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    I have great won't buy any power when fabric is full price.

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    I was good last night - only bought the 1/2 yard of binding and sleeve fabric that I needed.

    Congrats on the new addition in the works nancia.

    Bear, I hear ya. Easy to say no when the price tag is above $10.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnngelAnne View Post
    Oh my lord.....................oh my, I am really at a loss for words, but what a wonderful arranged stash.
    wow-eye candy-so neat and organized
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    I think I am going to be able to stick to this moratorium much better in the coming months. I have to start in on DGD's graduation quilt and I am going to absolutely try to get everything from my stash. Then I have decided that I have so many scraps that my next quilt will be some kind of scrappy one, not to mention all the UFO's that I have begun. I am ready to drive this wagon instead of just hanging on. Will keep you posted. Congrats Nancia on future new grandbaby!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter View Post
    Easy to say no when the price tag is above $10.
    Normally, I'd say yes. When I went to that LQS in Atlanta a couple weeks ago, I wanted EVERYTHING though! I resisted buying the yardage to go with the jelly roll I bought, because it was $12.25/yard. I'm going to have to find some elsewhere to go with it though. I found a remnant that works nicely with it for a small project I'm doing for Elisabrat, but that won't go too far. I hate paying that much for fabric!

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    Determined to be good this month!!

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    I told the gal at the LQS that I won't be participating in any more Block of the Week projects since I ALWAYS seem to find something else I just HAVE to buy. Today a few FQs made their way into my bag but they are so cute - could not resist.
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    Now we're into the 9th month of the year and I don't think I've purchased 9 yards so my fabric buying compulsion seems to be under control, if I average it out. Amazing how you can rationalize......... That being said, week after next we're headed to Maine and it would be wrong for me not to go through the fabric department of a Marden's store. All bets may be off. Get out the bandaids, I may be falling off the wagon big time.

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    I'm doing good...In July I obtained only a handful of I-spy scraps for a project and used them immediately (actually I don't think the LQS charged me for them), no fabric purchases in August, and none so far this month. I traveled a lot during that time an managed to stay out of the fabric stores. The withdrawals have decreased and I'm working from stash other than asking friends her and there to augment my I-spy scraps. November here we come.......may not even have to buy any then either.
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    I started out the year on a fabric moratorium and only fell off the wagon a couple of times. Well, my DH and another couple and I always go to Lake Shelbyville in southern Illinois for Labor Day Weekend. There is a charming little quilt shop in Shelbyville that I always go to to look to see what she has. The last couple of years she has had a sale bin that is a large wire basket and she takes bolt ends and puts them on sale at a deeply discounted price. Well, over $100 later I fell off the wagon with a thud. No one is perfect, right?

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    Fox, you are doing great. I think my withdrawals will cease for at least a month. A few days ago, I took all fabric off of shelves and out of bins and sorted it all out. I think I have enough fabric that I could keep busy with things for 4 years. This includes a lot of kits so needless to say, I don't think a LQS will be calling my name soon. Karen, I might have done the same if I were in your shoes. When you can get fabrics at a great discount, it is worth it to do so. I looked in KQ catalog today that came in the mail and backing for a large quilt is now over $100 for 9-11 yeards! My stash is looking more valuable all the time!
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    I am proud of me this month. I bought a small bunch of fq's to have an array of colors my ddil likes and wants in a quilt. Then i think her second quilt will be a scrappy since i really have a lot of scraps. I really like the wonky flying geese quilt that n2scrapper did a tute on. Looks fun and like i did a lot more work than I'm going to. That's always a plus. Haven't been able to get to actual sewing as i have been doing a great deal of hand to hand combat with some stubborn fleas! What i didn't spend on fabric, i spent on flea stuff! I may be emptying my shelves and washing everything! Yelp! I am out numbered, but not out classed! I WILL win! I hate those fleas-es to pieces!! Thanks, Sylvester ! Lol
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    Stash works great for backings! I have to confess that before my moratorium I had bought a stash of flannel for backings. I do like a flannel backing.
    "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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    I took "advantage" of the Thousands of Bolts under $5 per yd sale. Lets just say the delivery was over 25 yards. I will stay on that wagon through November, I will, I will!
    Pat: Good luck this month. Hope temptation doesn't call.
    Martina: Whats a few fq among friends? You did better than I did.
    SouthP: Yes it would be very, very wrong!
    Karen: What better way can you celebrate your triumph than to spend $100 on bagain fabric?
    Sandy: I'm not even tempted by the expensive fabric no matter how beautiful, it is the darn sale fabric that gets me everytime. The feeling is that if the price keeps going up I won't be able to buy any new fabric, so just this once......!
    Nancia: Not sure where you are, but when I lived in the SF Bay area, Aug and Sept were awful months for fleas. I didn't even have pets. It was the feral cats. One year our patio was grey, there were so many fleas. You have my absolute sympathy. Creepy stuff. I found the aersol flea cans, that you just set off and leave the house, were the most effective for indoors. For outdoors we had a bug guy come and spray. I really dislike insecticides but sometimes you have to do what you have to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulswalia View Post
    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!

    But why should you hang your head in shame? I guess I don't get it. I think it is neat that you were given this fabric...it is fantastic!

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    I took NINE quilt tops and backings to the LQS where I work to be put on the long arm. These tops have been hanging around for the better part of a year. Good thing is I had to find backings for about 5 of them and all backings came out of stash. I also have batting for all of them in the stash. Part of my compensation at the shop is to use the long arm at no cost, so getting these all quilted won't be a burden except that I have to DO IT! And, I'm not really good, but you have to practice, so here I go. And next on the schedule is to get to work using up MORE of the stash.
    Last edited by paulswalia; 09-09-2013 at 03:53 PM.
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    Oh paulswalia,...we want to see the finished quilts when you are done with the long arm on them. Please, please post pictures! I admire you for learning and bet by the time you get to the last one you will be way good!
    She who dies with the most fabric, didn't sew fast enough!

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    Well dang it! I fell of this wagon several months ago and have enjoyed quite a few forays into the land of "Increasing my Stash". However, it is time to recommit.......wow. that hurts!

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    Well, a little bump in the road. I have been deleting all emails from fabric sites, giving my JoAnn's coupons to my niece and avoiding quilt shops. Yesterday my husband and I went to the dentist. Lots of construction in the area so we left early. A bit too early, so we decided to kill some time at the Salvation Army. To get to the household items, they MADE ME go thru the linens. There was a home made drapery set made from quilting cotton. Black with bright colored streamers, right up my alley. What could I do? When I got it home and took it apart, I saw that the sewer hadn't even taken the selvedges off, so I got a piece 2.25 yards (like right off the bolt) 3 - 1 yard pieces and another piece 25" X 2.25 yards, plus a few assorted small pieces that I think were used as tiebacks. Around 6-7 yards for $4.
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    PaperPrincess, I wouldn't even count 4$ as a bump in the road. I'd just pretend I spent it on a fancy coffee instead. Anything under 10$ can easily be reasoned away in my mind!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nilla View Post
    Anything under 10$ can easily be reasoned away in my mind!

    OK, I am taking $10 cash to the LQS tomorrow when I get my next installment of the Halloween wallhanging. I like it!
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    So much for driving the wagon! I bought one cut of Cuddle dimple 2.5 yds via internet. It seemed like a good price and I needed backing for a quilt. First time I have ever bought any kind of soft 'minke' type fabric. Now I am hoping the the LA quilter will be able to sew through it. Anyone have an opinion? I liked it because it is one piece the size of the top of my queen size bed so I don't have to piece anything.
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    Sandy, let me know how that does. And where did you find a piece that wide! Share the resource, please! I may have to steal it, since i really can't buy it...............hmmmmmmm............a pre-dickle-ment.............
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    Emma-- I'm in the philly area. Even the vets are saying the fleas are crazy bad this year. Hopefully we will have a very cold winter and it will kill all of them, and their eggs, "and their little dog , too" no, not my dogs. They have been getting a dose a week of the topical juice, and our natural lawn company is supposed to be hitting the yard every week. First, i will bomb the upstairs and seal it off so the cats and dogs ( and dh) won't get in there. That will give me a bug free zone. When i bomb downstairs i will take the dogs for a 3 hr ride in the car and walk.my girls are not much for playing, but they do like walkies. Our cat, simon loves to come with when we walk in the neighborhood, a lovely little caravan. Lol !!!
    Oh, I forgot to mention some charms that got caught in the wagon wheel and i HAD to rescue them. It was a self-less humane act! Curse you, craftsy!!!! 8-0
    Last edited by nancia; 09-14-2013 at 01:08 PM.
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    I was vewwy vewwy good today. Went to the LQS to get my next installment on the block-of-the-week project and bought nothing! Then we went to a quilt show and bought no fabric. I only looked at fabric from a distance. Didn't touch - didn't fondle - just walked by. I picked up a hanger for a wall hanging and a little bag of embellishments. Then I saw a Handiquilter rep and got some pointers on how to use the trustitch better. So it was a great day for the FA wagon.
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