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    Like most of you, I have a stash that I have accumulated for many years..Now, I'm running out of room to store it.
    This summer my daughter had a garage sale and I thought...."why not sell some of that fabric that you don't love as much as you did when you bought it". It took me a long time...sorting, putting back, etc. Let me tell you....once I decided to let it go, it actually felt good.
    AND...I sold over $300.00 ($4.00 yd) worth of QS fabric.
    Now, I am now challening myself to use my "stash"...that if fun too.

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    challenging

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    No sooner I sell a fabric then I would find a need for it, so I guess I will be a bit greedy for awhile longer.

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    you need to find a longarmer to help finnish your tops I'm in Jersey but if you like email me at [email protected] and we can talk

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    I guess we are all in this same boat! I was in the neighborhood of Hancock's today and just stopped in to buy 1 yard of black on black for a border ---HA!

    They were having a sale and the rest as they say is history. I bought some fabrics for .50 a yard..I spent $50.00 more than I needed to.

    Plus, last week my husband returned home from a business trip with a duffle bag full of decorator fabrics for me. He said it was Christmas in July and I truly felt like it going through it all. What a haul and the best part is that it was FREE!

    I'll never find enough projects or time to use all I have but I simply cannot pass up a beautiful piece of fabric.


    By the way---how are ya'll getting the nice signatures on your posts? Are you posting from your personal emails? I can't see anything on the board that allows this customization.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roxanne
    I guess we are all in this same boat! I was in the neighborhood of Hancock's today and just stopped in to buy 1 yard of black on black for a border ---HA!

    They were having a sale and the rest as they say is history. I bought some fabrics for .50 a yard..I spent $50.00 more than I needed to.

    Plus, last week my husband returned home from a business trip with a duffle bag full of decorator fabrics for me. He said it was Christmas in July and I truly felt like it going through it all. What a haul and the best part is that it was FREE!

    I'll never find enough projects or time to use all I have but I simply cannot pass up a beautiful piece of fabric.


    By the way---how are ya'll getting the nice signatures on your posts? Are you posting from your personal emails? I can't see anything on the board that allows this customization.

    Roxanne
    Roxanne, I live just about 35 miles southwest of you- I live in Springfield Hwy 3 comes by here. and if you do a search -=Signatures there is a link where you can go and get yours done.

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    Mine is not too much just yet. Yesterday, I was able to buy the last of a quilt shop out. Lock Stock and barrel. Got 18 bolts and 2 boxes just crammed full. Took DH most of the day to add shelves in my sewing room closet. Love that guy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honey
    to much stash? I know that we laugh about the one with the biggest stash wins, but seriously, when is enough enough? I have 10 good sized totes, so by no means do I have the most, but I am starting to feel a little overwhelmed by all of it. I have been trying to shop my stash when I start a new project, but the seems to always be one more fabric that I have to get to complete it. So naturally, when I'm looking for that "one" fabric I see a couple more that I just can't live without. Can anyone say OCD? Does anyone else feel this way?
    I go through the same thing, and decided that I would try to get through the current inventory before getting any other fabric. Unfortunately, I do not always follow that, as there is some other fabric out there either in the store or online that is on clearance and is beautiful. I have like 8 good-sized containers myself, and still found myself being in fabric heaven with some of the batiks that were on clearance online at Hancocks of Paducah. Well, they are sitting atop a desk waiting to be placed with the existing inventory. I just think it's hard to do, especially if you have a long list of quilts and ideas for them.

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    NO NO NO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S
    Only if it bothers you.
    I give myself a fabric allowance every month ... a set amount of money goes into the envelope ...when its gone its gone... if there is leftover it stays in the allowance envelope to be added to the next months allowance.
    It sounds like dealing with a 5 year old but when it comes to fabric , that is about the amount of self control that I have.
    Call it a fabric diet!!
    That is a great way of doing it, have been on fabric diet for awhile now and am doing well! :thumbup:

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    A little stash is a good thing. I live pretty far from the nearest Joann. It's nice to have something on hand for quick projects. Sometimes, you just want to be spontaneous.

    A lot of stash is a bad thing, imo. I'm a frugal crafter. I try to use up all I have and not over buy. I don't like clutter.

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    My husband says Not if you have a warehouse !!

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    Hi Marye,
    I'm not sure where Springfield is, but glad to have a SC neighbor!

    I must be one of those "technically impaired"---I cannot get this signature thing to work. Must be (1) too tired (2) too late (3) too stupid (4) all of the above.

    Thanks anyway.
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    A few years a member of my guild had a terminal illness, before she passed away, she instructed her daughters to divide her stash and give to the members of our guild. Each one of us got a brown paper bags with at least 6 lengths of fabric, magazines, patterns and sewing tools, I try to keep my stash low , but being human I cannot always resist, but I asked my daughter to do the same thing , beside being a souvenir I know that my stash is gone to be loved I hoped the same way that I did.

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    Well I only started quilting what...two weeks ago? So my stash is still small (only in comparison to some of the pics I've seen on here!), but it's working well for me. I can see how it could accumulate very fast though.

    I went to JoAnn's with my MIL and drooled over all the gorgeous fabrics (okay...not literally drooled, don't worry!). But I haven't bought any fabric yet (I've been given a lot from MIL and a few very nice ladies) as I feel bad spending DH's money. I don't have a job and I know he wants me to get what I want, but I feel bad spending it on me.

    Still, I think we're going to work it out so I get an 'allowance' and then I won't feel as bad. Something low like $5 every other week would be good...keep the stash down but still be able to get what I need. :)

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    I THINK WE ARE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT. i HAVE BEEN MAKING QUILTS FOR KIDS USING MY OVER RUN STASH . AND i HAVE USED A LOT but NOW i WANT TO MAKE BLANKET FOR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN COMING HOME AND tHE ONES IV'E CHECKED INTO WANT YOU TO USE RED , WHITE AND ,BLUE . wELL THAT MEANS BUYING MORE MATERIAL. SO WHAT'S A GAL GONNA DO? WOLD LOVE SOME CLEAR CUT GOOD ANSWERS IF THERE ARE ANY . THANKS RONDA

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    NO! there will be a time when you will want something and the only place you will find the right fabric---is you stash. How about color coding it that way it will not seem so bad when you look at it. I just bought-3meters of seeded homespun, 3meters cream, 3 meters black and 4meters of mint green-all homespun and a strip of Japanese panel fabric--today--all on special of 20%off. but spent a further $100 last week. Now I have to fight the wind so I can wash it all, iron it and put it all in the appropriate colored boxes. when it's there it does not seem so much. So go ahead and buy it when you see it other wise it wont be available when you need it.

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    Definitely a huge epidemic of that quilter's pox "SABLE"
    "Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy"!

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    When our members pass, the family usually brings what they don't want to the other members and we pick what we want and if she died of cancer etc. we pay what we can for what we take and it is donated the the persons favorite charity in their name. I have 5meters of material for $2, that was what was asked. It is one way we remember our friend and celebrate her life too. But it is sad seeing them gone.

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    I do have a stash -- small compared to what some of you write about -- but I'm trying to buy for a specific project rather then with the thought "I'll use that someday". However, my good intentions might change if I ever run across a garage sale of fabric!!

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    I have a large stash, and have nearly no time for serious quilting right now (homeschooling 4 kids, and babysitting a 2 yr old granddaughter 5 days a week). We also want to buy a house next year, and I realized that *sigh* 25 totes of fabric was too much- it does include flannel for kids pjs, and misc silky costume fabrics, but of course, mainly good old quilting cottons.I gave some away, and am selling the rest locally- keeping only my favorites, of course! Once you "divorce" yourself from the fabric, its very freeing to see it go.

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    I use my stash for lap robes , I send some to the Va with my son. The guys and gals dont care if it is red,white and blue or not . I send my scrappy ones and they love them.

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    are you going to sell here on the site as well. I am looking for stash builders for my scraps
    Patsy

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    Big Stash? Yeah, I have one. Not as big as my mom's though! A lady in my Knit-Cro-Sew Club asked me to teach her to quilt. She has very little extra money for supplies right now. So tomorrow when we get together with another member of the club the fabric will appear from my stash. I am going to enjoy my fabric one way or the other. She gets to learn something new to her and I get to play with my fabric. And if anyone just insists on parting with their stash, it can come and live at my house. Someone will use it somewhere along the line.

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    "in all things moderation" is my motto. It reminds me of that old saying "she that dies with the most material....dies anyway.

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