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    Super Member JUNEC's Avatar
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    Does anyone have the same problem that I do, all colors and sizes of fabric in my stash but nothing enough to make a quilt

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    I buy small bits unless I have a known project in mind. Its about $10-12 yrd so I wait til I KNOW I am making something .. currently I have a bunch of stash but not much quilting fabric. Waiting for the perfect pattern I suppose.

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    I buy 5-8 yards,usually lean toward 8 Yd.s. If I am making a scrappy I have remants and leftover pieces I use for those. I usually buy for matchy matchy and want to have enough for main pieces and I usually buy for background and backings too. White and off white I may buy 10 yd.s, if there is enough on the bolt. I hate to plan a certain quilt and find I don't have enough or don't have enough colors to go with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNEC
    Does anyone have the same problem that I do, all colors and sizes of fabric in my stash but nothing enough to make a quilt
    I used to. When I first started quilting, I would get a quarter. I have lots of variety but not much of any one thing. At least that is how it was up until last year. I started getting two yards. I am a much happier quilter now.

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    For backing I buy at least 7 yards. Most other fabrics I buy 3 yards of something I like. I buy 1 yard if the fabric is so bright and showy it has to be for accent color. If I find a great sale then it's 5 yards of colors I know will be blenders/borders for other quilts.

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    I pretty much buy based on the size of quilts I generally make and what I think I'll use the fabric for. If I think it's going to be a great border fabric for a queen size quilt I'll get 3 yards. If I think it's going into the scrappy twin size quilts I make I'll get a FQ. If I'm going to use it for the backing of a queen I'll get 8 yards. Accents and go withs I generally get one or two yards.

    Don't forget, just because the pattern calls for 4 yards of X color doesn't mean you have to use all one fabric. You could use two yards of two colors. Or one yard of 4 colors. Or 16 FQs for a real scrappy look.

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    If I think I'll use it for a border or backing, I'll get 3-4 yards. If I don't have anything particular in mind, I'll get 1/2-1 yd. If I'm buying for a particular pattern, I round up to the nearest 1/2 or yard. Just in case!

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    If it multi color that I can use in a border I buy at least 3yds. If it is on sale and may be used as a backing I may buy the entire bolt, have done that, got 3 backings out of it; otherwise at least 7 -8 yds. I really hate to buy backings at retail price. Neutrals I buy 1- 3 yards, I like to use more than one fabric for backgrounds so usually buy 1 yds unless on sale.

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    I cant' bring myself to buy backing at retail price either! I have learned to not pass up a great fabric sale when I can get fabric for backing.

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    Thank you Bellaboo, that makes a lot of sense.

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    I usually buy 3 to 6 yards of something if I really like it. Fat quarters just aren't enough. I have to have yardage. If I am buying for a certain pattern, I will buy the required amount but if I am adding to my stash.......which I do more often than I should..(blushing) I buy quite a bit because by the time I get around to using it, I want to make sure I have enough. :)

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    I usually will buy 2 yards if I love it, 1 yard if I just 'really like' it ;-) I have been know to buy the rest of the bolt a time or two though. It all depends on my mood and how much is in my wallet at the time. Believe it or not, I have never purchased a fat quarter...just too small for me. :roll:

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