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Stash Downsizing - 7/12/2017 8:58:07 AM   
SewLynn


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Okay ... after nearly 60 years of sewing, embroidery, upcycling, painting, etc., my sewing room is overwhelming me. I can't afford a larger one, and as much as I hate to get rid of things, I guess it's time. It may take me a little bit to get used to the idea, but when one starts buying new fabric simply because there's too much to sort through to find what one needs, well ... it's just time. I think things went over the edge when I discovered quilting might not be so awful after all.

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RE: Stash Downsizing - 7/12/2017 9:35:31 AM   
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I hear you there Lynn! I have also been trying to "use up" some of what I currently have. The closet is ready to burst.
I have cut blocks for quilts and basically made up some kits for myself using as much of what I have on hand as I can. Sometimes there is a need to purchase one piece of fabric to finish but it has been a help to do the most I can with what I have on hand.

I got a few pizza boxes from a local shop and I put all of the cut pieces, binding, & backing in the pizza box with a copy of the pattern layout key that I will use.
I then label the outside of the pizza box and when the spirit moves me to start a new project I'm good to go.

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RE: Stash Downsizing - 7/12/2017 6:43:12 PM   
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This is a common problem with most of us I think. In gathering fabrics for a flannel rail fence quilt I found a whole drawerful of pink that I forgot I had. Cnagle, I should follow your example and have some cutting days so I can have projects already past that step. I'm not a big fan of cutting out so it would be easier to get going if the project is in a box all ready to go. Thanks for the tip.

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RE: Stash Downsizing - 7/13/2017 8:03:21 AM   
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Hi Carol,

I could spend days just deciding what fabrics to use! And then I change my mind a million different ways, so spending a day doing nothing but cutting and making kits for myself eliminates a lot of the deciding/undeciding that sometimes makes me stall altogether. If everything is already cut I'm good to go.....it's all cut so I can't change my mind now.

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RE: Stash Downsizing - 7/13/2017 1:25:06 PM   
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I have not been buying much in the way of quilting cottons but am now interested in sewing with knits which I had never done so that resulted in a whole new collecting spree but I am slowing that down also unless it is something very special. I am trying to use up all my cottons and fat quarters but having a broken hip and unable to sew much for eight months has greatly slowed me down. I did give 15 plus yards to my sister recently, she doesn't have a ton of money to buy fabric and she wanted to make special pillowcases for her family. I had every theme she wanted/needed! That says I have gone way overboard!

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RE: Stash Downsizing - 7/13/2017 1:53:03 PM   
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I wish I had someone close by to share with!

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RE: Stash Downsizing - 7/13/2017 10:02:21 PM   
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Chere, I'm sorry to hear about that hip trouble, it must have been an ordeal to say the least. Sounds like you're better now and I'm glad for that. Sewing with Nancy has had some programs featuring knit sewing that made me interested in that again after many years away from knits but I've got to make a BIG dent in this stash before I buy one more piece of fabric.

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RE: Stash Downsizing - 7/14/2017 10:52:18 AM   
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My fabric is in crates but I still keep on buying. You never have that right piece!! Need to discover what a sewing machine is!! The month or more we spent in the basement
cleaning wore me out. Yesterday hubby decided he needed(sure) to power wash half of the basement out. Took me an hour to clean all the excess water up with the shop vac. Thank heavens he has
Rotary today so I can clean upstairs!!

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RE: Stash Downsizing - 7/14/2017 12:41:37 PM   
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Just lucky that she was visiting from Michigan! Otherwise I have no one to share with either. No sewers in my family and no interest so I may be buried with my fabric!

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RE: Stash Downsizing - 7/14/2017 3:08:58 PM   
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Chere, I'm in the same boat, no one sews and there's no understanding of this consuming love. I think they'll just dump everything into the trash and call it a day, glad I won't be around to witness it.

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RE: Stash Downsizing - 7/20/2017 3:07:45 PM   
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I have the same problem here. In fact, when I ask my husband to bring down my tubs from
upstairs (I can't do stairs anymore), I see fabric so old I've completely forgotten that I had
it.....I mean, I REALLY don't remember some of it and so it's as if it's new to me all over again
LOL!!! That's pretty bad, I know.

I wish I had the ambition to do what you're doing Lynn, and downsize. That way I wouldn't
feel so bad when I had to go out and buy a special piece of fabric for a project, or find what
I need. It's ridiculous here.

And I really need to start using my most special fabric I've been saving....like that 3 yards
of Spechler Vogel's finest batiste which lives under my bed so it's safe and near to my heart!
If I don't start using the "special stuff", it's just going to end up in my estate sale some day,
sold for a couple bucks! Horrible thought lol!

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RE: Stash Downsizing - 7/22/2017 11:37:14 PM   
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Yes, I'm right there with all of you. I don't have much in the way of expensive heirloom fabrics and laces, but....oh the quilting fabrics!
I donated a dozen very full boxes last winter, but still have a ton more...I guess some quilter will be delighted when she comes to my estate sale!
Linda, your post reminded be of a box of heirloom treasures I purchased from an estate...I used her exquisite Swiss batiste to make the wedding handkerchiefs for my sons bride, her bridesmaids, the moms and grandmoms. I gotta believe that the original owner would have been happy to know her stash provided such treasures!

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