Monday, February 28, 2011

hot mess!

well, the boy toy finally did it! he claims he'd like half of his house back! what-eves... it's not my fault i lOVE fabric and working on a thousand projects at a time! yeesh... you'd think that's not normal or something??? Okay, okay... i will have to admit it's been a nutty past week with shipments coming in. but, i still don't think THAT's my fault... entirely! what's with all the bloody sales shops are having lately??!! shoot... (shrug) what's a junkie supposed to act like??? i think my reaction was just right. Although, i have one serious hot mess!! and i seem to be running out of room real fast. either way... i blame....

Sew Deerly Loved!

Etsy & Ebay... the filthy rascles!

FabricWorm!

Fabric Depot!

Purl SoHo! Wonderous Woven Fabrics! yes... i'm completely out of room! but i lOVE them all so much.... how can you give any of them up??? maybe i should just buy a bigger house??? OOOooohhh... wait, the children really don't need their bedrooms... right???? ( wink, wink ) he may have a baby point, i've even lost part of my sewing desk to the fabric...

and he did buy me a new classic Ipod to fill full of books, so i'll get busy dealing with my small issue... hehe!! i guess i could let go of some of those yummy solids ( happy love??? ). that might not hurt too bad?? yeah??? LOL however, if the sales continue... i can NOT be blamed for my weakness... i am sick and i don't deny it! ;)

what say you... Kona Give-a-Way time?? Just leave me a message here... maybe with a tip on how you weed out your stash! for me... the minute i remove it, i want it back! ;P and yes, i realize how ridiculous that is!! hahaha... I'll choose some winners on Wednesday! xo, Heather

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  1. Hehe...I don't really have any tips other then...don't look at the sales! ;0)

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  2. How to weed out my stash. . that's kind of tough for me too. Here's what I do instead of shopping for a project shop my stash first. But organization is the key right? If you're looking at doing a project and you need yellows and you're yellow stash is weak then shop. . .Shop stash first then shop for realz!

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  3. Kona giveaway! Yum. And I am still building my stash, so I'll let you now once I get there!

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  4. That's very funny! I would love to win it! I am working on dwindling my stash, therefore, have been on a fabric diet, and IT'S KILLING ME!~ Please help! Ha!

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  5. I have no tips, I only have two shelves myself. You're giving me serious stash envy!

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  6. How I weed out fabric?? I am a complete junky too, I am trying so hard not to buy anything… but it’s pretty much impossible. What I do is make quilts out of the fabric that isn’t my “fave” and give them to people, the quilts are still gorgeous and lovely, but not my home style. I feel good doing that, and to me it’s worth the effort and work. Or maybe you can exchange it with people, but then you still end up with fabric don’t you? LOL!

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  7. Well at least it's tidy which is more than can be said for mine!
    Don't you know - whoever dies with the most fabric wins?????

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  8. Impressive new stacks of yummy fabric! I am a junkie too, and have more fabric than I have time to use...so for right now I'm avoiding any and all fabric sites and stores unless I need something to finish a project!

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  9. I ordered a silly amount of fabric last week too! I donated a whole slew of old fabric that I wasn't interested in anymore to a group that makes lap quilts for a senior center. It freed up all kinds of room for me to buy new stuff!

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  10. Not enough to weed. Ii to take it regularly and stroke my favourites, let them know they are loved

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  11. Give it to me! haha! I just don't look at the sales until I've got some empty space on one of my shelves. Then I fill it!! And every so often I pick up each piece and really consider if I'll ever use it or if it's taking up space I could put to better use. Then I give it away or use it up.

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  12. Every now and then I put aside fabrics that I no longer love. If I can't find a use for them in 6 months then they are off to my guild to swap.

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  13. My taste is fabric has changed from when I first started quilting. I give away the fabric I no longer want to work with or I use it to make trial blocks if I am making something new. Either way it goes.

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  14. I am such a fabricaholic, but I do weed out all of the nasties occasionally and give them to our local sewing group..where I know that other fabricaholics will satisfy their cravings (although they do that too..so it's swings and roundabouts!)..I'm not helping am I?!

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  15. I have to avoid shopping for the most part. I give away things I no longer love (a lot of that was given to me) and I try really hard to only use my stash.

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  16. Wow you have a lot of gorgeous fabric! You could weed it out by sending it all to me LOL?!
    I just try not to look at the sales.. and remember that my bank balance won't thank me! :)

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  17. :) it all looks good to me, but I'll admit, I would be feeling a little guilt! Would love to win some of your awesome stuff! Thanks.

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  18. My DH did a little over a year ago. I tried to focus on projects that I had visions for in the house...things that I liked but didn't know where I'd put it the fab got sold. I have to say I ALMOST have a handle on things and do love the feeling! Good luck!

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  19. weed my stash? what is that? I still haven't been able to let go...

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  20. I generally try to use the one-in-one-out mindset. whenever I see something new that i HAVE to have, I look in my stash and imagine what I would give up for it. I start putting those things in a new pile. and then I either swap them or use them as goodies in my swaps etc. that way I either get what I want more, or I have fun cutting them. either way, i win.

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  21. I don't have a big enough stash to have to weed it out yet but I agree that prevention is the first step so just don't look at the sales...and don't read any blogs EVER! As if! I seriously had to stop reading blogs for a couple of weeks because every time I did - it cost me a pretty penny. Oh yeah, I did also invest in cubbies so that I could hide most of the stash clutter that I do have...but that's not really a tip to help get rid of stash just a tip to try and fool the hubby.

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  22. Well, I think you are entirely sane! If I have too much fabric, actually no, I mean if someone tells me I have too much fabric I just buy a pretty box and fill it up. Then put the box on display somewhere, on top of the wardrobes, in the conservatory, under tables etc. etc.. Of course, it's hard to remember what's where but there's always a price to pay isn't there?

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  23. I'm still building a stash so I haven't had to weed out any fabric. I guess maybe more storage would help. Love the Kona's--Thank you!!!

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  24. Only two boxes are my bins of fabric it is very difficult to get 100% cotton in local stores.
    Wonderful fabrics!

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  25. I just weeded, I had everything neatly piled in a bag, everytime I walked past it I would see something I couldn't part with. Slowly the pile is coming back to the shelves. I'm just going to need to use it.

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  26. well, I'm betting there is something you don't love - and I donate it to another quilter who has time to make charity quilts (they usually don't care what it looks like, lol)

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  27. Last year I really couldn't buy any fabric because we were getting married... My mum used to always say to me if you don't look, you don't want and if you don't want you don't buy... it kind of worked except now that the wedding is over I have found myself a looking and a wanting and a buying... I think there are worse vices in life... I'd just go with it ;)

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  28. I say you book a couple of retreat weekends and really go to town using up some of your stash.

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  29. I have been keeping my fabrics in fab wire baskets, but I am craving shelving...just another work in progress :)

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  30. I have tried not to keep such teensy tiny pieces. does that count?!

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  31. I feel your pain. It's impossible for me to give up fabric I already have. I might NEED it someday! I guess my solution is just to stop shopping and sew sew sew! :) Good luck!

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  32. This post is absolutely hilarious!

    I've only been buying fabric for a short amount of time, so I can't say I have it as bad as you do, Heather:) I basically weed things out just a bit through swaps, and sometimes I just buckle down for the weekend and sew it all up into clothes or bags or whatever!

    Thanks so, so much for the giveaway!

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  33. Haha... too funny. My mom thinks I'm insane for having so much fabric, and I really don't have that much. She sews and has no stash. None. Zip. Zero. She doesn't understand why I don't just pick out one project at a time, buy the necessary yardage and complete it. What? Really?

    For weeding out, I try to donate what I know I'll never use and try not to go shopping for a while. Not much fun but otherwise I'd run out of room!

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  34. Oh, I have an ideea but you won't like it :)))) If you're broke, the sale fabric will look expensive :))))))

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  35. Stash weeding? What's that? I hate to say I decided to reorganize my sewing room and now can't figure out WHAT I'm going to do with all the fabric I've hoarded!
    But yes, pretty please can I win the kona to go with my OTHER fabric? ('cos I told myself I can't BUY any more...wink, wink!)

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  36. wow!! another giveaway??? I'm in!!
    I just can't ................
    I can not detash, too :))
    you find an easy way, please tell me!
    :))))

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  37. I'm no help- I have the same problem! I have so many things that I am "saving" but seriously? For what?! Who knows!
    I did do No Fab Feb with Sew Sara where we didn't buy fabric for a month- I'll admit, my husband did buy a fwe yards of Kona solids that I needed for projects but overall I was good! (I just have BIH buying plans for this first week of March! hehe)

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  38. Giveaway? Perfect way to reduce stash, haha!!! Me, I have a hard time parting with stash, but I make sure I remind myself how much I have before buying more. I have been on a really excellent stash diet these last few months - in fact, if i had been doing better at actually finding any sewing time recently I am sure I would have cut down that stash like a ninja. A sewing ninja.

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  39. I don't do a super good job of weeding either, but since lately I sew things other than quilts mostly, I find I use up fabric more quickly on things like tote bags and baby pants. And then I am so sad that it's mostly gone and I save every last scrap to use later...

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  40. My stash hasn't gotten to the point where I need more than one room. Maybe that's the tip? I really am trying to buy only for projects. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't.

    I'd love to win the Kona. I haven't used it yet!

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  41. My stash is still fairly small, so I don't get rid of a lot. I did finally toss several old dated looking fat quarters into the goodwill pile though.

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  42. I wish I had a good tip. I'm considering joining one of the stash diet flickr groups to help me! I'm also considering (very half heartedly) cutting back on my blog reading. If I don't see the pretty fabric I won't want it! But I do want those Kona Solids!! eeeeee!!

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  43. I don't have a lot of fabric to sort through and weed out, however I do have lots of scraps and am too much of a saver so I've been going through and bagging some up for my daughters nursery school for their art projects.

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  44. I totally understand your weakness. There are worse vices a girl can have! You picked some gorgeous new stash additions. Love!

    A Kona giveaway is awesome. Thank you!

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  45. love this post! i'm an impulse shopper, so for me, i've learned that if i "pretend" shop, my wallet thanks me... by "pretend" i mean that i put things in my cart and then wait a couple of days. if i really, really want the fabric then, then i get it. but oftentimes, i find that if i give it a little time and space, my impulsive need for the fabric is gone or i have come up with a creative solution to my supposed fabric dilemma :)

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  46. I've got nothing for you. I live alone with no one to help keep me in check. I have no kids so all my income is pretty much entirely disposable. And dispose of it I do... all on fabric :) I'm right with you in the hot mess department. But I would love for you to contribute to my hot mess with that fabulous kona! Thanks!!!

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  47. When I need to "make room" I share with my sisters.....and eventually totally regret it when they make something awesome with what I gave them.....but then I remember that what I shared "made room" for MORE of something new....

    Also I use the fabric I am less in love with to make giveaway quilts with and keep my fav's

    I try to remember to shop my stash first too....

    LOVE YOUR BLOG !

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  48. I am still trying to build my stash, so I don't have any tips! I'd love some of yours! Thanks for the chance.

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  49. All I can say is use it. I refuse to part with any of mine, unless I want to diversify. Then I swap.

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  50. I know what you mean - I think the best way is to start making stuff...yep, load that ipod full of books and get to sewing!

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  51. after nearly a month of trying to organize, I'm getting my kids involved. We'll see how that goes!

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  52. Weed out my stash? What? I'm just getting starting. Currently my stash only fills up one 28 quart Sterilite storage box. I need more! Needless to say, I'm very jealous of your stash. :)

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  53. Watch Hoarders that will scare the stash out of you - at least it did me. Now I have some nice empty shelves...to fill up lol

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  54. Love your storage rack! I don't have much of a stash to de-weed, but I used to take my scraps to my grandma for her to use. Now, she just turned 99 and quit sewing this past year, so I have to figure out what to do with my scraps. I am thinking of cutting them in to strips and making a strip quilt out of them. Would love some Kona solids. I'm doing a "Amish" style sampler and could use the solids! :)

    Thanks!
    Sandy A

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  55. Wish I had more help for you but I'm trying to build my stash, guess that's a good reason to pick me huh? :) Good luck pleasing the hubs though, that can be hard!

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  56. Great new bundles you've gotten! Such a temptation, always. I am trying my darndest to USE what I have until June and then re-evauluate. Soooooo hard to do.
    I am even contemplating using my two faves in my stash - 1974 and Patisserie. Once it is gone it is gone though. EEEEEK!

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  57. well... with fabric prices rising...it's easier to shop your stash. Our guild is having a Day Of Sharing soon and will need fat quarters to use in decorations...so I'm going to cut up some of my least favorites

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  58. Don't get rid of anything, just put it to use! That'll bring down the piles, and you'll have some beautiful quilts and pillows to show for it!

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  59. I'm kind of having the same problem so, I'm on a fabric diet. Maybe you could try that. I must say it's not working very well- LOL

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  60. Weed my stash? Are you MAD? I start hyperventilating just thinking about it.

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  61. I've really just had to avoid shopping lately (having a budget has seriously put my spending situation into perspective!), and I've been amazed at how much I can still accomplish just by shopping my (not even very big) stash. There are some fabrics I have but don't love, and I work on using those up practicing new teqhniques or making quilts for charity. Thanks for sharing some of your abundant stash with the rest of us!

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  62. I have a fixed space for my stash. When I overfill it, I know it is time to weed stuff out. I give away nice pieces that I know I won't use to crafty friends, I do a couple charity projects, and sometimes sell some. I think it is important to accept that new stuff *will* want to come in, and make a plan for it. Buying fun new fabric is one of my favorite things, so I have to be diligent about destashing periodically.

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  63. I put fabric containers under my bed and also store fabric in my empty suitcases. It seems that fabric procreates in the dark! Get rid of it...are you kidding me!!!
    Sharon

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  64. first turn your coat inside out so pockets are accessible, with stash fabric make 2 rectangles sewn on 3 sides to make pockets. carefully cut original pockets along bottom seam and stitch in extra pocket sections. turn coat back right way and drop your purse/wallet into your now too deep to reach the bottom of pockets...from now on your wallet will be far too far from your itching to buy finger to add to your stash. :-))

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  65. I don't destash, I just start more stash projects. "Sew more, shop less" is supposed to be my mantra, but I fail more than succeed at sticking with it. I do delete sale emails unread most of the time (it's those other times that get me) and track fabric used vs. purchased every year, with the goal of coming out ahead in the "used" column. Hasn't happened yet. Maybe this year... I could use some more solids though.

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  66. I share with my friends....
    and I stash material everywhere, and then close the door!

    I want to make one of those stash buster quilts! that would be fun.

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  67. Love your stash! My fabric stash fits into two small bins. But, my yarn and fiber stash is another animal. LOL! Good luck paring down. :)

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  68. I wish I had that problem. I don't have a stash yet. But if I did and I needed to "lessen the load" I'd just do more projects! :)

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  69. Start making things like crazy. 1. it uses up your stash and 2. it keeps you too busy to buy more fabric.

    I was on a fabric diet... ok more like starvation... for a few months due to lack of funds and it was so hard to stay of etsy! So instead of browsing I planned and made projects - kept me busy, used up my stash, and I made some great things for myself and friends/family in the meantime.

    So just get sewing missie and stop browsing!! :)

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  70. I cleaned out half of my closet to store my newly found addiction. I just started quilting (obsessively buying fabric)last october so my stash still needs more stashing. MUST avoid etsy and ebay at all costs to prevent excess stashing!

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  71. Weeding stash you say? What is this strange thing you speak of? However, I have decided to put myself on "No fabric spending March" diet, and shop entirely from my stash for any/all projects. I'll let you know how it works out for me : )

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  72. I finally weeded through my stash recently. It was so hard, I went back and forth on whether I really could part with those beauties. But I just had to determine for me whether I would *really* use some of the fabrics I'd been holding onto. I agree with Meg. Not looking at the sales helps...because I am a HUGE sucker for sales!!

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  73. Your stash looks beautiful, so I can imagine it's hard to part with anything. Everytime IBOL (http://ibol.wordpress.com/) collects packages, I cull through my stash and fill up a box. I find it's easier to let go of fabric when I know it's going to a great cause. And there are fabrics that I have that I once loved but no longer feel the same way about; it's a nice way to part from them.

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  74. Wow, I'm envious! It is quite a lovely stash, not what you're going for here but I'm in the "more is more" camp. Just imagine all that beautiful inspiration....sigh.. Like many I also have a personal problem letting go of fabric even when its ugly and inherited from family members. So of course I want more! I say enjoy and just keep stitching, then you're stash keeps evolving (even if it doesn't get smaller!)

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  75. I try to be one of those "Don't buy it unless u know what u are going to use it for" type of stashers, which helps it from getting out of control in the first place. But to get rid of fabric I have, the best thing I can think of is just to sew with it! (and don't use the fact you used it as an excuse to replace it ;) )

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  76. That's just it.
    A stash may be weeded now and again, however, the stash remains, well, a stash.
    May as well forget about weeding
    and cultivate ! ! !
    Hugs,
    Gerry

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  77. Hilarious! My pocketbook keeps me from buying fabric all day long, since, ya know, my kids and hubs probably want to be fed. BUT, I love looking at all your fabric and I'm seriously jealous.

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  78. You could always send it to me and let me deal with the problem for you! You have one amazing stash!

    Good luck choosing which pieces to give up!

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  79. bahahaha! i was going to comment before you even mentioned the giveaway to say that i seem to be having the same problem. i'm out of country right now and all of my -eh hem- "weaknesses" are being sent to my mom's house in america. my sister visited last week and said it looks like a quilt shop in my bedroom. whoops. . . :/

    therefore, i have no worthwhile advice for you. would you like to join a fabric-holic anonymous with me?

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  80. I don't have tips. Maybe , don't look at ebay, etsy fabricworm, fabricdepot and so on, only for a while!!!!

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  81. Stash? What stash? I don't have one, but hey I am more than happy to help you get rid of some.....I have lots of space just waiting to be filled with lovely fabric. Thanks for the change to win. Linda

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  82. I have a hard time with that one too. If I get really good and use things in my stash, then I just go back and order more and plus... it's a never ending cycle that keeps ending in fabric, fabric and more fabric! Although ever since my love of fabric I seem to buy less shoes, so I guess it was an even trade ;)

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  83. I'm totally impressed with your stash! Mine is still small enough to all fit in an amazon.com box, but it has grown quickly since I first became interested in fabric. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  84. The only way to weed out stash is to sew more! Plus, the sewing will keep you off the computer and away from those cruel harpies that we love so much... fabric stores!

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  85. Haha! I agree with Meg! Don't look and you can't buy! I am totally jealous of your stash!
    sarahbeth814@yahoo.com

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  86. Kona come to mama!!
    My stash is quite small, I think..

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  87. My stash is small so I don't need to weed anything out...yet. I show my husband pics like yours so he will see how well behaved I am! LOL!

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  88. I love your stash!! I completely know what you mean.. the minute I say I'm going to stop buying fabric and just focus on what I have, I get an email from my favorite shops advertising new fabrics that I *love* or sales that I cannot resist. In fact, I just received my super heavy box from Fat Quarter Shop today that held so many tropical lovlies..did you know they had free shipping last week? Haha, so hard to resist. It's an addiction, but one that I'm completely fine with having. :-)

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  89. I just gave a big ziplock full of scraps to my friends two year old daughter. She loves sorting through the scraps, draping them over her shoulder, lining them up on the floor. The are great to cut up and have them glue shapes to paper ticker tape style.

    My mom kind of cringes at the idea of my daughter cutting up good scraps for fun, but if it keeps her occupied while I sew it's soooo worth it!

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  90. I think I go through color stages. I'll buy too much of one color because I love it so much, and then I get turned off by it. I then pull all the "bad" color out and call my best friend. She'll usually take it off my hands, and she passes me her scraps (easier to store). I'm less intimidated to cut into smaller pieces, too.

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  91. haha... i totally have weeded out my stash and then thought i had stuff for a certain project and ended up going and buying more. moving helps though...

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  92. I weed out my stash by sewing it up! HA! If it comes in, it can't leave unless in quilt form. lol. Then I can just store it in another room of the house and still get to adore it.

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  93. I have quit going to shops! I have been sewing my stash down for quite some time. It is a slow process. But winning some new fabrics can add to the sewing fun!

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  94. Weed the stash? Yeah, I don't think I've ever done that! I just use the fabrics I'm bored of for backs. And I'm broke so I don't buy much to start off with!

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  95. Here is my suggestion...kick hubby to the curb and use his space for more fabric! HAHA Just kidding, seriously I have the exact same problem, and I already use my child's closet! Bad parenting, yes! Go through your stash and get rid of what you don't like or don't have interest in anymore I guess!

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  96. I am still trying to BUILD a stash so I don't really have much to weed out.

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  97. I weed out my stash with scrap quilts and hand bags. I love the memories I sew up in scrap quilts as I remember all the projects from the scraps.

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  98. Let's see how do I weed my stash. Its sad but I will let me son play with fabrics on the sewing machine that I don't completely love. I give it away sometimes, but that is just so I don't feel guilty for all the fabric I buy!

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  99. Are you kidding? When you figure it out, please let ME know. By the way, showing all those beautiful piles of fabric only makes things worse for all of us who share your fabric buying problem. :)

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  100. I'm afraid I'm only good at adding to the stash. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  101. I weed out my stash through swaps and donation quilts. I find that making quilts for my local children's hospital is a really good way to scrap and stash bust!

    But then... I re-hoard via fabricdonkey.com. She tells me all the fun secrets of sales so I don't have to look. It's like double speed online shopping because you don't have to look for the sales yourself.

    Oh crap. Did I just enable you? ;)

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  102. I dont really have enough stash to need to weed through it...but due to lack of funds..this year I am on a shop my stash...and if I dont have enough there, i only buy enough for the project on hand...

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  103. I don't know... I go thru spurts and have also been noticing some great sales. It takes over my house too but it is a LITTLE studio so I just expect it. But I bought some nice organization drawers and have decided not to buy anything else until I can use up what is in the drawers... but my other self says, YAAAA RIGHT!! :)

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  104. I stop looking a fabric websites, sale or not, that way I'm not tempted. So while this won't help you weed your stash it would help your stash from growing...

    chancyf at gmail dot com

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  105. I'm all about embracing the destash this year! I have fabric that is years old and why am I keeping it? On to newer and better fabrics I say!

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  106. I think I'm with you. I was so overwhelmed by fabric depot that I couldn't focus. I wish I were a bit closer to take it all in small doses. I guess I don't have any wisdom as I'm with you. Hi my name is Shanna, and I'm a fabric-holic.

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  107. I just cleaned my sewing corner (okay, a little) and made a list of the projects I have in-progress. It was not a complete list but a place to start, anyway. I taped it on the wall. I figure that the next time I am itching to start something new, I'll have to first scratch one off the list. I don't have a huge stash but I do have many unfinished projects.

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  108. I can't weed out my stash, it's too precious! Kudos to those who can!

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  109. How to weed out the stash?
    Make loads of lovely stuff with it.
    Try to ignore the sales (impossible I know) and throw away the credit card.
    Short of that .... build a bigger house and ENJOY!!!!
    Andi x

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  110. I feel your pain and I have no good advice...buy a larger house (hah!)

    What about a fabric swap?? I'm sure no one would complain if they were on the receiving end of a very generous bundle!!

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  111. I don't have a tip I just wish I had half as much as your stash ;)

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  112. I'll help you with that little fabric problem and take that Kona off your hands ;)

    I just do a giveaway when I feel like stash is taking over....but it is true, then I miss it! I guess the best way to get rid of it is to sew it up!

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  113. put the credit card away, i repeat put the credit card away ;)

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  114. My stash isnt quite big enough to have to weed out anything yet. However I try really hard to buy only items that I have a project in mind for (and fail on occasion)

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  115. Don't downsize, just get better at "stashing" it! Get those flat totes that fit under beds and fill those puppies up!! Pack some away when you rotate your seasonal wardrobe. That way, when summer comes and you break out your boxes of shorts and tanks, you get the added bonus of "new" fabric. Or, you could just keep giving it away...

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  116. I wish I had your problem. Admitting is the first step. :)

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  117. I've never weeded my stash...frankly, because my stash hasn't grown enough to need to be weeded! My husband approves most of my fabric purchases (if I don't want to spend my monthly allowance on it) so my stash doesn't grow as much as it could!

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  118. I'm sorry I have no tips either. I have piles of fabric and bags of fabric all over the house, but I still need more so I would love to win some in your giveaway :)

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  119. I don't bother weeding out my stash. I've learned to embrace the mess. Sometimes it's good to make a quick squares quilt to try and use some fabric up fast.

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  120. i tend to reorganize every half year and i've recently made a neat little pile for a yard sale benefiting March of Dimes. Might as well put the fabric to good use since I haven't touched it in a while.

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  121. I'm getting ready to start weeding through my stash and I really need some of this advice. I'm still working out what I define as a staple, so that I can keep those and then only keep other fabrics that I have planned for projects.

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  122. I don't technically clean mine out, I just move it to my sister's house. Then I get surprised when she gives it back to me later. I save money, get to be surprised twice, and my husband doesn't realize how big my stash really is. Everybody wins!

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  123. I haven't figured out the weeding yet. Even stuff I'm pretty sure I'll never use is impossible to part with. Please somebody reveal the secret of letting go!

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  124. I don't week out the stash I just keep the bigger yardage in the closet on hangers under my clothes and the other big pieces under the bed, what he doesn't see if won't complain about!! hehehe Start hiding that stash.

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  125. My tip is to use the fabric for a charity project - like breast cancer pillows, or donate it to the local high school's home ec teacher. She can always use free fabric. Kathie L in Allentown

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  126. Whatever you do, don't rent a storage unit; then you'll know it's completely out of hand and you belong on "Hoarders."

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  127. haha, i don't have a tip except use and don't buy. sounds easy right???

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  128. I cut old fabric down into pre-cut strips (2 1/2" is most common). That way if I need to make a quick gift, or I want to make a scrap quilt, the strips are already cut and ready to use. The 2 1/2" strips work great because of all the jelly roll patterns that are out now.

    It helps because it gets fabric off the shelf, and motivates me to use some of it.

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  129. I keep my stash small by limiting my budget and sticking to it. It's hard, though!

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  130. I have to no idea how to weed out! Like yourself, and all the other fabric junkies out there, I have no plan on stopping any time soon ;-0

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  131. Ohh such pretty, pretty fabric!!

    Tip: I shop my stash first when making a new quilt. Then if I need to I can spend some $$ on coordinating fabric or backing to finish the quilt with most of the fabric from the stash. It's working for me!

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  132. I totally understand! I am trying to be so good and not buy any fabric for a while....I'm trying to use what I have and that makes my husband happy, however, I am dying here because I badly want to buy some too....for me, I just avoid looking at the shops daily...just on the weekend. :) Great stash you have though....I'd destash for a classic iPod too! :)

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  133. Love it all! Maybe a bigger house!

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  134. Oh I hear you! I'm regaining my house right now! lol, the trick was to build a studio in the garden! Shocking I know, but really, you need to stop shopping and use what you have, love what you have and enjoy it looking equally fantastic in a project, well, that's my plan along with a fabric diet! But winning is ok :)

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  135. I'm too new to quilting to have any good tips, but I love the stash busting rainbow quilt a long that stitched in color is doing!

    Thank you for a fun giveaway!

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  136. wow, it is a bunch of fabric, but you just never know what you might need. I tried to destash and only got rid of things i really did not think I would every use for myself and then made a bucket of fabric to put in the garage that can be used for charity quilt or kids projects. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  137. I don't have a stash yet. I am slowly working on getting one. I would love to have the problem of no room for fabric!

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  138. Way to support the industry!! You're just doing your part!:)

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  139. Since I'm a SAHM and we have only one income coming in, I really don't have a stash problem, though I really wish I did heehee...I do have a little stash that I think I'm going to make into a few quilts and try to sell them on etsy...we shall see how it goes....Anyone out there need a safe home for extra fabric to go to? I promise I will take good care of it :-)

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  140. I can see by the number of comments that you have already accumulated that there are many of us out here/there that are more than willing to help you with your "problem". As far as weeding out my stash, right now I am so behind and have so many projects lined up that I'm not permitting myself to spend money on new fabric, and I'll participate in a giveaway if its something I really, really want. Financially, I'm trying to cut back, too. I'm not involved in a guild or anything, but I have separated out some fabrics that I'm not particularly fond of that I would like to see used by someone-- I have one friend who sews, so I can offer them to her, or there are some women who meet regularly to make and donate pillowcases for troops, so I may contact them
    (or if I get more industrious, make some myself)-- but I am a very slow sewer. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! Love all your new selections that you purchased-- enjoy!!

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  141. I am right there with you... destashing for me is nearly impossible. I say just find clever ways to HIDE it! My hubby rarely sees my purchases, anymore... clever timing and packaging. ;o) I don't know what to tell yours about wanting 1/2 the house back. I would tell mine to just work more hours and not worry about anything but is comfy bed! Ha! J/K Anywho... good luck with the downsizing. It is a very tough chore, indeed.

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  142. You are so funny! I agree, I too am a hot mess...but with sales, what is a girl to do! And then there is all that gorgeous fabric I cant wait to get my hands on...I now have taken over 2 of our 3 bedrooms for my scrapbooking and quilting. I think I am safe as long as nothing shows up in his garage!

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  143. I never weed out anything that I ever fell in love with. Anything that was a purchase because it was such a good deal or was part of a swap gets sent away periodically if it hasn't been used in a few months.

    Thanks for giveaway!

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  144. Ironic, yes--giving advice on weeding out a stash in hopes of adding to my stash? Here's one I've been working on: identifying fabric I simply don't love, and then donating that to a person or organization that uses fabric for charitable purposes. Sometimes I come across something in my stash and wonder, "What was I thinking?"...other times, I see something and remember, "Oh, yeah, I used to think dessert fabrics were really cute."

    And sometimes I find fabric that won't be going into any quilt I'll ever make, but that I still think is cute. That's when I make a few cherry-stone- or rice-filled heating pads as "have on hand" gifts.

    Thanks for the generosity!

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  145. My favorite way to weed out my stash...ie downsize for more room for more lovelies!...is to give away to friends and fellow fabriholics. I like to spread the love and a little sunshine =)

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  146. Oh my, do I know what you mean! I am in the process of organizing my sewing room and it currently looks like a bomb exploded! LOL! It is taking far too long and I can't wait to get back to sewing. As my friend tells me, it would go a lot faster if I would quit stopping to fondle every darn piece of fabric I pull out! As for taming my stash, I am just as terrible at it as you are. I have decided as I go through, if I have more than 1 fat quarter of the same fabric (which I do), I will give it to my friend and not cry about it. Well, maybe one small tear.=)
    Thanks for the giveaway. Solids are where my stash is lacking and I would love to add to it by way of a giveaway win as I am NOT allowing myself to buy for quite a while. That's the plan anyway!;)

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  147. I weeded out my stash once; but it was because it was filled with way too much traditional fabric that was handed down to me and honestly it was taking up valuable real estate.

    I don't have a monster stash now; but I certainly need to destash some things. It's so hard!!!

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  148. I'm sorry, weed out the stash? I don't understand the question. ;-P

    By comparison, my stash is quite small so I don't have as much weeding to do. But I am pea green with envy at that kona stash!!! I really need to bulk up my solids.

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  149. weeding out my stash...not that I have a stash or anything *shift eyes* >.> i just make little knick-knacks.. birthdays are all year round right !!

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  150. I find it easier to let go of my fabric if I cut a strip or two off to keep (Bonnie Hunter of quiltville.com style). I like scrappy quilts and that way I can have my cake and eat it too!
    I belong to two local guilds, both make charity quilts for; the hospital for both babys/tots and teens, the local hospice house, local homeless shelter, different soldier quilt groups (Quilts of Valor, etc), Vetrans hospice, etc. One group (fifty-ish members) donated more tha 150 quilts total last year! We also have a guild auction as a fund raiser each year. Members donate all kinds of stuff, quilting and non quilting items. We are encouraged to bring non members to the meeting, that way we are not just swapping the same stuff back and forth, and it's a great way to get new members in the guild. Part of it is a silent auction with bid slips showing, the other part is a live auction. It's all too much fun.
    I'd love a chance to win some solids...I have such an issue buying solids!

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  151. I have no tips...I am like you - I don't want to give up any of my fabric because I am SURE I'll need it SOMEDAY! Though I really don't have a lot, as a new quilter...though it's probably more than even I'm conciously aware of. :-) And I don't want to know.

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  152. I think about how long something has been in my stash. I then give myself a certain amount of time to use it. If I don't meet the deadline, I cut a 2.5 inch strip and give the rest away. That way, I have a piece, and can use it in a few small projects. I just pulled 2 grocery bags full of fabric to give away. It was hard, but now I feel a bit less crazy, and my family has the dining room table back:-) Good Luck!

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  153. Its all about perspective; Your stash is not too big..... your stash storage space is just too small! Count me it.... I'll build an extra room if needs be....

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  154. I have had to start being extremely hard on myself about my own fabric stash as it has grown outside its limits 2x and instead of downsizing I expanded. Whoops! So the third time it overflowed I finally had to take a step back and reevaluate.

    At this point I figure I have more than enough fabric to sew for the next 30 years so I made a deal with myself to get rid of anything that isn't so much my style anymore and not keep it because I feel guilty that I spent $$$ on it. And if I don't think I will sew with it in the next year or two I should give it to someone who will. I want someone to enjoy it even if it isn't me!

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  155. My stash is not large enough to part with any of it! Haha. I feel your pain on the sales lately....they can keep them coming! :)

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  156. You mean I'm supposed to weed out my stash? :0) Dear hubby threatens to throw it out on occasions, but I know he knows how much it cost his wallet and he won't really do it! But, ya know, I could use some more solids to go with my stash of prints!

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  157. weeding out just enables you to justify buying more lol. (like that's a bad thing). It's better to find a great way to organize so it looks like less. or you can destash on etsy/ebay or giveaway/donate.

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  158. I am just beginning to have enough fabric to call it a stash. But, I know there is some fabric that I will NEVER use because I have grown in my fabric knowledge and usage. So,, sue to everyone's suggestion, I feel empowered to make a stack to give away! Thanks!

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  159. I"m on a bit of a fabric diet - trying not to buy new stuff AND trying to use up what I have. I find that sewing for my kids helps me use up a lot of fabric - someone always needs a new bag or skirt or stuffie or something. Right?

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  160. My tip is SEW FASTER!! That's it. I can't get rid of fabric. I think it's a sewing sin of some sort....Good luck with that!

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  161. It's never occurred to me to "weed" my stash! I'm still too new I guess - but I am out of room for sure, and there are piles of projects and fabric all over the place. I'm trying now to use mostly fabric in my stash when picking out a new project these days. Invariably I still have to buy something...which gets me in the sales...and you know how that goes!

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  162. It's impossible, just give in to the hoarding!

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  163. No tips here. I'm still a newbie so I've never really developed a fabric stash. Now knitting.... that's another story. When it gets out of control I have a giveaway on my blog. Fun for me and fun for a reader!

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  164. I weed my stash by requiring that I shop my stash before buying additional fabric for a project. I also limit the number of projects I can have in process at once. I found this to be a big help since I tend to get excited about a project start it and then move to the next project before the first is finished.

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  165. I weed out my fabric stash like I weed out my clothes closet. I get rid of the obvious rejects first. Then I get a little tougher & pull anything that hasn't been used in a year or maybe 2. Yes, I really loved it when I got it, but it no longer thrills me or it just doesn't work with anything else I have. (If I haven't used it in 2 yrs., there's probably a reason.) I console myself knowing that it will go to someone who WILL love it and use it. Then I get it out of the house quickly- before I can change my mind!

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  166. Tips for weeding out your stash....well I have no tips except for always pay cash! I no longer use my debit card when shopping for fabric so that I don't overspend.

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  167. I have to admit I laughed during your whole post..sounds like me..I am having a serious fabric buying problem lately...such good sales going on online and with the price of cotton supposed to skyrocket, a girl can't be too prepared! Bless you for 'sacrificing' some solids...that is what I haven't bought too much of latey and could really use some...and free on top of it! Lisa in Texas

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  168. Ummmm... Kona love! I just got a new puppy and named her Kona.. her color on my Kona color card is caramel.... oh! The stash .. sorry I was distracted dreaming of that box of kona fq's .... first I would figure out how much space I need to clear out .. then you will know how much fabric needs to be relocated. Once you know exactly how much de-stashing you need to do, you can come up with a good stragety. My stragety is this:
    1. Donate fabric you don't love to a broke modern quilter or to someone who will make a charity quilt.
    2. Pick some colors and a pattern for a future quilt.. grab some stash and cut it all up and store it in a smaller plastic storage container (takes up less room when cut up). I tend to make a lot of zig zags to donate or give as gifts so I will grab yards and cut 3" strips with my accuquilt so I am always ready to wip up a zig zag.
    3. Beg someone else to hold a box of stash for you for a while. My boyfriend actually keeps stash he likes so I won't give it away.
    Other then that I'd say maybe buy a really fast sewing machine and make as many quilts as possible in a short time frame ;-)

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  169. Weed the stash? Hmmm, that's an interesting concept. I'll have to give it some thought, lol. I have such trouble cutting into my favorite fabrics, I tell myself I'm waiting for just the right project. This year I have resolved to USE them. That's why I bought them right. I love love love Kona solids lately so feel free to pick me!

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  170. Weed it out?!?!? Is that even an option? :-) Actually, I have a girlfriend that sews and anything that I'm not in love with anymore gets brought out when she's over, she picks out what she likes, and then I donate the rest to Purple Heart.

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  171. There's no cure for fabric addiction!

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  172. Heather, I feel like you understand me in a way my husband never will. I agree that it is mostly the shops' fault for having all those sales. But I also blame the fabric companies for continually coming out with lines I want (must have). I have been on a fabric diet (only partially successful) and it has been killing me. So, winning some Kona would rock!

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  173. I don't weed out my stash. I like to take it out, touch it, restack it, then put it back until the next time. It is like therapy and a lot cheaper.

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  174. I always shop my stash before I shop elsewhere for a project. I'm loving solids right now! Let me have em!!

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  175. I usually buy with a purpose so I don't have a big stash. But yours looks sooooo nice!!

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  176. Weeding out the stash is pretty tough. I try to be brutally honest with myself about what I will and most likely will not use, & then immediately get rid of what I won't use. I still hoard like a mofo tho. I can't lie. I've now run out of room on my shelves and have asked the boyfriend to take me to target to so I can buy more shelves. You know, instead of getting rid of any fabric. Ridiculous huh?

    Thanks for the chance to win. If I WIN fabric, that's not really my fault, right?? I mean, it's not like I could turn it down or anything!

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  177. Solids are a must that I am lacking in! I can never decide which color to buy.....Don't get rid of your stash! Make more lovely things!

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  178. No no no don't weed the stash, your problem is definitely NOT the fabric, your problem is simply that you haven't invested your wealth wisely, property is a good solid investment you know, so buy out the neighbours, then you have one house for the family and one house for the stash! See, how simple is that!! :) And you know that with your stash living next door you will have THE BEST neighbours!! LOL LOL

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  179. We are truly kindred spirits, dear. Mine looked just like your stash, except mine was on Steroids. Then I reorganized it all by color and folded them neatly in drawers for easier access. When they were stacked, I'd pull from the bottom, and things started gettin' crazy really fast!
    So, from one kindred spirit to another, let me tell ya how I weed out my stash.
    1. I piece the hell out of my quilt backs. Cute, and it gives me a lot of extra room for more fabric.
    2. Make dresses for lil' girls. The poofier the dress, the more fabric you can pull out of your stash.
    3. ARE YOU CRAZY!?! DON'T GET RID OF ANY FABRICS! YOU'RE GOING TO NEED THEM ONE DAY!
    4. Seriously, pare it down girl, or you're going to be on that Hoarder's show. Shall I go ahead and place the call for you?
    5. Send it to your readers.
    Amen.

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  180. i don't have much useable stash because everything i buy i have plans for---it's time i need help with!!!
    most often if it looks like i have too much i just hide it at my mom's house!!

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  181. what clear up some stash no way I think your fabric is beautiful

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  182. I really don't think there is a way to weed out a stash! That statement is almost an oxymoron. I prefer to say my fabric is a collection. It sounds more permanent that way. :P

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  183. I think the best way to weed out the stash is to make something and give it away :D Every day I see something I want! Budget? bleh

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  184. No help for weeding out fabric-just make more stuff. I am doing a lot of scrappy quilts so you could send your scraps to quilters like me. That may help!

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  185. How to weed out your stash?? Send it to me!! :) just kidding, sorta. No, really. Uhh, make stuff! How about a "fabrics that have been around too long" quilt?

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  186. How do I weed out my stash? Honestly, I don't. I just keep buying and buying and removing just a little to make a block here and there for a bee. It's really a problem, one I am just realizing I have as I answer this question! Thanks for offering this giveaway. Hope I win so I can add to my ever-growing pile :)

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  187. Well all I can say is make your order but wait a day before you finalise it... if you still want it go ahead and order! Have fun and happy sewing.

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  188. oh i wish i was better at weeding out my stash... i guess sewing is my main way of weeding it out!

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  189. ahahha! I'm in the same mess :)

    Usually the best way to keep my addiction at bay is to stop reading blogs (although that never works!) :P

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  190. Well, I keep buying more fabric so I can't say much that is helpful but . . . I have been sewing for charitable causes and making gifts with my stash. I think that some of the stuff I have has been around awhile and it would be good to donate to my quilt guild for more charity quilts, or to my church for the same. And then there are locations in most counties where the poorer residents can go for free clothing, household goods, etc., and that would be a great place to donate some of the stash.

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  191. My only advice and it's not really advice, I stopped, I mean put on hold my shopping when I found myself literally crawling over fabric and stuff to get to more fabric and still not finding what I was looking for. I try to use my stash up for charity... seems to be working so far.

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  192. Cutting into fabric I love is haaaaaaarrrdd...but that's what it's there for, right? My stash isn't crazy huge yet, but I did go through some boxes where I'd stored some super ugly projects from over 10 years ago. Yep, just through 'em out. Hideous fabric, hideous dress pattern, never going to look good. Usually I like to repurpose, but not this time!

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  193. I wish I had ALL your new things. I am just starting making my stash and already I am getting looks from my sweet dh.

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  194. Oh yes, the ever-growing stash! I never seem to get completely ahead as there's always more pretty fabric to buy. I do make pillowcases and little treat bags to give as presents and I've been thinking of making some quilts to donate for fundraising.

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  195. I don't really ever weed my stash out, but what I do, is when my Mom comes to visit, I let her pick some stuff out to sew with. That way I know it's getting old and needs to be used :)

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  196. Not buying fabric gives me the shakes. I fill my cart online and then have to delete it really fast and walk away. I'm trying to use my stash - a closet FULL of fabric right now and have allowed myself to buy solids, backing fabric and batting only for the next six months. Good luck with your Hot Mess. I know I love mine.

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  197. I have a lot of trouble using up any fabric. I like to leave a little. Sigh. I am in a similar place: I can't possibly sew all the fabric I have but I want to keep buying more. I am thinking of getting the comic book boards for the mini bolt organizing. Then it won't be less but it will be more fun to look at!

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  198. I wish I had a stash to weed out, mine is still a baby stash. I guess just make lots and lots and lots of stuff helps weed it out. :)

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  199. Believe it or not...I buy, then sew...no stash to speak of.

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  200. My mailman brought my mail in the giant size USPS bin today. I believe that I've hit a new low as a junkie and clearly I don't know how to weed.

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