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Thread: Money$$$ spent on hooby quilting - how do you account for it???

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    I'm not on a budget, really - I try not to get too crazy, because what if I don't like making quilts five years from now. But, I confess that I am fanatical about tools and when I walk into a quilt shop, my eyes glaze over and I kind of go into a trance.

    We're going to be retired in a few years and on a fixed income, so I try to build my stash "smart" - not many novelties, mostly classic, traditional prints in colors that aren't real trendy. Lots of blenders and neutrals for applique, lots of collections.

    I do try to buy on sale and economize to some extent - I shop connectingthreads and fabric.com where the shipping is free, and I shop whittlesfabrics and a couple of my favorite eBay sellers - Quilt Unique and franks11 - where the prices are always so low that the small amount for shipping isn't a big deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy17 View Post
    I started buying Men's cotton shirts 15 for $3 at a thrift store. My first quilts were all from men's shrts. Still using that stash and now the shirts are [email protected]$5 still a lot of material for little money. buy remnants at JoAnns occasionally yardage for a specific project. Did calculate what one quilt cost and I was shocked! All new fabric. I use old sheets for backing either from thrift store or some I inherited when a friend passed.
    Goodwill is where I go mostly. Shirts are 2.50 each. The scrap pile is .50/yd. Sheets are a good deal-----$2 for once in a while brand new ones.
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    I don't worry about accounting for it at all. It costs money that's for sure, but so do a lot of other hobbies. I end up with beautiful gifts that all my family loves receiving. That's worth every penny!

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    For me quilting is cheaper than a psychologist, not frowned upon as much as an alcohol or gambling addiction, and I get tactical satisfaction from touching my fabric, and a smile when I am making a gift for someone. I am worth every piece of fabric, thread, book, machine that I bring home. I shop sales and use coupons, frequent thrift stores, and auctions. When a fabric cries to be brought home, I pay full price. Sometimes I sell from my stash, as I am doing right now. My physical space restricts my stash from growing too large, and this year I am doing the fabric moratorium on QB, with 4 guiltfree passes. I have never totalled up the cost, wouldn't want to, I couldn't put a price on the happiness that quilting brings me.
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

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    this made me smile..I have a friend that has something done once a week, hair, facial, nails, pedicure, massage, really one or more beauty thing a week oh and lots of clothes and jewerly. I spend about the same on fabric that she does on beauty less than her clothes and jewerly. She thinks I am nuts...I think I am happy.
    Quote Originally Posted by woody View Post
    What price do I put on my happiness?? I don't have shoe collections or designer clothes, or spend hundreds of dollars on makeup and beauty treatments, I only go to the hairdressers for special occassions. Quilting makes me happy!!!
    I don't have much of a stash and am careful what I buy, but it's my sanity

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    I quit smoking, bout 6-7 years ago. Husband didn't(only smokes outside) so I figure I can have $20 a week, if we have it extra. No, don't hold it over till the next week, if not spent, oh well. He seems fine with this too. Of course, the cost of cigarettes have gone up, hmmmm, maybe I am due for a raise.
    My stash keeps me in stitches!

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    I figure it's cheaper than therapy. I don't really have a budget but I also don't go shopping all the time either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddecker View Post
    Ido not worry about what i spend on this hob by, I love to do it and I give most of what I make to charity or relatives. I figure since I don't drink , don't run around and am a good person, I deserve to be happy. My husband smokes, drinks lightly, has a snowmobile, a four wheeler and umpteen guns for hunting. What I spend on quilting is insignificant compared to that.

    I agree! Motorcycles, tools, motor home, flies, boat, etc. I always ask women what hobbies their husband Has .....Always more $$$ than mine.
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    I only have to account to myself for my spending. If I like it or want it, I buy it.

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    I have only watched the cost since I retired. I maintain that if it keeps me happy,sane and sociable, it is no different an expenditure to entertainment, drinking or holidays etc. I don't need to make money on it to justify the activity - although that would be nice just to keep in stock with supplies. Do golfers justify the expensive clubs etc by saying they will win the next tournament? I think it is the same for our hobby- if you can afford it, enjoy it without guilt.

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    As long as the bills are paid, and we are financially OK, I don't put a price on it...but on the other hand I am careful about my spending habits..does that make sense???
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    i figure its cheaper than therapy is there whenever i need it and makes me feel better and makes me a better person. i also get to give everyone cool gifts now if everyone would quit having babies i could get back to my to-do list however i found out yesterday the IT guy at work just found out his wife is pregnant after 12 years , thats got to be something to celebrate its their 1st no word on sex yet i think ill be looking at patterns and waiting its way more fun when you know.
    lol wish i could find some computer type fabric.......
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    I use to "make do" with what I had to work with for my quilting. Then I begin to notice the volume of gear, supplies, guns that my husband "needed" for hunting.( which he enjoys and I don't begrudge him) So I took a second look at what I "needed" to enhance my quilting experience. Turns out, that I "need" an accuquilt Go and it just happens to be on sale this week!

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    I need to do this too --just for posterity's sake and sanity. Ever wondered how much great grandma's wedding quilt cost her to purchase the fabrics etc? Wish mine had kept diarys. LOL I am also going to keep track of time spent creating a pattern or layout plus the hours in piecing etc. My major cost has to be in the books and magazines and patterns... I am cost cutting there by picking them up gently used at our local Friends of the Library book sales. Also trade them around alot. And do tyou know how fast you can fill a hard drive with free and prepaid downloadables? LOL

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    I don't keep receipts I would probably lose them anyway. Since I am on a small fixed income I guess I do have a budget. I have been trying not to buy fabric at all except for what I need to finish things. I did cave and buy for a new quilt just for me and went into such sticker shock its going to be awhile before I buy anything else.I still need backing. I have so much stuff to use up,finish up, clean out etc I don't have time to shop anyway.
    I must say though you are very well organaized .

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    Budget? Is that type of foul language even allowed on this board????
    I gave up drinking
    I gave up smoking
    I gave up carousing around
    ENOUGH ALREADY-I QUILT!
    I used to buy shoes when I was depressed. When I could no longer wear shoes without arch supports I gave them all away--all 300+ pairs of them some never even worn. I don't keep track. If I have the money and there's something I want, I buy it. If I don't have the money I wait until I do.
    If no one ever experimented we'd all still be making 4 patches.

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    I used to buy fabric every pay with my "designated" budhet but now I have a great stash . If I know a show is coming up I save a little aside for a few weeks until that show is happening that way I can do the splurge thing. As you grow in your hobby you'll find the spending will settle down but for gosh sakes DON'T BEAT YOURSELF OVER WHAT YOU HAVE ALREADY SPENT UNLESS IT'S A TAX WRIE OFF!!! gOOD LUCK IN YOUR FUTURE QUILTING-i NEVER GUILT MYSELF BECAUSE WHEN i STARTED COLLECTING FABRICS MY HUSBAND WAS GOING TO THE CASINO AT LEAST TWICE A MONTH-i FIGURED IF HE COULD SPEND 200.00 AT THE CASINO, i COULD SPEND MINE ON FABRIC AND AT LEAST ONE OF US WOULD HAVE SOMETHING TO SHOW FOR IT AT THE END OF THE DAY(sorry didn't realize I left the caps button on. Best wishes for the New Year

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    Between all this adding up how much has been spent and time spent feeling guilty as well as QB where are you going to find time to quilt?? I get a generous allowance so am answerable only to myself. I gave up smoking 2 years ago so have even managed to save several thousand dollars and hope to have my quilt studio by February. So I don't want to know. Just want to instil the love of sewing anything in my granddaughter. Then I can leave it all to her.

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    If I did not spend it on quilting I would have to spend it on mental health clinics.

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    I don't keep receipts, but I try to limit to about $500/year: almost all of my quilts are donated or gifted. I work full-time and money isn't the issue but management of resources. Thanks to 30 plus years of quilting my stash overfloweth and unless I have a very specific project in mind, I look a lot but seldom buy. I'm a great fan of supporting my LQS (plural) and once or twice I've ordered on line. I might do even better at resource management if I could organize stash a bit better: currently looks like A-bomb was detonated in the middle of my sewing area! Ah well...

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    Number 1, never keep your recipts, its better not knowing how much I spend. LOL
    I buy my fabric on sale, seldom do I pay full price for fabric. I am conservative on clothing, buying at the resale shops.
    Conservative on household expenses. Figuring every dime I save is a dime I can spend on my quilting.
    I only buy fabric for a quilt on my 'to do' list, not just because I like it.
    Plus quilting is still much cheaper than a therapist. LOL

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    I have a moratorium on fabric buying and only buy borders, binding and backing when I cannot conjure something up from my stash. The funny thing is, however, that the stash seems to take the same amount of space as if I had not used any fabric at all. Go figure! All this fabric keeps me off the streets and out of the pubs. That's what I tell my DH

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    Sales, used books on Amazon. Once you get your basic staples (rulers, templates, scissors, machine(s), sewing room setup) you just shop sales and buy only what you need. I do all my quilting by hand (piecing and quilting) so it will take longer to finish a quilt and keep the expense down that way. It amazes me how much people on here get done but then I have to remind myself that they are using machines.

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    I quit smoking!
    Love every day you are given.

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    Pieces2, totally agree. Don't ever look at those receipts.

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