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  • llm161
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    Heck, there are worse things that we could be addicted to. At least with quilting, we are making works of art, gifts for family and friends, and otherwise contributing to the economic welfare of the US. . . . see you can rationalize anything. LOL!

    At least keeping one family business going strong. I love the Deal of the Day .... but then when I consider the shipping, I always add to the order. LOL!

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  • jrchapman
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    Originally posted by j-me View Post
    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!
    Tell you're daughter she made a good choice! I'm an engineering student and also a quilting addict; far too much of my student loan goes on fabric. I've managed to sell a couple of quilts which was supposed to be extra income but the money went straight back out on supplies!

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  • shell.scraps
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    well we all had to start somewhere right?? I know as I give a sweeping glance around my sewing room I have way more than $250 invested....

    look at it this way..all the quilts that you can make with what you have purchased....if you were to commission someone to make those quilts for you it would cost so much more!!!

    I know I"m not any help at all...but we can commiserate together!!

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  • mamaquilt
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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" - 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.
    Your comment was so interesting to read. I think I'll have a notebook like yours to keep my different projects organized. Right now, I'm using up my fabric scraps . See my album.
    I still have one big knitting project to finish. I'll post some pictures in my album once it's done.
    I'm trying to control my addiction to fabrics, cotton, yarn and knobs. Maybe one day I'll succeed.
    greetings from G.D. of Luxembourg

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  • debi weaver
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    Believe me, I'm a work in progress only because I hate to get home from shopping and realize my bag of goodies doesn't hold the reason I went shopping. I could spend hours feeling fabric, dreaming of projects, and spending money in Fabric Shops, especially MSQC. I desperately need my notebook for self-control. Notice I said "appear" to have it together.
    Quilting is new for me, but color & design came in my package. I'm just learning to put it all together. Part of my organization is forced because I "carry" my projects to another location to sew with the girls, and don't want to take my whole sewing room! It is so easy to browse my notebook, pick a project, and take just what I need for the day. It is also a good feeling to see a finished project because I had all I needed for it!
    I'm released from frustration when all my tools are in one place and ready to "go".
    I was awed by Suzi's new sewing room, especially the peg board and organization, but it isn't practical for me to claim a "room" right now. So, my tools are in a plastic tote, my projects labeled in plastic bags and placed in a file-like plastic box. I grab only the bag for the project of the day. How much I carry also determines the labels of machine projects or hand-stitching projects.
    Caring for an elderly dad made me prepare & carry a little satchel with all I need for little projects of hand-stitching. I find contentment when my fingers can hold a needle in times of "just sit & wait", such as doctor's appointments!
    Maybe my addiction is catching every spare minute to stitch and my notebook keeps preparation to a minimum while I find myself in this stage of life. Whatever...I love quilting!
    Have a happy quilting day! Debi

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  • llm161
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    I can't tell you how much I've already put into quilt fabrics . . . and that I just since January of this year when I began in earnest. I love quilting but I have several quilts going at the same time.

    I am so glad . . . . . I found MSQC . . . my wallet just isn't happy !

    I tried explaining layer cakes and all the rest to hubby but he just doesn't get it. . . . . he just wants food. The sweeter the better. LOL!

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  • pagenie
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    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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  • jackkris1969
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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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  • Sandy Navas
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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!!

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  • jackkris1969
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    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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  • lilmouse
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    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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  • Patrice
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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

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  • Tslave57
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    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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  • ginampls
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    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...

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  • toggpine
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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!

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