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Thread: 2013 Fabric Moratorium

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    Too funny that I just noticed this post. When I finally got around to organizing all my crafting/sewing stuff I saw how much fabric I had and decided there would be no more buying unless I had an in-progress project for it.

    I'm happy to report that I'm doing pretty well with my "buying diet". Yes, I've had a treat here and there (I buy online a lot, so sometimes I do pad out an order with a bit of "treat" fabric so I can make the minimum for free shipping or if it's something from my fabric wish list and/or on at least 25% off sale).

    I found making a list of approved purchases is helping. It allows me to do some buying but keeps me focused so I'm not buying merely to hoard the fabric. And I'm getting things made, too. One of my approved purchases was fabric for a giant squid plush (it's 6 feet long!) for an art show next month. Since the fabric was on the approved list, now I'm more motivated to PROVE I needed that fabric by finishing the project (fabric has been washed, ironed, and cut--so I'm making great progress).

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    I have found that even though I haven't quit buying fabric completely, I do think about purchases more. I have been using up a lot of my stash and buying fabric for only backing or background. You wouldn't think I have used up much of my stash by looking at it, but I know I have. I am also keeping all my receipts for fabric I have purchased this year just to see how much I am spending. I find that is helpful too. I don't think I will ever stop buying fabric completely, but I am more aware of what I have and also of sales - and sites that offer free shipping.
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    I've been purposely avoiding this thread even tho I signed up for it because we are in the middle of our State's shop hop. Come on, you HAVE to support the local shops, right? I didn't do too bad, although I didn't really need the yard of Batik and the Batik fat quarter collection. The other purchases were designated for specific projects (okay, okay, I haven't started them, but I will......okay?) I'm going out shop hopping again on Saturday - wish me luck! But after this I PROMISE I'll stick to the moratorium.
    We are here to learn how to live in heaven - I'm still learning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lots2do View Post
    I love your story about the unplanned block. I bet your friend is smiling down at you from above.
    Where are you from in NH? My friend used to work at The Constant Quilter in Andover, NH.
    We are here to learn how to live in heaven - I'm still learning.

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    Paulswalia: No reason to avoid us. If you read back you will see that the thread is littered with our good intentions. Yes you have to plan ahead, and yes you have to patronize your local quilt shops. Both tried and true justifications, that I am afraid have already been used. Next we'll hear the dog ate some fabric and you had to replace it. Beware we have your promise in writing now and we will laugh at you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emma s View Post
    paulswalia: No reason to avoid us. If you read back you will see that the thread is littered with our good intentions. Yes you have to plan ahead, and yes you have to patronize your local quilt shops. Both tried and true justifications, that i am afraid have already been used. Next we'll hear the dog ate some fabric and you had to replace it. Beware we have your promise in writing now and we will laugh at you.
    boo!!!!!! Hiss!!!!!!!
    We are here to learn how to live in heaven - I'm still learning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulswalia View Post
    Where are you from in NH? My friend used to work at The Constant Quilter in Andover, NH.
    I live in the Keepsake Quilting region of NH. Not a real region, I know, but it could be!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lots2do View Post
    I live in the Keepsake Quilting region of NH. Not a real region, I know, but it could be!
    I would need to be on a moratorium for sure if I lived near KQ - especially around the tent sale time. Maybe I would need a hiatus from the moratorium for the tent sale because I couldn't stay away! I've been one of those on the porch at 5 am waiting for the sale!
    We are here to learn how to live in heaven - I'm still learning.

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    I got a strip quilt finally finished just in time for my dear friends birthday, I also made an Ipad bag and a little pouch for the cord. Fits nicely inside the bag. I am happy
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    I have fallen off this wagon.....not sure I'm strong enough to climb back on!!!! I am resisting the urge to post post pics of all my new, lovely fabrics.....couldn't face being responsible for others going over!!!!

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    Finished a large lap quilt this past weekend all from stash..Now hand quilting a twin that I pieced all from stash too!! Can't believe how many quilts I can see in what I have.,.too bad the graduation quilt request can't be all from stash, but lots of scrappies planned too!!

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    Alikat: If you want my vote I want to see, plus I want all the details, was it on sale and where did you get it? Vicarious thrills are almost as good as the real thing. However I do appreciate your compassion not wanting to enable others. LOL Many of us have fallen off and climbed back on, you can too.
    Pat: It does feel good doesn't it? Can you post pictures, scrappys are my favorite.

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    Love the strip quilt. Colors are fabulous! Nicely done!

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    I too admit that I have fallen off the wagon a couple times but only bought charm packs from on-line sites that were offering free shipping. Plus I do NOT have kiddie prints in my stash and have several baby quilts to make so they will all have the same pattern but just different prints. Otherwise, I am doing fairly good. Sometime this summer, I want to go through my stash; iron, measure and cut out pieces for various quilts I have in mind and get them in boxes so they will be ready to sew on when I need leader/enders.
    She who dies with the most fabric, didn't sew fast enough!

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    deedum, the strip quilt is very pretty.

    Allicat, I'd like to see the fabrics, too. We still like to look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    deedum, the strip quilt is very pretty.

    Allicat, I'd like to see the fabrics, too. We still like to look.

    Yes, Allicat, it doesn't cost anything to look. LOL It actually inspires me!
    Sophie2

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    Completely fell off the wagon today... happened upon Timeless Treasure's Organic Viking line that I somehow missed when it came out last summer. My grandfather claimed we were descended from the Vikings and the ones on this fabric are nearly identical to the caricature that he used on his stationary. No regrets.

    I have definitely been more circumspect about what I buy, so in a sense the moratorium is working... will try to climb back on the wagon.

    Cheers, K

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    Well, March is about over. I was to big city the 21st and I never looked at the material. Then back on Sunday and never near any store with material .I had to buy door locks and packing boxes this month. I plan to go to another town tomorrow but will not be shopping. Senior bus. I have not bought any material this month. 3rd monthin arow.

    I have sewed a little on this quilt top. I have the center seam pinned to sew and then only the two end strips to put on. I have found this top hard to get the slash to match up across the quilt. This one has been a learning experience. All stash and stash to finish it. Rest of planned quilts should go faster.

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    K: I agree when it comes to family a quilters got to do what a quilters got to do. Welcome back aboard.
    Colorado: Congrads on 3rd month. Love to see a picture of what you're working on.

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    Please don't look if you lack the strength to resist

    I purchased most at Dallas quilt show. Some from our own board members......
    The 2 pinks in the 4th photo was bought a wally world for my daughter (10yrs old) who is also already accumulating a stash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJQuilter55 View Post
    Love the strip quilt. Colors are fabulous! Nicely done!
    Thank you, I got enough strip blocks cut out for 4 more of these, just finding the time is it.

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    Great go togethers, thanks for the fix. I'd love to see how you use them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alikat110 View Post
    I purchased most at Dallas quilt show. Some from our own board members......
    The 2 pinks in the 4th photo was bought a wally world for my daughter (10yrs old) who is also already accumulating a stash.
    Can I ask where you got the fabric with the dogs and airplane - or the manufacturer? Our niece is going to have a baby and the fabric would be perfect for a baby quilt. We have a plane and dogs and I think it would remind her of us. Love all the fabric you got
    Sophie2

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    Made a trip to Joannes and bought nothing to add to stash..Had to get specific fabrics requested for a graduation gift quilt, and fabric for the top of my DD prom gown- The bottom part is in stash! Needed quilting thread too...Used coupons and spend only $30 for everything!! I couldn't find a prom gown for that!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sophie2 View Post
    Can I ask where you got the fabric with the dogs and airplane - or the manufacturer? Our niece is going to have a baby and the fabric would be perfect for a baby quilt. We have a plane and dogs and I think it would remind her of us. Love all the fabric you got
    Well....knew it would happen....i'm dragging you off the wagon! I'll pm you when I get home. I am currently at my son's track meet. I will get you selvage info.....don't remember who I got it from....random vendor at the show.

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