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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 Ramona Kuhn on July 20, 2010 at 4:40pm
Not too bad :) I love a good stash. My family won't even go into a fabric store with me any more and haven't for the past 10 years :))). I'll post some of my photos and it will make your place look down right ORGANIZED. Have a great day.
Comment by Gail Grange on July 20, 2010 at 3:54pm
I agree with Carole Gahm, It's happiness not a mess, and you never know when you may need a certain piece of material. xxx
Comment by Sherri on July 20, 2010 at 3:45pm
You should see my nice piles. They have so consumed my work/ office space. Last time I counted and took inventory, I had over 5000 different fabrics. I too am addicted to fabric.
Comment by Robin Anderson on July 20, 2010 at 3:38pm
My husband says it's good that I'm addicted to fabric instead of drugs or alcohol, although those would be cheaper . . . . . .
Comment by Cheri McNealy on July 20, 2010 at 3:24pm
Oh that's nothing....trust me. I have long thought there should be a "list" where Fabric-a-holics could meet and commiserate....and/or share...LOL I have a sewing room full of fabrics and a guest room - and now, some of it has made its way into my walk in closet for lack of space in "all the usual places". I do use it - but lets face it girls - who can pass up a sale and a half at your favorite fabric store? The days of my youth when my Mom made all our clothes out of those little 1930's type prints and paid 50 cents a yard for stuff that screamed HOME MADE - are long gone. Now, you go into a fabric store and my God - the textures, the prints, the cottons, the licensed products, the array of gorgeous and ever changing bolts makes a true fabric-a-holic drool with pleasure. I justify every purchase by saying to myself: well, I don't buy diamonds; I don't buy furs; I don't buy designer shoes or bags; I don't have a fancy car and I don't spend lots of money on much of anything" and when I buy fabric for today or tomorrow, it's always in manageable amounts (both yardage and expenditure). It's my hobby - and my obsession - and lots of the world spends more than they should on what floats their boat....so I can too!
Long live the Fabric-a-holics, our stashes and the sale of the week!
Comment by carole gahm on July 20, 2010 at 3:21pm
That's not a mess!! That's happiness in the making!!!!! lol!
I try to organize when I realize I need to begin sewing for the next season. I'm currently trying to finish summer stuff and have begun hauling out cool weather projects, with the intent of "cleaning up this mess!" Alas, what I end up with is even MORE fabric and patterns piled up all over any reasonably flat surface, while I tell myself "Hmm. Before I start winter stuff, I'll just quickly finish up these last 714 summer projects, so I won't have to put them away". Um, yeah. a-HEM. (We all know they'll still be there next year, and the year after, and...)
Comment by Betty Creel on July 20, 2010 at 3:14pm
i'm a proud fabric-a-holic too.. high five and two snaps to you!!!
Comment by Linda on July 20, 2010 at 3:02pm
What a relief, I thought I was the only one who had a craft area that looked like that. I've tried to get looking organized, but keep getting waylaid, when I find something I haven't seen in awhile. I have bags of material with patterns and thread already to sew, but somehow, it never gets started? I just bought some more fabric and a pattern 2 days ago. The fabrics been washed, but I haven't opened the pattern yet. Maybe today I will. Linda
Comment by Susan on July 20, 2010 at 3:02pm
LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You go girl! Post some photos of those bags too! :D

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