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    2019 Fabric Moratorium

    Welcome to the 2019 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 (11/29/19).
    * Whenyou start a new project, shop your stash first. If you don't have anything that will work, then feel free to make a purchase. Hopefullyat 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. Some members have come up with creative exemptions: ie travel, birthdays, quilt shows...I'm sure our imaginative followers will think of others.
    Pictures are always wonderful!
    As stated these are just guidelines, there are No Moratorium Police! Please do whatever makes sense for you and your stash. Just start using all that gorgeous fabric in your stash, after all, that's what you bought it for!

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    I'm in! I need accountability.

    Pulled some fabric for a new project. Think it's all > 1yr resident. Been making charity quilts and wanted a new pattern. So one of the fabrics with a geometric pattern that reminds me of kites. So I enlarged the pattern. Think I've got enough long bottoms of the kites. So now I'll start on the tops. Picture tomorrow.

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    I'm in as well. I was in it last time and it proved very beneficial to me. I not only used from my stash, but didn't add to it hardly ever for any excuse, so it worked well. Everyone was a help with their ideas and the way they made me laugh, so I am in started on the first. Good luck everyone.

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    I tend to hoard craft supplies of all kinds! That’s why I agreed to start this thread anew for 2019. In fact, yesterday I started sewing strip sets for Unwind. I chose it because it uses a variety of fabrics in strips & I have had some FQ sets for a few years now. They were bought ‘just because’ & I had no real plan for them. I also have some remnant rolls from Joann’s that will coordinate well with the FQs. My scrap boxes have yielded some pieces large enough, too.
    To stay on track in 2019, I visited Joann’s yesterday & took advantage of a birthday coupon that expires today. That gave 20% off my total purchase! Combined with 50% off some neutral white-on-white (WOW as Teen calls it) I spent less than $20.00. I hope that’s enough to complete Unwind. If not, it will be one of the smaller sizes!

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    I'm in on this one too. This past week I found out about two nieces having babies in 2019. Went shopping in my stash and found two panels perfect to start with and have a top almost done for our son that I will complete and use stash for backing. That should be a good start. First I will pull everything out of my fabric closet and organize in case there are any other projects to complete. Good luck everyone.

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    I am in for 2019!

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    I'm in this year. I need someone looking over my shoulder to make sure I don't buy any more fabric. Maybe this will do it. There is way too much fabric here! My mother passed into heaven in October, and my plan is to make her home into a place for out of town guests, and office for me, a space for sewing, and also a place where friends can come sew and have lunch. Really, I have lots of "just because" fabric, and now I need to use it up!
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    I'm in. I have been trying to do this for several years. I try to not buy fabric just because it is so pretty. I shop my stash first most of the time. I seem to have lots of pretty fabric but not the blender fabrics for backgrounds or to pull it all together. Another way I have been using up some of my stash is I don't buy quilt backs. I piece them from things I have.
    I also made up a bunch of pillow cases to donate to the million pillow case challenge. It it a good way to use up fabric also. I had a lot of children's prints that are cute but I would probably never use.

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    I'm in again...so nice to see so many signed up so far. I have fabric from over 30 years ago! And newer fabric of course. "Just because" is not a reason for me to buy fabric. Now I'm off to work...in a LQS (ahhhhg) that's having a finish the bolt 40% off sale (bigger AHHHHG). Wish me restraint.

    It's great to see what gets made from stash so please everyone share those victories!
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    Although owners of fabric stores might not be pleased, I’m pleased to have so many joining the new moratorium.
    OK, your older fabric is now ‘retro’ & could be perfect to make quilts for those kids of the 80’s! Both of my kids would fit that category.

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    Sign me up! I really need this. I can do pretty well on partially using my stash but go running to the store for solids and backs. Especially backs. I want to find exactly the right back. If I manage to keep spending down on those items I'll be doing pretty good. Thanks for getting this started again.

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    I am also in this year. I have been trying to stay on budget, maybe this will help. I just started a new tree skirt for next Xmas, all from stash WOOO HOOO!!

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    Im defintiely in. Not only using fabric from my stash, but also making all the kits I have bought over the years!!!

    Ive tried in past years, but sometimes the fabric just calls to me.

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    I'm in. There is more fabric in my sewing room than I could ever use in a lifetime. Soo, before the new year I need to order some background fabric for my new Caswell Quilt. And I got a gift certificate to Joanns that I'm saving for something special. Other than that, it's using what I have !!!

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    I'm in; or at least will try; I had someone tell me I needed an "intervention" But darn they keep coming out with more and more gorgeous fabric that is SO hard to resist. Do I hear any 'amens'? I'm with the poster who is doing a moratorium. I need to do that too. I'm getting better at just deleting and NOT looking. Hard to do though.

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    I'm in again this year. It's been lots of fun participating in this challenge over the years and having all the support and encouragement from folks has helped me reduce my stash a bit and focus on buying fabrics that are useful or are needed to replace frequently used fabrics, (like blenders, neutrals, etc.).
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    I am joining! I have so much fabric that it's coming out of my ears! I need to try to reduce my stash and get my sewing room organized.
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    Sewnclog, we’re all in the same boat. Too much fabric. But they’ll keep coming out with new lines, & you want to use fabric you fell in love with in the past, right?
    Laurilli, congrats on using stash for the tree skirt!

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    I'm in, again!! I saved hundreds of dollars last year because of this commitment! I think I have all the fabric needed for at least 5 of my projects targeted for this next year. Plus, I'm hoping to make several QOV's ....my patriotic stash is plenty full...
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    I would like to join this endeavor this year because I have too much stuff in my sewing room. I have it all well organized and every piece is measured and has a label. If I work on UFO's and scrap quilting I am sure my year will be full without purchasing much, if any fabric. I play the grocery store loyalty game and my 'savings' is my hobby money. I stayed within that amount and have a couple of hundred dollars going into the new year. I am seriously considering the purchase of a frame and mounting my extra machine on it. I would like to reduce my stash for sure. Making it bigger doesn't help.

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    I'm in! I'm working on some kits I've had for a while, but I won't buy anymore fabric, I promise, unless it's for some cozy flannel for service quilts our guild makes. Good luck everyone, and persevere for this cause!
    Hello from Shenandoah Valley, VA. Quilting a few years. Love the process of creating the quilt top, but don't like making the sandwich of top, batting and backing as much. We have two Labrador Retrievers, a yellow and a chocolate. Blessings to all!

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    I’m glad to have so many newcomers joining the moratorium this year. Plus, welcome back to all who are returning! We can all help each other resist temptation.

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    I'm in!! With y'all helping keep me straight last year, (I bought only 3 large flat sheets from the thrift shop during all of last year), I now have a little bare spot on the spare bedroom's floor. Seriously, I am drowning in fabric.... and I'm really old! A critical case of double SABLE... Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy.

    I hereby promise to use stash only and not buy even an inch of fabric all year!! And, make all those baby and kids quilts like crazy.

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    Well....
    Im not sure I’m ready for a full moratorium, but I definitely need to slow way down and set and stick to a modest budget. Can I still participate?
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    When I'm hungry is not a good time to grocery shop.
    When I'm sad, excited, lonely, bored or just looking is not a good time for the LQS.

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