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    Some months I don't buy any fabric and others I shop a lot. It depends on if I find something that calls to me.

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    I don't buy just to build stash necessarily. I do buy blenders, batiks when I come across a good sale, but as to the rest it has to be for a specific project or because I fell in love with it

    If you don't find fabrics you love? Put the money aside for the next month, when you find some that you do :D:D:D

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    Some months I may spend a few hundred on fabric and other quilting supplies. Some months I may spend nothing. DH pays my credit card off every month in full and so far he hasn't had a !!!! moment over any charges to quilt shops.

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    I bought one bolt of black, Kona cotton, and one bolt of white on white, 109 wide, in the past year. The last time I got any other fabric was at the Paducah quilt show. ( around $100 worth)I have and keep a rather small stash, (I gave away 4 big huge bags of fabric I had but no longer liked.) This told me keep it small and only fabrics you really like. I feel no need to try to keep up with others and have a huge stash. If I am working on a project and need a certain color I do not have on hand, I either dye what I need or paint it. This works for me.
    Last month I did spend over $1400 on more sewing machines LOL But so worth every penny to me!

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    i've been buying for 4 yrs one of my coworkers & i go on shops hops we call them to s mo east to miss. river west to mo river this spring we're going n. mo. to mo. quilt co. always had to work when there were real ones have met some very nice quilters

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    I'm not actually into stash building, but when I buy for a project I always buy way more than I need... in case I goof up. So I do have a stash. Once in a while I will buy a yard or two of something just because I like it. I don't have a monthly allowance for fabric but if I did, I know I'd blow it LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt-fanatic
    Just curious but about how much do you spend on fabric per month? I'm just starting to build my stash and realize I haven't been aggressive enough as I only spend an average of $30-40 per month. Judging from some of the pictures, I'm waaay behind.
    It all depends on the kind of fabric I'm buying. If it's seasonal(holiday) then I wait til after the holiday and buy it at 50% off.Backing usually isn't on sale so I buy that any time.Fall is the best time to buy summer fabric cause it's 25%-50% off. Unless I need a piece of fabric for a customer immediately I buy fabric this way:holidays-after the holiday,spring-during the first part of fall .that way you will be buying fabric that is good quality but at a lower price cause it's last season's stock. My monthly supply budget is $125.00 a month and that includes batting,backing,threads,fabric,blades,everything that I will need to sew with that month. That's why I shop a season behind on my fabric. That's not that much when you think about all the stuff you work with in a quilt shop.

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    When I fabric shop I have to pack a lunch, it is a day trip of sorts. So I usually go when I have a little more money. In December, I spent about $150 (also bought some quilting hoops). My quilting group is planning a minor road trip this Friday, weather permittting, and a more extended one next week, weather permitting. I have been buying fabric for this year's planned projects, so I will only have to add a piece here and there to complete/enhance projects.

    Normally, when I go I usually purchase mostly fabric I like and less for a specific project. I find that if I always buy what I like, it all tends to work together. Where I usually run into trouble is when I try to follow pattern recommendations. So after a year of trying to follow the pattern reccommendations,I have reverted to only buying what I like and making project selections from my stash. Works much better for me.

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    I do not want to know. To much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QBeth
    Quote Originally Posted by sewTinker
    My daughter is visiting me and just last night finished re-folding and organizing most of my fabric (the 1/2-yard & fat quarter case). It's amazing how much I have. Not three walls worth (lol...) but more than I am comfortable with. I get nervous with too much fabric and it becomes worrisome for me.
    Wow, I thought I was the only one who worried about having too much fabric! Worse yet, I'm not entirely sure why I'm worried. What's up with that?!
    I don't Know, qBeth!!! It's like I get anxious looking at all those beautiful fabrics. 'my God... how will I ever Use all of this?' and, yet, I'm blessed to have it because it's there when I need it. It's just that it whispers to me in the night: 'why aren't you Sewing?!'

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    I bought a whole lot of creams,off whites & some blenders this mo because I use them a lot & was very low. Otherwise, trying to use mostly stash.Need to start a box of no longer liked fabric to give away.Don't care a whit if fabric is this yrs or last,it's just what looks good to me.My sewing room is the worlds smallest & refuse to start storing in another room.

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    Not very much and sometimes nothing. I cut apart old cotton clothing, save buttons, and shop at thrift shops when I can get out of the house. Little by little your stash will build and before your realize it you will have MORE than needed; addiction on its way. Enjoy and spend what you can when you can.

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    i rarelly do...most of my stach was bought on sale or i worked for doing inventory at the local shop when it closed down...i use old jeans, ties, even made one using old fortrel clothes.....i make my daughter and SIL pay for the fabric when i make clothes for their daughters...lol being on a budget ...you just have to make do....

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    This month I've spent about $70...so far.

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    I'm just a beginning quilter and I don't have a monthly budget. I'm just picking projects and finding the fabrics I want then. I don't have the space or the desire to maintain a stash right now. I'm trying to reduce and simplify!!

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    I buy project specific fabrics and always have extra. Sometimes I buy what I cannot resist. Right now I am waiting for one yard from a shop in Nevada for a special quilt. It has taken me a year to find all the fabrics for the Wine and Roses quilt for my DIL. Floral vignettes from Fabri-quilt is where I got the pattern. I will be working on this for awhile.
    I am also working on a Drunkards Path for my married grandson. Orange and blue. To get the curve right I have to hand stitch and then machine stitch.
    I have to stop before this becomes a book!
    Happy Sewing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt-fanatic
    Just curious but about how much do you spend on fabric per month? I'm just starting to build my stash and realize I haven't been aggressive enough as I only spend an average of $30-40 per month. Judging from some of the pictures, I'm waaay behind.
    On the average $100-200 per month sometimes more but not usually any less

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    I am not going to put 'in writing' what I spend on fabric in a month!!!! DH might find this place and then where would I be???? BUT!!!!! I have been spending more on patterns than on fabrics lately.

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    I don't want to know

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    I don't count on $ spent - I buy what I like when I find it and it sometimes is one piece of fabric, and other times it is a few bags full by the time I get done. Plus the sales help in making decisions also

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    When I started quilting in 2004 it was with the intention of generating income for my retirement years (coming up in 11 years) I always planned to make a quilt for each of my brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews and grands if they made an entrance into the world.

    In 2006 I became ill and everything changed. My goal at that time was to finish all the family member quilts. I finished the last one at Christmas and am in the process of quilting it now.

    Not to bring anyone down this morning, but I am terminally ill. My stash is something that I don't want to leave behind for DH to have to deal with. I am going to work to use what I can making quilts for kids, the chicken swap quilt which I will give to my brother in law and one more big quilt for my husband.
    No new purchases for me. I figure I have enough fabric to complete every pattern I now have in my possession. The colors may be a challenge, but I will make them work. If I'm lucky, I'll have bow tucks bags for Christmas gifts this year! If not, everything will be packed up and ready to donate to quilts for kids.
    Roxanne

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    My weakness is quilting books. Always looking for a bargain. Oh, and knitting books, too.

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    too much! shhh don't tell my husband though. It's hiding.

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    I spend too much but it's sporadic, probably several hundred dollars a year. I never let money be an object because I don't make that many quilts so I want what I want!

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    I wouldn't rate my fabric buying in comparison to anyone. It is set by my personal needs and wants. I may go some months without buying anything. It depends on my tasks at hand, what the sales are (especially Connecting Threads and JoAnns), and if I have coupons. Sometimes I will buy a whole bolt for backing if I have a good coupon. Sometimes I buy fat sets or jelly rolls on ebay. It all depends on the bargains. It is a rare day that I pay full price on any fabric.

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