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Thread: a new slant on our hoard

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    Super Member mountain deb's Avatar
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    I looked at my stash the other day, I think I disappeared from this life for several days, because my dh could not find me to cook his meals. Is it called hoarding or is a stash a pretty name for hoarding it all? Do the quilting police come in to remove some or most of our stash if we are hoarding it. If your fabric does disappear on occasion, I guess the quilting police (we can blame them) already confiscated some of your stash for evidence. OH MY!!!!!!!!!! lol

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    I was thinking of going out shopping at a couple of my LQS's today. However I was sitting here in my sewing room loaded with fabric and I thought about the "hoarding" thing. We had a discussion on "hoarding" at a Bible study a couple weeks ago and maybe I am feeling slightly convicted. DH even said that I could go to the LQS's if I wanted, I must be sick.
    It will pass. I am sure.....

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    We have been talking about down sizing. I told DH I would love to have a smaller place now that all the kids are grown. He said "Well you would have to stop buying material first." :shock: :shock: Guess we will just stay in this large house :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    I dont call it hoarding, its "collecting' !! and I do have quite a collection LOL

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    I think we just need a fix just like any habit. I got the problem too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whinnytoo
    I dont call it hoarding, its "collecting' !! and I do have quite a collection LOL
    Thank-you! I tell my Honey that all the time....sooooo now when we walk in a QS he will ask what are we collecting this time lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whinnytoo
    I dont call it hoarding, its "collecting' !! and I do have quite a collection LOL
    Thank you, I was about to get a huge guilt complex about my fabric. I am a fabric collector with a whole bedroom for my collection.

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    when I go to the quilt shop my hubby just groans LOL
    today we went to a quilt show and it was like a marathon race going thru there with him in tow. 45 minutes flat and we were out. geeeeeeeeeeeez I barely got to see much of anything.

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    I am a lucky, lucky girl!!! My DH is a quilter, too, so when we got fabric shopping, I get to look as long as he wants to look, and sometimes that's as long as I want to look!! LOL We went to Road 2 CA, and he had as much fun as me!!!

    Yes, I'm a lucky, lucky girl!!! ;-P

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    I prefer to think of it a planning for retirement. When I am older and on a fixed income, look at all the fabric I will already have to keep me busy. I don't think of it as hording at all. My stash is clean and organized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whinnytoo
    I dont call it hoarding, its "collecting' !! and I do have quite a collection LOL
    2 thumbs up!

    I HAD to go to my LQS to get my scissors sharpened, and could NOT leave the store without buying something. They had the perfect backing fabric in the $5 bin. So I added 7 1/4 yards (all that was left on the bolt) to my "collection."

    I did compromise though and will cook dinner for hubby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryb119
    I prefer to think of it a planning for retirement. When I am older and on a fixed income, look at all the fabric I will already have to keep me busy.
    That is EXACTLY my theory too!

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    I always leave my hubby home so that way I can take my time and enjoy the shows or shopping!

    Karen

    Quote Originally Posted by whinnytoo
    when I go to the quilt shop my hubby just groans LOL
    today we went to a quilt show and it was like a marathon race going thru there with him in tow. 45 minutes flat and we were out. geeeeeeeeeeeez I barely got to see much of anything.

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    Well, I am there. The first of the year my Social Security Check actually DECREASED by $4.00. Now that I can't stand. I'm 68 years old and I'm sewing from my stash which only started 5 years ago for quilts. Sewing from stash can be fun, but putting it back in the closet is hopeless, even if you got it all out of there. Silvia

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    We were watching the Travel Channel this afternoon. and there was a woman that travels to different areas digging for gems = Oregon, Carolina,. Arkansas (we went there last week - NOTHING) but she was finding stones $$$$$$ DH said we could sell everything, buy a RV and hit ALL the places - which would---pay for our having fun-- I asked which room in the RV could I use for a sewing room. He said I would have to give up sewing..........we will be staying HERE.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by stitchinwitch
    We were watching the Travel Channel this afternoon. and there was a woman that travels to different areas digging for gems = Oregon, Carolina,. Arkansas (we went there last week - NOTHING) but she was finding stones $$$$$$ DH said we could sell everything, buy a RV and hit ALL the places - which would---pay for our having fun-- I asked which room in the RV could I use for a sewing room. He said I would have to give up sewing..........we will be staying HERE.....
    LOL,

    I have seen RV's towing small travel trailers. My husband and I joked that is where the pesty teens ride.lol

    But that could be your sewing room. Discuss that one with your hubby......... :mrgreen:

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    I can think of much worse things than a fabric addiction. One of my guilds had a flea market instead of their usual meeting this past thursday. That worked out great for me as I had to go to a funeral. I was able to stop at the sale on my way. I dump all of the change out of my wallet everyday and save it. I don't usually carry a purse so it gets heavy in the wallet in my pocket in a big hurry. I decided to take the change to the counting machine on my way to the sale. After the counting fee I still had $71.31. That gave me lots to spend at the sale. I got two finished small quilt tops along with their backings and even the binding already prepared. There are some great quilters in my guild. I couldn't believe my luck. I have already sandwhiched and starting to quilt both tops. I promised one of my quilds a small quilt for thier annual Bingo fundraiser. At the rate I am going I will have it done in a week or so.
    On friday a LQS was having a special sale. It has a new owner and she was cleaning out the stock that didn't suit her taste and the new direction she wants to take the shop. Of course I picked up a few bargins there.
    Since I will have made at least 20 Linus quilts also this month I feel OK about purchasing more goodies. As long as I don't clutter up the common living space in my home I don't consider myself a hoarder.

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    Good idea Chasing!!!

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    My "stash" is a life saver, fixed income came early last year = unemployed. I truly would have gone nuts if I didn't have my stash to keep me busy:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryb119
    I prefer to think of it a planning for retirement. When I am older and on a fixed income, look at all the fabric I will already have to keep me busy. I don't think of it as hording at all. My stash is clean and organized.
    I feel the same way. It's like my retirement fund. Waiting to be used when I retire. I can find a reason for everything. :-) :-)

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    Sometimes I just go through my "collection". If it has been a while since I last did it, it's almost like Christmas! I find all these cool fabrics I have bought and forgotten about. It helps me resist the urge to buy more.(sometimes)My husband doesn't care how much fabric I buy, but I try to keep it within reason!

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    I knew I was "collecting" fabrics but didn't know I was doing something RIGHT until I read a magazine that explained why all of us should have a stash to pick and choose from. I'm pretty sure the author recommended buying 3 yards at a time. I had to leave the house and go out and sit in the car I was laughing so hard. So instead of calling it hording - for goodness sake - call it what it really is ***** preparing a library of fabrics for your future use ***** So what if you won't live long enough to use it up, it is a library! Does your local public library have fewer and fewer books each year?

    My only (LOL) problem is that I don't think I'll ever be able to cut into some of my fabrics, they are just too beautiful to cut up. I guess I should think of these as the reference section like the books that aren't allowed to be checked out.

    I'm still working on buying three yards at a time. I don't make anything larger than a twin sized quilt any more so three yards seems excessive but IF I could just find that magazine again I just might be able to find some justification. Maybe three yards would equate to coffee table picture books?

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    I have been a fabric collector since I started making my own cloths at age 12. I don't see it as a problem, but as something that is a part of me. As far as taking my DH fabric shopping, the last time I did that was about 20 years ago. He stood at the door tapping his foot and looking at his watch the whole time I was looking. When we got out to the car we had a little "discussion" about his attitude. The next time he insisted I go to the "man mall" Fleet Farm, with him, I stood at the end of each isle tapping my foot and looking at my watch. When we left I reminded him that I was a sewer and fabric collector when we married and that I hadn't tried to change him so he could show me the same courtesy. Then I told him I wouldn't go deer hunting with him and he wouldn't go fabric shopping with me. It has worked well every since. Oh he rolls his eyes whenever UPS show up, but that is about it. Several years ago he did tell me that he was proud of all of the things that I had created!

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    Hoarding, collecting, stashing, call it what ever you want. We all still do it and we all still love it. I personally have a HUGE stash and I'm probably going to buy more when I go to Paducah in a few weeks and when we go to Texas in June I'm planning our trip by mapping out fabric stores. LOL
    When speaking with a friend yesterday about purchasing yet another sewing machine, she asked why I did it. I responded by telling her that it was precautionary. My machine is getting very worn. If it breaks down I have to have another one to use. I explained to her that not having a sewing machine would do to my nerves the same thing that her not having her insulin would do to her body. She understood that.

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    I've been quilting for a couple years now and honestly have not put together much of a fabric "collection". I just haven't figured out how to buy fabric that doesn't have an intended purpose already. Don't get me wrong, I see TONS of fabric I like all the time, I just can never figure out how much I'm supposed to buy. But I do worry about fabrics I love now being discontinued and not finding them again.

    So how much do you ladies buy of fabric that you don't have a purpose for yet? The 3 yards mentioned earlier seems like a little too much.

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