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    I know that many of you will shudder at this, but last night while walking our dogs my husband and I passed by a house with a big pile of stuff set out for the trash pick up today. There were two large fabric sample books -- complete with handles. I couldn't resist. Like I need more fabric -- NOT! They will make really terrific scrap quilts. I can't wait!

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    Fabric sample books make great purses, totes and placemats! As well as fussy cutting for applique'! What a great 'recyclist' you are!

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    That is just too much fun. Great find!!

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    Sounds like something I would have done. :-) I can't pass up a good deal especially free.

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    I would have done the same thing! My sister even stopped the car and took stuff out of other people's trash.

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    Once I get everything snipped out, into the washing machine they go! I love dog walking on that block. Last year I found a BRAND NEW Food Saver with several rolls of bags. The lady who lives there was a food editor who got all sorts of samples. Lucky me!

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    I LOVE curb side shopping!!!!! My Husband doesn't quite 'get ' it...
    Great find you got! I used to work w/ a group of Designers & took as many sample books as I could store.. I have the nicest looking shopping bags in my area, my greyhound has custom blankets & a coat made from them. I used the fancies for Christmas stockings, applique,heavy weight ground quilts for picnics.. throw pillow covers when I wanted a change.... Atta Girl!

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    I would not have been able to leave them either. Great find!! Love the living green/recycle :thumbup:

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    I agree with Lori. Less for landfills gets my vote!!
    Have fun with them :D:D

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    Well, they had handles, I don't know how you could have resisted... I love sample books. All the fabric is color matched or coordinated in some fashion making crafting with them easier. I got a heavy duty staple remover like this one. Makes it easier and safer to remove staples than trying to use a screwdriver. Also, I try to remove the paper backing by just peeling it off, but if I get one that's hard to remove, I just microwave it for JUST A FEW SECONDS. Usually comes right off.

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    What fun you're gonna have with all those coordinates! :D
    Waste not, want not ... :mrgreen:

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    Lucky you!

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    Great find!!

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    Great Find!!!!!

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    Wow! What a find! "One man's trash is another's treasure!"

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    years ago I went to a decorating store and asked if they had outdated sample books. They were more than willing to give them away. Good find for you.

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    I just looked through the second one and it is full of the most gorgeous damasks. I am sooooo excited! And to make matters worse ... in terms of too much fabric ... I just responded to a posting on Freecycle ... a quilter is clearing out her stash and offered two huge boxes of fabric. My son is picking it up now. I can't wait to see what's in it!

    The one who dies with the biggest stash .... while I hope I don't die soon, I think I'd be the winner.

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    My favorite colors and free WOW

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    Well, they had handles, I don't know how you could have resisted... I love sample books. All the fabric is color matched or coordinated in some fashion making crafting with them easier. I got a heavy duty staple remover like this one. Makes it easier and safer to remove staples than trying to use a screwdriver. Also, I try to remove the paper backing by just peeling it off, but if I get one that's hard to remove, I just microwave it for JUST A FEW SECONDS. Usually comes right off.
    these are nice.. I have one at work!

    boy you have been luckly lately!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krystyna
    I just looked through the second one and it is full of the most gorgeous damasks. I am sooooo excited! And to make matters worse ... in terms of too much fabric ... I just responded to a posting on Freecycle ... a quilter is clearing out her stash and offered two huge boxes of fabric. My son is picking it up now. I can't wait to see what's in it!

    The one who dies with the biggest stash .... while I hope I don't die soon, I think I'd be the winner.
    you have to be kidding me!
    wow what luck you have had....

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    Nice find! Have fun with it!

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    great find can make nice totes too

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    I think it's a wonderful way to collect things. Just think of it as recycling.

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    I have gotten sample books before. Depending on how much they fray you may want to zigzag the edges. I had threads everywhere. The threads hooked together and made balls of the samples and loose threads. You could, also, consider putting them in the bags used for lingerie.

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    Nothing wrong with that.....one persons junk is another's treasure!!!!

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