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Thread: How Much?

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    Jan 2010
    I never know what yardage to purchase when finding a piece of fabric that I like; not knowing what quilt pattern I will use or project. Any suggestions?

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    Super Member Quilt Mom's Avatar
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    Feb 2007
    Headed home
    There are different ways of thinking about fabric.

    If it looks good for a border, I get 3 yards.
    If it looks good for a backing, I get 6 yards.
    If it looks good for a splash of color, sometimes I get as little as a fat quarter.

    Since the quilts I make are mostly large, I tend toward the larger quantities of fabric... :lol:

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    Super Member Elisabrat's Avatar
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    Oct 2009
    Cody, Wyoming
    Unless I have a project in mind I buy small pieces just enough to wet my appetite. I make a lot of scrappy items so I rarely need 2-4 yrds of anything other than backing or sashing which I buy at the end to match what I have made. 1/3 a yard usually works so I can get at least 3-4 blocks with that fabric in it if not more so in the end it all coordinates. If your pocket book allows it a yard is a nice bit to insure you will get a good mix out of it in a quilt.

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    Super Member Oklahoma Suzie's Avatar
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    Aug 2008
    Home town: Rehoboth, MA Now living in OK
    I buy a yard, if I have no idea what to do with it.

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    Super Member ghostrider's Avatar
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    Jan 2009
    When I buy for stash, I usually get two or three yards. If I love it, I get five yards. I am truly sick. :oops:

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    Feb 2009
    What???? Just buy the whole bolt! :lol:

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    May 2007
    NE Pa.
    I'm with quilt mom, 3 yds or 4 if it is going in a quilt. When you take into consideration you might need it for border and binding. I never buy backing until the quilt is done. The size of the quilt determines how much backing I need to get.

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    Super Member bebe's Avatar
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    Oct 2007
    San Antonio, Texas
    always buy backgrounds especially if they are on sale.

    2 yds backgrounds(black, biege off white, white, tan and etc)
    Potential border fabrics 2to3 yds
    Blenders (marbles, fabrics that read solid) 1 yard
    Backing fabric 6-9 yards

    Often times you can find fabrics that can interchange and make a quilt so buy enough to have enough even if it's a lap quilt

    Buy FatQ's to build your stash and for scrappy quilts good way to build your stash w/ lots of color.

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    Super Member PurplePassion's Avatar
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    Mar 2007
    Southern MN
    If I really like it , I buy the rest of what they have!!! and figure out later what I am going to do with it. Blenders , I have started to buy a larger amount , because I am finding that they fit in with just about anything I am making and then have to be cautious so I don't run out of one in a quilt. Needless to say , I have enough fabric to rule the world. But I am happy with it.

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    Super Member Rose Marie's Avatar
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    Aug 2007
    Clay Springs AZ
    I love the on line sales for 3 dollars a yard. I buy alot of backing this way and if I just want fabric for my stash I usually buy a yard.

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