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    No fabric purchased in October for me, but none used up either. Where does the time go?

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    Oh goody - a moratorium from the moratorium. That saves my bacon as I went on the quilt retreat in Pismo Beach and the one LQS had 20% off the whole stock and the other one had the colors I "needed" - what's a girl to do but shop?
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    Black Friday, Small Business Saturday (LQS!!!!), Cyber Monday... Will you be naughty or nice?
    "I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to."
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    I've already been naughty to the limit of my budget. The last sale at JoAnn's was good for me. Keepsake at 50% off and batting (that I actually needed) for 40% off. Tis the season of the sale, I'm afraid of what Dec and Jan may bring. Okay Princess, time for you to confess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emma S View Post
    ... Okay Princess, time for you to confess.
    I'll get back with you on Tuesday!
    "I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to."
    Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emma S View Post
    ...Okay Princess, time for you to confess.
    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    I'll get back with you on Tuesday!
    Well, here it is Tuesday. I <blush> shopped all 3 days. I felt that on small business Saturday, it was my civic responsibility to show my financial support for my LQS!

    Looking back over 2013, I feel I did pretty well. Not perfect, but better than previous years and I did stop and think about each purchase rather than impulse shop. How did everyone else do overall, and do we want a 2014 challenge???
    "I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to."
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    I too have had a pretty slim purchase history in 2013. The few items I did purchase were for specific projects or light neutrals for background fabric- no batting purchases either- working from the stash. So overall it was a good year.

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    I'd like another year. I think it helps keep me aware of my purchases before I make them. I did buy some on sale batiks in Nov but I think they are going to my daughter for Christmas.

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    I had so much fun talking to you guys about our fabric journey, but to be honest, all I can do is hope to cut back. No chance of no purchases. Someone started a thread called the Moratorium on the fabric moratorium where we could share all our splurges and explore the joys of a stash that is taking over the house. If you guys will allow me to come along for the ride, I would love to follow the Moratorium thread.
    Princess congrats on the successful support of small businesses! How about if we fall of the wagon we have to show pictures of our shame. Oh wait would that be like wallowing in our vice?

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    I need another year of moratorium! I need to hone my enabling skills. I also need to quit buying and start quilting. I just bought fabric and patterns to make a baby quilt for my new dgd due on May 5th. Some on sale, most not. I know I'm going to j'a's tomorrow. Will resist buying! I already have too much! On small business saturday i took dh to my lqs to get my big brother, Ashley, cleaned, and to pick out my gift.......( wait for it)................a new serger! Yay! His name is Sergei' and he is of Viking origins. Oooo, he's handsome! Thanks, sweetie! Lololol
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    Nancia: Have you ever had a serger? I am embarrassed to admit I have one that has never been used. I bought a basic serging class from Craftsy in the hope that I will learn to use it.

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    Does buying at garage sales count? If it does, I didn't do very well with the moratorium but I did find some terrific fabric sales at those garage sales! . I only bought fleece this year from Joann's because I needed it for an annual charity fleece blanket tying event. My biggest pitfall this year was buying different sizes of rulers/squares and a few different sizes of cutting mats.

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    Emma! I swear we are related!! 25 yrs ago i bought a serger, positive i would use it every day for the rest of my life. I took out the directions, started to read them, or at least i tried, put them back in the box, took the box back to the store, they said, sorry. No returns. For the next twenty three yrs i moved that heavy, sealed box everywhere we went. Two years ago a friend asked if i knew anyone who wanted to get rid of a serger. She knew a young mother, blah, blah, blah.... I said, pay the postage and it's yours. It has never been out of the box and it's at least 20 yrs old. So away it went.
    Now, I'm thinking, hey, I could use a serger. Hum the theme song to the twilight zone quietly to yourself! I will take the free class at the dealer, and I will freakin learn to use this thing! I'm gonna be serging everything, watch out! Here i come, pedal to the floor and I'm serging some more! Woo hoo!
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    Wow, sergers. Same as everyone else. HAD to have one, got a good deal on a White. Never used it... I think I wasn't motivated enough to figure out the threading. It's in the original box in the basement. My sister got the really expensive one with the vacuum threading and uses hers all the time. If I really need something serged, I go to her house!
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    Okay now your guys have really motivated me. New Years resolution learn to use that machine.

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    Retired: You made me feel a little better by reminding me the vast majority of fabric I bought was at garage sales for under a buck a yard. Did really well until summer and the garage sale season. Then it was like all holds were off, started buying fabric at stores after summer.

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    I gifted my serger to my SIL - not sure if she ever used it and frankly don't care.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    Wow, sergers. Same as everyone else. HAD to have one, got a good deal on a White. Never used it... I think I wasn't motivated enough to figure out the threading. It's in the original box in the basement. My sister got the really expensive one with the vacuum threading and uses hers all the time. If I really need something serged, I go to her house!
    You're right, it can be a pain to thread but it seems like the thread lasts a long time before I need to worry about that. I do use my serger when I want to seam something really fast. And it is so much faster than using my regular sewing machine.

    I don't think I would want to give mine up (but it is pretty old).

    Serita

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    Back to the subject of a fabric moratorium. I hope we can do this again in 2014. I really was better this year than last but must use what I have for at least most of next year. I hate to think of leaving all my fabric to someone else so I need to get to using it. I am ready for more encouragement.
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    I agree SandyinZ4.
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    Sandy, i will cheer you on! What about, if every month we choose a color. And that color needs to be used in a quilted project, and pulled from stash only? If you don't have the color specified you can use a color in the same family. Sound like fun to anyone?
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    Considering the size of my stash, I am absolutely sure I would never have to purchase fabric for a monthly project. I think it would be fun Nancia but it would have to be small since I have 8 UFO's and just started Bonnie Hunters mystery. So many fun sew along's, round robins and mysteries going on I want to do them all.

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    I like your idea Nancia but my goal this coming new year is to work on ufo's before I start anything else. Plus, if I need something to finish one of those ufo's I will shop my stash first. But I am all for posting pictures of projects completed using stash!
    She who dies with the most fabric, didn't sew fast enough!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nancia View Post
    Sandy, i will cheer you on! What about, if every month we choose a color. And that color needs to be used in a quilted project, and pulled from stash only? If you don't have the color specified you can use a color in the same family. Sound like fun to anyone?
    Nancia, that could be interesting as long as it's something small. That wouldn't do much for the stash though, lol. The man said something about my "collection" the other day & I pointed out to him that my collection was much smaller than many of my quilting friends. He looked at me and said "But it's getting there." He looked so disappointed.

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    RE: 2014 moratorium
    I was going to basically going to use the same 'guidelines' as this year. Do we want to end in October again? Others have mentioned posting pics in this thread. I personally think that items made from our stash should be published in the pictures section so everyone can enjoy them (don't know how many folks will page thru this thread to view them, and we want to show them off!) what do you think?. Maybe we should have a contest for the most creative excuse for adding to our stash (the prize could be more fabric (what else!))
    "I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to."
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