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Thread: What do you do?

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    I only make small wall sizes quilts so I usually just get fat quarters or charm packs. That way I get a bigger stash with more varity that I couldn't afford in yardage. So it all depends on your style and plans for the quilt size.
    Kathy Osterby

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    I rarely make small wall-size quilts and don't care much for scrappies, so I never buy the precuts - charm packs or layer cakes, etc. I rarely buy fat quarters. If I think a fabric would make a good focus for a quilt, I would buy 2 or 3 or 4 yards. If I think it would make a good accent fabric, maybe a yard or two. If I am thinking the back for a quilt, I might get 5 or 6 yards. If I have no idea what I would use it for, but I just love it, I would probably get 2 yards.

    Like Kathy Osterby said above, it all depends on your style and your plans. The more you quilt, the better you will get at knowing your style!

    BTW - welcome!

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    If I see something I really love, I do not put off buying it. Everytime I have, when I go back to buy, there's not enough of the fabrics I wanted to make a large quilt.

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    For me it depends on price, if it's a sale price and I absolutely love-love it then I'll get up to 5 yds of each fabric in the collection that I love. Most of my quilts go to charity so I tend not to look at the non-sale fabrics. I'd go bankrupt. 5 yds is roughly what I need for backing. So I know I have enough to do something with.

    I had bought just 1 yard or a fat quarter of something I loved in the past, but I've found that sometimes it's hard to find good coordinating fabric a few years later. Or it's not enough for my idea.

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    I would buy two yards each of the fabrics in the collection that I liked the best but never the entire collection, just the main ones. I can find supporting fabrics in other places and then whatever I eventually make won't look like a manufactured selection.
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    I first pick all the fabrics that I like in the line. Then I decide what fabrics would work for each part of the quilt. If it is a large print that would work for a border then I buy according to the size of quilts I usually make and most of the time that's 2.5 yards. Then if one of these fabrics would be sashing again based on the size of quilt I usually make buy accordingly. The remaining fabrics I would probably get a yard each.
    Joyce

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    Its your choice, precuts can be more expensive, but it can also be an easy way to get a variety of coordinating fabrics. There are many patterns for precuts.
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    Thank you so much for all the suggestions. I think I would like to make a large quilt from this line some day so I am going to choose a few of the fabrics I like and order some yardage of those.

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    This is a really interesting thread for me. I haven't been quilting very long and was also wondering about the best way to go about building a stash - so far I have only really bought FQ for stashing, but I have bought yardage for a specific quilt. I have found that often the FQ's just don't last as long as I would like so will be thinking of buying larger quantities next time.

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    I will usually buy yardage at least a yard. Depending on the price. But trying really hard to use up what I have ha. I lost this battle Sunday when Joanne s had some nice fabric at 1/2 price. Oh well there's always tomorrow to try again!
    may you be in heaven before the devil knows your dead!
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