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    How much fabric do you buy?

    When you see something you like, or a sale, (not with anything in mind), how much do you buy, for a future project?
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    At least 2 yards
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    2 to 3 yards!!!!!!!!!!

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    Way, way too much! Because dd and I spent almost 2 weeks in a vain attempt to get all my fabric organized she's made me promise not to buy anymore. Of course, she doesn't know about the 3 fabrics I found at Goodwill today---all total, 8 yds. lol
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    I buy 2 yards. I started off buying one yard....not enough for some ideas I had later. Then I switched to buying 3 yards...had more left over than I thought I would most of the time. Now I buy 2 yards. Works for me.

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    I buy at least 6 yards. that way I have plenty for what I want it for and lefct overs for the scrap box.
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    Like it . . . . 1 yard
    LOVE it . . . . 3 yards
    REALLY, REALLY love it . . . . 6 yards!!!!

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    Mostly 2 yards. There are some things like tonals that I only buy 1 or 1.5 yards of, and some others that I'll buy 2 yards of.

    Then there are the "end of the bolt sales" where I get 30% off for buying the end (so yeah - I wander around the LQS looking ONLY for skinny bolts) and I'll buy whatever is there!! And the sales here on QB too - if I like it I buy it.
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    I'm new to this too so I have been buying 2-3 yard lengths, or finish off a bolt to get additional discount at some LQS.

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    I always buy 3 yards and if it seems to be a fabric I may want to use in a border then I buy 5 or 6 yards.

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    I buy 3 yards when i don't have a project...if knit, it will make 2 prs of pants, 2 skirts, 1 skirt and 1 top or 1 pant and top, 1 jacket or 1 bog coat (my fave), if quilting cotton, it will make queen size borders without a seam (with corner blocks) or a background fabric for any size quilt.

    If on sale for a really good price, then i buy 6 yards and cut borders to put away (up to 6 inches x 4 strips leaves 20 inches x 6 yards for the stash) I cut the borders first so that i know they won't get shortened while working on something else. i have a box with pre-cut borders in 2s, 3s, 4s, and 6s... it's not that i don't use borders in other widths, but i know these work with a lot of my normal block preferences.

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    Two to 3 yards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by susieqwva View Post
    Like it . . . . 1 yard
    LOVE it . . . . 3 yards
    REALLY, REALLY love it . . . . 6 yards!!!!

    I vote for this one!!! If it is great background fabric, like a white on white I get no less than 4 yards..if it is really cheap and would be good for backing then it is 8-10 yards.

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    If I bought every fabric that I just "liked", I would need at least one more house to store it all in, lol! I rarely buy fabric on a whim though. I have a great deal of self restraint in that way. If were to do that though I would not buy more than three yards because, backings excluded, I've rarely seen any pattern that calls for more than three yards of any one fabric and I am willing to piece in a different fabric in a similar color to make what I have stretch. Two and three color quilts being the exception of course. I make bed quilts exclusively. If I mostly made runners and wall hangings or other smaller pieces I would probably limit myself to 1/2 or 1 yard. Also, I'd never spend more than $6.00 on any one yard of fabric. Even though I'm very thrifty with my purchases, I have enough scraps to last me at least 10 years so I am still buying too much when I do buy. My latter years are going to be spent making scrap quilts, I am sure!!
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    [ Originally Posted by susieqwva
    Like it . . . . 1 yard
    LOVE it . . . . 3 yards
    REALLY, REALLY love it . . . . 6 yards!!!!


    This would be my idea too. The only exception is if it is to be used as background or backing or if it is really on sale ($2 or $3 a metre) and then I might buy the whole bolt!
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    If I shouldn't be buying then I buy 1 -2 yards
    If it might be for a backing I may buy 4plus
    If it is a really beautiful neutral, I may buy the bolt

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    I love scrap quilts, so mostly buy 1/2 yards pieces....but if I think I will want it for a sashing, background or borders, will usually buy 2-3 yards.

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    Never enough!!!
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    Good question. I used to buy 1yd increments and became frustrated when deciding to use it because ultimately I didn't have enough. My new rule of thumb is:
    If I like: 3-5yds
    If I love it: 5-10yds
    If it is a good blender: the bolt
    I always buy white, beige and black by the bolt.
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    I do the same but I buy at least 3 meters or 5 metres if I love it and want enough for a full size quilt. Money is another thing I need as well.
    Last edited by Annya; 12-01-2011 at 01:32 AM.

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    I usually buy at least 2 yards but lately keep saying I need to do more sewing less buying.
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    I usually buy fat quarters. But if it's a fabric I cannot live without, I buy one yard/meter. If it's perfect for a border, 2 yards/meters, and if it's the right quality for backing, 5 to 8 yards/meters. I do confess to be a fabricaholic!!
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    About a metre if I think it will be the main focus. Smaller amounts can then e added to blend in.

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    I usually buy 2 1/2 yds just so I know I'll have enough.

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    I purchase 2-3 metres-I love scrappy quilts too-so leftover fabric is a blessing!
    It's not a stash-it's a fabric library!
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