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Stack #2 - for MorsBags & Charity

Ok, so, I am a fabric hoarder and I admit it. Now,  I limit myself to purchases that are necessary and I do not go to a quilt shop to "browse".  That's very dangerous.  Usually I end up spending over $100 on "just browsing".  I opened my cupboards the other day to have a proper clean-out and see just what is lurking on those shelves.  The oldest piece of fabric dates back to the early 1990's.  I asked myself, "why are you holding on to this"?  And, "what will you possibly use it for"?   Actually, I asked this question (to myself) about a lot of my stash.  Just thumbing through the stacks separated by color and genre, like batiks, brought memories flooding back to me of quilts I envisioned, patterns in these color choices and on and on.  But, instead, at this point in my life, I see that a lot of what I thought was a good idea but never got around to, is actually an old desire I no longer wish to pursue.  So, what to do?  I started going through the stacks in a different light.  "What are the possibilities"?   Now, I have a huge stack that will be going to charity causes.  I've made more bags to give away...Morsbags ....I have a pod of one (myself).   Please go to the website and see if there is a pod in your area, or create your own.  It is a wonderful cause that makes you feel good to do good for our environment.  The website has information, templates, pattern, and a shop to purchase labels and other items.  The rest of the stacks and most of my scraps will go to our local Retirement home, where ladies will make something awesome to share with family or sell in their annual bazaar.   This makes me feel happy about the years I spent hoarding, dreaming, wishing.....One more to share......

TQPM - Kennel quilts for Charity measures 12" X 18" for small dogs and cat cages

I've also been making kennel quilts to donate to needy shelters for small dogs and cats.  They don't have to be pretty or elaborate in any way, so this is a good way to use up scraps or orphan blocks.  Go to the TQPM website if you want to help this worthwhile charity.    Now, to move forward, finish what I've started, and plan for the New Year!  ;o)

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Comment by Sandra Paananen on November 17, 2016 at 8:20am

Thank you, everyone, for your kind comments.   It keeps me going, staying on task.  ;o)

Comment by Pam/NY on November 17, 2016 at 7:40am

You inspire all to clean out and donate!

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on November 13, 2016 at 8:05am

I need to do this.

Kennel Quilts http://www.quiltpatternmagazine.com/program/KennelQuilt/

is a very worthy cause, thank you or making them.

Comment by Roxann on November 13, 2016 at 5:25am
Good for you! I also try to limit my fabric buying for a purpose only. I do splurge once a year at the quilt festival but every year I limit myself with that also because I now have a drawer of kits that I wonder if I will ever get too. I thinks it's great you are using your "what was I thinking" fabric for a cause instead of just pitching. Keep up the good work!
Comment by Barb/WI on November 12, 2016 at 7:27pm

Wow, you are a very brave lady!  Sounds like a big project.  Smart.  Move forward, and don't look back.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on November 12, 2016 at 6:19pm

What a great endeavor, Sandra!  Sometimes we need to stop, evaluate, and make a new plan in order to move forward.  

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