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Thread: A study of personality types: Esp. for those of you who don't have a stash or don't keep scraps...

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    I save my scraps, but never use them! One of these days, I'll sort them out and post them up here for someone to have. I've been buying fabrics with a project in mind, but not all at once. I have a few projects cooking in my head at all times and if I see something that would go with one of them, I pick it up.

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    I buy with a plan but with all plans,sh...happens. I have a pantry with stored food items that may be out dated by a couple of years and my stash is just as stocked but at least fabric does not spoil. (And it has come in handy in the past for one more color or a quick project just because.)

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    I'm a 'stocker.' When I see a great deal on something I know can use, I tend to buy multiples e.g. tomato soup, 24 cans. Luckily I have storage space. Now that there are only two of us at home, I no longer can but will still put potatoes and onions 'down cellar.'

    During the winter of 1977-78 the only way I got to the grocery was on foot, with a sled for the supplies. Now our nearby store has closed and I don't think I'd want to trudge to the new one. So I lay in the staples, just in case: yeast, flour, canned goods, frozen food, powdered milk, dry beans, rice, etc. and don't forget the t.p.

    My so-called stash has more sewing factory cut stacks, project remains, thrift store finds and old jeans than yard goods from the quilt store. I have made quilts with new fabric, purposely selected, but I prefer the thriftier up-cycling.

    We don't have left-overs, we have planned-overs and think the pot of green beans or vegetable soup or pot roast & gravy taste better for the reheating.

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    Well I like my pantry full. I don't plan my meals (it drives hubby crazy). We do eat leftovers. If they want to eat.

    I do keep most of my scraps. I might use them later or some day.

    I do have a so what small stash. I bought most of it at the thrift store. How can you turn down many yards of fabric for under 5 bucks. Anything I don't like I donate back.

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    Interesting discussion.
    I consider myself a "selective stocker" in most aspects of my life. I am very much bothered by clutter and like neat cupboards and closets, so as a general habit, before I buy or even accept anything for free, I ask myself where would I put it?

    That being said, I love the freedom of spontaniousity, that is thinking up of a quilt pattern on a whim and just go into the closet, find fabrics and start cutting and sewing or in case of the kitchen, open fridge and pantry, collect ingredients and start cooking. I hate to interrupt my creative drive with a drive to the store. So I tend to plan things in my sewing room and kitchen, and buy things I know I will use and organize them neatly that I always know what I have and can easily find it. My sewing room and kitchen are my two favorite rooms in the house!

    As far as scraps and leftovers, being an obsessive planner, I plan those too, lol, depending on the dish I plan whether we will have leftovers or not, and with a quilt pattern, I plan how to incorporate scraps in quilts as I go. That being said, if things happen and I end up with leftover, I never throw them away, we eat them, and if I have scraps that I don't have plans form I give them away.

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    I only purchase what I need for each quilt but keep a full pantry/freezer/canning shelves.

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    I only purchase what I need for each quilt but keep a full pantry/freezer/canning shelves.

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    I have a large organized stash. Everything in my quilt studio has a place. I do not like messy. I keep most scraps but don't use them much.
    We do have food in the freezer and staples on hand. Not much, maybe a few days worth. We are not big on leftovers. I try not to have any, except for things like lasagna.

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    I like to keep a decent pantry since we live a little out of town. I can't tell you how many times having a pantry saved me when I needed to feed a guest randomly. LOL I like to cook by my mood too, so I can just pick out from a lot of basics. My fabric stash is not huge, I do cut it down into pieces ready for quilting, and I have one bag of scraps currently. The scraps have plans too for them coming up.

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    It is just 2 of us so I do not stockpile food that much. I am thinking if the world went Mad Max we would not live as long as many others.

    I do have a big stash made up of quilt shop fabric bought at deep discounts. I am very prolific and it turns over quite quickly.

    I give away scraps to guild friends as I finally acknowledged I do not like random scrap quilts to make. I love seeing what others make but it is not for me.

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    I rarely have leftover fabric and if I do, it's a small amount. I don't save 1 or 2 little scraps, but if I have something like an uncut half yard, I'll fold it and save it just in case.

    As for food, I live alone, so I always have leftovers. I don't eat them past the 3rd day, though. And I'm a HUGE doggie bag take homer person. I'll eat out and get at least 2 nice meals, sometimes 3.

    I've worked my butt off supporting myself for many years, and I'm quite frugal. Yet if I want something 'pretty', yep, I'll buy it. I measure and plan, though, and only buy what I need. I don't hesitate to spend money on nice things but only buy what I'll use.

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    I plan exactly what I am going to purchase at the grocery store, and the fabric store. But...I do purchase things that are not on the list. Especially if its a super good buy. I do save left overs and we have them for lunch the next day or so. I do not save scraps though, unless they are very big, and I might be able to use them elsewhere.

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    I am a very anal organized person. My pantry & freezer are always well stocked, I stock up on both food & fabric when on sale. I tend to be somewhat frugal but not a huge scrap savor when it comes to anything smaller then 4-6"-I donate them to others. On the leftovers I don't mind eating them especially if I am in a no cook mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meemersmom
    I learned my "saving" ways from my immigrant Polish grandparents -- they're habits that are second nature, so I don't think I would be able to change.
    I'm not sure that you should change. Seems a pretty thrifty way to live.

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    Wonderful conversation. I have a small pantry that gets rotated every couple months. Living in the country it's smart. I purchase carefully. I have so much inhertited fabric that I have organized and shared thru sales. I hate waste and love to share. We always eat leftovers, since I'd rather quilt!

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    Its canning and preserving time here in mid America. Garden produce is either canned, frozen or dehydrated. Freezer is stocked by buying a quarter of beef from an area processing plant. Yes our pantry is well stocked for the next year. Depending on weather conditions (hail) my stock usually lasts till the next growing season.
    Have a DS who is now beginning to grow garden, and process the food. Yesterday experimented with salsa for the first time and came late in the day with a sample. Created his own recipe and I must say I am impressed.
    As for fabric, OH I do buy ahead and have a well stocked larder. Most projects I am able to shop my shelves and create what I want, if I need a specific color, I overdye a piece that I already have on hand. Also keep a good supply of plain white pfd fabric to paint or dye as needed.
    Threads etc, oh yes, when I find a really good sale on the types I like, I stock up. Am never sorry as when times get bad, like they are now, I can always sew.
    We live miles away from stores, so in winter if we were not stocked up, we wouldn't eat. One winter it was 6 weeks before we could get to shopping. Once a week an airplane would fly over and drop our mail. Youngest daughter thought her sheets came from angels, because she knew Santa could not possibly have gotten through the snow. Packages were dropped from the plane.
    Ah yes there still are places in the country where people do have to make do.

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    This is the time of the year when I start the squirrel thing. I gather nuts aka canned and packaged foods for the coming winter when we will be snowed into our little house on the prairie in the middle of the City of St. Paul not being able to get out for a week solid. Well, it has never happened. The streets are completely plowed out within 24 hours that the last snowflake fell and we live four blocks from a grocery store, two blocks from a liquor store, five blocks from a myriad of restaurants and a dance studio. Why I do this I have no idea, but I do!

    I also think leftovers are better the second and third day!!!!!

    I also "squirrel" fabric for that same snow storm that is coming that will be a good four feet high and I can sit inthe house and sew all day. Au Contraire. I am out there shoveling with the best of them and then I am too tired to sew! So technically I am all set for the winter, including thread like you wouldn't believe - got a really good deal on thread and bought 12 spools of thread that I don't think I'll finish up in a lifetime.

    Don't forget about the fall cleaning either. I imagine the squirrels do that too, otherwise we wouldn't have so many piles of leaves and twigs under our birch trees!!!!!! Windows have to be cleaned, curtains have to be nice and fresh, woodwork, ceilings, walls, steps, basement, under the stove and refrigerator and then do it all over again in April. We are a strange breed aren't we? When my husband was still working (retired 18 years now), every Friday I would open up the windows and doors and let that cold fresh air waft through the house and drop the temp around 25 degrees and then close it all up again and it would smell so nice and clean and fresh. Now my husband won't let me do that (too cold) and can't figure out why it gets a little odiferous (onions and stuff from cooking). That's why!!!!! I don't open doors and windows in the winter anymore. How did I get on this subject when we are talking about stocking up stuff compared to fabric. If you need it, buy it. If it isn't absolutely necessary you don't. I buy fabric, food and clothes. What else do we need????? Edie

    I use the word larder also and I keep our canned and packaged foods (mac and cheese) in the Cat Pantry!!!!!!

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    you mean that there are quilters who don't do STASHing ????????

    Are they still called quilters ???????????

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    I do a lot of PPing so I keep teeny-tiny to whatever size !!!

    I have those little plastic containers in which grape tomatoes come. I use them for the tinier scraps and have enough to put them according to color.. very helpful and are on a back shelf..... thus out of the way until needed.

    I do the same with the bigger strawberry containers and use them for the larger scraps and this works great for me.

    Never have the tomatoes or the strawberries left over......they go as fast as they come into the house......so no worry about food left-overs !!!!!

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    Hi All, Reading all the responses to this thread about fabric stashes has finally helped me make the decision to purge my fabric stash. I am selling 20 yard bundles of 100% cotton fabrics in color bundles. Buyer can select: blacks, blues, reds - pinks, green, or tans-browns. $ 75 plus shipping. Email me at [email protected]

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt3311
    One winter it was 6 weeks before we could get to shopping. Once a week an airplane would fly over and drop our mail. Youngest daughter thought her sheets came from angels, because she knew Santa could not possibly have gotten through the snow. Packages were dropped from the plane.
    Ah yes there still are places in the country where people do have to make do.
    I've read about that winter, but wasn't living in Nebraska at the time. We had our own deep snow, but not so bad as to need planes dropping food/meds/etc. for us.

    I stock up on food and fabric. We use leftovers, but they are planned. And I am learning Quiltville's method for the use of fabric scraps.

    I come from a long line of farmers, so I learned food preservation as a child. My mom tells stories of making over dresses for the next child in line, though I did not have to do it for mine. I am currently cutting up outgrown clothing for quilts. I was taught to 'waste not, want not."

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    How about someone who is changing from one to the other in regards to fabric. I am trying to clean out my UFO's and get rid of all fabric I won't use. I don't really just pick up fabric anymore. Use to. I guess if the economy were better I still would. Don't know.
    Food I am the type to stock food if I have the money and the room. Too many years where the money was too tight to buy food. It was a choice between rent and utilities and gas to get to work or buying food. I always keep bread, milk and eggs in the house. Would stock the freezer if I had one. I do have some canned goods not enough for me.

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    I stock pile food, as I buy when it is on sale. My cupboards are full, and I am a whim cook. If I feel like making chili, I can, or a meat loaf, or a turkey.

    I stash too, my goal is to get my stash organized, and i am working on that . I love a bargain, and buy fabric when it is at least 50% off, i buy matching lots. I do buy at my LQS for special projects to fill in on the sale lots. Got carried away doing civil war quilts, that stash I will be selling (maybe).

    I get little satisfaction out of watching the stock market (DH does that), we are retired, have a pot to pee in, and a roof over our heads. I have no overwhelming desire to leave money to the kids.

    when you buy fabric, and you sell it, you may break even, or lose some $$. I do not buy "junk gadgets, silk flowers" made in China, you lose all the $$ paid for them, they have no resale value. we dine out rarely, don't need to tell you where that money goes. we use coupons for everything.

    my stash is my hedge fund.



    Quote Originally Posted by justflyingin
    I am wondering if those of you who don't keep the scraps from your quilts (normal sized, not teeny tiny pieces), to be used elsewhere, do you do the same in your kitchen? (throw away leftovers).

    And for those of you who don't ever buy anything unless you have a use for it (a planned quilt) because you consider it an unnecessary tie-up of money, do you do the same for the food in your pantry? Do you make up a menu and shop for each meal specifically?

    I'm trying to see if there is a relationship here in the personality type. As for me, I'm an Amy Daczyczyn (aka Tightwad Gazette) type and work from a pantry and try to buy the "extra" things I need while keeping a stock of basics in my freezer and pantry. And, I use my leftovers. My family eats them, like it or not. Sometimes they get tired of them, and sometimes (often) I create something else out of them (like making quesadillas out of leftover chicken (since I keep tortillas and cheese on hand).

    So, this thread is esp. for those of you who don't like either scraps or buying ahead of time. Do your buying habits for fabric compare to food buying habits? I am curious if it is personality type that works "all around" or just specifically for sewing.

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    I save scraps and I stock up. I really enjoyed reading each of these posts. I don't buy food or fabric for specific meals or quilts. Rather the meals and quilts are determined by what I have on hand.

    I garden (in my front yard, too) and forage and whatever we don't eat fresh gets preserved. Last year I went through my deep freeze to make room for turkeys and canned the contents. Chicken breasts are now ready in broth to be turned into whatever I am in the mood for. Beef roasts got turned into quarts and quarts of stew and chili. There's always lots of jam, jelly, fruit salad, dried fruits on the shelves and plenty of wine which I also make.

    I shop for fabric at estate sales and have more tubs of fabric and thread than I know what to do with. But I will use them. I'm determined! I have an entire tub filled with bias cut strips that I got at an estate sale and am now working on a brilliant batik strip quilt. Not at all sure what it will turn out to be, but I'm thinking curves. I buy fabric at Joann, but never ever ever pay retail. NEVER! I also shop at Walmart. Last night I picked up lots of different old fashioned rose prints that will be turned into something wonderful. One batch in rose color and the other batch in purple and lavender. Quilted bags?

    Some of my best meals come from fun combinations of food scraps and some of my best quilts come from combinations of fabric scraps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willa
    I pretty much buy fabric for the project but save whats left over.
    Food I like stocked but usually hate leftovers so I make smaller amounts of what I won't eat leftover.
    ditto except I do eat leftovers.

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