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    When you purchase the same fabric for the same project more than once.

    I am working on gathering fabric for a quilting project I am hoping to do in the near future. As I go places I pick up a piece of fabric here and there. Well this morning I thought I would go and see what I have. I have about 20 pieces of fabric in the bin for my project. I start looking at them closely, and 4 pieces I have already previously purchased. So I have 4 duplicates. I guess I must have really liked them. Well a couple are very pretty. But don't you just hate it when that happens? Oh well such is life.

    I am just wondering how do y'all do it when you have a large stash, I might have 50 to 100 yards if that in my total stash---including FQ. How do you know what you have when you have shelves and shelves, and totes full of fabric?

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    I've been known to do that with clothing! Get something new home from the store and when I put it away find out I already have the same thing!

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    I only purchase fabric for up to 3 projects I have in mind. I have 3 storage bins (1) for each project and when I get a coupon, I decide ahead of time which project I am going to buy for. This way, when everything is purchased, hopefully, I am done with my current project and can start that one which frees up the bin to start purchasing for another project. In addition, I start a "supply sheet" for each project and take a little 1 x 1 square and glue it to the sheet. This way, when I go to the store, I take that sheet with me so I can match it up. :)

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    I don't know how I do it, but I rarely have duplicates and sometimes I do get more of a certain fabric that I know I already have, but I really like that particular fabric. I also have probably hundreds of sewing patterns and very rarely buy the same pattern, I may have the same pattern but in different sizes.

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    I buy fabric for projects I see on those free patterns they have in stores if it's something I like HOWEVER the rest of the time I buy fabric just because I like it for future use especially nature type fabrics, solids and such for portrait fabric painting.

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    Guilty. I too have a pattern that I fell in love with, but in different colors than the ones used for the fabric. They saw Kaffe Fasset in the pattern .... I saw Gothic golds and Jewel tones. So, I've been collecting golds and jewel tones, the Hoffman (or is it Kaufman?) "Valley of the Kings" line really helped me out a lot.

    Apparently a REAL lot because I bought a few fabrics that are repeats. And this was just in the matter of a few months.

    I'd like to say that I wouldn't have made this mistake if my stash were better organized and visible but ....

    I've also bought a book and put it in my stack to read. My "stack" is about 5 books on my bedside table. So if I see the stack every night why have I bought the same book again?

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    Here's what I do. I go to the dollar store and buy the photo albums for $1.00. The I cut a piece of paper the same size as the 'album'. At the top of the paper I write the collection. Example: Oasis (Moda). Then when I make my first purchase I cut the selvage edge that shows the COLOR not the plain white with numbers about 2 inches long. I then go to the website for the manufacturer and look up the collection. I glue or staple the piece of selvage edge to the paper. Under the fabric I put the item number according to the website along with how many yards that I have purchased. I put it in my purse and I know exactly which ones I've purchased and how much yardage. So far I have 3 pages, 6 per page and 1 page with the directions of yardage needed to make the quilt. I always round up 1/4 yard and if I fussy cut, I round up 1 yard. Hope this is clear as mud. It doesn't weigh alot and I always have it on me. Cheryl

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    I'm not sure if I've ever bought a repeat. However, when I showed my friend some FQ that I bought the other day, she asked me 'Are you sure you don't already have that one at home?' I haven't made the time to look and see yet. But considering how my fabric is spilling out into an open bookshelf I have, I think it's time I made some rag quilts. I've got a lot of batting already pre-cut into 8" squares for rag quilts!

    You could always take a quick look at your stash before you go out. Or you can do what I do on shop hops; bring your materials with you (even if it's just 1" squares of the material that you're planning to have in the quilt)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by clynns
    Here's what I do. I go to the dollar store and buy the photo albums for $1.00. The I cut a piece of paper the same size as the 'album'. At the top of the paper I write the collection. Example: Oasis (Moda). Then when I make my first purchase I cut the selvage edge that shows the COLOR not the plain white with numbers about 2 inches long. I then go to the website for the manufacturer and look up the collection. I glue or staple the piece of selvage edge to the paper. Under the fabric I put the item number according to the website along with how many yards that I have purchased. I put it in my purse and I know exactly which ones I've purchased and how much yardage. So far I have 3 pages, 6 per page and 1 page with the directions of yardage needed to make the quilt. I always round up 1/4 yard and if I fussy cut, I round up 1 yard. Hope this is clear as mud. It doesn't weigh alot and I always have it on me. Cheryl
    That is really a great idea!

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    Guilty!! At least you know that your fabric choices are consistent.

    I have run into so many ladies that either do the plastic page protector or 5x7 card with swatches stapled onto it. I am not that organized. I tend to be a spur of the moment purchaser - and never intending to buy more fabric (but I do lol). I wish I were more organized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eparys
    Guilty!! At least you know that your fabric choices are consistent.

    I have run into so many ladies that either do the plastic page protector or 5x7 card with swatches stapled onto it. I am not that organized. I tend to be a spur of the moment purchaser - and never intending to buy more fabric (but I do lol). I wish I were more organized.
    No you sound like me. I went this morning and cut swatches out of the fabric I had purchased and put them in an envelope so I could keep it in my purse. So the next time I go to the fabric store I would have it to make sure I don't get the same----I have already lost the envelope. I think I'm hopeless. Oh well just go cut a bit more of.

    Sibyl

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    Quote Originally Posted by eparys
    Guilty!! At least you know that your fabric choices are consistent.

    I have run into so many ladies that either do the plastic page protector or 5x7 card with swatches stapled onto it. I am not that organized. I tend to be a spur of the moment purchaser - and never intending to buy more fabric (but I do lol). I wish I were more organized.
    No you sound like me. I went this morning and cut swatches out of the fabric I had purchased and put them in an envelope so I could keep it in my purse. So the next time I go to the fabric store I would have it to make sure I don't get the same----I have already lost the envelope. I think I'm hopeless. Oh well just go cut a bit more of.

    Sibyl

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    You can always cut a piece of fabric....cut a hole in a corner and put it on one of those rings that go on your key chain. That way you have the fabrics handy. Just a suggestion.

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    LOL..I do this more times than I care to admit!!

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    Don't think I buy too many same fabrics, but don't mention patterns! I seldom buy one, but do save them on here for "someday".Now & then I sort thru them & usually have at least 4-5 doubles.
    Have also saved every tute for totes/bags....but have yet to make one.I'm kind of hopeless too :)

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    guilty. Some of you are so organized. Not me. I was looking through my books--3 shelves worth--and I noticed that I have 4 copies of the same book. Pitiful--some day I guess I will put 3 of them on here to sell. some day when I figure out how to post a picture.
    Sue

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    That is one reason I am glad I have that OCD thing. I have this habit of putting projects together then making index cards of what I need to complete that project. So when I get to the next UFO I know what I need when I start it.

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    And I do it with patterns...lol...Naomi :oops: :oops: :oops:

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    DogHouseMom,

    I have bought the same book more than once. That is why they change the covers so we do not recognize the book.

    Kathleen

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    I don't think it matters if I have duplicates or a lot of fabric as I don't think I have to justify my purchases if all of my bills are paid etc.etc.I enjoy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RenaB
    I only purchase fabric for up to 3 projects I have in mind. I have 3 storage bins (1) for each project and when I get a coupon, I decide ahead of time which project I am going to buy for. This way, when everything is purchased, hopefully, I am done with my current project and can start that one which frees up the bin to start purchasing for another project. In addition, I start a "supply sheet" for each project and take a little 1 x 1 square and glue it to the sheet. This way, when I go to the store, I take that sheet with me so I can match it up. :)
    Now this idea I like! I've bought for several projects, but they aren't organized as well as yours. Now if only I felt confident enough to actually start one of them! ;)

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    Been there.. done that !!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RenaB
    I only purchase fabric for up to 3 projects I have in mind. I have 3 storage bins (1) for each project and when I get a coupon, I decide ahead of time which project I am going to buy for. This way, when everything is purchased, hopefully, I am done with my current project and can start that one which frees up the bin to start purchasing for another project. In addition, I start a "supply sheet" for each project and take a little 1 x 1 square and glue it to the sheet. This way, when I go to the store, I take that sheet with me so I can match it up. :)
    The only duplicates I have in my stash were intentional, because the fabric was so versatile / beautiful/ fit more than 1 project etc.
    RenaB - I need to adopt my own version of your system! i have too many projects planned out and purchased for and it is difficult to keep it all straight. Your 3 bin system is very smart. What do you do though when you come across a new fabric you just love and want to make into a quilt? Do you have to finish one of your bin projects first?

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    Last year I went through ALL of my fabric and found duplicates in more than one color. Everything is organized by theme/ color now. I do the same thing though about buying fabric for a project--I put the pattern in one of those scrapbooking clear boxes and I put the fabric in there as I purchase it. It helps to organize when I am working on a project also. My problem is I'm always getting excited about new projects when I still have all of those others waiting to be done.

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    Guilty here too! :)

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