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    Deciding on a pattern is the hardest part for me. There's just so much to choose from! It's rare that I find a pattern that just screams that I must use it right now. I even picked out a pattern for the quilt for our bed, then months later when I looked at it, I went nah, that's not what I want anymore. I do that with swaps too though. I find a pattern that I want to make & then it doesn't work with the fabrics I bought for one reason or another. Then I end up buying fabric that will work and there goes more in the stash!

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    I went to two quilting events and won FQs both times, so my stash groweth. No $$ exchanged. I did buy a finished pillow case that is made in SF49er fabric. I wanted to make a pillow case for the 49er quilt I have going but I ran out of fabric.
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    You did good madquilter. Freebies and completed projects don't count.
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    Went to NYC on Saturday and met dotcomdtcm at the metro mod quilt guild meeting. Very fun, loosey goosey kind of gathering. We hand stitched a block from four of us. D and i left a little early and went to lunch and the American girl store. Ooooo, i only bought two little things for my someday dgd. I was sooooooo good! Then we went to city quilter. I bought some ny fabrics in a fq bundle and some hand dyed oops f8's. Don't know why they were rejects, they look great to me! Since these are what i consider opportunistic buys--as in you are in a place where you are unlikely to ever be again ( or rarely), and these are fabrics that are only available in this one place, as in the NYC fabrics. Those fabrics are designed and printed solely for the city quilter. As such, i feel i can be forgiven. My next trip in will be December for the next guild meeting. The day was lots of fun! Dh drove and wandered in ny while dtcm and i played. He is so sweet! He went to the natural history museum and a funeral. He wanted to see the inside of the church, and a lady at the door grabbed him and dragged him in and seated him in the back since the service was already underway. He did not know the deceased but the service was interesting and so was the sanctuary. Dh didn't stay for the burial or reception. He was born and raised in Brooklyn so going back to his roots is fun for him. He was just being a nice guy and driving so i didn't.t have to mess with trains. I am very grateful i have such a nice dh, and thanks to dotty for inviting me! ( i purposely have not mentioned the absolutely. Divine coffee toffee cupcake i had, and dotty had a cro-nut, also won't mention. And i brought home a sampler of six teensy cupcakes and a black and white cookie for dh.) it was the topper of a busy, busy week! Then Sunday we went to the symphony in Philly. I feel so cultured, lol.
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    Nancia: The way you travel no wonder your heart is in three places, probably more by now. Your trip sounds like heaven, yes I admit it, I'm turning a shade of envy green.

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    What a perfect day and you didn't buy more fabric than you could carry so I say you did good. I had to laugh at your husband crashing a funeral. I'm thinking that doesn't happen too often. This time of year I'd want some toffee apples to top that cupcake.

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    Emma--you are so lucky green looks good on you! Lol! My sister has been around the world so many times she has lost count! She has lived in Cairo, Singapore and all over the u.s. She and her kids will go anywhere on a moment's notice! I look like a stay-at-home wallflower. My nephew is on his way to Tanzania for three months. He went to Turkey one week end and Iceland another. My son is in England and i hope he is spending time going to Ireland, Scotland and Wales, why not? He's right there! I'd be zipping over to Paris for the weekend all the time! Such a fun city. Right now I'm glad i get to go back to dallas for two weeks. yay! Sandy-- this time i AM going to call you!
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    Judy-- that cupcake weighed about a quarter of a pound , i think. The inside of the cupcake had a filling of toffee, and then the frosting on top, drizzled with toffee sauce and toffee pieces. I almost couldn't finish it, and girl, I'm a pro! But i pushed my limits and gobbled the las little bit, and i waddled back to the quilter to wait for dh to roll me home. We walked past it on our way to the car an it was all i could do to keep from dashing in and grabbing some more for the next few hours, re, um, i meant to say days, yup, days ( oh, who am i kidding? They wouldn't make it the hour and a half ride home, lol!)
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    I broke down and bought some materials. Walmart is only place I get to anymore. If they have something I want it is buy then or never have any of it. I go to two different Walmarts and they have different materials. Two different cities. It is special materials. They got in Xmas last time I was in one and nothing of that I liked. Last yard I bought there was $9 and that sure will curb my buying for sure . Iam sure I have a life time of materials now. I go on the senior bus for shopping now.

    A year ago this month I went to Dr and one I have gone to for over 22 years now. Well proper or not I gave him a scrap 16 patch quilt I had made. Just a tied one. Was in this Aug and he is still talking about that quilt. My son now says that quilt must of made one heck of an impression on him.

    I have made one top this year and another just needs the slashing in. Put a white border around each block to make them bigger. I have not did much in way of quilt making this year.

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    Colorado: Welcome, I see your new to the Board. If anything can get you fired up to quilt it is this board. Are you a long time quilter?

    What a nice thing to gift your Doc. Clearly it made his day.

    Walmart's fabric used to be a lot more fun to look through. The one closest used to have a manager that would buy flat folds in bunches and mark them $1 or $2 per yard. It was always an adventure to look through the stacks. Now it is the same boring thing all the time. If they had decided to purposely make the fabric department a looser they couldn't do a better job.

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    The woman in the material dept said they can not order or choose fabric and have to take what get shipped to them. They are getting bunch of materials for dress up clothes I would call it. Bolts they have. Material styles do change over the years. I sure noticed that when I cut up the scrap in to little blocks. And they do not all have the same materials.

    The quilt material store in the big city is so high I donot go there. 90 miles to the big city and the other the other direction is not quite that far maybe 75. That is closest places to shop. I have been in this little now year and half and only here because I have a son here. Senior bus goes to the two once a month.

    I will be 82 next month and I have just made blocks in the past. New to making fancier quilts. I made the John Deere one last year for son and he likes that.

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    Colorado: If it was 75 miles to the nearest fabric store it would be a lot easier to resist temptation. Eighty-two is a great time to learn something new, you sure will see some beautiful work here on the board. Next month I'll be 66 but I am making more quilts now than ever and I've been at it since the late 1960's.

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    I have access to stores, but even worse, i have access to the internet! If I could just learn to say no, and believe i mean it, I would do so much better! And I've memorized my visa number, I'm sunk!! Lol
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    Nancia: I'd really be sunk if I had my card number memorized. As is there are to many sites that retain the number, makes it far to easy, I don't even have to leave my chair.

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    Remember when I said I was going to be really, really good for this last month??...
    My sister has been working on a quilt for several years, except she only works on it one day a year, and at my house. It's actually not even one day, because she always sees garage sales on the way and her car automatically stops. So in August we set up a date for October and picked the 8th & 9th in the middle of the week (no garage sales) at her house. She is determined to finish the quilt top. So she calls me Monday and says that she's getting ready for a craft fair (she makes purses) and we might just work on those, oh, and she has a few places she wants to go. She went to a garage sale the previous weekend and a woman was selling "baggies of fabric pieces", coordinated colors for $1.50. The seller had lots she didn't sell, and we could go if I wanted. I'm thinking a sandwich baggie of scraps. When I got to my sister's she showed me her selections. They are gallon bags stuffed with yardage and big pieces. What could I do? I got 10 bags. Smallest pieces are a quarter yard (fats & longs), largest piece 2+ yards, most are 1/2 -3/4 yard. Each bag had around 4 yards. All LQS fabric. Works out to $0.38/yard. I did show some restraint, leaving at least 20 bags (she was going to donate the rest to a charity).
    I did start out the month by gifting about 20 yards to a new quilter. One step forward, 4 steps back.
    My name is Nancy and I am officially out of control.
    I'm going to go pet my new fabric.
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    Princess: It would be so much fun to sit and sort through those bags. You would only have been bad if you had turned your back on those poor homeless "scraps". The only problem I would have is which ones to leave behind.

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    My New Year resolution for 2014 is not to bother putting myself into the fabric moratorium. At some or several points over the course of 12 months I will crash and burn in the biggest way. Just got back from a week in Maine and another in Tennessee. Managed to come home with 18 yards of new fabric between the two states. And so it goes.....

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    Paperprincess...Wow! I think none of us fault your purchases at .38 cents a yard. Would be foolish in this day and age of $9/yd fabric not to take advantage of a bargain...moratorium or not. I was a good girl on my trip to Calif. and only bought 1 FQ and 1 yd. of fabric both of which I needed for the round robin swap I am in. I had lots of lavender/light purple in my stash but needed dark/royal purple. Now to figure out which border to make. Love everyone's latest comments.
    She who dies with the most fabric, didn't sew fast enough!

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    Paperprincess, maybe you need to take it one day at a time. I was good last week - didn't buy any fabric or quilt-related stuff. That may change today since I have a coupon from Joann.
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    Just went through the on line sale for jo Ann's. Once again, everything i want is on sale. Guess I'll go get the glow in the dark paint, and the wedge, and, and, doggone it, what was the third thing? I've already placed an order for black batting and thread at connecting threads. Done spending for today!
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    I have to go to both LQSs to drop off flyers for the church bazaar. Can I do it without cruising the clearance rooms? Yeah, sure, why not? So far I've done well this month, but it's only the 14th.

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    Since you are doing religious work can you get special dispensation and anything you buy doesn't count because it's part of a religious experience. Heavens! I would pray so!
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    I am just wondering.. if you all are not shopping til November are you getting itchy fingers to hit the stores on Nov 1st? and a vote on how many seriously did not buy one piece of fabric this year? Did you use all your stuff up? some of it???
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    Elizabrat--i can honestly say that this moratorium has made me less willing to buy with abandon and more willing to walk away with a small amount or no fabric at all. I am probably not ending up with less fabric than i started with because i am still in a stash building mode. But i feel i am ending with less fabric than i would have without the moratorium. Whenever i bought fabric i had to justify the purchase, so i tried to be very thoughtful about it.
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    Elisabrat: Very interesting questions. Is there anybody that didn't buy fabric this year? Like Nancia I did much better this year then in years past. I am going to extend the Moratorium into the new year to continue trying to quit buying.
    Sales & deals are my downfall. I can honestly say I haven't paid over $5 a yard all year and most were $4 or less.

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