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    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    When my mom taught me how to cut out a pattern (many ages ago), she taught me to place the pieces as closely together, as possible (while still keeping grain straight, of course). There was almost always a good bit of left-over fabric. Need I say she liked quilting?
    My Mom did that, too. I still cringe when someone cuts out a piece 'wastefully'

    One of the first things I tried to teach the granddaughters - you can have some of my fabric - but PLEASE use it carefully!

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    Most of my non quilting friends I have let drift away. We have nothing in common anymore that interests me or them when we are together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    Most of my non quilting friends I have let drift away. We have nothing in common anymore that interests me or them when we are together.
    you have no other outside interests other than quilting? i have a whole group of women that i visit restaurants or do other fun things with monthly and none of them quilt. we have a supper club (for women 40 and older) and we go to the theater or visit the wineries or take cooking classes together. i also have different groups of friends that i do volunteering activities with or travel with (we luv cruises and the caribbean) and neither of these groups quilt.

    there is so much more to do along with quilting.
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    I had such fun last month when I was with some on-line friends and we shopped and talked and bought. No explanations necessary, no asking 'what project are you going to do with that'. We were camping and DH's kept themselves busy with no comments on what we bought.

    I don't save much under 2 inches because I try to keep it under control. I also want the fabric manufactures to stay in business or we won't have any new fabric.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Havplenty View Post
    you have no other outside interests other than quilting? i have a whole group of women that i visit restaurants or do other fun things with monthly and none of them quilt. we have a supper club (for women 40 and older) and we go to the theater or visit the wineries or take cooking classes together. i also have different groups of friends that i do volunteering activities with or travel with (we luv cruises and the caribbean) and neither of these groups quilt.
    there is so much more to do along with quilting.

    My quilting friends do more then quilting. That's silly to think quilt friends only quilt together. We have season passes to the art center, go to all the broadway shows that come to town, take trips to museums, go to dinner theaters, go to clothes fittings/shopping. We do volunteer work and sponsor charity events for local groups. I choose to do non quilt activities with other quilters. We understand when a trip to a political benefit may take a detour when we see a quilt shop sign.
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    I have to admit that I don't keep scraps of fabric. I keep a quarter of a yard but not much less than that. I did for awhile but then it just piled up and I got rid of it.

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    I know I will never make all the quilt patterns I have, or all the patterns in all the quilting books I have. I will never live to use all the fabric that I have. I still have scraps from where I made my daughters clothes when she first started school and she is 42 years old now. But.... I love all these things, and they please me. I love the look on my families faces when they receive something that I have made. These things bring me joy, and what I make with them brings others joy.

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    Non quilters just don't get it.

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    To my way of thinking a stash is all about serendipity: having options that might inspire. It doesn't matter to me in the least that I couldn't possibly live long enough to use it all, I use some of the options nearly every day.

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    I keep the tiniest of scraps of the spendy fabrics (batiks, etc). The part that drive me crazy is when I am constructing on my design board and I get "what is that supposed to be?" or " wouldn't this color look better over here?" When the quilt is done and I have endured all the suggestions/criticisms/questions, then the oooos and ahhhhs! Let me alone in my creative process, please!

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    Ultimately this is the conclusion I reached for myself. I don't have to feel guilty about any of it...the fabric, our APQS Millenium & Intelliquilter for ourselves and longarm business, the tools, the Berninas or the vintage machines. We use them to help other quilters finish their projects to bless their world with love and comfort and we do the same with our finished projects. If there is one thing our world can use right now it's hope, encouragement, comfort and love to wrap itself in. Keep on building that stash and use it to bless others. That's my new motto! (stepping off soapbox now )
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    Quote Originally Posted by psthreads View Post
    Yesterday I was showing a friend my 3000+ yards of fabric from Iowa. I was commenting on how hard it was for me to decide what I wanted to sell. I love every piece. She casually said that's easy all these you have marked less than on yard just pitch them. I nearly fainted!!!! I told her those are some of the best, they will make great scrappy quilts. Then I escorted her away from the fabric.

    Pitch if it's less than a yard?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver Needle View Post
    Ultimately this is the conclusion I reached for myself. I don't have to feel guilty about any of it...the fabric, our APQS Millenium & Intelliquilter for ourselves and longarm business, the tools, the Berninas or the vintage machines. We use them to help other quilters finish their projects to bless their world with love and comfort and we do the same with our finished projects. If there is one thing our world can use right now it's hope, encouragement, comfort and love to wrap itself in. Keep on building that stash and use it to bless others. That's my new motto! (stepping off soapbox now )

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryMo View Post
    My house is messy ... with fabric piles all over the place and lots of bits of scraps .... but I wouldn't have it any other way. On the bad days I can sit in my "squalor" and dream, plan, and process. And on the good days I can sew up a storm! It's a beautiful life I have!
    Mary, I love your attitude.

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    Aaaaaaaaaggggghhhh!!!

    This is for nygal

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    That made me laugh. It is true, those who do not share the passion for fabric, simply don't understand. I would have escorted her away from the fabric too - double time!
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    I have saved scraps since I started quilting 14 yrs ago.Cannot bare to throw such lovely piece out with much memories.This year I'm at war with my scraps and have made several quilts.
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    You don't have to justify yourself to anyone.I bet you don't comment on how expensive the golf clubs were or anyone else's 'hobby' expenses. Relax and enjoy laughing at the attitudes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janegb View Post
    I know about this! My friends or visitors just look in Awe.. they just don't understand! I love my messy sewing room, even when not sewing, I go in and look and touch and think about the pretty fabrics! LOL... I do know at my age, almost 77, that I can NEVER, even if I sewed 24 hours a day, use up all these wonders! However, I have coached my DGD (age 17, who is not interested in sewing), about the costs of everything, and how much to charge for my 8 machines, scissors, templates, rulers, etc, if I should happen to be "called away", so everything won't get thrown away.. the proceeds could help pay for her College. My son loves the Singer Treadle in Parlor case, he would use that one himself.
    I am the same way my Daughter and DGD were in my sewing room one day and DD said one day this will all be mine and DGD said the Brother ULT 2003D was hers and DD said go ahead ther other three embroidery machine and quilting machine were plenty for her. Told them not to get in any hurry to get rid of me tho
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    I'm with you, my sewing room has a door on it and it's usually shut ! (for a reason)
    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    You are so right .. they really do not get it... at all. But I have run into some quilters that don't get it either.. when it comes to smallish pieces... they just say pitch the scraps... but some quilters don't get the scrap thing either.
    I am glad my sewing space in in the basement.. guests don't see my "stuff" unless they are very "quilter friendly". That way I don't have to provide any "reason" for the "stuff".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    You are so right .. they really do not get it... at all. But I have run into some quilters that don't get it either.. when it comes to smallish pieces... they just say pitch the scraps... but some quilters don't get the scrap thing either.
    I am glad my sewing space in in the basement.. guests don't see my "stuff" unless they are very "quilter friendly". That way I don't have to provide any "reason" for the "stuff".
    I agree with the scraps. I save most all of them. I also embroidery and applique and you'd be surprised how easy it is to use up those little scraps. I know one lady who has a really large stash who says she never shows her sewing room to a non-quilter because they never understand but she loves to show it to a quilter because they love to look at all she has. I just don't worry about what anyone says. My room is rather small and so is my budget so until a few months ago I didn't even have what most would call a stash. Then a lady posted on CL that she'd give away fabric in turn for someone to make her some small quilts that were a little larger than a receiving blanket and just two pieces of fabric sewed together and then turned rights sides out and topstitched and she supplied the fabric. I got some really nice fabric from that deal. I now have box and a bag to go thru from someone cleaning out after coming to the realization that even though they wanted to sew, it just wasn't going to happen. Not all of it is quilting fabric but since I'm also getting back into making clothes I'm sure I'll use most of it and what I don't use I'll send to the CHKD thrift store to help the kids at the hosptial. My daughter quilts a little and always wants me to get more fabric so that she has more to chose from and one day she knows it will all be hers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryMo View Post
    My house is messy ... with fabric piles all over the place and lots of bits of scraps .... but I wouldn't have it any other way. On the bad days I can sit in my "squalor" and dream, plan, and process. And on the good days I can sew up a storm! It's a beautiful life I have!
    i agree , sewing is good for the soul
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    Lots of people do not get it. I just love the comment.....I wish I had time, (((sigh))) but I work. Very tempting for me to say....give me a break!

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    I save all my scraps & have a bag beside my chair for them. It's such fun to go back through it for a little piece of this or that for a quilt & see all the gorgeous colors & patterns from previous projects. Makes me feel like I've hit the lottery! LOL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Havplenty View Post
    perhaps our obsession (eek that word) is just to own and surround ourselves with things we find pretty and obtainable rather than things we plan to use. who knows for sure.
    I think that every time we purchase fabric we are also purchasing the dream quiltwe will make with it.

    I have a problem letting go of things that are useful even though I may not have an immediate use for them but I am not a real hoarder. I have given away my antique block collection to a fabric artist who will use them for something worthy, orphan blocks and fabric to charity quilters, projects from my DMs stash, etc. Outgrown clothing goes to one of three places: to charity, to the cut-up for quilts area or the rag bag. Right now I am rapidly using the thin sheets and flannels I didn't toss to make my first crochet rag rugs. They really eat up the fabric. I can't wait to finish so I can see if the satin and taffeta linings I saved will work for table mats. But I almost regret the 10 pounds of heavy double knit saved 40 years from my time at the sewing factory given to a rag weaver. It would have made nifty crocheted rugs.
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