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Old 07-26-2010, 08:35 AM
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I have decided I have a small problem! I am a fabric shop-aholic bordering on a hoarder! I have more fabric than I can ever sew up! Ugh! What am I going to do with all this fabric? Any suggestions?
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Old 07-26-2010, 08:51 AM
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If there's a guild or group in your area that does charity projects, donate it to them. I belong to two guilds which have both been the victims -- uh, recipients -- of some of my less than wise purchases. One guild also has a bee that does charitable quilts for the womens shelter. The Sewing guild in our area also does charity projects.

Then there's the 1 million pillowcase challenge, Project Linus. I'm sure it won't be hard to find someone to take it off your hands.
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:05 AM
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Well, my Mom was the queen of fabric, when she passed away she had enough of everything fabric, notions, books, machines to start a fabric store, Rubbie's Rags. She loved to collect and sort and pet her fabric. That's what some of us do. Me I love to sew and when I get going I amaze myself at how much fabric I can go through, I do more than just quilt however, I sew garments, accessories, hats, items for craft fairs, items for homeless shelters, samples for classes, projects for youth (kits for them to sew up) I donate or give away far more than I keep or sell but the joy I give just keeps giving. My suggestion is don't let your stash take over your life, (right, mine is all over my house right now as my sewing room gets redone, grandson still can't decide how I got all of that in one room!) I sort mine in to projects I am planning, projects in progress, then some for impromptu things... backgrounds, lights, mediums and darks... of course I can't forget my stash of Batiks, and vintage fabrics. But anything else goes to the guild, 4-H, or friends. That way I always have room and can keep adding. When the urge hits or I see the perfect piece I just have to have! My fabrics are folded and on shelves so I can see, in tote bags or containers for projects, and in old suitcases that can easily be moved on their wheels and opened to see just what is available in them. Amazing how you can fold the fabric and put in a suite case so it is not necessary to dig but open and look at the array of things to select from. When I finish my sewing room I will post pictures of it here, till then pet some fabric for me today ;)
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:41 AM
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Originally Posted by cookiej36
I have decided I have a small problem! I am a fabric shop-aholic bordering on a hoarder! I have more fabric than I can ever sew up! Ugh! What am I going to do with all this fabric? Any suggestions?
I'm in the exact same boat. There are lots of easy patterns and lots of charities. Kids love quilts with loads of different fabrics, especially children in hospitals. Hospital stays are like prison terms for kids--they bore easily. Looking at loads of different fabrics can really cheer them up.

I have begun giving friends permission to shop in my stash for specific projects. I have plenty. And I like to see what they pick too!
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Old 07-26-2010, 10:16 AM
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You can always post some for sale here on the board-I have had a great time building up my stash by buying from those who post here on the board. I am new to quilting and have no stash at all and I literally check this board several times a day looking for new fabric sales posted-I look forward to seeing them and have never been dissapointed with any of the fabric I have bought from board members.
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:24 AM
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I have alot of fabric too, but my problem is that I don't want to cut it up! It is just sitting there on the shelf but I just can't bring myself to put a scissors to it! --- I have one problem!!
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Old 07-26-2010, 01:20 PM
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Stitchinwitch....I agree with you.....I don't want to cut a lot of my fabric it is so pretty.
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Old 07-26-2010, 01:48 PM
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Donate or sell some, BUT then you'd have more money to buy more fabric, lol!
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Old 07-26-2010, 01:59 PM
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stitchinwitch & crafter005 ~ both of you need to cut learn to cut into that pretty fabric. Because when you do, you turn it into a GORGEOUS quilt. Be brave, you can do it!
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Old 07-26-2010, 02:03 PM
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I WOULD be willing to pay for some of your stash or atleast postage if youare donating, I can pay via paypal anytime.

Just let me know okay?
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