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Thread: Newbie building stash..... a question

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    Personally, I prefer buying yardage but it's up to you.

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    i usually just buy for the project i am making and save leftover fabric to use in a scrappy way.

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    If I had to start over, I would buy a little extra fabric for a project that I had in mind and then build as I made other quilts.
    My fabric choices have changed in the past 10 years and some of the newer fabrics don't work with ones that I purchased 10 years ago. Eiltcoq.

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    If you like it, buy a half yard. If you really like it, buy a yard. If it is something you would use as a border, buy 2 to 3 yards

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    If you like it and you can afford it buy it!!!Most of my stuff I've gathered from others, I have totes stuffed with scraps. If I find some that is a good deal(really good deal) then I'll buy all that I am able to afford. My problem is now finding places to stash my stash.lol

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    Sometimes it' just better to buy what you need. I have some fabric but then when I want to make something it will be a 1/2 yard short of what is needed. Do what feels comfortable to you. It is nice to have some fat quarters around for doing applique so you don't have to cut into yardage.

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    If I don't have any pattern in mind, I like to buy fat quarters, but like to buy good looking cream on cream, beige on beige for backgrounds in bigger sizes.

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    I don't know where you shop but Joanns carries mini bolts of basic colors like white, cream, red, navy, brown and black. Each one has three yards. I usually pick up as many as I have coupons for. They are great for backs, borders, plain blocks etc. At 40% off that comes to about $2.60 a yard. I make a lot of Linus quilts and they are usually 1 1/2 yds by the width of the fabric. Another way to get a lot of fabric for a great price is to purchase the wider backing fabrics 72" to 120" either on clearnace or with a coupon. I have a stash of that because I do handquilting for other people and it comes in handy for backs or it just gives me a lot of fabric because of the extra width. It comes in solid colors and even sutle prints.
    Like most of the others have said, if you find something you really love buy as much as you can afford you will probably never be able to find it again six months later.

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    If doing small projects, watch for sales on FQ's. For me if I like a fabric, FQ to 1/2 yard--if used for borders -3 yards---on occasion if it is just so pretty I can't stand it I have purchased a whole bolt. (ok not that often but once or twice.) If a good sale price up to 3 yards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonnieLoree
    Can anyone plan a stash? I think it just happens. All of a sudden, one day you take a look and go Holy Cow!
    :thumbup: I love this - yep, that's my story and I am sticking to it.... lol

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    I make alot of scrap quilts, so often buy FQs in colours I like and will one day maybe even use.

    Fabric that I just love, I buy yardage: 1/2 to 1 yd if expensive
    3-5, sometimes more if it's on sale at a really good markdown

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabric_fancy
    Quote Originally Posted by TonnieLoree
    Can anyone plan a stash? I think it just happens. All of a sudden, one day you take a look and go Holy Cow!
    mine is completely planned - i only buy what i know i will use and i know exactly what style of quilt i'll be using it for.
    I admire people who only buy what they need but technically they don't have a stash do they? I love fabric and can't resist buying it. I only buy now when I find fabrics I really love on clearance and I always have in mind what to make of it but that doesn't mean it happens. I just bought fabric last week and I bought 5 yds of 3 different pieces along with some 1 yard pieces. My stash just happened because I love buying fabric. I do buy for special projects and that is when I have to pay full price. I tell DH I have to buy on sale to save money LOL

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    I say if you live near a cloth shop buy what you know you'll use but if thats not the case, I would go with half yds and more.

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    My stash has evolved from buying fabric I thought I would use on a project and then changing my mind.I find 1/2 yards are a minimum for me or other wise I keep going back for more.

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    i like fat quarters but i usually go with yards. at least one yard and sometimes if i really like the material i go 2

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    It would depend on the kind of quilts you like to do. I don't stash solid colors (unless VERY good price - something that just can not be beat), I have found that you can always find them. For me FQ are fine for scraps or FQ blocks. I try to get between 1/2 and a yard (more again if $$ is good or it is just some thing that I LOVE), for my stash. I have found that you can always put different things with it. Good luck. When it comes to a STASH - it is always personal to each quilter and this is some thing that will change as YOUR quilting changes too.
    Happy Sewing

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    You are a lot like me in that I like to work on smaller projects that I can easily quilt by myself with the occasional larger item. I usually do those on the long-arm at the quilt shop. I have three small tubs of fat quarters and 2 3-drawer files of yardage. I, personally, think you need a mixture of the two. Pick what you love and you'll never go wrong. Get plenty of solids in your stash. There are so many wonderful online places to go. Check your LQS for sales on fat quarters. Ours regularly has baskets full for $1.00 each.

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    I seldom buy fq's as I can get a half yard of fabric for not much more and I would have 2 fq's If I wished to cut it.

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    I've been told if you love the fabric get a least 2yds. I built a stash but mostly around prints and if I were to do it over, I'd buy solids, tone on tones, batiks, then purchase additional for individual projects. FQ's work great for small projects. I almost never buy 1/4yds as if off grain I lose a lot squaring up. I buy 1/2yds when not sure what fabric is for, unless it could be focus fabric/border then 2 1/2 to 3yds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewingsuz
    i don't buy FQ's because I think that is an expensive way to go. I buy from 1/2 to two yds.
    That's also how I do it, no less than 1/2 yard. For me, fat quarters are a tease. You pull them out of your stash and they will be perfect for your project. But there just isn't enough of it to do much with. So you are disappointed you didn't purchase more when you had the chance. Avoid the disappointment and buy more to start with.

    Fat quarters are really good for appliquers who use little pieces of this and that. Piecers, who rotary cut, usually prefer to have the full 40" width.

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    I started off by buying fat quarters but now I regret it as there's never quite enough fabric for what I want to do. I now buy at least 2 metres; 3 if I think the fabric will be used for borders.

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    When I was building my stash, I bought 2 yards of all I liked and 3 of what I really loved - up to 5 yards. I haven't been sorry that I did that and have more than enough fabric to last me the rest of my life. I still can't resist buying fabric, but restrict it to 1 yard cuts now. Fat Quarters just don't work well for me - way too small to do much with and I have more than enough scraps from the larger cut fabrics.

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    Six years ago, when I first started my spiral into the addiction of collecting fabric errr.. quilting, I'd buy a half yard here and there for stash.
    I quickly amended that practice to buying a yard.
    Now.. I'll still get a yard, but if it's a great sale or something I really like, I'll buy anywhere from 2 yards to the rest of the bolt.

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    I am relatively a newbie, too, and I find I am leaning toward the 1 yd unless it is something more special. I tried a fat quarters pack (just to see what they were) but since my interests are so far varing since I am newly retired, to quilting, sewing dolls, trying different things, I am leaning toward the 1 yd. Besides the yard in many instances seems to be cheaper than the FQ. Don't flog me - I said I was new to this, and bless this board for all of its knowledge and wisdom. :-)

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    The mistakes I have made with a stash- purchasing too much of something that was so-so, and not buying enough of my oh-my-gosh-I-can't-live-without-it fabric!

    I agree with buying smaller amounts of the fabric that you "like", more of what you "love" and the whole bolt or as much as you can afford of that "can't-live-without-it" fabric. So rate each fabric by how much you like it before you deciding how much you need. When you have a pattern already in mind, and then it's how much extra you are purchasing past that pattern amount for your stash.

    If I were starting a stash, then I would be routinely searching fabric sales, 2nds from Connecting Threads, etc, and plan to do that over a year's time- I would not plan to build it in one sitting, because you won't find everything that you like now.

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