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    2014 Fabric Moratorium

    Here are the general guidelines:
    * Pull fabric from your stash. No fabric purchases to start a new quilt top from Jan 1 until November 1
    What you can buy (fabric wise) is this:
    * Yardage for backing, border or binding, to tie together fabric from your stash to start a new project or complete a UFO
    * Special Request fabric, eg: for little Susie's wedding quilt who's favorite color is puce, which for some reason you don't have in your stash...
    As the year progresses, post your updates here. We can support and encourage each other, post tips on how you use your stash, and any planned new projects where you shopped your stash!
    Let us know about falling off the wagon, everyone enjoys a great excuse to purchase fabric.
    As stated these are guidelines, there are no Moratorium police! Just start using all that gorgeous fabric in your stash, after all, that's what you bought it for!
    "I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to."
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    This was to be my 3rd year of not buying on impulse. So the first thing my neice is doing the baby rom in hot pink and lime green. As of this moment, this is the only fabric I intend to buy this year, except for maybe backings.

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    but, but,but!!!!!

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    I'm in again. I really need it. It sure did help to slow me down! I still look like a small LQS.

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    OK!!! All you all hold me to this one...I just bought some reds from CThreads....but, but, but .... it is to go with other reds to do a red/white quilt. So have I broken the moratorium already? This will be difficult for me, but I really need to sit at the machine and not in the fabric shops or on this Board! (Leads me astray!)
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    For my Christmas present from my DH, I just bought about $250.00 worth of fabric for specific patterns. I have no excuse for buying more fabric. Only need batting and backing (I use high quality bleached muslin.)

    Nope - no reason for more fabric at all!

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    I did this last year and need to join in again this year. I did pretty well last year. I am going to make up kits for a guild sew in out of my stash. There are fabrics that I will never use.

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    I'm in - so far this year I have resisted buying fabric, except for white flannel for design wall, and since I have so much (we're talking bolts and bolts) I will not sew it all in my lifetime. I'm part of a nonprofit that makes and gives away quilts and even with donating my fabric for those quilts I never will use it all.

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    I'm in again. This worked pretty well for me last year. I really want to get rid of some of the stuff I bought because it was on sale, when I was just starting out and nothing really goes with any of it.

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    Another follower here. So proud of myself--week 1--successful--no fabric purchases for 2014 yet,
    Don't worry spider.
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    I am in again. I didn't do so good last year. This year I want to watch what I spend ever closer. Will use from my stash and only buy what is need to complete a project, not to start a project.
    Cindy R in Dallas, TX

    "My day is not complete until I play with fabric in some manner......whether be sewing, cutting or just fondling for a new project."

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    I did OK last year, not terrific, but not horrible either. I thought about each purchase rather than Oh! Look! Pretty! Buy! Now if folks would stop leaving grocery bags of fabric at my door (anonymously of course) I'd be doing well. I've made 2 tops so far this year, both from stash. I'll post pics when quilted. For January, I want to go thru all my quilting books & magazines. I'd like to get rid of some, but if I just get them organized I'll be happy! maybe I'll take the tree down first...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Halo View Post
    but, but,but!!!!!
    Maybe we Washingtonians think alike!

    Personally, I have not even opened emails from Fabric companies and don't go to JoAnn's when coupons arrive in my mail unless I realllllly need something. I recently sorted all of my fabric by color in large see through bins and was amazed at what I owned! I have plenty to make quilts for a small Army. Time to get sewing.

    My commitment will fall short if I need a certain something to complete a look I want to create.

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    I'd love to do this but my mind has already failed me. I've just received a catalogue with new fabrics and thinking about what pattern would best used for these fabrics. sorry!! I do have fabric which needs using up and UFO's that needs finishing. So will try to get at least 1 project finished before I think about buying fabric, maybe this will stop my temptation to buy.

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    I've done so well - a whole week without buying fabric. That's probably because we've been snowed in here in Indy. Oh well, still a success, right?

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    I will try to be good again this year. I did use up a lot of my stash last year but seemed to replenish it just about as fast as I used it up. The one good thing about the fabric I replenished it with was always on sale. To be truthful, I already fell off the wagaon last Saturday. Fabric was 50% off at the local store. Hopefully that will be all my spending for some time. I went to two fabric stores today and was strong. All I can do is try!
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    I'm in again. I wish connecting Threads hadn't brought back Rhapsody in Reds. I will resist as I just don't need any ..... but it's red and that makes it harder. Throw away the catalog and stay off the website.

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    I am in again. I bought a FQ with a cool house print for a project I have planned for my sister. Then I found myself wasting time this morning trawling EBAY and drooling over vintage fabric....I resisted and headed over here to sign on for 2014. I know this will keep me on the straight and narrow....well a bit anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyquiltlover1942 View Post
    This was to be my 3rd year of not buying on impulse. So the first thing my neice is doing the baby rom in hot pink and lime green. As of this moment, this is the only fabric I intend to buy this year, except for maybe backings.
    Your niece would loved the third bedroom in my home when I bought it! That bedroom had two opposite walls painted hot pink, and the other two were lime green! I did get the bank to know $5,000 off the price because of the paint job in the entire house! Lol!
    If you always do, what you have always done, The results never change. Change is the wings you give yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie R View Post
    I've done so well - a whole week without buying fabric. That's probably because we've been snowed in here in Indy. Oh well, still a success, right?
    Yes, that would be success...I would just have gone online. Which I did. :-( But it was BEFORE I joined this group!! :-)
    Irishrose, those reds were what I succumbed to...but needed them for a project that was already planned. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!
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    I purchased 1/4 & 1/2 yard cuts on Monday for the border & binding
    on a wall hanging that I am working.

    My goal this year is to TRY and organized my sewing room and fabric
    room so that I can SEE what I have so that I don't buy as much fabric.
    There is very LITTLE as far as fabric goes that I need if I could just find
    it when I need it.

    Another goal I have is to try and use as many of my 1500+ FQ's that
    I have.

    Good luck to everyone in your goals to use from your stash.
    Louise - Ya-ya to Zachary April 13 2015. I collect mugs from the U.S. and around the world. Also collect handmade pincushions, sewing/quilting themed fabrics, and fabric in general.

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    I told a few friends this would be a resolution this year. They didn't believe me for good reason. But, I haven't bought any fabric yet. I like your parameters because backing and borders aren't necessarily available in my stash. My only 'exception' is being part of a BOM club that includes the fabrics the shop includes with each BOM. It's a fun group and I'm torn about not being part of it for the 3rd year. When you buy your first BOM pattern & fabric, it costs $5. When you bring in the completed BOM the following month, your fabric & BOM are free. The only requirement each month to have free fabric (all coordinating for the finished project and this year it's batiks!), is to bring your completed BOM each meeting. Can that be permitted yet keep this resolution???
    My friends know me....this allowance will make it much less difficult yet keep me satisfied.

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    laynak, do you complete the BOMs into a finished quilt? If so, then go for it. That is a great bargain, especially when batiks are involved. We are trying to reduce our stashes, not take away the fun of quilting. It's mindless buying that I personally want to curtail.

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    I have withdrawal symptoms just thinking about it. But I'm going to try to resist impulse buying.

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    Naturally, I'm in! I have a huge stash, ufo's and nothing in the works at this moment. Also, it let's me get my enabling skills honed, lol! Let's get this wagon rolling! Can't fall off if it's not moving!
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