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Thread: Purchasing Fabric

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    I usually buy 2 yards of whatever - along with maybe one or two other pieces that "go"... if not, then just the two yards. In the case of the swirl that really (really) shouted at me, I got three yards... which I'm glad I did - made a huge quilt.

    When Hancock had the batiks half price I got one yard of a whoooooole bunch of them - those are so cool for fans and plates :shock:
    I have lots of batiks and brights 8)

    I'm thinking about donating some of my stash to the quilt quild that I joined. There are some women there who absolutely cannot afford to go out and buy and I have lots of stuff I got from Walmart on the markdown (not the cheap-cheap stuff) for a dollar a yard and kind of want to weed that out...

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    Ok. I know where you are at! Yes thats my last name. Are you originally from around Chickasha? I think DH family is pretty much from around the Enid area, but you know some are scattered around!

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    Yes Chickasha is home and has been for close to 60 years (for me anyway). I do genealogy(at least before I came down with quiling fever) and they migrated to Oklahoma via Texas, Georgia, and Alabama.
    Depending on how long I have this fever I may never get back to genealogy.

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    Well Okie I think Quilting Fever is a permanent affliction (or addiction) :lol:
    I will ask Grandma Shaw about any relatives in your area.

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    I NEVER have a pattern in mind when I am looking at fabric. If I do, I usually TRY to have the pattern with me, or TRY to remember HOW MUCH I need. But, that usually never works.

    Here's what I do.
    If I like it and I walk back to it a couple times and say...yea, it's nice, then I'll buy 1/2 yard. That's 2 fats and I LOVE fat quarter quilts.

    If it's something that will make a nice border or eye catching part of a quilt, then it's usually 2 or 3 yards.

    If it's for a backing and I think it'll look nice in the front of the quilt......well, then I might buy the entire bolt, but usually about 8 yards.

    If it SCREAMS my name and won't let me out of the store without it....well, that means I HAVE to have it and it could be anywhere from 6 yards to the entire bolt.

    I have learned that if the fabric is really pretty and you REALLY like it, then buy at least 2 yards. I made the mistake of only buying a yard of a fabric I LOVED, only to go back and it was gone. I still have the fabric, not sure what I will do with it, maybe cut it for a fat quarter quilt, dunno, but I really LOVE it and DON'T want to cut it. lol
    I think it will be one of those that stays in my "collection". ;)

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    I'm staying in the "buy only for a project in mind" state of mind...for the moment. :lol: I was at the quilting store yesterday and there was a lot of kids fabrics and bright/bold fabrics that I really liked. But was in the same boat as you...how much should I buy? So I didn't buy anything. I figure, it'll be there later. And if not, ah well.

    I've already gone plum crazy buying scrapping supplies, I'm trying not to add another money suck. :lol:

    Yeah, let's see how long that lasts!

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    I figure, it'll be there later. And if not, ah well.
    I have come to realize that there will ALWAYS be a fabric calling my name. If I miss getting this one, there will be another one next time. Therefore, I try to buy for a project.

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    Buy 3 yards if something you really like (borders or focal fabric in quilt). 2 if you are not sure but can incorparate other colors you like . Buy fat Q's often to build your stash if you like scrappy. Build your stash w/ colors you like and can coordinate. Lights are good tocollect always need backgrounds.

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    Ok...I'm a little different (in oh so many waysLOL) I collect red with white and whites with red.... and also blues...but I'm doing a charm soon in the red/whites I just need some more before I start cutting.

    will buy anywhere from 1/4 yard to the bolt depending on cost, budget, if I think I'll really use a lot of it, quality, ability to use in more than one project, and whether it screams out to me or someone close to me. Whew! that's a lotta rules that really just = depends.

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