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Gee, I have a expensive hobby it seems!

Old 02-20-2012, 09:10 AM
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I also simple piece the backs of some of mine, helping me use more stash. I don't make big quilt gifts either. Lap quilts are probably the biggest size I make. Just can't afford to give away big bed quilts, & also, not knowing how much they will be appreciated, or used even...
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:14 AM
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With everything going up i'm sticking with quilting but really if you think of what is cheaper??? There isn't anything cheaper because even things that are supposed to save us money cost right now. Everything has a price it just depends on where are you what is up and what is down.
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:56 AM
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I agree with Debra K. It is about the only money I spend on myself (except for clothes) and I am good with it too. You have to have something in your life that brings you pleasure and makes you feel good about yourself. I call it therapy! And my husband thoroughly approves!!

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quilting makes me happy. It is nearly the only money I spend on myself. I'm good with it.
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:04 AM
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I agree with DebraK. It also helps me with my sanity!
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:13 AM
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I figure if I didn't spend my extra money on this I would spend it on something stupid like candy and sweet, and items I will use once and collect dust. it makes me happy so who cares how much it cost as long as bills get paid and my kid has everything she needs
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:31 AM
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I use simple, cheap broadcloth for most of my backs. It's $2.99/yd at Hobby Lobby, and with a 40% coupon, it's under $2/yd, even with tax.

If I want something just a little special for my backs, I buy 108" either at fabric.com or Thousands of Bolts. I don't go over $12 or $13/yd on the 108" backing.
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:07 PM
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I, too do alot of my shopping online. Sometimes the deals are too good to pass up>
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Old 02-20-2012, 05:57 PM
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As many others on the board, I am making a goal this year to finish 12 UFOs and I have over 30. I will not buy any new material and will make many scrappy quilts from all my leftovers.if cost is an important factor in your hobby it is wise to only work on one project at a time and most shops will let you buy fabric on lay-a-way so if you must do a project with that material you absolutly must have it is a good way to do it. I have selected a pattern, gotten the material, backing and batting and put it on this payment plan and several months later I have a complete quilt paid for and to enjoy making. It can be a very expensive hobby. Also if you like scrap quilts most people are willing to give scraps way and all you have to buy is the backing and batting.
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Old 02-21-2012, 04:22 AM
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If you shop on-line you can find some great deals. Quilting gives you something to show for your money not like boating or sky diving what do those people have to show??? If quilting makes you happy do it!!
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Old 02-21-2012, 04:40 AM
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I try and use up my stash first. I shop on line especially at fabric.com. They have good deals and free shipping on orders over $35. Customer service is fantastic. I have also met some fantastic ladies - gone on quilt retreats attended workshops and lectures. I actually have a social life. Love my quilts and my quilting peeps. I look for fabric quality. And this keeps me sane as well.
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