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

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    Super Member Butterfli19's Avatar
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    Anyone up for confessing? 8)

    less than $50
    $50 - $100
    $100 - $150
    $150 - $200
    $200 - $300
    $300 - $500
    or :shock:

    For me it depends on the month and mood. The last two months I have probably spend pretty close to $200, other times I try to limit myself. Or at least that's what I tell myself...


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    I try to limit myself to $50 or less, sort of the slow and steady buyer, a fg here and there. Sometimes though I will go over board for stencils or quilting threads or tape for marking. It's amazing how fast it adds up! :-)




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    Probably 100-150. That includes fabric, batting, gadgets, magazines, etc. That's a lot! 1200-1800 a year! Yikes!

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    Depends on my mood!
    I just bought the GO! cutter and am trying to use up my stash before I go buy more fabric! Though I do need some batting and backing material and I could use some more fabric for the B&W Block swap :wink:
    Then there is the latest Quilt magazines out....and I just bought 2 ME Designs but hey, I got 4 free...
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    I don't keep track :lol: :lol: :lol: If I see something I want and I've got the money..it's mine :!: :!: Otherwise, I don't buy for the sake of buying, and I don't spend what I don't have :D

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    I limit myself to $100. But then, if are making a specific project, it will (not may- WILL) go over.

    I figure I need to buy now and then have a great stash for retirement when I cannot afford it. OK- so I have at least 15 years to go, why procrastinate?

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    I guess I fall into the $50-$100 range. There are times when it goes way over. I am working hard to hone down my stash. I try to make at least 2 or 3 Linus quilts a week. I mostly purchase fabric with coupons or big sales. I have enough in my stash to last me the rest of my life but I still buy more. I recently got rid of hundreds of dollars worth of clothing fabric, patterns and notions for sewing garmets. I haven't sewn a garmet in several years. My granddaughters are all teens and homemade doesn't fly with them. If my youngest daughter ever gets around to having a child I will have an excuse to go into garmet sewing again.
    Our local vo-tech can certainly use the fabric to stretch thier budget for the students in the textile arts classes. A local shop owner who I used to work for will deliver the stuff to them.

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    Oh...who adds it up???? I don't want too :shock: The sad part is that I'd probably spend more, but I just don't have the room to keep it :roll:

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    A local gal was liquidating her online store at $3/yd, and I picked up over 150 yds of fabric--about half was batiks. I didn't buy anything for a couple of months, and I just spent $70 this weekend.

    It's really sporadic, so I'm not sure.

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    I'm not sure I wanna know how much a month I spend on my "hobby" -- but it does keep me out of the bars....

    And the other day I realized that I hadn't purchased any summery clothing for myself since last spring (and I managed to gain weight over the winter and not a lot of the old stuff fits anymore.) So anyway, I "splurged" and bought one new top and one new pair of capris. Figure that will handle that. Besides, the less I spend on clothing, the more fabric money I have :roll: :roll: :roll:


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    Sewjoyce- I too gained weight over the last year..so you are not alone. I justify my quilting spending as it being a safe hobby. Depending on the month and what project I have in mind, I spend probably $100-$300 a month...and for Mother's Day I got a gift card for fabric, so that is as good as spent too.

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    I have to go on a fabric diet for awhile, I have no room for more unless I start cramming it in Rubbermaid bins and finding a place for those. I have enough to start any project and I may have to buy a few fat quarters for added color now and then. I started saving all my scraps and that is another can of worms I need to open real soon.

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    Confessing?!? :oops:

    Now I am just starting out (or have been for the last ten months) . . . so I needed to stock up and I am a little OCD. I also found out that shopping for quilting supplies is actually easier than the actual quilting.

    I think I now have every notion known to woman :oops: and such and I am not exaggerating when I say I have at least 1000, yep, 1000 yards of fabric in my two walk-in closets. That sounds like a lot OCD, doesn't it. :lol:

    So my plan is to stick to less than $100 month from now on. Or I might just give up and sell my stuff on ebay. :wink:

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    I have to say 50-100.
    My biggest problem is working part time in a fabric store. It's very tempting to buy everything in sight. Unfortunately, this second job was not supposed to be to fuel my hobby, it was supposed to be to pay off debt and save for our wedding. So, while I do spend more now than before I started working there, I get lots of stuff for next to nothing, and that's hard to pass up.



    AND, I bought a new sewing machine in February... :roll:

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    All I can say for sure is ALOT!!! To much, more than I'll probably ever be able to use in a lifetime, no better make that 9 lifetimes!!. But ofcourse no matter what I already have its never the right piece for what I need then and ofcourse I always buy more than a project calls for because I make tomany mistakes cutting and I don't want to run short.
    I took a class last weekend, fusible applique and spent over 150.00 then because they gave us a great discount that day, then just when I got done shopping for that, I remember I had another class starting this weekend so I spent another 70.00 on it. We won't mention what I'd spent in there just a couple weeks before for a mystery quilt we're doing. It should suffice to say that I've done more than my share to keep them in business for another month!!
    Muriel
    Oh yeah, I'm going to have to shopping for backing one of these days for these 3 projects that are now in the works. I do have a bolt of batting downstairs so I think I'm o.k. on that for awhile. Geesh

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    Definitely under $50 monthly. In the past year all I've bought is batting 2 or 3 meters at a time. Other than that I make do and can keep myself busy for some time. It helps that I work to the beat of my own drummer and like the challenge of making use of what I have, rather than spending money. Love to talk and share quilting ideas but hate shopping. It is far easier to buy what you perceive you need than tweak design decisions to make them work.

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    well, it's like this: i used to smoke and i was a heavy smoker (2 packs a day), therefore a carton just lasted me 5 days - so that would be 6 cartons a month at $40.00/carton, any way u look at it, that's $240.00 a month. so i justify my fabric spending, saying heck, i'm just spending my "cigarette" money. I just quit last year on June 8th after smoking for 50 plus years. so if any of yall want to quit smoking, just pm me and i'll tell you what philosophy i used to quit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maribeth
    Confessing?!? :oops:

    Now I am just starting out (or have been for the last ten months) . . . so I needed to stock up and I am a little OCD. I also found out that shopping for quilting supplies is actually easier than the actual quilting.
    That is so true! Between buying fabric, washing fabric, reorganizing fabric, making lists of things to make and remaking those lists, reading about quilting, I spend less time quilting! hmm...maybe I ought to rethink this...

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    I went to Beverly's yesterday to pick up a spool of red Star thread. $157 later - I don't know whether I should laugh or cry.

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    50 to 100 sounds about right. On a good month when I have lots of new quilts starting it may be closer to 200. Oh well, keeps me in line.

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    I'd have to say my purchases vary widely, but probably average out to about $100/mo. :lol:

    Yikes, 1,000 yds in 10 months? :shock: That makes me look like a very small time buyer, lol. Yes, the shopping is often so much easier (and faster) than the quilting.

    Dojo36 - so glad for you and your loved ones that you have quit smoking. You're almost at your 1 year anniversary, that is great! :D Your money is definitely better spent on fabrics.

    Although I don't know where Beverly's is, I think I've purchased that very same thread! Last week I went into LQS to get two 1/2 yard cuts of fabric. My total was over $100. :roll: At least I remembered those original two that I needed. And I have already used the pattern (The Market Tote, by Country Quilter), two yards of fabric, and Decor-Bond.

    While I don't like shopping for anything else, quilting things - from magazines to patterns, thread to fabric - I LOVE! We have several great shops w/in an hour's drive, plus I have a couple of online favorites.... We all need to do what we can to stimulate the economy, right? :wink:



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    It all depends on the mood I'm in. Sometimes it can be $20, other times it can be $200. Plus, it also depends if the fabric is on sale.

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    You don't want me on this post.
    With our financial hardship, I haven't bought anything at all related to quilting since maybe last Spring. I am working completely out of my stash. The fabrics my physical therapist recently gave me are what I'm using for my 09 BOM. My sister gave me a subscription of Pons&Porter mag but that ended. My daughter gave me one month issue of another quilting mag as part of my birthday present. I hate this!
    So what I have been spending per month is ...
    $0

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    It varies widely from month to month. Some months it could be zero others it might be hundreds. It's like the changing tides it ebbs and flows. This month would be off the charts because this longarm followed us home, next month will be a low month because we'll be traveling. But there is this one fabric store where we'll be that is usually good for a couple of hundred.

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    Depends who you ask - I reckon on average 100 - 150 euros (some months hardly anything but then last month I spent 300 UK pounds on a grace hoop, and two new feet for the sewing machine, and a couple of months ago I spent 200 euro in one day at a fabric fair in Holland!). BUT DH is sitting by me and HE reckons it's at least 150-200 per month - so take your pick, who do you believe? :D

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