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    Iceblossom, if it is any consolation, I went through the whole Breast Cancer thing 4 years ago. It is not fun, but certainly tests our strength at handling surprises. I am still here and it will be 5 years in November since the first surgery. It has a way of putting a new perspective on life in general. Life is way too short to take life too seriously. Live each day as if it is your last, but don't be stupid about it. My way of giving back is to donate quilts to the Cancer Center to raffle off to the Chemo patients. I understand they love and appreciate them. That is all that matters.

    I am working on my rail fence star quilt, have all the blocks made and am now adding sashing and cornerstones. The backing is 5 yards from the stash. The blocks are from stash jelly rolls. This is the 4th rail fence star quilt and I love making them. They go fast and are not all that boring. Not sure which quilt will be next. I have 7 quilts from my friend that need to be quilted on the longarm, and one, soon to be 2 of mine. So I will be busy this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SillySusan View Post
    Belfrybat, You have only 18 yards in your stash!? I have 18 yards in each of about 20 tubs, totes, shelves... That's about 360 yards, not counting the scraps! You are so good!!
    Oh, Belrybat, I'm sorry I read your post wrong. I thought you meant that you have only 18 yards in your stash.. not that you used 18 yards from your stash! I was wondering why, with only 18 yards in your stash, why you were not out shopping!

    Using 18 yards from your stash is super great!! Congrats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pyffer3 View Post
    Iím having no trouble following this moratorium as I have lost my mojo and canít seem to get in the quilting mode. Maybe I should do like some of you and spring clean. Maybe something hiding will inspire me!
    I lost my mojo earlier this winter, to many work projects that just depleted my energy. But it returned and now I'm making jelly roll rugs and having a blast. I hope yours comes back soon and you can get back to using up your stash, to me there is nothing worse then losing your mojo. I think the idea of spring cleaning is a good one, like you said, maybe you'll find something that inspires you, or for me, somedays, just thinking about cleaning drives me to my sewing machine.
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    Good morning.

    I purchased 1 yard of bunny fabric that will hopefully go into my Wonderland Quilt. And, good news, I have started to cut out the blocks for it. So, it's not sitting in the stash drawer. It does look like it will fit in. But, won't know until I get to piecing the blocks.

    The FQ bundle and package of buttons that I purchased the other day. Also, left the house. It was a gift for someone.

    So, there is only the small FQ bundle/kit that I found at the thrift store that needs to leave my house. It will also be gifted. But, is not slated to leave my house for a few more months. But, it will go. But, I have to admit, it is taking up space in my gifting box. Which at the moment is full. So, nothing more can be added to the box till a few things come out. (I keep a small gifting box to send out little things to my swap partners. I just hope that I am sending them things they can use. Otherwise, I hope they re-gift them as well.)

    I still need to finish purging in my fabric drawers. I stalled a little. To be fair, my favorite hospice run thrift store is expanding. So, I'm kind of waiting to drop off things till they have a bit more room to display things. I'm excited about this. Sometimes they get sewing machines in. I haven't found what I'm looking for yet. But, I keep going back to check to see what they have. Maybe with more room, they will get a few more bigger items in. Truthfully, I probably miss a lot that comes in as I usually only stop around to see what they have once a month. I feel, if I'm meant to have something, it will be there when I go in. If not, then someone else was meant to have it.
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    iceblossom, the waiting is the worst for most people. I personally wasn't concerned in January as we were all sure it was DCIS and a large lumpectomy would get it all. Nope, invasive this time. Like grann said you live each day to the fullest after you make your decision on what your course of treatment will be. I wish your friend well.

    The front and back of the Hugs and Kisses quilt are done. I hope to sandwich it today after I work on my closet for a while. The rod fell down, so I decided to empty it and do some sorting as I repaired it. No one needs this many clothes and shoes. A private cat rescue is having a rummage sale so the timing is good. I'm a dog person, not cat, but they are God's creatures, too, and deserve to be taken care of.

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    I've gotten 2 quilts sandwiched and turned, ready to quilt.

    And DH is getting the repair painting done in my quilting studio. It's been dirty and out of order since having the plumbing replaced in the house and all the repair plaster work made lots of dust. Tomorrow, we can start vacumning, moping, wet dust the walls. Then get all the stuff off the LA so I can start using it again.

    Going to a retreat in 2 wks and want to take the small quilts to quilt so trying to get them all sandwiched. After that I can start diminishing my stash with more charity quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irishrose2 View Post
    iceblossom, the waiting is the worst for most people. I personally wasn't concerned in January as we were all sure it was DCIS and a large lumpectomy would get it all. Nope, invasive this time. Like grann said you live each day to the fullest after you make your decision on what your course of treatment will be. I wish your friend well.

    The front and back of the Hugs and Kisses quilt are done. I hope to sandwich it today after I work on my closet for a while. The rod fell down, so I decided to empty it and do some sorting as I repaired it. No one needs this many clothes and shoes. A private cat rescue is having a rummage sale so the timing is good. I'm a dog person, not cat, but they are God's creatures, too, and deserve to be taken care of.
    I agree, the waiting is the worse part. Cancer is invasive not only on the body but in your life and those close to you.

    This moratorium has done a lot for me. I have followed it from the beginning and have felt and done a lot of the things that people have said on this. I lost mojo because I was in a cast on a foot that just didn't want to heal and its been nearly a year. Of course it was my driving foot and sewing foot. Plus having to stay of it made the messes everywhere just keep piling. I read and followed many, started to sort, clean a little at a time, what I could reach from a chair. I had decided not to spend money on anything for crafting this year and so far other than two yards of material have stuck to it. And I started a project that took planning and now following. I am making a mood quilt. Didn't want to admit because I see myself unfolding with it and it is starting to change how I think and how I feel or handle things. And it takes nothing but stash, other than the two colors I had to have as nothing as fits and I am using them.

    Only new project I am doing, and its all about me. For the rest, as I sort and clean all unfinished projects go into a large tote and each day I try to do something on one of them. Just finished a baby blanket of stash balls of leftover yarn from other projects. Knitting can be scrappy too.

    And this morning I am actually putting it all down on paper for others to see instead of hiding. I work a lot of hours in a week, leaves little time for me, but between seeing what each day is with my mood quilt and how its coming together and all the advice and thoughts here, I think my mojo is coming back. Now to have enough time left in my life to do all I have because I know a lot of people out there that otherwise might not beable to afford a nice quilt no matter what size or a knitted item, or a cross stitch picture to hang on their wall will have one because I have a lot of work to do. At this point in my life I craft because I love to. I already spent the money on the supplies. I just need to find good homes for them and there are a lot of places that take donations, so that is where I am headed.

    Best to all of you and thank you.
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    Anngelanne, I'm so glad that you are here with us! You got the right idea. Today is the day we live in, so we can only do what we can do in that day. So many people beat themselves up because they can't straighten up everything in the present moment. We have to take one step at a time, and eventually things will get better.

    You are an inspiration to us that you hung in there and did, and are doing, what you can do... a little at a time. Your voice is welcome here. We all need to stick together and support one another.

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    Isn't it interesting how "we strangers" are not strangers at all, because we share the love of quilting and crafting. We are born with that innate need to do things with our hands. When my DDIL was pregnant with my DGD she was placenta previa and for 3 months was bedridden. So I spent my days taking care of older DGS and keeping her resting and the house in order. Every day I talked into DDILs tummy telling the baby to be patient and stay in there till it was time to come out. Well, she was born 9 days late and was a beautiful baby. I took DGS to visit the first day at the hospital. The nurse put her in my arms and she took her little hand and ran it down the front of me like she was feeling the fabric. The nurse said, "Look how tactile she is, and she recognized your voice." That girl is now 20 years old and has made several quilts, and loves all types of crafting. She tells me she just Has to sew. She taught herself to knit, and has even made clothes for her best friend. Anyway, it thrills me to know that my love of sewing is being handed down to another generation.

    I have 2 sets of blocks that need to be sewn together into tops, so that is what I will be doing today. Then I will choose the next project from my accumulated "kits" I have put together in artbins, so everything is there for each project, pattern included. My sewing studio is really quite organized, I have a few bins of scraps that need to be sorted and cut into strips and squares, but a little at a time they will get done.
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    I've gotten all the first round of purple border units sewn and about half of the different blocks. The other half are pinned and ready to go. Always a good sign when your cut fabric comes out to the right count! This will go together quickly and easily. My technique for keeping the correct fabrics together is working well. Pretty sure at least a couple of the whites are in wrong side up, but even without vision issues it is hard to tell so am going with the flow.

    Today is bowling with the hubby day and usually a couple of thrift stores on the way home. Didn't get anything last week, ok I did get a spool of Aurifil thread with my Amazon order but no fabric!

    It's already time to be thinking about the next project. I think it's time to start fussing and frame the postcard blocks with sashing and lay them out. Or, I have that bag of thrift store fabric to do a fast slice and dice wonky 9-patch bright happy project. My goal for that is about a twin size top and the remainders to go to my crumb quilter and no stash gain -- other than the unquilted top. Also have the Easter fabrics gathered, just need to make a couple of star blocks and set them with the large print, it's just another happy keep me busy top, no time line. Still a week or so away from making up my mind.

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    The quilt I finished & gifted to my friend in hospital this week took up a few yards of fabric, all from stash. I dont think I measured it before gifting it, so I dont have a total of fabric out the door. All the fabric for it came from stash, including the batting so no new purchases for it. Even the thread was some I already had. Sadly though, I seem to be in s "no sew mojo" mood, so I pulled out some knit UFOs & worked on those. One is a no-pattern sweater that I put away more than a year ago for my Year of Quilting. I finished so many quilting projects last year but few yarnie ones. I have a much larger yarn stash than fabric, so it's time to use some of it in finished projects. I'm sure I'll quilt soon though.

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    Getting fabric used creativity is sure fun...keep it up everyone. You know the moratorium is pointless if we don't sew our fabric into useful items!
    My big block project is on the LA...hope to get it done today. Yesterday I started cleaning in my sewing room and man it just reinforces the fact that I have plenty of material for some beautiful quilts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad View Post
    Getting fabric used creativity is sure fun...keep it up everyone. You know the moratorium is pointless if we don't sew our fabric into useful items!
    My big block project is on the LA...hope to get it done today. Yesterday I started cleaning in my sewing room and man it just reinforces the fact that I have plenty of material for some beautiful quilts.
    I so agree seeing all the ways and ideas that people have of using up the stash. Only problem is, I would love to see some of these projects. We need to have touch and feel on these screens, lol, you know how fabric likes to be petted. Anyway, any start no matter how small is a start.

    And thank you SillySusan, every fresh day is another day we have to work with, so we need to do all we can and the best we can because we can't have "do overs". I think all of you are an inspiration in one way or another, its nice to have strangers that don't feel like strangers.
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    Ah AnngelAnne, I need to get pics taken, but than takes time as I don't have a smart phone and have to take the picture, download it, resize it if necessary etc and I have a busy week ahead of me...will try to get pics after Easter. Meanwhile I'm plodding through the sewing area to get it organized.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allysgrandma View Post
    Also because my husband was afraid I would be having withdrawals, he bought me a $200 gift certificate to a local quilt shop. Grrrr....... I don't want more fabric!!!

    I am spending the next 10 days with my oldest daughter 6.5 hours from home and I am using it as a quilt retreat!!
    You could use the gift certificate to have a quilt or two quilted, if they offer that service. I certainly would.
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    Quote Originally Posted by madamekelly View Post
    You could use the gift certificate to have a quilt or two quilted, if they offer that service. I certainly would.
    Or, if this quilt shop services machines, maybe use it on a cleaning and then have some left over?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad View Post
    Ah AnngelAnne, I need to get pics taken, but than takes time as I don't have a smart phone and have to take the picture, download it, resize it if necessary etc and I have a busy week ahead of me...will try to get pics after Easter. Meanwhile I'm plodding through the sewing area to get it organized.
    Probably safer for my own ego if I don't have a smart phone, then I can continue I have smart qualities from time to time, but I don't have any type of cell phone. It does take time to do all that with pictures, so I am patient, you just take your time. I will take a picture as well of my project when I finish it. I did finish a bits of yarn baby blanket as I have several odd balls of leftover as I do material. That is what this forum has done to help me. No more buying of yarn as well. I as well am plodding thru my sewing area, at times its like Christmas.

    Those suggestions you two ladies gave for using a gift certificate to a local quilt shop are wonderful, smart thinking.

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    I finished my Good Fortune mystery quilt, quilted and the binding machine stitched to the front, still have to do the hand part. Best part the whole quilt is from my stash- the top is all scraps, the backing I found on the bottom shelf of the fabric shelves, was perfect, the binding actually matched the backing and was already made- and in a box of rolled up bindings ( I have no idea when I made it or for what project) - I found the shoebox of rolled up binding - most left over from binding other quilts- in a tote that had been buried for months ( years?)
    And, while digging through that bottom shelf I found 4 more backings so I’m going to load up another ufo. It is so nice to be getting things done again and to find I do have everything I need. I’m looking at my ( stuff) with a better attitude- seeing it better. I think getting rid of all those scraps and decluttering has certainly helped. I still have 3 or 4 Big projects I have to get serious about- either get them out and finish them or be realistic and let them go. But while they are in the back of my mind I will continue quilting all those tops that have been sitting around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnngelAnne View Post
    Probably safer for my own ego if I don't have a smart phone, then I can continue I have smart qualities from time to time, but I don't have any type of cell phone. It does take time to do all that with pictures, so I am patient, you just take your time. I will take a picture as well of my project when I finish it. I did finish a bits of yarn baby blanket as I have several odd balls of leftover as I do material. That is what this forum has done to help me. No more buying of yarn as well. I as well am plodding thru my sewing area, at times its like Christmas.

    Those suggestions you two ladies gave for using a gift certificate to a local quilt shop are wonderful, smart thinking.
    I live down in a small valley and no cell reception here...half mile and a hill away at our son's 3 or 4 bars show up. Yesterday his wife bought him a phone, so a new "world" is opening up to him...haha.
    Yesterday a shop hop winner stopped by with her gift certificate...she bought a couple of rulers, the silicone oven mitt kit, a pattern book or a new mat...a big one or a turning one if you don't have these. There are lots of non fabric options out there, have fun choosing which one!

    Here's a link to ck's Good Fortune quilt, AA..post #501. Nicely done, ck! And more backing finds mean more quilts to do!

    https://www.quiltingboard.com/quilti...ml#post8241529
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    Another close call! Bluprint had a flash coupon, 60% off any Bluprint exclusive and a 90 piece fatquarter bundle of blenders jumped into my basket for little over $80–. That’s less than $1 per fat quarter. After checking my designated fat quarter storage spot and my studio to do notebook I was reminded that I have no space to store more fat quarters and I have at least a year’s worth of work lined up in my studio finishing already started projects and UFOs. Not to mention this exact same thing happened last month. Several hours after it landed in my basket I deleted it. Whew! This moratorium works!

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    I got the same email, Rob, and I didn't even open it. I was such a good girl. But I do worry that Bluprint might have serious financial problems without our help.

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    Grats on passing up that email, you two!

    I have not been finding much at the thrift stores the last couple of weeks. On the way home from my Mom's I checked out my local St Vincent's and made a couple of scores. One is a UFO/WIP, looks to me like they shortened a twin top but who knows... Anyway, the fabrics are lovely and fairly good sized but the workmanship is poor, for $1.99 it was worth it for the fabric even though I'm going to pick the seams out (huge seams, like 1/2-3/4", hope the folds come out). Also picked up a piece of what I think is 1950s vintage, has a sort of abstract football?? game border print on black background with a variety of happy/angry faces in the stands. Super cool, maybe two+ yards for $1.99.

    There was also a piece I didn't buy of what I think was 60s, maybe it was 50s, what I would call "Dutch Colonial" designs. I think it would be considered kettle cloth, very slightly heavier and coarser weave than quilting cottons. Multiple yards of white background with blue and brown designs, I think they would be kitchen curtains. Back in my collecting vintage fabric days I would have snatched that sucker up so I'm feeling reasonably virtuous that I didn't succumb to that temptation. There were also some large bags of scraps that were even on tag day that I passed up, too much non-quilting stuff or else I would have fallen...

    Sewing-wise I trimmed off the triangles from the seams of my first purple units at small group. While I was at my Mom's I pressed the seams and then pinned all of the border and about half the block units to the correct white pieces until I ran out of pins. So goal for the rest of this week is to sew all those units together and then finish up this stage on the remaining blocks. Will be a super fast project once I'm not holding up and double checking every piece of the white-on-white. I found I didn't turn my fabric over correctly and did sew a total of four pieces of the white-on-white wrong side up (two each of the same white in two different purple blocks), all the other pieces seem to be fine and the design was strong enough that I don't think it will be obvious. Going to leave it in as is.
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    Good for you, Rob and Grann, for passing up that fabric!! And, Iceblossom, too, for showing such restraint. I visited our local thrift shop today, looked around and went right past the craft shelves that has the displays of fabric without even peeking. I felt no interest at all. I guess since I've resisted the urge to restock the stash for so long, I am cured!!

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    I fell off the wagon to the tune of about 12 yards, and at a terrible time, too. I am not sewing right now till my left shoulder heals up. Hurts too much after a session of sewing that I have decided it's best to just stop for a while. Meanwhile, all this brand new fabric sits and stares back at me .

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    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6 View Post
    I got the same email, Rob, and I didn't even open it. I was such a good girl. But I do worry that Bluprint might have serious financial problems without our help.
    Something about that Blueprint irritates me, not sure what it is. I think that Craftsy had more to offer for less and was easier to get around. Have to give Blueprint a fair chance, but can't seem to enjoy it when I try to get into it.

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