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Thread: I am horrified!!

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    I am horrified!!

    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??

    Dina

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Quote 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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    You only have 211? LOL!
    Happy Quilting.

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    I consider my stash like a pantry... it should be well stocked! Yep I can sew off my pantry for years. I tried the shop just for a project and found myself running all over town and never being quite satisfied. Now I let the fabrics that I love guide my process and when inspiration hits , I don't waste a moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcdaniel023 View Post
    You only have 211? LOL!
    My thoughts exactly. I must have that much just in shades of red.
    The Earth without art is just "Eh".

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    My question is what kind of friend would ask questions that would end with you feeling horrible. What does she collect? and how would she feel if you questioned her about it? The only time I should feel quilty about adding to my stash is when I don't have the money to pay for it .... or I've gone without necessities to have my stash. I enjoy my stash!

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    i would never be able to count lol never!! i only buy a 1/2 yard at a time and consider my stash to be my palette! I usually collect types too, batiks, Japanese, brights, plaids, black and white, 30's, I spy fabrics, etc etc etc you get the picture. I also collect vintage fabrics. I am well prepared to quilt into my nineties when I finally get to retire someday.

    Just relax and enjoy the bounty that you are blessed with!
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    Many a lost and lonely vintage machine has found a home with me, 26 and------ uh oh lost count, who is counting anyway!

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    Only 211? Sweetheart, that's nuthin'! (And tell your friend to mind her own beeswax.) Don't be horrified, be happy, and enjoy it! Would a carpenter be horrified if he counted his pieces of lumber?

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    I would not take the time to count my fabrics for myself, I certainly wouldn't do it for someone else.
    I have lots and lots of large pieces of fabrics and smaller pieces of a whole bunch. When I want to make a quilt, I certainly don't want to have to go shopping for fabric.
    Just start a quilt and keep making them.
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    and if i die tomorrow and never get it all used up .....let everyone know that i enjoyed buying ...looking at and looking for all those wonderful fabrics that have ...and then donate it to a good cause

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    Ditto .... and I'll probably be adding to the stash for many years to come!

    Quote Originally Posted by yel View Post
    and if i die tomorrow and never get it all used up .....let everyone know that i enjoyed buying ...looking at and looking for all those wonderful fabrics that have ...and then donate it to a good cause
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    Jan, so happy to hear from you again!! Hope you are recovering well!

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    I have a small stash, but it's growing. I think I'm addicted to fabric....LOL, but I keep telling myself this way I won't need to go out when it's snowing, I can just be creative from my very own fabric store right in my sewing room. . My husband has noticed my addiction and he thinks its cute. We'll see what he says in a few more years when we'll need an addition to store it all. Besides, you can't let a good fabric (or sale) slip away. Ha ha

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryMo View Post
    My question is what kind of friend would ask questions that would end with you feeling horrible. What does she collect? and how would she feel if you questioned her about it? The only time I should feel quilty about adding to my stash is when I don't have the money to pay for it .... or I've gone without necessities to have my stash. I enjoy my stash!
    To be honest, my friend was just curious. She lives in another state and we were chatting online about my quilting hobby. When I made a quilt for her about two years ago, I emailed her a picture of my stash to help her decide what fabric I should use. So she asked me today how much my stash had grown... I wouldn't have counted my fabric just for her, I got curious too.

    I am still surprised about how much I have. I do feel better about it after reading all the welcome comments. Thanks everyone!

    Dina

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    Should you be horrified .......depends.....can you afford it? Will you use it? Yes to both means no harm no foul. No to either means you have an issue

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    Believe me you fit right in!!!!

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    Don't feel horrified. Instead think of how blessed you are! When I have friends come over and see a perfect shade for a project they're working on, I promptly hand it over. I'm blessed with a generous husband and enough stash so that when my mom wants to work on a project but can't even afford to buy a fat quarter, I can share my stash with her. It's like Christmas, seeing how much joy it brings her.

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