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Thread: Using up my stash

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    Using up my stash

    I think I have a problem. I am planning a quilt (pineapple nine patch) - scrappy - in shades of red. And I have collected reds for years so I have lots. But each time I pull a piece for consideration, my first thought is that if I use that piece, then I won't have it anymore. So back in the stash it goes. Hard to make myself use up my stash - does anyone else do this?

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    I have been guilty of this as well. But have decided that keeping all the misc. small pieces-well, they need to be used! Other beauties will soon take their place! I found it helps to cut strips and put them into my bins, and if need a special size piece, then cut it and set aside with its project.
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    Instead of thinking that you won't have that piece anymore, think how special the new quilt will be with that piece in it. You aren't losing the fabric at all. You're just letting it live up to its potential.

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    Dunster, I like the way you think - living up to its potential!

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    I don't seem to have as much problem with using up small pieces as with discovering after finishing a quilt that there is only a little left of whichever fabric in THAT quilt was my favorite so there's not enough of it for another quilt. Silly, I know!

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    I can soooo relate to that! My huge under-the-bed box of cat prints is no longer "stash." Now, it's a collection. They make me happy to look at them, so it's all good.
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    I have that problem, but lately have been telling myself; If I use that piece then I'll have a quilt.

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    I do the same thing and a friend told me to use from my stash ! There always is more fabric in quilt shops !

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    Same here for the cat fabric. I don't need pillows out of all the fabric. I'm planning a cat quilt, with some kind of custom layout, just haven't tried laying it out.

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    DO IT! There will be more red in the future, better red than you already have, I guarantee. Better to use it now than never use it or see it in a quilt.
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    Im that way with my 'swaps' squares.. If i use it i wont have that piece anymore... Its a vicious circle isnt it?!?!?!?

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    My solution was that anything under 2 yards was fair game. It worked.
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    Just take a few quiet moments alone with the fabric. Stroke it a few times. Remind if of the good memories you have shared. Tell it you will both meet again in a better world. And cut it to pieces!

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    I hoarded a couple of particular pieces for over 8 years because (when I bought it) it was SO BEAUTIFUL. One day I found the pieces in a stack of purples I was looking through and realized I didn't even LIKE it any more! What a waste, because I couldn't think of a way to use it then. That stuff is still in the stash. Sitting there. Not being used. Frowning at me. Dang!

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    There will always be more beautiful fabric coming out - use up your stash now so you can have an excuse to go buy more!
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    Quote Originally Posted by smickchick View Post
    just take a few quiet moments alone with the fabric. Stroke it a few times. Remind if of the good memories you have shared. Tell it you will both meet again in a better world. And cut it to pieces!
    too funny!!!!
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    If you don't use when you think its beautiful , like Jan said, there will likely come a day when your opinion has changed. Just think if you don't cut the "good stuff" you will not have room for the better stuff that is yet to come.
    I too have had peices that I just would keep putting back on the shelf and now, I wished I had used it when I first fell in love with it.
    Last edited by Lori S; 02-20-2013 at 06:09 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmickChick View Post
    Just take a few quiet moments alone with the fabric. Stroke it a few times. Remind if of the good memories you have shared. Tell it you will both meet again in a better world. And cut it to pieces!
    Hehehe.....SmickChick....you funny!!!!! Now...if only I could take this advise as well.....

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    Here's what you do! Eyes closed! Take out a BIG fist full of reds! And there ya go! No second guessing. Just do it!

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    Unless I have a specific project in mind to start right now this minute, I put all my little scraps in a flat rate box, when it gets full I list it on here for sale. There is always more and new. I do have one 3" square from South Africa sent to me by some one I spoke at the Smithsonian with hanging on a bulletin board, that piece I will keep forever, just like it is.

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    I know what you mean - I often have problems finding a scrap of fabric to use as the "starter" when doing strip piecing. Isn't that sad!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    Instead of thinking that you won't have that piece anymore, think how special the new quilt will be with that piece in it. You aren't losing the fabric at all. You're just letting it live up to its potential.
    I like your idea of allowing a fabric lo live up to its potential. I'll try to remember that as I go through my stash to pull fabrics for a project and don't want to use some of it. But...I have some i know I will never cut. It's just too beautiful.

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    No problem here. For each piece I use, I can purchase two to replace it. Thankfully, the fabric companies keep coming out with increasingly beautiful fabrics.
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    Yes, I do that and it is very common I would think. I just can't part with the red and white and black that "someday" I will put into a quilt for myself. Who knows,maybe this is the year to do it. :-)

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    Bonnie Hunter told us when you use the fabric from your stash then it creates a hole and you are free to go shopping because you have to fill the hole. Think of it as a liberating experience and use that fabric!

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