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

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    Thank you everyone for your very well thought out ideas on how much yardage to purchase for a stash. I too find fat quarters a bit frustrating. Sometimes, there just doesn't seem to be quite enough for my project.
    I would just like enough fabric supply so that when I want to start a new project I can reach in and find at least the basics that I need. I think for me that means purchasing colors that I love. I don't think I can go wrong if I purchase my favorite colors as some of you mentioned.
    Having a stash of fabric for quilting is so different from ordinary garment sewing as you have something specific in mind and the yardage requirements when purchasing fabrics for garments and such.
    Thank you again for sharing your wisdom! :thumbup:

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    Okay I am a relative newbie...I LOVE FAT QUARTERS! Love all the different colors but that being said I like a sale too! So when I see it on sale I buy. My stash is a little out of hand now so I am making scrappy lap quilts which I love. With fabric sooo expensive I just want to sew up what I have for a while.

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    As some have said, I usually buy a bit more of each fabric needed for a specific project, just in case I cut wrong.
    Leftovers gointo stash.

    I've also bought lots of fabric on sale, half price. Of course, I bought yards and yards. I still have loads of it.

    I would say it depends on what you like to sew. If you like mostly matchy-matchy, planned, only use a few fabrics-typequilts, I wouldn't spend much to build a stash. If you love scrappy quilts like I do,then buy on sale, colors and prints that you love. You can use them for years. Fabric kept out of sunlight,heat,cold,and damp will be fine for decades.

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    For me it's simple. If I love it - gotta have some. If it's just blenders I'll buy a 1/2 or a yard. If not, and I have money I get 3 yards. If I don't have much money, but still gotta have some, I get what I can afford at the time. If I have a quilt in mind I buy all that I need for the entire quilt and some extra for mistakes or accessories etc.

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    If I LOVE it, I buy 4 yards minimum. If I like it, 2 yds. If it is cute 1 yard :-D

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    If I like a fabric but don't have a project in mind, I buy a half yard. If I REALLY like it, (it is on sale) and could see it playing a major part in a quilt, I buy 3 yards. By buying half yards mostly, I have a lot of variety. The more fabrics in a quilt the better. The other half of my stash is built by left overs from projects and buying a scrap bag at my LQS when I see them.

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    I have found from experience that I always seem to need more than a fat quarter for almost everything. I now buy at least a yard and sometimes 2, if I REALLY love it 3 yards. :lol:

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    I used to buy fat quarters, then a yard or yard and 1/2. Now I buy mostly 2 yds are a little more if I really like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CloverPatch
    Same here, don't really buy it just to have it. I always buy a little more than I need, just in case. If I find something on clearance or a good deal i will buy it, usually atleast 2 yards if I really like it. Most other stuff, if it is just pretty I will buy a yard. I have been collecting greens for a year now, so i buy a yard of this and that. Don't care for fat quarters. If doing a repeatative block your not going to get very far with a fat quarter. I only buy them for applique and such,.
    This sounds like a good idea. You just buy for what you are making and stash the extra. It will build up over time and not have a huge cash outlay in the process.

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    I build my stash by watching sale papers. I also buy end pieces at the Wal-Mart, and I like to buy 2 yds. I will buy smaller if I really like it. Just bought 84 fat quarters at Tuesday Mornings. Its a close out store in our area. Great sale 12 for 5.99.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt
    I don't intentionally stash build. I just usually buy a bit more than I need for a specific project (in case I make mistakes) and use that to build a stash.
    Ditto

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt
    I don't intentionally stash build. I just usually buy a bit more than I need for a specific project (in case I make mistakes) and use that to build a stash.
    exactly what i do, originally because i wanted extra in case of an error, or shrinkage, as i'm one of those wash & dry it first, people. usually wind up with 1/2 to 3/4 yd extra from every project, not counting the little pcs that go into the scrap buckets (divided by size)

    i love looking @ a scrap quilt and picking out pieces of lianna's quilt, or carolynn's dress, or so on and so forth...

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    oh, and i love fat quarters.. they are like candy bars and the grocery check out... i always leave with 1 or 2... but scrappy is my favorite... and you get a lot of little pcs out of them.

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    When I was learning here is what I was told:
    Like it - 1 yd
    Love it - 2 yds
    Crazy about it: Background fabric - 2-3 yds
    Main fabric - 3-4 yds
    Even focus fabrics take only 3-4 yards so you will probably be safe there. I also buy discounted fabrics for backings and usually get 5-8 yards depending on what style of quilts I am currently working on.
    Hope this is useful.

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    If it is a fabric I really love and I want to use it for borders I buy at least 3 yards and this will give me 108" for the borders which I cut length of fabric(not across width which stretches). I always cut these borders first, and set aside. I sometimes buy 3 1/2 just to make sure incase it is for a king size. What ever is left after cutting the borders, is usually enough for the blocks. I do buy a lot of fat quarters for scrap quilting. If it isn't going to be used for borders then I buy at least a yard or 2. Jan

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    I'm a yardage kind of girl. Its rare for me to buy anything smaller than 1 yard. I do use FQs occasionally, but typically I've been given them or my DH (in his thoughtfulness) purchased them for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Divokittysmom
    :?:I want to build up my stash as it is sadly shrinking! If you were to order/purchase fabrics how much would you purchase. Are fat quarters enough or would 1/2 yd increments be more useful. I do mostly table runners and wall hangings with the occasional larger project. :?:

    Thank you so much for being patient with a relative newbie as I am sure this question may have come up before.
    :-)
    Thanks for asking, as I wondered too. Thanks to all the replies that were posted after your post.

    I enjoyed reading all of them and your reasoning why you buy what you do.
    Thanks everyone. This really helps us newbies.

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    Great information. Thank you everyone. :-) :D :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Divokittysmom
    :?:I want to build up my stash as it is sadly shrinking! If you were to order/purchase fabrics how much would you purchase. Are fat quarters enough or would 1/2 yd increments be more useful. I do mostly table runners and wall hangings with the occasional larger project. :?:

    Thank you so much for being patient with a relative newbie as I am sure this question may have come up before.
    :-)
    I like to buy 3 metres (3+yards) so I have the length of a quilt if I need it. It works out cheaper in the long run and I don't run out so fast.

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