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    so since I am a newbie, I have a question regarding buying fabric. If you see a fabric you like, how do you figure out how much to buy?

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    I buy what I can afford that day and find something to do with it later. Sometimes it a fat quarter sometimes it's 6 or 8 yards. I do not have a method or reason other that I like it and I like the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    I buy what I can afford that day and find something to do with it later. Sometimes it a fat quarter sometimes it's 6 or 8 yards. I do not have a method or reason other that I like it and I like the price.
    Pretty much this. I buy what I can like and as much as I can afford or want of it. Sometimes I see it and a plan pops into my head, sometimes I see it and just *need* to have it! :lol:

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    it just depends on if there is a project you have in mind. if not and you really have to have the fabric then what I do is get two yards. most get either 2 or 3 yards. on fabric they like that is not planned for a project at the time of purchase. if you are wanting to use it for a specific project it just depends on how much you need. I would recommend getting at least 1/2 yard extra of that fabric just in case you make a boo boo cutting. but that is just me.

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    I started out buying a minimum of one yard of anything I liked, but now I buy a 3 yard minimum, so I can be guaranteed to have enough to back a quilt with it if I want to....so it really depends on what you might be using it for.

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    I buy from 1 to 3 yards if I can afford it. I have been known to get half yards. Here lately i have only been buying what I need for a project.

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    I buy what I need and add a yard or if I don't need it I buy 1 or 2 yards depending on whether it's a big print or a filler.

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    As much as you can afford!

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    My dear friend, also a quilter, have learned the hard way that in the quilting world...a little more might work, but three yards always works!!

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    Depends what type of quilting you like to do. If you do scrap quilts or applique or smaller projects like table runners, you may just need smaller pieces like fat quarters or half yards. If you are making bed sized quilts and want a piece for the border, 3 yards is a good number. If you find a piece you would like to use for a backing, it can take 8 - 10 yards for a queen or king.

    Not much help, am I????? LOL

    I once heard someone use this rule of thumb.... "If you like it buy a yard, if you love it buy 3 yards, and if you can't live without it, buy the whole bolt!!!"

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    I have found I buy why too much....I am cutting back to a yard...unless I know I will use that fabric over and over...I end up with way to much left over. I also am trying to buy per project and get what the pattern calls for. I hate that I have as much fabric as I do...and of course I always need another color...

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    I'm with the others on this. If I go crazy over a fabric I will buy several yards and it really does depend on the fabric so I guess I'm not much help either lol

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    Boy, if I had a yard of fabric for every time I've heard that one!!
    I think it depends on how much you like it, what you can afford and the chances you might see it again. Good luck!

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    I am funny about borders--I don't like to piece them! So that means I have to buy at least the length of the desired quilt plus some extra! Then, too, I sometimes match the pattern in my backings and that means more than twice the length of the quilt allowing for repeat etc. I guess I just like giving my $ to the LQS. They should really love me!

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    If I like it buy a yard, if I love it buy 3 yards, and if I can't live without it, buy it all!! Thank god there's not too many I can't live with out!!!!

    :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarrieAnne
    As much as you can afford!
    I rarely "splurge" (pay full price) for more than 1/2 yard. If it's on sale, 3 yards or "How much is left?" :lol:
    A store that is moving is offering an extra 15% off for taking all that is left on the bolt, so that is what I've been getting of each.

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    If you end up with a lot left over you can always use it in a pieced backing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sustraley
    so since I am a newbie, I have a question regarding buying fabric. If you see a fabric you like, how do you figure out how much to buy?
    I buy a minimum of 3 yrds, a bolt if I really, really like it and I can afford it at the time, but never less than 3 yds. Just remember, if you really like...guaranteed it won't be there when you go back for that 1/2 yd you need...law of averages LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sahm4605
    it just depends on if there is a project you have in mind. if not and you really have to have the fabric then what I do is get two yards. most get either 2 or 3 yards. on fabric they like that is not planned for a project at the time of purchase. if you are wanting to use it for a specific project it just depends on how much you need. I would recommend getting at least 1/2 yard extra of that fabric just in case you make a boo boo cutting. but that is just me.
    That's what I do !

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    The biggest mistake I made in buying fabric, was buying too many great focus prints and not nearly enough of the quieter, more boring (think tone on tones, small nondescript prints or marbles) that I needed to co-ordinate with my wonderful prints. I also did not buy nearly enough lights as I didn't realize how important those would be. I needed to be more experienced to realize that you just couldn't mix all those great intense fabrics in one quilt without having the other. Now the most of a great print that I would buy is 2 or 3 metres if I'm making a large quilt. If I find great sales on the boring ones, I'd buy 4 or 5 metres of a great colour that I know will co-ordinate with much of the stuff I have.

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    Believe it or not, all your comments really help. Thank you for the advice.

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    Buy as much as possible even if you don't know what you're going to do with it.....ideas will always come later :!:

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    If I like it very much I will buy one yard. Dee

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    That is the never-ending question. If you really like it, buy at least three yards.

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    My thoughts too!!!!

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