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Thread: Buying Material for a quilt

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    Senior Member teddysmom's Avatar
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    I'm so new at this. Working on my 2nd quilt--the first one was a kit my DS sent me. When you decide on a quilt you want to make, do you buy all the material at the same time--matching material for top with borders and backing? The quilt I'm working on now--material for quilt top was purchased in GA, borders in OH and backing in WV. Did well with material for backing but only feel so-so about materal for borders.

    Anyone on this board from the Charlotte NC area?

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    I've never gotten all of it at one time. Even the ones that I actually planned out before purchasing fabric I've found some here, some there in various places.

    If you don't really like your border fabric, keep looking and save what you have now for another project. It will come along when you least expect it.

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    Sometimes I do if it's a special quilt or if the fabric is on a great sale but usually I can't afford to do it all at once. Also, I have a huge stash so sometimes I want to wait until I go through my stash to see if I have anything that I can use.

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    Definitely keep looking for your border fabric. That's what the fun is all about. The perfect border fabric is out there and sooner or later you will find it. Sometimes I buy all of the fabric at one time if it is a particular theme or grouping but most of the time I will buy it separately. It is easier on the pocket book also to buy some now and some later. Good Luck

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    I wait and buy the backing after my quilt top is done. Because I sometimes add more borders to make it bigger or end up making it into a smaller size. But I do buy enough to make the top and if there is any left over it goes into my "stash" for another project in the future

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    I never buy everything at once. I find sometimes the vision I have in my head changes and evolves as the quilt goes together, and always buy a little extra to feed your stash.

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    I take the top with me to find a boarder fabric that "talks" to me. good luck

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    I don't buy the border fabric until I need to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunniequilter
    I never buy everything at once. I find sometimes the vision I have in my head changes and evolves as the quilt goes together, and always buy a little extra to feed your stash.
    Yup that's me too...

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    I always use a pattern, so I buy the material for the top first and sometimes the borders, but I never buy the backing until the quilt top is done. Then I take it with me to the fabric store and see what I like.

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    Sometimes I do, but most of the time no :D:D:D

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    The sailboat project I'm working on now I ordered fabric online from Hancocks. It was on sale so I ordered everything at one time.

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    I by the fabric for the top all at once, to include the borders most of the time, but I get the backing fabric when the top is done.

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    I just buy fabric and then the pattern calls to me. I get to shop my stash it took me about a year to really build it up I didn't know how much I needed a stash until I met this board. Now it needs me to grow it!!! I have yet to buy a pattern then buy fabric.

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    I just hoard fabric and when I go to make something I "shop" in my stash. Usually I have to buy a bit for borders or sashing or whatever, plus backing of course.

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    Sometimes I buy all at once and others I just don't know for sure what quilt will look like so buy borders later. Backing usually gets bought when I am ready to quilt, Ilike to look for wide back so don't have to piece.
    Right now I am working on a quilt for parents bed. It is all done in blue batik, so I am buying as I go. Almost ready for border and I think I have some of every blue batik in town but not enough of any. Just might have to buy more of some or make a pieced border. Any ideas for pieced border?

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    It depends. If I am using the border as inside the quilt then I will try to buy all fabric at once except for shashing if needed. If using shashing then I wait until the blocks are done and then find shashing that looks goods or matches my color scheme. I am not very picky about the backing. It is not my main focal point in my quilts so I often choose backing last and make it plain and then use machine quilting as interest.

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    I'm not usually that organized. I often decide on my backing and borders and binding after the quilt is done.

    I may have an idea in mind (like I want a small print in navy for a border), but don't necessarily buy it before I make the quilt.

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    Well, right now I'm shopping through my dear departed Mother's scraps. I have to supplement here and there. Figured out her favorite colors were green and pink. Of course, I've only been through 2 boxes, so there could be another favorite color waiting to be discovered!

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    Well, right now I'm shopping through my dear departed Mother's scraps. I have to supplement here and there. Figured out her favorite colors were green and pink. Of course, I've only been through 2 boxes, so there could be another favorite color waiting to be discovered!

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    Think I go all ways LOL.... sometimes it hits at the store, or might need just one more to hit it. Sometimes can gather from the stash, Seems to be hungry all the time :)
    If for someone that enjoys a theme or it seems like them when shopping that's what I'll go with.
    That is what makes it fun, a little this and that !! :)

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    The only time I buy all the fabric at one time is when I buy a kit. All my quilts involve lots of trips to the fabric store. What fun.

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    Not in Charlotte, but I live just the other side of Shelby from you.

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    Actually closer than we think--actually live in Stanley just outside Gastonia. Will be there in November and December. Would like to meet you sometime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddysmom
    I'm so new at this. Working on my 2nd quilt--the first one was a kit my DS sent me. When you decide on a quilt you want to make, do you buy all the material at the same time--matching material for top with borders and backing? The quilt I'm working on now--material for quilt top was purchased in GA, borders in OH and backing in WV. Did well with material for backing but only feel so-so about materal for borders.

    Anyone on this board from the Charlotte NC area?
    Yes I am from Charlotte NC and belong to Charlotte Quilters Guild.

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