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    Quote Originally Posted by SherriB
    And a quick question. What is considered a blender fabric?
    Blenders fabric are the "solid" colors you need between the focus or busier fabric prints for a rest. And I "quote" solid, because I rarely buy solids. I get the tone on tone fabric that looks solid in a distance.

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    If it is something that I really like, I buy at least 3 yards, sometimes more. I'd rather have some left over than to try to find it.

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    I buy two yards if I like it. 3-4 if I love it. And if it shouts to me across the fabric store 5-7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jridner1
    Ok I'm a collector at this point, working on becoming a begining quilter. Since I've found this wonderful site, with amazing people and ideas, I'm ready to make the jump from fat 1/4's to yardage! Just how many yards do you buy if you see a fabric you like, that is a great deal, but don't have a spacific quilt pattern in mind?
    I usually buy a yard if I'm just thinking I could use it but can't think how just yet. But if I can think, at that moment, of how I'll be using it, I buy as much as I think I'll need. A lot of times, if it's on sale, and I really, really like it I'll buy a lot. Maybe whatever is left on the bolt, or maybe 3 or 4 yards.
    Does this make sense to anyone but me?

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    When I started quilting (not that long ago, I might add), I usually bought a yard of fabric.

    The longer I quilt, though, the more I purchase.

    Now, two yards is usually my choice. It is awful to run out of a particular fabric and not be able to find it anywhere...... :cry:

    (and if I really like a fabric design, color, etc, I may just use it in another project, too......)

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    I buy with charity quilts in mind so I usually get a yard and a half (our quilts are about 40"x50") for backing, or 3 yards if it is a cute kid print or that hard-to-find male print. We use fleece for backing on some quilts and a yard and a quarter of 58-60" fleece will back a quilt.

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    Thank you all for your input. Like most of you I don't like the thought of "not having enough", still pretty iffy on the cutting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteQuilts
    Usually 2 yards minimum. If I really like it and the pocketbook stretches that far I'll get 5-7 especially if I think I might want to use it for backing.
    ditto

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    3yds if I love it, more if I can afford it. I usually don't buy less than 2yds. :D:D:D

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    If I really LOVE the piece, I will get 2 1/2 or 3 yards. Otherwise 1/2 or 1 yard. I like quilts with several fabrics or scrappy quilts.

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    If I like it and know I'll use it in a quilt I'll buy three yards. If I think it will be a good backing fabric and it's a bargain price I'll buy 7 yards. If it is a fabric that has the color or design I think is fabulous and it is not on sale I will buy a fat quarter and wait for the line to be on sale.

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    Guess I'm the odd one... I used to buy a yard or two, but now lean towards the fat quarters! Love scrappy quilts, and the more variety, the better. Any large pieces I have, I tire of before they are done.

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    I like this subject. I will be moving soon to a Senior Complex Apartment. Moving fabric is a never ending job. For years, I have tossed my scraps in a box or have cut them into 5.5 inch squares. I probably have 25 lbs of just those squares. So started going through my scrap stash.
    What a job! I'm almost finished cutting different shapes and sizes and leaving the itsy-bitsy pieces for the trash. I learned a lesson when doing that. Don't ever look at that tiny strip or scrap. It will eat your heart out to throw it in the trash. BOO HOO!

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    If i like it i buy 2 yrd and i agree with Debbie it is very additive here, be prepared lol

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    I buy 3-5 then I have enough for a border and binding if I need it.

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    If I LOVE the fabric and it's a good sale price I buy the whole bolt. I'll use it for something! I've learned over the last 30 years to only buy fabric I love. No matter how cheap it is, if I don't love it I won't use it.

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    I usually buy 2 yards - but most of the time I buy jelly rolls -

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    Welcome from Murrells Inlet. SC. Usually buy 2 yds., and if I think it might make a good backing 5-6. Hardly buy from the regular priced fabs, always head to the mark down corner, 40/50% off. Beautiful fabs, but hardly ever find any blenders in the mark down. Good luck, it is very addictive.

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    When I had more money than time I used to buy two to three yards. Now that I am actually making quilts I have found that for a Queen sized bed quilt three yards is good for the focus fabric and one to two yards for the other colors. I am finishing a quilt that called for five different fabrics so this formula worked well with it. Most non-scrappy quilt patterns ask for four of five different fabrics so this 'system' has worked well for me. Backs are a differnet story but more and more I am even piecing the back. Hope this helps although in truth I'm like most quilters "Never enough fabric".

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    If the fabric is going to be the "main' fabric, then three yards, everything else 2 yards except backs. If a back is going to be 45" wide, then I buy the length x 2, or five yards. Better yet, buy a 108 to 110 inch fabric, then you just have to buy the smaller length. While the cost of a yard is more, I need less yards, so the price is cheaper. Example: $15/yd x 2 yards = $30 instead of $6/yd x 5 yards = $35.

    BTW I think of a Blender as something that will tie together two different patterns or colors together. So a blender could be a pink and yellow batik that "blends" a pink pattern with a yellow pattern together in the same quilt.

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    I just went to a small quilt show in Paducah, Ky. It was sponsored by the Paducah quilting guild. They had bundled packages of fabric priced $3-$5. I bought several of these bags for under $20. Some of the pieces were really nice--like 2 yardseach. I got my money's worth.

    Most of the time I try to have a project in mind before I buy unless it is a real good price and that I know I will use later.

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    I buy three yards if it is a focus fabric so that I can make sure I get legthwise, one piece borders out of it, and use the rest in the quilt, that will 'eventually' get made.

    I buy two yard pieces for baby quilts, so that I have enough for a backing and can use the fabrics in the blocks as well, or for borders and blocks.

    If the fabric will be fussy cut to get a specific area of the fabric for a center block, I count the number I will need and a few extra, and then buy the amount of fabric needed.

    If it is a blender or sale fabric that will make a great backing, then it is 6 yards. I have hit some great sales on Air Force fabrics that were not great for use in quilt blocks, but made awesome backings.

    I only buy fats if I can get 4 alike, that will make great accent fabric for something I already have, or to make purses or totes (sometimes 4 fats are cheaper than 1 yard during a sale). I especially like fats to make 'trip around the world' quilts, and make sure I buy at least two alike. And lastly, I love Christmas fats to make sampler quilts.

    I buy Kona cotton by the bolt when I can with a 50% off coupon at Joanns.

    I try very hard to not buy fabric just because it is a great deal, but because I can really see a quilt that will come of it. Quilting is just getting so expensive!!

    Right now I am collecting Christmas blues and silvers to make the famous Dunster's Diamond Star Log Cabin quilt, in one yard pieces. Watching all sales year round to get the best deals.

    Diane

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    2 Yards if I really like it because you may not find it later but if it is something I know they carry all the time then I would buy 1 yard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CompulsiveQuilter
    I guess I'm "doomed" to be a scrap quilter only. I can't bring myself to buy more than one yard at a time and usually remnants. I just looked at a block pattern I LOVE (marcia Hohn) but it's a two-color and for a queen I'd need 6 1/2 and 7 1/2 yards respectively. I can't possibly do that; I would freak at the cutting counter!
    What do you do when you need backing fabric?
    I need to come hold your hand and walk you through it. :D

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    Usually 2-3 yards. I'm currently reorganizing the fabric here, and the OCD in me is ironing all of it, and there are some pieces that are 7, 8, 9 a,d even 10 yards. I must have gotten that really cheap

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