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Thread: 2015 Fabric Moratorium

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    2015 Fabric Moratorium

    Welcome to the 2015 Fabric Moratorium.
    We have general guidelines, but please just do whatever makes sense for you. Although we call it the "Fabric Moratorium" the main idea is to not add to our stash and hopefully reduce it!
    Here are some general guidelines:
    * No fabric purchases "just for your stash" from Jan 1 until U.S. Black Friday (11/27/15).
    * When you start a new project, shop your stash first. If you don't have anything that will work, then feel free to make a purchase. Hopefully at least some of the fabric for every new project will come from your existing 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.
    Pictures are always wonderful!
    As stated these are just 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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    Thanks for getting us started on this journey of using what we have. Let's get moving��
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    I am in. I do not plan to buy till Thanksgiving week. I bought 50/60 yards Wed before Thanksgiving 2014 when on trip to older son's. I bought a little that week at thrifts like 4 sheets. I am stocked on thread, needles, yarn and backs, not enough batts but may have enough for all can I get done. When you live out in a little town in middle of nowhere in middle of gas/oil field you don't get to where you can buy. Or I sure do not get there often. At 83 I do not drive .

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    I'm for this year. Except for a planned purchase of two flat bundles of quilt backs from Marshall's Dry Goods. I was waiting until after the first to use my Christmas money for them. But after that order is placed next week, no more fabric buying "just because". It has to be for a particular project and planned, not spur of the moment. My aim is to use three quarters or more of fabric from my stash for each quilty project.

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    I am in...just re-arranging stash and taking inventory ..so I am confident that I have yardage and FQs for 2015. It will be fu to see what we all accomplish. Thank you for beginning this thread.

    Judy in Phx, AZ

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    Thanks PP for starting the new year off. I'm still in. Last year was pretty successful. Freed up some fabric boards, but did add a lot to the scrap bins. So 2015 will be lots of scraps. Maybe it is some type of karma, but I was gifted an entire bolt of fabric that a friend found in the closet remodeling...and she doesn't sew. So I should be set for backing, even after I make some kind of quilt for her.
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    Count me in fellow quilters! Yesterday, I was cleaning a cupboard and found a table topper kit given to me 10 years on a bus tour shop hop. There was 2 pieces of fabrics, one a whole yard batik and 3/4 yd. focus fabric and a pattern. I didn't even remember this kit. It is amazing what I come across when I do some deep cleaning. I worked 40 hrs. and helped on the farm until 3 years ago. Then I got 2 fractures in my lumbar area and needed a hip replacement last year due to an injury 5 years earlier. It is time to organize and use what I have.

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    I'm in, I think! No more impulse buying unless I really, really love it. I've missed out on only two fabrics that I've really loved that i can remember so that shouldn't come up too often. I have so many great fabrics that I'd love to use up. Oh, and I'll try to do the same for yarn, as well.

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    I am in again for the new year. Each time I go into my sewing room and see all the quilt notebooks filled with ideas plus all my ufo's and the ideas that are still just 'want-to-make's' in my mind...I know I really need to use what I have first if at all possible. Glad that we will all be here to give each support!
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    I'm in too! I don't buy much material but I need to make sure donations that are given to me for 2 charity groups actually go out the door to those groups. I like to keep too much of the donations at home to make quilts for them and then I get bogged down with my choices. So this year I need to remind myself to check my stash before I keep any. It all gets where it should go eventually but better in their stash than mine for the time being! Lol

    I also have several bins of my late MIL 's stash to use too. Here's a quilt top that I finished last week with her stash for her grandsons's June wedding. I did buy the navy blue.

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    Hi fellow stashers! It's a new year and again I am so grateful for this thread. Thank you Princess for starting this 2015 thread. It helped me tremendously last year and I'm looking forward to having that help this year. I've been completing 9 patches out of my leader ender 1 1/2" squares. I've got a lot of cleaning up to do with other sizes of squares and strips. The holidays turned things upside down, so I'm making way for scrapes which need a place to land. Just mindless sewing. I love it!
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    I love it and I go for bright colors now.
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    I'm in, though I don't intend to count the fabric I may buy from my friend. I will buy less (much less) online and from fabric shops--I'm going to work from stash and try to keep track of what I use (this may be hard since I use a lot of scraps). I think I'm good for fabric for tops and backs, but I'll have to buy another roll of batting fairly soon. I hope to also avoid buying tools and patterns. Wow--now that I type it all out it looks kind of daunting! One day at a time...
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    Here we meet again for another year of good intentions. I added to my UFO pile and my stash is rather substantial. Time to buckle down and get going!

    Nice use of scraps. teacher09. I bet it will be loved A LOT.

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    I'm in too. I can only make the vow to not buy any fabric on impulse until October 2015. In all honesty, I will be going to the IQF in Houston at the end of October. The vendors there will tempt anyone. There is just no reason to make a promise to myself that I know I will break when it comes to Festival. Heck, last year, I did a great job by only buying 5 new kits. That was a major victory for me.

    I already have more kits and UFO's than anyone needs. I have a large stash of fabulous fabrics, not many blenders, just the yummy focus fabrics. I know some of you will understand....I mostly just pet the pretty ones and I have a lot of them. My vow will be to enjoy them by using them in my projects I have going right now.
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    This will be my third year of stash shopping. For the past 2 I have only bought what I needed to complete a project and a few panels. hope to be able to behave myself at quilt shows and not buy anymore panels. My goal is to have a wallhanging for each month.

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    Count me in! I just finished creating several projects from my stash using patterns from the many magazines I have....oh what fun it was. Need to buy very little fabric!
    hoping to start one of the projects either today or tomorrow.....will post pics of project.

    Fun!!!!!

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    Count me in, too! At first, I was going to do my own moratorium but this is more fun. Thanks for starting this thread, PaperPrincess. I do have plans to buy some blue fabric for QOVs soon. After that, no impulse buys unless it is needed such as batting, etc. Looking forward to updates! Shhhh...when I decided to do my own moratorium, I planned to keep this quiet and see how I do before telling my DH! It will be fun to see his reaction; he is such a dear when I buy quilt related things.

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    I'm in again this year too. I will need to buy a bolt of batting and some backing, but for the tops I plan on shopping my stash and hopefully making do. DH wants a t-shirt quilt, and I have already been able to shop my stash for the sashing and borders. Another thing I am keeping track of is $ I spend. I hope to spend less this year than I did last year. This thread helps to keep me in check. Thanks PP for keeping this thread going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyquiltlover1942 View Post
    This will be my third year of stash shopping. For the past 2 I have only bought what I needed to complete a project and a few panels. hope to be able to behave myself at quilt shows and not buy anymore panels. My goal is to have a wallhanging for each month.
    I love this goal of a monthly wallhanging! May have to do that myself.

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    I, linmid, do hereby swear that I will shop from my stash for all projects that I start from now until Black Friday and I do expect you Gals to give me a good talking to if I stray. Ready set go. Thank you Paperprincess for starting this.

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    I would like to join in. I have way too much fabric...notions, thread, embroidery stuff and the list goes on and on. In a couple of years I would like to downsize so using up some of my valuable stash would not only be fun but also with a purpose.

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    I'm in -- after I buy 5 yards of fabric that I've been contemplating for about 4 months. It will round out the colors so I can continue to use my stash. Only purchased 7 yards of fabric last year but used much, much more from my stash. This year I'm going to keep track of the fabric purchased and used.

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    I Really! need to join this... so I'm in!
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    Barb in LA, going to Festival falls under the "you get a pass" category.

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