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Thread: Gee, I have a expensive hobby it seems!

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    Gee, I have a expensive hobby it seems!

    Just bought the backing and thread for the quilt I am working on now. Gee, even on sale it cost me a small fortune! I think I need to rethink my quilting hobbie or slow way down. Just wondering if others feel the same way.

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    The fabric gets more expensive and the quality goes down...

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    I have started doing almost all my fabric shopping online. You can get some good deals. There have been alot of people that find fabric and stuff at rummage sales and thrift shops.
    enjoy your life...it's the only one you have!!!
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    This is my only hobby, I have met so many amazing people since moving to our small town this past summer as well as on QB. I really don't put a price on something that has brought me so much joy. With that said yes it is expensive, make sure to get things while they are on sale.

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    quilting makes me happy. It is nearly the only money I spend on myself. I'm good with it.
    I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health - Voltaire

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    I have been working on reducing my stash and scrap pile(s).... I have made 7 scrap quilts .. all bed size. and there is still more to work through...
    There have been some outstanding sales on line in the last few weeks as the newer lines are being released...
    I made a recent trip for business had me right in the path of Keepsake quilting... needless to say .. it was an amazing shop but batiks were over $12.40 per yard.... My enthusiam was met with the reality of my wallet.
    I find not only the quilt making challeging but now the new twist is finding fabric prices that make it possible.

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    I know how you feel. I realized today that I need some more fabric to finish my quilt and I haven't even thought about what I'm going to put on the back, but I'm not ready to give up this hobby. I figure if I smoked, I would spend that much on cigarettes. Quilting keeps me sane, but I do wish sanity was a little less expensive.
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    THis is my main hobby now, but your right it is expensive sometimes. I do a lot of online shopping when places have sales and shop online clearance.
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    Guess I have been finishing quilts fairly fast lately and it is adding up. Plus, everything is going way up, I noticed how much thread and material has gone up. I guess a $50 isn't what it used to be!

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    LOL yeah a cheap sheet and serger thread would've been cheaper.

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    Just went to buy batting and had sticker shock. $39 for a queen size and no one sees the batting! I could buy cheaper blankets to use for the batting than Warm and Natural. Do I really need 100% cotton? Synthetic blankets are less expensive.

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    Expensive YES!! I just try to get a much as I can on sale!!!

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    I use the cheaper Blankets and they work just fine for me.

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    My next quilt is going to be cordouroy from mens shirts purchased at the thrift store! Otherwise, I scrounge fat quarters here and there and make everything scrappy! Batting and backing isn't so bad with 40% coupons from joanns. It's when I get the itch for those designer fabrics that I get in real trouble!

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    Yes, this is expensive! I've just gotten back into it and honestly and seriously thinking about it. I have kits that I've purchased and will complete those.

    Due to not quilting in years I don't have much of a stash. Once I finish the kits, I'll decide what to do from there.

    Patterns......now, I've accumulated enough of those. I don't need anymore.
    Tools........I think I have all that I need.

    Mine is a "wait and see" and then I'll decide. I have two tops/backs completed and am working on another that I won't quilt now. That is probably what I'll do with the kits. I'll complete them, but not have them sent to be quilted unless I need a gift.

    I've had 4 quilted and dropped a 5th off today to get quilted (it's a gift) since the middle of October. I enjoy it and love looking at what everyone has done. I just don't know that this can be a long term hobby for me.
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    I'm glad I stocked up on lots of sales over the year of quilt shop quality when I though $8 was a lot for a yard!
    Got fabric?

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    Well, I don't drink or smoke. I can't bowl or play golf. I'd love to go back to the long desert walking I used to do, but as my world sorta shrinks ... well, quilting enlarges it... and ... it cheaper than psychotherapy.

    I have met so many wonderful quilters and had such fun. Yes, I am slow ... but it is my time. If I'm not up to quilting I can always come to the QB.

    I am also lucky that the two groups give us the materials to make the charity quilts. So when my resources are low I can still quilt.

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    Yes I agree, it is expensive. I try to keep it down and only buy what I need on sale and using my stash. I have a lot invested. This is in my sewing and Jewelry making beads, tools, and findings.
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    What everyone has said - buy onsale - sew with what I have. Let family know my best gift is a certificate from my LQS. I buy fabric wherever they sell it so ... not all quilt shop fabrics. I buy bundles - Fabric Cafe has many - that come out to less than $8/yd - sometimes MUCH less. I use those as stash - not always keeping them together as a bundle. My LQS has a sale shelf for $3.99/yd and another for $5.99. I shop those shelves first. Batting - always half price - Joann's puts it on sale too often to pay more. Won't buy it otherwise. I've used Walmart sheets for backing. I simply love this too much to give it up! I only have special gifts quilted - that translates to 4 of the 50 I've made in the last two years. Just can't afford that!
    So many quilts, so little time.

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    I agree - as a new quilter - I find it particularly so, as I have no stash and until recently had very few tools. (When I started in Nov I already had a rotary cutter and matt - so I thought "I'm set". LOL.).

    Due to the cost of the fabric (~10/meter here!) I am surprised I see so many magazine articles about "Fast" and "Quick" and do-it-in-a-weekend projects. Geesh at these prices I want this project to laaaaaast a while so I can maximize my cost:enjoyment ratio!

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    So much of your expense depends on how much you have. If you really have nothing and yet want to quilt, just pretend you don't have any fabric stores around. Get creative. Cut up clothes, cut up sheets, curtains, etc. Spread the word at the thrift stores that you will take stained and unsaleable cottons that they get in so that you can salvage the usable material.

    However, if your standards are such that you NEED new everything and MUST HAVE cotton batting at high prices, and you MUST send your quilt out to be long arm quilted each time, after buying real quilt backing fabric at a LQS or on line, then it will be very expensive.

    Most can actually do it for a bit less, however, if you lower your standards a bit. If you can't do that, then maybe quilting isn't the hobby for you unless you do "have money" or can barter with people for what you need.

    OTOH, when we visit the states, while at the same time people are complaining about the crisis, restaurants like Outback continue to be crowded (where 2-$25 gift certificates was about right for my DH and I), and very often "poor" Americans are VERY overweight (in Poland, here, the truly poor are THIN--they walk around hungry--not eating even enough of the 'cheap carbs' you can buy in every country).

    So, my advice to people who want to quilt, but don't have the money--reexamine your budget and see if you can cut out other things like expensive foods or going out to eat once in a while. You might actually "find" money in the budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyMN View Post
    Just went to buy batting and had sticker shock. $39 for a queen size and no one sees the batting! I could buy cheaper blankets to use for the batting than Warm and Natural. Do I really need 100% cotton? Synthetic blankets are less expensive.
    Try it and compare the difference and see if you are satisfied.

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    You can spend a lot, or you can spend a little. It's up to you. Quilts have been made from scraps since quilts started being made. Return to that and it really doesn't cost a lot. You gather from family and friends, thrift stores, yard sales, etc. It's great fun to see how creative you can get with these things. If you can/want to spend a little more, get yardage from Walmart, JoAnn, etc, when things are on sale and/or you have coupons. If you want excellent quality/LQS, new line, all coordinating, etc., fabric, and all the "best" of everything else, yes, it's expensive. Really, it's all up to the individual.

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    Quilting is expensive but it is my only hobby/pasttime. I find that I am finishing up a lot of ufo's rather then start new projects I see in mags. or at quilt store. I use to want to make it all but now I am very selective. I have an Amish community about 50 miles from home. It is worth the trip to go and stock up on batting and backing for my quilts. Today I a going to Joanns sale. We just have to be creative and selective in our purchases.
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    My DH has a Harley and a Corvette. Crazy expensive, so I have a little leeway with my quilting hobby! Even so, I try to buy everything on sale, and complete projects in my queue before buying more fabric.

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