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Thread: Fabric Buying Dilemma

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    Fabric Buying Dilemma

    Rising fabric prices are making me insane! I spend hours filling online shopping carts with sale fabric but then that little voice in my head starts pointing out that I have plenty of fabric I've never used and buying more would be wasteful. So, I let it go. Then I stop in at my lqs and am so horrified at $12 to $15 per yard fabric that I can't get back to my laptop fast enough! What's a quilter to do?! Most of my stash is half yard cuts of sale fabric that I love but I haven't done very well with actually using it. I can't imagine making a whole quilt with full price fabric! So, are y'all taking advantage of all the year end sales? Do you buy for stash, or buy for specific quilts? I feel like I need to go into fabric detox!
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    I am working really hard again this year on de-stashing. Sometimes I buy a little to finish a project but the prices are getting crazy. Seems like online there are always sales and so I figure I will just wait until I NEED it instead otherwise it will just pile up again. Finally getting my sewing space organized a little bit.
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    I also am trying to use up some of my fabrics. If I live to be 110 I cannot use it all. But I do give in now and then for a special.

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    I'm also considering buying more fabric. I received a Connecting Threads Gift Certificate and would like to use it for some thread and batik fabrics. I just received a CT Email advertising a year-end clearance sale, but the batiks and threads are still at regular prices, although they do have very reasonable pricing. I don't know if I should wait or go ahead a purchase now. Anyone else buying fabrics?
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    Yes, I picked up some year end and store closing stuff. But that is because I want to make some scrappy designs and just did not have a wide enough range of fabrics. I have been looking at the Benartex Flora and Fauna because I have two panels and am drooling over them. But the price of the co-ordinating fabric is still $9+ a yard, plus I haven't really sat down and figured out a pattern.

    I am lucky that DH works in the US and doesn't mind being my Fabric Mule. I can often get stuff shipped to his hotel for free and that saves a bundle.
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    SInce I am new to quilting I don't have a large stash. That being said I would like one a little larger then what I have now, but I hate buying things that are on sale just b/c they are on sale with no clear picture as to what I would actually use it for. All I see is dollar signs floating over my small stash of fabrics I have bought and not yet used. I have a cart full of fabrics at CT with some batting, definitely getting the batting but now sure about the fabric.

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    I stopped buying for a bit as well, but it seemed that when I went to start a project, I never had what I needed. So.....I do purchase, mostly from Connecting Threads lately, however, Gagasmith and I did a road trip awhile back and I did purchase from LQS. I have a fairly nice stash, though I am always on the look-out, I can usually find some fabric that just seems to pop into my cart! I do have a nice selection (hoarde) of Oriental fabric, still waiting for that perfect pattern to appear!
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    OH you all would be proud of me! I was in Joann's on Christmas Eve, they had all of their fabric on sale for 70% off for a 2 hour sale.. I didn't buy a yard, not a single yard. When I got home, my husband actually asked me if I was sick! LOL

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    Actually if you take into account inflation, prices are just about where they should be. They've just barely doubled in the last 10 to 12 years.

    I do buy full price fabric sometimes. If I am buying full price fabric it's something that won't be there even just a few months down the road. Usually the focus fabric and one or two distinct supporting fabrics from a line are the ones that go fast and if I really have to have it I'll pay full price for. I can fill the rest in with blenders later.

    But I have a lot of fabric already so it seriously has to be a jaw-dropping, stop me in my tracks fabric, anymore before I'll go ahead and pay full price for the focal and supporting fabrics.

    When you can pull enough fat quarters in only three colors for a queen size quilt and just "loosen up the drawer" you know you have plenty.

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    The LQS I love has their year-end sale this Sat. I will go and I have some specific fabrics in mind that I will purchase. I do not purchase fabric anymore just to 'add' to my stash. I only buy what I need for a specific project. And, I have never bought on-line.

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    I have a large stash but also never seem to have what I need. I am actually buying a lot less since retirement and want to do a scrappy next. I think there is a satisfaction with online shopping car filling, getting package in the mail but then storing it...UGH. I also need fabricaholics...lol. At least we all share the same problem. My resolution is to use what I have this year.
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    If you find sales, buy blenders and tone-on-tone in colors you know you will use. Buy these in larger pieces and do not cut them selvage to selvage when you are not going to use them up -- cut length wise, that way you can do borders if needed in whole pieces.
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    Only buy for a specific need.

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    On December 26th, 3 of my quilting buddies and myself went to a quilt shop in the area (JanniLou's) in Philomath for their 40% off sale. I bought 23.5 yards of fabric. Enough for 3 projects with leftovers!!!!!!!!!! So much for cutting down in 2011!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam B View Post
    The LQS I love has their year-end sale this Sat. I will go and I have some specific fabrics in mind that I will purchase. I do not purchase fabric anymore just to 'add' to my stash. I only buy what I need for a specific project. And, I have never bought on-line.
    Pretty much that's true for me too, although I succumb to some fabrics just cuz they're pretty!

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    The older quilters in my area are, apparently, going on to quilting heaven... because many of the estate sales down here are specifically saying "quilter's dream." Some of them are. I dropped $100 at an estate sale earlier this year and wound up with 240 yards of fabric. (And there's another good looking estate sale this weekend!). So my stash is full... what I can't use in a quilt I can use for a muslin when making costumes. It all works out. (I hope). Other than purchases like that, I don't buy except for specific projects.

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    My favorite LQS is having a year end sale Fri Sat & Sun where EVERYTHING in the store is 35% off. I got some Christmas cash so I will be going to get some staples, mainly white on whites and some black on blacks and some cream fabrics. And yes, I have plenty of fabrics in my overwhelming stash but I never seem to have the basics when I go to make a quilt.
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    Thinking about heading to Keepsake Quilting's annual New Year's Day sale (20% off everything) on Sunday...so very tempting.
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    I usually only buy for the worked on project because I still have a ton of fabrics from making AG doll clothes. But that dosen't stop me from looking lol.
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    When I see a good sale, I have been stocking up on backing fabric, that seems to be what hurts the most when I'm shopping for a specific project.

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    I have collected quite a bit of fabric and discovered when trying to do projects out of stash only, that I grossly lack blendables. So... I have solved my dilemma by hauling several of my fabrics to the fabric store, and buying blenders using coupons sales, etc. I find by doing that, I can stretch my stash further and don't have to buy too much. It works for me. Good luck!
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    I, too, am trying to be more judicious in what I purchase as there is already PLENTY of fabric on my shelf! But....sometimes I rationalize and tell myself that if I keep buying things I like sooner or later some of it will go together and I'll be able to make things totally from my stash. That's after the UFOs are finished of course!
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    I'm trying to use what I have and only buy fabrics that will go with a lot of things-like neutrals or something that has a lot of different colors so I can make what I have in my stash work.

    I've stopped buying fabric just because it's a good price, now if it's a good price it has to have a couple different colors/designs and be enough to make something. I was really bad about just picking up a yard because the price was too good to pass up but now I've had it in my stash for years and nothing goes with it.

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    I just received, a few moments ago, my package from Connecting Threads! I ordered two of their thread sets that are 40% off. I got the black/white/grey set and the neutrals/browns/tans. 15 spools of thread for $22.41! I like their thread. I didn't purchase any of their fabric at this time, just because it was on sale. I am trying to only buy fabric when I have a certain project. My coworker has had items in her Connecting Threads basket for about a week now and has changed it severval times because the fabric keeps selling out before she purchases it, so somebody is buying sale fabrics! I try to do my spur of the moment spending at quilt show/sales. We have a "one stop shop" event the end of January, so I'll save until then.
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    I buy online and the sales this time of the year are hard to believe. When I can buy quality fabric for $4 a yard, I go for it. It usually works out that the "focus fabric" has been purchased online and then buy some of the needed blenders, etc. locally. I live miles away from anywhere and I NEED my stash......
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