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...or is it fabric-aholic?

My husband shuddered one day when he overheard a quilter say she was a fabric "collector." He was horrified, because I think he has a sneaking suspicion he's married to one! He is very supportive of my quilting habit, but my fabric "inventory" causes him some concern. The thing is, I'm a very conservative girl, so I'm not a compulsive spender. But...

...I love quilt fabric. Flannels, plaids, homespuns, cottons - I like it all. And since I like scrap quilts, I am the queen of fat quarters. (I don't have to have a LOT of any one fabric, just a tiny piece of a whole bunch of different ones.) So, the Connecting Threads Mama's Cottons are calling my name, not to mention the Indigo blues or Madder reds. The kicker is that I don't "need" any more fabric or any more quilt projects to work on, but they are sure tempting.

Anyone else have this problem?

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Comment by cellogirl on May 9, 2009 at 6:54am
What's this about need!! I also "collected" the above fabrics to add to my very bloated stash. I tell DH that it's much cheaper than therapy and better than pills for blood pressure!! It does a great job of insulating the walls, too!!
Comment by valma honeyfield on March 13, 2009 at 2:37pm
I too have a "fabric stash" out in the garage on shelves that my husband and son put up for me. I try to sort the fabric in colors and put them in the boxes that paper comes in. Copy stores give them away and they are the right size and weight for me to handle. I make scrap quilts and so feel I make good use of fat quarters, etc. Maybe we scrap quilters need a group.
Comment by Kathryn Benson on March 13, 2009 at 10:05am
Yes I have the same problem. I believe I have enough fabric to last me.... however I am so tempted by the sale CT is having now, plus there's a good sale at my closet quilt store. I counted one day, and I have 35 tubs of fabric cottons, flannels, fleece. Every once in awhile I go through and try to "weed" some out and give to the Goodwill. I know a lady who donated 15 18-gal size tubs of fabric to her local high school for the sewing teacher. With school budgets the way they are, fabric was low on the list. Needless to say the teacher was in fabric heaven.
Comment by Cheryl / NC on March 13, 2009 at 6:42am
LOL! I'm with Carol, Problem? What problem?! I don't have a problem! My husband is a self-professed "Tool Junkie" so he's careful about saying anything about my fabric stash! How great is that! ;) In all other cases, I'm a very frugal spender. But when it comes to fabric, I'm one of those who buys 4 yards at a time when I really like the fabric, and 2 if think it will work in something I haven't started yet! I'm a serious contender in the game "She who dies with the most fabric wins!"

Edith,As bad as I can be, I can't say I've ever come home with 85 yards at one time, that's awesome! :)
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on March 13, 2009 at 6:41am
Thanks, ladies, for validating my passion. (That sounds better than addiction, huh.) It has been fun reading all of the responses. One quilting sister I know doesn't buy many fat quarters. Her husband told her to buy no less than 3 yards of any fabric, because he figured it was cheaper for her to buy 3 yards at a time than make several trips to town because she ran short!
Comment by Adele on March 13, 2009 at 6:29am
To fabri-holic: I just started quilting and I already have the same problem. Never enough material and never enough time. I am slowly learning to cut the pieces accurately, I have found I am too sloppy at cutting and they are not fitting together properly. Hope you have a great day. Adele
Comment by Nancy/NC on March 13, 2009 at 6:21am
I love fqs & have the stash to prove it, lol! I also love to use lots of different fabrics in my quilts, so I put them to good use, one way or another. DH will comment occasionally, but he even helps me fabric shop, lol, & I even have to put back stuff I don't want, like, or even need, so go figure! I seldom say a word about what he spends, but we both try to watch our spending. I make sure I really like whatever I buy too, so I know I will be anxious to use it later. Men have their toys, we quilters have our stash, what more can we say!....
Comment by Cat Lady--MO on March 13, 2009 at 5:55am
Yesterday at one of the quilt groups I attend, the lady next to me asked if i was still collecting fabric for my retirement (my DH is thinking about returning to a very rural area in MN when we retire). I told her yes, although with the economy I have had to slow down. She said her DH had just mentioned he would like to move back to Georgia or FL and the area he is talking about is also rural, aka: few fabric stores! I laughed when she said she guessed she needed to start collecting more fabric to prepare for the move. Collecting is not a bad thing. Later in the day I was told there is a rumor that one of the larger chain stores that carries fabric is talking about closing the local store. Many of us may have to do our collecting on line!

By the way, my DH keeps telling me if I see a piece of fabric that I want or would like to have in my collection/stash, I had better get it now, because it will not be available tomorrow when I need it. My problem is I seldom purchase less that one yard, and sometimes that means four fat quarters!
Comment by Quilts"R"Fun on March 13, 2009 at 5:40am
If your hubby is like mine, he probally has more tools than you do fabric. He also collects music so I know he's spending the cash because of the size of his collecting. He doesn't usually say anything about me buying fabric because I buy in spurts (like every few months), and try to keep it under $100. I also buy wholesale so I guess that's why he's okay with it.
Comment by Edith Lean/Ont. on March 13, 2009 at 5:06am
A true sister of the heart LOL. I am a scrappy quilter as well and had a gazillion fat quarters I have to close my eyes til I get past that section of the quilt store. I am positive that they build an aroma into fabric that intoxicates us Fabri-aholics. The year I came home from the States with 85 yards of fabric I thought my DH was going to have a heart attack. When they asked if I had bought THEM anything I would say yes "a Quilt" I just have to make it LOL.

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