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    I don't feel all that pressured to make things, other than a wall hanging i promised and can't find, and that is on another thread. I do think we should be proud of cutting back, whether we have an important someone to remind us , or not. I just tend to open up that catalog, or website and get all carried away. The best thing about actual stores is i walk around for awhile and decide what i really want and what i don't. On line i don't take the time to decide whether or not i want it or need it. I seem to lose all perspective and i end up spending a couple of hundred dollars on non-essentials. My dh doesn't get angry, but i know it frustrates him. end of my confessional. My name is nanci and i have a problem over spending money, and a lot of the time it's for fabric i don't need and won't be able to use for a long, long time.
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    I'm not a very productive quilter. Somewhere along the line I thought someone told me I could only make 92 inch square or larger. Now I have started piecing the back using some of the designs from the "modern" movement so I am really making two bed size quilts for every one I complete. The good news is I am working on my sixth UFO for this year, everything from my stash. I love the hobby and have my stash in book cases (at least half of it) so I can admire the colors all the time. I never spend over my budget but the truth is I would do better to put the money in an account for a rainy day.

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    All i can say is if there comes a rainy day, I will have a warm quilt to wrap around us as we sit under the bridge, and there will be several under us , too. And probably a few over our heads, as well. And you are all invited to come share our shelter. If you don't have a quilt, we will share what we have. And if we have to we will make stone soup.
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nancia View Post
    All i can say is if there comes a rainy day, I will have a warm quilt to wrap around us as we sit under the bridge, and there will be several under us , too. And probably a few over our heads, as well. And you are all invited to come share our shelter. If you don't have a quilt, we will share what we have. And if we have to we will make stone soup.
    I'm IN!! I have a few quilts to share too...A year ago I didn't have one as I gave away every quilt I made for YEARS! Finally made myself 2 and instead of ditching the ones I wasn't 100% satisfied with, I gave them to charity and kept a few for throw quilts.

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    But you do have it in an account for a rainy day - the day when you aren't spending $ on fabrics but shopping your stash. I've had a great time shopping my stash first. Made easier by doing most of my sewing at odd hours when nothing is open and the Internet can be iffy out here in the boonies. The only project I've done this year that was not primarily from stash was the one for my friend Misty. And I've used what I bought for that in a couple other projects as well. Another help in shopping stash first and limiting my buying has been having DGS with me a couple of times and wanting to get out of the store before he got cranky! Of course if I have DD along too, then she says "oh go on you might need more of that, and you can make me xxxxx with it too." Love my enabler!!!

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    Well I was feeling very virtuous because a) I finished a quilt in less than 2 weeks (it's a miracle) b) I did not buy any fabric, batting or thread at all....it was all from stash and home supplies. Today, however, I had a bit of a slip-up and fell off the wagon....Textile Traders had 99cent fqs and 99cent per metre fabric. I didn't buy metreage, just 7 fqs and some remnants from the remnant bin - the smallest remnant was given to me as they asked what was the smallest scrap I saved and I confessed to 1 1/2 inches (the bit I got free was a very usable 4 inches wide and about 2 metres long). The most excellent part of the whole trip was the amazing $5 per metre curtain fabric.....Husband has gone out to visit all their stores today and Yay.....he's going to make new curtains for the living room and the family room!

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    The man (who isn't my husband) doesn't fuss at me for what I buy, and as I've mentioned, he just bought me a new Topaz 30 sewing machine, when I went looking for a much less expensive one. Honestly, it's to cover his guilt about the amount of time he works, so I let him have his guilt and I have my fabric and new sewing machine. However, my sewing room is also our guest room, and it's the smallest bedroom of the 4 in the house, so I'm very limited on space. If I remember right, I think I joined this moratorium when I was still stashing in plastic bags. Now I have 2 stacked 3-drawer Rubbermaid dressers almost full, plus the box I can't seem to empty. Sure, I've bought a lot of stash this year, but for me, participating in the moratorium has slowed me down. It's made me think about what I'm buying in terms of what I can use it with instead of "Ooh, I like that & I gotta have it!" I don't have nearly as much stash as many of you do, but I still am unhappy with my storage and can't find what I want much of the time, so I have to stay strong and not make the problem worse by adding more fabric because I like it.

    My non-wagon fall fabric purchase of the week is a jelly roll of Christmas fabric for a Christmas tree mat for the man's SIL, and backing fabric. The completed mat (In Denmark they don't care about seeing the base, unlike most Americans) made by the Danish directions would be 135 cm (53" +/-) square, but since I'm using a jelly roll and it's 2.5" strips instead of 6.5 cm (2.55"), it's going to be a touch smaller. I'm hoping that I'll have enough leftovers to make another project & not put the leftovers in stash!

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    Going to LQS today--but hope to purchase one piece of fabric to compliment stash fabric for a queen size quilt. Wish me luck. Like many of you I am changing my buying habits.
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    I went to a quilt shop today and resisted buying and additional fabric. Went to get blades for my rotary cutter. I did also get a pattern. I really think I need to be on a pattern moratorium! Hard to resist the nice patterns.
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    Good job Sophie. I need some applique needles, hope I can show the same will power. At least I don't have to go through the quilting fabric to get to them.

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    Hmmm......could probably do with a magazine/book buying moratorium as well as the fabric. Two large, groaning bookshelves...full of patterns, mags and books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by earthwalker View Post
    Hmmm......could probably do with a magazine/book buying moratorium as well as the fabric. Two large, groaning bookshelves...full of patterns, mags and books.
    YOu and me both. I'm trying to organize & purge my books right now. Don't know if Amazon has great used book deals in AU, but here there are lots of older titles available here for $1 or less. (I just ignore the $4 postage ). Seems like every week someone posts a pic of a wonderful quilt and mentions the book it's from, and I'm off to Amazon...
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    I've done reasonably well -- at least until I went to the Des Moines quilt show and we visited quilt shops on the way to and from. Found a backing for a completed quilt at one of those shops. Bought lots of notions there also. The the next weekend I went to a family reunion in Montana --bought 20 yards of neutrals so use with all the fabrics I already had to make Kim Diehl quilts. No one in our area sells her type of fabric so I HAVE to buy it when I can find it.

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    I went to the art museum today and now I'm all inspired to do an art quilt, but I have way too much to do before my trip next Sunday. argggghhhh i haven't felt like quilting for weeks, but last night i said hang the headache I'm quilting anyway! Then today dh slammed on the brakes to avoid an accident and now my back is all spasmmy, so i stayed up anyway, but it's getting the best of me! Need to sleep...... Need more books.......are we really gonna go there? Need more food....... Oh, yeah! Nitey nite! I'll save all my other needs for later, lol.
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    Sorry to hear of your issues, nancia, I share your back problems, but not headaches. You have my sympathy.

    I am doing okay not buying fabric or books - just one magazine this year and, oh, one pattern. Now if I can stay off the computer and away from reading novels, I could sew some of my stash. This week my time will be taken with getting ready for the church bazaar and getting things outdoors ready for winter. My sewing machines are lonely.

    Interesting that getting one compulsion under control makes us aware of others. Did any one mention additive personality???? Guilty as charged.

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    Hope the muscles settle down soon. Bad back is bad life - I had back surgery so I understand.

    I put myself on a book and magazine stop a while ago. I got overwhelmed with mags and they stopped being fun. I pulled patterns I wanted and gave the rest away. Books - I only buy new techniques and only after doing lots of research.

    This Thursday is the start of my retreat.....with trips to Quilt Stores. eeeeeek - I shall be strong! Now if that means not buying or if it means muscles to carry the loot - we shall see. lol
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    Gosh, as i read this i think we need to have a pattern, book, and magazine swap. Any idea how we could organize that?
    Also, I have to agree. With you paper princess ! I do the same thing! Someone mention a book? I run to B and N and order a cheap used one, surprised i haven't seen you there, too, lol. I'm going to have to live to 112 to use up what I've got ! Frankly, i don't want to hang around that long!
    The quilting guild i attend does hand quilting every Tuesday from 11-3. My hand stitching is improving! It's really fun actually. Who knew?! Lol!
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    I made a trip to Joann's this weekend to buy a gift card and a piece of gold glittery fabric for a project (which I didn't find). I picked up 3 remnants while I was there. 1 is black with candy corns printed on it, which I'll be using tonight for treat bags for the 3 little ones across the street who always come to see me on Halloween. One was a solid in a color I know I'll use & didn't have, and the other was 1 yard of a bright-ish blue fabric with a lighter blue flower & vine, which will probably be backing fabric for a spring swap. I picked up a bobbin box, so I can put all the bobbins for my old sewing machine in it & put it with the machine, so I'll have room in my stand for the ones for my new machine. And I also bought about 10 spools of Christmas red, Christmas green and tangerine embroidery thread and black and translucent regular thread, while I had a coupon for 50% off my thread purchase. Between this purchase and the white thread I get from Denmark (not sure why she never gets me black), I think I'm set for piecing thread for a while. I'm hoping that the embroidery thread I got while get me through Christmas too.

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    I keep coming back to this site so see the complete quilts using stash. but where are the posts of the stash used?

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    Ok, just lost my posting. Grr!!! I pads are hard when you have shaky hands!
    le Bratta, i love a cold face and one foot sticking out! Dh wants warmth now, so i swelter. The best answer so far has been separate blankets. He gets the comforter, i get an old worn out quilt-- which is actually a. Collectors piece from the 30's. And I shouldn't be using it, but it's just the right warmth!
    I am heading for dallas on Sunday, and no surprise, i am already packed and ready to go! My daughter and almost dgd both have November birthdays, and you know i love celebrating !! And yum, cake! While I'm there ddil will have a sonogram which may reveal the baby's gender. If so, she will take the sealed envelope, with the winner, to a bakery where they will bake a cake, and the frosting between the layers will be either pink or blue. The outside will be white, i think. Doesn't that sound like a cool way to find out? And celebrate dd's b'day, too. Can't wait! This time i am staying with my dd who felt i didn't spend enough time with her in august. I will spend more time visiting friends and less time with dgd. Bittersweet, but i think dd deserves some mommy time, too. They never really grow up all the way. I would still love to be able to call my parents when I'm down, or happy. Miss them! I am making a small day of the dead art quilt in their memory. Guess I'd better hurry and get it done! Happy halloween, ghouls!
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    Here it is, November 1, the official end of the 2013 Moratorium, but we will keep checking in till the end of the year. How did everyone do in October? I had no sooner gifted about 25 yards to a new quilter, when I happened on the mother of all garage sales, and replaced that and more, so I didn't do so well. Don't have any plans for more purchases in November, but those black Friday sales have nabbed me in the past , so we will see!
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    Being good, and will try to continue..I DO have to get a bolt of tea-stained muslin for the quilt my dd wants..hoping to use a coupon for that..otherwise will be good for a while longer.

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    I plan to only buy what I need for projects and possibly a few remnants I know I can use for the rest of the year. I have so much sewing I need to get done before Christmas! I didn't get my Humira shot this week (long story), but I have it in hand and will be getting my first dose on Monday. I am very hopeful that it's going to help a lot so I will feel up to all that I need to get done.

    Speaking of all I need to get done....

    I'm looking for project ideas for something. I have 8-9 people that work in the man's office that we have to give something to. It's traditional that all the professors in the department make a donation to the pot, which is then split between all of the admin people, and the department chair (which would be the man) puts something with it from him. Well, last year I made mug rugs and that went over great. I'm just not sure what to make this year. If 3 of them weren't men (1 of them single) then it would be easier, since women like all sorts of household items. I told the man last year that unlike the previous chair, I wanted to do everything I could to be sure that whatever we gave them was useful to the recipient instead of just their spouse. It doesn't have to be Christmas themed either. The mug rugs I made last year were mostly beach themed. I could make the ladies something girly and the men something else, and I've considered a travel cord keeper pouch with a monogram or something techie on it & a grill towel that hooks on your grill & has a cookout themed item embroidered on it. Of all the scouring online the last few weeks, nothing else seems interesting so far. So, if anyone has any ideas, please let me know.

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    DustysMomma, This might not be a good idea but everyone can surely use towels in their kitchen. Buy some nice plain fabric kitchen towels and then do an applique with Heat 'N Bond or something similar. A sunflower, fish, rooster or perhaps some picture that might be on a scrap of fabric you have stashed. Iron it on and then machine applique around it. If you felt generous, you could do two per gift. I would think even a bachelor has to dry his dishes or some of them??? I can find one I have and post a picture but PM me to remind me because I may not check back in for a couple days. :-)
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    I don't remember buying any fabric in October ! So either i have a faulty rememberer, or I was really good. Oh, great! It took me 11 months to do it right! I'm in for next year, meet cha all for round two!
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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