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    fabric buying advice/help :)

    i know you guys hate to give advice about this topic!

    i want to make this quilt for a dear friend who recently decided to begin a family:

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    how does one go about acquiring complimentary/contrasting fabrics in fat quarter size economically and without too much driving etc?

    i figure fat quarters are the way to go, but maybe i am wrong. i think this quilt will be stunning all in batiks...

    advice?

    cheers!

    aileen

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    here's a bigger version that is really fantastic! way to go rhonda harvey! amazing!

    http://www.canadianquilter.com/photo-gallery/rosettes.php?page=2&year=2011#


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    Batiks would be great and I think you would be safe picking up some in green and blue for the main colours. You might also have some luck if you can find fabric that is gradated. If you can find the fabric that starts out dark blue on one edge and gradually changes to lighter blues, you may be able to use sections along the fabric to cover a lot of your pieces.

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    what about websites like balibatik.com? their fabric seems really reasonably priced. the whole quilt takes less than 5 meters total, so i really need lots of different colours in small amounts.

    this will be my first paper piecing quilt though, so i should account for a learning curve.

    i was looking today at charm packs and fat quarter bundles and i'm just not math savvy enough to understand if that's a rather spendy way to gather up the variety i need for this quilt.

    thoughts?

    aileen

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    Check out Connecting Threads. They have charms, fat quarters and layer cakes at enormous savings. Also, they will cut as small as a 1/4 linear yard too. Nice selection of batiks, solids, prints and what they refer to as "mirage" which has a dimension to i t.

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    Thousands of bolts has a nice selection of fat quarters:
    http://www.thousandsofbolts.com/index.cfm?category=24
    Not sure where you are from, (colours, meters... ;-) but I know they ship internationally.
    Note that the price quoted for yardage at balibatik is for a HALF yard.
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    some Walmar ts are starting to carry fat quarters including batiks for as little as 99 cents-I would start there and watch too for when Joanns has their fat quarters on sale. Don't expect to get away with too cheaply because there looks like a lot of colors in that quilt. Paper piecing looks fabulous but can cause a lot of waste too. Good luck Its a great quilt and will make an awesome gift

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    I would go with connecting threads for their quality and selection; free shipping for over $50 too. The pattern should list quantities needed. I always overbuy a bit.

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    I second this.

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthPStitches View Post
    Check out Connecting Threads. They have charms, fat quarters and layer cakes at enormous savings. Also, they will cut as small as a 1/4 linear yard too. Nice selection of batiks, solids, prints and what they refer to as "mirage" which has a dimension to i t.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt View Post
    The pattern should list quantities needed. I always overbuy a bit.
    I haven't done a lot of paper piecing, but I find I use a lot more fabric than I think I should. I get so frustrated trying to figure out what size piece I need and then have it not be enough when folded out that I just take a larger piece than needed. It makes for a lot of waste, but what else would I use for a scrappy quilt?

    Love the quilt.

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    i'm a little worried about that. i don't have a huge stash of batiks (or anything else...) and so i wonder just how many fat quarters this quilt is going to eat up! should be fun though

    thanks guys!

    aileen

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthPStitches View Post
    Check out Connecting Threads. They have charms, fat quarters and layer cakes at enormous savings. Also, they will cut as small as a 1/4 linear yard too. Nice selection of batiks, solids, prints and what they refer to as "mirage" which has a dimension to i t.
    That's what I'd suggest, too. You can get their cuts in either FQ's or long 1/4's. And they have a great selection! And the just added their Fall 2012 batiks... yummy!
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    You could also go with a FQ collection based on a large blender line. That would give you many colors, and enough fabric to do quite a few projects. And you would always have a stash of a wide range of colors for applique'.

    Here's one example: http://www.quilt-kits-online.com/pro...prod=FF-PAL-FQ

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    I have been collecting fat quarters for a quilt I am planning that is appliqué and requires many colors. At first I just picked up some FQ in any color, but now that I have a lot I am filling in the missing colors (blue) so I have a variety. Paper piecing does take more fabric, but not a lot, and FQ go farther than you think. If you plan to vary the colors from block to block--pink or green for example you will do fine with FQ. They are a great way to get a variety for not a lot of money. Good luck with your quilt and your hunt for fabrics.
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    Check out the nice Batiks at www.connectingthreads.com. They have great prices.
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