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    Quote Originally Posted by Emma S View Post
    Just finished reading this thread from start to finish. Enjoyed reading about your triumphs. Honestly thought I had already joined. No fabric purchases since the end of November. Plus I have completed two UFO's this year. Well so much for good intentions, CT trapped me with their sale. So basically I actually joined just to say I fell of the wagon. Can I still play with you guys?
    Sure, the more the merrier! I started this thread thinking that it would give myself the added push to stop unnecessary fabric shopping completely, but I've fallen off the wagon EVERY month so far. How embarrassing is that! But when I compare it with my impulse (stash) purchases the last couple years, I'm doing very well indeed. My big problem was on line shopping, but I've been deleting emails without opening them and that's helped a lot.
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    Oh Paper Princess, I read that you stopped your e-mail notifications. Your a brave, brave woman. Just can't give them up. If I can go another 3.5 months without buying fabric I will call it good.

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    I can gladly say that I have used some of my stash up. I am doing a side swap of twelve blocks, and I cut them all up yesterday. THen I just could not stop there, I had to cut myself up about 9 more blocks for a quilt. Yep, all from my stash. I feel a bit accomplished. Then I did finish that bronco quilt. I had to buy a little more blue to get the sashing completed, but top all done. Posted a photo in the UFO 2013 sister thread. Now working on that stack of fabric from the mystery quilt I started at the beginning of the year from the fat quarter bundle that has been in my stash for 7 years. Pretty fabric. I will have some scraps from it that will make some nice squares to make something else. But it is looking good. I may use the scraps for the border depending on how much is left. Will see. I could also cut them into strips to do the binding so I can get it all gone. WOrking the ideas here.
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    I had a bag of scraps that I inherited from a dear friend who died December 2011 from a brain tumor. She left me her entire stash which is why I am on a fabric moratorium! The other day I picked up this bag which I have moved from place to place and decided to do something with it. Looked inside and there were hundreds of cut triangles, a light and dark one paired, right sides together, just begging to be sewn. Must have been corners cut off of snowball blocks or flying geese. So, away I went. Sewed 'em, trimmed 'em and ended up with lots of half square triangle blocks. Now what to do? Looked again in the bag and there were charms in coordinating colors. I like to think I finished this quilt for Julia - hopefully in the design she had in mind. And here's a "connection to the other world" thing. ONE of the blocks had the star points reversed - green, not white as I had made every single other one. Now why would I make a mistake like that????? Pretty sure she was saying - no, I had planned green star points!!!! So, I left it that way and put it in the quilt.
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    Beautiful quilt Paulswalia!

    Ok gang I must confess to having jumped head first off the wagon (again). However it is all fabric I know I will use so I don't feel too guilty about it. And I did leave a couple of gorgeous batiks sitting there as well as a really pretty flannel so I could have done worse.

    I have been using up quite a bit of my stash and was needing a couple of specific fabrics. Just didn't stop at those two. . .

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    I just HAD to buy some fabric for the Round Robin I am in. Honestly I had NOTHING that even remotely worked with the last two rounds. However, I was able to complete the previous two rounds from my stash. Then I signed up for a PP Japanese Lantern quilt with Sashiko wallhanging at the LQS. I HAD to buy the sashiko fabric for the project. Just HAD TO.

    I won't mention the other stuff I bought that is just simply beautiful and I'm sure I will need it in the near future.

    Right now I have 8 projects hanging over the banister waiting to be quilted (or sandwiched and quilte) and all 8 came from the stash. So I am not feeling too bad. Plus I made 2 little quilts for community service.
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    mmmmm....."it is all fabric I know I will use.." Mom-6 wonder how many have said the same thing. As a matter of fact I think I said it as I recently placed my order with CT. Just kidding, a Quilters got to do what a Quilters got to do. I think it was Paper Princess that recently rationalized it, whoops I mean explained, all I really want to do is cut back on the amount. Enjoy, I know I can hardly wait for my fix, whoops I mean shipement.

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    What a reason to have a moratorium paulswalia. And connecting with a friend who has died allows you to grieve and think fondly of her as you work out of her stash. A quilt to treasure.
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    I think all of us are finding lots of satisfaction in shopping our stash first. However shopping it exclusively is more challenging and for whatever reason, not always workable. Sometimes you just gotta go buy fabric!

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    i have to own up to falling of the wagon yesterday. I had a very limited amount of neutrals that was stopping me form finishing a few ufos that I have been trying to get done without buying fabrics for. I kind of figured that neutrals are essentials really
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    Lady Delux, Let me at that stash!!! love it and now I must get mine sorted like yours!! would love to help use it up. Good stashing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wardy74 View Post
    i have to own up to falling of the wagon yesterday. I had a very limited amount of neutrals that was stopping me form finishing a few ufos that I have been trying to get done without buying fabrics for. I kind of figured that neutrals are essentials really

    Fabrics needed for special orders or to finish a project were OK I was told..I just finished a quilt made of nothing but stash, and will be cutting another today...Next is a UFO that can be completed thru stash! I ams till little by little getting my scraps cut and organized for future scrappy quilts...I try to work on this for about an hour a day..from now on I will do this as I work on the project the fabric is from/...Way too much backed up right now~!

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    Wardy, that wasn't falling off the wagon. That was purchasing needed fabric as opposed to 'wanted' fabric. It's the stash builders that call our names that we are trying to avoid until November. I did buy 2 yards for my birthday present to myself that is unassigned.

    I stayed out of one LQS yesterday that had their monthly $5 a yard on a lot of fabrics. Can I avoid the pajama sale at both LQSs where I can get 30% off everything from 9 to 10? Earlier hours have smaller discounts. It's a fun evening - you have to wear pjs or pay full price.

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    My stash does not compare to most of these but I am taking up the challenge! Pulled out some "Cars" fabrics with dominant red and black colors from my stash and worked on designing a simple block to make a quilt. It will have one narrow red and one wider black border for one of 3 grandsons. After laying the fabric out and playing with it, I decided a "transition" fabric was needed. Settled on a red 1/4" polka dot on black (I love dots!) and a fat quarter of 1/2" black polka dots on red (just or spark!) from my stash. I already have some "Cars" fabric with all the characters and roads for the backing which will have to be pieced. Haven't decided on the binding yet but I can hardly wait to get started!

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    Almost finished piecing another quilt from my stash....and I cut my scraps as I went....Will make organization SO much easier...Having pnemonia will keep me from spending, as long as I don't open certain emails!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emma S View Post
    ... I think it was Paper Princess that recently rationalized it, whoops I mean explained,...
    Nah, it was a big fat rationalization!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    Nah, it was a big fat rationalization!
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    I went to the safe place yesterday, and took Dusty with me. (I rarely make impulse fabric buys at Hobby Lobby.) I told him he was along to keep me on task and moving toward the door once I got what I came for. I went for batting, and that's all I got!

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    Oh thank you I do not feel so guilty now. I too am trying to make up kits for quilts I want to make from my stash. I am hoping that by keep pecking away at the scarps I can avoid new lines calling my names. I have to say a lot of the new fabrics are not appealing to me anyway which is probably a good thing. I love scrappy quilts so i think that probably goes in my favor to be honest. I am really enjoying going through my scraps like a big shop in a bag which I can go to at my convenience
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    Unfortunately--or fortunately however you want to take it--I went to local thrift store. Oh Oh someone cleaned out their sewing room. Found several pieces of new LQS fabric for $1 a yard; a 1 1/2 yd of the fleece with reflective coating in it for 75 cents; a couple of big bags of scraps for $6 each with scraps which are 12" cuts of fabric. Some fabrics I normally use and then styles to experiment with.
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    Yeah! I did it, finished up a stack of fat quarters that have been in my stash for about seven years. Just hated to cut into them. Think the daughter will take this quilt because was her win from a quilt show. Yes, she gave me permission to make something with them. Did the January About Quilting 2013 Mystery Quilt. Love this pattern, turned out very pretty, posted on the UFO2013 sister thread to show progress. Think I will use the last of the scraps for the outside border to clean them out completely or to the tiny pieces at least. I do need a zinger on it so may have to purchase 1/2 yard of fabric in a gray stonehenge I think. That way the rest of the blues, greens, blacks, reds, and browns can be used in the outer border with a dark brown binding. Maybe the dark brown for zinger. Will see what have when I get to quilt shop. So I did bust some fabric out of the mortuary for sure.
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    Oksew glad...I think we all would have grabbed the deals you found..I bought 2 overfull trashbags of fabric 2 weeks ago for $3 a bag..To not feel so guilty I have finished one lap quilt, and am ready to sandwich a second..all from stash...I then spend an hour a day getting scraps cut into sizes I will use....I still haven't even looked at all the fabrics I got thoroughly...I signed up to make tote bags for children cancer hospital, so a lot of this fabric will most likely end up in the totes...Check out "Sadies Dream" in our request area...looks like a great way to pay it forward!!

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    Have to confess that one foot fell off the wagon and I ordered a charm pack of kid prints from KQ because they were offering free shipping this weekend. Actually, I ordered 2 of the same because I have 4 girl baby quilts to get finished by July and needed the charm packs to use for the other two. Then hubby has been offering to take me to a fabric store up the road about 80 miles so when we were out and about the other day, we did. (We were actually in a town just 20 miles from it so did not make a special trip) I bought some black which I needed and did not have in my stash and 2 yards each of a pink and a pale green for baby quilts so think I did well overall. Still plan to shop my stash for granddaughter's graduation quilt that I will start on this summer for her next May graduation. It will be a challenge so will keep you posted as to my progress.
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    I got an email with a clearance price on a fabric I've been dying to get for a baby project. I just don't know if I can pass it up! I got away once, but I just keep on thinking there's only 3 left & it's the cheapest price I've found on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulswalia View Post
    I had a bag of scraps that I inherited from a dear friend who died December 2011 from a brain tumor. She left me her entire stash which is why I am on a fabric moratorium! The other day I picked up this bag which I have moved from place to place and decided to do something with it. Looked inside and there were hundreds of cut triangles, a light and dark one paired, right sides together, just begging to be sewn. Must have been corners cut off of snowball blocks or flying geese. So, away I went. Sewed 'em, trimmed 'em and ended up with lots of half square triangle blocks. Now what to do? Looked again in the bag and there were charms in coordinating colors. I like to think I finished this quilt for Julia - hopefully in the design she had in mind. And here's a "connection to the other world" thing. ONE of the blocks had the star points reversed - green, not white as I had made every single other one. Now why would I make a mistake like that????? Pretty sure she was saying - no, I had planned green star points!!!! So, I left it that way and put it in the quilt.
    I love your story about the unplanned block. I bet your friend is smiling down at you from above.

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