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I am horrified!!

Old 08-09-2013, 03:59 PM
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One of my non-quilting friends asked me how much fabric I had in my stash. I told her I didn't know and was unwilling to guess because all of my stash is folded neatly on bookshelves, and I didn't know how many yards were in each piece of fabric...plus I sure wasn't going unfold anything.

She suggested I just count how many different fabrics I have. So, I did, counting anything that was over one yard...as I have my scraps and smaller amounts out of sight.

It turns out that I have 211 different fabrics!! I am horrified. I have only been quilting 3 years. How did I buy this much fabric?? I'm thinking that maybe I don't need that trip to the fabric store that I had planned for tomorrow.

Am I unusual or do I fit right in??

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Old 08-09-2013, 04:03 PM
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I"m afraid you are not unusual, not at all. I am trying to use up my stash as much as possible and not buy new. I have many, many quilt tops to finish up also. but I keep seeing things (fabric) laying around my sewing room and grab those and start cutting and sewing. Then I must finish those, so the tops of old still wait. But i'm getting a bit better and grab one every once in awhile.
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Old 08-09-2013, 04:23 PM
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I guess I shouldn't really be horrified....but I am certainly surprised that I have this much fabric. I tend to finish one project before I start another, but it looks like I sure could start a lot of projects without ever leaving my house! I guess I need to spend some time grouping fabric instead of just grabbing one fabric and buying stuff to go with it.

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Old 08-09-2013, 04:25 PM
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I'm also horrified when I look at my stash. But then when I start to pull fabrics for a quilt I wish I had more to choose from, because I make 99% of my quilts from stash.
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Old 08-09-2013, 04:30 PM
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I love my stash, but it seems that whenever I consider a new project, I always want something extra that isn't in my stash! I just rearranged my fabric shelves and was again amazed at the lovely things I own and then forget it is there! It's so hard to have everything easily accessible. It hides from me!
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Old 08-09-2013, 04:31 PM
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I don't think your alone. I would hate to have to count my fabric and I always promise myself not to buy anymore and even now when I am in a boot for an injured Achilles I order online there is always something I like. Don't feel guilty just enjoy yourself. Sue
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Old 08-09-2013, 04:37 PM
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I've got more than that, so join the crowd, march right along with us and hold your head up high.
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Old 08-09-2013, 04:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Dina View Post
.......it looks like I sure could start a lot of projects without ever leaving my house! Dina
That's the whole point!!! At least in MY world, and I encourage it in others. For instance, I often sew at night (not yet - still another few weeks after surgery before I can do that!), I sew on the weekends, I sew when the shops are closed and it would really cramp my style if I had to run out for the right thing at those times. For instance, I just recently completed a curved log cabin quilt in graded shades of reds/golds/teal that had at least 50 different fabrics in it -- ALL from my stash. I'd have spent hours and hours if I had had to shop for those fabrics. Yuck!

Looks to me like you are off to a great start in your quilting career!
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How did you buy that much fabric? One yard at a time. I love my good stash!
Jan!!! Glad to see you up and typing!
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You are not alone! I bought a pattern a couple of years ago that called for 30 batik fat quarters. I did not even know what a batik was - even though I have been sewing garments and quilts for over 50 years. So, I started buying batik fat quarters - then decided that I really liked batiks, so started buying bigger pieces and bigger pieces. Then, I read on here that you should pre-wash your batiks, so I dragged them all out and started hand washing them. I hung them on lines in my utility room and removable lines in my living room (with a fireplace) to dry - this was winter. This process took about a week to do them all. I then folded them up and put them in piles of 25 each. Surprise - I had over 200 different pieces of batiks!!! I was shocked too! I should add that I have bought more but have lost my sewing room to my son who got a divorce and no place to live.
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