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    Have you ever tried to stop purchasing fabric?

    When I am looking through my fabric stash I am asking myself why I keep buying fabric. I have enough for several quilts and I love all of this wonderful fabric. Then I feel bad, because I could save the money for other things (furniture, holidays, retirement.....) and then I decide not to purchase any fabric until I used up at least 50% of my stash.
    This purpose lasts until I run into the next beautiful fabric....how long have you ever been able not to purchase new fabric? Do I need an exorcism?
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    If I stopped buying........I would go mad! As been said many times. It's therapy! and for me joy, peace, an outlet.
    I too have enough....but then again, never enough! I figure in retirement, when $ is tight, I'll still have fabric to keep be sedate!
    💫 Star lover

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      #3
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      For the past 3 years, the only fabric I have bought was what was needed to finish a project (5 yards in 3 years). I don't have a problem NOT buying fabric. I have a problem finding spare money for it. I know my limits.

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        #4
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        Lol Auntie Uli, I know how you feel! Now that I am retired I realize how much of my wardrobe spending was just retail therapy. I have stopped that entirely and since I have a stuffed closet, I can get by and only buy things on sale when they are greatly reduced. On the other hand, quilting fabric acquisition has been much more difficult to get a handle on. I guess because I have only been quilting around 3 years, I was starting from scratch. I made some decisions about reducing other expenses like restaurant meals and book buying and put that money towards a quilting budget. But there are so many times that I have exceeded that budget when a new collection from a favorite designer comes out. I'm getting better at it, though. I made a pact with myself that if I bring in new stuff I will make up a quilt from stash fabric that I am not so in love with any more. I have reached the limit of what I want to store in my downsized living space.

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          #5
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          I am currently on a strict budget and fabric buying had to stop. I have plenty to last me a good long time. I know there are so many pretty fabrics to buy, but I also know that when I am ready to buy again, there will many more pretty fabrics. It is not easy. It is only about 2 months or so now that I have not purchased any fabric. But I keep window shopping online. I do watch for amazing sales on other quilting items in case something shows up that would be good to add. But that is very rare as well right now. Hmmm, exorcism might work, lol.
          Karen
          Life is short - Live everyday to the fullest

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            #6
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            It's a struggle for sure. I don't have much yardage in my stash but I do have enough precuts and matching yardage for about 15 quilts. And that makes me anxious. I've purchased precuts and forgotten which pattern I was considering and I've purchased precuts that I no longer care for. So here's what I'm doing to curb my spending: 1. I've noticed that fabric designers stick to pretty much the same color way for each of their lines so there isn't any urgency to purchase that fabric; when I'm ready to make a quilt using fabric from my favorite designer, their current line is sure to be something I like. 2. I put things on a wishlist. After a while I'll either lose interest or it goes out of stock. 3. Try to only buy fabric on sale; never pay full price. 4. I allow myself one little indulgence. I love 30's fabric so I collect just one charm pack if they are a daily deal. I'm getting better at resisting the urge to buy fabric just because I think it's pretty.
            Michele

            to the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world...

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              #7
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              why continue to buy fabric...cos it's there & so pretty. And because you can always find room to store it. Best reason is cos you can!

              jus' sayin'
              Gina

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                #8
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                I have a yearly quilting budget. It includes all quilt related costs including classes, fabric, pattern, batting, everything. I adjust my budget every year for my projected circumstances. If there are too many family and friend events needing a quilt I ask my DH for some financial help. Otherwise, as long as I stick to my budget it is my choice what to spend it on.
                Stash Treasure Acquisitions Beyond Life Expectancy. My stash keeps me STABLE, oh yeah.... and dark chocolate.

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                  #9
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                  I wish we were all lucky enough to actually have a quilting budget. Mine consists of 'if I'm lucky enough to sell a quit for decent money, I can afford to buy a little fabric'.

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                    #10
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                    I'm not on a quilting budget but I try to keep myself on a short leash. I was doing great until last week when I fell off the wagon completely and spent about $100 on charm packs and yardage. At least I bought stuff I know I will use on my next project. For the time being I am trying to be strong and not even peek at the DD or FQS flash sales because that is always what gets me into trouble. CP are my weakness because they seem so reasonably priced especially if they are on sale.

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                      #11
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                      I try only to buy what I call accessory fabric, meaning I need it to compliment what I have already in my stash. I have a huge stash and don't need much except a few solids occasionally or a special fabric for a special project. Need to use the stash.
                      sigpic:icon_hug: Iris Girl = April = fabric, Fabric FABRIC!!
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                        #12
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                        Maybe I should move to the United States high quality quilting fabric is approximately twice as expensive here in Germany. You can purchase it at MSQC and I do that from time to time, but with shipping and customs it's not really less expensive...
                        Find me on Instagram @auntie_uli

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                          #13
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                          I don't have a specific budget, but with retirement coming in 5 weeks, I have been trying not to buy fabric unless it is needed for a specific project (currently items for daughter's nursery). Once I can complete this project (hopefully today, if I get back in the sewing room), then I can go back to a quilt in progress. I really need to use some of my stash to clear out space before bringing in more non-dedicated fabric. But, I do love looking at it.

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                            #14
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                            I always am saying I'm not going to buy more fabric until I use up more of what I have. I am getting better. My stretches between purchases have been longer and then mostly it is for something to finish a project.
                            K is for Karen 😊​..................
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                              #15
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                              Oh no, no, no, no. I love fabric. Could be worse - could be wine! And I may never see those fabrics again - sometimes just have to buy new fabrics. And clearance sales are a great source of less expensive fabrics for backs, so.....

                              I do have a very large stash, so I made a bargain with myself. Except for very very specific projects (wedding quilt or something similar), each project has to use some fabric from my existing stash. If I don't have fabric that works well for my top, so it will be 100% new, I use something from the stash to piece the back. Doesn't seem like the stash is going down very fast, but it does get fresher this way.

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