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    I can't say I haven't bought ANYTHING - but I've been very selective when buying. If not needed immediately, then it had better be a really good price. I'm starting to feel better about the amount in my stash, but another year and I'll really have a handle on it. No, really, I will.........
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    Brat, I have purchased very little this year and every piece has had a destination which is far cry from my usual buying habits, so for me the moratorium has helped - and, no, I don't plan a buying spree on Nov 1. I won't live long enough to use up all my 'stuff', but I did make a dent in it and now that I am able to reclaim my time, I will make even more of one. Next is to start giving away hundreds of yards of apparel fabric. Quilting fabric??? not yet!!

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    I am going to be at a quilt retreat Nov. 1 and I believe there are LQS in the neighborhood. Now I am a true believer that it is important to support the economy when visiting other areas. So I am pretty sure that a visit to one of the LQS is part of the plan AND that something or other will find its way into my possession. That said, I have really curtailed my spending compared to previous years.

    And then my GF is cleaning out her stash. Fortunately for me our tastes are very different. Last night I took a huge bag of fabric to the guild meeting for the free table and only kept one piece (a pretty blue and white) back for myself. So that is progress imo.
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    I bought fabric last night, but it was for a particular project, and the fabric was hand-picked by the person who asked me to make it. She said she would pay for all the materials, but since I bought a jelly roll, and I figure I'll have enough to do the runner for Brat's runner swap too.

    I also bought backing for another project. My cost-saving measure there was not to buy the coordinating yardage that's still $12 or 13 a yard, and got a marble in one of the colors instead. I'm likely not going to get paid for this piece, even though it's for someone else, so I didn't want to go too crazy on cost for backing nobody will see most of the time.

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    Dear madq, it can seem like a very difficult choice-- civic duty ( buying from visited stores) or thrift ( not buying ). Whenever faced with this thorny problem, i , myself resort to consulting my favorite author, tommy Jefferson, who said not only can we bare arms ( thus getting a smooth tan,no farmer's line), we must also pursue happiness, and share our homes in time of war with soldiers and their uniforms, which is foreign fabric. No where does it ask us to make the ultimate sacrifice and not buy anything, or worse, stay out of stores ( which i believe is under the Geneva conference considered illegal to even threaten)!! History has always been a passion of mine! So valley forge ahead, my dear! And bunker the hill! We shall overcome! ( i feel so much exhilaration, marching in the footsteps of our four fathers, Larry, moe and Curley and dad!
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    Lawyer Nancia you make my day. Not only do you inbody a superior sense of justification but your masterful referrances to both constitutional and historical facts leaves me in awe, if not speachless.

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    Now THAT'S the kind of history I can understand and support. I shall be a patriotic whatever on my trip, lol.
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    Moritorium on buying

    How did you fold a stash. And how small of pieces do you keep for scraps? I am new to quilting and so far self-taught so if anyone has answers for me...

    Did you use those boards to make your stash so neat?
    I don't even know where to begin when it comes to mine. I have a three drawer wire cart and a three shelf cabinet with fabric. Then I have my UFO's sort of hanging around on my sewing machine table. Argh! Where do I start to organize it to look like yours? I believe I am with you folks. I need to use what I have before I buy more.

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    NanaBass, I suggest you go to the nearest real estate office, buy the largest house you can find, and confiscate the extra bedrooms and their closets, the basement, attic, and the kitchen table from anyone trying to claim it as personal space. That should just about make it possible to keep your quilting and supplies organized as you develop in this art form. Don't forget to leave room for Nancia's Book of Humorous Justifications and Rules of Ordering Fabric. Then invite us all over. We'll help you move in.

    Elisabrat, I joined late, but have still managed to buy a yard of fabric and a handful of scraps. I have shown definite restraint.

    Nancia, you always have me laughing. What a gift you have. Keep it up!
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    Nana, what sizes of scraps you keep is a personal issue, based on what you like to do with them. Some find that anything down to 2" square is acceptable, while others ditch anything under 12" square. Me, I keep everything. I stuff it in a Walmart bag & then use the little pieces for mug rugs.

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    Nana: There have been a lot of discussions about folding fabric. The front runners are usually comic book boards and/or ruler fold. I personally like the ruler method, no cost and works well in book shelve type storage. Stated simply just take the length of fabric (same way it is folded on the bolt) and fold it again in half parellel to the original fold then take a ruler (I use my 6X24.) and wind it around the the narrow part. The end result will measure approx. 10X6. Other size rulers will work too depending on the storage space you have available. Hope this helps. Welcome to the group. The moratorium is supposed to end Nov 1st but I am hoping we start a new one for the coming year.

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    I do not like things too organized and neat. Kills the creativity for me. I am a visual and messy person. Mine is folded to sort of fit in the cabinet, two stacks wide and some squished in the middle. I sort by color but have some specialty stacks by type (Halloween, big prints, large backing pieces, etc).

    My scrappy bits (too small to fold and too easy to get lost) I keep in two bins (one for darks and one for lights). When the bins get full it's time to do a scrappy.

    Tiny pieces (> 1 1/2") I keep by color in plastic bags. Those get used for appliques and for crumb blocks.

    My UFO tops are hanging over the banister and I pull them off as I get to them. It is not a good idea to keep UFOs on the working table since they tend to distract you AND remind you of yet another thing that is not done. Do yourself a favor and pile them somewhere else. Maybe put each project in a bin. That way you only have to focus on the one on the table.
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    OH, I just give up.......LQS going out of business and all is 50% off. So 12 yards came home with me yesterday and I'm tempted to go again today. At least I had some guilt........no, not really, I loved every minute of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxflower View Post
    NanaBass, I suggest you go to the nearest real estate office, buy the largest house you can find, and confiscate the extra bedrooms and their closets, the basement, attic, and the kitchen table from anyone trying to claim it as personal space. That should just about make it possible to keep your quilting and supplies organized as you develop in this art form. Don't forget to leave room for Nancia's Book of Humorous Justifications and Rules of Ordering Fabric. Then invite us all over. We'll help you move in.
    As outlandish as this sounds, I was amazed to meet several (well, 3) gals in my quilting group who actually did buy houses next door/across the street and move all their quilting stuff in there. They all did long arming for hire, so I guess they had a bit of a reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    As outlandish as this sounds, I was amazed to meet several (well, 3) gals in my quilting group who actually did buy houses next door/across the street and move all their quilting stuff in there. They all did long arming for hire, so I guess they had a bit of a reason.
    Wow, and I was just being facetious. But, the beautiful thing is, even if you have limited space, limited funds, and can't organize to your own satisfaction, you can still create beautiful quilts and enjoy the process.
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    I have been soundly reprimanded by dh. He says our new fence is sitting in my sewing room in piles and bags of fabric. He thinks i have more than enough for the rest of my life. Let me give you a little insight into this man, keeping in mind i love this guy but I'm not blind to his faults!, he has worn the Same style of shoe for more than 37 yrs. he has four pairs of shoes, dress, sneakers, sandals and slippers. He wears the same colors of dockers year round. He wears the same style tee shirt with short sleeves or long year round. His wardrobe fills 3 drawers in a dresser and one small closet for his work shirts. He does not understand having a stash of fabric. He doesn't get it that fabric lines sell out and that's it, they're gone . need i say more? Fortunately , he also stays with the same wife! He doesn't find it funny that i justify others' purchases . And he does not find it funny that i buy batting and wedges and thread, etc. connecting threads appears to be selling out much of its thread, so i have stocked up on colors i use the most. Need i say he doesn't understand why I need three spools of fucshia? And he doesn't see the fabric i didn't buy! The other day i ordered some batting from con threads and included in that was a batt of black. I have a mostly black quilt I'm making and i think the black batting makes sense. Have never tried 80/20 before, so this will be an adventure.
    I would seriously like to continue this thread. I know i joke a lot, but i REALLY do need the group support, and i appreciate you enjoy my silliness. We must all remember that at the end of the day we are all human and we need joy and pleasure in our lives. For many of us fabric gives us that. Sorry to those of you who were looking for this to be humorous, but now and then i succumb to serious. Forgive me, it won't happen often! Lol
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    Thank you, paper princess for hosting this moratorium! Are you considering keeping it going?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nancia View Post
    Thank you, paper princess for hosting this moratorium! Are you considering keeping it going?
    Sure. Even tho I repeated previous years' timing saying that it officially ends 11/1, I'll still make reminder posts for the last 2 months. I will get with the moderators in December & set one up for 2014. Although I didn't do as well as planned with NO new fabric, I did find that I really thought about my purchases and scaled back a lot. Making myself come clean and post here and listening to my husband's comments (what about your fabric "contest"??) did inspire me to be careful of what I bought without a specific purpose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nancia View Post
    Thank you, paper princess for hosting this moratorium! Are you considering keeping it going?
    Nancia- I know how you feel. I didn't completely stop buying fabric, but only purchased for specific projects other than fabric for backings that I got for 1.95 a yard. Three future backings were added to stash. I made a few scrappy quilts, and shopped stash first. I am sure I spent hundreds of dollars less this year. Being on disability this was a great help! I am sure I have more fabric than I can ever use! Onward for another year!!

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    Nancia, I think your husband and mine are molded from similar material. Fortunately for me, I put down my foot a long time ago and claimed the right to be idiosyncratic (read "slightly nuts") so he would not dare chastise me. It does sound like you allowed the reprimand because you recognize that you may be a little nuts in the fabric collection yourself. So for now, let's get back to the origin of the thread. Let's all get back to taking our OCD a little more seriously and instead of rationalizing our bad behavior (and yes, I recognize myself in this), let's use what we have.

    Instead of lamenting what we cannot buy, let's enjoy what we already have. Instead of being disappointed about the sale items we cannot put in our basket, let's go shopping in our stash store and actually put the time to good use sewing.

    I almost succumbed the other day when craftsy sent a sale email. I went there, I put FQ-packets in the shopping basket but I ended up killing the transaction before I even pulled the credit card out of my wallet. So let's get back on that bandwagon.
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    My husband fully support my participation in this moratorium. He's funny in that anything MADE of fabric he considers fabric. He'll see a pile of laundry (clothes) and grumble about the amount of fabric in the house. He'd make a great up-cycling quilter if he could only grasp how much pleasure sewing and quilting brings. Anyway, its a rare husband indeed who understands or supports the quilting endeavor. Anybody who has such a husband should keep him. I"m keeping mine despite his faults too though since he seems willing to keep me and all my "fabric".

    Nancia, we might question the sanity of anyone who was hilarious ALL the time or serious ALL the time.
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    Nancia: I am widowed so I have no one to complain about the size, amount of space taken and money spent. Honestly, if someone (read husband), told me I couldn't buy any more I would probably be contrary enough to immeadiately head for the store. That being said, although I have made light of both my and others purchases, I really am trying to cut back. Wish I could truthfully claim to want to avoid all purchases but a good sale is hard to pass up. How about changing the new Moratorium rules to a more postive note? Not only not buying but producing only from stash and using the thread to showcase our projects?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emma S View Post
    Nancia: I am widowed so I have no one to complain about the size, amount of space taken and money spent. Honestly, if someone (read husband), told me I couldn't buy any more I would probably be contrary enough to immeadiately head for the store. That being said, although I have made light of both my and others purchases, I really am trying to cut back. Wish I could truthfully claim to want to avoid all purchases but a good sale is hard to pass up. How about changing the new Moratorium rules to a more postive note? Not only not buying but producing only from stash and using the thread to showcase our projects?
    I TOTALLY see where you are!! Noone tells me what I can spend my money on LOL...The last one that did is Now an ex-husband!! I don't think anyone took anything other than in jest. I like the idea of showcasing stash only items, such as in the stash-busting challenge- we can show them in both threads. The rationalization of purchases for self and others is totally fun! We can laugh at each others and our own slip ups!! I really think we all have made great progress in curbing our spending- Isn't that what this is all about?

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    I love the idea of displaying the items we've made from our stash. There are times when we have to add, but I'm sure for you as for me, it's not as often as we think. I bought a bunch of orange fabrics in 1/4 yards thinking i needed them for a project, while the pattern was on its way to me. Not only did i over buy, i found a whole box of orange fabrics. Money spent, can't take the fabric back, so I'm feeling pretty dumb! Dh merely explained the harsh reality of our financial health and pointed to the fabric as one reason it was ailing. Yes, i do have too much fabric for what i actually get finished. Most of my quilting has gone to others in swaps, which i love doing, but i haven't given quilts to two of my kids, nor my husband, my sister and her kids or myself, and then I can start on donations and art quilts. I do have three flimseys and fabrics pulled for about ten other projects. At the rate i sew i have more than enough for the next twenty years, heaven help me i should live that long! Mom passed at 91 and dad was 84, so I could actually live another thirty years easily. Guess i better get started, i have lots to do!
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    No one here to tell me what I can buy, but space limitations are my reminder not to buy. Over 1900 square feet should be enough for one person and 2 dogs, but right now it isn't. If I could get rid of half of my clothes and half of my fabric and I'd be better off.

    I like the moratorium the way it is. I don't need the guilt of not finishing anything and having nothing to post added to the guilt of over consumption. Posting finishes is fine, but should remain optional, IMO. Or start a new thread - "Items made 75% or more from stash" in addition to this one.

    I keep hoping my life will slow down enough so I can get back to quilting, but right now my energy goes to getting the garden and outside of the house ready for winter and getting ready for a church bazaar.

    Let's use our stash and be have that we have it to use!!

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