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Jan 9, 2012

Stashing and A Self-Imposed Cutoff

Jan 9, 2012
Pin It Oh my goodness.  I've done it again.
Aqua and Orange FQ bundle from Fresh Squeezed Fabrics (Xmas gift)
About a year and a half ago, I literally had no stash.  I went and bought fabric for each project I was starting.  And that was it.  A year and a half ago was also when I started blogging, discovered modern fabric, and started seeing the gorgeous shelves of other sewists filled to the brim with fabric.



Yeah.  Stash.
Terrain, Kate Spain, Moda FQ bundle (xmas gift)
I need that, I thought.  How wonderful it would be to pull fabrics from your own closet for a  new project.

Well, I'm not going to count up the yardage.  I'm sure what I have is small compared to some, but it's time.  It's time to impose some self-restraint.  I'm cutting myself off.
Fat Eighths, $1 each
No more new fabric.  At least until baby comes in March.  Or maybe just a teeny tiny little bit of FMF.  Seriously!  I mean it.  I need to use what I have.

So what does a true fabric addict do right before they cut themselves off??  Get a fix, right?
Novelty Fqs, $1.95 each.
Cristin and I headed to the Fabric Shack on Saturday, thanks to Angela's post about her trip there over Christmas.  It's about 1 hour and 20 minutes from my house.....and was well worth the trip.

First, let's talk quantity.  Crazy.  Amazing.  I don't think I've seen that much fabric in one place, let alone that much modern fabric.  This shop covered it all.... 30s, civil war repros, batiks, traditional, modern, japanese.... you name it.  They had at least 20 bolts on the Heather Ross shelf.
More FQs, $1.95 each.
Next, selection.  They have pretty much every recent Moda line in stock.  Tons of Half Moon Modern that stole my heart, but somehow I managed to walk out without any.  Amy Butler, Joel Dewberry, Heather Ross, Echino, Leicen, Riley Blake, Erin McMorris, Michael Miller....  you get the point.
Monaluna Flitter Flannel, 3/4 yard, $3.98 per yard
$3.98 per yard sale section.  This is where I buried myself.  Piles and piles of end of bolt cuts.  After all, I'm a deal hound myself.  A good score if you ask me!

After all was said and done, I only spent $28.  But, knowing how much I have at home and what I've added since the holiday, it's time for me to USE the STASH.
Misc odd cuts from $3.98 section - Jennifer Paganelli, Hoopla, Delilah
Wish me luck!  I'm only allowing myself to buy solids to coordinate with what I already have.  I'm about 30 weeks..... so at most, I'm not buying fabric for 10 weeks.  I know that's not that long.  Still.  I'm gonna need your support on this one! Pin It

33 comments:

  1. You can do it!!! And I need to join you. I refolded my stash yesterday, and my friend was over and said I could open my own store. Minor hoarding issues here, no biggie :)
    I remember the days of buying fabric project by project...ah, so innocent :)

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  2. I can completely sympathise with your addiction. Completely. All I'm thinking is that my stashing will come in handy with the bees and swaps I have coming up in the next couple of months!

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  3. LOVE the Shack! I am also on a self imposed lock down of my wallet. I have to make 4 quilts out of my stash before I can buy anything but solids/backing. Killing 2 birds with 1 stone..using my stash and cranking out some projects. 10 weeks isn't that long, you can do it.

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  4. I'm doing the same thing, but I think I had a reverse reaction. I bought some Half Moon Modern online, then when it arrived and I tried to fit it into my stash I felt TOTALLY guilty and decided to cut myself off. I will be stash busting this year too. We can do it. Hopefully having a newborn will keep us away from all the eye candy. ;)

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  5. I wish I lived closer! Wait, maybe it is a good thing I do not,LOL!!!!!

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  6. I need to practice the same thing. I don't have a huge stash, but it's big enough. I"m trying to sew up from my stash and only buy the things I need to complete the project...so this year, I did buy some backing fabrics...but I couldn't resist the price of $2 a yard.

    Wishing you the best!

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  7. shoot...I just did a little bit of map questing and found that the Fabric Shack is ONLY 7 hours from me...Now to get some fellow stashers to understand the NEED for a road trip...

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  8. it can be inspiring and challenging to use what's already in the stash pile. i am sure you will come up with some lovely goods!

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  9. Good luck AnneMarie! I need to go on a fabric diet myself...

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  10. I know how you feel. I to i'm cutting back. I already have enough to open a store. I've started limiting my self to solids. I've always gone after the prints and never had solids to go with it. I always head for the sale or clearance fabric first. I did do some cleaning out over the holidays and past 3 bags of fabric on to my step daughter who doesn't have a stash built up yet.

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  11. I am on a fabric diet. Solids are salads and allowed. Layer cakes are not. Kate Spain is allowed as treat. That's it!

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  12. I was recently forced (by way of organization) to roughly count my yardage... and while I'm sure it's paltry compared to some, I was shocked. My LQSs don't have the great selection of the one you visited, so that probably helps keep me in check. I shudder to think what would happen if they did. :)

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  13. I'm with you! I am on a quest to use my stash this year, with the exception of FMF. I have to buy some of that! Good luck to you! I'm sure a new little bundle of joy will keep you away from the stores for a little while!

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  14. It's a good thing to stop the stashing for a while. I can't let myself look at any shops or else I'm sure I'll find stuff to buy. Good luck. I think I need to start a support group for all those stash busting. :)

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  15. I have made the same vow. I have quite a few FQ kits that I want to use. It drives me crazy to have fabric for no reason. I am only going to buy fabric that I need for background, binding, backing. So far so good with that plan.

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  16. Wishing you luck on this! The fabric temptations are strong for me as well, so I'm with you on sewing from the stash for as long as possible. I guess one strategy I'm trying is to spend less time on the computer and more time in front of my sewing machine. ;o) Hope that works! lol

    Happy sewing!

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  17. I am also a bargain fabric buyer. I won't spend $60 on a FQ bundle, but I'll spend $60 without blinking for fabric on clearance. It's how I get all my quilt backs! Good luck with your goal!

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  18. i can't hear this enough!! i have stash upon stash!! like you...i want to leave it open ended a bit for FMF, but STILL!!
    a friend suggested i write down the fabric i really want...for me...FMF, pezzy prints...and only buy those on my list! good luck!

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  19. Good for you. I'm trying to do the same. I can buy to complete a project and I have one "pass" for when we go out East this summer, but otherwise I'm going to try very hard to shop from my stash this year. Good luck!

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  20. Wow, surpirsed by all the "dieters". I'm also self imposed. Made it 6 months once! Biggest help no new stimulation. No magazines, no fabric sites, no new books. :( No "new" projects until I get some out of the USO pile. (That's my Un-Started Objects) Stay strong ladies we can do it! Come Spring we will be leaner and ready to SHOP!

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  21. I am so bad! I have an extra room just for fabric!! I think buying is the most fun. I have a problem, for sure. I have curbed my spending because my cr. card is maxed out. So now I sew. Thanks for your inspiration. I will try.

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  22. You had such a fun trip! And those two basketweave FQs in orange and blue are mine :) It's so fun when somebody has been in before you and asked for a FQ that's awesome - because then you get it for only 1.95! The best treasure hunt.

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  23. I live only 25 minutes from the Fabric Shack. A girl could get lost in there!

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  24. love this! I did the same thing last year...a whole 6 months with out buying new stash fabric and you know I did it and it felt great! I bought some Christmas presents for myself and now I'm back to the ban myself. Good luck! Just keep petting your stash and you'll be fine :)

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  25. I just posted about our little trip on my blog :-) Funny! You definitely got more bang-for-your-buck than I did... but thats ok... I've been DYING to get some of that black/white zig zag for binding! Woohooo!

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  26. What great finds!
    I'll give up buying fabric for Lent (except for what I need for custom Etsy orders).

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  27. Yeah, I'm cutting myself off, too! It's ridiculous, I have way too much fabric. But it looks like you made some pretty good choices for that last binge! : )

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  28. I've been having trouble sleeping lately, and I'm sure it's because I haven't had a real fabric shopping "fix" in a while. I am trying to use my stash too, which is way out of control and I don't have any more room at all...literally. Luckily, I have some nice stuff and I have bought a ton of precuts on sale, but my brain is having a hard time adjusting to no shopping. Hopefully I will adjust:)

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  29. Oh, the Fabric Shack. I have a love/hate relationship with that place. I have family in Waynesville and every visit I must make a pilgrimage. Their shipping prices are crazy cheap so being in Iowa has not prevented me of availing of their inventory. For Christmas I got a gift card from there :)

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  30. I just purged a bunch from my stash. So much better to look at it now, but I don't know what to do with it? I'm trying to find somewhere to donate it. I also am limiting myself to just buying solids. Even though I seem to be adding up the $ on those now. Sigh. No self control.

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  31. Go check out The Boy Trifecta (www.theboytrifecta.com). Emily has a similar resolution - I bet you'll find it inspiring. I know I did!

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  32. AM - I'm totally with you this! I'm actually imposing a Craft Burn on myself starting very soon . . . only allowable purchases are things needed to finish projects in process (thread, batting, etc). Should be an interesting experiment! OH . . . and I totally spent some Christmas $$ on some new fabric to get a fix before I do this to myself. LOL.

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