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    Please Help Me.. I am an addict!!!

    Girls... Girls.. Girls...
    I started quilting again because Missouri Star quilt Co and my daughter's desire to learn last week. Well, since then I have spent over $250 on just fabrics on what I want to make... I can't stop.
    I am expecting my second order from MSQC today...just tools. I just want to quilt quilt quilt...
    But to add to the urge to just quilt.. I also have my daughter graduation in May and need to get her
    scrapbooks done, favors made. Then I have my mom's relay for Live team projects to make to raise money. Then I am in a stamping swap and have those cards due in March. Then I have my own buisness of making mittens to keep up on. And to top it off I have housework to tend to...
    OH what is a gal to do...

    Good thing MSQC isn't in my town or I would be there everyday...
    You know...I have to confess... I check the deal of the day more then once a day ... and I know it doesn't change.. How silly am I

    Thanks for listening..

    #2
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    I feel for you. I am the same way but don't have quite that much on my plate. lol..Sometimes I think Oh my goodness I have all these quilts I want to make before I kick the bucket or to old and senile to sew anymore. Yes it is a sickness. but a fun one
    Patrice

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      #3
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      So it is true....birds of a feather stick together. In the last 2 weeks I have spent almost $300 ordering from MSQC. I just can't get enough of it. I've got 3 baby quilts and 2 twin quilt tops finished waiting to be quilted; 2 more twin quilts that I'm still piecing together and another full size quilt waiting to be started. If I'm not buying fabric, then I'm buying rulers and cutting mats and rotary cutters. With so many projects going at once, it's a sure bet that I'll never get bored with quilting.

      When I bought my sewing machine just a year ago, it was supposed to be for making clothes for myself to save a little money. Then I stumbled across Jenny's tutorials on youtube and now everything has changed. All I want to do is quilt, quilt and quilt some more.

      And if you haven't bought the Circle Cut Ruler, then I strongly suggest that you get one. It's the best!

      Teresa

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        #4
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        I knew I could find support here!!!

        I am in love with the fact that my un-domesticated daughter has found interest in quilting. She is going to be an engineer and her first quilt top put me to shame. She did an extremely good job. First time on the machine too! (she's 18)

        I want to visit MSQC for her spring break!

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          #5
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          I could be this way, too...but I've learned to be organized and appear of "sound mind" - knowing exactly what I am doing. It takes tough discipline on my part, but I love having a goal facing me each day and I love looking organized when I am out shopping!

          Your daughter will be more impressed if she is "un-domesticated" if she sees you practicing an appearance of organization!
          'No more "buying" until you have it together' - would be my rule (sorry, MSQC!)

          Organize what you have right now and what you're going to do with it. I think, plastic containers are a buying necessity for this job.
          Organize by color, size, or project. (one box per project allows a non-messy look).
          I put my dreams in a notebook with swatches of the fabrics.
          It is a skinny little thing that fits into my purse and goes everywhere with me. It often reminds me of all I have to accomplish and stops the purchasing! It also helps me know what I need to FINISH a project. I minimize a photo of the quilt I want, swatches, and list of needs to accomplish. This has helped me match what I have when I bump into a sale, too.
          Then, when you're organized... You quilt one project at a time.
          When you're finished, take a photo and add it to your little notebook. You will feel so good!
          Move on to the next project.

          As for scrapper? Wow. You have a lot on your plate! And juggling, too! Wow!
          I would get a wall calendar and color in my deadline dates. Then with that same color pencil, I would color in planned work hours prior to that deadline and a daily goal.
          When done, place a star on the day stating you met your daily goal - and move on.
          Make yourself meet each daily goal before you can move on to another project that day.

          As you organize, you'll be teaching your daughter your love for domestication. You will appear like you have it all together!
          Oh! Don't forget to color in a "shopping day" with your daughter, carrying an organized list of needs - and your little notebook of organized projects!
          Hope this helps your addiction.

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            #6
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            Originally posted by debi weaver View Post
            I could be this way, too...but I've learned to be organized and appear of "sound mind" -
            Hope this helps your addiction.
            Okay, Debi - you know we all love you dearly!!!!! I consider myself organized but you are putting me to shame . . . it was hard enough breaking one addiction and now you are showing ways to break my fabric addiction. I'm about ready to CRY. I wish I could do it like you do. I'll never get all my projects done.

            There, I've admitted it - at least to you. Still have to convince myself. SELF, LISTEN UP!!
            Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
            it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

            "...pal carajo con la negatividad..."

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              #7
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              Debi, where were you when I got started 12 years ago???

              I am on a serious fabric diet and have a very limited fabric budget right now. I have a three ring binder that I keep ideas and projects that I want to make in. That way when I do get ready to start a new project, I have a whole bunch of things to choose from. It's not quite a much fun as shopping for all of the fabrics for the project as I see it, but at least I don't have to worry that I'll forget either.

              I have found that getting organized did help me too. It is much easier to complete a project when you know right where to go to get your tools and materials.

              Good luck on your quilting addiction. At least it's not illegal, immoral, or fattening!
              Be who you are and say what you feel
              because those who mind don't matter,
              and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss

              http://www.toggpine.wordpress.com

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                #8
                Re: Please Help Me.. I am an addict!!!

                okay... i got this.....

                knock it off.... don't go blaming mom jen and her hens..
                i envy you... you were able to spend... what are you complaining about... as for the need or impulse to shop... it is really up to you... do you have room for all this fabric.. these notions and supplies... it is fun to get the box in the mail, truly a thrill.
                but the best thrill is when you finish the project... understand this is only in jest... not really slashing ya... so show us your stash... and finished stuff we love it...
                all the best
                Gina

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                  #9
                  Re: Please Help Me.. I am an addict!!!

                  If I sounded like I was complaining, I apologize. Actually, I love my quilting addiction. It keeps me busy and out of trouble. I love having multiple projects going at the same time. That way I don't get bored with any one project and can change gears when my brain gets tired. Actually, my $300 shopping spree was my whole annual fabric budget...I just happened to spend it all at one time.

                  As for organization, I've got clear plastic totes keeping all of my fabrics and scraps sorted by size and then sub-sorted by project.

                  I think everybody needs an addiction as long as it's harmless, creative and constructive.

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                    #10
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                    Debi. I like the idea of the notebook. I do keep one on all my quilts I have made and the story behind them. I really need to do one on fabric I buy and the plans for it. Im always forgetting what pattern I wanted to use on the fabric. I did go shopping yesterday and I only bought what I needed. I was proud of myself and I have also decided Im going to get brave and use my fabrics to MAKE a backing instead of using one piece or sewing two pieces together. Im always thinking no I don't want to use that I probably have enough for another quilt or wall hanging. But the money I would save just using it. Now the only problem is wondering how I want to piece the back
                    Patrice

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                      #11
                      Re: Please Help Me.. I am an addict!!!

                      I have been a fabric addict for years and am currently on a fabric diet....have to use my stash first before I can buy anymore...can I add that I hate budgets and the need for them...ha ha
                      Enjoy your time...after all it isn't illegal and you can't get arrested for it.

                      I really do have a fabric addiction..one whole shelving unit of nothing but fat quarters and fat quarter bundles...not to mention kits and bolts of fabric as well as all the other shelving units full of fabric pieces and of course all the notions....that's another story altogether.

                      Enjoy your addiction

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                        #12
                        Re: Please Help Me.. I am an addict!!!

                        I didn't even know I had an addiction until I started watching Jenny's videos. I've always sewn but not much quilting, but that has changed. I can't wait to see the new videos and then have to have every tool so it's SO MUCH EASIER, and then the fabric of course. But I am sewing, and getting out of this horrible nasty winter depression that just about did me in. So, addicted or not, I love those girls & Jenny at MSQ Co.

                        Kris

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                          #13
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                          Originally posted by jackkris1969 View Post
                          But I am sewing, and getting out of this horrible nasty winter depression that just about did me in. Kris
                          You know, Kris, I really think you hit the nail on the had for me with this statement. Maybe that's why I've been buying stash instead of sewing as much as I should. I do know that winter depression gets to me quicker than anything else. At least that's what my daughter and husband tell me.

                          Hurry up spring!!
                          Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
                          it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

                          "...pal carajo con la negatividad..."

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                            #14
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                            Sandy, I know it does it to me every winter. I just want to sit or take a nap and eat!!! I'm blessed to be very healthy and it's such a waste of time, I lose almost 6 months every year by not doing anything. I realized this winter I'm going to die with a bunch of UFO'S and no one to finish them!! Jenny truly saved me.

                            Kris

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                              #15
                              Re: Please Help Me.. I am an addict!!!

                              I mentioned to my quilt shop owner that I had a lot of UFO's that were driving me crazy. Her response was that she had about 20 of her own and had just started numbers 21 and 22 that day.
                              It made my 5 projects look very manageable.

                              My advice: Don't EVER work in a quilt shop!!! Get help before you are super-addicted! VVBG

                              'Genie in WV

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