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    ladydeluxe I need you to come to my place. You have always wanted to visit Nova Scotia right This is my year to finish some of the things I have started and some of the kits I have. I am not buying more fabric well it I keep saying that it will come true right. I have a hard time passing up fabric.

    Think I will start with a black and white quilt for my daughter for xmas should not have to buy anything except backing.
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    Count me in! I have reached " critical mass" in terms of storage, although my 93 year old MIL said I could start putting it under her bed!LOL! My family thinks they should take photos of the stuff,organize it in files; they have no idea..

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    I've been bitten by the scrappy bug. Last month I pieced two tops from my big stash and a good quilting friend sent me some fabric and patterns to play with, knowing what my colors choices and intentions were . At first I was overwhelmed by trying to narrow down my fabric choices. Once done, was on my way and I had a great time with both tops. Only thing I had to purchase was wide muslin for the backs and some wide boarder fabric. Another friend knew I had made a scrappy quilt and bought me the latest McCalls Scrappy Magazine for Christmas. There must be at l east four quilts I'd like to make from that. I put in my last fabric order to CT a couple of days ago and I'm going to stand strong against buying something just to add to the stash. Count me in.

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    I have been thinking about this and deciding if I could really commit to it. That might be really hard. I love fabric! After looking at what I have, and considering the consequences of this challenge, and knowing that this is for the next 10 months, with thoughts about how much fabric I go through, and knowing that new stuff is going to come out, and looking at the batting and backings I have...

    I am in! I should only need to purchase thread and possibly an embroidery pattern or two.

    I may need to come back here for support when tempted... I don't even need to go scrappy and finishing is so freaking cool. Then when my stash is reduced I can go shopping! ha! love it!!

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    I'm in. Just unsubscribed to my fabric shop emails. I organized all but flannel ydage & should be good except for the backings. I also made a list of projects already on the shelves that need to be worked on--that should hold me til Dec 1st. If not I have 5 ufo's to finish!

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    I passed through both my LQSs today. At the first one, I bought the half yard of Moda Marbles Swirls I need for sashing on a wallhanging. Sadly, full price. At the second one, I bought just enough of a bright clearance fabric for the back of my baby quilt. At $4 and $5 a yard, the others were tempting, but I did well buying what I went in for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pokeyscorner View Post
    I'm in. Just unsubscribed to my fabric shop emails. I organized all but flannel ydage & should be good except for the backings. I also made a list of projects already on the shelves that need to be worked on--that should hold me til Dec 1st. If not I have 5 ufo's to finish!
    Now, that's an idea! I need to unsubscribe to all the on-line shops that tempt me with sales!! I have somewhat managed to stay away from JoAnns for the past couple months (at least, not buying fabric), but Annie's, Hancocks, and Connecting Threads are a problem!!!!! I wonder if I can hit that "unsubscribe" button!!

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    LadyDelux;
    What a great stash! Can you come help me organize mine, I am sure it would look like that if it wasn't falling apart in the sewing room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltinjennie View Post
    Well, I'm in

    I had already planned on a decluttering of my sewing room starting this week. Just this morning, I pulled out all my batting and Pellon fusibles, including all the scraps of batting that I save for small stitcheries and wall hangings. I have had it stored in 2 different places, but now, it's covering my dining room table for organizing and perhaps eliminating (gasp!) some.

    I'm in

    I have enough fabrics with pattern (kits) stored and will be pulling them out and listing them in my project notebook These are projects not yet started.

    I'm in

    I have on and near my sewing machine tables - 4 different project in various stages.

    I don't have to reorganize my fabrics - most of them are already in marked see thru small plastic boxes by yardage.

    Thank you, Paperprincess for posting this !!

    I'M IN !! Jennie
    OH - I'm from Michigan - Rochester Hills - north of Detroit - where do you live? This yankee is stuck in Florida :/ I know, I know - who wouldn't like Florida? This yankee misses the change of seasons !!
    This yankee headed south about 24 years ago, and never looked back!! I love Florida!! We have seasons here too....summer, love bug season, summer, pre-season baseball season, summer, and so on....I will be happy if I never see snow again!!

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    Well, Here is another Michigander who not only needs to use her stash, but loves to rediscover the abundance of fabric already under her roof. I am working on a Farmer's Wife quilt with my guild and went wandering through my stash about six weeks ago and I know that I have plenty of fabric to complete the project. So, henceforth this year of 2013 I shall search the depths of my stash and keep the 50 and 60% off coupons for batting and thread!

    Thanks for the thread and sew on quilting friends!

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    Well, this is an easy one for me. I lost everything in Hurricane Sandy (including the house). I tried pulling some out of the muck to wash, but it just didn't work ... BUT ... my friends on QB and the Quiltsy Group at Etsy have been so kind and generous that my little apartment is bursting at the seams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanuatu Jill View Post
    Oh My, LadyDelux, can I shop in your stash????? Also, can you come over and sort my stash so neatly??? I just got 17 yards of mostly blenders delivered from Hancocks.com, after swearing I was NOT going to buy more fabric!! I just can't pass up a good sale!! I am REALLY going to try and have marked the calendar with the date I last bought fabric (does the date I ordered on line count or the date I received it??) so I can see how long I last. I am on such a tight budget, I really can't afford more until I sell more purses, and/or have another stash sale here! Lets just say, I'm in!!
    Just wanted to wave Hi to Jill-I lived in El Cajon for almost 20 years. I peeked at your totes, all very nice. I too have been on a self imposed no buy/use what you have program. I biggest down fall is that Joann's flyer you get in the mail every week. Lately i don't even look, its hard but I just toss them instead of letting them sit around. I found if they were sitting around before the week was up I convinced myself I needed to go shop.
    I should have taken a before pic of the pile I made for 8 baby quilts in Oct. I am now proud to say I am down to 1 and going to start that one today.
    Good luck Everyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krystyna View Post
    Well, this is an easy one for me. I lost everything in Hurricane Sandy (including the house). I tried pulling some out of the muck to wash, but it just didn't work ... BUT ... my friends on QB and the Quiltsy Group at Etsy have been so kind and generous that my little apartment is bursting at the seams.
    Krystyna, I am so very sorry you had to endure that awful hurricane. As I watched in horror people losing everything they owned my heart ached. I am happy to hear of members being so generous, that's just what us quilters do. Please, please pm I have a question for you, if you wouldn't mind.
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    Great advise on the unsubscribe from the on line stores-most of the time I can refrain due to the shipping.But Oh please I can't even open the e-mails from Missouri Quilt Co. or Connecting Threads or I am in big trouble-lol My motto w/ the on line stuff is " if you don't see u won't think u need it"
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    Hmmmmmmmmmm....would really be interested in this except we are in the process of redoing my bedroom, my son's room , the living room and kitchen and none of my fabric stash fits the bill.....maybe next year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonnie View Post
    Hmmmmmmmmmm....would really be interested in this except we are in the process of redoing my bedroom, my son's room , the living room and kitchen and none of my fabric stash fits the bill.....maybe next year?
    I think you can buy for a specific project. . . at least I wouldn't feel guilty about it! I think the premise behind the fabric moratorium is not to buy fabrics just because. . . IMHO
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    Quote Originally Posted by craftiladi View Post
    Great advise on the unsubscribe from the on line stores-most of the time I can refrain due to the shipping.But Oh please I can't even open the e-mails from Missouri Quilt Co. or Connecting Threads or I am in big trouble-lol My motto w/ the on line stuff is " if you don't see u won't think u need it"
    Not to be an ensbler (to buy, that is), but I rarely pay shipping-just make sure I order the minimum to get free shipping!! Or, wait until they have a free sipping code. Anyway, sometimes the sale is just too good to pass up, despite the shipping! If I order, say, 10 yards, I just divide the shipping by 10 and add it to the cost per yard! Just saying----

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    I'm in - I never need to buy fabric in my lifetime - I have bolts! I did buy Christmas fabric in anticipation of making Christmas quilts for 2013. I made four quilts (full and queensize) as auction quilts to benefit local non-profits including Summit Assistance Dogs and O.L.A.E (the local dog beach) All the fabric including the backing and the batting was from my stash. I also am part of a non-profit that makes quilts and those quilts have not made a dent in my stash. However, when I invite friends to shop in my stash, it's hard to let some of my fabric go - go figure.

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    hmmmmmm this is a tough one..

    I live 40 miles from the nearest reasonably priced Fabric shop and 20 miles from the expensive $10-13 Shop...
    When im in town I just HAVE to check it out and see whats new.. I know i have three or four lifetimes worth of fabric and yet the need to buy another bolt when i see a fab i just MUST have overwhelms me.. lol..

    I will try to 'join' this train ride , but im telling you all I may trip and accidentally fall into a fabric store .. lol

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    PaperPrincess ....

    Just curious. How many of the folks that joined last year were able to make it through November?

    Half of me hopes you say "LOTS" and that will encourage us that it can be done
    The other half (the evil child half) hopes you say "NONE" as that will drive my competitive nature and make me want to be the first

    Either way ... I'm just darn curious!!!

    BTW - with regard to un-subscribing to the fab shop e-mails that you are getting ... be selective. You don't want to miss sales for things like thread, batting and other notions and tools, and some of them also run contests and such. You never know .. one of them might just have a contest to win a full set of Creative Grids rulers, or a color pack of 30 of your favorite threads.
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    I joined last year. Was it a success ? For me yes. I normally spend 100 to 300 per month on fabric. 2012 I cut it back to under 50. Some months I didn't spend anything. I bet I spent under 500. This year maybe 0.

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    I'm in! reorganized my sewing room last summer and admitted there's more than I can use in my lifetime. I've been making chariity baby quilts, finishing UFOs, made pillowcases, and anything else to use yardage. BUT I could not completely break my buying fabric ''addiction''. I love fabric - it's color, feel, and sometimes great sale prices. Well, you know. Maybe by making this commitment, we can help each other
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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    PaperPrincess ....

    Just curious. How many of the folks that joined last year were able to make it through November?

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    Don't know, because I shopped my brains out last year, so now I'm drowning in fabric!
    When I was thinking about kicking this off, I searched for prior years to see how it was managed. I found the 2011 challenge posts, but couldn't find anything formal for 2012. Might not have used the right search criteria, but I did find this post:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...n-t180569.html
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    Well, I hit the sale at my local Fabricland yesterday. I got all of my stash out, it is pretty small now. I can fit it all on my cutting table with gaps between when I layer them on an angle. No light backgrounds left so I got about 10 yds of neutrals to applique on-they are hard to come by here, and a bit of mesh for an art quilt. I have met my goal, I started about 5 years ago to use stash as much as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtngrl View Post
    Well, I hit the sale at my local Fabricland yesterday. I got all of my stash out, it is pretty small now. I can fit it all on my cutting table with gaps between when I layer them on an angle. No light backgrounds left so I got about 10 yds of neutrals to applique on-they are hard to come by here, and a bit of mesh for an art quilt. I have met my goal, I started about 5 years ago to use stash as much as possible.
    Good for you!!!!
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