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Thread: What do you do?

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    What do you do?

    When you see a collection of fabrics that you LOVE and want to add to your stash but do not have a particular project in mind?

    Do you buy a jelly roll, fat quarter collection, charm pack, layer cake or just buy some yardage of the fabrics that catch your eye and hope you get enough for a future project?

    I just saw the Moda Collection Enchanted Pond and want to buy some but have been only quilting for a year so still learning how to build a stash.

    I have been lurking for several months and am learning so much, this is my first post.

    Jeannie

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    if i see something i like i usually get at least a yard.

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    I would buy yardage and add to my stash.

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    I buy what I love and what I can afford. I very seldom buy fat quarters or any precuts. To me it seems more economical to buy yardage. I almost always buy with a coupon or on sale and try to buy at least a yard. If it is a fabric that will go with a lot of others, like a blender or something like that I try to buy more.

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    I learned the hard way...if I really love something,I get 3yards,plus 1yard cuts of 2 or 3 pieces to go with it. Then there is enough to do a pretty good sized quilt. My stash is full of beautiful fat 1/4 s and small pieces...just encourages the creative juices.

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    I usually buy some of each fabric in the collection.

    Once I get home with the fabric and depending on how much there
    is I will put it all into a zip lock bag (usually a 1 gallon or the 2-1/2 gallon)
    it there is a pattern that goes with the fabrics (and I have a copy of it) it
    goes into the bag with fabrics also along with a details notes I make with
    my ideas, thoughts etc.
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    I pile up fabrics to my stash, usually buying at least 1 yd, if I really love it, I get 3-4 yds. That's usually enough for bigger quilts too, and occasionally I donate some to my mom if I can't come up with a good project and she has something on mind.... :-)
    Occasionally I buy charm packs or fat quarters as far as the precuts go but I have found it be more useful to have fabric by yard - there is always some use for it! More than once I have gotten an inspiration from my fat quarter stash, just to find that I would need a few certain color fat quarters more .....

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    If there are several fabrics in the collection and I love them all, i might buy a 2-3 charm packs and yardage of a couple of my favorites to go with them. That way I will have some of all the fabrics but won't break the bank.
    I don't want to brag but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school.

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    It depends on what size quilts you like to make. Let's say you are thinking of a wall hanging or lap size quilt i would buy 2 of the same precut and then couple of the different fabrics to coordinate (at least 2 yards each) for borders and sashing, then you could use all what is left to make a unique backing.
    If you like big quilts then i wouldn't buy less that 3 yards of each fabric and like (4-5) ones to make the full quilt with borders and sashing whatever needed.
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    It depends on what I see the fabric becoming. If I "see" it becoming a specific pattern I buy enough for various parts of that quilt. If I don't know the pattern yet but it would be great borders I get at least 3 yards. If it's likely to be a focus fabric in the blocks and the borders then I get 6 to 8 yards. For the supporting fabrics in a quilt I generally get two yards.

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