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Thread: How much fabric should I buy?

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    Rob
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    This is a stupid question but....I began collecting civil war, 1800's repro fabric for a future quilt. I have no color scheme in mind nor pattern.

    There have been sales online and I have been buying 1, maybe two yards. Is this what you would buy? I fear I will not have enough for the unnamed future project.

    I already having hoarding tendencies so I am trying to avoid a large stash but the old fabrics really appeal to me.

    Would you buy more than 1 or two yds....just in case?

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    I've got the same problem, lol!! I also want to do a C.W.R. quilt with no pattern in mind yet. Maybe these awesome quilters on this board can help us both, lol!!

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    Alot of civil war quilts are patchwork if that helps give you any ideas.

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    I would buy just a yard of each, but I like the scrappy look.

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    if i absolutely love the fabric and think it would work well for borders i buy 3 yards...so i can cut my borders to length, otherwise i collect 1 & 2 yard pieces of everything else...
    i LOVE planning a quilt this way...collecting fabulous fabrics for when the perfect project comes along ;)

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    This is my personal opinion only: When I did my CW quilt I used blocks from side to side, top to bottom with only 2" sashing in-between. Because I feel like if they had been fortunate enough to have a big piece of fabric they'd have made a shirt or a skirt with it. I wanted mine to look scrappy and with small pieces. It was a BOM so some of the blocks weren't what I would have picked. I used strips of the left over fabric, no set length, no set color combo, just a little of this and a little of that for the binding. It's not quilted yet.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-39959-1.htm
    here's a picture of mine, you just have to turn your head sideways to see it. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    This is my personal opinion only. When I did my CW quilt I used blocks from side to side, top to bottom with only 2" sashing in-between. I used strips of the left over fabric, no set length, no set color combo, just a little of this and a little of that for the binding. It's not quilted yet.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-39959-1.htm
    here's a picture of mine.
    That is a wonderful work of art and inspiring!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    if i absolutely love the fabric and think it would work well for borders i buy 3 yards...so i can cut my borders to length, otherwise i collect 1 & 2 yard pieces of everything else...
    i LOVE planning a quilt this way...collecting fabulous fabrics for when the perfect project comes along ;)
    You make perfect sense....I appreciate it!

    http://www.bearpawquilting.com/

    Has a few civil war/1800's fabric on sale plus 10% off thru tomorrow so I best buy a few.

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    Thank you. BTW, I bought an extra 1/3 yd each time we had a BOM of the same fabrics used for that month's block. That's what I used to make my extra blocks. The sashing is the same fabric that I have for the backing. I veered off my theory for that.

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    mamaw and norBanaquilts...I would agree that I like scrappy and/or patchwork too. I am not wanting a quilt of just two colors...guess I need to just let "my hair down" which would be hard since I have a buzz cut.

    OK dkabasketlady...let continue buyin!

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    If you have a lot of 1-2yd cuts already, maybe go for some 1/2yds for some variety?

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    I've made several CW repros. But mine turn out to be "scrappy" - I usually stock up on shirtings and neutrals, then decide what the pattern will be which in my quilts usually have a background fabric in which the blocks are laid upon.

    I've made a pink background CWR, a green background CWR, etc., and all of these quilts had some sort of star block comprised of a dark color and a shirting neutral set in. Not on purpose, mind you, but that's more or less how it has turned out.

    My next quilt will use red as a background and I'm looking for the pattern now. I expect to purchase at least three yards of the red - if not four. I'll use what is left over (if any) for part of the back. This time I think I will use both black and yellow in some way - but that won't require much more than say a couple yards each for which I mostly get fat quarters.

    So, three/four yards for the main color and several fat quarters of the accents. I usually do not add borders beyond a usually two or three inch border of the main color and I tend to used the same fabric for binding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob
    This is a stupid question but....I began collecting civil war, 1800's repro fabric for a future quilt. I have no color scheme in mind nor pattern.

    There have been sales online and I have been buying 1, maybe two yards. Is this what you would buy? I fear I will not have enough for the unnamed future project.

    I already having hoarding tendencies so I am trying to avoid a large stash but the old fabrics really appeal to me.

    Would you buy more than 1 or two yds....just in case?
    Rob, I had to giggle at your "hoarding tendencies" b/c they can't be worse than mine!! LOL
    I'm also collecting CWF but am buying fat quarters mostly. Have no idea what I'm going to make :mrgreen:

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    I'm at the point where the prettiest fabric would not fit in my space. The cupboards are full and unless I use some up, no new will come in.

    If you plan to make a scrappy quilt, even fat quarters will yield a block. If you can select a border fabric, I would go for 2-3 yards. Don't hoard yourself into a corner. Y+Also remember that you can piece your backing so you don't necessarily need lots of large pieces.

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