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Old 07-30-2020, 03:39 AM
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I have a tote bag of quilt books that have been sitting by the door for months. I just can't throw them out. I think that when quilting groups start up again, I can donate them there.
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Old 07-30-2020, 06:12 AM
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Don't forget to think outside the box - "worn out" cutting mats might be refreshed with a long soak in warm water (good maintenance technique - they wear out because they dry out and cuts don't "heal"), bleeding fabrics might be just what an art quilter wants so she/he can play with the bleeds in a quilt, etc. Quilt guilds usually have a "free table" where one can put out items for others to take - just be sure to add a note of any unique feature (bleeds, nick in blade, etc.)
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Old 07-30-2020, 09:16 AM
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Saving items to repurpose, to store until someone needs them, to put in box to wait to fill to donate, is still keeping them. I want them gone and out of my way. None of the items cost that much that can't be bought new using coupons, sales. etc.
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Old 07-30-2020, 11:37 AM
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Default Used, damaged items

Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
What do you do with your more or less usable tools/fabrics/other equipment - that are "not good enough" for you to use anynore?

Examples: rulers that have a bit of a bow on the edge
fabrics that bleed - but are still "good"
scissors that have a nick in them, but still cut

For me, donating them is not an option - because if someone is starting out to be a quilter, that someone does not need the aggravation/frustration.

I still have trouble taking those items straight to the trash. Why? I paid "good money" for them -
Did they give me long and faithful service? Some did. Some did not.
I need to become more ruthless in discarding not-useful things.

Anyone else hang on to things that are past their prime?

(I know there are a couple of members that can pitch things easily - I am not one of them)

Donate them to a school or scout pack.
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Old 07-31-2020, 07:19 AM
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Old rulers can have a new life ......
The rough edges and bitten off corners, can be cut off.

It's a great way to get a ruler for a special project.
I have one re-cut to 5-3/4" square ... for a specific project where the precise size
made cutting-life a lot easier than working with a 6-1/2".

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Old 07-31-2020, 08:04 AM
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Quilting is my pleasure. I don't want to be burdened with things I can't use. I must say, though, that I am using things I bought years ago and haven't used before. Still, I've given away lots of duplicates and extras to people who will enjoy them.
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