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    Ladies and gents; This past Wednesday, I decided I needed an accountability partner, one who DOES NOT quilt, for my own sanity. I drove 3.5 hrs out of my way to go to a fabric shop to buy fabric, of course, and left only b/c I realized that I really did need some $ for food purposes on my business trip. I have quite a bit built up in my stash, minus batting, and need to do some making of quilts and things before I can even think of justifying buying more fabric. This is not from DH but from me. I think that I somewhere crossed a line within myself in regards to my fabric buying and so asked a friend a church to be my partner. She is more than happy to help me out and she does not quilt so this will help me. We contracted that I would call her before doing any fabric shopping so we can talk about it and she can rake me over the coals and tell me, truthfully, that I don't need any more fabric. Sorry this is long but I needed to tell some people that may understand why even if no one agrees. i am actually interetsted in others' reactions/thoughts to this posting.

    Chris

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    LOL!!!
    Many of us have a similar issue. Sometimes I just NEED to buy some fabric. Unfortunately (well not really) my church friends are the ones I go fabric shopping with!!!!
    I am trying really hard to keep it reined in for right now. I have another daughter getting married in October and I need to save for a big wedding!!!

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    You have more will power than me!!! :lol:

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    Just 2 funny.. I was showing hubby some online photos of others sewing rooms the other day. One had an entire wall with 3 units of shelving. The entire wall was packed with stacks of fabric. DH's reply was, she'll never use all that in a lifetime, and you're nearly that bad... Whoa there! I don't even have a real sewing room dedicated to just that. Granted, I have my fabric stash but nothing compared to a full wall. (yet)


    It seems though, that there is always just something that jumps out at you that you absolutely MUST have, you know.

    Good luck in your fabric 'diet'...

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    ditto sign me up

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    Chris,

    Ditto!! Of course, I made the decision today because I ordered an embroidery machine (whoops!) so the $$$$ is still being spent.

    I have made the decision of "NO NEW PROJECTS" until I finish (completely) at least five. I am allowing myself batting/thread as needed - but NO FABRIC. (we'll see how this works after getting that new machine...)

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    I did the total opposite. I had a good friend whom I used to quilt with. I actually taught her to quilt. The first few times we went fabric shopping she always got a few fabrics, only fall colors, browns and greens. Very muted. Pretty, but not in abundance, and definitely not for me. Many times I got fabrics and she came out empty handed because she couldn't find anything she liked. It got to the point that I stopped asking her to come with me, because she got nothing. She still quilts, but all the quilts look the same to me. We are still friends, but our styles are so different, she can not sew in the same room as me. She even stopped coming to the guild meetings, because she only likes one kind of quilts and if there is no nature, pine trees and leaves, she wants nothing to do with it. I tried to open the door to other possibilities, but he closed the door to that.

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    Gee, wouldn't it be awful if you lost her phone number? lol.
    Actually, I think you have done a good thing if that is what feel you need to do.

    Carol B

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    I'm thinking that I would lose a good friend if I tried this. The first time she tried to tell me that I shouldn't shop, I would say something like "who the hell are you to tell me...". I hate when other people try to tell me what to do, even if I know it's in my best interest. Better I just continue to shop. :D

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    Friend and I made an agreement on a moratorium on fabric buying - for the most part it's working - we kind of modified it a bit so we wouldn't feel guilty if we needed to get something for a particular quilt we're working on, etc.

    It's not that we weren't using the fabrics we had in our stashes but that the stashes were getting HUGE - I have enough fabric for quite awhile and if I get all it used up THEN I'll think about getting more... but it was getting ridiculous! LOL

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    Ok, I have a solution for you all.

    I am just starting out, and have NO stash at all. PM me and I'll give you my address. That way, I'll get a stash started, you you all won't feel guilting about buying more fabric! WIN - WIN....hehehe

    Carol B

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctack2
    Ok, I have a solution for you all.

    I am just starting out, and have NO stash at all. PM me and I'll give you my address. That way, I'll get a stash started, you you all won't feel guilting about buying more fabric! WIN - WIN....hehehe

    Carol B
    I can help with the guilt relief myself. ;)

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    chris_quilts,

    I understand and I say good for you to recognize you needed to reign it in.

    I bet once you get into using your stash, it will get easier. I love to shop my stash, it is almost as good as hitting the fabric stores.

    Good luck. You can do it.

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    I wish you luck on your journey. You have made the right decision for you. Buying fabric because it is a good deal, you know you will make something with it, because you had to have it, its pretty, can all lead to too much fabric, not enough time, and no way to make all those projects you have in mind. It can quickly get out of hand and usually does. Hooray for you in seeing a problem and taking control.

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    You are NOT alone. I had to cut myself off from online fabric shopping last year for 6 months. I have a recommendation: If you get the urge for new fabric ~ made a trade with someone. I have met two people on this board I've traded with. It's super fun even getting a few surprise squares in the mail goes a long way. Also once you get going on your projects from your stash/scraps you'll have a lot of fun - then you can buy only what you absolutely need to finish a quilt. PM me if you ever feel like trading something because you just have to get something new.

    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts
    Ladies and gents; This past Wednesday, I decided I needed an accountability partner, one who DOES NOT quilt, for my own sanity. I drove 3.5 hrs out of my way to go to a fabric shop to buy fabric, of course, and left only b/c I realized that I really did need some $ for food purposes on my business trip. I have quite a bit built up in my stash, minus batting, and need to do some making of quilts and things before I can even think of justifying buying more fabric. This is not from DH but from me. I think that I somewhere crossed a line within myself in regards to my fabric buying and so asked a friend a church to be my partner. She is more than happy to help me out and she does not quilt so this will help me. We contracted that I would call her before doing any fabric shopping so we can talk about it and she can rake me over the coals and tell me, truthfully, that I don't need any more fabric. Sorry this is long but I needed to tell some people that may understand why even if no one agrees. i am actually interetsted in others' reactions/thoughts to this posting.

    Chris

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    I love to buy fabrics too. When I see something that is just 'really pretty', or if it's purple or yellow (which are really hard colors to find around here), I like to buy! I really don't need any more material right now, except for backing fabrics when I get a quilt made that needs one. I try to just avoid going to the fabric store. I know that if I do, I'm going to buy something. I wish you alot of luck with your plan. I really hope that it works for you.
    Marilyn

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    I understand just how it is...my word for this year is FOCUS. Focus on what needs to be completed and focus on making a sizeable dent in the fabric pile (mountain). Then I can shop for more.

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    I've also been trying to not buy fabric on impulse just because I like it. I don't have a stash anywhere NEAR what a lot of people seem to have but it's bothering me. I need to plan some quilts for what I have and get it cleared out.

    I've only bought fabric for two quilts in the last few months and the one I am working on now is from what I already had.

    Good for you and hope that you make some great quilts to share from your stash.

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    I have the opposite problem. I make mostly scrappy quilts and find that I don't have enough of a stash to have the variety I'd like. Good luck on your diet and the idea to keep yourself accountable to somebody.

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    Wow, I salute you.

    I've seen on several blogs that there must be a group of folks who are stashbusting - they report their use/gain of fabric each week.

    Now me, on the other hand: I needed to give detailed directions to some "city" folks to the Mennonite stores that are local to me, so HAD to drive to them so I could mark mileage and landmarks. You don't think that I was going to drive "all that way" for nothing, do you??

    And I just sent another friend a message that the shop in Watkins Glen (45 minutes away) is having a fat frenzy later this week. $1/fat - now that's such a bargain that it'd be crazy to pass up, right?

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    The reason that I started weaving was because you have to complete the one on the loom before you can start another.....or buy another loom. Eleven looms later, I needed another building. So I bought the second building. Maxed out the cards and here I am.

    So when my parents passed away I figured I had 26 years to weave up this fabric.

    On the road to recovery...I sold the second building and am down to 6 looms. I'll post a picture of my partial stash. It is all hand-dyed for the rag rugs.

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    I joined a stash busters club to try and whittle down my stash. We agreed that since we were "Busting" we wouldn't buy anything unless it started with a B---such as Batting, Backing and Binding. But then there are other things that start with Bs also. If fabric is on sale that makes it a Bargain. There's also Books, Blues, Browns, Beiges, Burgundys, Blenders, Batiks. . . . . . . and so goes my addiction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danmar
    I love to buy fabrics too. When I see something that is just 'really pretty', or if it's purple or yellow (which are really hard colors to find around here), I like to buy! I really don't need any more material right now, except for backing fabrics when I get a quilt made that needs one. I try to just avoid going to the fabric store. I know that if I do, I'm going to buy something. I wish you alot of luck with your plan. I really hope that it works for you.
    Marilyn
    Marilyn;

    I have no idea how far Parsons, KS, is from Alden, KS, (about 20 minutes north of Sterling on KS 14/96) but there's a fabulous quilt shop there which is where I spent my last fabric money. Lots of pretty fabrics there and some gorgeous purples and yellows. I will have to buy the batting but am planning on piecing backings and just use fabric from the stash for bindings usually. Not that you need to know where another shop is but it is an awesome shop nonetheless.

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    I fell off of the wagon big time on friday. A lady contacted one of our guild members about selling her stash. She is no longer able to quilt and is downsizing. I was good and did all of my three loads of laundry and my friday morning chores before I went. I guess I was hoping that others had beaten me to the goodies. I was wrong. I was only the third customer. I spent $100 and came home with a little more than 50yrds of great fabric. All of it had already been washed and ironed.
    Yesterday I put together two Linus quilts that only need the final machine quilting to be completed. I also quilt with a group at our local senior center. They are constantly being given fabric and other goodies when someone downsizes or passes away. They have a 10x10 closet full of sewing supplies. They gave me two huge bags of batting and a pile of plain fabrics as they know I make Linus Quilts. I used some of the batting and fabric along with some of my friday purchases to make those two Linus quilts. I will label them as being from the Senior Center.

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    Thanks for all the support so far. This will not be an easy diet but I am seriously planning on only buying batting and thread for the time being. I will piece my backs for the time being.

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