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Thread: What Criteria do you use when buying fabric?

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    Super Member Quilt Mom's Avatar
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    I have often wondered what criteria people use when buying fabric. Sometimes a particular piece just 'jumps out and grabs me.' But other times... it takes forever to find a piece that works.

    Anyone care to share their technique?

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    Community Manager PatriceJ's Avatar
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    if i'm searching for something specific, it takes me forever, too.

    i never have any trouble finding piles of things i like "just because".

    -do i like it?
    -is it reasonably priced?
    -do i have the money?
    -if i spend the money will i still be able to buy groceries, gas and pooch food?

    it's easy to see why i have a mountain of stash. :roll:

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    Moderator tlrnhi's Avatar
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    I'm the same as Patrice.
    I buy fabric that I like or whatever screams at me to buy.
    I think I've only walked out of a fabric store once and not bought anything......

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    Just grab and run :-)

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    Super Member Mamagus's Avatar
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    I buy online special fabrics that I know I won't find around here - Beautiful Christmas collections, Eric Carle themes, Dick and Jane, etc.

    When I am shopping for fabric I take a sample book with me and in this sample book will be swatches I already own. EXAMPLE: - I was collecting roses and rose fabric for a while for an elegant log cabin and with just a quick comparison I could see if I should buy it.

    I also know what types of what I call "fillers" I will use... Tone on tones, mottles, certain colour groups... never pass up a good golden yellow ! It WILL get used! So if I see something I know I will use I get it.

    And then there is the "OMG" factor. Don't know what I will use it for but I just can't leave it there for someone else to buy because I KNOW what they won't love it and appreciate it like I will!

    AND having said all that... when I am looking for that last piece for a project, I can NEVER find what I want!!

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    Moderator littlehud's Avatar
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    I buy lots of fabric that just calls to me. If I'm buying specific fabric for a project I can be in the fabric store for hours. My youngest used to laugh at me because it took so long.

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    Super Member Darlene's Avatar
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    I try to buy fabric for a specific project and what I want it to look like in my mind. But sometimes I see some that I just have to have for my stash. LOL

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    Super Member Scissor Queen's Avatar
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    Criteria? There was supposed to be a criteria? Maybe that 'splains things.

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    Super Member mpspeedy's Avatar
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    I usually buy because I like it. If I defineately know that I am going to be using it for me personally I make sure I like the feel of the fabric. If it is an item I will definately be handquilting that is the most important part. I buy lots of cute or theme fabric for Linus quilts. They will be machine made so the appearance and price are the main criteria.

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    Super Member Rose Marie's Avatar
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    I check out all my favorite websites frequently for thier 3 dollar a yard fabrics and buy whatever I like and at least one yard.
    For projects I check my stash first then go shopping if I dont have what I need.

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