50 Reasons to Buy Fabric

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November 13, 2017 By Dayna Evert

Not that any of us actually need a reason to buy fabric, but just in case you do these are my top 50 reasons.

  1. It helps keep the economy going. It is our duty to support cotton farmers, textile mills, and most of all quilt shops.
  2. It is less expensive and more fun than psychiatric care.
  3. I'm participating in a contest-the one who dies with the most fabric wins.
  4. It's important to invest in cotton futures.
  5. It keeps without refrigeration, and you don't have to cook it to enjoy it. Also, you never have to feed it, change it, wipe its nose, or walk it.
  6. It's non-fattening. It has been confirmed by registered dietitians that a fat quarter has 100% fewer calories than a hot fudge sundae.
  7. It won’t break.
  8. Like dust, it's good for protecting previously empty spaces, like the ironing board, laundry hamper, dining room table, etc.
  9. My cat needs a new pile of fabric to sleep and shed on on at least once a week. Cat sleeping peacefully on quilt
  10. It was on sale! Okay, it wasn't on sale, but by the time it was, all the good stuff would have be gone.
  11. A sudden increase in the boll weevil population might wipe out the cotton crop for the next ten years.
  12. When the Big Earthquake comes, all the quilt shops might be swallowed into the ground and never seen again.
  13. I need extra weight in the trunk of my car for traction on slippery roads. This is important, even in Florida and Southern California, as you never know when the weather will change.
  14. I’m buying it for a friend.
  15. It's much cheaper to cover the floor with fabric than new carpeting, and you can change the look more often.
  16. The devil made me do it.
  17. If all else fails, you can use it for cleaning rags.
  18. I might set up my own fabric shop and I'll need a starter inventory.
  19. To save a beautiful fabric design for posterity. They might stop making it, and it would be lost to the world forever.
  20. My friend has more variety than I do, and I have to keep up with her.
  21. Because I can't live without it.
  22. Because this fabric just talks to me and calls my name.
  23. I have new shelves for fabric storage, and if I don't fill them up, they won't look right.
  24. It will go with some I bought last year.
  25. It's so pretty and fluffy!
  26. Well-known medical fact: prevents washing machine withdrawal symptoms on light laundry days.
  27. Keeps the people who make cardboard inserts in bolts of fabric employed, thus supporting the national economy in yet another way.
  28. Assists the little birdies with their nests when scraps, threads, and little whispies are allowed to blow in the wind.
  29. Ophthalmologists recommend quilting to support the sagging eye glasses industry.
  30. Buy it now, before your husband retires and goes with you on all your shopping expeditions.
  31. It does not promote tooth decay.
  32. Nobody told me not to.
  33. It's not immoral, illegal, or fattening.
  34. It calms the nerves, gratifies the soul, and makes me feel good.
  35. Buy it quick, before all the good stuff is gone.
  36. Surgeon General says: "Ten yards a day keeps the blues away."
  37. A yard a day is all the quilt shops of America ask.
  38. Step 32 of Master Plan to drive husband crazy.
  39. Everybody else does it.
  40. "Oh, what a feeling!"
  41. If you don't buy it now, you may never see it again.
  42. Unless my fabric stash is reasonably impressive, people might think my family is destitute, and my children would be embarrassed.
  43. A large fabric stash is the sign of a creative mind.
  44. It insulates the closet where it is kept.
  45. There's just one more piece I need, and I'll know it when I see it.
  46. Without fabric I would have nothing to do with my rotary cutter and my mat and my sewing machine and my iron and my thread and my needles and my quilting books . . . . . (and my time).
  47. I owe myself a reward for that half-pound I lost last month.
  48. "Because I don't have it yet!"
  49. I NEED it!
  50. It was awful! I was trapped in the quilt shop, and the only way out was to buy my way out!
Now get out there and support those quilt shops!

Dayna Evert
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