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    I never ever throw anything away. The really small stuff that I don't think I will use I give to a friend. I have told my only child, a son, that all this is very valuable and that it is inherance so he had better be thankful for all those pieces of fabric and the machines I have. I feel very fortunate to be able to have what I have.
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    I have a pretty good stash of fabric and so far this year I have not purchased ANY fabric at all. I have made 7 quilt tops that use scraps and smaller pieces from my stash. I am trying to use up a lot of what I have and much of it is smaller pieces left from other projects and scraps. I have a friend who does not use any scraps and she gives me hers. She recently gave me a piece of nice home dec fabric with poppies on it and I have made two quilt tops, a purse, and a cover for my Kindle out of it and they are all beautiful! Thanks Ann!

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    Oh wow- I save way to much. But oh well. Big scraps (around 1/4 yard) are folded and put in order by color on my closet shelves. (they are used for scrap quilts, small purses, potholders etc) smaller scraps are in large clear plastic bags (wonderful for applique and wall hangings ). The small strings you get when squareing up, those go into a very large clear pickle jar (I use the pieces to tie as bows on gift packages of all kinds). And finally the slavages with color dots and brand names go into a plastic bin.(I've seen projects for these but haven't done any yet). I guess I save use everything. But at least it's organized.
    I am not sure at what point I will have too much. NOT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by My time View Post
    3000+ yards of fabric....really? Will we see you on TLC's program Horders, in the not to distant future?
    You should have seen what the person in Iowa still had after I got this. LOL

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    All your comments sound like me kind of people. I save all scraps and love every scrappy quilt I have made. My sister and I cut 2-l/2 inch blocks and made a quilt tried not to put the same print in twice we paired them with two plain pieces to make a four block and sat together with sashing it's one of my favorite quilts we had so much fun borrowing blocks from all our sewing friends and cutting corners out of all our fabrics. Sraps are fun too. I have to admit that I am one of the older quilters but I sure hope the next generation keeps it alive.

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    This year I have decided to use up some of my scraps. I now have 3 queen size scrap tops completed just need to quilt them. All four of my kids will get one for Christmas and perhaps my 7 year old grandson too. I have some others in the works. A sister wants a crumb basket in greens and reds. I have the green baskets done. I also have a yellow tulip scrap quilt I'm working on. (Ran out of a variety of yellows for now so will do more of those blocks later.) I have an X's & O's in blues - just need to do a few more blocks to finish.
    Non quilters really don't understand. My kids kind of do. Mostly they're glad I do something I enjoy. Hubby does not complain even though I use an entire room for sewing and storage.
    Anyone who has had bad times financially in the past may understand better. They get using whatever you have available. I even use those tiny little pieces as mulch in my garden. What the birds don't use for nests gets tilled into the soil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    it's not just non-quilters --- there are quilters too who do not save anything beyond what their current project requires.
    i have a friend who has been creating beautiful quilts for 30 years---she uses exactly what her pattern requires & (used to) toss anything left over---i about had a heart attack when she first told me this---& told me----'oh- don't become one of THOSE string savers!'....it took me a couple years but i did finally convince her to let me have the contents of her (waste basket) before bagging it to go to the landfill---she just shakes her head & gives it up---sometimes there is 1/2 a yard or more pieces in there---i know she is not alone- lots of people use what is required then get rid of what ever was left over- regardless of amount- and then there are those of us who buy extra on purpose & keep a stash and save every scrap--- not every quilter understands any more than a non-quilter understands.
    As long as they give the scraps to a quilter, they can get rid of whatever they want! I had a woman in several classes that I taught who did that - got rid of anything leftover from a project and buy new for the next one. But she DID bring all her scraps in to share with me and others, so they didn't go to waste. I can understand "wasting" money for huge sporting events, but, to each his own, I suppose!

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    I don't have a lot of fabric but I am 79 and could not use it all up if I wanted to. Just don't want fabric to go in the trash when I'm gone.

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    I am doing a scrappy gfg and some of my fabric is so old I have no idea where it came from or what project it was used for but all I need are 2.5" squares. My daughter loves receiving my quilted items but can't understand how I can sit and work on a project for hours at a time, I tell her she needs a hobby then she will understand & it is the same as she can sit and read a book for hours (so can I but that is beside the point) or work in her yard.
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    i know what you mean.. but they sure love getting a quilt dont they.... i just got a really good deal on a huskavarna viking 20" quilting machine with a Q-bot ... cant wait to get it set up.. but then lessons cuz i dont have a clue how to use it.. but i have four quilt tops waiting to be quilted so i am sure it will be wonder.. oh yeah i got it brand new for $2500.00 it is so nice.. cant wait...

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    LOL you are correct! Non quilters do NOT understand...

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    hahahhh. Escorted her away from the fabric that was funny. She is just not right. lol
    SMILE- it will make everyone wonder what you are up to.
    Stay strong and keep looking up.

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    My favorite remark on all my fabric is ""I wish I had a nickel for every yard of your fabric"" -my response was with all those nickels I could have paid cash for 2 brand new Harleys and the lessons to drive one of them.I think my baby brother has a better understanding of how much my "Collection" is really worth.-( he's making payments on his brand new Harley)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nina Baker View Post
    It is not necessary to understand everything, just to be happy the person has things that satisfy THEM!
    This ought to be posted as a motto in everyone's home! Excess or hoarding is only a problem if it causes the person difficulties. If you watch the Hoarders shows on TV, what is obvious usually is that the person has a situation that is a fire and health hazard. They often have vermin and filth, or they have a child who has to find a spot to sleep amid a pile on their bed and can barely walk through to get there, or they spend money they don't have to buy things they don't need. A person with a huge stash that doesn't cause any of that kind of difficulty does not have a problem, and it's nobody's business to judge. It might drive me nuts, but if I don't have to live with it, where would I get off criticizing? Btw, I do tend to save and use small scraps. I love Bonnie Hunter's method of getting them under control.

    psthreads asked for a mile-a-minute pattern. I was curious, too, so I googled and found one that seems well written:http://patchworkpie.blogspot.com/200...ute-quilt.html I'd suggest doing a Google image search for them. Some look a lot better than others. I like the ones that have alternating plain colored blocks or sashing, but it's a personal preference.

    An unrelated scrappy quilt pattern for those who like strip quilts also turned up: http://sugarnspicecreations.blogspot...-tutorial.html
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    I save EVERYTHING and have just spent the past three days SORTING thru only SOME of it; sorting (and folding) the yardages from the fat qrtrs, the less than fat qrtr and the scrap PIECES according to color or design (juvenile, seasonal etc). I even have the little triangles cut from the corners, and use my selvages and squaring up 'strips' for pillow stuffing. One day will look for an interesting pattern to use those different size and colors of the triangles. (Hint: Any suggested patterns?) Nothing goes to waste here. I have an 11 foot wall, 8 foot high, all fabric in totes and want to put it all on shelves so I can SEE what I have. Been a fabriholic for a LONG time. This QB is the best thing that has happened to a lot of us. Love the sharing.
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    I'm a scrap saver/user (Scottish blood - what can I say???) and make no apologies for it. A number of guild members who are not inclined, nor interested, bring me bags of their precious scraps. (Don't forget what was paid for all of that they would otherwise toss in the trash!) Here is the latest made entirely from other's castoffs.
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    Amen to all "other activities" Plus quilting, of course. Keeping busy is great in so many ways and keeps you young too!!

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    I too am a scrap saver -- I just got done sorting wayyyy too many scraps (I was raised by parents and grandparents who survived the depression and they saved everything). DH was looking at my stash and asked if I had $500 -- I said over $2,000 and he was shocked. Needless to say, I did not say how much over.

    I am going to do a mile-a-minute quilt -- I need to do something fast and fun. Someone was wondering about the mile-a-minute quilt -- here is a great link because it has pictures:
    http://patchworkpie.blogspot.com/200...ute-quilt.html
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    You have a good outlook for "life", quilting, trips, helping the world, etc--keep it up!

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    Love your attitude--and interests other than quilting--no two people think alike, that is what makes the world go around! Keep quilting and enjoy things as they come along, those who don't will never know what they are missing!!

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    My leftovers in the form of scrappy quilts sure made the folks at the womans shelter happy. but I am of the generation that was taught waste not want not. Never understood the term disposable dollars................. No wonder the USA is 15 trillon in debt up to its ears!! Doesn't matter if it is food or fabric, waste is waste. Guess I worked too hard for my dollars to not stsretch them soooooooooooooo far!

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    You should see some scraps that I save. You can make hot pads, chapstick holders, mug rugs, pillows, bags, etc.

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    I'm sure no one who isn't a true fabriholic understands what a comforting feeling it is to see all that beautiful fabric just waiting for us to dream up something wonderful to do with it....sigh...I gaze at my stash and I'm sure I would have to live another 100 years in order to use it all, but wouldn't part with it....
    Families are like old quilts....although they tend to unravel at times...each can be stitched back together with love.

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    Good one!!! Never mind that "boys can have toys".......

    Quote Originally Posted by ksdot417 View Post
    When a neighbor of mine saw my Avante quilt machine (and after he called it a loom) he told one of my other (quilty) neighbors that it sure looked like an expensive piece of equipment for just a hobby. Guess I must have missed his check when I paid for it.

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    One quilting friend buys only the exact amounts of fabric she needs for a project. When she gets into trouble with a wrong cut or shrinkage or a change of plans, I'm closer than the FS. I always seem to have just what she needs. Since I know her so well, and she shows me everything she does, I can be prepared for her. If she knows I make a special stash for her, she is not letting on.

    I on the other hand can't go into or past a shop with out finding fabric I can't live without!
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