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    Even though I thought I'd never attempt a fabric moratorium, I guess I've been secretly doing very well! I've made a few quilt tops from my stash. I've only bought 2 yds of white on white. I do need more and plan on shop hopping in September. If we plan on falling off the wagon, do we state this in advance? Probably not the wisest thing to do, huh? The white is for a royal squares quilt that I was dared to do. If it was a dare, does that purchase really count? I really didn't have any more white on white. That's what I'll be picking up from the shop hop too, whites.
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    Glad you climbed on the wagon with us orangeroom. I don't think your white on white counts as a demerit as it is for a planned project. I think we are all just trying hard to not buy stuff that 'we think we need' and then it sits on a shelf. Buying fabric for a specific purpose and using it right away is ok in my book. :-) I am staying on the wagon fairly well for now but do have to look for just 1/2 yard of a certain yellow to finish a scrappy quilt I am doing as a leader-ender project. So that won't count against me if and when I find it. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter View Post
    stress makes me buy more fabric.
    So that's why my closet is getting full....

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    So - here's my story......(head hanging in shame). I haven't bought ANY fabric (except for a half yard piece with puppies that look like my puppy) in the past couple of months. Well, if you don't count those scrap bags of batiks from the Vermont Quilt Festival. But TWICE in the same period I was asked to take, FREE OF CHARGE, fabrics that were (a)left over from a charity project and (b) from an estate of a deceased quilter who I don't even know!!! It seems that once I decided I wasn't going to buy any fabrics the Goddess of all Things Quilty decided I really did need to add to the stash and has been bringing it my way for free. Sheesh - just added 30 yards to the stash. Hope the floor in the quilting room holds up under the weight of all that stash!
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    30 yards of freebies. WOWSER! Hope your house is built on a concrete slab. Raised foundation might buckle. lol Enjoy your haul.
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    My BIL still laughs that we built our house on a huge rock shelf and my sewing room is in the walk out basement!!!
    I am so proud of myself today. Stopped at the LQS looked at some fabric; chatted with the owner and walked out with a smile on my face and no package in my hands.
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    Well the wagon took off without me again. No I think I ran off and left it behind!

    Anyway, I deliberately and with planned forethought went to get some Houston Texans and football fabric for a quilt for DS who works in their ticket office. And had just joined the funky chicken swap so had an eye out for cute chickens too, which they had. So far so good, right?

    Well they had the evergreen forest fabric I had wanted more of awhile back and couldn't find any, so that one was sort of ok...only got one yard.

    Then the autumn leaves spoke to me as well as a darker brown blender that is something I can always use. (Goes with both the leaves and the football fabric and plenty of other things in my stash).

    Left several others behind that could have followed along, so I don't feel especially guilty!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulswalia View Post
    So - here's my story......(head hanging in shame). .... But TWICE in the same period I was asked to take, FREE OF CHARGE, fabrics that were (a)left over from a charity project and (b) from an estate of a deceased quilter who I don't even know!!! It seems that once I decided I wasn't going to buy any fabrics the Goddess of all Things Quilty decided I really did need to add to the stash and has been bringing it my way for free.
    I say, hold your head up high. You know that having those yards of fabric gifted to you was just a 'higher power' making sure that the 'good stuff' didn't go in the trash. Any fabric given to a quilter is nothing to be sad about. I am happy for you and sure that we all would love to see a picture of all the given goodies! :-)
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    Here it is, the last day of August, the unofficial last day of summer. When I was school age, September always seemed much more like the beginning of the year, rather than New Year's day, so I'm going to renew my resolution! After slipping a bit this month, I'm going to stay strong for the rest of the challenge, even though other members have thoughtfully provided excellent reasons to purchase more fabric and creative ways to store it! How did everyone else do? If you haven't posted recently (or even if you have!) give us a quick update.
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    Okay, I am going to whine a bit. How can I stay strong when they are having such great sales? My son and DDIL are going to drop the misdirected LARGE package of fabric by today. Yum, yum, can hardly wait. Then I am going to get back on that wagon and hang on for dear life. Wish I could take credit but I had to replace my washer and dryer and property taxes are going to be coming due, its amazing what a motivater an empty wallet is.
    Mom-6 realy understand about the leaf fabric. Fall colors have really been calling to me this year.

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    Been good as long as fabric for specific projects are excused. Of course there was the trash bag full for only $3. But in defense I have already used about a quarter of it.

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    I have watched this forum for months. Never officially joined so here goes. I have not bought any fabric for about 4 months and don't intend to buy any until I can see what is actually on my shelves. I am finding things that I bought 2 years ago and intended to use immediately. They have been shoved into the back so far that I forgot they were there. I must, I must use up some of this first. Wish me luck.

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    Good luck, dcamarote. I have fabric that is at least 25 years old. The good news is that it is almost back in style.
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    dcamarote: Glad you decided to post and good luck with the moratorium. I think most of us would be glad to only have two year old fabric.

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    Everything in my stash is 2 yrs old or less, except for I think maybe 4 pieces. Those are the ones I found in a box full of craft supplies that I'd kept together because I was making wreaths with candleholders in the middle of them. You know, you cut the fabric into squares with pinking shears & then poke the squares into the wreath with a phillips head screwdriver? I had both Christmas fabric and some American flag fabric, with coordinating solids, that I had stashed away in there & forgot about. I'd just started stashing again in the last 2 yrs though. Before that, I'd been doing a random project here & there & only buying just enough for it & giving away the leftovers for a while. I only really got back sewing regularly when I started making placemats to sell, and next thing I know I had the quilting bug again. Now I have too much going on to make placemats, unless they're requested. Right now I'm sitting on at least a 14 projects that are either waiting to be done or are in some stage of completion. 4 of them have to be ready to go to Denmark by Friday when the man's brother arrives, plus I have to turn my sewing room back into the guest room by then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DustysMomma View Post
    Right now I'm sitting on at least a 14 projects that are either waiting to be done or are in some stage of completion. 4 of them have to be ready to go to Denmark by Friday when the man's brother arrives, plus I have to turn my sewing room back into the guest room by then.
    Good luck with all of that. I know you can do it AND you will be an inspiration to the rest of us.
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    I decided it was time for me to do an update, so here goes: I didn't put myself on a complete moratorium, just a budget. I've done pretty well although last month I lost track of what/when/etc. I went to a Bonnie Hunter weekend in July and seeing her quilts up close made me realize how boring my neutrals are, so I've been picking up a lot of interesting patterned neutrals in FQ or 1/4 yards and cutting them into various strip sizes, but I've been paying attention to price. I've discovered that although some fabrics at WM and HL aren't good quality, some are and they are significantly less expensive than my LQS.

    Later this month I'm going to Lancaster for a few days. I'll probably pick up more FQ's but I don't really need or have an interest in buying large quantities. I think I'll be content to browse and just enjoy the creativity of other people's work. I love having my fabric organized. It has shown me how much I already have. Whenever I see a new quilt now, my mind usually goes to all the fabrics I already have and how I could use them to make something similar.

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    Good for you Nilla What you have discovered about seeing new quilts is another step of learning for us quilters--the ability to adapt patterns to "our" color palette.
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    I have most of my fabric stored in boxes by project. My daughter's quilt fabric is in about 6 boxes, i always buy more than i think i will need, and the pattern is in the top box. I think i remember where i put those boxes, but I'm not positive. I'll start looking for it tomorrow! I just have one project to finish and one to do before i can start her quilt.
    i'm pretty excited about it!
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    Nancia: Does that mean you only have two UFO's?

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    I have a class at the LQS tonight and the only thing I absolutely must buy is 1/2 yard of a solid to do the binding and sleeve for the modern wall hanging. I have NOTHING left for that. Wish me luck that I ONLY get that piece. It's cousin - made from the rest of the solid HSTs has a border that doesn't match the colors perfectly but it did come from the stash and it is in the same color family. To me it looks like it meant to be.
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    Actually, i have 4 ufo's. but two of them are time dependent, as in they are going to someone in a swap. The other two are things that can be done anytime altho' one is a cover for our French door so it will be warmer for dh in the winter. I was just playing around with fabric strips sets and dh likes it. He wants it to stay here. Isn't that nice?!

    The last time this happened i had to go to wal-mart so i could tell strangers.... But since we're sort of anonymous, i can tell you guys. (Drum roll)
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    My big news, from my dgd, olivia, is, she's being promoted to big sister!! They are pregnant and tho' it's early yet, it is quite exciting! So olivia has had a big month, turned two, potty trained and got promoted. Busy baby!
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nancia View Post
    My big news, from my dgd, olivia, is, she's being promoted to big sister!! They are pregnant and tho' it's early yet, it is quite exciting! So olivia has had a big month, turned two, potty trained and got promoted. Busy baby!
    Oh Nancia! That's great news! Someone's going to be making all kinds of baby stuff now! I'm so excited for you!

    Let's see, if I count my runner swap, I have 5 UFO's. But, I have literally 9 other projects I haven't started yet. Some aren't time sensitive, but a couple I should have already done, because I have everything I need. One is a wallet for my best friend, and she's been so patient. Her birthday was last weekend, and one of the UFO's is a set of Christmas potholders for her (that I was making for her birthday), but I still haven't made her wallet!

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    I have 1 top that's a piecing UFO, needs a border but can't decide. One I'm actively working on, but close to a dozen tops that need to be long armed. Needed a part for my LA, and was too busy this summer to go down & order it. Just came in last week. I'm going to install it tomorrow.
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