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Old 03-30-2012, 08:39 AM
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My addiction was smoking, so I learned to knit and crochet. It really helps to find a new addiction to replace the old one. I made sweaters, dollies, etc. Then I found quilting, Oh Boy! I love to quilt and everyone benefits from it! Get well and have fun quilting.
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:12 AM
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First of all, congrats on the weight loss. I have an internet friend that wasn't obese but getting close to it. OMG...you should see her now. She had the lapband surgery almost a year ago and her legs look like toothpicks (not really but compared to how she looked before they do).

I've done a LOT of sewing and crafts etc. over many years. I have to say I enjoyed doing just about everything I tried but...when you REALLY find what you love doing then it becomes habit forming. I spent thousands of $$$ on rubber stamping and making cards...it lasted a couple of years and now I have hundreds of rubber stamps in storage boxes. I began pouring candles and making soap and bath and body items in 2001 and I loved it. Would spend days and nights doing nothing but my hobby turned into a small business. I still love doing it but...put it on the back burner when I got back to sewing and quilting. I like having 2 things that I love to do...that way if I get a little bored with one I can go to the other and vice versa.

I didn't have much of a stash at all. But...after making a few purses/bags and picking up just a few yards of other fabric...my June Sun Bonnet Sue is sandwiched and I am slowly working on the machine applique. Sue in June is on a quilting cruise. Of course I couldn't find the exact fabrics from the book but I'm very pleased with what I could find and myself and others think it looks great. So what if the rotary cutter is yellow with small white and orange dots.

Again...congratulations and keep up the good work!
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:51 AM
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Again, great job on the weight loss issue. I am one of those yo-yo people. Lost almost 55 lbs 8 years ago and swore I would never be heavy again. Moved to Montana (which I LOVE) and gained it almost all back. In the last year I have lost 20 back off and I credit quilting as part of my weight loss program. I cannot eat and handle my wonderful fabric at the same time although I do keep something sugar free to drink on my desk near where I am working.

Another thought about the organization. I also have acquired quite a stash over the last couple of years. What I have started doing with part is to get one of those BIG (2 1/2 gallon) zip lock bags and make up kits. I put in the pattern or magizine that I want to copy, and all of the fabic I need already cut up with a note that I still need the border or whatever (because I do not have it in my stash at this time or want to pick it out after the center of the fabric is done) I include the backing if I have it and a note of who I wanted to make it for if I have decided. These then take up less room and are ready to grab if I want to take a project on a trip with me.

I am a very lucky lady indeed as I have a great husband who is very supportive. He goes as far as planning quilt stores into our trips even though he has found out the extent of my stash. He built me a custom table for my sewing machine I use for peicing that is able to be folded down to take on trips.
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:52 AM
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that is exactly what i plan to do! I need to say this, i am just in awe of how much healthier i feel, and while i have always been a positive person, im amazed at how much MORE positive i am. I am enjoying the whole organization process, and seeing what i have. couple of works in progress that ARE going to get finished...soon!
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:55 AM
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i will also say this, lap band surgery, or any kind of weight loss surgery, is not for everyone. what works for one person, won't for the next. I feel great of the weight i have lost...and i'm now shopping in the normal size dept as opposed to the plus size. at times, it's a little intimidating. i've got about 30-40 more lbs to lose. but this so far is working, as well as walking 3-4 miles/day.

and, my horse loves me for it <grin>.
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:01 AM
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CONGRATULATIONS! It has taken me close to ten years to loose over a hundred pounds; like you quilting has been a wonderful addiction in place of eating. All of the responses are fabulous and so encouraging. I wish you the best of luck and many, many wonderful hours of happy organizing and creating. Just reading and feeling your enthusiasm has made my day happier and more complete! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 03-30-2012, 02:26 PM
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Good for you! One of these days I will get organized.
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Old 03-30-2012, 04:15 PM
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Thank you everyone for your kind replies! I appreciate the support so much! Brenda--congrats on your weight loss....that is amazing and wonderful!

I'm busy trying to get that closet and room organized, and enjoying the process. of course, things called work, kids, hubby, horse nad rest of life must take priority (though not in that order). I'm visualizing all of the neat quilts i will be making.
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Congratulations!! Happy quilting!!!
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Old 03-31-2012, 04:25 AM
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congrats on the turn around life style and enjoy
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