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Thread: 2013 Fabric Moratorium

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    Have a set of 4 mug rugs for a swap from stash..just finished a scrappy quilt from stash, and another to begin...Been a good month for me so far...Of course If haven't read a lot of emails! HHMMM Maybe I just need a peek???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sophie2 View Post
    I may be in trouble. I just received the latest catalog from Connecting Threads. There is sooooo much I want.
    Mine is still sitting on my sewing table, unopened. I've been so bad this yr already that I'm scared to open it.

    I've got to go this afternoon to get something to coordinate with a fabric I had in my stash. Part of me doesn't want to use this fabric, but then again, I do. It's one of those pieces that you look at it & say "If I use this, I'm liable to never get another piece of it!"

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    Stay strong and play stash! This month is almost up and July is almost here. You can do it.
    "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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    Hm the five biggest enablers all posted together yes I mean you; Paperprincess, Foxflower, Nancia, Pat, Dusty's mom. Seems like some critical mass has been reached. Really have not been good this month, what with garage sales and the 50% off of Keepsake at JoAnns Sunday. Going to really try to crawl back on the wagon, gird my loins and all that. Although I havn't seen the CT catalogue. I did come to a realization though, I rarely buy for one quilt, I always shop from my stash when I start a quilt. Does that make it marginally better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emma S View Post
    Hm the five biggest enablers all posted together yes I mean you; Paperprincess, Foxflower, Nancia, Pat, Dusty's mom. Seems like some critical mass has been reached. Really have not been good this month, what with garage sales and the 50% off of Keepsake at JoAnns Sunday. Going to really try to crawl back on the wagon, gird my loins and all that. Although I havn't seen the CT catalogue. I did come to a realization though, I rarely buy for one quilt, I always shop from my stash when I start a quilt. Does that make it marginally better?
    Sounds OK to me!! I ordered the CT catalog a few weeks ago, but haven't gotten it yet---learned about it in of all places the moratorium thread!!

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    I have made 2 Turning Twenty quilts and love making them. Since I last posted, I have been really good and not bought anything. Even looked through the CT catalog and I can live without all of it (but I still kick myself for not ordering when they had that fabulous red collection a couple months ago.) So my goal is to make it through July without buying anything either. Hanging onto the wagon tightly!
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    Goodness girls, I feel pretty good, I went to Bayside Quilting in Olympia on Sunday with my MIL and only bought the stencil I need to mark a quilt. That was a tough ordeal. She just laughed at me. I made it thru because I knew I had bought three bolts of fabric this month to work with my scraps and a Dear Jane quilt with my brights and batik scraps.
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    I just found this thread. I tried to get my quilty friends I go to shopping with to do something like this. They are hopeless and awful enablers.

    Are there any rules to this challenge?

    What are the allowed fabric purchases? Another group with a similar challenge allows backing, batting, background purchases and have a penalty of a FQ for non-legal purchases.

    Are purchases for immediate use in warm hug (donation) quilts ok? Kids prints for my 93yr old Mom to turn into tops for a group in Colorado? I can get carried away with cute kids prints, especially frogs, bugs, butterflies, etc.

    I definitely need the support and encouragement of a group like this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by playswithcolor View Post
    I just found this thread. I tried to get my quilty friends I go to shopping with to do something like this. They are hopeless and awful enablers.

    Are there any rules to this challenge?

    What are the allowed fabric purchases? Another group with a similar challenge allows backing, batting, background purchases and have a penalty of a FQ for non-legal purchases.

    Are purchases for immediate use in warm hug (donation) quilts ok? Kids prints for my 93yr old Mom to turn into tops for a group in Colorado? I can get carried away with cute kids prints, especially frogs, bugs, butterflies, etc.

    I definitely need the support and encouragement of a group like this!
    HEHEHE- Rules?? Try not to buy and fabric unless you can create a new and interesting excuse!! If you need something specific to complete a project it's OK- If you are making a special request quilt, it's OK, Of course if it is your birthday, or you are on vacation, that's OK too. There are many hear that will help you with the development of a good sounding reason that you HAD to buy that fabric!! On the serious side, you try to work from your stash. I see a great excuse you can use!! You blame all fabric purchases on Mom!! Glad to have you join us!

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    So, no rules, try to use stash. Do people post pictures of stash quilts? I went back a few pages but no quilts :-(

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    Welcome aboard playswithcolor. Check out this thread for stash busting!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/quiltin...e-t196607.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by playswithcolor View Post
    So, no rules, try to use stash. Do people post pictures of stash quilts? I went back a few pages but no quilts :-(
    That's coz we keep falling off the wagon. Instead of working on projects we increase the hoard - ahem, I mean stash.
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    Playswithcolor: Usually we don't post pictures of our quilts, but I bet there is not one of us that wouldn't like to see.

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    June 26 and no purchases this month!! Woohoo!! I just finished a quilt totally from stash - fabric, batting, thread, etc. The last one I purchased 5/8 of a yard for binding, so things are going okay for me. Truth is I haven't had much time to go to any fabric store and that helps.

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    And here I was trying to encourage everybody to play with the current stash and hold out longer before purchasing anything more without being judgemental. We are in this together. Guess I worded that last one wrong. I'll try again with enabler free language (I hope).....Go sort your stash and organize it when tempted to buy more. Each day you wait longer to buy fabric and use what you have is an individual triumph and the building blocks for completing the month and then the year without purchases. How is that EmmaS?
    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxflower View Post
    And here I was trying to encourage everybody to play with the current stash and hold out longer before purchasing anything more without being judgemental. We are in this together. Guess I worded that last one wrong. I'll try again with enabler free language (I hope).....Go sort your stash and organize it when tempted to buy more. Each day you wait longer to buy fabric and use what you have is an individual triumph and the building blocks for completing the month and then the year without purchases. How is that EmmaS?
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    i try not to buy anything fabric. i did buy some fleece at goodville in amish country, pa at 99 cents a yard. i make beds for shelter animals. that's a legitimate expense. and i bought thread from ct because i was running out.
    i cut out parts for a batik turning twenty. i shopped my stash and my friend sue's. yay for me for once.
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    nancia, I want to see your quilt when it's done. You have such an eye for color. It sounds like you did well this month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nancia View Post
    .... i make beds for shelter animals. that's a legitimate expense.....
    Nancia,
    I am wondering what do you use for stuffing the animal beds? I have been saving all of my scraps, threads, clippings etc. and have a huge sackful that would make a neat bed but the vet place here says they want things that are easily washable and I think using this for stuffing, it would get all clumped up after washing the first time. Any suggestions or should I just toss it out?
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    i will do my best to post a picture. i cut it out after charting the cuts on paper. goofy me, i left the pattern at home! but once i drew it out i cut away! i'm not sure , judy , how this one is going to do. it has lots of colors so it may end up quite a mess. at any rate i will post pictures! this is the first time i will be making something to stay here, or i might send it to a natural disaster site--isn't that why we have natural disasters? so we have new homes for our quilts!
    sandy-- i have the same concerns about the stuffing. so i fold the fleece into a Z, then sew the sides. this gives the animal 2 places it can crawl into, or it can lie on 3 thicknesses of fleece. i haven't made any for large dogs yet, but the ones i made first are quite popular with my cocker spaniels and cats. these will be going to the trenton animal control, which is also a shelter. i make them different sizes to fit into the cages. some i will just sew 3 or 4 good size pieces in a stack, and i also plan to make fleece blankets out of 2 large pieces of fleece for those animals that like to make nests. nothing fancy, but soft, comforting and washable!
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    I have sewn a large rectangle and stuffed it with tiny scraps. It gets washed weekly and I have had no clumping problems

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    I am seriously bummed. I just quilted a "left-over" quilt (made from swap blocks and stash) and now I do not have any fabric suitable for the binding. I have no black, no red, not enough brown, and the green is all the wrong shade. I REALLY wasn't going to go fabric shopping this week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter View Post
    I am seriously bummed. I just quilted a "left-over" quilt (made from swap blocks and stash) and now I do not have any fabric suitable for the binding. I have no black, no red, not enough brown, and the green is all the wrong shade. I REALLY wasn't going to go fabric shopping this week.
    I feel your pain. I want a bigger belt for one of my vintage machines and that means a trip to the LQS. Am I strong enough to buy just the belt??

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    Foxflower: Since my willpower has been sadly missing this month, I probably was just projecting. In any case I am feeling a return of determination not to buy any fabric. I sure hope I am better in July than I was in June.
    Nancia: What a worthwhile project. I am with Pat, I have successfully used scraps, very small, with no clumping. Anything larger than 2.5 inches square is kept for scrappy quilts, so everything used was smaller. That being said I totally understand that rules keep the shelters from having problems.
    Martina & Irishrose: Good luck with you forays into the land of temptation. Just keep your eyes straight ahead and don't stop to feel the fabric.

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    The quilt shop was supposed to order the Labyrinth pattern for me, so I need to check on that. I do have all the fabrics for it in my stash. List: belt for 15 clone and a pattern, nothing else. Maybe I'll just take $15 with me - no more cash than that and no cards.

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