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    Use that Stash! Fabric Moratorium

    Anyone up for a 2013 Fabric Moratorium?
    Just had to move all my sewing stuff out of the dining room so we can use it as intended. I was amazed at my stash purchases this past year. Life was hectic these past 12 months, I couldn't sew, but I sure could shop!

    I would be willing to post the monthly reminders, rules similar to prior years...
    * Pull fabric from your stash. No fabric purchases to start a new quilt top from Jan 1 until November 1
    What you can buy (fabric wise) is this:
    * Yardage for backing, border or binding, to tie together fabric from your stash to complete a UFO or start a new project
    * Special Request fabric, eg: for little Susie's wedding quilt who's favorite color is puce, which for some reason you don't have in your stash...

    I'm going to try and do it on my own, anyone want to join me??? I'm posting this now, so you can indulge in year end sales, then start your fabric diet in January.
    "I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to."
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    I'm with you!! Had to move a bunch of mine recently. Was amazed at the number of pieces I had no recollection of buying (of course they were beautiful, so I couldn't part with them)! LOL

    Linda

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    Count me in! I did this this year and have a little more empty space in my scrap drawer and in others too but still a long way to go. Gotta use some of this up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I've already started mine! I have so..o...o...o much fabric. Some of it is not so good (quality-wise), given to me by my sister-in-law, but I've already used some in a scrappy quilt. Thrown in with the better fabric it's not so bad.

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    I have been doing this for a couple years. Besides batting and backing (sometimes) the only fabric I allow myself buy is if I need a particular color/print etc. to finish up a project. (had to buy 3 yds of a lovely green fabric a while back to use as the connecters/sashing for a hexagon quilt I'm working on) So, count me in also.

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    Yeah ... I need to join this thread too. I just made a couple major purchases so now all I need to do is keep away from the LQS. Seriously ... I may not even need to purchase backing fabric.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    Anyone up for a 2013 Fabric Moratorium?
    Just had to move all my sewing stuff out of the dining room so we can use it as intended. I was amazed at my stash purchases this past year. Life was hectic these past 12 months, I couldn't sew, but I sure could shop!

    I would be willing to post the monthly reminders, rules similar to prior years...
    * Pull fabric from your stash. No fabric purchases to start a new quilt top from Jan 1 until November 1
    What you can buy (fabric wise) is this:
    * Yardage for backing, border or binding, to tie together fabric from your stash to complete a UFO or start a new project
    * Special Request fabric, eg: for little Susie's wedding quilt who's favorite color is puce, which for some reason you don't have in your stash...

    I'm going to try and do it on my own, anyone want to join me??? I'm posting this now, so you can indulge in year end sales, then start your fabric diet in January.
    I started this "fabric Moratorium" last year and believe it or not, I did not buy any fabric from the fabric store and only purchased a few small yardage pieces at garage sales. I am going to make it this year and will probably do the same next year. Now, the funny thing is, I can't see my stash going down much at all, but I will keep using on it.

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    I would like to do this but what about finishing kits? Can I buy them?

    Use what is in the stash.

    I'm running to the fabric store- buy- at 50% off Christmas fabric. before 2013. LOL

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    I'll join. Keep up the reminders! I tried last yr, but failed. : (

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    I try not to set myself up for failure. So, I have to bow out of this one. I know that I'll be being buying something. But, I will dilligently try to use from my stash. After all, a stash isn't a stash unless you stash it! heheheheh!
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    lol,I will never do this.I can not help myself when I see fabric.good luck to those who try.Me not buying fabric would be like not breathing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KarenR View Post
    I would like to do this but what about finishing kits? Can I buy them?

    Use what is in the stash.

    I'm running to the fabric store- buy- at 50% off Christmas fabric. before 2013. LOL
    Karen, There will not be any quilt police checking on this! If you need to buy a kit or yardage to finish a project, then sure, go ahead.
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    I tryed this last year and failed!! LOL I think in Jan. I bought more fabric than I had in the 6 months before. LOL Something about someone (myself) telling me NO! So I have started easing into the moratorium. LOL I told myself I had to use at least one piece from my stash, and call it a challenge!! So far, so good, on my last project I used 2 from my stash and only bought one! YAH

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    i'm in again- did it this year---and did well- all total i bet i've spent less than $50 on fabrics for all of 2012 (except the wools i had to purchase for a commissioned quilt= but that doesn't really count because the person commissioning the quilt paid for supplies)
    my stash is still over-flowing & over whelming---but i will say it is more difficult - pushes the creativity- because the pieces are much smaller than they were the beginning of 2012- i have to come up with ways to use smaller amounts of lots...
    anyhow- looking forward to another year of using the stash & saving money.
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    I'll give it a try but I'm afraid it will go the way of New Year's resolutions and diets.

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    PaperPrincess, I too do not like to set myself up for failure. However, I am going to make a commitment to 'try' not to buy new fabric~~unless there is a really, really good reason. My goal is to get my stash under control and folded on comic boards. Reasons: to take up less space and to be able to visually see what I have. I would like to make enough quilts, even if I have to tie them, for others and to whittle my stash in two, at least. IF I buy fabric in 2013, it will be with immediate purpose instead of just having it to build my stash. Hope you won't mind me riding along for the encouragement I know will be offered.

    Doesn't it seem like we were very inclined to buy fabric in 2012 because prices were going up? Well, LOL, they did go up but I would hate to have too much stash leftover when I die. I think I have hedged myself enough against rising prices and I "love" each piece or else why would I have purchased it?! Thank you for raising the challenge. May we all be successful in 2013!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoisM View Post
    I'll give it a try but I'm afraid it will go the way of New Year's resolutions and diets.
    I'm with Lois...I'll try my best.
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    Count me in!! This past year, I was diagnosed with Metastatic Melanoma, so my income is seriously below what I usually make. I recently inheritated some BEAUTIFUL fabrics from a local quilt designer/freecycler so, I do have quite a wonderful stash to use.

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    I'm in. I have way too much material and need to whittle down my stash. Keep the reminders coming. Thanks
    God bless you and have a nice day.

    Bonnie

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    I just can't do it, sorry!!!
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    I will give it a try -- I need to dig out my sewing room again and I realize (again) I have way too much fabric.
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    Good luck, everyone!

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    I put myself on a fabric diet in July of this year after cleaning and reorganizing my sewing room. I have been able to use lots from my stash and have only purchased a FQ bundle at the APQS quilt show in Grand Rapids MI. I did have a jelly roll gifted to me by a friend and 4 queen size W & N battings by another friend. I just purchased fabric for some Christmas presents as they were theme related. I have made 2 quilts just from my stash but did have to purchase flannel for the backing of one baby quilt. I plan on continuing this throughout the coming year. I have decided that no fabric is too pretty to cut and that I bought it to use it! I will play along with you all too!
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    Ill try, cant gaurantee anything...i am a fabricholic. Was not able to drive for a few weeks, all i wantedto do was go touch new fabric.
    and......if i do do this, i wont get coupons anymore, then what do i do when i need one!!!!!

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