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Thread: 2013 Fabric Moratorium

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    My quilting 'student' led me astray. I'm teaching a college friend to quilt, she came over last Sunday and asked if I had seen the CT sale fabric, because she wanted my opinion on some of the prints. So we took a break from sewing... $75 got you free 2 day shipping and between the 2 of us, that was not a stretch. Ordered Sunday got the order Tuesday! However, I did mail all my JoAnn coupons to my niece. I really hope I'm done for this year, but now I'm getting after Christmas sale emails from all the LQS's in the area and one has 40% off everything!
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    2014 Moratorium will start sometime the first week of Jan, this thread will be closed after a link to the new one is posted!
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    those fabric sale emails kill me. I want sooo bad to open them. then its a no no not doing it and I delete them. phew. getting in gear promise I am.. almost ready.. just need that extra black and tone on tone white then swear I am ready lol.. just a tiny bit? like 8 yrds or so.. not much at all not like I need a bolt.. maybe just one bolt not two.. no no ok fine.. sigh not shopping. now how to make skunks go with chickens and modern brown green fabrics oh yeah this is going to be great.. or one year of boon dog ugly quilts not sure which ..
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    I have deleted most of the sales e-mails and totally eliminated them, as in un subscribed. Then i only look at them if someone strongly recommends them. Cuts down my emails t o less than 100 a day. Most of those i dump right away, too.
    i try to stay out of Joann's but that's my " needles, thread, felt, etc" store. W/m is just too chaotic! And when I'm in ja's i get waaaaay too many ideas! My entire inheritance is in fabric in my front room. Yikes!
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    I'm going to venture into the fabric store this week to find a medallion center for the quilt Elisabrat is hosting. I'm sure there are enough batiks in my stash to make the border rounds. I'll let you know how successful I am in avoiding any other purchase. I know this is the week the store moves a lot to fabric to the clearance room where $6 a yard is the highest price, but I will be strong!!! I was going to say "try to be", but that sounds like I'm planning a fall. Not!!

    Elisabrat, you don't really need to stock up. My understanding is that we are 'allowed' to purchase blenders and backing as NEEDED - it's stash building we are trying to avoid.

    paperprincess, when are you posting the 2014 moritorium? Thank you for doing this. It really has helped keep me aware of what I'm doing. I did buy batiks in Dec for my daughter for Christmas - then she didn't care for them, but I can use them in my medallion quilt so they won't really get stashed. Rationization??? Maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    paperprincess, when are you posting the 2014 moritorium?
    I checked with the moderators earlier this month, and they would like me wait till the first week of January. They have to do something special with the post to close the old one and set the new one up in the challenge section and by waiting a week, they would not have to work over the holiday. So it will be the week of Jan 6th. I'll have a link to the 2014 post in this one before it's locked.
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    I'm staying out of the fabric stores, even with their end of year sales! We are going to check on the cottage. It's about 40 miles north of us and has been without power since Sunday. We were planning on going earlier but we had a burst pipe here at the house and we didn't loose power. I'm praying everything's OK out there. There's still no estimate on power being restored.
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    Will be looking for the new thread.
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    well waiting patiently and just read that first page duh way to go Brat. you need to read the rules. phew I can buy backing and border/sashing. that will help because I have so many pretty prints but just a handful of blenders to work with them. I really want to hit some of my stash. I wonder this is a dumb question but if we like.. traded some of our fabrics if someone needs something for a quilt they are working on and they were up for a trade does that count as adding to your stash? your getting rid of some at the same time without shopping.. (ok that part of me that says just a little shopping is coming up with this big idea). like I need white blender bright white fabric. I can buy some but its adding to what I have here. not the goal. I am happy to part with something in exchange. something like that... just saying.. lol ok fine fine fine.. I can use my solid white (cringe) lol..
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    Brat, trading doesn't count as adding because you're not getting more stash. I'm still trying to sort out my box from the stash trade swap & get it put away. I'm so funny about keeping things together that I obtain together. That's one of my little OCD things. They don't have to match or be related for me to want to keep them together. I'm just weird like that. My little dresser is overloaded though. I think I need a new system. I started out with things I bought & were keeping together as projects in the bottom drawer, heavy fabrics in the drawer above that, kids/fun fabrics above that, theme fabrics (travel, cooking, etc) in the drawer above that, anything else in the drawer above that, then solids in the top drawer. A couple of the drawers are screaming for help though, because they're overloaded. The box on top of the drawers is still full. The overflow is still in a pile next to it.

    So here I am with 2 stacked Rubbermaid 3-drawer dressers, and in need of a new stashing or sorting system. Any suggestions will be welcome.

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    I have not much of a system. three drawer rubber made with f4's by color only. and a box of them (boot box with hinged type lid) that is full of my browns and rust f4's overflow from the three drawer. YIPES. a huge stack about 15 inches high of each color less than f'4 looks like a darn rainbow up there.. and then the forty yards of fabric I must own. way too much for one person. not really lol saw the sale on equilter.. all their clearance fabrics omg tons of 4.50 and less yardage to pick from. heck.. the blenders alone say buy me buy me.. but .. I didn't. not one. ok quilty bookmarked three of them.. one for a quilt back if that counts for much. at 3.85 or about a yard its perfect for a quilt that I have going around.. now do I buy it.. or do I run??? you see if you buy one.. then that other one says over here over here.. and ..ah heck.. where do I put it all?
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    This sounds like a lot of fun! Guess I better go shopping now at Connecting Threads while they have their batiks at 50% off, before the new year starts! I have plenty of a fabric stash, but very little batiks, so this will be a good thing.

    For those who don't know Nancia, she is hysterical!

    Happy New Year everyone!
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    I've been really good in December. Only bought the rulers and some thread which I needed. No added fabric, and like nancia I also ignored the temptation of the sales emails. Fact is, there is no more room in my cabinet for any more fabric. No kidding. I could possibly squeeze a rolled piece here and there but then it all comes tumbling out when I actually need to pull from the stack. So I am being a good girl!

    On another note, I just found out that I need to eliminate dairy products from my diet for a month (trying to determine if that is my allergy) and if I have to give up cheese (food of the gods as far as I'm concerned), I have to get my fix somewhere. When I don't eat cheese, I won't need to drink wine. So what is left? Fabric? argh!
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    Martina-- let's not get crazy! Bruschetta goes wonderfully with wine, as does hummus, and chocolate ( but not mixed together, I would think, and only the 80% dark with no milk), andi'm sure there are plenty of other things! Crudités, cruds , as we call them, go with everything, add a vinagariette , yum. Heck, even plain chips, salsa and tortilla chips, i have been lactose intolerant for years! And you'd never know it to look at me! Lol. Think outside the milk carton! And embrace your inner soy milk, or other, non-dairy self. I love silk soy. So life has not ended.
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    I feel you on losing the cheese.. I too love it. but here it is.. I am on dialysis. lots of no no foods dairy being one. dry dairy is ok like parmesan, swiss and then randomly cream cheese are ok in small amounts. Makes one crave cheddar or brie instantly. I do allow however like two teaspoons of feta or so couple times a month. that's it. no ice cream, no pudding, no yogurts. I am not starving however. I eat as much fruit as I am allowed, as much raw veggies for snacks there are things you can.. switch for now til you find out if its the dairy or not.. then you learn to enjoy or shall I say embrace your new you and nope it doesn't lead to smaller pants unfortunately. darn it all!

    I hit my ufos today. I am so proud of me! lol found 8 quilts needing sashing sigh, took one of the quilts I had half quilted horribly I add, and took all the stitching of the quilting out. took 3 hours. I will have it professionally quilted and be happy with it then I took a finished top which I had slammed dunked horribly together and well it was never going to be quilted unless I did it right. So.. 7 hours later I had all the sashing removed, the tiny threads picked and its new and ready to be put together again in a fashion that I would be proud of gifting. Lesson to self: never work on something your not into or you will be doing this again and again. I hope never to do this again. It was a truly unfun day and darned my finger tips hurt from all that picking and pulling. grand start to my new years resolution on moritoriums and well ufos. why wait?
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    HA, I knew it, you are my sistas from another mista. lol Thanks for the words of encouragement. I know that life goes on. I have heard of cheese substitutes but that doesn't even SOUND right. Who knows, maybe I can add a little cheese back later. sigh Geesh, I should feel ashamed for my woe-is-me attitude with all that Brat has to deal with.

    On the quilty side I had me a good laugh last night. Posted it on the main board. WHAT WAS I THINKING? But it shows how much I have learned.

    I also signed up for the Craftsy "Finishing" Class with Mimi Dietrich and finished a community service quilt last night that started as leftover 4" patches from another project. Made the center but found it too small and non-descript. Then I pulled the striped fabric from my stash and added the border. I really like how it came out. It is an odd combination but I think it works. Used the backing pulled to the front to bind (learned that in the class) and it went SOOOO fast. Also used a serpentine stitch from my machine to do the quilting.

    Now I need to get off this board and pick another UFO to tackle.
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    Martina: Love the border, it adds so much. I am beginning to really focus on border prints and stripes. They add so much when used in a border or as binding.

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    Martina, I love the little quilt you created from the 4-patches. Lucky recipient. On the moratorium side, I am doing ok and only bought a few fabrics that I needed to finish Brat's..Road Runners Round Robin. I have hers and just had nothing in my stash that matched it. My goal next is to start on granddaughter's quilt and only use from stash. Looking forward to this same topic for 2014!
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    Well here it is 2014. Since Dec 1st I have bought only one yard for a round robin that nothing matched in my stash.. I have visually bought however about 25 yrds of this and that. I get that darned equilter thing in my mail box and I stupidly look at the pics then click on it just for the heck of it then see a page of 50 fabrics.. yikes get out of my sight line!

    I am making a medallion style/round robin type quilt in my block of the month forum. I have decided to dedicate that quilt to the little scraps that sit on my shelves. Most are between 10" and less than a f/4. Tons of them. So a rainbow quilt it will be and I hope to make a dent in that pile.. hope with me. I just finished yellow orange and it sure didn't make too grand a dent lol but that was round one. Now I hope to kill a bit of the orange/red in the next stint. hope is a big word here. lots in that darned pile!
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    Elisabrat: Its a constant source of amazement to me that I can make a bed size quilt and see no noticeable change in my scrap bin.

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    Brat; I love red and orange so excited to see what you come up with on the next round.
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    Here is a picture of my scraps I mentioned. It gives me hives swear to you to see it I want it used up now. And your right everything just ads to it!
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    This morning the devil landed in my email box. Pixie party. Anyone ever look into this?

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    I'm glad the new Moratorium doesn't start for another week or so. This past Saturday our local Ben Franklin had their yearly 50% off fabric sale. I got about 38 yards of fabric, and since I had a gift certificate, I only had to pay $100. Now to get it washed up and put on my "wall of fabric".
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    I would like to join in on the fabric moratorium. I did pretty good limiting myself on fabric in 2013. Not perfect mind you. I did have a few "uh episodes of spending' but overall I did pretty good. I did spend my gift card I received from a lqs. Only spent $7.00 over. Not bad. Sale on thread and such. I have vowed to stay out of the fabric stores for 2014 unless it is a need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DustysMomma View Post
    This morning the devil landed in my email box. Pixie party. Anyone ever look into this?
    DustysMomma...Your post has me puzzled. Can you elaborate??? Is this something we need to worry about?
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