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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat625 View Post
    I was thinking the same thing!! But in actuality being accountable for what we spend helps reduce it for most of us..what we need is a 12 step program!!

    Hi, I'm Pat and I am a fabric-o-holic!
    Me, too! Pat Murphy

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    I have halted all buying right now due to the home selling process. I even took some fabric to our local thrift store along with notions and such. Going well! Thanks for the support

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    I didn't sign up for this challenge even though that is what I've been doing for quite a while - well since I bought 85 yards of fabric when the LQS had a whole line on sale for 40 to 90% off last summer. It was all in the muted colors that I didn't have any of. I was really good about not buying fabric from July until February when it was the shop hop for this area. I ended up buying about 25 yards of fabric - but it was all for specific quilts. Oh and of course I bought 30 yards of flannel when it was on sale for $2.00 a yard. That is mostly used up already. I make receiving blankets and crochet around the edges. I made a log cabin quilt for my grandson - totally out of my stash. I'm now working on a patriotic quilt, and an applique quilt and a BOM embroidery quilt all from my stash. I have a few more quilts planned for the fabric I already have on hand. I've also been sewing American Girl doll clothes and haven't bought fabric for those either. I've run out of room for fabric - I have the 85 or so yards from last spring stored in the bathtub in the 2nd bathroom - luckily no one uses that bathroom!

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    I did finish a nice lap quilt. Trying to use up some of my fabric. I did a good deed for someone Sunday, and they gave me FABRIC! So back to square one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nancia View Post
    well, earthwalker, at least, she thinks you are 'getting weird', rather than you are weird. you have a chance to save yourself! give up quilting and send your stash to me. i will disperse it among the board members. that way we don't shop and you don't make it to weird. weird is an occupational hazard of being a quilter. instead of the crazy cat lady, we're the crazy cloth hoarders! better do it soon before the international rates go up! i'll pm you my address.
    Hmmm....should have said "stranger" or "weirder"...and as for the cats....well I have 2, and a whole lot more furred, feathered and finned. Actually, I was only thinking the other day....what to do with my stash when I pop off the planet....think I'll get someone to distribute it round the QB. So you may get lucky yet

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    oh dear me, oh my......I work at a quilt shop. I have NOT bought any fabric in months! then today a guy comes in and says he was cleaning out a house left in an estate and found lots of sewing stuff and did I know who could use it? FREE! I gave away 3 packages of Warm and Natural queen sized batting, a package of Dream Cotton batting and have packaged up 3 boxes to bring to guild for the free table. I am now washing the third load of stuff I'm going to keep. There's lots of flannel, a 4 yard piece of denim and lots, lots of quality quilting cotton. I've got about 40 yards hanging to dry so far plus another box full I have to sort thru. Oh dear (secretly saying goodie, goodie, goodie....)
    We are here to learn how to live in heaven - I'm still learning.

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    I got this from a poster on Sindy Rodenmeyer's yahoo group and thought it was fitting for all my quilting friends. I know everyone in this group needs it!

    QUILTER'S WILL

    Being of sound mind and body (a statement that does not bear close scrutiny) I,
    ____________, do hereby record my last fabric will and testament. Knowing that
    ____________, (husband, sister, daughter), has no appreciation, or for that
    matter knowledge of my extensive fabric collection, which, by the way is
    deposited in various places throughout my house for safe keeping. Knowing also
    that ____________ has also notified the goodwill store should I precede him to
    that great quilt shop in the sky, to pick up and dispose of the aforementioned
    collection. Therefore I do WILL this collection and all other collections
    related to it, to my dear fellow fabric preservationists of the ____________
    (guild, sewing group, charity, etc,). It is my wish that they, upon hearing of
    my death and obtaining clear proof that I did not manage (although goodness
    knows I tried) to take it with me, will come to my home, before the goodwill
    store searches out my collection. That they should rescue said collection and
    stack it in my quilting studio, along with my sewing machines, frames, old
    buttons, lace, patterns, quilts, dolls and works in progress. And after they has
    done that, they should purchase refreshments for all my friends, not yet
    departed, which friends are also their friends, and every last one shall be in
    that room and they shall hold a wake and say lots of lovely and kind things
    about me until they run out and then they shall divide amongst themselves my
    wonderful collection. Be forewarned! I shall be hovering over that very spot
    until this is done. The ____________ shall then leave this spot and close the
    door, leaving the car, house, stocks, bonds and other worldly nonsense to those
    who don't understand or know any better.
    This is my wish on the matter.

    Signed:
    Dated:

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    I am in but bought a little bit since it was on sale. I love your stash Ladydeluxe which I could play there but it's so neat I hate messing things up again when all nice and neat looking for something. Sue

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    Hello everyone. I am in need of help. I have so much fabric but i cant stop buying it when i see nice fabric i just have to have it. My dh takes me to the store to buy fabric when i get really nervious or upset. i was at Wal-Mart last night and the lady that works in the fabric was putting out a large bunch of 1.00 and 2.00 and wanted me to take a look before she put it out for anyone because I was her biggest customer. She opened 20 boxes with each box having 10 bolts. OMG i felt so bad she waited for me to get there i had to buy some, I bought 3 1 yard pieces and one 3 yard piece. PLEASE HELP ME

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    Deep breath, okay, jumping in........I need to do this.
    "Life is mostly froth and bubble, but one thing stands as stone. Kindness in another's trouble, courage in one's own." Adam Lindsey Gordon

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    Paulswaila and Bezzie: Both of your, "How I couldn't resist" stories had me salivating. Last thing I need is more fabric but that much fabric would be like Christmas morning.

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    bezzie, There has to be a healthier way to get out of the house - have you tried a short walk in the sunshine? What sunshine this year? Too much fabric becomes a contributor to being nervous or upset as does too much of anything.

    So far so good this month and it's almost over. My scrappy Quilt of Valor is finished - just needs the pillowcase and label. Woohoo! All from stash -even the batting.

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    I've almost made it through April without a purchase. Doing plenty of quilting on UFOs. YTD cost holding steady at $68. Garage sales are starting so there may be a problem, but who can resist a deal?

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    I think if you think you have too much fabric, you probably do.

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    Wow ladydeluxe! lovely stash..come make mine look as pretty!
    Last edited by stablemom; 04-27-2013 at 05:47 PM.

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    i think if you think you have too much fabric, you probably are sick! lol

    earthwalker-- no hurry on that dispersing of fabric, i am willing to wait a good long time.( smile )
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    All I can say is I WILL TRY!!!!\

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    OK, hitch me back up to the wagon. No more I tell you! Keep me away from Joanns!

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    Good for you DustyMomma. While moving my sewing space I have so far counted 255 pieces of fabric--not counting FQ's. Yes I need this too!
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    I have been pretty good about not buying fabric, but needed some for a project I am working on. Instead of buying just what I needed I went overboard. bought way more than I need at this time. UGH. it was all on sale does that count. I need some lighter colored batiks for a project, all I have in my stash is mediums to dark batiks.
    Cindy R in Dallas, TX

    "My day is not complete until I play with fabric in some manner......whether be sewing, cutting or just fondling for a new project."

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    Cindy I'm with you on the problem of finding only mediums to darks in the stash. Got started on a quilt and definitely too little contrast and way too dark to be comforting and uplifting. So I had a delightful outing with BFF who is also a fabricaholic and we found lots of beautiful goodies then enjoyed lunch together. I was very proud of myself. I only got fabrics for the project in mind and only one yard of each. Yes some will be left over, but its all fabric that works together and with what I already have. So win-win on this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by createfourpaws View Post
    I have been pretty good about not buying fabric, but needed some for a project I am working on. Instead of buying just what I needed I went overboard. bought way more than I need at this time. UGH. it was all on sale does that count. I need some lighter colored batiks for a project, all I have in my stash is mediums to dark batiks.
    If I had a batiks only store that close to me, I think they'd have to sell me stock in the place! I always buy more than I need for a project. I never know when I might want to add a little something to the project, or I'm scared I might make a mistake either in cutting or piecing that is so bad I want to start over. Working with FQ's I can't replace for the batik blocks swap I'm doing is a little nerve-wracking for me.

    My problem when I went to Joann's yesterday was I was going to get 2 yards of fusible flannel and had to wait in this long line for the cutting table. I said well, I'll go look & see what they have in bug fabrics in case I find something to coordinate with one I have that I didn't have much of. I came back with it, a coordinating fabric to a puppy fabric I have a remnant of that I bought a yr ago, and 4 that were on sale that I'd been looking for an excuse to buy. I took the end of bolt 2+ yards on 2 of them & 2 yards each of the rest. Yep, even with my 25% off your total purchase coupon I earned last weekend, I still spent $100. So, I say that's it, I'm officially back on the wagon! Needing some stuff for projects is what started this, then I found out last week was Joann's huge twice a yr sale & I've been off the wagon ever since. Well, I'm officially back on it. Whip me with a wet noodle if I stash buy again for a while!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emma S View Post
    I think we are walking a fine line between a moratorium and a group of enablers. I keep clinging to the fact that my fabric spending is way way down.
    I had a similar feeling when I admitted my fall! My fabric spending and impulse purchasing is definitely down.

    Cheers, K

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulswalia View Post
    oh dear me, oh my......I work at a quilt shop. I have NOT bought any fabric in months! then today a guy comes in and says he was cleaning out a house left in an estate and found lots of sewing stuff and did I know who could use it? FREE! I gave away 3 packages of Warm and Natural queen sized batting, a package of Dream Cotton batting and have packaged up 3 boxes to bring to guild for the free table. I am now washing the third load of stuff I'm going to keep. There's lots of flannel, a 4 yard piece of denim and lots, lots of quality quilting cotton. I've got about 40 yards hanging to dry so far plus another box full I have to sort thru. Oh dear (secretly saying goodie, goodie, goodie....)
    well, I finally finished washing, drying and ironing everything. there's over 112 yards of fabric, flannel, one piece of denim and the rest is all quilting cotton. here's my question - is it really okay if I make super simple quilts to be donated to the charity I work for ( a battered woman's shelter) so that I can get some of this moved out of the house? I would maybe make some jelly roll race type quilts using fatter strips - about 3 inches or more. I would love to give my best work for this charity - but it takes too long. I'm considering also doing big blocks - like 8 inches or so to use up this new stash. Any thoughts?
    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
    well, I finally finished washing, drying and ironing everything. there's over 112 yards of fabric, flannel, one piece of denim and the rest is all quilting cotton. here's my question - is it really okay if I make super simple quilts to be donated to the charity I work for ( a battered woman's shelter) so that I can get some of this moved out of the house? I would maybe make some jelly roll race type quilts using fatter strips - about 3 inches or more. I would love to give my best work for this charity - but it takes too long. I'm considering also doing big blocks - like 8 inches or so to use up this new stash. Any thoughts?
    Absolutely it would be okay to make any kind of quilt to donate to this cause!
    No one has ever become poor by giving. - Anne Frank
    Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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