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Thread: A vicious cycle!!! Do you ever make more room?

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    My Name is Lori , like the post before me, it has been less than 8 hours since my last purchase. I started with a sewing room about 10x10... then came the rolls of batting, the fabric on bolts, etc... I expanded to consume most of my basement. Even put a bed there .. which is now the perfect quilt storage system.. I just lay one on top of another.
    I figure I will have to start digging a basement expansion is a few years . If I tell myself I will have to dig with a spoon that will deter me.

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    aside from decorating my tree today, I'm going to re-arrange my fabrics....yet again! I love to sort through my stash. It helps me plan my next project. You are SO not alone!

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    Oh yes! I have a big problem with space. Ever so often I reorganize, but then I start new projects which tears up all the organization. And of course I must buy new supplies to help with the projects!
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    No I do not see a problem. Atleast your fabric is making it into tops and quilts. some of mine just sits there for my visual enjoyment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MimiBug123 View Post
    I don't think you have a problem at all. It sounds perfectly normal to me. At least that's what happens at my house.
    My thoughts exactly.

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    Sounds like you are having fun and isn't that what we should do......LOL..

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    That is not a vicious cycle, it is a creative cycle. All is well and as it is meant to be. Hugsssssss and smilesss.
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    I tend to do a similar thing. But, I find I now have more stash than space. Can I get myself to sell any of my precious fabric? NO! So, I just pile more on top. :-)

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    I don't see that as a problem, as you are using your stash to good advantage. Works for me.

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    You don't have a problem----You are a quilter. It is what we do.

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    OMG, you are NOT alone. When I use a little fabric or fat quarters, I replace it with something "just because I liked the fabric."

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    Your system sounds fine to me! At least things are moving. I love the idea of quilts as insulation!

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    I have absolutely no room for any more fabric. I have too many dressers and storage containers. I even have a long dresser with my rectangle ironing board on it for more space to house my fabric. I need to downsize.

    MIL gave me an old metal stand that has three shelves and wheels, like what we use to use when BBQing back in the day. It's sitting in the middle of my room full of quilt kits.

    I was out of control with my buying, but haven't made any unneeded purchases for a few months and it feels good not buying anything. I went to my fav quilt store a week ago and didn't purchase one thing! I think I retrained my brain somehow. Now I don't want to spend money on fabric. I go in my sewing room and open drawers, cupboards, rubbermaid tubs and feel all my fabric and then I don't feel the need to buy anything.

    I have been having giveaways on my blog to downsize. I try to find people who don't have much and give them a box full of fabric and quilt kits. It's hard to do that online, because people misrepresent themselves and I believe they don't have much, but find out later that they have lots of fabric.

    I would like to find someone here who needs fabric and quilt kits. Someone who doesn't have much and I would like to share with them. But it's hard to trust that they are being honest. I would like to help a newbie or a retiree who needs fabric and kits.
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    Doesn't sound like a problem to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monroe View Post
    Works for me! It's only a problem when you stack it up the walls and call it insulation.
    Here in Wisconsin, piling up fabric against the walls for insulation results in lots of musty and mouldy fabric. I've had a few pieces too close to the walls in winter; now I'm very careful to keep things away from outside walls to let air circulate behind everything.








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    I don't see a problem! Sounds like home.
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    and the beat goes on....on and on and on

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    My Name is Lori , like the post before me, it has been less than 8 hours since my last purchase. I started with a sewing room about 10x10... then came the rolls of batting, the fabric on bolts, etc... I expanded to consume most of my basement. Even put a bed there .. which is now the perfect quilt storage system.. I just lay one on top of another.
    I figure I will have to start digging a basement expansion is a few years . If I tell myself I will have to dig with a spoon that will deter me.

    I don't have a basement! Waaaaaaa!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by #1piecemaker View Post
    I don't have a basement! Waaaaaaa!!!
    Hey!! One question...... Did you put a pea under all those quilts??? Reminds me of the princess that put a pea under her mattress and she could still feel it. heheheh!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    My Name is Lori , like the post before me, it has been less than 8 hours since my last purchase. I started with a sewing room about 10x10... then came the rolls of batting, the fabric on bolts, etc... I expanded to consume most of my basement. Even put a bed there .. which is now the perfect quilt storage system.. I just lay one on top of another.
    I figure I will have to start digging a basement expansion is a few years . If I tell myself I will have to dig with a spoon that will deter me.
    Did you know that the weight of your basement stash will help hold your house down in case of a tornado? If only Dorothy had been a quilter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mimiqwerty View Post
    Did you know that the weight of your basement stash will help hold your house down in case of a tornado? If only Dorothy had been a quilter!

    hehehehehe!!! Wish I had a basement. reckon I could dig a root cellar and have it paneled in cedar!!!!
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    I wish I had that problem. Seems like lately I just buy fabric

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    Quote Originally Posted by #1piecemaker View Post
    Hey!! One question...... Did you put a pea under all those quilts??? Reminds me of the princess that put a pea under her mattress and she could still feel it. heheheh!
    I have not done that .. yet! But I can tell you having a basement makes for very comfortable sewing in the summer. the bed in the basement is an added plus!
    As for accumulating.. it all typically goes in my family Christmas give away. Sometimes I make them play family Jeopardy, categories created to family refernences, and the questions/answers are all geared to family "stuff'. Or I have posted an on line - family auction.. with photos.. and they can turn in a previously "gifted" quilt or just claim a new one. No feescost they just have to describe how it will be used/loved to be the new owner. So the pile goes down to nothing at least once a year.
    We are a family of sewers.. and we try to host "white elephant" fabric exchange every year ot two, thats lots of fun.!

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    I'm in the same boat.I think I just like to buy.But,I also have a longarm and I quilt for others and a semi-part time job.It gets up to 30 plus hours.So,not much piecing gets done.Oh well,there's always retirement.

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    Just a minute while I peek over my latest pile to answer you. I finish a project and then find 3 or 4 more I have to add to the "to do" pile. I wonder if I will ever be "done"!

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