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    Well.......was a bad girl today....I purchased the fabric to make tops for 2 quilts for a graduation gift and for one of my grandbabies...in my defense, I didn't have these fabrics in my stash...the graduation girl saw one I had made before and loved it, so I decided to make hers the same..10 of my grands have their quilts made, and I always let them pick out the fabrics- so I had to take this one for the same special shopping trip..The good part was I used a coupon for everything, and the tops will cost me about $20 each. I already have the batting here, as well as backing...To top it off, the gentleman cashier told me I got an extra 20% off today..When I got home and looked at my receipt, I realized he gave me a senior discount!! In actuality, I have a few years before 60, but who's to complain...So I will be busy and stay out of trouble for a while!!

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    Those aren't stash purchases, unless you don't make the gifts. I'd have been upset if someone thought I was 60 if I wasn't, but that's just me. Around here, cashiers in any store aren't allowed to offer senior discounts - apparently there have been hurt feelings at some point. You have to ask for the discount.

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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.
    Yes, we are lucky in that respect. My boyfriend just says something along the lines of it's good we can afford it & off I go. He has never said anything about what I buy, just how I've stored it. I haven't yet had the time to work out a stash storage method. I'm a management accountant, so I'm still in the throes of year end for 1 of my clients, who was forced to do a software conversion as of 12/1 that didn't go well. I have to say that it has kept me from going fabric shopping though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    Those aren't stash purchases, unless you don't make the gifts. I'd have been upset if someone thought I was 60 if I wasn't, but that's just me. Around here, cashiers in any store aren't allowed to offer senior discounts - apparently there have been hurt feelings at some point. You have to ask for the discount.

    I didn't mind the extra discount~~ it's 4 Years away, and being on disablity, I am happy to save every penny I can! THe fabric will definitely be used as the grandbaby will drive me nuts until I get her's done!!

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    I agree about this moratorium. I am only buying for the quilts I have to make this year and that I don't have in my stash. But not going into fabric store and just buying something because I like it. Am looking in my stash for backings that might work though before I go buy anything. Still nice to have this support group. :-)
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    I'm excited about the challenge of using my stash first. So far I've only had to get a bit more of the lighter blue fabric I was using on DD's quilt. Had enough to do a smaller size and she decided she wanted it bigger. Of course SHE found fabric she wanted so I got that and a piece that will round out another set of colors that I use a lot. Am now working on projects that will either get current UFOs done or will go into a friend's shop this fall.

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    I thought February was off to a great start. In the past week I gave away 25+ POUNDS of fabric to various friends. Then I went to my niece's who handed me a grocery bag of fabric, all cottons. I could just give it to various friends without looking at it, but I think I should just check it out first... I mean it would be rude to my niece, right? Maybe there's a loophole for fabric received as a gift!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    I thought February was off to a great start. In the past week I gave away 25+ POUNDS of fabric to various friends. Then I went to my niece's who handed me a grocery bag of fabric, all cottons. I could just give it to various friends without looking at it, but I think I should just check it out first... I mean it would be rude to my niece, right? Maybe there's a loophole for fabric received as a gift!
    Lucky you!! No way does this count against you!! Especially, if you give away a bunch. I certainly would go through it all, keep what I REALLY lliked, then give the rest away. My sister has two DD, very fashion conscious, so she made a rule, if you buy something to wear, you MUST donate an item for each to the local Clothes Closet (a second-hand shop here that helps out families inneed in our community). Good idea, but she didn't inforce it on herself!!!

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    Glad to know there's a vacation exception. Looking forward to getting to the Happy Apples QS in Florida soon. Haven't been there yet. I don't plan on a big splurge but sure expect to make a purchase or two.

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    This weekend is going to be a tough one for me. I am going to the town where the closest Joann's is, and I need to go see if they have any new marble colors in that I've been collecting for our quilt. Of course, I have a mailer coupon for 50% of 1 non-sale fabric, and I'm sure there's probably a % off on the phone app too. This is where I get into trouble though...I don't have any "spring" fabrics for this table runner swap I'm doing, unless I break into the bug, monkey, and frog prints that I bought for a quilt and the 4 year old girl's mother says she's suddenly in the marker phase & messing up bedding left & right (she gets up in the middle of the night and has learned to be quiet), so I'm not making it right now. Knowing I don't have these fabrics, and they have them all on sale $2 off per yard, it's going to be hard not to get extra because I'm not sure what I'm doing yet. Oh, then they're already talking about the next swap being "patriotic", and knowing Joann, they already have some of that in stock & I only have 1 patriotic print in my stash. These are the "buy ahead" thoughts I have to fight when I go in there every time.

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    I bought 1 1/2 yards of a WOW for the background of a Carpenter Star at JoAnn's yesterday. I walked out with just that one piece of fabric which has to be a first. Hopefully, that's my fabric purchase for the month. When JoAnn's is 50 miles away, it's hard to not 'stock up'. Let's stay strong together!

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    So...we have a snow day today (we both teach). The snow isn't bad at all yet so we went out for some Chinese. DH asked if I wanted to go anywhere else since we'll probably be snowed in til Sunday. Joann's is just up the road. He dropped me off and went to get some snow day snacks and I browsed around the store with my 20% coupon. On the way out (after finding a few odds and ends), a fabric caught my eye. It has a black background with frogs doing yoga on it and gray sayings. Super cute! So I got a half yard. My DD will love it as an octagonal tabletop per and I can make a zipped pouch for my yoga teacher, too. Told the young clerk that it was the first fabric I'd bought since Dec 28th. She said, "You've been keeping track?", with a confused expression. Guess she doesn't know many people who have plenty of fabric. I really feel okay getting it since I'm motivated to use it right away and I'll have more finished items leaving the house on Monday.
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    I appreciate this support group. So far this month, I have been continuing to declutter and drop off large brown grocery bags of misc. at Vinnie's. The master bath storage has been purged of any unnecessary items and rearranged. A friend is also decluttering, so that is helpful. I did cave and ordered the template and papers for the Periwinkle design quilt on the Missouri Star tutorial. As I am sorting, things I will use during the spring quilt retreat are being gathered together. This Periwinkle design will be my main project at the retreat....and I decided the papers would make the project that much easier.

    Now, I am going downstairs to sew. Taking a break from decluttering is in order!

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    Wow, sounds like everyone is holding tough! All those trips to JoAnn's by DustysMomma, irishrose and lots2do with minimal purchases. I'm impressed!
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    Paper, don't be impressed by me yet. I have to get through tomorrow without convincing myself to go over there, lol! I have a 50% off 1 non-sale fabric that expires tomorrow!

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    Thanks PaperPrincess,
    I could have walked away without it but the thought of making two special people happy makes me glad I picked it up. I did use up a yard of fabric yesterday and will get at least another yard used up today. I resisted getting more cotton yarn which was also big for me. (I knit up washcloths on trips).
    For the first time, I'm really enjoying this challenge! It's been kind of fun to look at my stash and think, now what can I make out of that?
    I think I'll start a list of how much gets used up -using a rough estimate, of course.
    Thanks for the support!

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    I like that idea of adding up how much stash you use. I am still working on this quilt top. Blocks borders arwe on now and read to set the blocks.

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    I've done pretty good with only one slip up. I was making a cow quilt from my stash and panicked when I realized that I would not have any more happy cows living in my closet, and bought 2 1/2 yards of more cow fabric. I've had to buy some border fabric and some reds & blues for 3 Americana quilts that I'm getting paid to make. DH just laughed when I confessed and ask me if it was on sale. It WAS but I still want to use up some more of my stash. So far I've made 3 quilts and 2 tops to be quilted and 2 tote bags from just my stash. I'm slowly making a dent in my stash.

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    Hey Katfish,
    I wouldn't worry about the extra cow fabric. This is all supposed to make us happy. It sounds like you're doing a great job using up fabric.
    lots2do in snowy NH

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    Design wall is finally installed in the family room where I sew. Oh happy day! I used extra boards (24"x48") from dropped ceiling in lower level, warm and natural from my stash, 3M command strips purchased in December of 2012 and duct tape on hand. Hubby helped with marking the level line and we mounted three boards vertically edge to edge for nice 6' by 4' working area. I was on cloud nine having this project finished. Yes! I stayed downstairs and laid out the lap quilt I am currently constructing. It's enjoyable to be able to put something on the design wall and step back to get a better view....

    A link to the system I used is: http://www.thequiltingedge.com/2012/...-tutorial.html

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    Well.....confession time. I went out and bought 1 yd black solid.....but, really, I needed it. I joined the Boom swap and did not have solid blqck on hand. Yes, I could have gotten away with less than a yd...but...but...but....I felt strongly that I should go ahead and get a little extra...just in case. And I don't even feel bad. I have been so good. Started the fabric diet way before the official start date. Besides, even with regular dieting, it is encouraged to "cheat" a little every once in a while!

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    I made it through the weekend without a trip to Joann's, but I must go to Hobby Lobby tomorrow for sky blue background fabric for the runner I'm making and 1 more fabric for another part of it. I could probably go in & get the blue & leave, but it's hunting for and deciding on the other fabric that will get me. I only need enough for six 3" squares, but I feel weird getting that small of an amount, like I may need it again later.

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    I too have put myself on a moratorium but I crashed and burned early. But I bought sale flannel to use on the backs of "Gpa's old shirts" quilts for his grands so I'm really continuing a project right? Then I had to find some fabric to finish a donation quilt--bought a pattern and a scrap quilt book too. I've got to have directions to use up the stash right? Then Friday my Quilt Buddy said let's go to N...... so off we went. I only bought 2 pieces of fabric. One a large piece that will work perfect in another quilt and a neutral to work as background in a scrap quilt. So no more fabric for a while!
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    Didn't realize I was 'cheating' until I got home and it was pointed out to me. No, I didn't take a cold med and shop in my sleep. I had to go into town and pay a bill. Went to the LQS and didn't buy any fabric but did buy a template. Need to keep her in business. Then I stopped at the Salvation Army (little old ladies day!), and bought a couple of queen flat flannel sheets. One was a Martha Stewart, cream with a taupe damask print. The other was white with pastel flowers. The flannel on this one was amazingly soft and thick. The label said it was manufactured in Germany. Who knew? So I made my $6 donation and took them both home for backings. When I showed them to my husband, he said what about your moratorium? Duh. I was so proud that I didn't get anything at the quilt store, I didn't even think of the sheets as stash building... Oh well, it was a charitable donation...
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    I'm in. Lately, since about October, I have only been buying backings and a few pieces on sale. Guess I should stop the "on sale" items to truely be in. I will try and will be watching to see how others are doing.
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