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    Raine: Welcome to our group of enablers. Truth is this thread has helped me to cut back on my fabric purchases. Doing much better than in years past but having fun doing it.

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    I'm planning to go tomorrow to look at the Husky's, since they're open 10-2. Problem is that they are only open 10-5 during the week, and they're on the other side of town, so trying to go on my lunch break means I'd get about oh, 20 minutes to look if I didn't eat.

    yes, we are a horrible group of enablers, but even with my falling & diving off the wagon, I've done better since I've been in this group. Even when I buy fabric, I'm less likely to buy it just because I like it, like I've done in the past. I think my stash needs some help though. I don't have that many things that work together without buying more. I think we need a stash trading thread...

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    I'm not sure if I've ever responded to this before, but "Heck No!!!" I have an adequate stash, but couldn't picture myself NOT buying if and when I want some. I do understand that a few years back I made a rather large quilt that used up 9 yds fabric, and when I went back to look at my fabric cabinet, I couldn't see that any space was created, opened up or anything even close. I'm sure I could benefit from a moratorium, but no thank you!

    Good luck to those of you who have agreed to participate. I've got to add that I chuckled when I read one posters comment. She wanted to know if she should start her moratorium on the date she last purchased (on line) or received the fabric (that she had purchased on line), that way she can see how long she lasts!!!! Ha ha ha!
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    My order came in last night and I felt my happy chemicals kick into high gear when I saw the package. DH told me "honey - you got a squishy" (a man who knows his terminology!) but when I opened it, I wasn't thrilled. So have I made it to the rank of true hoarders whose thrill is in the hunt? EEEEEEK! I shudder at the thought. On the other hand, I finished quilting a small quilt and it is ready for the binding. Then I realized I missed 2 projects from my UFO list - the total count of things ready to be quilted is actually at 17. So I have to face up to reality and get some stuff done. PROMISE! NO MORE FABRIC SHOPPING! I actually need new shoes - so I need to hunt for them.
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    madquilter-- you could look for fabric shoes and then kill two stones with one bird! certainly when we agreed to this we were not intending it to include apparel grade fabric, right? i am going to be working on 2 swap items and then a dress in cotton for my dgd and then a tulle skirted minnie mouse birthday dress for the same dgd who will be 2 on august 3rd. she gets 2 dresses since she wears one at the family do on the night before--all the out of towners get together-- and then one for the b'day spectacular the next day. i have already sent one dress, but as i suspected, i took it in too much. i can let it out when i get there or just make a new one. ten guesses which route i choose!
    and i have been making doll clothes for all my little friends who have 18" dolls and for mine as well. maybe i could get extra fabric and make doll quilts (full size, if i'm "having to buy for a specific project" because i probably don't have enough yardage for matching dresses and quilts). hmmmm....i'd better go check, or just use my memory. i don't seem to remember any fabric like that..... oh, dear. i may have to go buy some. don't worry, madquilter, i will look for shoes while i'm there! does anyone have a good shoe pattern??
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    How's this for the shoe??

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    Okay ladies, I've been really good but I have been on the moratorium since July 2012. Definately have decreased my fabric purchases for sure. Guess how I have rewarded myself? You will never guess in a million years. I got a job in a fabric store!!! This is my second week and I have not purchased a single piece of fabric! I even get a 25% discount on top of sale prices. This will truly be a test of my willpower! Need the income and I am soooo excited that I can work in a creative environment. I'll let you know if (when) I stumble. . .
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    Aunt Piggy: Talk about bearding the lion in his den. Congrats on the job. Maybe its like candy, if you never take the first one.......
    Pat: Gives a whole new meaning to a quilters hoard, whoops mean stash, its a one stop shopping location.
    Nancia: As usual your "explanations" for needing more fabric are wide ranging, creative and kind of believable. Congrats.
    Martina: Maybe you just didn't order the right combination to get that squishy feeling when you opened the box. Maybe you should order more to see if you get that "lovin feelin back".
    What can I say been garage sailin. Need I say more, thinking of making an exception for garage sales, who could resist 20% on the dollar or less?

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    Nabbed 2 big bags of scraps for $10 today. I'm thinking it has scrappy written all over it. It's mostly girly fabrics, and I'm hoping once they're all dumped out that they'll be perfect for the Sue blankets I want to make my 2nd cousins' baby girls. It seems like it works out that of the 3 sisters, they're usually pregnant 2 at a time. It looks like we may be going to visit them all for Christmas, so I better get on it!

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    that's not fair, d'sm! i don't have a crowd of people getting pregnant so i have an excu-- er, reason, to make quilts with new fabric, ( congrats on your bag score!). i am hoping my daughter will get engaged and then i can make her a pre-elopement quilt. and then a wedding quilt, and then a baby quilt, and a "you've been married 2 weeks quilt.... see ya guys later! gotstago call my daughter and get this ball rolling!! oooo, what color is a good pre-elopement color? nope, don't have any of that. hmmmm, may have to go shopping.....
    pat-- i love those shoes!!! have any as flats? i wobble on heels! 8-)
    piggy-- big congrats!! can you suggest a good pre-elopement quilt design? it may need to be one that is fast. i can be pretty persuasive!
    emma, honey-- i'm comin' over to slash your tires! yard sales are no fun if you have to carry all that stuff home! (don't worry, we can go in my car. i never hit g'sales that have fabric. i live in a lousy neighborhood! i may need to move. what's a good 'i need to move ' pattern for a quilt? we could look for some fabric to make that! i know i don't have any.......)
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    We had some craziness at work today that kept me from going to lunch, so I got off work early instead. This gave me the opportunity to go to the store that carries the Husqvarna before they closed. Debbie is super sweet and suggested 3 machines to me. First I tried the Opal 650, which I like, but I wish the bed were larger, which is $650. Another lady came in, who is a regular customer, and the three of us were talking, and I told Debbie about my apprehension for FMQ and my debate between a sewing only and a sewing/embroidery combo machine, so she asked if she could show me the Topaz. Oh wow! To say I was in love in an understatement. They have a 200x200mm hoop that is made for quilting, and she showed me pictures of some of the machine quilting designs you can do with it. Now it may not be good for trying to do a king size quilt or anything nearly that large, but anything form a throw blanket down I'd probably be able to do. Two drawbacks are that it's $1999, and if I measured right, it may be 1" too long for the spot on my sewing table. So, to give me a larger throat, in a smaller footprint, she showed me the Eden Rose 250C, which is on sale for $999. I tried it out, and the only benefit I noted was the larger throat.

    I told the man how much they were and what the options were and he said if it's what I want, get it. I told him if I did, that would probably cover every holiday and gift giving time from now through Mother's day. His response was "hey, I'd be off the hook!" I'm going to measure again & think about it. She said she only had the floor model of the Topaz, and she'd give me $100 off if I wanted it. It doesn't have that many hours on it.

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    oooo, girl! i am so excited for you! i love vikings. a hundred years ago my goal was to get a viking. in those days sewing machines were non -computer and based on today's costs, very inexpensive. but now.... it's a serious investment for most of us! but if he says that'll work, then that will work. however, i think it should only count as 1 birthday and half of christmas-- don't want to get too carried away and have him get out of the habit of buying you gifts.
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    Oooohhh D'sM...I am excited that you might be getting a Viking. I think you will really love it. Keep us posted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nancia View Post
    that's not fair, d'sm! i don't have a crowd of people getting pregnant so i have an excu-- er, reason, to make quilts with new fabric, ( congrats on your bag score!).
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    however, i think it should only count as 1 birthday and half of christmas-- don't want to get too carried away and have him get out of the habit of buying you gifts.
    These 3 girls have 7 children either here or on the way. The last one is due in October. I wish their mother were still here to see them. Then there's my best friend's brother whose wife is due Thanksgiving, who she asked me to do the safari quilt for. I think there's something in the water, because there's babies everywhere! I'm glad I don't have the plumbing for that anymore!

    I think you're right, knowing him, about what it'll count for in reality if I get the Topaz. My spot on my sewing table is 23-1/2", and I believe she said that with the embroidery extension the Topaz is 24-25". Debbie said she would be there about noon tomorrow, so I may have to call and make sure. Because of the configuration of my table, I might be able to swap the table and the futon in place of each other though. Then I might be able to move it that couple feet to the large part of the table for doing embroidery. The additional table space would be nice.

    Oh, I neglected to mention that she has fabric too, but I did manage to stay strong! I didn't even touch it.

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    ok, weigh these two things out... on one hand a new topaz, on the other, a wall of fabric.....hmmm, fabric will be there WOOHOO!! new TOPAZ will go home with you!! and live with you!! and you don't have to send it to someone as part of a swap. you get to keep it. go to bed, it's there. wake up, it's there. do the dishes. it's still there. a month from now ! IT"S STILL THERE!!!
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    OK, I'm sitting here writing this completely overwhelmed. I don't know what to think. We had to go to the mall, and I asked him if he wanted to see the machines I was looking at yesterday & get lunch at the chicken salad place next door before we came home. So we go in & we're talking to the other lady who works there & Debbie came in & we were talking to her. He asked her what the difference was in the $2k machine and the one next to it, so she shows us a little bit & then she mentions the Topaz 30 as a compromise, which she hadn't talked to me about yesterday. A few extra features, holds bigger hoops, and the $850 software package are the only differences in it & the Topaz 20, which is what I'd been looking at. He made the executive decision that the Topaz 30 was better and bought it! $3200 and I'll have it within a week. Holy cow. I will buy a couple extra pieces for it, but I'll pay for them. I want the extension table and the 200x200 (8" square) hoop.

    I dare say I won't be buying any unnecessary fabric for a while....

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    Nancia: You sound like you are encouraging D'sMom to have an affair not buy a machine. Maybe it is the same, I call the Keepsake catalogue "quilters porn".
    Ds Mom: Wow, is he ever a keeper. Now just to wait out the time before delivery. Be sure and let us know what you think when it gets there. Congrats!

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    AAAAAAYYYYYIIIII!!!!! you didn't tell me all that!! don't you have my e-mail? don't we 'talk'?? omg, omg,omg!! why doesn't my dh ever do that stuff- oh, yeah, because i get it bought before he can. well. i doubt he would anyway! but stars to the big m!! no, no, emma, i wasn't suggesting an affair! you can see why not! i was just saying fabric is temporary because you use it and then it is given away. your sewing machine is with you for awhile. at least a year. or longer. mine is already a year old and now that my car is fixed i can take it in for it's yearly check-up. i'm only about 12 yrs past due on mine.lol, but i need more than a cleaning and some oil! i get to see drs all the time.
    i'm getting ready for our dallas trip. will meet a couple of friends while i'm there! i just love this board! i have been working on a quilt and had thought about giving it away. it's been on the design wall in our family room for a few days. last night dh said, "you know, i like that quilt. i like the colors and the brightness and the way it looks in this room. i think we should keep it." so, now i have to make a new gift for the person who was going to get it. just as well. i like it , too. lol. kinda fun to make something that stays home!
    stayed up last night and sewed. i have one more swap to complete. i still haven't found my camera. i'm running out of hiding places that i haven't looked in. i also made a pillowcase last night. will make the matching one sometime today. then i really need to make my dgd's minnie mouse dress. optional things are mug rugs and a table runner-- more hostess gifts. easier to pick up a bottle of wine, or a six pack. not as lasting, tho'.
    last night i also tore my bicep, again. this has been going on for more than a year! i am so tired of it. it just gets feeling better and then wham, i pick something up. or pull something toward me. last night i emptied the dishwasher. doesn't sound dangerous , does it? so i'm starting to feel the pain stuff start to work. yay! wouldn't you know, the bicep is in one of the arms connected to one of the hands i use to type, and somehow, the fingers in that hand are connected too. and the knee bone's connected to the thigh bone, and the thigh bone's connected to the hip bone....
    and all that is connected to the money bone. under no circumstances will i be able to leave dallas without buying fabric. my ddil is deciding on a quilt design and fabric while i am there, and i'm pretty sure it will be my treat. well, she did give birth to my dgd, afterall. and she does feed my son, and do his laundry and stuff. probably a good investment! and there may be some regional fabrics that they don't stock in pa. so...... just look for me by the side of the road where the wagon went by. wagons, ho!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nancia View Post
    AAAAAAYYYYYIIIII!!!!! you didn't tell me all that!! don't you have my e-mail? don't we 'talk'?? omg, omg,omg!!
    Nancia, when I came here to post your light was on like you were online, so I figured you'd see it pretty quick. Sorry! Debbie said "He's a keeper!" and the man replied "Well my credit card is anyway!" When we were walking to the chicken salad place I told him I didn't imagine he'd override me and upgrade to a more expensive one & he said "Oh well, it's worth it if it makes you happy. It just makes up for all the time I'm not there." Yeah, I'm still in shock. I'm going to get Dusty to help me rearrange the sewing/guest room today, since with the embroidery arm on it might be too long for the side part of my table, where the machine is supposed to go, and I also need to be closer to where my laptop is plugged in, since the battery is shot in that laptop & I can't unplug it or it turns off & I'll need it to download updates.

    I found out yesterday that the man's brother is coming to visit while he's in the US (he lives in Denmark & works in Amsterdam, Holland) with his boss on business the first weekend of September, so it'll be the first time I have to pack everything up and make the room presentable for company since I took the space for sewing. This should be interesting, putting away all my fabric so he has room to get in there.

    Hey, if you see some good breast cancer fabric when you're there, you'll have to let me know! I've been collecting to make my best friend's throw blanket. I have 2 breast cancer fabrics and a pretty bright pink marble that matches them too. I just need to decide on a design for it.

    Today I'm going to finish a couple small projects and hopefully get my room rearranged. Time and shoulder permitting, I'm going to cut a couple other things out so they're ready when my new machine gets here.
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    Wow! D'sM...Aren't you glad you checked out the Husky store! But even more, I imagine you are so glad you have such a wonderful 'guy' in your life. We will all be waiting to hear how you like your new machine. Plus all the wonderful things you will sew on it. I am so happy for you. It's nice to have a great guy in your life. My DH told me the other day that I should be sure and look for more fabric, when our guild goes to another town's quilt shop for the quilt I am making for granddaughter. I am glad he is a keeper, too. Nancia, have a safe and wonderful trip. Emma, I love your postings. Back to the moratorium...even though I have fallen off the wagon a couple times, this thread has really helped me be more practical about buying fabric so thanks to all of you.
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    i am well suited to the role of what not to do! i took a cooking class and the teacher nearly always chose me to burn it, or curdle it , or add too much, or too little. i probably learned more than anyone else! when we had our final buffet everyone was surprised i actually could cook, lol.
    i am very excited about this trip! i have lots to do to get ready! thanks, sandy! does z4 stand for a car?
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    We went camping with friends this weekend and they are trying to talk us into buying an ATV. Not that I am remotely interested, but when I heard how much those things cost, my first response was: DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH FABRIC I COULD BUY WITH THAT MONEY? They looked at me kind of weird. lol
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    i would think you'd be used to those weird looks by now! how long have you been quilting? everywhere i go i leave a little trail of cut threads behind me! it's either that or animal hair! lol, the thread is the most colorful!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter View Post
    ...when I heard how much those things cost, my first response was: DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH FABRIC I COULD BUY WITH THAT MONEY? They looked at me kind of weird. lol
    I think that about a lot of things. Actually, I thought that about that sewing machine when we ordered it Saturday too. Then I thought about all the pretty things I would make with it, and I just let him be good to me and went for it.

    My ex bought a 4-wheeler when Dusty was a baby. Well, back up. He called me one day & tells me he's on the way home & asks me if I'd bring the business checkbook out to him. Then he showed up later that evening with a combo dirt/street bike. He knew I was not happy. So what did he do to "make up for it"? He went & bought a 4-wheeler too, and so did his friend who had also bought a dirt bike, who was single. Dusty was at that age in between sitting up on his own and trying to walk, so he insisted the 3 of us go for a slow ride, since his friend said I could ride his, which was stored at our house. Dusty dozed off, so he wanted to take a shortcut home. Long story short, he pushed me to take a route I didn't want to and I ended up wrecking. I mean my life flashed before my eyes wrecking. After that I stayed home with Dusty and sewed or did cross stitch while they went to play.

    I'll take playing with fabric over "roughing it" in anyway any day! The man says his idea of roughing it is staying at the Marriot, lol.

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    lolololo! i will rough it in a cabin in the woods as long as i have a flush toilet, hot shower, good bed and coffee. and you might as well throw in electricity and a sewing computer, and you know, all that other stuff. ok, where's the marriot?
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