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Thread: Just curious...

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    For those of you who buy fat quarters to add to your stash, do you ever buy bundles of related FQs or do you prefer to pick-and-choose? Is your answer different, if you're shopping online rather than in person?

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    With me, price has alot to do with it.
    Sometimes if I see fats that I like, I'll buy them seperately.
    I LOVE making fat quarter quilts, so if I have a pattern in mind when I see the bundles, I'll buy a bundle.

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    Ok I guess I'm the VERY odd one here as I never look at FQ when in a store :oops: Not sure why? I just like the big bolts to look at I guess. But have gotten them from my fabric angels and LOVED them :D

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    I buy both ways...it depends on what strikes my eye and the price, too :wink:

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    I usually end up buying yardage. I do purchase the 5 fat quarter packs of fabric that AC Moore and Micheals carry just to use my coupon. I use those fabrics to make Linus quilts.

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    I generally buy them in a store individually. I'd love to buy the packs but
    the price scares me off. Sometimes the fabric quality in the multipacks
    doesn't look that good. I pick the colors I think I will need.
    I hope this helps.

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    I buy them individually. I think I've only purchased any type of bundles twice.

    Of course, I always start with the clearance sections and grab bins first. :D

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    I only buy fats when they are on sale. Just bought a 24 bundle for 27 dollars of the victory quilts fabrics at Quilt in a Day. That was a great buy.
    Also got fats for 1.25 at my local shop the other day.
    Lots of bargains out there.

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    I bought 100 fat quarters for $99 from Keepsakes Quilting and I had a free shipping coupon. Each one was different, all quilt shop quality fabric. I kept the ones I wanted and then sold the others for $1 to my quilt guild members. There was not one fat quarter that someone didn't like. I I will certainly buy the 100 fat quarter bundle again from there.

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    I don't usually buy fat quarters unless it is for a gift for someone and I'm pretty sure that I won't use the fabric again (maybe cause I don't like it) I like to go with bigger pieces. I do enjoy making fat quarter quilts but if I get larger pieces I can make more of them. Too many times I have bought a fat quarter or a half yard in the past, then decided that I really love the fabric and can't find it any more. I do cut down some of my scraps into fat quarters.

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    I stick to buying by the yard. If I have a special project in mind,like my civil war quilt, I will buy the fq bundles.

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    I've bought packs before and when I get them home, I can never find the perfect pattern for them. I think of them as garnishments for my stash - something pretty to look at but not "eat."

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    I buy yardage. Have not gotten into FQs because I get upset if I don't have enough of a fabric to do something if I change my mind. :?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bevanger
    Ok I guess I'm the VERY odd one here as I never look at FQ when in a store :oops: Not sure why? I just like the big bolts to look at I guess. But have gotten them from my fabric angels and LOVED them :D
    you aren't odd for that. at least i'll never say so because i almost always pass on the fats unless they're on sale for $1 or less.

    i've tried them several times ... in bundles and as onesies. the colorful stacks are fun to look through, but once i try to use them, i'm disappointed 95% of the time. they are so rarely at least 18" x 22" i don't dare count on them when trying to figure out whether or not i have enough.

    i'd probably feel differently if i wasn't so hopelessly unable to get scrappy with my quilts. :lol:

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    where is the best place to buy pretty plain( plain or marbeled like) in yardage :wink:
    or is anyone of you selling any,lol

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    99% of what i buy is fat quarters, sinc eI'm a old fashioned quilter. I love using lots of pieces in my quilts and view them as having values,, rather than just colors! :lol:

    When I buy yardage I actually get sick on my stomach, thinking about how many fgs I could have had instead :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bevanger
    Ok I guess I'm the VERY odd one here as I never look at FQ when in a store :oops: Not sure why? I just like the big bolts to look at I guess. But have gotten them from my fabric angels and LOVED them :D
    I was the same way Bev. I think mine came from sewing clothing for so many years I just headed for the bolts of fabric. I am learning to really love fat quarters though. I buy fabrics I like and very seldom buy lines of fabric.

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    I only buy FQ when they are on sale, but I do buy lots of half yards of fabric, so in my mind I buy two FQ at a time.
    But my LQS gives free FQ with each purchase, even those half yard purchases I make, so I made it a point to only take blue FQ since I knew I would someday make a bed quilt for my bedroom in blue. It is a testament to how often I am in that place when I see how many FQ I have accumulated.

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    I'm with Shem. I would like to use FQs, I have gotten them as gifts. I am always afraid that whatever quilt I plan, I won't have enough of a fabric, then what do you do if you can't get anymore?

    Anna

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    I've done both.....a lot does depend on the price too...

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    I dont buy the packs but have often bought fat quaters one by one. It gives me more freedom to buy what I need and want. :D

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    I tend to buy either, by the yard or single FQ's.
    It just depends on what I see that takes my eye.
    :D :D :D

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    Sulabug I also tend to buy fabrics that way. Just what takes my fancy. Just wish I had bought more of some fabrics!!!!!!

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    OHSue,

    You get a free FQ even if you only just bought a half-yard? That's pretty nice! Can you choose any FQ in the shop - even if it's a brand new fabric? Or is there a bin of freebies that you're limited to?

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    Up until a few months back, before we ran into some problems with money, I would definatly buy bundles, but only If I had something in mind to do with them, and the colors and style was good...I tried never to buy more fabric then I would reasonable use, Just because I've never really felt comfortable spending money on myself...which is why I've given away most of my quilts lol. I use to go every 3 weeks to my fabric store, and get myself what I called a goodie bag...I would have a few random pieces, a bundle and a couple FQ's, and a few 1/2 yrd pieces of "favorite" styles or colors that I knew I just had to have. I find a lot of times, in my area atleast, you can save money buying a bundle..but sometimes it is a risk, because there is always some I don't care for...which I always tend to give away to those who could use them.

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