday afternoon and driving about 3 hours ($$), staying in a motel ($$$) and shopping in 6 shops as we drive back the next day. ($$$$$). We simply will not be doing that this year. And ... the world will continue to turn, the sun will still come up in the morning, I will still have fabric to play with. All good.
    So many quilts, so little time.

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    I have been pretty good the last two years trying to pick put fabrics from my stash and sometimes having to add just a bit to complete the process of making quilt. Fabric has gotten just to expensive so have to try to cut corners where I can.

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    I had to retire early for medical reasons and my income was cut in half. That slowed me down, but I think the only way to stop completely is for me to die!

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    Good question. Not sure I can say, I brought more fabric today.well the price was super great, now wish I had bought more.it certainly is an addiction!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewCrazy4Quilts View Post
    Serious question here....It's almost becoming an addiction. LOL

    Please tell me I'm not alone.

    I screwed up and went in for just one spool of thread and came out with two pieces of fabric-----------------but now I have to go back for a few more pieces from the same collection. And I generally don't do collections. Oh, well, it's on sale for 50% off
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    I have really had to face this problem too. I have had to get into my sewing room to clean and organize after some rushed projects done back to back without time to put things back in order. I have no room left to pile things and still have room to cut and sew. Every spare corner, closet, space under bed, bookshelf, under cutting table, has been used. The thing is I have so many "kits" that I have put together that I love and can't wait to use, why do I still want to buy more???

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    Change the way you quilt. Don't make the quantity of quilts that you used to, concentrate on quality. Dye your own fabric. If you only have enough of a pale colored fabric for sashing or backing and you need a dark, dye the pale colored fabric. Start doing fabric painting and making quilts out of your painted fabric. Spend more time making your fabric perfect, then spend time sewing your perfect fabric. When you buy, buy plain muslin. You can be 10 times more creative, spend 10 times as long making a quilt and spend one tenth as much money. You go through a lot of fabric making even 1 quilt per month, making more multiples the fabric you use, the money you spend. Slow down your process by using a more creative process, more labor involved process. There can be a lot more to making quilts than buying, cutting, and sewing fabrics.

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    I take a good long look at my stash, and that usually slows me down considerably. Now, I buy only if I need a fabric to "go with" the others from my stash for a project. Not glamorous, but it keeps me mostly out of trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    Reorganizing my stash has helped me quit buying more fabric.
    This is exactly what made me stop buying "just because"! It took me almost a full week, working at it for a minimum of 6 hours a day to get all my fabric organized and my sewing area (which is a 9' X 10' room with a small walk in closet) put together. I purchased 40 sheets of acid free foam core board from the Dollar Tree, cut it into 9 pieces and wrapped the majority of my fabrics that were over 1 yard in length. I used all 360 pieces and still had fabric that I had to ruler fold. Anything less than 1 yard got folded and put into a Sterilite 5 drawer plastic thingy. And I still have fabric in plastic bins. That was in July of 2012. I made up my mind that I had enough and if Iwasn't going to use the fabric after I bought it, then it was a waste of my money. I have managed to make 2 quilts completely out of my stash and have only purchased the needed amount of a fabric if I don't have anything in my stash that will work. I still go to the quilt shows, my favorite LQS, Joann's, Hancock Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, and any quilt shop that I come across in my travels. I still like to window shop and see the new fabrics. The only impulse buy I have had in the past 6 months was a FQ bundle at the APQS quilt show in Grand Rapids and that was only because I was told to buy it! I am still a fabric addict and probably will be forever. I just know that it is a shame to buy beautiful fabrics and have them sit on a shelf or in a plastic tub.
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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    This is exactly what made me stop buying "just because"! It took me almost a full week, working at it for a minimum of 6 hours a day to get all my fabric organized and my sewing area (which is a 9' X 10' room with a small walk in closet) put together. I purchased 40 sheets of acid free foam core board from the Dollar Tree, cut it into 9 pieces and wrapped the majority of my fabrics that were over 1 yard in length. I used all 360 pieces and still had fabric that I had to ruler fold. Anything less than 1 yard got folded and put into a Sterilite 5 drawer plastic thingy. And I still have fabric in plastic bins. That was in July of 2012. I made up my mind that I had enough and if Iwasn't going to use the fabric after I bought it, then it was a waste of my money. I have managed to make 2 quilts completely out of my stash and have only purchased the needed amount of a fabric if I don't have anything in my stash that will work. I still go to the quilt shows, my favorite LQS, Joann's, Hancock Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, and any quilt shop that I come across in my travels. I still like to window shop and see the new fabrics. The only impulse buy I have had in the past 6 months was a FQ bundle at the APQS quilt show in Grand Rapids and that was only because I was told to buy it! I am still a fabric addict and probably will be forever. I just know that it is a shame to buy beautiful fabrics and have them sit on a shelf or in a plastic tub.
    This really resonates with me. I feel as if I'll never use all the fabric I already have, and much of it is lovely fabric. I think I'll use you as inspiration to help me cut back on buying. Thanks!

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