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Thread: Obsessed or do I fit in with the "quilting" crowd?

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    Senior Member stitchinbee's Avatar
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    Ok, I find that every time I walk into Wal-Mart, I go straight to the fabric and craft section to look for new gadgets, tools and notions. In my down time (everything else has been done.. chores, etc.), I search for fabric / fabric combinations. I also delve into my graphics app and design quilts. Sooo... My question is do the rest of you quilters do the same thing? I will go into a fabric shop and just purchase fabric because I like it (like a kid in a candy store), with absolutely no quilt / home decor idea or design in mind. I always think, "I will find something to use it in". My fabric will sit there until suddenly something pops into my head. I normally let the fabric inspire me, versus planning something out. Sorry so long.... just wondering if all of this is common. :)

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    Oh, yes, you are a quilter of the collecting sort! You have a great deal of company. I pick up fabric I like and try to match it up later (and usually do). It's called starting or adding to your stash!

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    I'm just like that only I don't wait to get all my work done hahaha

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    Hahaha, I am so much like this, at walmart it's the fabric or the quilting magizines...

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    I consider all of that to be completely normal LOL and I LOVE it too :D:D:D

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    "Oh, yes, you are a quilter of the collecting sort! "

    yep, dats me lol... I have enough notions/fabrics/books to look like I have been quilting for yrs... Yet I've only made 1 and a half quilts.............so far lol

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    Sounds about right to me!

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    Wait for the housework to be done.... I don't think so.lol.
    The main reason I leave our home is to go over to the material souk to purchase more material.. You never know when you might need that particular piece....

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    Oh yes I get cold sweats palms shake if I am not on the computer purchasing something. Now my supplier has taken a break to quilt!!! How could she :) Just kidding. I have a bucket of fabric just for me and only me for a quilt I am going to make one day.

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    See? You are not alone! :)

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    Before you go to sleep, are your last thoughts about quilt patterns and the colors you would choose and how you could combine the blocks? Do you love to just have an open quilt pattern book open and imagine the possibilities while you're watching TV or a passenger in the car? Were you terribly sad when HGTV canceled "Simply Quilts?" When you go online, do you check your quilting sites first for any news? Do you wear threads on your clothing (from so much sewing) and tell your friends it's your favorite accessory?

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    lol... I'll consider myself, then, in the best of company! :D I have also found that I am a Huge South Seas Print collector. I love their fabrics! Oh when I began quilting, I assumed that WalMart fabric was just as suitable as any other, until I discovered our small town's only fabric shop, and oh, how wrong I was! lol The difference in the quality and feel of the fabric is like the difference between cheap sheets and pure luxury sheets. Even the fabric at Hobby Lobby cannot hold a candle to quality 100% cotton quilting fabric. We have this store in Franklin, TN (a suburb of Nashville), and you would not believe the thousands and thousands of bolts of fabrics, it's pure Heaven. :) The name of it is Stitcher's Garden if anyone in Tennessee is interested. :)

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    Oh, I so go on Quilting book binges, anywhere from ebay to Amazon and all in between. lol...

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    Ohhhhh you are so "in" with the quilting crowd. :D Ain't it great? :D :-D :-D I can spend hours online at various Fabric Shops! And that is the first thing I think of when I decide to go shopping.... I route my trip around Fabric Shops. :D I've taken over 3 rooms and will soon need to find a larger home if I do not stop it though. :D :D :D It is WONDERFUL!!! :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtisticDesign
    "Oh, yes, you are a quilter of the collecting sort! "

    yep, dats me lol... I have enough notions/fabrics/books to look like I have been quilting for yrs... Yet I've only made 1 and a half quilts.............so far lol
    yep me too tho i have made a few quilts i often impulse buy my fabric

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    YES!!! you are one of the "In Crowd"!!!!!! Welcome to the "Club" !!!!

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    Oh do you fit in. I think of quilting all the time and seem to not be able to sleep unless the dream is about fabric or notions or thread or patterns or....You get the drift. Welcome to the crowd!

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    I guess you don't have to feel wierd, because we all to everything you have mention.

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    I have my own addiction. If I see a quilt , I want to know how it is put together. I've got magazines and books, I research, Amish, Baltimore, Southwestern, I want to know the source of inspiration. The colours, the design of the fabric, if it is designer fabric, I want to know about that person. My hands are leaving me, somedays they are shaking so much, so I'm turning into an historian, Behind every quilt there is an history. Just as a painting connaisseur, I'm learning about what is related to quilting

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    Welcome to the "addict" club :lol: I buy fabric all the time because i like it and stash it away until a pattern design pops into my head. I have some that have been waiting for a long time that i'm just now cutting up. Don't worry, you are in good company!!!!

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    Absolutely, positively - YES!!!! I can't you how many times I've done that.

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    Now you know why I have over 1,000 yds of fabric in my stash! Its an addiction that I hope never cures!

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    Before I made my first quilt (early September this year), I sewed a bit. I would only buy what I needed for a certain project. I had a teeny tiny stash that consisted of ends of yardage I bought (I always buy 1/2-1 extra to make SURE I don't run out). Then I bought what I needed for my first quilt, did that and decided I wanted to make another one. When I was searching for the perfect fabrics for that one, I found a bunch to use with DD to make HER quilt. In Walmart, when I went to get my daughter's pictures taken, I walked out with 13 fat quarters a can of basting spray, extra bobbins, needles for my machine...

    THEN I found a lady who was cleaning out her craft room and selling oodles of quilting fabrics...I spent $160 at her house, and I now have three of those oversized linen grocery bags STUFFED with fabrics, enough batting to make like 6 or more quilts (not counting mini's, wall hangings, or the two packs of Insul-Bright!), books, magazines, templates...

    Before I started my first quilt, I was never interested in starting a new project right at the completion of the current one...now, I have a gazillion ideas and plans. I work at my kitchen table, the place with the most space, but I used to just do one project and put everything away until I was inspired again...Now, I'm re-organizing my basement in my head to set up a sewing space that I don't have to clear out every day at dinner, and a place to display my stash so I don't have to dig through bags to be inspired. ;)

    I have only completed two quilts and am in the process of the third, I KNOW I have a LOT to learn. But I also know I am *absolutely* a quilter. And YOU are too!!!

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    Oh you are a quilter and it is a good addiciton, trust me. There is no drug out there, that gives me such a high as a finished quilt. OR buying fabric for a new project.

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    Oh you so fit right in :) I am not so much the material collector. To much of a control freak to have mish mash - but let me loose near patterns...

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