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Thread: How much leftover fabric do you have?

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    Member nakotha's Avatar
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    How much leftover fabric do you have?

    These days I am busy with cleaning up my sewing room. I bet, here is one or two or more who knows, what it means.

    Well, this year my goal is to use more leftovers instead of using always new fabric. It works out ok. To be honest ...my fabric stash isn't the biggest. But while cleaning up now I found out, that I have more leftovers than new fabric. And to me it's a bit scary How good, that at the first of august the dutch fabric market comes to my little town, hehe

    So, what about you? How much leftover fabric do you have? Is it more than your unused fabric? Is it balanced? Do you keep every little piece?

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    I only have leftover scraps. I never buy fabric until I'm ready to start the quilt. I just don't want to end up with a huge stash of fabric. Too much clutter makes me jittery.

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    I am trying very hard to use what I have and NOT buy more. I have enough projects in the works that I could be busy for a long enough time. And I will not start another new one until I finish at least 1 - so basically I guess you could say my UFOs won't be growing. Just staying the same.
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    It depends on what you mean by leftovers. I have some fabrics that I bought specifically for a project. On some of these I have 'scraps' leftover. Some others I have 'yardage' leftover (fat quarter or greater). I have recently begun saving pieces left after trimming during paper piecing.

    I tried to make a 'scrappy' quilt using only my stash. I picked 4 colors - purple, aqua, orange and neutrals. I then started to make the blocks and realized that my neutrals and oranges all looked too similar in value/scale/color to qualify as scrappy. So I purchased approximately 10 - 1/2 yard pieces of both neutrals and oranges to enhanced the 'scrap' factor of the quilt. I love the results but it certainly did not reduce my stash. LOL!

    I find myself using my stash as a starting point for projects and then adding to it to complete. And the 'leftovers' continue to grow. Right now I think my stash is larger than my leftovers (but probably not for long).

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    My leftovers outnumber the new/unused stuff, but I have been quilting since 1992, and in that time have purchased a lot of fabric, and made a lot of quilts.
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    I don't have a lot of "leftover" fabric - I do have a stash though - I'm not sure where some of the fabric came from though - I must have had a vision when it was purchased but I've forgotten what it was!

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    i've seen several register tape quilts here lately that would be wonderful to use up the two tubs of scraps that i have. unfortunately, i'm afraid my uncut stash will last the rest of my lifetime
    Nancy in western NY

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    When I find a fabric I really like I try to buy enough to use in several projects. I really hate to have a fabric I love only to find that it is no longer available and then not have enough to do another project using it. So much of my stash is yardage that has been used in one or more projects already but hopefully there is enough for the next one I want to use it for. Just finished a quilt that I had to buy more of one of the fabrics twice. Third time I got 2 yards (only needed a few inches) so I would be sure to have some to keep.

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    I have a nice size cupboard containing my stash and a milk crate of scraps. I used up a lot of scraps in my Spiderweb Queen size quilt for our bed. Bonnie Hunter's www.quiltville.blogspot.com has lots of free patterns for taming your scraps.

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    Every year I tell myself I will get down to only one shoe box size of scraps.. and every year I make 3-4 full or larger size quilts and still have just as any boxes ( if not more) of scraps at the same time every year..

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