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    Super Member Central Ohio Quilter's Avatar
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    Talking I surprise myself sometimes!

    Does anyone else do this?

    I was just looking through my stash, looking for the "right" red for what I need. I kept finding all kinds of pieces of beautiful fabric that I do not even remember having! I kept thinking - wow! I love this fabric! And I love this fabric too! I am surprising myself with all of the great fabric in my stash!

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    Yes I have the same thing even though my stash is not that large, isn't it wonderful!!!!!!

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    Great to look at stash and love what you see and not think, "what was I thinking when I bought this?"

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    Absolutely happens with me all the time and makes me happy that is till love what I picked and that's when I think of all the projects that I want to make with this fabric and that fabric...love shopping at my own shop
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    I love when this happens!! I do have the "what was I thinking" episodes. Those usually get used in the backings!

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    Yes.
    And it's fun to end up using fabric for something totally different than I originally had in mind.

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    Me too - when I'm looking for something to do that makes me happy, I open up my closet and pull out stacks of fabric to reorganize. Just sorting my color or theme helps me think of new projects and I get excited all over again.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    Hahaha - this is why cleaning up the sewing area isn't SO bad - I do that too, find all sorts of fabric that I don't even remember buying!
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    Often, when I go through my stash for projects, I come across fabrics I don't recall buying....it's fun to see what I have. I also have a few of those pieces which make me wonder what in the world was I thinking?! Recently, I stopped at a LQS just for a looksee and the prices are rather steep. I had bought some Stonehnge fabric at a quilt store's going out of business sale at 70% off a few years ago. This fabric is sitll available in the stores but anywhere from 10.50 to 11.20/yd! Now I am looking at my stash with new eyes!

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    I have that experience, followed by the experience of having 15 red fabrics but not the color I need and none are even close!! I never appreciate how many shades of each color there is until I am trying to find a specific color in my stash. lol
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    Oh, yes, spent all day yesterday with that happening!!
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    Hopefully you have far more wonderful surprises than the "what was I thinking?" type. I have both.. sometimes a What was I thinking can become a valued part of my stash .. if I give more "fermentation".

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    I ran across a product called Swatch Buddies - don't have the link but you can google it - that I am thinking of investing in so I can organize my stash and remember what I have.

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    I donate those or pass them to my BFF who gives them to her mother. Her mother has a way of making even the most ugly fabric into a pretty quilt. Wish I had her talent

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    Yes! I also find projects and patterns I really thought I'd have complete by now -- then it's "Oh, that's so pretty! I really should make that!" It's funny, I don't have much stash because I bought enough fabric for the projects as I planned them. That reminds me, I should go sew something . . .
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    Fortunately or not for me, my memory is so bad lately I can look in a bag from last week and think wow! I forgot about this!
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    I know I do this all the time but when I am looking for a specific fabric I find everything else.

    My husband thinks I have too much
    Last edited by newbee3; 12-18-2012 at 05:29 PM. Reason: added

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    Oh I do this all the time! I also find a new way to organize my stash just about every year, so I get to mess with the fabric even if I am not actually using it....

    Alison

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    It is fun going stash shopping.

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    Oh yes!!! I was just doing that the other day. My daughter was picking out more I-spy fabrics and I had more fun going through all my fabric than anything. All my small pieces(1 yard and smaller) I tend to hoard. Afraid to use them and run out. I will break myself of that habit!!!!
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    Yes, looking thru my stash can bring immense calmness over me.

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    Yes, every time I go thru looking for something. Love fabric

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