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Thread: 2013 Fabric Moratorium

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    This is so humorous to read because I know it so very well-first hand. On Tuesday, I finished teaching a class & was so jazzed and tired, I went to a fabric store. Since I hadn't joined this challenge, I couldn't fall off the wagon-right. For 4 years, I've been on a tight fabric budget that is 10% of what I used to spend. And I know better than to go into a fabric store when I'm tired & excited about quilting. My friends joke about "shopping at Laura's" cause they can usually find what they want, & I get to decrease my stash. Last year I discovered my scrap box might have what I needed for the size quilts I'm making now: small-doesn't put much dent in the stash. And same friends put their scraps in my box for the next person. I rarely make any progress on my stash. I do need---STOP RIGHT THERE!!! I'll go search my stash first. Whew, made it through that moment. And I'm staying home tomorrow. But Sunday, Joanne's has flannel on sale, which I don't have, & I need some PJ tops-I've already searched the stores.
    Fabriholics unite! We can beat this!

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    So today is the end of the 1st month and happy to report no fabric purchased used what I had made it work. Also no batting or thread, books, patterns or magazines I have so much........I am getting low on thread so see how that goes for Feb. Hope everyone was able to meet the goal they set for themselves for the month of Jan...Now bring on Feb.
    ​Christine

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    No fabric purchases for me this month and no yarn purchases, either. Hadn't decided to sign up for this before but now I'm in. Trying hard to allow myself 'time to sew' after work. I've bought a bunch of fabric for gifts and charity and it's taking up space. Also doesn't help that I seem to have quilter's ADD. However, it wasn't that hard not to buy this month.

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    I don't want a thread stash, but I found an inexpensive online site and ordered some, then my GS showed up last night with a box full from Salvation Army and wanted to share with me. I do not need any thread!

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    IT'S KILLING ME!!! Been very good month one...ordered a roll of batting so I could stay out of the stores, to get batting as I use my stash fabrics..couldn't find my favorite thimble and sent daughter to get it as I sat in the car, to avoid temptation!!! It's amazing how my bills are getting paid on time!~!

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    I should not buy any material. I did not buy any material in January. Yes, in Dec I looked at Walmart and did see any material I wanted. Did not have much time and I did see the price of batts had jump up from few months back. Dec I did not buy any material.

    This has been a COLD, snowy, nasty winter. I managed a walk till Mid-Dec when it really started in. You would think I would get getting sewing done. Just got over the flu from in Dec. I using the rec center treadmill for walking.

    I have started on a quilt top. Another 16 patch. Muli colored blocks no two a like. That was scraps I had to get used up. I having hard time getting these blocks squared and a white border around each and then will set with blue. I think I have the hang of how to do it now. Why this one is taking so long.

    When you are in the gas/oil fields (to be by son) and 90 miles to the big city you do rather stock up. But I really need to get a lot of material used up in my life time what ever that will be that I can see to sew. I have more material down home to get moved up here. Some of that took me years to round up that material and get colors I would need. Be my own designs but really I am new to anything but sewing square block quilts. I have more to learn how.

    And money wise now I will not have money to buy much material now anyway.

    Some one heere said they were planing on some quilts for the nursing home. Bed quilts? Or lap quilts? If bed quilts can they be justbe blocks sewed together and lined and backed? What type acceptable?

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    I went off the "program" today. The money DH had given me and some of my own entered the economy in our county as I shopped at the LQS on the last day of the sale. This is not an excuse, just facts: I was crabby this morning after I vowed to not shop for fabric. Then I threw common sense to the wind and shopped. My purchases were closeouts on fat quarters and jelly rolls. Now, I am a happy camper. :-) Thrilled with my purchases of 30's reproduction collection; Mary Engelbreit jellyroll, and extra bright FQs for scrappy..... I did not need/want any notions, patterns, etc. High grade fabric is a luxury. :-)

    Please excuse me now as I want to go downstairs to sew.......... Piecefully yours :-D
    Last edited by kay carlson; 02-02-2013 at 05:21 PM.

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    Kay, good for you. It was a gift from your husband and needed to be treated with due respect. Enjoy your fabrics and show us a picture of something pretty made from them just for you.

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    HELP!! I have to stay in the house tomorrow..too many great Super Bowl sales tomorrow

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    Unfortunately, I don’t even have to leave the house to buy fabric. I just deleted a bunch of emails from various fabric places without even opening them. Fortunately, I have a PaperPrincess assignment today. I’m making shower invitations for my great nephew and his intended. That should keep me out of trouble!
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    I have already been doing this. I organized my sewing room last yr and got most of my fabric out of totes and onto shelves and was surprised at how much I have. The other thing I'm doing it not starting any new projects until I'm caught up on old ones. Except for my monthly embroidery club and since that is also about learning I'm not stopping that. This month I could not stay and sew so I did go by and get my kit and my first day off I made my project; a picture frame with a snow man on it. Then this weekend I made another one with a few modifications. I don't go into a fabric store unless I need something to complete an ongoing project. Two weeks ago I got one quilt done, a table runner done except for the binding, thats mainly because I'm not sure what binding I'm doing. This week I did a picture frame and finished up another crib quilt for my 2yr old DGD. It feels good to be completing things; the things that finish the fastest gets done first so that my pile goes down faster. Then things that are promised and so on.

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    I'm in, but I'm going to take this one moment at a time. If I can just last until I figure out how in the world I'm going to store my stash and still leave enough room in the room for when we have guests, I'll be doing good for this year. I'm the world's worst about going fabric shopping for a project, and instead of buying just what I need, buying 3-4 yards of each. Luckily, I'm 15 minutes from Hobby Lobby (the opposite direction from work, but from there I'm only 10 minutes by interstate ) and 40 minutes from the nearest Joann's, with no quilting shops in town.

    I'm new to stashing, so I probably don't have the size of stash most of you do, but according to my boyfriend, it's already an issue. He took something out of the closet before Christmas and when he went to put it back, just set it outside the door so he didn't have to move half my stash to put it back.

    I'm still in bags, sorted by project, or how I bought them together. I have a lot that I bought from an online yardsale group on facebook for $25 that is loaded with all kinds of goodies that I need to start using up too though. I just can't bring myself to sort it out until I have the shelving or boxes to put them in. I did finally take pictures of the panels, appliques, and stuffables that were in the lot though. Much of that part is nature related though, so I should join a swap that will allow me to get rid of some of it, lol!

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    So January passed and I'm still "master of my domain". Haven't given into recreational stash building. Actually finding it challenging and gratifying to use what I have. Since Thanksgiving, have made one queen, two generous laps, and three baby quilts, purchasing only a little for backings and the occasional sashing. Feeling kinda proud of myself.....

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    I had started this some years ago too. I haven't bought any fabric in years. I work on collections. For instance, I am using up the Aunt Gracie line and have made four quilts out of that stash already including two king sizes. Check my threads to see lol. I even made a point of using the AG scraps to really finish off this line. The Diamond Star

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...a-t210260.html

    I am currently working on, is all out of my stash. I don't even have to buy backing or binding as I am using what I have.

    I know it's hard not to buy fabric but if you don't go in the store, you won't be tempted.

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    I didn't have to buy anything!

    I knew I had the panels in my stash, but it was a real treat to 'discover' enough leaf fabrics to do this quilt top. I copied this pattern from someone on the QB a few months ago. Sorry that I can't give credit to the proper person.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abby's Mom View Post
    I knew I had the panels in my stash, but it was a real treat to 'discover' enough leaf fabrics to do this quilt top. I copied this pattern from someone on the QB a few months ago. Sorry that I can't give credit to the proper person.
    Beautiful! Reminds me of fall!
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    Don't know if I officially signed up but I am in for sure. And so far I am doing good.... Have not bought not 1 piece of fabric for the last 2 months for sure. EXCEPT by request from my hubby who wants a baby blanked made for a co-worker who is a Clemson fan. Bought the least amount needed......co-workers wife is an LSU fan so am using fabric from my stash. Hope to make it thru to November.
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    They say money does not buy happiness, but it buys fabric & fabric makes me happy!!

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    Made it thru the superbowl sales!! It helps that I went to the doctor this morning and have acute bronchitis....Been working all day on hand quilting

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    I have been good and bad. Was on vacation in Florida last week and I had to go to one fabric store since I was in the area and my friend especially found this store for me! I didnt do much damage though. Brought two fat quarters and a pattern I may give to my sewing friend for Christmas. I have stayed out of the stores around here for several reasons. Mainly I don't need anything, and I did join this challenges, also the fabric stores are about 6-10 miles away (glad they are on the other side of town) and I have been trying to stay out of any stores, away from the flu and virus bug! Today I got a baby quilt top done, just need to sew on the borders, also 4 bibs are done. Just trying to use up those scraps STILL!

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    I am still successfully on the wagon! It was tough but I sent three quilt tops out for quilting all came from stash... even the backings.

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    Abby's mom, that quilt is truly lovely!

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    craftsy is offering a free class on piecing backs!! This may help use stash!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedum View Post
    I have been good and bad. Was on vacation in Florida last week and I had to go to one fabric store since I was in the area and my friend especially found this store for me!
    I think shopping while on vacation can be excused- when you are in an area that isn't your home stomping-grounds, who knows what kind of local treat you might find! Maybe there's a store that features hand-dyed fabric by a local artisan? You'd miss out if you didn't go look!

    Yeah, yeah, enabler, I know. I told my husband that I'm trying not to buy fabric except for special orders this year, and his reply was 'You mean I don't get to go to fabric stores with you anymore??' Yes, you read that right. My hubby *likes* to go to the fabric store!! He's part of the reason I have so many fabrics I haven't used yet...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cattailsquilts View Post
    ... and his reply was 'You mean I don't get to go to fabric stores with you anymore??' Yes, you read that right. My hubby *likes* to go to the fabric store!! He's part of the reason I have so many fabrics I haven't used yet...

    What a lucky gal you are...and I imagine aren't we all, to have hubbys who put up with our quilting addiction.
    She who dies with the most fabric, didn't sew fast enough!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SandyinZ4 View Post
    What a lucky gal you are...and I imagine aren't we all, to have hubbys who put up with our quilting addiction.
    I have an enabler in my house too!!! Whenever we take a road trip somewhere, there is always a list of quilt shops to visit and it isn't in my handwriting!!!
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