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    UFOs and Kits I have made from my stash

    My favorite part of quilting is deciding on a design, selecting the fabrics and piecing or appliqueing the top. I FMQ all my quilts and I don't mind doing it, I just don't love it. Consequently, I have over 30 tops to be quilted and 17 UFOs (some almost completed except for a little quilting and the binding), and then yesterday I put together 6 new kits and plan on many more. I have soooo much fabric I simply have to stop buying anymore because I have run out of space, hence the kits. I hope I can make myself go to the closet and "shop" instead of heading for the fabric store to buy fabric for that quilt I just saw in a magazine or online. Wish me luck in this endeavor!

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    Great idea, i need to make kits too.

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    Good luck. I have a pretty large stash I am trying to use up, I only buy right now if it is something I need to complete a project. I have tubs full of scraps so I am making a lot of scrap quilts. Good thing they are my favorite. My problem is patterns. I don't buy many but I save all the ones I like that I find free on the internet. So far I have a memory card with over 400 of them. I know I'll never make them all but you never know when you may need that "perfect" pattern for a project.
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    Ontheriver, I know what you mean about the patterns. I have a large bin with purchased patterns, another bin with freebies I have printed off the internet and a stack of magazines 4' high marked with stickies, and even more free patterns bookmarked on my computer. I would have to live 3 lifetimes to use even half of these patterns. I also love scrap quilts and find myself cutting into yardage to make them because I can't find the right color in my scraps!

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    I have decided I will only buy fabric if I absolutely have to have a color that I do not have. My stash is quite large also and I have bought enough to last me the rest of my life. My DH realized exactly what I have when one of my 8 foot long shelves broke in the closet of my sewing room. We had to take all the fabric off that shelf and then found out it also broke the shelf below it. He said he had no idea there was that much fabric. It was a wakeup call for me to stop buying. I am perfectly happy making quilts from my stash as I love scrappy quilts most of all. I do wish you luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pollyjvan9 View Post
    Ontheriver, I know what you mean about the patterns. I have a large bin with purchased patterns, another bin with freebies I have printed off the internet and a stack of magazines 4' high marked with stickies, and even more free patterns bookmarked on my computer. I would have to live 3 lifetimes to use even half of these patterns. I also love scrap quilts and find myself cutting into yardage to make them because I can't find the right color in my scraps!
    Have you considered a hand held (wand) scanner to copy the patterns you have applied sticky notes to? You could then get rid of that mountain of magazines - either by donating them to your local library/quilter's group or by selling them.

    I have a VuPoint Solution Magic Want Portable Scanner. I bought it a couple of years back from HSN but they sell them on Amazon.com too.

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    I think all of our stashes eventually get too large. Mine is sorted by color and design and batiks are to themselves. A few years ago a friend and I went over my stash and made 'kits' for church prayer quilts. Since when I started really quilting once I was down here in AZ I didn't have a 'stash' friends started one for me. Now I have started to share with someone else. It is a good feeling

    "Have you considered a hand held (wand) scanner to copy the patterns you have applied sticky notes to? You could then get rid of that mountain of magazines - either by donating them to your local library/quilter's group or by selling them."

    I just use my printer scanner and scan what I want. I have 2 folders on my computer and flash drive backup. #1 is only of the quilt tops with their names. #2 is for the quilt tops and their directions. That way I can do a slide show of just the tops and decide what I want to do.

    The quilt mags go to one of my quilting groups when I have finished scanning. What the quilters don't use I donate to another group that then sells the older mags at our Rusty Barn booth in January.

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    I also have a lot of quilt mags but hate to downsize them as tastes change with what i might want to make. Same with fabric, what I bought ten years ago or more doesn't go with all the fabrics of today. You like what you like but tastes change! I don't make kits but if it works for you great!
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    I too have my own stash then inherited my 90 yr old aunt's when she could no longer hold a needle. After that, my sister and best friend was hit and killed by a truck so I got ALL of her stuff and now my mom wants to start giving me hers. I am taking a suitcase full of fabric home from FL to CA. Good thing I got lots of black and white when connecting threads had it on sale for $2.96. I should be able to pull anything together. Maybe I should concentrate on UFOs and ready to start projects first, LOL.

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    I'm trying to do the same thing. In order for this to work I need to stay out of stores that sell fabric. I almost always find something I just have to have. Just recently I just "had to have" Moda's Summer Breeze II as I always wanted a blue and yellow quilt. I just "had to have" a jelly roll and a layer cake and some yardage for the border. And of course when Connecting Threads has one of their fabulous sales. Last one I got lots of fabric for less than $2/yd.

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    Wow is this what I'm looking forward to as a new quilter? LOL.

    For me it's a matter of a very limited cash inflow process. So it takes me forever to get the fabrics together for a small projects much less large projects. So if I'm really lucky I try to pre-cut projects "kits" when I finally have all the fabrics bought that I need to make the Tops.

    I love using the really big zip-loc blocks to hold these "kit" tops and found those 1.5 & 2 gal. bags are great for this. I can copy the pattern and place it in the pages right in "kit" so I know exactly what it is and have all the instructions with it too.

    So I'm off so play with my "givens'.
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    If funding is an issue, try looking for fabric at your local thrift shops. I have gotten quite a bit. When there is a garage sale with clothes priced by the bag, I look for items I can cut up for the fabric...If yoiu like scrappy quilts this works great!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quercus Rubra View Post
    Wow is this what I'm looking forward to as a new quilter? LOL.
    I am also a new quilter and I think the hardest thing is looking at all of the great scrap quilts when you don't have scraps. I can't wait until I have extra fabric around.

    My grandmother has been sewing forever and has a stash that you wouldn't believe. I am hoping when I visit she may share. But I know from experience that she likes to save her stash "just in case". Haha

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    I really do wish you luck. I am struggling with the same issue.
    Fabric is like money, no matter how much you have it's never enough.

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    When does CThreads have $2.00 sales? I don't get their catalog anymore but thought I was checking the web-site pretty regularly.

    I had to give up about 80% of my stash 2 years ago when I was required by HUD (disabled Sr) to move to a smaller apt. The move cost over 1,000 from one end of town to the other. That includeds all utility fees, deposits, downpayments etc, but it's hard to come-up with an extra thousand bucks, When you don't have any. For my new apt half the size I pay over $100.00 more a month, and HUD pays over 100$ more a month. This was a money saving manouver by W Bush!

    Obamas contribution was eliminating cost-of-increases to disability for 3 years.

    I can hardly wait to see what they do to us after the next election. Maybe I could get part of my payment in a cash incentive to my LQS. LOL Now that would be fun.

    Anyway, I have depleted my stash to the point where nearly all I have is brown! I like brown. I like other colors too. My sis found 3 apple boxes in her storage that were full of Fall/Halloween. (This was the end of her stash) I have kitted about 10 large lap to queen bed size.

    I love civil war era, and made 3 out of my stash, before I ran dry a few months ago. (Nope, I do not work). I have a Civil War Oak Tree planned that takes 12 different browns for the trees, and a few more for the rest of it. No problem, got it covered.

    Can;'t remember the last time I bought fabric for stash. But I'm hoping to free up some money this fall to start the Sampler that is on the Fab shop hop. It uses a lot of browns--so I'm off to a good start.

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    Bonnie Hunter has so much info on scrap piecing.quiltville.com

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    Great Idea! I am in the process of going through my fabric and wrapping it now, but when I need a break from that I think I will look for a couple of patterns that I want to do and see if I can't start putting together a kit. Maybe sometime I will get the time to sew and everything would be all together and I could start right away.

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    One of my goals this year is to finish up what I have started. It's so difficult because I see things I want to do so badly and then I'm off on a tangent. I am tempted by mysteries, scrap quilts, etc. I have made some progress and have had at least 4 tops that have needed to be quilted professionally done in the past few months. That means I only have 5 tops left to be quilted and I've whittled down some of my projects in progress. Then a couple of weeks ago my aunt gave me a top that needs quilting and a bolt of muslin for a cathedral window purchased sometime in the 50's or 60's. That has always been on my bucket list so I may start that. It never ends, does it???
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    I can relate to having so many things started - I have a stack of quilt tops made this summer - and a stack of those quilted ready to be given out at Christmas. Then I have a large clear container with blocks to put together - and usually one quilt in the quilting frame, working on, at the same time. I think I need to slow down and finish two projects before starting another one.

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    I am wondering: for ladies who have too much fabric, make kits but have no time to do them all, would they consider selling those kits? New quilters would definitely love to buy kits, it's a much easier way to start.

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    I'm taking a class and the project is a batik quilt. I don't do batiks really, but I had some batiks, so I drove 45 minutes to my LQS and the owner went thru my stash and made up a kit for the class. I only had to buy one piece of fabric to complete the quilt top. How's that for using your stash? I was so proud of myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ontheriver View Post
    Good luck. I have a pretty large stash I am trying to use up, I only buy right now if it is something I need to complete a project. I have tubs full of scraps so I am making a lot of scrap quilts. Good thing they are my favorite. My problem is patterns. I don't buy many but I save all the ones I like that I find free on the internet. So far I have a memory card with over 400 of them. I know I'll never make them all but you never know when you may need that "perfect" pattern for a project.
    Only 400???? I've been saving free BOM's and online patterns since 2005.

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    The kits are a great idea. I make kits for our guild's charity quilts from donated fabrics. It seems to encourage the ladies to pick up some fabric to make a quilt. The kit idea should help you, too. When you want to make something new you have something ready to go with fabrics and pattern. Good luck using your stash.

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    Like several of you, I only buy when I need something to complete a project from my stash. I love scrap quilts, and just am putting the finishing touches on an embroidered rag quilt with Denim as the back and alll red white and blue blocks for the top. I thought I would never get through embroidering the squares. 120 in all!
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    Good luck with using your stash and not buying a lot of new fabric. I make up "kits" from my stash every now and then when i run across a pattern I want to make. I have slowed down on buying new fabrics but if I see something I really like, there is always room for 1 more fabric. LOL.

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