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    I had one small slip... it was a few small pieces of batiks.. I just did not have the right color mix for what I wanted.. only purchased 1/4 yds of 3 fabrics... way below my normal if I like it kind of purchase. I do need an exemption , A huge exemption... I am going to Bali in a few months... Ladies I will fall of the wagon in a Huge way ... but this is a once in a lifetime trip. SO can I get absolution ?!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    I had one small slip... it was a few small pieces of batiks.. I just did not have the right color mix for what I wanted.. only purchased 1/4 yds of 3 fabrics... way below my normal if I like it kind of purchase. I do need an exemption , A huge exemption... I am going to Bali in a few months... Ladies I will fall of the wagon in a Huge way ... but this is a once in a lifetime trip. SO can I get absolution ?!!
    Okay this might just be me but I definately think that vacation purchases should be exempt. Especially if you are going to BALI!! I certainly won't think bad of you if you come home with a stack.of beautiful fabrics! Just want to see pictures though!!!!
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    I am proud of myself - again!! I have an order for another jeans bag- with pink ribbon theme, which I didn't have. So, off to the fabric store! I ONLY bought what I needed for that bag, some iron-on patches for that bag, and a few items ( not fabric) for secret pal swaps. I also got a package of leather needles for ATTEMPTING to make a purse out of leather pieces someone gave me. As I was paying, the sales girl said "is that all"?? and I laughed! That doesn't mean ai didn't look at fabric, fondle and drool, but I held strong and resisted!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    I had one small slip... it was a few small pieces of batiks.. I just did not have the right color mix for what I wanted.. only purchased 1/4 yds of 3 fabrics... way below my normal if I like it kind of purchase. I do need an exemption , A huge exemption... I am going to Bali in a few months... Ladies I will fall of the wagon in a Huge way ... but this is a once in a lifetime trip. SO can I get absolution ?!!
    Bali?!! Of course you would get a vacation exemption... They are not really stash purchases, they are more like souvenirs. Make sure you bring an empty suitcase.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    Bali?!! Of course you would get a vacation exemption... They are not really stash purchases, they are more like souvenirs. Make sure you bring an empty suitcase.
    I am actually pre calculating just how much batiks weigh , and what that weight works out to in meters ( thats how its sold not yards like I am used to ). This is the top of the bucket list trip. I plan on leaving behind clothing , if I have to!

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    Stopped into Joanne's today for silk flowers and didn't even glance at the fabric. Wonder if I'm coming down with the flu or something!

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    I am starting to feel immune. I stopped by Hancock's yesterday and just got $3.00 of fleece (for gifts)and that was it. I think of this site and go home. This sure is saving me a lot of money.

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    Has anybody considered that if everybody did this, there would be no quilt shops available when you want to shop in December? They will all have gone out of business! Fortunately, not everybody will do it. If I had a stash like the one pictured above, or as some people describe, I guess I could do it too. But most of my stash are less than one yard pieces for various reasons. I am working on a quilt using a set of shop hop fabric I bought last year, but had to get background fabrics, and borders. Still need the backing, too, but I'm waiting until I'm ready for it. Good luck using up those humongous stashes! I plan to do some scrappies when I finish what I'm doing now.
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    LynnVT and others, I agree that we do need to keep local quilt shops in business. I think the whole point of this was to try and use up some of what we have sitting on shelves and not just buy more to sit there along with it. I will still buy stuff I need to finish projects but am going through my stash first to see what I can use with projects I start fresh. :-)
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    Ok. I just slipped! Missouri Star Quilt Co tempted me to much with their "Deal of the Day" - a charm pack ( stone chip pack) of Northcott Stonehenge fabrics in my favorite colors- 36 stunning pieces-for $2.99 plus postage. That is like 75% off. Stonehenge is my ultimate favorite fabrics and just can't afford the price normally. SO, I see a gorgeous bag FOR ME!!! Yea!!!! And I paid for if from Paypal. which is just my "play money" account. Beverly's also has a Deal of the Day, which I get so tempted (3 fabrics each day priced down to $2.99/yard), and have bought in the past, but since I have been on this fabric diet since January, I haven't bought a single yard from them. But, it is HARD to resist!!

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    LynnVT- I agree! But SandyinZ4 is right, too- I have a lot of fabric that I've picked up 'just because', and I need to use it. A lot of it has been bought because it will be a great item for my shop, but if I don't actually *MAKE* the item, then the fabric does no good, right? I will still end up buying fabrics to coordinate with some pieces, or for backs to others, but that's the way it works.

    That, and I just bought about 8 yards of linen for garb for SCA events coming up... I do more than just quilting, and I'm nutso for it, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LynnVT View Post
    Has anybody considered that if everybody did this, there would be no quilt shops available when you want to shop in December? They will all have gone out of business! Fortunately, not everybody will do it. If I had a stash like the one pictured above, or as some people describe, I guess I could do it too. But most of my stash are less than one yard pieces for various reasons. I am working on a quilt using a set of shop hop fabric I bought last year, but had to get background fabrics, and borders. Still need the backing, too, but I'm waiting until I'm ready for it. Good luck using up those humongous stashes! I plan to do some scrappies when I finish what I'm doing now.
    Understand what your saying. For me, I just have to slow way down on buying. Otherwise I am not only going to be broke (and certainly no help to any LQS store at that point), plus I will be one of those hoarders, buried in fabric. So this is a good thing for many of us.

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    I think this is a great encouragement to shop stash first. After all why do we have stash if we aren't going to use it! Oh, its to enjoy the eye candy and dream of new projects. All of which ultimately necessitates a trip to the store for that item that we just can't find in said stash.

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    Wow!! I am soo in this! The price for 1 yd of cotton is totally insane! I have enough stash to out live me. I only buy a fat quarter or 1/4 yd, when I do have to buy. Also check out thrift stores....
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    Checking out thrift stores just adds to the stash unless you have an immediate need for your 'finds'. IMO, this thread isn't about saving money (though I do need to do that, too), but getting our stashes under control. There are enough quilters not on a fabric moratorium to keep my LQSs in business.

    I am one of those hoarders buried in fabric. You fellow buyers have helped keep me from making more purchases. Now help me bless the world with some of my overflow.

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    Count me in too! If I get more I will need to move out of the sewing room! LOL

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    What the LQS gets from me is thread; needles; rulers; rotary blades and fabric to complete items from my stash. These I could purchase elsewhere; but choose not to.
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    I'm on this diet but I visited a guild member's shop for the first time today and bought some sulky petite spools of thread, a beautiful spool of sparkly ribbon floss, needles to use with the floss and a pattern. All of this will be put to good use while I use up more fabric. So I am still shopping locally but just not buying fabric willy-nilly. I'm being more thoughtful and realistic about my purchasing. I am with yarn as well. I certainly have enough for several projects. I bet if we made a map of all of us following this thread, we wouldn't be located in the same area to make a huge impact on LQS.

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    We don't have a LQS, but we do have a "sewing center". I go to them for some things, but they don't carry much in the way of fabrics. They tend to concentrate more on local embroiders and selling and repairing sewing machines. It takes up probably 2/3 of their shop. They don't carry quilt batting or machines that are more made for quilters than embroidery. Hobby Lobby isn't great here either. I can get what I need to get by there, but if I really want quilting supplies, I have to drive about 40 miles each way to one of 2 different cities in opposite directions to go to Joann. One of those cities has a couple quilt shops, but one of them basically just closed because the owners retired and the new owners are only going to sell machines. If I want something special, I have to order it online or I can drive 100 miles to Atlanta, and hope they have it.

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    SO GOOD TODAY!! Went to get backing for DGD quilt today....just bought that...my dd actually purchased fabric for me to teach her freinds daughters how to sew---and one found the fabric for her project in my STASH!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cattailsquilts View Post
    LynnVT- I agree! But SandyinZ4 is right, too- I have a lot of fabric that I've picked up 'just because', and I need to use it. A lot of it has been bought because it will be a great item for my shop, but if I don't actually *MAKE* the item, then the fabric does no good, right? I will still end up buying fabrics to coordinate with some pieces, or for backs to others, but that's the way it works.

    That, and I just bought about 8 yards of linen for garb for SCA events coming up... I do more than just quilting, and I'm nutso for it, too!
    Ms. Cattails I so agree, there are just fabrics you 'have to have', yes my stash is full of those purchases. Just got done peeking at your store & blog, you have some items.

    on keeping the LQS in business...my hubby used to say I did my fair share of exactly that -lol.
    Happy to report I have stuck with my no but for almost 8 mths or so. Yes bottom line is doesn't do any good just sitting there-ok well it does make for nice displays-lol
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    Good point about keeping LQS in business. However the closest one to me is rather small and I haven't found much there that struck my fancy. Great for sticking to my no more fabric purchasing till I use up some more of what I have, but not very satisfying if I'm looking for what I don't have!

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    Well I survived another visit to my LQS without a fabric purchase! I mentioned before that I have a monthly class, where to get to the classroom you have to walk right by the markdown area. I even picked up a bolt and looked at it. Christmas! Cream Pointesettias!! METALLIC!!! On Sale Cheap!!!! but talked myself out of it and put the bolt down. Still managed to spend some $$, just no fabric! Feeling pretty smug right now, but the CT catalog just came yesterday. Sitting right there, calling my name...
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    Had to pick up some medication yesterday, called in at Textile Traders which is on the way home and despite a "buy 2 metres get 1 free" offer on all their fabric only emerged with a packet of needles. Feeling quite "pure"....wonder how long this will last.

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    How is everyone doing? We are on our way to Florida. I'm going to visit Happy Apple Quilt Shop for the first time. Am looking forward to it but am also hoping to buy sensibly.

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