Fabric Moratorium 2023

Old 01-17-2023, 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Julienm1 View Post
Ya know. I think it would help me if the wagon had seat belts! or a harness! or rubber band that would snap me back if tried to get into the fab store. Still to figure out the Internet shopping issue. Doing OK so far but every day is a hassle.
How about a set of bungie cords. If we slip off they will snap us back into our seats? Tee-Hee-Hee.

To help me with online shopping, I have deleted most of the online shops. If I don't see it, I can't be lured into random shopping. It works for me but it took a while. I also do not yield to the "sign up for our newsletter" requests.

I just found out this afternoon that one of the shops in Shipshewana is going to have a 30% off sale on everything in the store in February. I need a new cutting mat and rotary blades. OK those are fabric, but the the 30% will also apply to the fabric sale room. That puts fabric down to slightly less than $5 a yard. My plan is to review all the UFO's that need backs, and the kitted quilts that need backing and shop from my list only. By adding the backs, I can get these little honeys OUT THE DOOR!.

The sale will happen in about a month, so I have time to save and to plan just what is needed allowing me to scoot around what is wanted.

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Old 01-18-2023, 03:44 AM
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Teach you have my permission to go shopping! Sounds like you will be buying stuff you need to make/finish quilts. Buying mats and blades are required for our/your "therapy". Right? Have fun! Go early. Make room in your car and fabrc area! Let us know how it goes.
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Old 01-18-2023, 04:11 AM
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When you make up a kit what do you include and what do you store it in?
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Old 01-18-2023, 04:46 AM
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I usually start with a pattern that I know I MAY sew up in the future. I start with focus fabric that MAY be yardage. Find coordinating fabric. that works with the pattern. I store all the fab and pattern in a zip lock bag with the pattern inside. I have a plastic tub where all mly kits are so when I just want to sew something, I shop my kits. I took one day a couple months ago and shopped my stash and made kits. I sew for Project Linus and this is a great way for me to be able to turn in at least 4 large quilts every month.

I make a lot of skakeboard quilts so I have a zip lock bag with perfect fabric.

Have fun shopping your stash.
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Old 01-18-2023, 05:45 AM
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When you make up a kit what do you include and what do you store it in?
I put the pattern, book or printed directions, and the needed fabric in a small bin or box. In the past year I was given several of the 12x12X2 craft boxes with the snap tops. They work well but I also use clear plastic bags from a local quilt store. For me this keeps all the needed "pieces" together and it becomes a future project. Kind of a step 1. Benefit: I don't use the fabric for another project and have a plan to do the pattern that caught my eye and not forget it.
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Old 01-18-2023, 06:22 AM
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Stopped at thrift store and there it was ! 3 yards of print fabric and 3 yards red dot $7. each. A large bundle of good size scraps (each around 18Ē or more) $2.50 for all. Iím kinda proud because I couldíve bought a lot more - but I resisted.
Sigh. I also fell off the wagon in front of a thrift store. In my defence, it was my neighbour who casually mentioned that they had a new load of quilting fabric there... and while I did manage to resist for a whole day, yesterday I just couldn't do it any more. I came home with three potential backings for baby/lap quilts (which I'm not actually making right now so shame on me!) and three small bundles of random strips. It could have been worse, but I'm still a bit miffed at myself.

So... back up on my feet, hopping on the wagon again and going off to cut some more stash for my current project! :-D
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Old 01-18-2023, 08:52 AM
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When you make up a kit what do you include and what do you store it in?
When I make up a kit, I cut the fabric (except possibly the borders), and construct units to whatever point makes the best sense for storage in a plastic grocery bag. Sometimes this means just the cut fabric, other times it means constructed units, other times it means constructed blocks. I then use boxes approximately the size of the large-size priority mail box, and store 3-5 kits in each box.
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Old 01-20-2023, 06:29 PM
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Gemm, come on up and get comfortable next to me. I think your fabric finds are going to be needed this year so good for you for recycling and planning ahead!
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Old 01-20-2023, 09:36 PM
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Thanks for the boost, ibex94! So glad to have such congenial travelling companions on this wagon!
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Old 01-21-2023, 09:24 PM
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So far I seem to have found a set of seat belts to keep me sitting in this wagon. The ride has gotten a bit bumpy but I have kept busy with my desire to organize and get my sewing projects, fabric, etc. under control. On a good note, I'm finishing up a UFO from 2021 and found the perfect backing fabric for this one in my stash ......... now I can stay away from LQS temptation.
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