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Thread: Building a stash ???

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    Senior Member miz mary's Avatar
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    I cant seem to figure this out !! I am a musician, which means funds are very TIGHT ..... I have a stash of fabric .. nothing over a yard ( only a few pieces ) that sits 1.5 feet high ......
    When I find a project I want to do .... I usually squeeze out enough $ to buy fabric for the project ..... How the heck do you build a stash ?!??! I thought maybe if I bought 1/2 yd of one fabric for the stash .... but then they then wouldnt coordinate !!!
    Any secrets ?

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    I just buy fabric I like when I see it on sale. Shop hops are a great time to accumulate.

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    I over buy when I'm making a quilt. The extra goes to my stash. I buy remanents (sp?) of whatever strikes my fancy. A few friends pass on fabric they don't want, etc. I just let it happen. I don't work too hard at it. I am a scrappy quilter so just about anything will work.:)

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    check out trying to make a few scrappy quilts. you don't need coodernating fabrics to make a scrappy work.....just put those pinks next to that lime green and that rich purple next to that orange. yes, it sounds so wrong but scrappy quilts always turn out wonderful

    Bonnie Hunter has a PERFECT website with the most PERFECT directions for the most PERFECT quilts.....trust me, I've made all of them....several times!!

    http://quiltville.com/

    find some quilting friends and split yardage with them or go hog wild with fat quarters. you get a little bit for a little price but then with scrappy quilts, a little goes a long long way!!

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    I buy one yard cuts for stash buillding. I get them from joannes with 50% off coupons or during their sales, thrift stores, yard sales, garage sales, even on craigslist. eBay has some great fabrics too! Even though they may not cordinate it's just to build a stash. Don't expect to get coordinating fabrics this way, you may get lucky and come across a few in the same line but for those of us who like scrappy this is a great way for us to get varieties at the cheapest cost.
    Quote Originally Posted by miz mary
    I cant seem to figure this out !! I am a musician, which means funds are very TIGHT ..... I have a stash of fabric .. nothing over a yard ( only a few pieces ) that sits 1.5 feet high ......
    When I find a project I want to do .... I usually squeeze out enough $ to buy fabric for the project ..... How the heck do you build a stash ?!??! I thought maybe if I bought 1/2 yd of one fabric for the stash .... but then they then wouldnt coordinate !!!
    Any secrets ?

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    I don't have a stash like many of the quilters on here, but I feel I have quite a lot. Sometimes, when fat quarters or yardage is on sale, I buy them just to buy them - often within the same Collection, but not always. I do this because I then have fabric that I would have Never picked out - and am always glad I have it to go to. It has expanded my comfort zone. In the days when I was on a tight budget, I couldn't do this of course. But if you save all your scraps, your stash will grow and soon you'll turn around and say, "now, what am I going to do with all this fabric?!" String quilts and scrappies and crazies, oh My! :-)

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    I tend to buy blenders more now for my stash, and ofcourse prints that scream out at me :wink:
    If you have blenders, they can be paired with many different fabrics. Black is another staple as well as white on whites. :D:D:D

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    I do most of my shopping at walmart. I always look for the fabric on clearance and the remnants. I can't afford most regular prices. I have gotten some really nice stuff for a dollar yard, 100% cotton with a very nice tight weave. I also buy from others on the QB in the classifieds. Before you know it will appear to be multiplying on it's own.

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    I also want to add that I shop thrift shops and yard sales a lot.

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    It may seem slow going now, but enjoy the entire process and before long you'll have bins overflowing.

    Whatever shop I get to go to, the first place I head is the remnant bin. Have fun!

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    For a while I bought like they weren't going to produce fabric any more. Then I got to the point of not knowing what I had. I think some people do better than others with with stash method. I tend to do better buying what I need for a project. I just gave a lot away because I was stressed having stuff I didn't know what I was going to do with - Sales are good but it really gets expensive.

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    Stash is only useful if you're going to use it ---- unless you want a pile of fabric for the sake of having a stash.
    For me, the fun of fabric is trying to fit what I have to a pattern, and what I have is mostly the result of garage sales and second-hand stores.

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    I love scrap quilts, so I tend to but fat quarters,in a big varity when I can!

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    I started out buying online when I was recoverying from a kidney transplant - I discovered fabric, designers and great deals. I signed up for a bazillion newsletters from quiltshops. I built up way too much of a stash --- well beyond my means. I had to sell some of it, donate a lot (which made me feel better about my purchase). At the moment I am on a total spending freeze. I have plently of scraps, some stash and lot's of solids. I seriously used to buy scraps. My friend told me that is the equilivent of buying items at the goodwill to sell at a garage sale. I don't quite agree with her but when I am not on a spending freeze (as I am not) I only buy what I need for the quilt I am making and that's it. No more shopping to build stash :-( .... geez I can ramble. Sorry for the long answer I think I am having fabric buying withdrawls ;-)

    In answer to your question, the more projects you do the more your stash will build from the leftovers and the more scraps you will have for a lovely scrap quilt ;-)


    Quote Originally Posted by miz mary
    I cant seem to figure this out !! I am a musician, which means funds are very TIGHT ..... I have a stash of fabric .. nothing over a yard ( only a few pieces ) that sits 1.5 feet high ......
    When I find a project I want to do .... I usually squeeze out enough $ to buy fabric for the project ..... How the heck do you build a stash ?!??! I thought maybe if I bought 1/2 yd of one fabric for the stash .... but then they then wouldnt coordinate !!!
    Any secrets ?

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    Stash building is one of the few things in life I seem to not have any problems doing. Hm, when you say you select a project and then you go out and buy fabric for it....don't you pick from your stash first and supplement what is missing? That is what I would do. If you always just buy more fabric without any regard to what you already have, your tower will simply continue to grow. OR rather than picking a pattern - pick a few fabrics and find a patter to use with them? Whatever you chose - have fun.

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    I can SO relate to this :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by steelecg
    For a while I bought like they weren't going to produce fabric any more. Then I got to the point of not knowing what I had. I think some people do better than others with with stash method. I tend to do better buying what I need for a project. I just gave a lot away because I was stressed having stuff I didn't know what I was going to do with - Sales are good but it really gets expensive.

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    I worked at Hobby Lobby for a year *moonlighting* so I could build up a stash. I certainly didn't make any money...lol...I had my paycheck spent before I got it. But I managed to build over 5000 yards of fabric.

    Let me know what type of fabric interests you..I'd be willing to send you off a "starter stash" pack.

    I have mostly novelty prints, in most every theme you can think of.

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    5000 yards?? Wow!!! I can't imagine. Have pictures?

    Quote Originally Posted by frugalfabrics
    I worked at Hobby Lobby for a year *moonlighting* so I could build up a stash. I certainly didn't make any money...lol...I had my paycheck spent before I got it. But I managed to build over 5000 yards of fabric.

    Let me know what type of fabric interests you..I'd be willing to send you off a "starter stash" pack.

    I have mostly novelty prints, in most every theme you can think of.

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    Lack of self control.

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    I'm new also, what is a blender?

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    If you are on a budget go to yard sales and second hand stores,you will be surprized how much you can find,a few years back at a yard sale a lady was selling her fabric stash by the tote I bought a huge one for $20,and felt like a kid in a candy store when I got home and was able to sort thruogh it.

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    Oh how I wish I had your problem. I have so much fabric it's taking over the house!! I AM A FABRICHOLIC AND I DON'T WANT TO BE CURED! I buy fabric everywhere I go.

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    I began quilting this year and have never been lucky enough to find fabric at yard sales, etc, so have to look for sales at Joann's, and online. Some of us just have to be patient and our "stash" will begin to grow. If I had known a few years ago that I would love quilting, I'm sure I would have a nice collection of fabrics to choose from by now.

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    I usually find my STASH at yard sales & Good Will. It's not always my choice of fabrics but I do make scrappy quilts with them & look nice after they're quilted.

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    I am on a very tight budget and have not been able to purchase any new material for a while now so I have been using up the things I had and you will be surprised at the things you can come up with. Of course I rarely use a pattern like that just start and see what happens.

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