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Thread: Buying fabric for when I retire... doesn't quit work for me..

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    When I was working I'd buy fabric if I liked it. Then I started buying sale fabric picking out things that would blend or go with what I had in my stash. Last year I accepted the buy out my employer was offering, so now without a regular paycheck I find that I only buy when it's a really good sale or when I need 1 color I don't have. Yellow seems to be the color I have least of and never can match with what I have. Backing and batting are my major purchases with a treat of a yard or two of bali's in between just to make me feel good.

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    My girlfriend and I refer to our Stash's as our Fabric 401k plan.
    After all, a yard is a yard is a yard, purchased at 1990 prices or 2020 prices!!!

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    I have a fairly large stash - and even then I don't always have what I need. 9 times out of 10 I'll have to add something to my stash to complete a quilt. If you buy something for a particular quilt, put it all together in a zip bag, so you don't inadvertently use it for something else till you get to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmom04
    I have a fairly large stash - and even then I don't always have what I need. 9 times out of 10 I'll have to add something to my stash to complete a quilt. If you buy something for a particular quilt, put it all together in a zip bag, so you don't inadvertently use it for something else till you get to it.
    I like your suggestion. I just retired and have had the time to research different patterns I want to do. Now I will get those zip bags and put those plans into action. -- Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jan22
    When I was working I'd buy fabric if I liked it. Then I started buying sale fabric picking out things that would blend or go with what I had in my stash. Last year I accepted the buy out my employer was offering, so now without a regular paycheck I find that I only buy when it's a really good sale or when I need 1 color I don't have. Yellow seems to be the color I have least of and never can match with what I have. Backing and batting are my major purchases with a treat of a yard or two of bali's in between just to make me feel good.
    For me, yellow is the color I have the most trouble with. Never seem to find just the right yellow for a project, even at the store!

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    I love shopping in my stash! It keeps piling up. I know I won't ever use it in my lifetime but it is a comfort to know it is there. I did not start seriously quilting until retirement. I share with my friends when they need something I have.

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    Lordy, I have enough stash to open a quilt shop but if I am looking for something I can never find anything that "works".
    Never the right shade, not the correct theme, not sure I want to cut this piece/saving it for something "special". See where I'm going...
    Sure enough there are others here in the same boat. No matter how much fabric you have it's never, ever, enough.
    As has been said before, it's a disease.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.Cal Quilt Girl
    I know the fabric stores are getting thin, but as one also in my mid 40's, Quilters will always find a way !!
    Cause no way will the world go nudist... :)
    I made this a light anwser, but in my world have had some wonderful quilt women, when those around you know thats what you enjoy, they will somehow make it possible to keep you in fabrics.
    I've always had my own stash, but when Mom passed away, I came home one day and my sister had collected all from her home and dropped it off at my place. 17 totes assorted !!
    Had a neighbor lady I really enjoyed (neat lady) at her funeral her daughter, ask me to come by the house, her Mom wanted me to have her fabric, " What an Honor" I cryed.... Bring the pickup O , and what ever you don't want we don't want it back. some went to charity and still use the remainder as needed.
    I can just imagine those 2 hanging out on fluffy laughing at what went thru my mind as I sorted out all that. They both had a fun sense of humor (little onrey too) :D

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    In doing 20 plus moves in 50 yrs of marriage my husband usually says 2 things..."Do you really want to carry this around to the next move" and "Never sell what you are emotionally attached to," After unloading the truck in 1998 I sold boxes and boxes of fabric (even the polyester)but kept some cottons that I really loved. Now I am in the very solw process of replacing with SS income only. Does take a while and I must weigh every purchase carefully. Happy stitchin'. fmd36 in NH

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    My sister & I both suffer from the same disease - SABLE
    Stash Accumulated Beyond Life Expectancy! I see here that it is more contagious than I thought! I love my stash - especially in winter when I don't have to leave my house to hunt for fabric. Sometimes I do comb through my sister's stash and she returns the favor.

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    I have a pretty healthy stash, although I hardly ever buy fabric for it. Whenever I buy specific fabric for a specific project, I buy more than I need (1/2 yd - 1yd). The leftover goes in the stash.

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    I allow myself to spend $50/month on fabric and/or sewing/quilting supplies. This week I will buy a camping table for use for sewing machine and cutting.

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    Hee Hee..... as I mentioned in another post....I have bought LOTS of it when it's on sale knowing I will use it someday. I probably have enough fabric in my stash right now to complete about 30* quilts plus backing..lol.

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    I buy pretty much as I need it. My tastes have also changed over the years. The first big quilt I made (and have not finished , from the early 90's) was mauve and light blue. I am into Batiks and kids fabrics for baby quilts. I try and finish my projects as I get one done then I go to the next one. I do have a few going right now but not a lot of extra fabric. However if "The who dies with the most fabric wins" That will be my sister.

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    I have a large stash and usually add something to it every month. I make mostly scrap and applique quilts which don't usually require a lot of any one fabric. I am learning more with each quilt how to complete without those 2 to 4 yard amounts of any one fabric. Made a top this week with pieced asymmetrical borders. Will post a pic tomorrow when I learn how to get it on the computer, you can look for "Rainbows Over Kyoto" if you would like to see it.

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    when planning for retirement, i find its better to keep my money and invest in appreciating assets instead of fabric.

    i buy when things are on sale and i avoid any trendy type fabrics and all novelty lines.

    these fabrics become dated very quickly and won't have a lasting quality in your stash.

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    I've been 'buying for the future' for 30 yrs.! I learned something along my way that justified this: If I store it along as outside wall, it's no longer just fabric, it's insulation!

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    I bought fabric for two years and I'm retired now....sure glad I did that because those retirement checks are aweful, just not enough.

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    I just thought of something that happened about 20 yrs ago. At our mall there was a 'Woolworth's' that was closing, and it had a bunch of fabric in 3 yr precut bundles, for $1. Good fabric too. I bought as much as I could, kept it in a protected place, and I'm glad to report it's still good
    3 yd for $1. Over the years I've continuesd to add to my stash cheaply, mostly because stores were going out of business

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    think of what the interest rates are if you keep money invested. now think of how fast the price of fabrics is going up. i consider fabric a better investment than money in the bank. or, at today's rate, stocks and bonds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leakus
    I am in the mid forties. Cannot wait to retire to have more time to quilt. Less than a month ago, I had the urgency of making a bed quilt for my 5 yr old son. (I'll post a picture when I finish it)- to make the story short. I was looking into my stash to make this quilt for him and I realized of 2 really bad things- or 3.
    1- my stash is not really big- I have to keep working on it...
    2- I picked some fabrics to start his quilt but didn't have all to finished it- I needed more fabric/s either to combine with the ones I had or the yardage I had was not enough
    3- I will have to keep buying fabric for ever!! I have to re-do my figures to ensure I'll have money for it in my retirment plan.
    Does it happen to you? Do you think of buying fabric for your future projects? Should I not worry as there will be always websites where to buy fabric... and money to sustain my hobby!
    When my 3 sons were young I had to put my sewing away. But I knew the time would come when I would have plenty of time to quilt so I would use my JoAnns coupons to buy my tools.
    I buy fabric only when it is on sale and I pretty much know what I am going to use it for.
    Now I have grandchildren and I do buy fabric with their favorite characters on it.
    I probably have a large stack of Thomas, Toy Story, Little Einsteins, ect.
    My 18 month GS wanted a quilt so I got out about 8 different character fabs and put them on the floor I called him in and he just stood there for a few minutes looking. Then he went to the one he wanted and just sat on them.
    He got his quilt a few weeks later.
    Anyway long story long don't stress just buy what you like and when you come up with a pattern you like you will go out and buy more. :-)

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    Buying some fabric now is a good idea but don't get too carried away. The way I hear it we may not be able to retire until we are in our 70's. I hope they are joking. I have a good size stash but still go out and buy more fabric because I may not like the previous ones I thought I had liked way back then.. So it is good to have a stash but not too much as it may end up going to waste or to donations.

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    I am amazed!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, for your candid welcome to this forum and for all the great ideas you poured here that I will implement for sure.
    For sure my "problem" is not solved but I can start practicing other ways to see how it goes. I liked the idea of putting together "projects" for future with the magazine or pattern in shoe boxes. mmmmmm.... if this is a disease - incurable- let's accept it and move on...
    THANKS ALL, I am so happy I found this forum. See you!!
    andrea

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    I think if its in your budget and you can get a yard or two each payday you will be adding to your collection. Or instead of just buying fabric buy for project. Find a pattern you like and then start buying the fabric for that quilt. Keep it together in a bag or tote so the fabric isn't pulled for another project.

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    I find that as times go on and new fabrics come out I like many of the newer ones more. I love the batiks. I also find that I never have enough of someting in my stash and thenhave to search for something to go with it. I do have a large stash but buy less and less so I can buy what I want when I find a pattern that I can't do without.

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