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    From the heavier fabrics, you can do quilts for your local shelters. I would make sure the satin is washable, if not, sell it on ebay - or in your local paper. The knit fabrics make a very warm quilt, but again test wash strips. My mil made alot of quilts from polyester squares - when she passed we donated them to the men's shelter as they wash and dried well. Quilts do not have to be 100% cotton.

    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    The multi fabric quilt you are describing is a (victorian) crazy quilt. It is pieced from all kinds of fabric, then embellished with stitching, lace, ribbon etc. If you have a machine with decorative stitches you are half way there. Google it for amazing examples!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    The multi fabric quilt you are describing is a (victorian) crazy quilt. It is pieced from all kinds of fabric, then embellished with stitching, lace, ribbon etc. If you have a machine with decorative stitches you are half way there. Google it for amazing examples!
    Oh, cool. Thanks for the input.

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    I've managed to stay out of the quilt stores, I've organized my stash....the downfall is now that I've been digging out my UFO's and this is VERY discouraging. Some things I don't even recognize! I walked out of the sewing room & closed the door. Need to regroup before going back in! Seems like it's more fun to collect fabric!

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    Okay, I sort of fell off but I think it is one of the "okay" slips. My DIL called me last night because she needed backing from CT. Did I need/want anything? I love the Rhapsody in Red but last summer bought a red/white kit from a man whose wife had died. I "let" myself buy the backing for this quilt. It helped my DIL get free shipping, allowed me to have a small bit of that lovely collection and kept me from adding to my stash. But I did buy....

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    Irishrose and MaryLane.. You aren't alone in loving CT's Rhapsody in Red. My magazine is still sitting on the table and I drool over it but I have resisted. If it is so good, perhaps they will do it again later when I have caught up. I have found that one way to help myself not think about buying anything else is to go into my sowing room and sort fabrics. I see so many scraps that I can make something out of so that is my best way of staying on the wagon. I did order 2 yards of a pretty green from a Joann email but that is for the quilt our guild is doing at our retreat this fall and I know that was not on my moratorium list so not feeling bad.
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    Yay Me!!! Went to my meeting this morning at the LQS. Walked right past the markdown area, and glanced in that direction, but didn't touch anything. I purchased a ruler and my buck-a-block for January (need to keep them in business!!) but no fabric.
    Now my next dilemma is that I'm looking for a new project. Many of the quilting magazines are featuring quilts with a lot of white and I'm smitten. Of course, I have like 1 yard of wow. Do you think these white quilts would have the same impact if I use a darker beige, as I don't have enough yardage of any light neutral? Is it the white, or just a large expanse of one color that makes the impact? They all look so summery...
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    PaperPrincess, it's your thread, but I think you can buy the white if you 'need' it. I also think I beige would look good if there is plenty of contrast. I have been looking at a magazine with a quilt on the cover with a light green background - it looks so springy. I am planning a simple quilt with a dark beige background and scrappy fabrics, but I'm not particularly thinking summer. If you are smitten with the white, buy just enough for one quilt - that way, you aren't adding to your stash.

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    Thanks for the support irishrose. I would feel comfortable making a purchase for a specific quilt. I won't be able to start my next project for at least a week, however, so I'm going to continue to look and see if there's something else that piques my interest. If I do decide to go with one of the ones shown in white, I think I will make a sample block with one of my other neutrals first to see if I have one that will work, or do I really "need" the white...
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    I went into Joann's today when we were in Green Bay. My mission was to get some sock yarn, but they didn't have what I needed. However, I do get kudos for not purchasing some sock yarn I liked. I have yarn at home which needs to be used first. I thought of you....

    Then, I looked at the 1/2 price flannel. I didn't buy any fabric. You certainly are a good influence on me. Thanks :-D
    My purchases were plastic containers at $4.99 each to store precuts and WIPs. Even then, I limited my selection to three. If I need something later, I'll consider the need/want. This discussion of decluttering, scrappy projects, fabric moratorium and finishing UFO's has been realistic and rewarding. Thank you!

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    Spent a day out with my mother yesterday....drove past her local quilt shop....completely resisted the several bags of velvets/brocades/potential crazy quilt fabrics at one of the many charity shops we visited.....only came home with a new scraps bucket for the kitchen and a long top/dress which fits perfectly and will do nicely for when I pick up DH from the airport on Monday....mind you I did say out loud "you do not need this fabric" when I spotted that ever so tempting bag ...had to explain to Mum I was not going dotty but was on a fabric and quilting magazine moratorium

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    My name is Paula and I am a Fabriholic. I just fell off the wagon. But let me explain! While viewing another post here on the Board about Mission Organization (at least my fabric and sewing room IS pretty organized ), I saw a quilt on a long arm frame........check out this post: http://www.quiltingboard.com/mission...m-t210196.html . That quilt just spoke to me and I HAVE to make it. So I bought only what I need to make it and will use some solid white I already have in the stash. So help me pick myself up, dust myself off and move on, please. I'll be good, I promise.
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    Paula..u so funny, but that's what we are here for, to help you dust yourself off and tell u its all going to be ok.
    Now Carry Now......
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    Abby's mom...I did the same thing last summer, made a pile of all my ufo's, then needed to dig out stuff for swaps I was obligated to, then it was time to start thinking about Christmas...sheesh what a way to over whelm yourself... Now be the brave woman that you are and get back in that rm..lol
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    I am proud to report I haven't bought any fabric since Oct. But boy did I stock up before putting myself on this no buy stuff. I am plugging away at UFO's.
    p.s. one way to not buy fabric..go on a buying spree of vintage machines-lol
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    OK, Ladies and Gents. I promised to not buy any more fabric but this week..... I had a former colleague give me yards and yards of the most beautiful fabric. She married a widower who's wife was a quilter. He doesn't know what to do with all of her stash. Now, isn't that a silly comment! I jumped in line and volunteered to take it off their hands. I have already picked out the choices of pattern and fabric for two quilts. Since this will be a long week-end for me, Martin Luther King day off, I plan on finishing the top for at least one of those two new projects! Lucky me and I did not have to pay a dime!

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    Earthwalker, you are to be commended - velvets and brocades must have been hard to pass on.

    Paula, I assume you bought only the fabric needed for the quilt and none for your stash. Not quite stashbusting, but at least not stash adding.

    Kay, JoAnn's has some darling prints in their flannels and you do have a use for yours, so you get a star, too.

    I've started decluttering my bedroom. I keep finding more fabric I don't remember buying. In the bedroom??? Two sewing roms are full. Yikes!!!

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    craftiladi - thank you for your words of encouragement!! Tomorrow I promise the finished top comes off the design wall and then I tackle 1 UFO. Can't start something new until something old is finished!

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    I'm loving the comments on this thread! I think I've already fallen off the wagon, and it hit me on the way by! O.O

    I ordered fabric off of here. But... but... but it's Girl Scout fabric, and it goes with another piece of GS fabric I already have, and it will go into a GS tee-shirt quilt that I need to make so I can advertise that I make them. That doesn't count against me, right?

    Between the UFO thread & this one, maybe I'll reach break-even on quilts vs. materials in 2013?? A girl can hope, can't she?

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    I defrosted the upright freezer in the lower level today and needed another heavy duty laundry basket in which to temporarily store frozen food outdoors. I think today's high temp was 19 degrees F. without any wind.

    Long story short: emptied the basket of fabric to sort and handle. This is another example of how I do not need to purchase my fabric. The scraps will be cut up and yardage will be folded and put away. I will begin this project in twenty minutes when my TV program has finished. :-) Thanks for being here to courage members and lurkers. Tomorrow, I will sew on some burp cloths and try to do some piecing of the paintmejudy mystery train ride for 9 patch scrappy. Progress being made, fun happening, and satisfaction increasing.

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    How far are you on the mystery train? I'm on step 2. I had a problem choosing fabric A because I didn't know who the recipient of this quilt would be.

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    Hi everyone!
    I have tried to behave myself and haven't done too bad. I have kept my spending to a very bare minimum lately. Well it takes time to break or slow down these habits. On the plus side I have made 5 cozy shawls for charity out of my stash. Then I made 25 scrubbies with nylon netting. I made 3 baby receiving blankets for charity. Also, a scrappy blah baby quilt that will go to our local charity also. It is a start anyway.

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    So far so good. I am too busy at work to shop & have resisted urge to buy from our boards yardsale site......have, however, been sorely tempted.

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    Allikat, it helps not to look - so why did I go check if Connecting Threads had any Rhapsody in Red left??? The one I liked best is sold out, so I'm safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    Allikat, it helps not to look - so why did I go check if Connecting Threads had any Rhapsody in Red left??? The one I liked best is sold out, so I'm safe.
    Same thing happened to me. I wanted some of the white on white from the Rhapsody in Red collection. I had put it into my basket on Friday but was trying to be strong, plus we had house guests and it's rude to shop when you have guests. When I went & looked this morning, all gone (so are the guests)! I'm amazed at how much of that collection sold out in only 2 weeks.
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    But it is all so........enticing!!!!!

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