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Thread: 2018 Fabric Moratorium

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    Rob....I made that same purchase a couple of months ago to make storage bags in preparation for moving. Muslin is a staple, IMHO.
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    Last night I finished an apron for work. Since I lined it, I doubled the amount of fabric used...1.5 yards out the door. To make it special I inset 3 small crumb blocks on point across the top. Took me longer to sew the crumb blocks than to sew the apron!
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    I know the feeling, OK. I am back to cutting the binding at 2 1/2 inches instead of 2 1/4 so that I use up more fabric. At least an inch more!!! LOL I will never even make a dent in my stash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Bell View Post
    I know the feeling, OK. I am back to cutting the binding at 2 1/2 inches instead of 2 1/4 so that I use up more fabric. At least an inch more!!! LOL I will never even make a dent in my stash.
    Ha Ha Ha...so way to go E, getting rid of it, one inch (or should I say quarter inch) at a time! For my smaller quilts I used to used 1 1/2" single fold binding. Now I use a 2" double fold...actually like the results better and.....use more fabric!
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    I love this and purple is my favorite color!
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    Hi y'all!

    Are we still in the Moratorium? I haven't bought any ... not any... fabric since 12/17!! and I still have a couple of truck loads of stash! This weekend, I made 3 baby quilt tops using 5" squares. I think maybe I'm beginning to see a dent in the stacks, totes, bins, shelves, and boxes. I pulled out a stack of batting from the closet and tossed a pile of little pieces. I may live to regret that rashness when the supply of large pieces is used up.

    I really need your encouragement to keep this up, so I'm hoping we continue the moratorium into 2019!

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    You're doing wonderful, Susan.

    I fell off the wagon - I used my b'day, vacation, etc exemptions all at once. The sad thing is I can't get to the fabric until after Christmas, but I'm excited. My first bargello in Moda graduated fabrics with dots.

    I have cut scraps into 2 1/2" squares for leaders and enders. Someday they might make it into an Arkansas Crossroads quilt.

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    Well done, Susan... I fell off wagon a couple times but not near as much as I use to do. This challenge was so helpful in keeping me focused on existing stash. I think I blew through most of my green and yellow.... My recent Santa quilt is all stash...even backing. Using up some Christmas fabric FQ's felt great...
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    Hey SillySusan, I think the moratorium lasts each year until Black Friday (the Friday after the US Thanksgiving). Then it's a free for all (well ok, maybe not a free for all LOL) until Jan. 1 when we start next year's moratorium. Correct me if I'm wrong Paperprincess....

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    I fell off the wagon when I went to the AQS show in Virginia Beach last week. I bought black, cream and some other color blenders and even a pattern. I had been doing really well with 26 1/2 yards busted on retreat quilts and projects. I am on a week long mission to de-scrap the sewing room and either cut it or put it in the pile to sell or give away. Amazing what I am finding under things...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rryder View Post
    Hey SillySusan, I think the moratorium lasts each year until Black Friday (the Friday after the US Thanksgiving). Then it's a free for all (well ok, maybe not a free for all LOL) until Jan. 1 when we start next year's moratorium. Correct me if I'm wrong Paperprincess....

    Rob
    That sounds great, rryder. Are there any super Black Friday sales on fabric ? ... (not that I'm interested....)

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    Good job Susan! Like Teen I fell a few times as well but not nearly as bad as prior years and I think the last fall was around Mother's Day (at least I think that's the time). In fact I went through Sept (birthday month) with no purchases - not just fabric. I guess moving all my fabric helped a lot in that respect.
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    SillySusan you are doing good. I like the suggestion that the Fabric Moratorium only lasts for a year. Because I fell off the wagon and fell hard. A layer cake from Missouri Southern, and two collections from Quilted Twins. One animal hides and one golden Christmas.

    I am using up one bolt of navy, but that may have to be replaced.

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    I claim travel exemption. Went to PIQF and spent hundreds; cloths, fabric, 2 cutting mats, fabric, fabric...

    The quilts were great as always.

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    This year I really flunked! I bought tons of fabric. Hmmmm...... all I can say to redeem myself is that I've been sewing a ton this year

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    I'm trying to use up stash fabric....wonder why I bought 7 yards of fabric for background on my current red scrap project. Oh I know...it will look great. Now working on cutting out a queen size that I hope to just use stash...that's my redemption! Not only that started and finished a 54x63 basket quilt all from stash...backing and binding, too.
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    Thanks for all the encouragement, y'all. I'm still hanging in there. Made a few baby quilt tops last week. I just hope people are still having lots of babies!!

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    Petthefabric that would be so hard to resist. SusieQOH some years seem like that. My first year (within the first month) a LQS went out of business so my moratorium might have lasted a few weeks.

    Oksewglad you're ahead on stash reduction. Way to go! As for me, I'm still working on my double wedding ring and I started a quilt using scraps while getting close to finishing the blocks on one. Just having lots of fun after nearly four months of no quilting.
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    Yes LQS going out of business is hard on the moratorium! In fact that's where I got border fabric for the queen size quilt.

    As far as moratorium definition...as long as one doesn't just randomly buy, but have a plan for it, I don't think one should feel any quilt...a ton in and a ton out is a good balance!
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    Oh no! Y'all, I have a problem!! I went to the thrift shop I volunteered at for years before "retiring" from it last December. I was the "craft lady" there. After I left, the manager assigned a friend of mine to take over the craft department. It is now a total wreck. My friend doesn't know anything about sewing or quilting. I tried to teach her before I left, but it didn't help. The first thing she did was take advice from others and raised the fabric prices! Now she has tons of fabric piled up worst than my stash all over the place. Today she asked for my help.

    So, I told her to lower the prices back to when I was there. She started doing it immediately. Hence my problem... Remember how I got this out of control stash? Yep, I bought too much of the stuff there. I haven't even been tempted to look at anything in the craft section since leaving, and now I know I'll be tempted.

    I need some more pep-talks quick!!!

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    Deep breathe.......in/ out. Repeat after me: "I only have a month before this blasted moratorium is over". You can do it, girl.
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    I only have the rest of this month because my birthday is next month so I get my exemption before the Black Friday sales. LOL!

    SillySusan: Maybe you can take advantage of the lowered prices and get blenders like tone-on-tone. I know I am thinking I need to look for some larger pieces of an earthy tan and maybe dark blue so I can easily cut blocks to go in between patterned or pieced blocks.
    Connie

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    Note to all LQS owners...stock up on blenders for us "stash busters" who need to tie all those bits and pieces together!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teen View Post
    Deep breathe.......in/ out. Repeat after me: "I only have a month before this blasted moratorium is over". You can do it, girl.
    thanks, Teen, but I should continue the Moratorium into next year! Yikes!!! But I'm taking those deep breathes!

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    It took only 3 days to decide to buy a quilt kit. I have only purchased one kit in my quilting career besides BOM but I just couldn't resist this one. I'm sure I have the stash to make it without kit but I really loved the fabrics and it screamed "Aunt Bubsie". She'll love it. So, doing push ups.....
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