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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat625 View Post
    I was not too good this weekend! I bought 2-2yard pieces of children's fabrics that will make beautiful tote bags for Sadie's Dream for a cure...Each piece was reduced to $5, and I can get 4 totes out of each..I am pretty sure the solid and liner is in my stash
    That's a purchase for charity work. I don't think that should count against you.

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    I finished a Christmas quilt last night. Felt good to get that done. Cut falling charms baby quilt out completely out of my stash! Planning on using my stash for backing and batting.

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    deedum...Do we get pictures of the Christmas quilt? Hurray for using your stash for the charm quilt. On my bucket list for next year is going through my stash, cutting out strips and squares for 4 yet to be un-choosen quilts and that should help to reduce size of it...Ha ha ha...she laughs!
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    i'm off to stashing smashing! i need to make at least 2 table runners, 2 pincushions and 2 pin/needle cases. years ago i used to go dumpster diving, and it's the same principal-- you throw yourself in, wide open to whatever might be there to inspire you! found a piece of quilters' candy in strawberry, but it reminds me of a favorite bird friend. yay, it's in my stash! all paid for!! hey, irish! i knew i could make you proud! not even thinking about what i'll need to buy to go with it! lolol
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    Good luck with going through the stash and cutting strips etc, I did that last November. Now I have tons of things cut and my stash just grew! Not sure how that happens, anyway here is a pic of my Christmas quilt. I am happy with it, I can't decide whether to keep it myself or give as a gift which is what I will probably do. I am happy with my quilting, venturing out from meandering with loop de loops and swirls. Finished it off with binding it of this candy material
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    what a wonderful quilt! love the 3-d flowers and the candy binding!! so festive and fun!!
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    My daughter's prom dress she has been talking about for years! Camo and hunter orange---AND all but some lining made from Name:  prom dress.jpg
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Size:  18.3 KBstash!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nancia View Post
    has anyone seen my wagon? i fell off so long ago, i'm not sure i even remember what color it is! i'm pretty sure it has wheels. ya know, as soon as i said i won't buy fabric i went into panic mode! it's like a huge anxiety attack-- like-- i will run out of stash between now and next january! oh, please! if i live to 101 i will still have enough for my kids to inherit! most of it will probably be the fabric i was going to make something for them out of anyway. i can't go on a moratorium, i'm sorry. it has the reverse effect, making me driven to buy! all i can do is stay out of joann's, and delete all the e-mails from retail sources, and stay away from garage sales. this means i have turned into a hermit!! i'm afraid to leave the house, there's fabric out there and it's calling my name! i am no longer on the moratorium. now maybe i can stop buying fabric! am i the only one?
    This is me also! I am definitely off the wagon. Just couln't resist the fabric that I bought...it called to me and begged me to take it home with me. Plus the fabric from E-Bay that I just had to have for pillowcases for the grandkids. Oh woe is me! Maybe I'll do better next year! In the mean time I am going to try to use up as much of my stash that I can. Oh, who am I kidding...even if I live another 40 years I couldn't possibly use up all of my fabric unless I sewed 24/7 which we know won't happen.

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    Did I mention I went & bought 3 yards of orange fabric Monday night? Oh I could have gotten by with a yard, but no, that's not the way I do things! I must have extra of everything for my stash for later. At least I know the orange will be used. The original purchase reason is as a background fabric for my batiks for the side runner swap. I'm thinking some of it might end up in a table runner for my boyfriend's conference room table, since a recent table runner swap partner sent me some leftovers from the runner she made for my bar, in my requested orange & blue. Then the leftovers will live in my stash.

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    Deedum, The quilt is pretty and I agree with Nacia about the 3-D flowers. Nice touch. Pat625, great prom dress and will mean much more to your daughter than a store-bought one. I have been going through my stash a little and cutting 1.25 strips for my leader/enders quilt that is in progress. Tomorrow, it will begin the machine quilting on baby quilt for nephew who is a first time new daddy at age 44. Yikes. He is a happy guy and I am sure happy for him but can't help but think that when his daughter is 20 he will be just a few years younger than I am now. As I look through my stash, I think, like many of you, that I have enough fabric to keep me sewing for many years! Hope I live a long time! :-)
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    Thought I would show you guys my stash buster. Just finished my March ufo and used strips of stash for the back, not a single new piece of fabric.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emma S View Post
    Thought I would show you guys my stash buster. Just finished my March ufo and used strips of stash for the back, not a single new piece of fabric.
    Love the strips!! I have a box full of of 2 1/2 strips of different lengths....this would work real well for them!

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    April, I went off the wagon and bought 4 yards of material. I am still shocked at the prices Walmart now has on material. $8.77 a yard. Plus taxes. Be very thankful for your stashes. I am. What I bought was deer panels to go in the center of quilts. I have material to, I am sure, make each one into a quilt. Usually I only ever have one chance to get this type of material. Check out clerk asked me if I was making quilts with it. She thought it was gorgious. BUT what gets me is the brand/company put thier name on lower corner of the panel. REAL TREE. About 4 inches long. So I will loose the bottom 2 inches of the panel to cut it off. Then on closer looked real tree is printed smaller in the tree branches one place but match colors and does not show up bad. I am so discussed to find that also.

    At material prices now it is going to really cost to make a quilt. Us elderly/low income are not going to be buying material at those prices. I know the quilt store material prices are higher. I do not like brands on the material. This one the only animal print I saw. I donot buy dogs or horses. Deer, elk , moose, trout, bear and such. I will have to figure quilt material at replacement costs.

    My quilt top I am working on is almost now done. Just the strip acrossed each end. Sorry, I just could not pass up those deer. Couldnot afford it really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coloradowest View Post
    April, I went off the wagon and bought 4 yards of material. I am still shocked at the prices Walmart now has on material. $8.77 a yard. Plus taxes. Be very thankful for your stashes. I am. What I bought was deer panels to go in the center of quilts. I have material to, I am sure, make each one into a quilt. Usually I only ever have one chance to get this type of material. Check out clerk asked me if I was making quilts with it. She thought it was gorgious. BUT what gets me is the brand/company put thier name on lower corner of the panel. REAL TREE. About 4 inches long. So I will loose the bottom 2 inches of the panel to cut it off. Then on closer looked real tree is printed smaller in the tree branches one place but match colors and does not show up bad. I am so discussed to find that also.

    At material prices now it is going to really cost to make a quilt. Us elderly/low income are not going to be buying material at those prices. I know the quilt store material prices are higher. I do not like brands on the material. This one the only animal print I saw. I donot buy dogs or horses. Deer, elk , moose, trout, bear and such. I will have to figure quilt material at replacement costs.

    My quilt top I am working on is almost now done. Just the strip acrossed each end. Sorry, I just could not pass up those deer. Couldnot afford it really.
    I just made my daughter's prom dress using Realtree..I wouldn't remove or try to hide the name, because it is a sign of a designer camo....if there can be one...All the kids want Realtree where I live....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat625 View Post
    I just made my daughter's prom dress using Realtree..I wouldn't remove or try to hide the name, because it is a sign of a designer camo....if there can be one...All the kids want Realtree where I live....
    Love her dress!! And yes, the "Real Tree" logo is THE designer label of outdoor fabric!
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    I am a newbie to this group. Just making sure that I know the rules - the fabric must come from my stash, correct?
    I have a large stash of fabrics, a lot of novelty fabric. I am to make a quilt using this fabric and will not purchase any other fabric to use in this quilt. This sounds like fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterCDN View Post
    I am a newbie to this group. Just making sure that I know the rules - the fabric must come from my stash, correct?
    I have a large stash of fabrics, a lot of novelty fabric. I am to make a quilt using this fabric and will not purchase any other fabric to use in this quilt. This sounds like fun!

    Welcome and good luck..You have the general idea...seems that we are real good at giving each other excuses to fall off the wagon tho!! LOL...From what I have been doing I try to use all stash..Of course this doesn't work all the time..for example I am about to begin a graduation gift quilt, which I had the recepient pick the fabrics she wanted. I have had to buy a little solid for a project that I had the rest of in stash...I see that people have made exceptions for birthdays etc~! I have begun organizing my scraps and have been amazed at what I canl do with them..I have done one scrappy quilt all from stash, and a twin size that was all stash too. My daughter's prom gown was mostly from stash too!! I did cheat and buy $10 worth of clearance fabric to make tote bags for Sadies choice, I couldn't resist the fairy and pooh designs..that $10 will make the main fabric for 8 tote bags!! Good luck and hopefully by this time next year we will NEED stash!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterCDN View Post
    I am a newbie to this group. Just making sure that I know the rules - the fabric must come from my stash, correct?
    I have a large stash of fabrics, a lot of novelty fabric. I am to make a quilt using this fabric and will not purchase any other fabric to use in this quilt. This sounds like fun!
    I joined this stash so I would stop buying and get organized. It's worked quite nicely for me so far. I've bought a few things here & there, but they at least mostly had a home in a project I was about to start. However, my biggest problem is buying way more than I need for the project, knowing it'll go in my stash. It has kept me from totally raiding the remnants bin on the rare occasion I get somewhere that has one. The biggest fabric store here is Hobby Lobby though & of course, they don't do remnants.

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    quilterCDN, welcome to this adventure. You can buy fabric needed to complete a project. What we are trying to do is not add to our stash(es). I've done okay - just 2 yards for my b'day present to me. Other purchases have been small and were used the minute they came out of the dryer.

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    Still clinging hard to the "wagon". Despite emails and letters advertising huge discounts and luscious fabric I haven't weakened yet. I need some embroidery floss for a project and am thinking of asking my husband to get it as I don't think I can go in the shop and not come out with fabric. Just as well he loves shopping.

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    Joann has FQ's for $.99 this week. Game over. Turn over the wagon! I have a new Accuquilt & several swaps and other projects to do. There's no way I can keep from buying extras! I may even make a mid-week evening drive to Montgomery so it's not next weekend before I get to Joann's to stock up!

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    I had to get some backing fabric for a piece I am donating to the cancer event at work. Just HAD TO, I'm sure you understand. Unfortunately I made a pass by the 50% off table and found some pieces calling my name. HANGINGHEADINSHAME.
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    Martina......When she was good she was very very good..................

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emma S View Post
    Martina......When she was good she was very very good..................
    And when she was bad she was even better!!!!!
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    Hi every one..just found this thread....thinking I should join.
    I have 25 tubs of at least 50 yards in each one...do you think I should join????
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