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Thread: How much should I buy?

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    Super Member no1jan's Avatar
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    When you shop for material without a specific project in mind, how much material do you usually buy? I am new to quilting, about 3 months.

    I saw some material yesterday reduced down to $1.50 a yard. I have no idea what I would make out of it, but I keep on thinking about it. I even dreamed about it last night so know I really want it. It just seems to call to me.

    I am trying to get my husband to drive me back there today as I can't drive. It is about 30 miles away. How much would you buy?

    I know I should have bought it yesterday, but wasn't sure what I would use it for. But at the price, I have to go back. I was thinking (because of the price) about 4 yards. I figure I could always find something to use it for. It is white with pink flowers.

    What is the average amount of material you would buy?

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    I usually get at least 3 yards, 4 if I think I will use it for the back of a comfort quilt.

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    If I could afford it I would but what is left at that price. You could make a top and back the quilt.
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    I agree with both ladies. Sounds like a beautiful fabric.

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    I buy 3 yards of something I like or will use as blender fabric, 7 yards or more for backing, and 1 yard of fabric that will be good for accent color. If the fabric is good cotton then you can't not afford to stock up at those prices. Buy for backing if nothing else.

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    Thanks for the suggestions, I am on my way!

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    i usually buy two yards of something i like,if i have no pattern ready for it. (and if i have the funds and a coupon)


    I love baby fabrics and panels!

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    If I really like the fabric I buy 3-4 yards. If it's a great price and I can afford it I buy it all.

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    I usually buy 3-4 yds., but at that price I'd buy what was on the bolt if it's good quality material and you can afford it.

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    For that price, enough to cover a backing or two for large quilts - 8-10 yards.

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