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    Nancia: You are so bad, but its a terrific idea.

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    Back from a week long trip to Colorado and playing in cemeteries putting up headstones! But while I was there, I did drag one foot off the wagon and bought some 1/2 yds pieces of various reds so that I can begin the Kansas City newspaper quilt called Rubies, Diamonds, Garnets etc....and I need several different reds which I did not have any of...Strange, since red is my favorite color. Nice to be home but taking me a while to catchup on QB messages.
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    Off tomorrow to get a yard of Marvel Comics fabric..One of my grandsons has requested it for his backpack for next year- hoping to have enough to make an insulated lunch bag to match, since he has to carry lunch at his school...Then right back on the wagon I go...Been trying to focus on UFO's lately...This has been using stash!!

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    I made the trip to the LQS. Didn't get a belt because I can't get the old one off to use as a measurement. Picked up my pattern - they are 30% off this week. Yeah! Bought a yard of black Kona to start a quilt, then brought home 1 1/2 yards of pink with ice cream cones and popsicles from the clearance room. It didn't go in my stash - I arrived home about 4:00, my oldest daughter arrived at 5:10 and bought it from me to make sundresses for her DGDs, my DGGDs. The LQS closes at 5:00 so she appreciates my picking up sale fabric I know she'd like. I got to pet it - it was a silky one, but don't have to store it. Works for me!

    BTW, special fabrics like the reds and comic ones are allowed as long as they are used soon - not stored. Just my opinion. It's the stash building I am trying to curtail.

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    it's nice we can each make the rules that work best for us! believe it or not, i go through my e-mails and chuck out the ones that are from fabric stores. i think how bad the economy is, but i can't solely be responsible for keeping all those businesses afloat. some times i feel the weight of the burden to do just that. i have a full stash. there will be new designs. and whether i buy fabric now, or not, there will still be fabric 10 yrs from now..... and it will all be yucky polyester made to look like cotton. and we will still quilt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nancia View Post
    it's nice we can each make the rules that work best for us! believe it or not, i go through my e-mails and chuck out the ones that are from fabric stores. i think how bad the economy is, but i can't solely be responsible for keeping all those businesses afloat. some times i feel the weight of the burden to do just that. i have a full stash. there will be new designs. and whether i buy fabric now, or not, there will still be fabric 10 yrs from now..... and it will all be yucky polyester made to look like cotton. and we will still quilt.
    I seriously doubt I will have to quilt with polyester! I have so much fabric stuffed in nooks and crannies that will never get used in my lifetime, even though I quilt about every day. But I get a thrill and high from bringing home that beautiful ,crisp, fresh piece of fabric...OOOHHHH I think I need to go shopping!!

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    You guys make me laugh almost every day. I save this thread to be read last because it always delights me. Do either of you notice that the wagon is a couple of miles down the road?

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    I am back on the wagon. I actually tossed the Joann coupon. It wasn't easy but I did it.

    Last week I reported that I HAD to buy fabric for the binding of a quilt and it was the right decision. It has gone to its new home and is well loved by a whole herd of cats.

    What I didn't tell you is that I bought the last of the bolt so while I needed a whopping 20" I bought 3 1/2 yards. WELL IT WAS PRETTY - - - what can I say...... lol
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    Martina: Tossing coupons, a major test of willpower. Buying almost 3 yards more than you needed plus not divulging the secret........bad! The reason I am sounding so smug is because I am struggling. During garage sale season I am constantly on the alert for fabric, so I could fall off anytime. Have to be smug while I still can.

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    pat-- resist the urge to shop!! pull out that stash and start shopping there! there is polyester looming on the horizon!! i just found a wonderful pattern that will be a cinch to make and i'm trying to clear the decks to do it. i have added a new little girl (no, not a doll) to my doll club and i am making clothes for her (and a few little things for my dolls). this means i can use some of those smaller pieces and get rid of them, thus giving me more room in case someone wants to gift me fabric. anyway, she is the bonus sister to the little girl i gave a doll and clothes and quilt to in the 1st home dec swap. then i had the brother for the 2nd home dec swap-( stranger things have happened), and now the bonus sister is visiting for the summer and i think it's only fair that she gets a package, too. so i am making some outfits for her doll, and will go to j/a's with a coupon and buy the doll. she will not, however, get a quilt.
    on another burner, i have 2 dresses to make for my dgd for her birthday. i don't recall this moratorium included birthday fabric, so i'm not confessing the 10 yards of red sparkly tulle and the red and white polka dot top fabric, or the black fabric for the cumberbund (which i haven't bought yet). i ordered thread from ct and i did not get even 1 inch of fabric. yay, me! so i am being very good so far this month--can it already be the 4th? happy 4th to my usa friends! and have a super day, the rest of my friends! i will leave you all with these memorable words i just thought up, shop your stash! pull out 10 pieces of fabric and play the matching game. what pattern would work with these, or those? get excited about what you have again. i have a whole bookcase full of fabric that i can't get to, yet. so i may re-organize and shop my stash some more!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emma S View Post
    Buying almost 3 yards more than you needed plus not divulging the secret........bad!
    I call it filling a gap. There wasn't much red left in the stash. (Trust me, I will rationalize my bad behavior til the cows come home. Which reminds me. I don't have black and white fabric either. lol)
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    Well Martina, just came from a yard sale advertised my some self named fabric hoarders. Can you see where this is going? Can't use your "filling in the gap" because there are no physical or color gaps in my stash. Lets see.....oh I know they were almost all (nine pieces) paisley. Now any self respecting person who came of age in the late 60's loves paisley so it was just meant to be. Sounds kind of lame even to me, maybe you can help?

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    madquilter, i fully understand! red is an important color, and one you especially like ( i remember from a swap we were in together). and , most importantly, you save money finishing the bolt. i'm sure in the excitement of the moment you forgot to tell us and were not hiding the purchase from us. it did jog my memory that i bought a little bit of red and white with ants on one fabric, and ladybugs on the other to make a hostess gift for my sweet ddil who will be housing and feeding me for nearly a month. sorry! my focus is on the trip, not the transgression. i just think it will make a lovely tabletopper for her patio table!
    Emma, if i may? paisley is important to us babyboomers' mental acuity. it helps specifically in remembering the 60's and 70's which for many of us are murky and blurred and various parts missing entirely. with this timely purchase of paisley you may well have averted the early stages of alsheimer's which starts with forgetting things. therefore you can consider this purchase medicinal. it is also good for your heart which no doubt was racing (aerobic excercise) at the excitement of scoring such a hit. no doubt seratonins were released as well! what a great healthy purchase!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nancia View Post
    paperprincess-- i had the same thought-- only i saw d'sm fmqing it. lol
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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...
    The top is all done in pastel plaids, like an Italian tablecloth, but pastels of all colors. I might actually take it apart at some point & redo it, but I may wait until she's gone to do it. As for the requilting, I'd come closer to sending it off to be quilted than doing FMQ on it myself. My FMQ skills are still sketchy at best. Since this is a multi-generation piece, I sure don't want to screw it up. Mother made pillow shams to match, and I have them also. I think they'd make something nice for my grandbabies someday. Of course, I'd have to get some grandbabies first, lol.

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    Emma, I love paisley too so I can totally understand. My sister has a friend who is nuts about the Peanuts and when she sees anything about Snoopy she "has to rescue it." Just think of it that you rescued the paisley.

    I cut some strips from stash last night to make 4-patches and combine them with kid-print charm squares. At least that's the plan at the moment.
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    DH MADE ME DO IT! We spent the weekend out of town and he saw a Quilt Shop sign so on the way back he decided to stop. Honestly, I even told him that I didn't "need" a fix. But there we were, and there was all that fabric. So I bought some backing fabric for some of my donation quilts off the 50% rack and I rescued a Peanuts panel and a yard of coordinating Halloween fabric for the woman I wrote about in my last post. I also got a stencil and some variegated thread. So today I can blame the hubs. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter View Post
    DH MADE ME DO IT! We spent the weekend out of town and he saw a Quilt Shop sign so on the way back he decided to stop. Honestly, I even told him that I didn't "need" a fix. But there we were, and there was all that fabric. So I bought some backing fabric for some of my donation quilts off the 50% rack and I rescued a Peanuts panel and a yard of coordinating Halloween fabric for the woman I wrote about in my last post. I also got a stencil and some variegated thread. So today I can blame the hubs. lol
    I live with an enabler also! We take many road trips and there is always a list of quilt shops to visit along the way and it isn't in my handwriting!!!!
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    my dh is no enabler! he started counting up my machines and then looking at the fabric on the couch and in the other room , and he even went so far as to count my designer handbags! he was off by several, thank goodness! he is getting downright fussy! i am having to use my smallest brother because my biggest brother needs its yearly clean-up. then he noticed a medium size brother in the quilting room, but that one ONLY does embroidery. the little brother will do both, s & e, and the biggest brother does only sewing. then he saw 2 fw's (i can't find the 3rd one , thank goodness!) he is just being patooty! and when i bought an 18" doll at joann's for 12.50 for a little girl in ok, he was upset. i made doll clothes all week-end so he will be really patooty if i ask him to mail it for me. i'm thinking of adding a fleece throw. i think he is tired of my swaps. all he remembers are the things going out to others. it's what i enjoy doing! i will be shopping my swap pretty much exclusively for a while. thank goodness, i already have the fabric and ribbons for my dgd's birthday dresses! and craftsy has free shipping on fabric....gggrrrrrrrrrr! i deleted it. (pitiful whimper)
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    So happy to be single, and not answer to anyone!!

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    My boyfriend doesn't count it, and he doesn't complain, but he did go in the closet for something recently and asked me "is it really full already?" talking about the two 3-drawer plastic storage cabinets that I bought. The box on top is full too. A lot of it is yard sale material and remnants or leftovers from other projects. I think it's time to start helping Nancia with her pet pads so I can use up some of the less desirable prints.

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    If I decide I'm ready, can I join this moratorium in July? I've finally got my stash fairly organized and I'm almost disgusted by how much fabric I didn't even remember I had. I was thinking about giving myself a reasonable quilting budget per month that would cover fabric, thread, embroidery and anything else quilting related. That way, if I want to take a class I still can but I'll have to use fabric I already have. That shouldn't be a problem though because I have way way more than I realized....

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    I was in my LQS yesterday to help a friend choose fabric to enlarge a quilt - guess who is doing the work? The owner came up to me excitedly to tell about the July sale. $5 clearance (some gorgeous lines in there), $6 solids (think Maywood Shadowplay), $8 all prints, $10 all batiks, 30% off notions and 20% off everything else (think Bali precuts). I told him the only way I'd buy any is if he took my stash to sell. Then he tried to get me to give up those 'old' machines' and buy a 'shiny new Janome'. That part aggravates me a little, but that's just Rick. I can see I'll need to avoid that block for the rest of the month. I do need 1/2 yard of a red print. Stay strong, Judy. Also can check the clearance for a nice border for the quilt we are making at church, but that's not for me - not my money and not going in my stash.

    Nila, this isn't my thread, but IMO, you can join anytime. We need all the encouragement we can get and hopefully are able to offer some to you. Welcome.

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    Irishrose: Your a strong, strong woman. Concrats.

    Nilla: Welcome, wish I had thought of asking to join in July. My record would be a lot better than it is now. Lets just say I had more than a couple falls from grace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nilla View Post
    If I decide I'm ready, can I join this moratorium in July? I've finally got my stash fairly organized and I'm almost disgusted by how much fabric I didn't even remember I had. I was thinking about giving myself a reasonable quilting budget per month that would cover fabric, thread, embroidery and anything else quilting related. That way, if I want to take a class I still can but I'll have to use fabric I already have. That shouldn't be a problem though because I have way way more than I realized....
    Sure, you can join any time you want, as a matter of fact, by posting you are an official 'member'! A monthly budget is a great way to go. Check in with us and let us know how it's going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    Sure, you can join any time you want, as a matter of fact, by posting you are an official 'member'! A monthly budget is a great way to go. Check in with us and let us know how it's going.
    Ok, I'm in! I'm getting a few yards tomorrow for a particular project I've already planned, and I'm also going to get a few yards to pull together another project but all the other projects I've got in the works can be made with fabric I already have. So techically, I guess I'll be in starting Sunday. I have a ton of leftover batting pieces. Maybe I can finally force myself to zig zag them together and use them up too.

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