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Old 03-30-2012, 05:38 AM
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i've been an on/off quilter for 20 years, and have accumulated quite the stash-y'all would be proud of me! my closet reflects this, as well as no organization at all...

well, also in the last 20 years, i've been obese. and to be very honest, obesity (unless directly caused by health issues...which mine is not) is a type of addiciton--i eat for a variety of reasons, often having little to do with hunger. In the last two years, i have developed numerous health issues. In october, I had lap band surgery. As of this morning, I have lost 71 lbs.

Now, here is where my transfer addiction comes in...quilting! i've rediscovered the joy of it <g>, and also the joy of shopping for it! LOL. so, I bought comic boards, and in my spare time, have been wrapping my fabric. Hubby and I put together two of those 3 unitx 3 unit cubbies that lowes sells and stacked them in the closet (bless the man. he did this while on crutches and the night before his knee surgery..which was yesterday). I am gaining such a sense of satisfaction of wrapping and organizing. and i feel that this, if it's transfer addiciton...ie substituting one vice for another (kinda like someone who quilts smoking and then loves candy...) is far healthier! Don't let me bring any more fabric into the house!!

I think I'm going to need another set of two cubbie units. I'm still trying to figure out how i want to store the fat quarters....and then I need to start on organization of patterns.

Oh my...this is gonna turn me into a better housekeeper HAHAHAHAHA.....

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Old 03-30-2012, 05:47 AM
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What you did was very brave and I am so glad it's working for you. At least the fabric addiction won't cause any
physical problems and will give you many hours of joy.
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:48 AM
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I am proud of you too. The trick is to become addicted to the QUILTING, and not to the SHOPPING. Use up that stash and enjoy your new energy. Save the $$ for shopping for a new wardrobe when your weight loss is complete. You're obviously on the right track.
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Congratulations on your weight loss! and more to losed! Stitching can be an addiction of its own ... there are several projects in that closet you just organized. Have fun!
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:00 AM
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Wow! Congratulations on your new improved attitude. Dunster said it perfectly: save your money for new wardrobe! Keep up the good progress. Little tricks to keep you moving while quilting, set your cutting board, iron and sewing machine far enough away from each other that you HAVE to get up to use them. It takes longer to complete a project but well worth the health benefits.

Again, CONGRATS!!!!
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:25 AM
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Congrats! You sound like you've already wrapped your head around where you're going and kudo's to you for the great accomplishments!
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Wow. Good for you, both for your weight loss and your newly found organizational skills.
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:54 AM
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Good for you.....recognizing that you have a problem is the first step and you're way beyond that. congratulations on your weight loss. I also eat for everything and am beginning a program designed to help weight loss and prevent diabetes. What I have learned is that when I quilt, I'm normally not eating.....I try to quilt a lot. I took a scrap therapy class about 4 or 5 years ago and at the time kept track of all the quilts I made using my scraps, when I hit 12 and 13, I was so proud of myself. You could do that....give yourself a pat on the back when you complete a quilt made totally out of your stash fabric.
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WOW!! 71 pounds! You are great! I change my addictions all the time...quilting is in first place right now! I agree with having to walk from the sewing machine to the ironing board and even the cutting board. I need to lose weight. I have quilter's butt right now from soooo much quilting. It use to be round, really. And I'm proud of you for organizing your fabric. You make me want to go clean my sewing room today. I was going to go to the casino and gamble with my hubby today, but I think I might just clean today. You probably feel 100 times better now that you've lost so much weight. Yipee for you!!!!
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You have done great. Keep on loosing those lbs. and turning out beautiful quilts. When I am working on a quilt I forget to eat until DH ask me if I have eaten, that usually means he is ready and can't cook.
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