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Just What A Fabric-A-Holic Needs-- More Fabric

I have been collecting fabrics for as long as I can remember and one thing that some might say is "don't give her anymore fabric"

I belong to a quilting guild and we trade fabrics once in awhile. One of our members brought a stack of upholstery to one of our trades and no one wanted them. Of course I said "I will take them" you can't let good fabric like that go to waste, right.
I looked at the fabric for a couple of weeks and decided to make some tote bags with it. The next meeting I bought the bags for "show and tell" Well everyone loved the bags and several of the ladies asked me if I wanted some of the fabric that they had cleaned out of their stash. I said yes! Because I am thinking that if they are anything like me they probably was getting rid of one or two pieces at the most. Well they told me to open my trunk and they filled it with bags of fabric. I thought "Oh My, what will Bobby say"
Well I kept all the fabric, I am still making bags and whatever else I can think of. Who can say no to fabric? I sure couldn't.
I used to worry that I won't use up all my fabric before I die. But then I started thinking about how happy I am to have such beautiful fabric to work with. I think I will just continue to create beautiful items and not worry about what someone else will do with it after I am gone.

What a mess!

Now I do know every single piece of fabric I own.

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Comment by marlene and Grand Daughter on July 21, 2010 at 12:16am
I love how nice and tidy your sewing room is and that hanging thing is just great , I had to buy a new ironing board as we couldn't find any place to put the fabric that lives on and under it
Comment by Laura Clang on July 20, 2010 at 11:38pm
Yep! Uncontrolled chaos. That's the way I work too. Never refuse the gift of fabric! Have found some interesting uses for a lot of it.
Comment by Cobi Campbell on July 20, 2010 at 9:13pm
I have found my people... :)
Comment by Stormee Bryant on July 20, 2010 at 8:18pm
All of you comments have been so encouraging. I love fabric and love the fabric store. I told my husband instead of buy me diamonds and pearls just let me have an endless account at the fabric store. I also love shopping for sewing machines. Anything sewing is what I am all about. I am glad I am not the only one.
Comment by sharon kruml on July 20, 2010 at 8:06pm
I no longer worry if I will use all my fabric before I die. It would be impossible if I lived to be 400 years old. Nor do I intend to stop buying. I have a great husband he is very supportive of my addiction. He realizes that it is better than an alcohol, drug or gambling addiction. If I die before he does he knows to just contact my quilt guild and they will happily take care of what is left of my problem for him. They will even come in and clean the sewing room up for the priveledge of having all of my stash. Which is something that will not happen until then. Tee Hee. My husband is such a great guy he will even go and cook when asked for the quilting guild and no I am not giving him away it has taken me 46 years to train him. Quiltin Queenie
Comment by Ma'amster on July 20, 2010 at 7:33pm
As my sewing area is in the kitchen, I had rubber maid totes throughout the entire house, each labeled with what was in it. I now have two huge rubbermaid totes (with wheels) under my sewing table and cutting table and a five shelf unit loaded with fabric. I took pictures of all my flannel and cotton and placed them on my iPhone. That way, when I go into a fabric store, I can match up my material with the material in the store. I'm not bringing home as much now, but when there's a sale on....look out!! And my husband too, doesn't mind me being a "fabric addict"! (He even suggested an app for my phone that helps to locate fabric stores where ever I may be!!!)
Comment by Rita on July 20, 2010 at 6:45pm
you lucky lady.
Comment by Jennifer Howell on July 20, 2010 at 6:21pm
You could donate some of it to the school or make quilts and donated them too. I my shelf kinda look like that .
Comment by Mary Lou on July 20, 2010 at 5:52pm
At last someones sewing room looks like mine! Although my room is not just for sewing I do other crafts there as well. In spite of my ongoing New Year's resolution to make up the patterns and fabrics I have before bringing in new, like you I can't say no to fabric.
Comment by Kyle on July 20, 2010 at 5:15pm
Bless you. I love that you literally have fabric hanging from the ceiling. My mom, both my sisters and I are all fabriholics. We used to say we should have a help group for people like us but we all know it would turn into a mad dash to the fabric store as soon as someone mention the latest ad. I love everything to do with sewing and creating. My grandkids love "shopping" in Grandma's "store" for their fabric that I will make up in the pattern of their choice. And yes, they literally come out with their items in bags! To those that may not understand the joy this addiction brings to all of us I say "SEW WHAT!"

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