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    I really like that Labyrinth pattern. There was a site that said they were going to offer it so I signed up to be notified when it was available. What colors do you think you will use?

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    Stonehenge flecks in cream, green and rust. It's all bagged together - I'm not sure what else is in there. I have a pretty rust with handpainted flowers, but it's only a yard so I doubt if it can go in this quilt. The pattern is available in several catalogs, but I'd rather not pay shipping. Right now I'm taking a break from FMQ a UFO. First and last time to try pebbles. I don't like backtracking so I can start the next circle. Takes away the 'free motion' feeling.

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    Good ideas for sticking to the plan irishrose. Stay strong!
    "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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    mad quilter-- pm me your address and i'll send you some black kona. suddenly i deem to have enough to share!
    my turning twenty is becoming 25. most of it is on the design wall and it just needs to be wider.
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    hey, irish! you are one of the strongest willed people i know, so if you say you aren't going to buy any fabric, i believe it!! you can do this!! ( not taking any money is good, too). i'm thinking i might wear gloves to the store next time i go. sight is bad enough, but touch really sinks my resolve!!!
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    Thanks for the offer nancia, but it's too late for me. I went with all good intentions but I had coupons and you all know how that goes. BUT I only bought for binding and in manageable quantity. (Wiping brow with relief)
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    I have not bought fabric in over a year except for 2 FQ.... Am happily playing in my stash. Really happy and completing UFO'S. Hugs and happy quilting

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    madquilter-- i had a chance at rehab, and now that's gone. lol. i am evidently considered an enabler. imagine that! lol. we all have to do the best we can with what gifts we are born with! my gift is making up plausible excuses. i learned it from my son. 8-)
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by omacookie View Post
    I have not bought fabric in over a year except for 2 FQ.... Am happily playing in my stash. Really happy and completing UFO'S. Hugs and happy quilting
    That is fantastic. Although I have cut buying down considerably I haven't gotten to this level of success.
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    I'm just reading this for the first time, and noticed in the rules that it's OK to buy fabric for backing. I wanted to share what I've started doing: I always have big pieces of fabric left over from each project that I sew together and use for the back. Sometimes it's just three fabrics in big sections (like a regular back would be sewn anyway) but sometimes I like to piece a few more. Sometimes I use fabric I bought for the quilt top, but ended up not liking it so I "get rid of it" on the back. If I use up scraps from the top, I figure in the future it COULD be used to repair a spot on the front. I've really been enjoying using up more fabric this way. I hope this is helpful for someone.

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    I'll be out of town for a wedding tomorrow, so I'm posting the monthly update a day early. As I wrote earlier I got 3 yards to 'help' a friend get free postage from CT, I drooled over their new Christmas line, but held firm and did not make a purchase. I also passed all my JoAnn's coupons to my niece and didn't even go in the store. Went to my LQS and just got my buck-a-block, bypassing the markdown table. I also took about 20 quilting and craft books up to the used book store. No garage sales visited either. Not perfect, but not horrible either. Hope to actually QUILT in July, as all my paper business jobs are done!!! Yay!!! How did you do??
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    very clever, mrshalibut! i like the idea of having patching fabric available.
    i was very good once my dh told me i'm on a spending moratorium! poo! i did buy some dog bed fabric at 99 cents a yard and used one piece for a child's quilt backing. i am working on a turning 20 that has become a 'turned into 25'. i thought the twenty looked small. the whole thing is from stash batiks, and i have enough yardage to piece a backing. yay! a free quilt! then i have 2 dresses to make, and maybe some doll and girl clothes sets (pj's have been suggested.) and by then i'll be on my way to dallas! august is out of the question since i will hit golden d'or and several other outlets. boxes sent home shouldn't count since the new will be worn off before i can use the cloth. oops. i did it again! i enabled myself!
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    I have been doing very well. With my DH's encouragement, I'm going to go to a shop hop and spend some money buying fabric. He consisders this my reward for stop smoking. The day of the shop hop I will have been smoke free for one month. DH said to spend the amount I would have spent on a months worth of smokes for my reward.

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    Nancia: Your my inspiration! The rest of us can only aspire to your level of creativity.Can't wait to hear the gorey details about August.
    I am still smarting about how bad I was in June so it will probably be easy to be good for at least a month. My total year to date is just over $200 or about $33 per month. This moratorium helped me cut my spending by at least 2/3rds. Now if my friends just don't tell me about any fabric ridden garage sales.

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    woo hoo, katfish!! you go, girl! stopping smoking is HUGE! i quit after 32 yrs, and it has been 14 yrs now. the funny thing is, in my dreams i am a smoker. lol, in real life i am a breather! life is so much better!
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nancia View Post
    very clever, mrshalibut! i like the idea of having patching fabric available.
    i was very good once my dh told me i'm on a spending moratorium! poo! i did buy some dog bed fabric at 99 cents a yard and used one piece for a child's quilt backing. i am working on a turning 20 that has become a 'turned into 25'. i thought the twenty looked small. the whole thing is from stash batiks, and i have enough yardage to piece a backing. yay! a free quilt! then i have 2 dresses to make, and maybe some doll and girl clothes sets (pj's have been suggested.) and by then i'll be on my way to dallas! august is out of the question since i will hit golden d'or and several other outlets. boxes sent home shouldn't count since the new will be worn off before i can use the cloth. oops. i did it again! i enabled myself!
    It would be such a shame to break the moratorium!! SO-----I have a solution- You can just send those boxes to me in Sunny Florida!! This way I wouldn't be spending money and not break the challenge, and you wouldn't have to worry about feeling guilty about all that new fabric!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nancia View Post
    woo hoo, katfish!! you go, girl! stopping smoking is HUGE! i quit after 32 yrs, and it has been 14 yrs now. the funny thing is, in my dreams i am a smoker. lol, in real life i am a breather! life is so much better!
    I quit 2 years ago, but unfortunately I waited for a month in ICU to help me quit- now I am on oxygen 24/7. Congratulations and encourage others to join the non-smoking world!

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    pat-- we need to talk, honey! you are not getting your paws on my fabric, but i will trade you some! what colors, subjects, etc do you like or need? i am the queen of enablers, so help me enable you! lol
    i'm proud of you for quitting! and i thought eating tootsie rolls was a hard way to quit, you certainly had it worse than me! just keep doing that in and out air thing !
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    I've been trying to be good. My problem is that my stash is full of things I like instead of things that go together. I bought some solid brown fabric to go with a patterned fabric I bought for a runner, then I pulled another fabric from my stash as an afterthought & low & behold, the solid I originally bought doesn't go with the afterthought fabric, so yesterday I had to go to Hobby Lobby for a matching solid. That is the only thing I bought yesterday though!

    I bought some fish fabric when I bought the original brown, which is going to be backing for my fishy quilt when I get the last BOM downloaded from Fat Cat. Yes, I'm early, but it was the perfect backing & it'll keep me from looking for one later, which could result in even more fabric buying, so I don't feel bad. It may even result in me buying the rest of the blocks so I can work on it early.

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    i bought the series of owls from fatcat. i forget to check the bom so i just did the easy route-- threw some money at it! lol, i'm not rolling in the stuff but it seemed a good idea.
    i have finished the batik top turning into 25
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    I'm doing the owls too. Not as urgent. I'll use the individual owls for different projects along the way. I think the fish I'm going to end up making to send to my boyfriend's nephew in Denmark because it's bright and happy. It'll be couch size though, because they sleep with duvets in Denmark.

    The owls I thought about for my favorite uncle. I've thought several times that I should make him a quilt, or at least a throw blanket. He's the only man in my family who would truly appreciate the effort involved because he used to quilt himself when he was younger.

    Part of me says I should make my mother a quilt of some kind, since my sewing seems to be the only thing we have to talk about since Gramma died, but I'm just not sure what pattern/block I'd like to make for her. When she used to quilt, she did what I call cheat quilting. She did a pieced top, tied it off, and because she didn't like to deal with the way batting behaves, she'd get one of those blankets that's like the old style electric blankets, but without the electric, and use it for the batting. They always feel weird to me. I have one she made for my dad's mom that I was given to me when they put Grandma in the nursing home, but I doubt I'll ever use it because of that blanket batting. Hers could definitely be a stash buster quilt though, since there's no theme in her efficiency apartment. The last quilt I know of her making, she got pieces of clothing and baby blankets, things that would mean something to my niece, and cut hexagons out of it and pieced a row of each fabric. So, I know she wouldn't mind one of that type herself.

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    DustysMama: The quilt you got with the blanket for batting... If you really like the top, you could take it apart and re-sandwich it with "real" batting, since it's tied...
    "I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to."
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    paperprincess-- i had the same thought-- only i saw d'sm fmqing it. lol
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    No fabric purchases for me in June. I bought some thread while it was on sale and shouldn't have to buy any of that again for a VERY long time. I accepted gift fabric from a friend though.
    "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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    accepting gifts does not violate the moratorium. taking it further, i could buy some for you and you could buy some for me. perfectly legal.
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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