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From: PaulineG
Date: 04-28-2007, 02:28 AM (1 of 19)
Got dragged to the hobby shop today as dh and ds were looking at remote control cars (serious expensive ones - not toys) before we went somewhere else. Got a bit bored and dd and I went for a wander. It's not somewhere I would normally go shopping (probably a bit risky) and I noticed a store I'd never seen before.

Fabric store - closing down sale. Woo hoo. It's bad news that it's closing but really good news that I found it just in time. Really really cheap stuff (here in OZ anyway). Chiffon, georgette and cotton/lycra mixes for $2 a metre, stretch lace and stretch printed velvet for $4 a metre, wool suiting for $4 and so much more. Too much to take in at once. I'll have to go back on Monday with a budget, a plan and maybe a trailer :bg:
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From: Magot
Date: 04-28-2007, 06:52 AM (2 of 19)
definitely a trailer. :up:
love and kisses, Jan
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From: cshortsew
Date: 04-28-2007, 08:45 AM (3 of 19)
Sounds like a great find, have fun shopping.
Projects Completed in 2007:
Sewing: biscuit quilt, 7 baby dress sets, piggy pillow, 7 baby pants, eyeglass holder, purse, 5 baby outfits, toddler dress set
Crocheting: red purse, piggy slippers, sweater shawl, 5 pr. sock trims, 89 squares, baby sweater, 2 afghans, toddler harness, baby poncho, baby dress
Other: 14 Autism pins
Works in progress:
Sewing: toddler overalls & shirt
Crocheting: vertical stripes afghan
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From: lendube
Date: 04-28-2007, 12:23 PM (4 of 19)
What a fun find.

I suggest you take your caravan and maybe some form of protection
(being a dicey neighborhood and all). :re:

Good luck and let us know what you end up with.

User: lendube
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From: bridesmom
Date: 04-28-2007, 04:00 PM (5 of 19)
Oh, how fun that sounds!! Sad for them, but good for you!!
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
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From: vickki
Date: 04-28-2007, 07:08 PM (6 of 19)
Heck with the danger zone,make sure you get the fabric:up:
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From: PaulineG
Date: 04-28-2007, 10:41 PM (7 of 19)
Never get in between a woman and her fabric.
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From: material_pakrat
Date: 04-29-2007, 12:24 PM (8 of 19)
Pity I m heading in the other direction this week Pauline. Or I'd bring the credit cardS and the semi-trailer and make it a real shopping spree.:bolt:
Cheers, Soph.

I'm happiest when I am sewing!
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Member since: 12-13-2006
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From: PaulineG
Date: 04-30-2007, 08:01 AM (9 of 19)
Well I didn't need a trailer - only spent $44 dollars and came away with 6 metres of black cotton/lycra, 3 metres of grape cotton/lycra, 2 metres of midnight blue stretch velvet with a subtle tie die pattern (I actually thought it was large roses in the shop), 1.5 metres of burgundy/cream floral/paisley jersey lycra and 1.5 metres of hot pink fuzzy wool boucle with a loose weave and a tiny bit of glitter.

This doesn't count as stash - I have plans for nearly all of it - except for the black which I'll make a skirt of but I'm not sure what else. The velvet will be a skirt for me, the grape lycra and burgundy jersey tops for me and some left for a top for a lady I know. The wool will be a jacket for dd but I need to find an easy jacket pattern with lining because it is a bit scratchy. I'm thinking longish and not with buttons - I'm not sure the fabric would take buttonholes too well - anybody got any ideas?

The top for the lady I know is a nice story. She is a member of mine at WW and has lost about 42 kilos (about 93 pounds) and has been wearing the same clothes the whole time I've known her (nearly two years). She does have some new stuff but keeps wearing the same outfit to weigh in so it's always the same. I'm really looking forward to seeing her in something different and I think it'll be a good colour for her.

Very happy with my find - I'll be going back again as long as they stay open.
User: PaulineG
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From: DorothyL
Date: 04-30-2007, 08:35 AM (10 of 19)
This doesn't count as stash

Of course not!!:bluewink:

Maybe you might think about bound button holes on the pink jacket. You could make them out of a contrasting fabric or in a fun shape just for fun.
Just a thought.
User: DorothyL
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From: lendube
Date: 04-30-2007, 12:35 PM (11 of 19)
I'd say losing 93 lbs deserves something special!

How sweet of you to do that for her.

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From: MartySews2
Date: 05-03-2007, 06:16 PM (12 of 19)
If it doesn't count as stash when a specific project is in mind, then I don't have a stash ... just 100's of projects to do. Hmmm...maybe DH won't mind if I start creating a stash or stable. :cool: I tend to buy pattern, fabric and all notions needed when I shop. Seldom have I ever bought just fabric for the sake of fabric. It's a wonderful idea. Thanks for the encouragement.
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From: PaulineG
Date: 05-03-2007, 10:35 PM (13 of 19)
Rules of Stash

1. If fabric is purchased at the same time as a pattern - it's not stash.
2. If fabric is purchased with a pattern in mind - it's not stash.
3. If fabric is purchased with no pattern in mind but you plan to use it in the next couple of weeks - it's not stash.
4. If fabric is given to you by somebody - it is stash - but guilt free - kind of like diet food
5. If fabric is really cheap and will definitely be used one day soon - it's stash but also guilt free - just smart buying really.
6. If fabric is gorgeous but wildly expensive - it's stash and should be hidden away - until you can announce innocently "Oh this - I've had it for ages"
7. If fabric is overflowing and offsite storage is required - you might have some issues with stash
8. Quilters are exempt from all of the above rules - everyone knows that you have to grab that beautiful fabric while it's still available - otherwise you'll regret it. (I'm not a quilter but I think I understand how their minds work)
User: PaulineG
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From: DorothyL
Date: 05-04-2007, 08:18 AM (14 of 19)
What, there's some vice attached to stash?

Until you use it -- it's stash -- and there is nothing wrong with that.
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From: lendube
Date: 05-04-2007, 12:15 PM (15 of 19)
Hello, over here, absolutely guilty of numbers 1 - 5. I just committed a number 5 two days ago. :re:

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From: plrlegal
Date: 05-04-2007, 05:33 PM (16 of 19)
Hey I'm with Marty! I don't have a very bigh stash -- just hundreds of projects that I've assembled all of the fabric, zippers, buttons, patterns, thread, etc. for over the years. :re:

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From: mommydionne
Date: 05-05-2007, 02:40 PM (17 of 19)
Mmmmm I like those rules!!!
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 05-06-2007, 12:41 PM (18 of 19)
Geez...#7 applies here! :sad:

Oh...but I'm a quilter so #8 cancels out #7 :up: ... one happy camper here!!! :bg:
TTFN from
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From: ninifav
Date: 05-07-2007, 11:05 PM (19 of 19)
Don't know where I belong in this stash-bash...Just laughing all the way to my "not-stash" stash room...hehehe ... Paula
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