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    Senior Member tucsonquilter's Avatar
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    You just love the material but have no idea what you are going to make? I need suggestions. Do you buy a yard? 2 yards? Help!

    And thank you in advance for your replys.

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    At least a yard - maybe two - depending on where it might go in the quilt. If it could be focus fabric or borders then two yards. I tend to make smaller quilts so this usually works for me.

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    I buy three or four if I'm really in love with it. I'll find a quilt to use it in.

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    I agree with everyone so far. If I love it, it will be focus fabric and I buy 3-4yds. More if it is on sale.hehehehehe

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    I buy at least three yards so that if I decide to use for a border there will be enough for that and some for the body of the quilt. But take my advise, if you want length of fabric borders cut them first and then use what's left in your quilt.

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    Well, from the looks of it I buy either 2 or 3 yards at least and sometimes more. I just organized my stash and got it all put away and those are the biggest stacks.

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    If I think it's possible borders or backing and it's on sale, I buy 2 yds, or 4yds, or 6, or 9, or sometimes a bolt!

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    I often buy three, especially if it would work well as a border.

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    I will buy three yards of the "favorite" and 1-2 yards of the companion fabrics. I love collections.

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    It all depends on how close it is to pay day and sales. Pay day in our house is only once a month and some months get mighty long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luv-e
    I agree with everyone so far. If I love it, it will be focus fabric and I buy 3-4yds. More if it is on sale.hehehehehe
    Oh YES The more the better LOL

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. Sounds like I fit right in with you all. LOL

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    I always buy minimum of 3, if I really love it I buy 5. :)

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    I buy two to three yards if I think it's a focus or border print. I tend to buy a yard of something I consider a blender or accent fabric.

    I have been caught wanting more of the 1 yard buys occasionally but not often enough to change my habit.

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    I usually buy a yard, but have had to rethink that because that is not really enough for a lot of my projects!

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    I would buy at least three yards.

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    i'll buy a meter if i just like it, 2 if i love it, 3 if i can't live without it...or as much as i can afford. lol

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    Super Member luv-e's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by deema
    i'll buy a meter if i just like it, 2 if i love it, 3 if i can't live without it...or as much as i can afford. lol
    DEEMA, I like the way you think.....hehehehe

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    I almost never buy just a yard anymore unless I know exactly what I'll use it in and absolutely know that is enough.

    I've got a lot of 1 yard cuts, but when I go to use them, it's not enough. Besides, I always figure anything left over an be used in a scrap quilt or for applique.

    Always more than a yard, 2 or more. If I love it, 4 or more. If it's on a good sale 5 or 6. I am so glad my husband doesn't read this!!1

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    I usually buy 1 yard of fabric. This allows me to buy an assortment of fabrics for my scrap quilts. If its on sale and I know I can use it in several quilts, maybe 2. (?)
    But I have to really like the fabric and know it will be versitile.

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    I plea the 5th. LOL I know I need to join a 12 step program but then that would take all the fun out.

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    I like scrappy, so I buy alot of 1 yd pieces, but if I love it, 3-5 yd.

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    I went with a friend to an AA meeting to support her (I have never been to one before) and all through it I thought......there needs to be a Quilter's Anonymous (QA) for those of us who have way too much fabric and keep buying. It can be very addictive.

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    At $25+ per metre I can't afford to impulse buy. Just buy what I need, when I need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tucsonquilter
    Thanks for all the suggestions. Sounds like I fit right in with you all. LOL
    I'm reading this string & thinking that I fit in well too. Pretty much..."she who ends up with the most fabric wins!" LOL!!! I love it! I'm running out of places to stash it in our motorhome right now, though! Quilting, quilting, quilting! :-)

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