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Thread: Need Help Building My Stash

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    Need Help Building My Stash

    Hello there ladies and gents. Just wondering what a good way to build a good stash to work with. I've only made a few quilts and I keep all my scraps. I would love to know some good places to look for cheap fabric. I am partial to scrappy quilts, but those are kind of hard to do without a stash.

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    You might want to look at Bonnie Hunter's site www.quilville.blogspot. She has a video on how to de-bone shirts for useable cotton fabric. Check out all her free patterns for great scrap quilt ideas.

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    I would recommend that you not buy cheap fabric - look at the sales at your LQS - those fabrics will serve you well. My LQS has a customer appreciation day - last year I bought 85 yards of fabric for under $200.00. The fabric is good quality and washes beautifully. I will get LOTS of quilts from that buy. If you like scrappy then buy fat quarters so you get a wide variety of fabric.

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    my stash just happened over the years. ConnectingThreads.com has decent prices and you can buy fat quarter collections, ThousandsofBolts.com also has good prices and dsseweingcenters.com is closing and everything is 3.99 - 4.99. I am sure other board members have favorite online sites they buy at. If you are near Batesville AR I hear Marshalls Dry Goods is great. They also sell online and have low prices. I also love scrap quilts and wish you luck and happy quilting!

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    If you like scrappy quilts, you can also look into recycling garments. There's quite a bit of fabric in a man's XL long sleeve shirt. Check your local thrift shop, or ask friends & relatives to save them rather than throwing them out. Just check the tags for fabric content so you know what you are getting.
    I also agree that stash just builds the longer you have the hobby.
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    Check out your local thrift stores. I have found fabric and even already cut triangles. In one of our thrift stores, the fabric is almost hidden in cabinets, so ask for help. If you want to order, check for clearance indicators.

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    Here's a great tutorial for you! http://www.cluckclucksew.com/2011/01/stashing.html

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    Thrift stores for either fabric or clothing, yard sales and some people on the board simply give away scraps for the postage, sometimes they charge a nominal amount for the fabric + the postage.

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    Hello . All the ideas are what I use. Thrift stores, friends that know you quilt will happily give you fabric. Hugs

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    By cheap I don't mean low quality, just affordable. Maybe a good place to look for discounts. Also, what's a good way to find a good LQS.

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    Remnants work, too. I started out with remnants.

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    Try Hancock's of Paducah's web sale fabric section - this is first quality fabric sold at anywhere from $4 to $7 per yard because it is from one or a couple of seasons ago. You won't find whole lines of things like Moda Marbles blenders, but you will find tons of really nice fabric that gets "refreshed" pretty often. If you allow yourself to be put on their emailing list you will also be notified about specific promotions that help even more (like the rare and coveted "free shipping" days...or the even better "additional 20% off entire order" sales).

    Much of my stash arrived in bright yellow plastic Hancock's of Paducah mailing pouches!

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    You can check Craigslist for people selling their parents stash...or yard sales too.

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    I told friends and family members to buy me 2 yards of fabric when they asked what I wanted for Christmas three years ago. I got 37 yards of fabric!!! And most of it I really really liked. I love cats, daisies, blue and purple, and folks who know me know that. It was great! Do you have a birthday coming up? Christmas is a long way off.

    Anyway, perhaps you can use this idea?

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    Rosalynd, For the most part, they just grow. And, once they start, it is hard to stop them. Having said that, specific to Arkansas, have you been to Marshalls Dry Goods in Batesville? They have fabric at great prices. Most of it is nice quality. There is also a little fabric shop called Catherines in Morrilton, take the exit like you are going to Petite Jean but at the light go right like you are going to go to the Walmart and she is in a small building across the street from Walmart.

    I also hit a couple shops in Springfield, MO last week and one of them had good prices. If you are heading north any time soon send me a PM and I will get you their number.

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    Estate sales, thrift stores, remnant bins at the different stores. Good way to clean out your closets of clothes or other fabric that you either don't wear or use. I've been saving my husbands shirts and jeans when he's done with them. Just check and make sure no stains. Just cut out stain area. Check out the internet or newspaper for rummage and garage or church rummage sales. I found a couple big girl dresses and blouses and big guy shirts. Ask your neighbors or family for clothes they don't want if they're going to get rid of. your kids clothes. It's all around. If you sign up for some of the fabric stores like JoAnn's for their email newsletter you can get discounts. Read the coupon carefully though and one nice thing about the online coupons you can print one everyday sometimes the whole week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nanacc View Post
    Check out your local thrift stores. I have found fabric and even already cut triangles. In one of our thrift stores, the fabric is almost hidden in cabinets, so ask for help. If you want to order, check for clearance indicators.
    Ditto on thrift stores! I had no idea they had fabric for sale - just happened in to a local Goodwill store and was looking at old quilts (can't believe some of the beautiful quilts I've found over the years) - anyway, I happened to see something that looked like backing fabric - and then saw row upon row of FABRIC. CHEAP! Very well made! I probably came away with at least 20 yards or so for about $5.00. Not $5 a yard - but $5 TOTAL. I will be stopping by every thrift shop I see from now on!!
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    My best friends mothers passed away about 2 years ago. I had made her several smocks , as that was what she liked to wear. I asked for them back and tore them down and made pillows and a quilt out of the fabric. Now when they look at them they can see their mom in the smocks and she is right there with them. Papa especially likes the quilt as he covers up with it. It's like he can hug his wife again. Crying now. It was a labor of love.

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    I've gotten a lot of quality fabrics lately at estate sales. I read the listings on www.estatesales.net and if they list crafty kinds of things, I go early. I've gotten a lot of 2yd pieces for $1..... bring them home and wash them. One sale I went to must have had 100 2yd pieces.

    I love the thrift shop shirts.... again, check for fiber content. I quilted a lovely quilt for a cousin that was all kinds of blue shirting fabrics.... it was really pretty.

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    It must be an area thing, I never find good fabric (other than clothing) at thrift stores. I always get so excited for others when they say they do.

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    i go to garage sales in the spring and summer always find good fabric at them, or i love to shop at Marshalls Dry Goods. In the Winter i hit Goodwills usually get decent fabric also sometimes notions that i can use also for really good prices.

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