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Thread: Building up a stash from nothing

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    Super Member donnalynett's Avatar
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    My story is you can never have enough fabric and I'm sticking to it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by winterpromise31
    Why a stash? Hmm... I guess because I've already experienced finding a fabric I like and then having it discontinued. Plus, since hubby offered... I don't mind buying fabric as I go, but sometimes there are great sales and I'm tempted to buy at the sale prices. Last weekend was a holiday sale and I bought a quilting book for 50% off but no fabric because I wasn't sure how much. If I buy it as needed, I'm missing out on the sale prices and I am kind of thrifty by nature.

    Sorry for the long response. Just thinking aloud here. Thanks for the suggestions!
    I can't go buy a beep-load of fabric, so I usually buy an extra half yard of everything I buy. If I find something that calls my name, I will buy up to 10 yards, depending on price.
    Example- I found a dark tonal burgundy for $1 per yard, I know I will use a lot of it, so I bought 10 yards. It has gone into 4 quilts already, and I still have over five yards left. I also hunt at garage sales, rummage sales, etc. (Before you do this, make sure you can 'feel' the cotton content, and do a burn test before using.)

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    I always buy at least 3 yds of the same fabric. Try to build your stash with colors you like or would like to use in a quilt. You could look at quilt books and get an idea of home much is needed according to size.

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    If you keep buying as needed, you will soon have a stash from the left overs...and then you could add something to it...and then that would look nice with that...and then...

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    I go strolling through the fabric and if I find a bolt with just a little bit left on it and I like it I buy it. If you are recognized as a frequent shopper ( store name coupons or they just see you there drooling often :lol: ) they will measure it and you get the fabric that is more than a yard for 1/2 price because it is the end of bolt. Sometimes the quilt shops will have an "end of bolt" sale and you can get it for around 1/2 price if you take whatever is left on the bolt. I still make sure I like it, then when I rediscover it in my stash I'm like a kid in a candy store and my quilting imagination can't wait to work it into a pattern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    I generally between 1 to 3 yard pieces depending on the price. If it is a must have then I might buy more.
    This is my formula as well.

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    I am a newbie to with very, very little stash but I am buying some on sale and at thrift stores .

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    WOW I never realized there was a method to our madness. :P I shop sales use coupons -also church rummage sales 2nd hand stores and watch the newspaper for estate/yd sales,and before you know it your in competition with JoAnns.My DH use to say I did not need any more fabric or shoes but he always made sure I had cash in my pocket in case I was attacked by either of my fetishes. ;-)

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    I have a friend tell me once that if I should find a material I absolutely love, to buy at least 3 yards even if I don't know what I'll do with it right away.

    I've been getting a lot of materials on clearance at Walmart. Not everything is marked down. Have fun building up your stash!!

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    check craigslist for garage sales. search fabric sewing or material and you can sometin=mes find someone saleing some of their stash for a good deal.

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    If you see some that you like and can afford to, buy several yards of it at a time. Usually that will be enough for using it in any project. If you really love it 3-4 yards are better. Enjoy shopping. :)

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    When I started I was told to buy fat quarters to build my stash. 900 fat quarters later, I now find I need way more for borders, sashing, backing, etc. (Note I am learning to piece backs, etc)
    I now buy
    - 3 yards if I think it is good for borders or sashing
    - 1 yard if it is too good of a deal to pass up but I have no idea what I might use it for

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    I originally built my stash from sewing dresses for grandkids. And if I really like a print I will normally buy a minimum of 3 yards. Anything I make I try to buy a little extra.

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