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Thread: How to build your stash!

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    Ok everyone, when you try to build your stash, do buy fat quarters, jelly rolls, charm packs, etc? Or, do you buy mostly yards. Am trying to build my stash but don't want to spend foolishly. I see the stashes on this board and my mouth drops.

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    All of the above.

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    i buy yards as much as i can or the rest of the bolt.

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    I get major stash envy but limited space makes me chose my fabric for specific projects and fat quarters for smaller instant projects.

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    I'm on a buying freeze hoping the quality of fabric gets better when the cotton shortage problem gets better. When I was buying it was usually 3 yds. for a main fabric, plus 1 yd. for coordinating fabrics. 1/4 yd. for my floral applique collection of pieces.

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    It really depends what your style is. I know that is vague.

    But, if your into applique, FQ's would work. If your into small/baby quilts or lap quilts, then you might want only 1-2 yds. If your into bigger quilts 3+yds might be what to buy.

    Then there is the like, love, & OMG must have feelings you get with certain fabrics. That sometimes helps me to decide how much to purchase.

    And another thing to take into consideration, do you have room for stash? If space is limited then only purchase what you have room for. IMHO to purchase and hide the fabric in tubs (never to be seen again), then you forget what you have. :? :-(

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    I usually buy by the yard

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy Dwynn
    Then there is the like, love, & OMG must have feelings you get with certain fabrics.
    Don't forget the "I'm really hungry and would prefer a sandwich so I'll buy 7 yards of this print with muffins instead" or the "oh isn't this cute, never seen chihuahuas in a tutu on fabric and just have to have it"

    Then I have a "someday I MUST make this pattern and this fabric will work so well" pile.

    All of these just miraculously grow my stash without even a plan.

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    Another way, when my friends find out I love fabric, they will bring me their grandmothers, mothers, aunts, whoevers leftovers. My niece brought me some to church a couple weeks back. She had been to a yard sale and saw it and thought of me. Oh, and I'm like the others on here...sometimes the fabric calls my name and says...take me home with you!

    Have fun building your stash!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Quote Originally Posted by grammy Dwynn
    Then there is the like, love, & OMG must have feelings you get with certain fabrics.
    Don't forget the "I'm really hungry and would prefer a sandwich so I'll buy 7 yards of this print with muffins instead" or the "oh isn't this cute, never seen chihuahuas in a tutu on fabric and just have to have it"

    Then I have a "someday I MUST make this pattern and this fabric will work so well" pile.

    All of these just miraculously grow my stash without even a plan.
    Ditto.

    My fabric seems to multiply in the night. Scraps especially.

    I usually buy yardage - 2 or 3 yards. However if I think I'll be using the fabric in a Boomerang swap I'll get 6-10 yards. :)

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    I quit buying because my stash was really getting out of hand. I have been selling it so I can get it down to a more manageable stash. I am almost to where I want to be. That being said when I was buying I would 1 yard or more depending on the price and how much the "I just had to have it" factor played in.

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    If it's a fabric I really love, I buy at least 3 yards. The rest of the time I just get a little more when I buy a fabric. If the pattern says to buy 1/2 yard, I buy 1 yard. I have been amazed at how quickly I have begun to accumulate fabric that I really like. The main thing is to buy what you can afford. Quilting is an expensive hobby. You would love and enjoy it and not feel guilty because of the money you are spending.

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    i buy yardage any where from 3 (minimum) up to a bolt of the same fabric.

    once you know your voice as a quilter you will know what type of stash you need.

    like a previous person said different styles have different stash needs.

    for example i never work with novelty prints so it would be pointless for me to buy this types of fabric even when deeply discounted because i would never use it.

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    YES - LOL

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    This board has great fabric for sale at great prices.
    Watch the classified ads.

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    your stash will grow naturally with the left overs from your projects.
    if you buy an extra 1/2 yard or 1 yard when buying for a project you will be amazed how quickly your stash grows.
    fabric multiplies faster than rabbits when you are busy sewing :)
    and as you shop if you see something you absolutely love but do not know what you will do with it yet buy as much of it as you can afford- especially if it's something that could make borders- or a great quilt back.

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    I started with fat quarters and now generally buy at least a full yard. If it is a good usuable over all pattern (like white on white, black or tan/cream), I often buy 4 yards.

    And I tend to only buy for my stash if it is on a very good sale. Otherwise I try to only buy for a specific quilt project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovinquilting
    Ok everyone, when you try to build your stash, do buy fat quarters, jelly rolls, charm packs, etc? Or, do you buy mostly yards. Am trying to build my stash but don't want to spend foolishly. I see the stashes on this board and my mouth drops.
    yes, yes, yes and yes. I go through phases. I went through my precuts phase and have all kinds of jelly rolls, charm packs, etc to show for that. Then I went through my half-yard phase where I bought half yards of fabrics with the occasional yard thrown in. Right now I'm in my fat quarter phase but I never really abandoned my half yard phase. It just depends on the design and the prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewwhat85
    i buy yards as much as i can or the rest of the bolt.
    ME TOO!

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    I look a prices, what I really want and basics like muslin, tone on tone etc. Usually if I really like it I buy FQ. For tone on tone yards and for Moda muslin, kona black yardage.

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    I started building my stash way back in the early 1980s when we didn't have jelly rolls, etc. (which only came about in the very late 1990s/early 2000s), and I did it by buying 3/4 yd. of fabrics that would 'go with' other fabrics.....also called blenders.

    I still do this; in some cases I buy 1/2 yard, in others 1 or more yards. But I rarely buy big yardage of one design for the stash unless I'm considering it specifically as a neutal background or backings (this 'neutral' can be pastels, ecrus, tiny prints, 'sky-type' fabrics, etc.).

    Having this sort of stash, and trying to work mostly from it when I find a larger print or a fabric to die for, encourages me to learn to how to build a quilt from 1.) my own stash without buying a collection for a quilt; and 2.) makes me work with colors in ways I might not be exposed to if I were to purchase all the go-withs for a specific print or pattern I see.

    It pushes my creativity. It makes me build quilts with many colors, not necessarily scrappy quilts, as I see how different reds, or blues, or greens, work together. I feel my quilts are richer looking for this method.

    Now, after nearly 30 years, I have a stash with probably 4000-5000 different colors/prints in it, though some are less than 1/3 yard, or even a fat quarter. I raid my "random pieces" storage boxes regularly when pulling fabrics for a quilt.

    I'm always surprised when I read about those who buy several yards, or even a bolt, of a specific fabric. I don't feel like I'd ever want to work with a large amount of any one fabric over and over again in several quilts.

    Isn't it wonderful that there are as many different ways of working as there are quilters doing the work?!! :D

    Jan in VA

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    I just buy what I like. Also fat quarters and charm packs.

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    I too have been wondering how much to buy, how much I will actually need for one quilt of small hexagons (and no, I don't know what size quilt! Something 'bed' sized but maybe a single bed would do to begin with ...)

    However I've only been buying one metre (a yard and 4 inches) as the equivalent of 4 fat quarters ... 2 metres when I've really loved it or think it's going to be a high proportion of a design combination, and 1/2 a metre when i've suspects that I'll only need four or five hexagons, but I don't think the fabric shops cut any less than 1/2 metre ....

    The classified section has been great for me - as I have a couple of ladies sending me and envelope of scraps, in one case about 20 different fabrics with at least 2 hexagons worth of each ... in exchange for fat quarters of scandinavian style fabrics. I think this is SO SO great! I will get the small amounts of a really varied range of fabrics that I need and I am supplying them with something they really want rather than just paying out all the time ... I have bought some fabric, from this board, using Paypal and I'm looking forward to it but with nowhere near the thrill of the 'Fabric Swap' parcels!

    Helen

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    from doing projects- I usually follow (well try to :))patterns but purchase extra fabric just in case I mess up cutting,sewing etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflies5518
    I get major stash envy but limited space makes me chose my fabric for specific projects and fat quarters for smaller instant projects.
    I also get stash "envy", but my limits are budget :(

    Until I joined the QB, I NEVER dreamed some quilters had almost as much fabric in their 'stash' as some small LQ's I've been in. It still amazes me! I can't imagine if I had as much as some I've seen on here that I'd have to even go into a LQ for A LONG TIME.

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