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Thread: Please share your best money-saving tips for quilters on a budget

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    Quote Originally Posted by mar32428
    Quote Originally Posted by maryb119
    I use Warm and Natural batting. I save the left over pieces and then I cut the edges straight and butt them together and use the three step zig zag stitch to stitch them together. The three step zig zag is a stitch the looks like a zig zag but has three stitches one way and then three stitches the other way. The edges lay flat without a "ridge" that a regular zigzag leaves. Once the item is quited. you can't tell it it was joined together or not. Why wast good batting?
    I do the same thing.
    Me, too. I save the pieces left over after machine quilting and sew them together for small projects.

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    Sometimes shopping online can help save a ton, even with the shipping and handling. I have found that shopping online at some very reliable quilt shops across the country has aided in reducing spending. My only prob is trying to get more of WHAT I NEED, and not what I need plus what is pretty. Best of luck.

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    I like to use the liners out of cereal boxes for template material for fussy cutting or for applique. It is easy to see through and free. Store my irons on a small round metal tray so I won't melt my table when I put them away hot. Cut two and a half inch squares to use for leaders and enders and put them face to face so that I am sewing two together. Then run them through again sewing into four patches, then again sewing two four patches together and again sewing into 8 patches. While I am making something for gifts or for myself, I am also working on blocks for charity or baby gifts. They work up nicely with same size blocks of off white with machine embroidery on them. Makes really cute quilts with baby faces, Sunbonnet Sues, or Overall Bill. I love scraps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by angieh1964
    . also have started hitting garage sales for jeans for totes
    What a great idea! I hadn't thought of that. Thanks!
    8-)

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    hi, i'm sorry for that rude remark she made, i a'm a pres.of our guild, i sure hope that our lady's never say anything to each other like that, srappy quilts are bueatful ,and they keep you warm, would like to see some of your quilts,ok ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by marlene tarzwell
    Quote Originally Posted by 4dogs
    I just discovered that IF you purchase an entire roll of batting (it comes at this store at 80 yards per roll) it is cheaper if the employee doenst have to "do" anything to it (like measuring and cutting)..it sells for $1.50 a yard if you have it measured, but in buying the entire roll of 80 yards, I got it for $1.00 per yard.......of course it will last for a year and its a huge roll, but that is a lot of $$ saved !!!
    I agree! Last yr. I went to Handcocks and bought a whole roll of batting at 52% of. I will be using it for a looong time. Only thing is I have it stored in my garden bath tub with a sheet over it.[Don't use that tub anyways]
    On black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) JoAnns has all their batting on sale for 50% and then they have a 10% coupon on everything. That is when I buy my warm and Natural.
    Last year I bought a full bolt. It usually takes me about 2 years to use. But I am not retired and quilting a lot more so it won't take that long to use up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jitkaau
    Quote Originally Posted by JJs
    Find someplace that sells name brand fabric from a year or so ago at way low prices. Just today my DH drove me to a place 100 miles from here where I got RJR, Windham, etc for $3.29 a yard. Even if you have to buy online and can't 'feel' the fabric. If you stick with name brands there should be no problems.
    Unless of course you HAVE to have the $13 a yard stuff that just came out....
    Keep all your leftovers for a scrap quilt.
    If you drove that far in my country, the cost of petrol would be too prohibitive and not worth the effort...such a shame.


    This is the same in GB, know a super warehouse ,much much cheaper than shops BUT 3 HRS away ,grotty journey and petrol high cost ,so go only once/twice year.

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    I found a place that was selling pack of two pillow cases (100% cotton ones) for 99p in a variety of colours.

    The lady at the till must have thought that I have a very large bed!!!

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    I am in Alabama-where is this place that you go to for fabric bargains? Was wondering if it would be worth the drive for me too!

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    Hope this isn't a duplicated suggestion, but you may try advertising on Craigslist and asking if anyone has any fabric or sewing supplies to donate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greaterexp
    I've gotten some great books at low prices from this site:
    http://www.edwardrhamilton.com/
    I'm tickled pink to see so many great tips. Thanks for starting this thread.
    Great place to order books. Many are $4.95 and shipping is only $3.95 no matter how many you order. They will start sending you a little catalog and if you look under "Needle Crafts" you will find quilting books. They have many more Quilting books online, too. Sometimes if I see a title that I think that I might like, I go to another site and read reviews before I order. I am a sucker for books! Other good places to look for books are Amazon, looking at the new and used ones, and Half.com. Half.com is a great place to buy. It is part of eBay, but you don't have to bid. I have gotten really good deals there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ganny
    Quote Originally Posted by jitkaau
    I always use 'stash buster' patterns. By that, I mean that there is no wastage. I make the scraps into fancy borders, or cut the fabric from strips so that there is nothing except a minimal squaring up scrap that is left over. Not much fussy cutting in this house! One criticism I received from a member of the quilt guild I belong to was, "I don't like your quilts - they always look like you've made them from scraps." AND THAT IS RIGHT.
    That is what a scrappy quilt is!!
    I am sorry that the lady was so rude. Overlook her manners and continue making your pretty quilts! I love the way that you have so little waste. Good for you!

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    Scrap Quilts........ seem to be the way to go.............

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    Recently I've tried using up any scraps leftover from the quilt by piecing them together and using them in the back somewhere. Nothing fancy, just so they're used. I find that I just buy more fabric anyway even if I "stash" my leftovers so this is a way to use them, keep the back interesting and reduces the amount of fabric I have to buy for backing. And.....my LAQ loves them, she said the backs are as fun as the fronts.

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    I reuse clear plastic containers to hold my scraps. I used to use shoeboxes, but you can't see what's in them. I have a big plastic barrel that pretzels came in, full of strips for string quilts. I buy those little dishwasher detergent packs in the largest size possible, 64 or 48 to a tub, and use the clear tubs for scraps. I have a couple of smaller clear tubs that candy came in, and I use them for my postage stamp squares and miniature paper piecing scraps (the tiniest scraps).

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    we get most of our groceries from a super walmart... the hamburger comes in a black tray that is about 10" x 12" x 4" deep.. we use those all the time for keeping different pcs in when cutting. we use the blue styrofoam ones mushrooms come in the same way..

    i'm working on that omigosh quilt... i have a hamburger box full of white strips, one full of colored strips, (some only 2" long) and two with finished squares ..

    inside the hamburger boxes are the smaller mushroom boxes with pcs that are already partially together... like a strip of 3 pcs for part of the double nine patch... i have been using that as leaders & enders for a while, so when i get a bunch, i can put them together...

    i also take home from work the first sheet that comes off the printer... when you advance the paper, you always have 1 page wasted...

    i also iron muslin onto freezer paper & run that thru my printer if i want a photo on something, ( or for the label) rather than purchase the paper backed fabric @ joannes.. that stuff was over $12 for 3 sheets...never buying that!!

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    Watch carefully for sales. Check out the $1 & $2 racks in Walmart whenever you're there. I'd advise not to get the really thin see-through ones though. Buy muslin for the backing. Once again, make sure it is good quality & weight. It is not only cheap but I think it makes a really comfortable, soft quilt. You can use sheets but they are usually harder to quilt in my opinion. Mention to friends that you are a quilter & perhaps they will have scraps they don't want. I really can sympathize with you. I was on a very, very meager budget when I started quilting. Luckily, my aunts & grandmother gave me their remnants. I now have retired & can afford to get more things I want to quilt with & I think I appreciate them more having scrimped & done without for so long. Keep on quilting! Hopefully better days are ahead!

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    Stay out of fabric stores. This will save money. Use king size flat sheets for backing.

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    Staying out of all stores saves money for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Annz
    Stay out of fabric stores. This will save money. Use king size flat sheets for backing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annz
    Stay out of fabric stores. This will save money. Use king size flat sheets for backing.
    I love your reply! It's so true! But.......where's the fun in that? I actually go into fabric stores and intentionally leave my wallet out in the car and park as far away from the entrance as possible so I have to REALLY want to buy something to run out for my purse.

    Sometimes it actually works. :roll:

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    I am making a blue and white quilt for my DD for Christmas to go in her blue and white lake house. I wanted to use various blues and shirting but I couldn't find enough shirting patterns. Went to Goodwill and bought shirts for $2.99 - $3.99 ea and for less than $40, I have more than enough to complete her quilt. I've never had any luck finding fabric at yard sales and I drool when I see what some members find for little to nothing.

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    for the amount of fabric in a scrub top, or pants, when I can afford even an extra dollar or two, I go to our little thrift store, where one dollar buys me either a top, or britches.. Sometimes, the same store has a large garbage bag to fill for only $2.00, and thats where I go and find all the scrubs I can find that are in good shape.. I take them home, cut them up along the seams, and find myself with tons more scraps than if I was to just cut up a regular blouse, and such.. lose alot of the fabric where you have to cut button areas, or zippers, and collars and such..

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    Lots of good ideas here. Have a trade-off w/ some other quilters, to trade out fabric you don't like or won't use. A group here has a crafters play date a couple of times a year specifically for the ladies to trade-out their unwanted fabric.

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    I'd say to keep your quiling notions to a bare minimum.You need scissors,seam ripper,rotary cutter & mat,a couple rulers.A machine,thread & you're ready to go.All the rest is gravy.Use what you have....or can find at yard sales, from curtains to sheets & blankets for batting.Take it slow & learn from library books & on line.

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    Hubby and I were cleaning out his closet over the holidays and came across some old work shirts. They were made from a beautiful blue oxford shirting material. The only thing keeping him or anyone else from wearing them was the insignia of the company right on the front. I cut them up (sleeves, back and fronts )and have enough for backing for several small projects like table runners, place mats, wall hangings, etc.

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