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    Fell off the wagon, yet again. My cousin came over with 5 5yard bolts of raw silk. Her brother got them in Bankok in the 60s. Did I want them? Hmmm, let me think. One bolt, a brilliant red, had some white spots, maybe mildew? threw it in the washer, air dried, and it came out great!
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    Wow! PaperPrincess...what a score. But...what to do with them. Sounds like they would be wonderful in a quilt but would you have to put some kind of stabilizer on the back first. I have never even seen raw silk let along 5 bolts of it. Can you share a picture please? Anyone want to enlighten me as to how one would use these. :-) And red...oooh...my favorite color!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SandyinZ4 View Post
    Wow! PaperPrincess...what a score. But...what to do with them. Sounds like they would be wonderful in a quilt but would you have to put some kind of stabilizer on the back first. I have never even seen raw silk let along 5 bolts of it. Can you share a picture please? Anyone want to enlighten me as to how one would use these. :-) And red...oooh...my favorite color!
    Long story. I was making quilts out of recycled shirts. In the Detroit area, the Salvation Army has 5 for $5 on Fridays so I was going on Fridays & getting 5 (0r 10, or 15) cotton shirts. While looking for the cottons, I saw lots of washable silk shirts, also a buck, so I decided to make a silk quilt. The shirts are just amazing, mostly pastels, many are jacquards or aloha floral prints. The design I'm planning on using is a controlled scrappy, and was thinking of getting some neutral color dupioni to tie everything together. My cousin knew I was planning this quilt, but forgot she had this stashed away. She came across the bolts of fabric when cleaning. The fabric from the shirts will need to have iron on stabilizer, but I don't think I will need to stabilize the raw silk, I'll need to experiment a bit before I make the final decision however. Raw silk is a rough fabric, sort of like homespun, and the texture is a lot different from the shirts which are more, well, silky. I think the 2 textures will add a lot of interest. I was putting off starting the quilt because when my BFF heard that I was getting these shirts for a buck, she told me I couldn't cut them until her husband looked them over first. He picked out 5 for his last BD, so I guess I'm free to start. Won't be until after the holidays.
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    Paper Princess: That silk project really sounds exciting. You know we definitly need pictures.

    By the way I keep wondering, why your Paper Princess and not Fabric Princess?

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    Oh dear, time to enter the confessional: I had to pick up my last installment for the wall hanging yesterday and they had already pulled the border and backing fabric. So I had to get that of course. Then I stopped at Joann's - not a smart idea particularly as I had not had breakfast yet. No good - shopping hungry. I now have 2 more Halloween prints, white premium cotton (I was totally out), and a lovely blue with swirls that I had also used up entirely. Did I NEED them - - - weeeeellll, not really.
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    I have been sooooo good, see that glow in the east? That's my halo shining bright! I saw the cutest wall hanging, table runner thing and it says. BOO. My almost dgd calls me boo so i have to make one for her! I bought the pattern, not the kit. But while I waited. For the pattern to arrive , i bought 10. 1/4 yd pieces of h'ween fabric on sale, since it looks really halloween scrappy. Turns out i only need, like, 3 or 4 fq's. How was i to know? So I will make 2 of them. What the hay, maybe even one for. Me. And i need to do the costumes!! Before halloween would be good! Guess I'll have to make a h'ween princess and a h'ween fairy, and anything else halloweeny i can think of! Lol gotta love a holiday that is all about candy! No one ever comes to our house, guess it looks scary! Our across the street neighbor told my friend our house is a cave. Actually, you can barely see the house from the street. Mt knockout roses are over 6 feet tall, and my arborvitae cover up to the gutter. I will see if i can post a picture. I think of it as a gnome home! I bought new paint for the front door, purple, and I will paint morning glories on it. Lots of plans!
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    Madquilter: I thought you shouldn't go to the GROCERY store when you are hungry. Never heard anyone blame hunger for the reason they bought fabric. LOL
    Nancia: The more I read your posts the more I would love to meet you. Let see, you live in a cave thats covered in roses, you will soon have a purple front door with morning glories on it, you play with dolls and you have a halo shining over your head. My kind of person!
    Well, I must have been really hungry when I went to a garage sale that was advertising fabric. Twenty-two yards later, at $1.83 per yard, I have fallen from grace yet again. I hope no one remembers how smug I was when I claimed that my August fall was the last one this Moratorium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emma S View Post
    Paper Princess: That silk project really sounds exciting. You know we definitly need pictures.

    By the way I keep wondering, why your Paper Princess and not Fabric Princess?
    I'm the Paper Princess (who lives at the paper palace) because I make hand crafted paper items: invitations, party favors, place cards, escort cards, buttons, luggage tags, hand bound books, etc. I've done this semi professionally on my own & with event planners for 20+ years. I have several large die cutters, including the GrandeMark (a.k.a. Studio) which I got about 15 years ago, way before accucut spun off accuquilt. I have close to 1,000 dies (I really don't want to count). You should see my paper stash!
    I've always sewn and started quilting about 4 years ago.
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    Paper Princess: Thanks for the "rest of the story". It amazes me that so many people on this board have multiple business/hobby past times. I am so busy with just quilting that I can't imagine taking on anything else. Only four years, you've come a long way. I have been at it since the late 60's and it has only really gained momentum since I retired.

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    Here it is, October 1st! Per the original post, this challenge ends on November 1, so this is the last "official" month, but please keep checking in till the end of the year. (I based the challenge dates on prior years' challenges which all ended on 11/1. I think this was so you could shop for holiday gifts and/or take advantage of year end sales).

    How did everyone do in September? I fell off the wagon (actually I was pushed by my cousin), but I'm resolved to be good at least until the official end date!
    "I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to."
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    I was really good in September. Didn't go any place to buy fabric and did not order any on-line. I think that is a first for me. I did good the first part of the year, but then DH took me on a Shop Hop. I knew I was going to retire in the summer so figured I would stock up. Now that I am retired I am staying home and working with fabric/kits that I have. I hope we have this Fabric Moratorium again next year. I have enjoyed reading about everyone falling off the wagon or being good. Happy Quilting!
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    I had to order a yard of fabric for a church quilt so I ordered enough backing for a Christmas present while I had to pay shipping. I didn't go to JoAnn's (50 miles) or either local fabric store, so I'm didn't add much. I AM doing better!

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    If this was the "how much fabric can you buy when you really don't need any more" group, I would be doing really really well. As it is, my stash grew over the year BUT not as much as in past years. So there is hope for me. ....and I hope there will be a new motivational thread when this year runs out. I plan to get back on the wagon.

    The scary thing right now is that I miss knitting (my wrists can't handle it) and I suck at crochet. Then I saw a youtube of Tunisian Crochet which looks like knitting. I want to try that so badly but I don't want to create a yarn-buying monster.
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    Stay strong madquilter!

    No fabric purchases for me in September. October is looking good. Some patterns/books are calling my name, but holding off on those too.
    "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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    Ok! So far i have been excellent in October! Sitting in the front seat of the wagon with fabric tying me to the bench! Hahaha! Let's see ya get me this month, temptation!!

    Emma-- i would love to meet you, too! It would be soooooo much fun to have a retreat in the middle of the country, so everyone could come to it! Just to clarify, the roses are at the bottom of my yard next to the sidewalk . There's a pesky little hill that runs between my house and garden all the way to the rose bushes. I am very glad the roses are there because they keep me from rolling into the street. When i play in the garden i have a " habit" of falling down, and then rolling down the hill( wheeeee!) to the roses. If they weren't there i might end up being run over or hitting a car and being charged with a moving violation! They would never see what hit them! Lol i do have interesting little prick marks in interesting places. The roses do have thorns.
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    nancia, you do have a way of putting a funny, positive "spin"on things. Thanks for the laugh.
    "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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    Well...I had a "slip up" at a church charity store on Saturday....there was a partial bolt of unbleached calico ($1.00 who could resist that), plus a metre or so of quilting fabric/scraps so for a grand total of $3.00 I did well. Did get stronger yesterday...on the way home from my Employment Agent I called in at Textile Traders and didn't buy any fabric - despite some heavily discounted fat quarters and some very cool batiks....I just came away with two packs of handquilting needles and a metre of fusible (20% discount). So I am getting stronger and concentrating on finishing two quilts and making some "stashbusters".

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    It is my opinion that any purchase of fabric in or for the benefit of a religious organization is due special dispensation by the religious leaders of the quilt cult, and there fore and further more and not withstanding, doesn't count! JmHo.
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    You keep those opinions coming Nancia! I like 'em

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    Overall, my stash has gotten larger since I started participating, but I'd say it is more controlled than it would be if I wasn't. I've learned why though, too much buying what I like instead of what goes together for a project. I end up needing to buy something else to be able to do a project, and 9 times out of 10, I don't come out of the store with only what I went for. This has been good for me though, and I hope we do it again next year. I'm going to keep following this thread til it dies, so if someone posts a link to the new thread here, I'll definitely find it!

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    I'm with ya Dusty's Mom, I've had so much enjoyment reading everyones posts and its a rare day that I don't laugh right out loud.
    Nancia: I think we should nominate you our Cults lawyer. I am almost sure you could justify anything and we would all agree.

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    I totally agree DustysMomma
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    I can't believe it's been almost a year already!! I have spent no where near what I have spent in prior years, and most of it was for specific projects and never made it to stash..I will soon have completed quilts for every family member, and then will concentrate on using stash for EVRYTHING!

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    Good job pat625.....its kind of liberating isn't it?
    "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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    This is my second year quilting, so it's all stash. When i buy something i just love i try to get four or five fabrics together. On the other hand, sometimes i fixate on a theme and just collect them as i see them. Most of my fabrics are grouped and ready to be cut and put together, once i decide on a pattern i like. Then there are the kits. Connecting threads has wonderfully priced kits so I'll make one for a swap and then have the pattern to make it again later.
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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