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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.
    I laughed - while others have said "good for you", what I got out of this was it took 5 years to work thru her stash! Sheesh - it will take me at least that long, too!!!!
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    I've been working on getting my stash down for over 5 years and I still have a closet full. Must not be quilting enough I better get busy.
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    My order of blenders placed on Dec 27 arrived Monday. I will never order fabric online again unless I know the manufacturer's name. Most of the fabrics are okay, but don't have the feel or sheen I like. The one yard with a name on it - Benartex- didn't arrive. I am waiting to hear from the seller.

    I went to an out of town basketball game in a town with a JoAnn's and didn't set foot in the store! That's a start.

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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.
    Hmm well mtngrl could fit all my stash on my cutting table to if I put it up to my ironing table stack it really neat, used a stepladder to pile it high enough.oh wait that will not work the ceiling is not high enough I am lost in a sea of fabric.

    My DH is turning his old office into a sewing room for me [ he says I need more room the he does] I can not wait to get organized. Right now my stash is all over the place. I started counting in my head last night while reading this thread how many kits and unfinished projects I have 27 and I am should I missed some. So this year I am going to work on them and try my hardest not to buy more fabric or kits. I have started by taking picture of all the started projects and kits so I can put then in a binder. This way I only have to open it up to see how many I have and what to do next.

    Over Xmas we had friends over and my husband was saying if the house burn down it would cost the most to replace everything in the kitchen. I looked at my friend and we both laugh. He has no clue just how much we quilters have


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    I caved. I stopped by fabric store tonite and spent $20, but that is all. got a lot for my money though and there is a birthday gift from-it, so maybe I am not too bad. I will try to do better.

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    I'm in been wanting to do this for a while, maybe with all of your help I will be able to stick with my resolve. Come on November. LOL

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    I am ALL IN!!!!!!!!

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    Yep, I'm in.

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    If you need a project to use of your stash check out http://www.quiltingboard.com/blocks-...e-t209515.html right here on the Board. I jumped aboard the train yesterday - it's not too late to join. This mystery used up 108 four and a half in squares and 60 2.5 by 4.5 rectangles in the first day. I'm only using stash, I promise!!
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    I saw some beautiful fabric this afternoon...did not purchase.
    I THINK I CAN...I THINK I CAN....I..THINK...I....CAN!!!!! Okay...urge to return to store is passed.

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    Fed Ex just left me a package. I ordered some neutrals at 11:00 New Year's Eve (just before the cutoff!). I'm hoping this will be the last one till November (or beyond). Still sorting and organizing my stash.
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    I need some control power. Happily we received a call this week from a relative with a newborn. I had made my famous burp pads for the baby shower. Our nephew asked if it would be possible to buy more pads as they worked so nicely. Now DH knows two families really like these pads!!!

    Of course, I was tickled pink that I had something they could use and enjoy. I gladly gave them my entire understock!
    Then today I realized that I don't have much flannel left for the other gifts I want to make ..... honest....

    If I do go to Joann's next week and "check out" the flannel on sale, I must limit myself to yardage for the total number of pads I need to make. It takes 1 yard to make two pads. Two cuts of 24" x 20" and two cuts of 12" x 20" means you can mix and match the fabric designs.

    Meanwhile, I am sewing with the precuts from my stash and preparing to selectively cut more stash. :-)

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    Wow I am so jealous of your stashes. I wish I had that much but usually only buy what I am working on. Everything I own for fabric would fit in one tub about a medium size. I'll keep wishing and wishing . Maybe my fabric would grow. LOL
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    Hello, folks. I am going to give this a try. I will be participating in a BOM at my LQS but beyond that and the projects that go with it I am NOT buying. I actually purchased several kits from a the widower of a quilter this past year.

    Just cleaned sewing room and fabric stash (in two rooms!) to inventory. Good luck to all! I am also hoping to use some of the precuts I have some how collected. I bought one of the Schnibbles books and plan to start there.
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    So far I've made two tops, entirely from stash - from a mystery here on the Board and the other was a Jelly Roll Race quilt made from a Bali Pop. Funny thing about the Jelly roll quilt - was supposed to be able to be made in half an hour. took me an hour and a half! Guess I wouldn't win that race. Here's a photo of the mystery quilt.
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    That turned out nice, paulswalia. Ok, opinion needed. I have been really perfect, not buying ANYTHING since my last order from Hancocks on 12/24 ( which ended up being 17 yards of mostly Mliss Alexander blenders), but just got an order for 2 jeans bags with specific fabric themes and I don't have either in my stash! I HAVE to buy 2 yards of fabric!! Does that count? It isn't going into my stash, but it means I need to buy more fabric!! I just hope I can stay strong and NOT be tempted by those narcotic fumes emitted by the fabrics, enticing and seducing you into buying more!!! Maybe I should just stick to trying to find it on-line, and at least avoiding those narcotic fumes!! Oh, and I was SO proud of myself for resisting even going into a fabric store!

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    Jill, IMO, it's okay in your case when it's a special order and is not going into your stash. It will be a test to go into the store and only buy two yards, but you can do it.

    paulswalia, your scappy stars looks good. I like the star color.

    I finished my baby quilt and only bought enough for the back from the clearance rack. It's brighter than the picture, but the picture is from a phone because my camera balked at the last minute.
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    That is really lovely, irishrose! Ok, I will really focus on looking for the particular material, and try not to be seduced into buying more!! One fabric is Scooby Doo, and I know Joanns (which is the closest to me - 30 minutes away) has licensed character fabrics, so I think I'll check there after looking on line. The other is magnolias, which I hope to find as well. I have checked three online shops so far, and struck out. I'll keep going. I really can't afford to pay $10.00-$12.00/yard and still charge what I do, so hope Joanns has them and I can at least get them on sale or with a coupon.

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    I caved, sorta. My LQS is closing and on the last day the owner called me. Fat quarters were 50 cents,fabric was all 3$ a yard...so I had her set aside all the white and cream stuff for me. Does it count if I send some to my sister?

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    I blew it today, my favorite quilt store moved and today was their grand re-opening. they had lots of sales going on. Bought 4 yds of batiks that were end of the bolt sales 20% off and for being in their computer I got $10.00 off for spending over $20. so got a great deal. I got in the car and did a head slap......mom is like what. told her i commited to not buying fabric for the year. UGH ok now no more buying unless it is for an unfinished project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by createfourpaws View Post
    I blew it today, my favorite quilt store moved and today was their grand re-opening. they had lots of sales going on. Bought 4 yds of batiks that were end of the bolt sales 20% off and for being in their computer I got $10.00 off for spending over $20. so got a great deal. I got in the car and did a head slap......mom is like what. told her i commited to not buying fabric for the year. UGH ok now no more buying unless it is for an unfinished project.
    Well, Cindy, the only penance for this transgression of your moratorium promise is ----------get in the sewing room and start using it up!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulswalia View Post
    Well, Cindy, the only penance for this transgression of your moratorium promise is ----------get in the sewing room and start using it up!!!
    My sewing rooom is my living room. So I am in there all the time. LOL YEs I did come home and get sewing. using up some of my stash for a mystery quilt. I will not buy anymore fabric unless to finish a project.
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    YAY for me! Finished this jelly roll race top this afternoon - all from stash and have a wide back that is perfect for it, also in the stash! If this keeps up, I'm gonna have to buy thread - but I made NO promise about a thread moratorium!
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    Wow, paulswalia & IrishRose, wonderful quilts! I'm jealous of your accomplishments already this year. I'm sitting here looking at my tree. Ornaments are off, but need to take it apart and get it downstairs. We were both down with the flu for a week, so that put me behind.
    I got thru the new catalogs without buying anything, but this Thursday will be the real test. My montly LQS's club meeting... they MAKE YOU walk right by the markdown area to get to the classroom. I'll just have to strengthen my resolve. Wish me luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    Wow, paulswalia & IrishRose, wonderful quilts! I'm jealous of your accomplishments already this year. I'm sitting here looking at my tree. Ornaments are off, but need to take it apart and get it downstairs. !
    Ha! We put up our tree and strung the lights on it but didn't put a single ornament on it this year!!! Didn't even put the tree skirt on it. Took it down last week.
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