Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 30

Thread: Which comes first - Pattern or Fabric

  1. #1
    Super Member JanetM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    At my LQS
    Posts
    2,351
    I am in the process of reorganizing my fabric stash and have come across fabric I've had for several years but haven't used.

    Most of my fabrics were purchased because I liked the fabric but didn't have a specific project in mind. When I have a specific project in mind and then "shop" my stash I never seem to have the right fabric and end up buying more.

    I'm thinking that I should first have a project in mind or a specific pattern, and only then should I buy fabric. How do the rest of you handle this?

    Pattern first, then fabric????

  2. #2
    Super Member nena's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    WV
    Posts
    2,147
    I always buy material just because I see it, and can't live without it. Then every once in awhile I will find a pattern I like and go through my stash and pick out material to make it. Put the pattern with it and stick it in another stash of make one of these days. There have been times I have actually went back and made one.....

  3. #3
    Super Member Beachbound's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    1,132
    I'm a fabric first girl too. I just love it all...

  4. #4
    Super Member katier825's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    FL
    Posts
    6,627
    Blog Entries
    3
    Most of the time, I pick the fabric first. I'm more confident that I can locate a pattern than to find the fabric I love if I pass it up.

  5. #5
    Super Member b.zang's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    British Columbia
    Posts
    1,780
    Blog Entries
    1
    Pattern first, then shopping. Trying to reverse that trend and start with fabric!

  6. #6
    Power Poster MadQuilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    ELVERTA, CA
    Posts
    12,917
    Blog Entries
    1
    My stash is big enough that I should be able to make a quilt a month until 2032. HOWEVER, there is always that bolt of fabric that begs "buy me, please!" OR the occasional project that is missing the perfect border. I do both - as long as I can shop for fabric. lol

  7. #7
    liblueeyes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Delaware
    Posts
    155
    I almost never buy fabric just to buy fabric. I have a project in mind first and then go pick fabrics. I use the fabrics I do have from other project leftovers or gifts for scrap quilts.
    Just an opinion.

  8. #8
    Super Member chris_quilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    leavenworth, ks
    Posts
    2,608
    Blog Entries
    19
    Fabric first girl, also!!! I have enough in my stash for lots of quilts but I find it hard to pass up fabric that begs me to buy it.

  9. #9
    Moderator littlehud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    SW Iowa
    Posts
    32,965
    I do both. I buy lots of fabric just because it calls to me. Some of it makes it into quilts but most of the time I end up at the fabric store after I find a pattern I like. Then I end up buying more fabric on top of what I need for the quilt. :-D

  10. #10
    Power Poster dkabasketlady's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Lakeland, Florida
    Posts
    10,282
    I buy fabric first and yes, I buy fabric just to buy fabric(I'm addicted) and then shop from my stash when I pick out a pattern I want to make. I'm sooooooo proud of myself last weekend I went to LQS with my DM and didn't buy any material. I had a pattern in mind and my own material picked out, but wanted to see if I liked something else better and I didn't. Good for me!!!

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.