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Thread: Do you organize just to buy more?

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    Do you organize just to buy more?

    Now that I have a few things organized (far from done)....I am feeling urges to buy more stuff. Which only lends itself to needing to organize more.....you know. The gerbil wheel effect.

    I am trying to resist the urge, but.....the lights.....the colors.....the fabric!!
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    Do you organize to "justify" going out and buying more?

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    No I always plan for having more order , but then I do add to my stash somehow, like the JoAnn sales paper that just came.

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    Not that there is anything wrong with that!
    BH mystery quilt begins Friday so have to clear my cutting table and take out my fabrics..,.need another plastic container for them!

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    I clear my work table but I really don't organize my sewing area or I lose stuff. I do need to a really good house clean before Christmas. I like to save my shoulders for sewing but my kitchen cupboards and floors need a good scrub.

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    I like to put everything from one project away before I start another one. I do not function well in clutter. I don't need anything to encourage me to buy more fabric-it just happens when I go in a LQS or turn on the computer and look at quilting sites. Next year I am definitely going to declare a moratorium on fabric purchases. I really like things I have purchased-so I need to stitch them up.

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    I just don't organize
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    Quote Originally Posted by sherian View Post
    No I always plan for having more order , but then I do add to my stash somehow, like the JoAnn sales paper that just came.
    Oh dear, there's another Joann sales paper? I just restocked my fall fabric stash with the coupons that ended Saturday. Dare I try to get away with two trips in one week.....

    I have to be somewhat organized or I get crazy. I like to be able to find what I want when I want it.

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    OUCH.....I hear you! I spent two nights (6 hours or more) doing that....organizing, sorting, purging....but not with the intent to purchase more. I found items that I no longer need, want or have a use for. Those are going to the free table at guild. I did find a few more ufo's that I had (gasp) forgotten about. AND...found a few more quilt patterns that I had pulled out to make. Fortunately I have plenty of fabric already washed, folded and stashed. Good luck with the continued organizing!
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    I'm trying to get organized and realize I have a couple totes with some bags with fabric that made it past the laundry room into the sewing room. I took the fabric out and laid it across my cutting table. I have no reason other than that fabulous fabric I saw at the lqs couple weeks ago, to buy any more. Those bags had 9 yards of fabric in them. The fabric is from 2 years ago. Still with receipt in them. I do not remember the fabric. I signed for them but wow what a brain fart. They were in the bottom of a black tote.

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    LOL tess. I have brain farts, too. And to only find 9 yards was a bonus. I once found 15 yds in a bag....they coordinated, but I couldn't for the LIFE of me remember what pattern I had picked them up for! I "obviously" HAD to have it, though!
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    I have found that putting away my purchases into an organized manner (I color sort) tends to remind me of what I have and usually inspires my next project... walking into a messy studio tends to shorten the length of time I want to stay. I can tolerate a bit of clutter but will avoid chaos.

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    i have an insane amount of fabric and a ridiculous collection of tools, etc.
    i organize to put things back into "shoppable" order and to remind myself/rediscover what i already have.
    my goal is to buy as little new as possible until i have used up most of those fabrics that will work well together in a project.

    my success rate?

    er ... ummm ...

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    I buy mostly small cuts of fabrics and shop in the scraps section of my LQS. I like really scrappy quilts. I love being able to shop in my stash and if I need orange, but don't have enough of one fabric, I'll use 3 or 4 oranges for a super scrappy look. Anything 1/4 yard or more gets ruler folded and stands on end in a drawer. This is what my top drawer of Quilt shop fabrics looks like. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/535083999461797593/
    I rarely find fabric that I've forgotten about in bags. Once I get it home, it almost immediately goes into a drawer. I also have a drawer of JoAnn's fabrics, a drawer of Solids, Batiks and novelty fabrics, and a drawer with larger cuts between 2-6 yard cuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ View Post
    i have an insane amount of fabric and a ridiculous collection of tools, etc.
    i organize to put things back into "shoppable" order and to remind myself/rediscover what i already have.
    my goal is to buy as little new as possible until i have used up most of those fabrics that will work well together in a project.

    my success rate?

    er ... ummm ...

    no comment.
    LOL Patrice! I love the honesty spoken there!

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    I noticed that too. Really proud of getting things organized but all too soon new fabric calls my name. The fabric moratorium on here helps but I still fall sometimes.
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    As much as I love to go into fabric stores, I find that I have to just stay from them sometimes as the temptations are just too much for me.

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    I totally reorganized my room earlier this month, and did so beacause I have a smidgen of OCD and things must be "in their place", in the process I told myself I needed to cut back on my fabric purchases!! I work on one project at a time and put things away at he end of every work session. I wish I could be more relaxed about things, but it's sooooooo hard for me to do. I have discovered that I have far too many fabrics that no longer appeal to me, I'm trying hard to not buy more fabric, but there are some beautiful lines out there!!!!
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    I don't have lots of fabric, so I usually start with scraps, add fat qtr if I need more colors and buy yardage for backing when the quilt is finished. Projects purchased go in a separate plastic scrapbook tote with a label until I am ready to start. And I dont buy another project until a tote is empty.

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    I try to keep organized - when things get messed up, I have to stop, regroup, and get things in order again. Will admit, I love fabric (who doesn't?) and if I see something that will help with a couple of upcoming projects, I'll buy the fabric.

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    I try not to buy more, but a friend recently gave me a big box of quilting fabrics, squares and some Grandmother's Garden hexagon blocks that had belonged to her mother. Wonderful gift, but I feel the pressure to now "do something" with these treasures. And finding a place to store them. Sometimes I'm not sure it pays to let people know what you do for a hobby!

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    Well, ya. I need excuses to bring lovely fabric home and it's as good as any thing I can come up with !

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    No, if I ever, ever get organized, buying more is not the goal. I definitely need to "create, use, and enjoy" what I have.
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    No, I organize because i'm OCD. And, if I know what I have, I don't tend to keep buying more just to buy more. Lately, I'm only buying if I need it to finish a specific project. I really would like to get my fabrics in one certain place. And, I'm going to need to quilt and sew a little faster and a little more to make that happen.

    It is nice to buy when the sales are too good to pass up...but, I find that after awhile, I want the next "it" fabric that has come out. So, I am really really trying to get a handle on my UFO list. "Which is really long!" And, use what I have at home. I bet other then small amounts here or there to finish something up, I don't NEED to buy any fabric for at least several years.

    But, I'm really having fun reading your answers. They make me smile.
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    I will spend a few hours tidying up and organizing my sewing/guest room today as we are expecting company on Sunday but I don't usually purchase fabric on a whim...I generally have a project in mind when buying fabric. However, I somehow still have a larger stash than I need.
    attitude is everything...the rest will fall into place.

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    I'm starting to worry about SABLE- stash accumulated beyond life expectancy. I love scrappy quilts and have vowed to use what I have for backings and quilt designs, etc. I don't have as large a stash as maybe some people do but several backings don't make as big of a dent as you would think! There's a lot of sewing to be done .

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