Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 27

Thread: How Much?

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    1
    I never know what yardage to purchase when finding a piece of fabric that I like; not knowing what quilt pattern I will use or project. Any suggestions?

  2. #2
    Super Member Quilt Mom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Headed home
    Posts
    2,417
    There are different ways of thinking about fabric.

    If it looks good for a border, I get 3 yards.
    If it looks good for a backing, I get 6 yards.
    If it looks good for a splash of color, sometimes I get as little as a fat quarter.

    Since the quilts I make are mostly large, I tend toward the larger quantities of fabric... :lol:

  3. #3
    Super Member Elisabrat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Cody, Wyoming
    Posts
    6,396
    Unless I have a project in mind I buy small pieces just enough to wet my appetite. I make a lot of scrappy items so I rarely need 2-4 yrds of anything other than backing or sashing which I buy at the end to match what I have made. 1/3 a yard usually works so I can get at least 3-4 blocks with that fabric in it if not more so in the end it all coordinates. If your pocket book allows it a yard is a nice bit to insure you will get a good mix out of it in a quilt.

  4. #4
    Super Member Oklahoma Suzie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Home town: Rehoboth, MA Now living in OK
    Posts
    7,897
    I buy a yard, if I have no idea what to do with it.

  5. #5
    Super Member ghostrider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    4,660
    When I buy for stash, I usually get two or three yards. If I love it, I get five yards. I am truly sick. :oops:

  6. #6
    Banned
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    4,638
    What???? Just buy the whole bolt! :lol:

  7. #7
    Super Member
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    NE Pa.
    Posts
    1,614
    I'm with quilt mom, 3 yds or 4 if it is going in a quilt. When you take into consideration you might need it for border and binding. I never buy backing until the quilt is done. The size of the quilt determines how much backing I need to get.

  8. #8
    Super Member bebe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    San Antonio, Texas
    Posts
    3,068
    always buy backgrounds especially if they are on sale.

    2 yds backgrounds(black, biege off white, white, tan and etc)
    Potential border fabrics 2to3 yds
    Blenders (marbles, fabrics that read solid) 1 yard
    Backing fabric 6-9 yards

    Often times you can find fabrics that can interchange and make a quilt so buy enough to have enough even if it's a lap quilt

    Buy FatQ's to build your stash and for scrappy quilts good way to build your stash w/ lots of color.

  9. #9
    Super Member PurplePassion's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Southern MN
    Posts
    2,621
    If I really like it , I buy the rest of what they have!!! and figure out later what I am going to do with it. Blenders , I have started to buy a larger amount , because I am finding that they fit in with just about anything I am making and then have to be cautious so I don't run out of one in a quilt. Needless to say , I have enough fabric to rule the world. But I am happy with it.
    Elaine

  10. #10
    Super Member Rose Marie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Clay Springs AZ
    Posts
    3,223
    I love the on line sales for 3 dollars a yard. I buy alot of backing this way and if I just want fabric for my stash I usually buy a yard.

  11. #11
    Super Member shaverg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    2,011
    I never buy less than a yard.

  12. #12
    Super Member knlsmith's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    West central Illinois
    Posts
    2,973
    if its on sale and no hubby around 5 yards :) if hubby around and tired of standing in the quilt shope for 2 hours then I smile and say 5 yards ITS ON SALE!! with a big smile on my face! lol lol lol poor guy.

  13. #13
    Moderator littlehud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    SW Iowa
    Posts
    32,958
    I like to buy 2 or 3 yards. If it is something that yells buy me I will buy 5 or 6 yards.

  14. #14
    Power Poster amma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Out searching for some sunshine :-)
    Posts
    59,092
    Blog Entries
    1
    I never buy less than a yard...I prefer to buy a minimum of 2. If it is a good sale I will get up to 5 yards :D:D:D

  15. #15
    Power Poster MadQuilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    ELVERTA, CA
    Posts
    15,173
    Blog Entries
    1
    As your stash grows and the usable space in your house shrinks, you can start buying sparingly. Until then, at least a yard. If it has a directional pattern at least 2. If it has a large repeat, at least 2 repeats. For backing at least 5. if it's on sale, or the end of the bolt ...... oh, I wanna go fabric shopping now.

  16. #16
    Super Member jljack's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    North Carolina - But otherwise, NOTW
    Posts
    8,073
    Blog Entries
    9
    I usually buy 2 yards, unless I am sure it's for backing, then 3-6 yards (depending!!!), and sometimes 1 yard if it will go with other stuff I am buying or already have, or think I can find!! ;-) ;-)

  17. #17
    Member Papa John's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Bakersfield, Ca.
    Posts
    50
    I don't buy any, I just steal from my wife's stash (jljack!!!)

  18. #18
    Power Poster Jingle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Outside St. Louis
    Posts
    28,386
    I always buy 5 or 6 yards if I want to use it in a pattern. For background I buy about 10 yards. For backing I buy 8 -10 yards. My theory is use it now or use it later. I like bigger amounts because by the time I get to using it I probably won't be able to match it. I usually make queen or larger sizes and want to be sure I have enough to make whatever pattern I pick out. I save the leftovers for log cabins or scrappy.

  19. #19
    Senior Member vjengels's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    892
    I use the like it, love it, got to have it, method.
    If I like it I buy a fat quarter,1 yd, maybe 2 yards; love it, nothing less than 3 yards; and GOT TO HAVE IT, the sky's the limit; I've been known to buy 10yards... surprisingly there's very few fabrics in my cabinets I don't still like after a couple of years.

  20. #20
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    859
    I like to leave something from the store where fabric is purchased with it in my stash. If I run short, I have a clue where to go get more and then hope they still have more!

  21. #21
    Super Member Boston1954's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    East Oklahoma - pining for Massachusetts
    Posts
    7,924
    When I first started quilting, I used to get a quarter of a yard when something struck my eye. I now have much variety and not much of any one thing............until last year when I made a vow to myself. I now buy two yards. ALWAYS. Nothing less than two. Now, if you like to make lap sized quilts, this will be fine for you. But, if you like to make them for beds, you are going to want a lot more. Maybe as much as 4 or 5.

  22. #22
    Super Member Ilovemydogs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    White Mountains, AZ
    Posts
    2,707
    Blog Entries
    8
    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    ...... oh, I wanna go fabric shopping now.
    I want to go shopping too! Work gets in the way! :lol: I am learning to get more when I see something I like. Definitely a yard.

  23. #23
    Senior Member dlf0122quilting's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Sun City, CA
    Posts
    503
    I learned a valuable lesson just recently. I had a backing that I had ordered on line, bought 6 yards of it for applique background blocks and loved it. Recently I started doing applique quilts with a friend as a joint effort. She loved the fabric so much so I gave some to her for her quilt. I then decided that since it was such a beautiful background, I would make heirloom applique quilts to be handed down to each of our 5 living children when I complete my "bucket list" and low and behold, I was down to my last little bit of the fabric. I searched everywhere on line and in LQS's for it and could not find it. Fortunately, someone on this very forum pointed me in the right direction and I was reunited with it once again. I ordered a lot more of it. Now all the kids will each have a different quilt but with the same background. The only time I buy large yardages is when I am going to use it for background for applique blocks or for backings. All the rest, I buy either 1 yard or if it is for a splash of color, just a fat quarter.

    Another hint when it comes to fat quarters, if you have a friend with similar tastes, buy a half yard and split it in the fold, 1 piece for each of you, it is much less expensive than the precut fat quarters. My friend and I do that each time we start another quilt together. We each make 2 of 6 of the blocks for a 12 block quilt and exchange them.

  24. #24
    Super Member Aurora's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Somewhere in Time
    Posts
    2,126
    Blog Entries
    2
    I truly love the way you guys think! I moved to Kentucky from the Cincinnati area where I passed at least two fabric stores on my way home from work.

    At first, I thought I would have to drive to Lexington to buy fabric ... then I joined a Quilt Guild. Now I know that I have not one, but three great places to purchase fabric within ten miles of where I live and all three have overwhelming selections for $2.00 to $3.00/.50 per yard. Since I am new to quilting, but not sewing, my philosophy has always been and still is buy at least three yards and as much as six, just because.

    Also, I need to build my stash and no one really knows how much is enough, or too much. I am having the best time!!

    No longer a husband from which to conceal my fabric, and definitely not one that helps himself to my stash.

    I smile every time I read your messages, thanks for letting me join.

    Angela

    P.S. I am not really in hiding, it is just that Dunnville is so small that no one realizes it's there.

  25. #25
    Super Member Shorebird's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Winchester, VA
    Posts
    1,478
    Blog Entries
    1
    I am really bad..........If I like it, I buy a yard..........If I REALLY love it, I buy 3 yards or more...........I do not like to piece backs, so I generally get the wide fabrics for my quilt backs.....so, my stash grows by leaps and bounds..........I frequently wil not have a pattern in mind. In the past......I have run out of fabric, and could not get any more ( UGH ) so now, I would rather have left-over fabric - so I buy in larger quantities.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.