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Thread: fess up...how much do you spend a month on fabric, supplies, etc.

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    K...I'm thinking Hans is right, but then again...who's counting???? :roll:

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    All depends on the mood....depends on my project.
    Even if I want to just use stash..I still need something else.
    So I try not to count..LOL
    DH would probably say too much.
    But he'd have a smile on his face. :lol:

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    Since DH lost his job I only buy when I sell a quilt or when I get a request of something I don't already have and when I get paid I recover it. When DH was working I would just go to my local shop to browse and come out with something way too often, but we could afford it.

    Last month I quilted a queen size hand appliqued top for our church and I didn't charge them because it was to be raffled for charity and they sent me a $40.00 gift certificate to my local shop. I don't need to say that I spent it the same day.

    To top it, yesterday, on Mother's Day, DH and the kids gave me a gift certificate to JC Penney. DH is probably the favorite male customer at the local quilt shop because when he goes there he spends. He has his own discount card and everything. I asked him how come he didn't get me fabric as usual, since I was expecting it, and he said that he forgot the last time I got any clothes for myself and now I have to go get some (he is kind of right)

    I WANT TO GO FABRIC SHOPPING!!!

    Maria

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    I am sooo glad to hear I'm not the only one. My family has to make me shop for clothes. Fabric shopping? NO PROBLEM!!!!!

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    Like everyone else, it depends. I didn't have much of a stash at all and I recently got my sewing room back after 2 years of giving it up for my grandson. I spent way too much, probably $400 per month, buying large lots on eBay, several collections that I loved, etc.

    I also got a Grace frame, a new Viking, and a Go! Cutter. I don't need any equipment now (uh huh) and I'd have to re-organize for more fabric room. I have only spent about $100 the last month on other stuff and I expect that $100 to $200 will probably be my norm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    K...I'm thinking Hans is right, but then again...who's counting???? :roll:
    HIM apparently! :evil:

    K x

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    Probably an average of $50-100

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    I usually spend $10 - $50 a month. I not only shop at Joann's.....I shop at thrift shops, flea marts and yard sales. It's amazing what you can find. I also recycle clothing that the family no longer wears. I recently made several long sleeve shirts into short sleeved shirts for my Dad. I have some nice shirt fabrics now to incorporate into my quilts and projects.


















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    We had a quilt shop hop in our area last month, and i spend over $100. And last year I remember spending over $200. So I cut back a little this year. And as far as monthly, it depends on the month, mood, and sales. Its an addiction but I love it.

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    I usually try to keep it at about 50 or less and I have learned to be a great bargain shopper. I buy most of my fabrics on line theough Thousands of Bolts and Bear Paw Quilting. I do support my LQS's when I need something specific like tools or magazines. etc. I found that these 2 sites have some fabulous material for $3-5/yd and shipping costs are not any more than it would cost me to drive to the LQS's which are at least a 40 mile round trip for me. Also, I love getting those packages in the mail.
    I get a lot of donated fabric from friends and from people in my church for charity quilts so not all of the fabrics I have in my sewing room are technically mine but I do combine them so I can color coordinate the quilts I make for our prayer quilt ministry and the charity quilts I make for the 2 guilds I belong to. I feel so blessed to have found this hobby and my many quilting friends. They are all in my prayers even if they don't believe because they have pulled me through some tough times.

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    I'm not sure I want to add it up. It probably adds up to 100 to 150 per month. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Wow thats a lot but that is the only thing I spend money on besides food, clothing, shelter, automobile - no bingo, no casino, no tupperware. When I don't have any money like when I have to pay the property taxes I don't spend any on quilting.

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    Just got home from the quilt shop and spent $188.88 and this is just today's total.

    Suz

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    I don't know, it totally depends on sales and what's going on. The first three months of this year I spent over $1,200, maybe more, I refuse to count. That's cause one of my favorite stores always has a huge sale on the 1st of the year with fabrics for $1.69 a yard, they continued it through the 3rd and then announced that they were closing the store and started a 40% off and then 60%, then 70 etc. I bought hundreds of yards of fabric cause I figure that I will never get a deal like this again. Then there are events, such as Road to California, I usually spend $200 or $300, in June we have a quilt run and there goes another $2-250. On "normal" months I only spend about 50 - $100 or so. I use mostly cash so it's not too traceable. :oops: :oops: I don't think I really want to know how much I spend. I'm sure I have enough fabrics to last a couple lifetimes, but somehow I always see something that calls my name or that needs to join the other fabrics I have cause....... :roll: :roll:

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    There was a time when I was busy having and raising babies that I could only buy enough fabric for the maternity, baby clothes, or quilt for the new little one. I am fortunate now to be retired and hubby still works a good job. I spend more than I should. More than I can ever live long enough to sew. Someday my daughter-in-law and granddaughter will inherit it all. I probably spend $200/month, sometimes more, especially when we go to springfield to see kids and kidletts. My favorite fabric store is there and they have an excellent selection of printed quilt back fabric up to 120 in wide.

    I've been gone from this board for a year because we moved to a different state, bought a new home, and I've been absorbed trying to set up a new household, not to mention a new sewing studio!

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    I just buy when I know what I need when I'm working on a quilt or getting ready to work on one. So average about $25 to$30 a month . The most I ever spent was on some material to make the drapes in my dinning room and curtians for the kitchen window and that was about $100.00. They look nice though :lol: :D :D

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    PS I try to keep using up my scraps as much as possible

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    I am quite good really have a stash already and as I am new to the craft... wouldnt know what to buy anyway!!! I have some Bondaweb... and stupid as it sounds.. I dont know how to use it :roll: I attended a 10 week quilting/patchwork course and we didnt really hit on Bondaweb.. but heard talk of it... Actually I am going to visit my sister this weekend and one of her neighbours, who does a lot of sewing.. asked my sister if she wanted any fabric as she was moving house and had to have a clear out.. so I have 3 big bags waiting for me!! cant wait to see whats in those bags!!! more excited about them than going away!!! :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by elliemay
    so I have 3 big bags waiting for me!! cant wait to see whats in those bags!!! more excited about them than going away!!! :lol:
    How exciting! Do show us what you get!

    K x

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    uh, right.... like I would ever, ever, ever put it in writing where a husband or accountant could read it. Suffice it to say, it is never enough :) :) :) :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cathy M
    uh, right.... like I would ever, ever, ever put it in writing where a husband or accountant could read it. Suffice it to say, it is never enough :) :) :) :)

    I feel the same way, though I waited a few days to answer. Especially since I work for an accountant!

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    I would have to average that out... So far, this year, it would come out to less than $50 a month. I go on splurges/binges. Spent about $150 earlier this month (fabric for 2 quilts, 40% off), but haven't spent anything for months before that. And won't for a few more. At least until I'm ready for batting and backing for the 2 of them. :wink:

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    I guess it depends on what I have going on. I would average it to about $75 - $100 per month. I don't think that's so bad. :D

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    I COULD go in my cave and pull out my black book that I tape all receipts in, so i can write description of fabrics, quantity etc...i have all the incriminating evidence from fabrics, to tools, books, etc.....BUT,
    i am afraid, if I added up one month's worth...I might have a coronary, so I don't do that. In my head, based on a week's spending...hmmm, some weeks, nothing...means I haven't left the house, lol...then I am good...just buy small cuts...then woo hoo...like an overeater, i have been a good girl...go for it...with wild abandon, and spend a 100.00!
    But it is not on plastic!!! I draw the line there, now. We got ours paid off, and not going there again, if I can help it.
    so, bottom line...ummm, dunno....uh,...you sure confession is good for the soul? I don't feel guilty right now, lol :wink:

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    0-$50 here. Really can't justify spending much more, on my budget. Of course, I might take advantage of a good sale every now and then. But I try to rein in the spending.

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    maybe $50 every few months. This month was probably around $100 because I need new quilting needles, some machine quilting thread and some must have fabric.

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