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Thread: How many years did you spend stocking up on fabric before retirement?

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    How many years did you spend stocking up on fabric before retirement?

    I have read on here several times about how many of you have written that you are stocking up on fabric for retirement. When will or did you retire and for how long did you stock up? I am asking because I am now under five years for retirement eligibility and want to know if it is time to really start to stock up. As opposed to the 1000 or so yards I have purchased in the last three years while I perfected the shopping part of quilting, lol.
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    It took me an entire lifetime to get enough.....now my goal is not to die until I have used it all....
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    i did some stocking up over the 30 years before retiring. did not realize that was what i was doing, it just happened. have been retired 4 years now and my stock has grown geometrically. ha ha! just spent many hours sorting my stash and have been crazy with convincing myself that enough is enough. going to, well, trying to, stop buying.

    come to the realization that "stash happens" whether we want it or not. so, just relax and enjoy the ride. try to get some actual work done between the fabric gathering.

    as one of my quilting group ladies says, "i have enough fabric that i will have to live to be 200 years old before i run out."
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    I didn't start quilting until 5 years after retirement. I had to hurry to catch up, but I think I made it.

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    After I quilt working I had more time to shop for fabric, find the sales, sign up for classes, travel to quilt shows and join day time guilds. I found out fast I needed more money for my quilting after retirement then when I was working so stock up money not fabric.
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    Soooo... That is what I am doing? Ughhhh.

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    BellaBoo has great advice -

    Stock up on the money - not the fabric!!! (Besides, money takes up a lot less space and there are more options for what you can do with it.)

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    I did not start quilting until several years into retirement, but my mom and I had both been garment sewers for our whole lives and that and denim blue jeans and old clothes was what I started quilting with. I still am not a dedicated LQS fabric quilter. I buy wool garment and cotton prints at thrift stores, for instance. I'm not sure it is a good idea to 'stock up' on fabric unless it is very generic. I have found my sense of color has changed a lot over the years. You would not believe how much mauve floral fabric I have! Yuck! You might want to start buying the staples of quilting before retirement - rulers, mats, rotary cutters, etc. because they are so expensive.

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    Popular fabric styles and colors change dramatically over the years. You might not want to get too much that is not a generic in style or color....I agree with others, save you money instead so that you can buy fabric later while in retirement, not now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I didn't start quilting until 5 years after retirement. I had to hurry to catch up, but I think I made it.
    love it, dunster that's my story too
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    I am one of the odd balls without a big stash. Mine is made up of a basket and a drawer of remnants from Hancocks, Hobby Lobby and JoAnn Fabrics.

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    I would consider putting aside money now for quilting as your tastes may change over time. You may also inherit some great fabric and then you would either need some supplies to finish a quilt or to pay for longarming services. You may also find that once you make something for everyone that you find a niche in charity quilting whether it is for kids, veterans, or other charitable ventures. Then that will drive your fabric purchases, too. For instance, I have done a few throws for homeless veterans who have been part of a program to get them into housing. They need everything in their apartment so a nice throw size quilt is welcomed. For the most part they are men -so homespuns, red/white/blue and plaids have been hits. I am a Bonnie Hunter follower and can debone an "upcycled" shirt pretty fast. Sounds like you may not need more fabric right now... at least not this week! lol...

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    About 1 year before I retired I bought a new Bernina, and started buying kits, stocking up on yardage, back ground fabrics,and backings. That was 3 years ago, but Im still buying fabric. Not as much but the new stuff is too hard to resist!! I live alone so I spend most of my time in my sewing room, so I am making lots of quilts!!

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    It started as a joke between my best friend and I, we need to buy fabric for our retirement. Probably started squirreling it away in earnest 3-5 years ago. Bought when fabric was on sale or if I thought I couldn't live without it. Then there was the threat of cotton shortage and huge increases. Well, I retired the end of this March at age 59. I have been quilting like crazy and not making even a dent. Find that no matter how deep my stash is, I still need to purchase something to finish a project. Then there's my monthly order to Connecting Threads. Here's how I rationalize.....life's short and you need to enjoy yourself.

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    I have to have my monthly order from Connecting Threads and Amazon!
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    I agree with the person who said stock up on rulers, dies, needles, good pins, bobbins, good cutting mats,. I have been buying stuff that I know I would feel quilty buying if I had no job or was retired. I also have fabric but try to buy them with a purpose....I love theme quilts.

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    It's never too soon to start, I consider my stash my retirement IRA !! With the way prices keep skyrocketing I'm glad that I started when I did, now I just have to live to be 100 to get it all sewn . Good luck..

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    After I quilt working I had more time to shop for fabric, find the sales, sign up for classes, travel to quilt shows and join day time guilds. I found out fast I needed more money for my quilting after retirement then when I was working so stock up money not fabric.
    I agree. My stash did not get started until after I retired in 2006. I then had time to visit all the sales. Tastes & wants change over time, so I would be more concerned about a stash of $ before retiring.

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    I agree that styles come and go. I would buy when I see a good deal to stock up, especially for generic styles, blenders, small prints, etc.

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    I buy only for each project. I slightly overbuy so I have some room for error. Leftovers are accumulated until I have enough for a scrappy quilt. Then it is all cleared out again. Easier that way. So many people overbuy and end up selling or tossing fabric or are overwhelmed by what is in their quilt rooms. I have just what I need. Also, if I move away from quilting for a while, it doesn't bother me. I don't feel obligated to constantly quilt because I am drowning in expensive fabric.

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    I retired june 30 2011. i started 2 1/2 years before that . and i have lots too.

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    I didn't start quilting until after I retired, but in two years, I have built quite a stash. So it doesn't take long.

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    I collected fabrics for 5 years so I can quilt when I retire. Now if only I could remember where they all are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I didn't start quilting until 5 years after retirement. I had to hurry to catch up, but I think I made it.
    Me too, but I only waited 3 years!
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    I don't think you have to try to stock up as it will happen. I've I ly been quilting 15 years but find my taste in fabric has changed since I started so my advice is don't stock up-- just buy it as you go along.

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