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Thread: I need a stash.. :-)

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    I need a stash.. :-)

    I know a lot of you ladies have posted about not needing to buy anything for awhile but I am in the other boat. I need some good quality material that I can have on hand for when I get that urge to sew something and can just start it. I have not bought any new material since last April. I am making a queen size quilt for my son, Long story but I have changed the pattern and have not finished it yet, ( but will soon. ) I promised him. So anyway, back to my post. I wanted to make something for my daughters boyfriends mom. Just something quick and easy. I had started a table runner last year for myself but did not finish it. It ended up being a scrappy because I had to use left over material from other projects and did not have enough of 2 kind that I really wanted to finish it off with. Then I had to go buy a yard so I can back it. If I had a stash it would be done. I found a quilt store just 5 min from my house. OH NO I THINK I AM IN TROUBLE.... I am so excited I know my hubby bought me something from there and I asked for a long arm class so I could use there long arm machine to quilt my quilts on. I am giddy with excitement now. Opps just realized the time. Got to go and take the girls for haircuts. Beth

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    When I am shopping, I just look around the store and if I find something I like I buy a few yards. I have so much fabric now, when I want to start a quilt, I just go to the quilt store that is my house. Trust me, you will soon have a stash as well.

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    When making a quilt I always buy a least a yard more. Just in case. And to add to my stash if not needed
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    When I go to a quilt shop or fabric store I buy fabric if I need it or not. The first thing I bought when I started quilting was stash.
    Got fabric?

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    When I buy what I need for a project, or when I am just in the fabric store, I always check out what is in their sale section. Most stores keep a section of FQs on sale just for shoppers like me. I pick up a couple of FQs in the color family that I prefer from the sale section, or a yard or so from the sale section for my stash. I try never to buy stash at regular price.

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    The origins of my stash are some cute cottons I bought when making pinafores for my daughters. I think they mated and multiplied over the years. Gosh - does anyone still know what a pinafore is?
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    I have a Stash of all Stashes...I can't stop buying material! I personally love '30s style quilts and have bought fabric from all sorts of places...I got a box of feedsacks once at a house sale. The box was in the corner of the attic just waiting for me, my car stops at garage sales, church sales are another great place to check. I watch for sales at the LQS and one is coming after Christmas...I have the card on my bullitin board, gas in the car and I am ready to go! Believe me it won't be long before not having a stash will be a memory!
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    I can't get out of a store that sells fabric without a yard of two of something. I always buy extra when buying for a quilt so I will be sure not to run out. Now to my DD's delight I have more fabric than I will ever use. It will all go to her.

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    I have such a big stash that my sewing room is bulging!! But I buy fabric lines. I buy fat quarter bundles and a few yards of a couple of the fabrics I like so I can make sashings and borders. I buy layer cakes and jelly rolls and charms and and few yards of some of the fabrics so I can make sashings and borders to finish a quilt. I have lots of fabric lines. Then I am the queen of quilt kits. I, personally, love quilt kits. I always have more than enough fabric in the kits to make my quilt. I always am able to add to my stash with my leftovers. Either I buy kits from magazines or LQS or I go to a LQS and see a quilt on a wall and ask the gal behind the counter to help me find the fabric from the quilt I like to make up a kit for it.

    See, I'm not great with choosing fabrics. I've done it and have been disappointed many times. I just don't have an eye for it. But there is help out there in the shape of a quilt kit or a quilt already made or a shop employee and I take full advantage of that. I still give it a try every now and again and try my hand at putting together a quilt, but I still fall short. But with my fabric lines I do all right. I can make a quilt with those just fine.
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    I got my stash started two Christmas's ago. I told everyone who asked that they could buy me 2 or 3 yards of fabric for Christmas. I ended up with 37 yards of fabric!! And I liked all of it. My friends either bought colors they know I like or fabric with cats on it. I felt like a queen, surveying all my new fabric!! Most of it I have used up, but it was a nice way to start a stash.

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    I usually buy my fabric from JoAnns or Connecting Threads when it's on sale. I have built up quite a nice collection of fabric in the last 2 years just by buying extra yardage when doing a project or getting sale fabric that I like. Have fun shopping.

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    i didn't start stashing fabric on purpose! honest!

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    Check out items for sale on the board - there are lots of beautiful fabrics for sale here that are very inexpensive. Should help build your stash!
    Linda

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    I'm on a very tight budget. I'm also into very scrappy quilts thanks to Bonnie Hunter. What I've been doing lately is buying 1/4 to 1/3 yard pieces. It gives me the variety of strips I need for a project and adds to my stash plus gives me that happy feeling buying quilt fabric brings, lol. :-)

    One thing I've learned over the years, however, is not to buy fabric simply because it seems like a good buy. I've got some OK stuff from at least 15 years ago that I thought I SHOULD buy because it was a good deal and I might use it someday. Seems rather obvious but when I was first getting started I thought I had to build this all encompassing stash. So my advice is start small, take your time, and have fun!

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    Over ten years ago, there was a lady in one of my classes who said she buys ten yards of each fabric she gets. A couple years later, I came across her and asked if she was still doing that. She replied she now buys five yards. With the current cost of fabrics nowadays, I wonder how she is doing. Haven't seen her in ages, smile.

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    A stash is not something that happens over night. I don't think anyone here just went out and bought enough fabric to constitute a stash. A stash happens gradually. Whenever you buy for a project , buy some extra for a stash. When you go on vacation find the nearest quilt shop and buy some fabric you like. Shop your LQS and buy a few yards for your stash. Pretty soon, you'll have a stash. Don't buy too much to keep on hand as Im sure your tastes will change over time. I only buy what I really, really like and there are some fabrics in my stash that I will never use up because I just don't care for them any more. I'll never get rid of them as they are part of "my stash."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dina View Post
    I got my stash started two Christmas's ago. I told everyone who asked that they could buy me 2 or 3 yards of fabric for Christmas. I ended up with 37 yards of fabric!! And I liked all of it. My friends either bought colors they know I like or fabric with cats on it. I felt like a queen, surveying all my new fabric!! Most of it I have used up, but it was a nice way to start a stash.

    Dina
    Oh, that's a very good idea!!!
    You can have any design you want. As long as it's loops!

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    Oh you lucky duck, I hope you get your long arm class! Do share pictures! When I first started sewing I remember thinking my stash was so pitiful! I still don't have TONS of fabric...I really use my stash! I used to buy fat quarters and half yards when I was really into a scrappy look. Lately I've been into more, controlled scrappy. So I've started buying two to three yeards of fabric. I have TONS of small pieces but just like you I don't have a lot of backings sitting around. So I'm building my back stash!!! I figure if I have at least two yards of something I can pieced together a back or if I have a big quilt match it up with another two yard cut.
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    Watch for yard and estate sales. Check thrift stores often. Never can tell what you will find.
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    our LQS has a clearance room. I always hit it first for 1/2 price fats and yardage. Another think I do to add to my stash is hit the online sales with a girlfriend. We pick out a variety of pieces we like, get 1/2 yard of each, and buy enough to qualify for free shipping When the box arrives, we cut the 1/2's in fat quarters so we have a nice selection.

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    I don't have a stash either, since I'm a fairly new quilter- but I have a BIG stash of clothing fabric. I have been just buying for my project so far, with funds tight, but if I see something outstanding I grab it. I try to take a lot of classes at my Guild, and they always refer to just grabbing this and that from your stash, and I have to go buy it for just a small amount. I guess I need to keep stocking up on FQ's, too. I try to buy Batiks to have since they are so versible. Put them on your B-day and Christmas list!!!

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    My BFF is an enabler, no FQ is ever overlooked, or a yard or 2 added to the original amount needed. Guilt free when he's along! (his eye for fabric selection is much better than mine) Enjoy your class!
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    My stash was started over 30 years ago. Time is the answer in collecting anything. My hint though is ALWAYS check out the remnants! Because I am a scrapper this works really well for me. I hardly ever purchase more than a yard at a time - it has to be for a particular project if I do. Rems also add to the variety you will have on hand. Things that you would never pick (as yardage) are often exactly right!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    When I go to a quilt shop or fabric store I buy fabric if I need it or not. The first thing I bought when I started quilting was stash.
    Me too, I remember buying two or three clearance kits at a time, if I liked the fabric. Then I would put the kits apart and put the fabrics on the shelf by color. I would leave the extra patterns at quilt club meetings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maribeth View Post
    Me too, I remember buying two or three clearance kits at a time, if I liked the fabric. Then I would put the kits apart and put the fabrics on the shelf by color. I would leave the extra patterns at quilt club meetings.
    Great idea!!

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