Friday, January 21, 2011

Fabric Diet Check In - Week 3

Well, it's that time again! Confessions! How did we all do? Do you have glorious fabric that you bought this week (Kelly?!) or were you able to resist the call of the siren?

You all gave a number of great tips last week on how to avoid fabric. The main consensus seemed to be to avoid temptation. For some of you that means avoiding the brick and mortar stores and for others that means deleting tempting emails about fabric sales. But some of you are really hard core! I love it! LOL.


I think that my favorite tip was from Lindsay who said "To avoid buying I have just stopped looking... mostly... and I deleted the more addicting sites from my browser for now. I only kept the site I use for my Kona solids. " Now that is dedication! I'd be afraid that I wouldn't find those sites again. LOL.

So Lindsay, send me your address and I'll send a little something your way!!



Another favorite tip was to organize your fabric and literally see how much fabric you already own. That personally is probably what is keeping me sane...although it's a double edged sword. Because while I may see what I have, I also see what I don't have!



And I'm so proud of everyone who is doing swaps instead of purchasing! Yes, there is still some money spent in shipping. But you are getting rid of the stash that you don't need/want and getting in those more important pieces. That's going to be my plan of attack even more after I organize. I did already set up one major swap that I'm very excited about with the lovely cilvee. And I'm mentally compiling the fabrics that I'm ready to let go...



It's getting harder...but I think swaps could be the answer! That way you still have that high of packages coming in the mail! ;) So let's get some swaps going. There are a couple of groups over on Flickr set up for just this purpose if you haven't checked them out yet.


*update: a number of you have asked where to find places to swap fabric on flickr. I have a couple of groups that I know of. If anyone has any more please feel free to add them in the comments section.*

For Designer/Hard to Find/Out of Print Fabrics - to join this group you have to be approved, but just read the rules and see if they apply to you. Basically you need to have some desirable fabric to also swap....since I have no idea what fabric you are all swimming in, I thought I'd post this:

{ DESIGNER } Fabric - Stash - Swappy - Poo



Easy to join and all kinds of fabric, patterns, books can be swapped here. No restrictions on joining I believe.

Craft Room De-stash (Let's Swap)


There is often some overlap between the two with people from the designer fabric group posting in the general group as well. It just depends on what they are looking for. Good luck!

65 comments:

  1. I"m still hanging in there! Don't ask me how - I don't know! But no purchases this week!

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  2. I did it this week! It helps that my sister unloaded ALL of her fabric on me (I have yet to count up how much, but let's say about 40 lbs!) so lots of free fabric. :) I want to take pictures so I can swap some of it out.

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  3. no purchases this week!
    I think I have enough fabric for a quilt I am working on.

    I also went through my stash and reorganized into two main sections- Fabric I have a purpose for and fabric I dont. It seems silly- but I found a couple of panels that I want to make into wall hanging etc. that I forgot about. I also found a baby quilt im itching to make!

    This week I found someone who needed a swap that I could help out with. This is the first time for each of us. I cant wait for my packages (its a mystery whats in it) and I mailed hers out today!

    So far so good!

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  4. I was good this week too! But I was tempted more often than not.

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  5. Nothing this wee. My sewing machine arrived, so it will remind me not to buy any fabric for a while...

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  6. p.s. I may need to find me some of those fabric swaps soon, however :)

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  7. I bought a metre of Kona Robin's Egg for my DQS10 project - I don't feel guilty about that. I would love to know more about swaps. I joined one Flickr group to check it out, but what I want to understand is how you determine what to swap for what. Like is it usually a one for one kind of thing? What if what you're giving away is more sought-after than what you've asked for, for example.

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  8. yep, swaps are definitely the answer. i survived another week without buying any fabrics, and arranged a few more swaps! hopefully i'll start getting some yummy swap fabric mail in a week or so, just in time for my birthday. this could very well be a birthday without any birthday fabric binge =O

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  9. I'm still in it too! Wish my food diet was doing as well, lol. I'm going to a sew-in tomorrow and I'm going to organize a dice game. It's called Left, Right, Center and you play with 3 items. We're using fat quarters. Everybody brings 3 and one person will win ALL of them. I think we have 12 people playing. I have butterflies in my stomach thinking about winning 36 FQ's. Wish me luck!

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  10. I survived and made due with what I had for my scnibble quilt. It was hard as I really wanted cream instead of white, perhaps I will dye it when I am finished.

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  11. I'm sewing...and you are right-I realize I don't have enough solids. However, I have cut out 9 zippy bags, made about 10 coffee coozies, and made a Valentine's Day banner all from my stash. I does feel good to actually uses these fabrics.
    http://sunshine-wave.blogspot.com/2011/01/lovely-sunday.html

    It's SO hard to resist those sale emails. I have been deleting them before I can get a peek of the fabric I won't be buying (sigh). Now that I read your post I am realizing I will have to stock up on solids. I'm saving up for the shopping spree!

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  12. I have survived so far. Question if you buy a sheet and think that you might use it for fabric in a quilt does that count as buying fabric?? I have not done this but last night it nearly happened.

    Where do you find swaps???

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  13. I made it through another week. Boy 8 weeks seems very long. I think I should go check out some of the fabric swaps, I like getting packages in the mail. :)

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  14. I am going to a swap at a bricks and mortar store tomorrow! I DO have some fabric I'm not particularly fond of, and I'm hoping there will be some fabric there that I can swap for it and go home feeling good! My sister is coming and will twist my arm if I go near the check-out counter with fabric in tow!

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  15. I did it! I bought NOTHING!! Woohoo!!

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  16. I didn't buy any fabric again this week. However, my mom bought some and mailed it to me - she needed to fill up the box that had my son's birthday present in it. Thanks mom.

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  17. I am three weeks strong! ;0) I did get a lovely, lovely Heather Ross swap package though!

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  18. I did buy some fabric this week, a lot of fabric, but some one else paid for it. It's for a commissioned quilt, my first, and the buyer sent a check for 50%, and that covered the fabric +.

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  19. Ohhh I think Alexandra should share! A bit of fabric withdrawal going on here as I still haven't bought anything. I've even been in the quilt store but didn't look at anything, just paid for the retreat I signed up for! Next week there's a big sale at the other store I go to, the one across the border. If my friend agrees to drive with me....well I'm afraid my report won't be so positive ...

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  20. ACK! I had to buy fabric for a friend for some wedding stuff and oh...oh...OH...that tipped me right off of the wagon...not only am I swapping (Angela, I can't wait!), I am also shopping! *slap on the wrist* Online shopping is not my friend...
    I haven't checked in before, but at this point I need me some accountability!

    I promise I'll do better next week!

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  21. I didn't buy fabric again, but I was more tempted this week than the previous two weeks. Luckily I won a HUGE fabric giveaway - a FQ bundle of soul blossoms - so that's going to hold me over for a while, hopefully!

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  22. My name is Sarah and I'm a fabricaholic. I have been clean for 3 weeks now .. YAY!!

    To be honest, it hasn't been that hard as I don't have a spare penny for anything until payday, but I have continued with my masochistic browsing of online stores ...

    I quite enjoy putting a whole load of stuff in my basket and then not checking it out ... LOL! I feel so virtuous afterwards and then even more so when I go back and look at what I chucked in there and didn't really need ...

    I'd be up for a bit of swapsies ...

    Keep strong ladies ... only 5 weeks to go ...

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  23. Whew another week down! I am getting seriously low on some Kona, but hopefully I can manage. Was there a consensus of using Gift Cards? I have one and I just found the shop owner is trying to sell the shop so if it does not count I would love to use my little GC there in the next couple of weeks!

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  24. I seriously bombed this week. I won several fat quarters bunches on ebay :( I just had to have them.

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  25. I made it through again too, although I have bought other stuff instead! I still seem to be coping ok just using my stash but I think I might have to consider a bit of swapping soon!

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  26. I confess- I fell off the wagon! Bought 2 fat quarters for my doll quilt! Please forgive me, I'd been trying to be good!

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  27. Oops, I had a setback this week...I visited a brick and mortar shop and bought what I needed (1 metre for binding my UFO) and what I didn't need (charm packs and FQs). Doh....

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  28. I fell off the wagon.. but it was only solids. Does that make it better? I was doing really well until I ran out of Kona Chocolate for a baby quilt due next thursday... so I went to Joanns and they were having a Kona sale:( I feel guilty but at least I saved some money too...

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  29. I didn't buy any fabric this week. It makes it easier that the local PWS is still out of action! I don't know how I will cope when they have a re-opening sale....will have to look into the swapping!

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  30. I havent bought anything this week and been good, but mostly with credit to receiving some fabric swaps!!
    and for those thinking about 8 weeks, think glass half full that there is only 5 more weeks left! Thats practically only a month :)

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  31. sorry, just had to comment again ...

    Seriously, ladies ... now ... why on earth would solids be different from any other fabric eh? LOL!

    You see how devious we become when we're deprived, Angela? This is all your doing!

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  32. No purchases this week - and for the simple reason I was too busy with work. I do need to start looking for fabric for a quilt I want to make for a friend and her favorite color is orange... a color my stash is lacking. Don't know how much longer I will hold out.

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  33. Didn't make it this week. Had to buy fabric to back a project. Oh, well. Two weeks were good and I'll try to refrain going forward.

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  34. I made it this week, though I still spent some time in online shops. I am with Sarah LOL

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  35. Yeah, so I get a big fat "F" this week. *blowing raspberry* At least I can console myself with my pretty RSR and Echino! :)

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  36. So far, so good. No purchases for me - just some kona that had been on backorder since before the diet. I'm with everyone else - just don't look - delete the tempting emails. And remind myself that I have plenty in progress, already

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  37. Still trucking along with no fabric buys this week :). Woo!

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  38. Yep, I'm staying strong- one swap in the post and a kindly donation from a friend who took pity on me! xxxx

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  39. No purchases this week. :)

    Too busy finally organizing my stash and playing with my new machine and frame I got last week. :D

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  40. The 50% off MLK weekend sales did me in. I came home with a bolt of batting, enough fabric to back a couple quilts, and a dozen spools of thread. I also cut up one of the thrift store shirts that I was pretending wasn't really a fabric purchase until it no longer resembled a shirt. And I found another cotton sheet at the thrift store, this time on sale for $1.25.

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  41. No fabric purchases for me this week. To torture me further the order I placed on 21/12/2010 has still not arrived. It's being resent. I have that to look forward to. Today is my birthday and my neighbours bought me a MoMo for Moda Free Bird charm pack. I don't recall anyone buying me fabric for a birthday or Christmas gift before. It was all the more welcome when on a fabric diet.

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  42. I meant 31/12/2010 - see it's the fabric withdrawl messing with my fingers!

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  43. I've managed to stay strong and still haven't purchased any fabric! My hubbie didn't think I would make it this long and I have 0:)

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  44. I tried really really hard... really! But my sisters flew all the way up to Singapore from Australia to visit and see their new nephew and I just HAD to show them the open-air fabric markets at Chinatown... and then there was this one stall that had a 4.2 metre offcut of home dec weight Moda Odyssea fabric that is just PERFECT backing for my Odyssea picnic quilt I want to make... and it was cheap... and, and have I justified my purchase yet??? Lol, and we're all allowed a little slip-up now and then right??!

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  45. Avoidance is so far the best strategy. Next week is going to be super tough. As I am taking a class in Grand Junction (about 250 miles from home) with my sister in law and I haven't picked the pattern up. Thus no fabric choices. And she has no fabric to swap... My "plan" is to take a tote full of choices, so when I have the pattern I can choose.

    Cheers to all that made it another week. And good luck on the next week to everyone.

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  46. Has it only been 3 weeks?? It feels more like 5. But I'm happy to report... No fabric here!!! I even went to Jo-Ann's because I needed some thread and kona was 40% off... I ALMOST broke!!!

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  47. No purchases this week! I only have one fabric I'd like to swap, and it's prewashed. I wonder if that would work?

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  48. I've still made it...I almost bought fabric for a quilt, but then I couldn't find fabric to match the future baby's room so I figured why buy if I can make a scrappy baby quilt?

    Batting doesn't count, right? I'll be picking some of that up soon, so I hope not.

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  49. I was really good this week and didn't buy a thing! But it helps when I'm working more days than not :) And my 3 year was home sick with a fever, so that limited my opportunities for shopping.

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  50. Nothing purchased! YEAH!

    And I've been sewing from my stash too!!! Photos should be posted of my quilt top tomorrow or monday

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  51. I've said goodbye to the diet for January.....there is no hope of recovery. As soon as my head said diet, I started buying!?! So, instead of feeling bad about it, I'm just going to restart in February, and I'll still be checking in.

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  52. I have made it another week, I was definitely tempted but I know that feb. is going to be a real problem I am signed up for a quilting trip for superbowl saturday sales suppose to be hundreds of bolts for 1/2 off and I am signed up for a shop hop so that is helping me now but I don't know what if any thing can help me then, 50% off that is really really tempting.

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  53. I didn't make any purchases this week! (last week and the week before... well... that was another story). ;)

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  54. I made it! And this week the temptation was some pearl necklace fabric...seriously almost got all 3 colors. So pretty!

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  55. I sqeaked through another week, even though I went to a new-to-me quilt shop that had a fabric that I have been looking for. Hubby said he would take me back after my diet... That was a close one!! I am getting so much done in using stash that the temptation is really minimal!!! Yay! Up this week, two gatherings at quilt shops...drat. Too fun to pass on though!!

    Blessings,

    KT

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  56. fail! i bought fabric specifically for binding on aproject, got it home, and it didn't even match right!

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  57. Yup, no purchases this week! I did a bit of swapping instead. Although a quilt-along is calling my name, and I may break down and get some solid for it, but it hasn't happened yet!

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  58. No purchases this week, although I've been tempted a bit. I found a new fabric line to wait for and should be able to buy whole yards of it instead of little 1/8ths. That is going to feel great, and knowing that keeps me on track.

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  59. Okay, so I managed another week, but boy it was tough! We have our VMQG meetings in a fabric store - and they do have some nice things! I will be going to do some shopping, I just need to get my list made up so I blow my diet, but good, only once! That might be next weekend if I can get organized with what I need.
    Cheers!

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  60. Ok, I'm up to week three. Will this ever end??? I had to go to my lqs for batting. And I walked away with nothing. NOTHING, not even the batting. So. very. sad. But my purse is a little heavier for the exercise so thanks for keeping me motivated :)

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  61. I didn't buy any fabric at all last week - Mandy has got some La Petite Ecole layer cakes in her shop and those are calling out to me but I managed to resist - I even tried to buy some fabric and failed amazingly - I tested something I was making against some of Mandy's solids, found the right colour and then we forgot to sort out cutting it and me taking it away with me so this week I'm in the clear. Next week, who knows. Tips for not buying fabric? Don't go for coffee in Mandy's studio.

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  62. Didn't buy any fabric this week, I always shop my stash first and having it organized by color makes it so easy. I had taken everything off the shelves, and then put it all back on one fat quarter at a time, to really go through it all and find what goes where. It was like Christmas time. To see all the quilt alongs I am following to get rid of my stash and scraps, you can see them all on my blog at 16muddyfeet.blogspot.com

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  63. i'm just back from my trip to my relatives...even though i visited a brick-and-mortar quilt shop, i resisted buying anything. Not even embroidery floss or quilt thread!
    perhaps i'm cured for a while because the aunt i was staying with had so much STUFF in her house...she has a tidy home, but so much USELESS STUFF was CRAMMED in every nook & cranny just because she could use it SOMEDAY or she was given it. i felt like someone had literally smashed a mirror in my face...i don't want to end like that!!! *lol*.
    i think i'll tackle my stash soon and see what i don't like anymore (my taste has evolved a lot in the last 3 years!) & will sell it as soon as possible...
    again, i'm so glad to participate in this challenge - although i'm still far from being responsible enough to only buy fabric that i really need in future :).

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  64. I was clean in week 3! I've managed 3 weeks so far...but week 4 ...well, I'll go over to that check in post and confess....

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