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Thread: Is it possible to only buy for a particular pattern?

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    hahahahahahaha

    I went through all my fabric and discovered I love flowers, stars, bright and bold prints. Nothing neutral, so last weekend I went out and bought about 10 plain colors - yellows, blues, greens, purples, and one black.
    Looking through my magazines I find quilts made from fabrics I wouldn't pick out, but look great in quilts, so I wondered...is it possible to only buy fabric as you need it? I'm not saying I could, but I wonder if anyone does?

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    I think that would be considered abnormal, possibly bordering on needing intervention... :twisted:

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    When I first decided to start quilting I was given bags and bags of fabric they had tucked away at the church thrift shop just waiting for someone to ask for quilting fabric. It's OK but nothing I would really pick out myself unless it's for a scrappy quilt and it's not enough of each piece to make a big quilt.

    When I find a pattern I want to make I usually go buy the fabric to make it, plus a little bit to be safe.
    I really avoid building a stash other than what I was given. Now I have about 4 quilts in my head that I want to make so if I see something on sale that would be good for one of them I will get that but nothing else!

    I really have to start on some scrappy quilts and use those smaller pieces!

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    I'm a beginner. So, for now I will buy fabric that I want for the quilt I am making at the moment. I do have a tini tiny itty bitty stash, but I have no space for a large stash. So for now, one project at a time!! We'll see how long that lasts!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfli19
    hahahahahahaha

    I wondered...is it possible to only buy fabric as you need it? I'm not saying I could, but I wonder if anyone does?
    What's the fun or sence in that?????????? Isn't it who dies with the most fabric wins :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Sad, Sad, Sad ladies. How can you only buy what you need? If DH found out about this, it could ruin a good thing here.LOL He thinks it is an addiction that can't be helped, having so much fabric! It's like I have to have my fix every week or so.




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    I suppose it is POSSIBLE, but then who would stimulate the economy? :D

    My stash is definitely in the overwhelming category at this point and I made a pact with myself that I MUST use from the stash for the next project before new can come in.

    We'll see how I'll do at the Grass Velley Quilt show this weekend. It is tough to go and not buy anything. Gotta support the vendors; they come from so far away. (ggggg)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfli19
    hahahahahahaha

    I went through all my fabric and discovered I love flowers, stars, bright and bold prints. Nothing neutral, so last weekend I went out and bought about 10 plain colors - yellows, blues, greens, purples, and one black.
    Looking through my magazines I find quilts made from fabrics I wouldn't pick out, but look great in quilts, so I wondered...is it possible to only buy fabric as you need it? I'm not saying I could, but I wonder if anyone does?
    I know people who only buy when they are making something. I, myself, buy when the urge hits me which is all the time. lol
    We buy what we can afford to buy. It's up to you to decide.

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    I only bought what I needed for my first quilt. After that I was obsessed with fabric. I spend hours in the fabric store. My kids give me a gift card to the fabric store for presents. I love it. I spend hours with my fabric. There is nothing wrong with me!!!!!!!! I'm as normal as the next person ( and the ladies at the fabric store love me ) Tee Hee :D :D :D :D :D :D

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    i keep the basics in house (blenders, batiks, ombre, tone on tone) and i'm always on the hunt for new fabrics for this collection.

    then i purchase any other prints that strike me for a project but that fabric is mostly used in handbags and not quilts.

    i do have all the fabric in the house organized by projects based on style. once i have the orders for the quarter i set those fabrics aside for each persons project.

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    Well!!! I may have to tender my resignation to this board, because ------

    I pretty much only buy fabric for a specific project.

    The reason is that most fabric I buy at other times ends up not being right for the quilts I make, so seems like a waste of money.

    My vice is in quilting equipment, notions, rulers, scissors, etc. So-- maybe I don't have to resign after all??????????? :lol: :lol:

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    What do you win?

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    Wow....I guess I'm an odd duck.....I buy what is on sale and then think what quilt do I want to make so sometimes it sits on the shelf looking pretty...:-).....then I'll see some quilt I think will look good in that one fabric I got on sale....then I have to find fabric to match it....oh what fun....:-)..... and I always buy fat quarters if nothing else in my favorite colors.....yummy...:-)....Oh you girls have seen my sewing room.....:-)....just like Wal Mart....:-)....I'm prepaired for the snow strom and heat....:-).....gotta enough to sew for years....:-)

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    Yep, because that's how I do it. Luckily I have shops really close to me.

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    My stash is not as large as some of you ladies and gents, but I am trying!!! Dh just smiles when I bring fabric in the house - he is starting to understand though!! I do think it would be nice to finish a project before starting another one, but then I thnk what fun would that be????? LOL

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    At least most of you had a reason to buy fabric. I think I became addicted as a young child at my grandmothers house that was what she always gave me to play with. Fabric for dolls. dollhouse, me , cat , dog, you get the drift. So I have always loved fabric and could spend hours just looking and touching it. My husband and I travel alot and there are several states that remember me. My husband had to buy a small trailor to get us home from Ok because we stayed 3 months and there was a fabric outlet factory 1 block from motel. I kept hiding fabic behind door and chair and under bed till one day my husband said is this room getting smaller are what is all of those bags and boxes under everything. I gave the women at the factory Vidalia Onions shipped from home and boy was it on then. They started making me suprize boxes at 15.00 a piece. When we went to leave the back of the truck was full and he said I am going to have to buy a trailor to get you and this cloth home. :lol: :lol: :lol: Sorry this was long but I did this about 3 years ago and I am just now trying to get serious about quilting. I made handbags for all of the girls and friends but that was about it. I do have fabric and still love to buy more. CAN YOU SAY ADDICTION. :? :? :?

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    Some of the stories are too funny.... :lol:

    I pull the "I'm going to the quilt shop to buy fabric for xxxxx project"...then when we get there about a million other things seem to stick to my hands! My room keeps getting smaller...now DH says that I bug him about a bigger house only because I want to buy more fabric :wink: :wink:

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    I love to go to the fabric store too but have been trying to cut back so we have $$'s to send DD to college.... Then DH decided he wanted to come and he keeps adding more and more to the stack! COOL!! Now he says he wants to go to a quilt show with me.... I think the man has gone bonkers! LOL But gotta love em, he's just wanting to keep momma happy. :wink:

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    When I first started quilting I only bought what was needed for a particular pattern but once addicted you tend to buy whatever catches your eye. So now I have a small stash.
    One good way to use your scraps is to cut them into 5 inch squares for which there are many patterns you can use them on. I store them in little bins that I get at the Dollartree store.

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    This is slightly OT, but on the rare occasion when DH and I have a tiff OR on the more common occasion when I have a tiff with myself, I take a little side trip to a quilt shop or a fabric shop and just touching the fabrics and seeing the colors makes it all better. :wink:

    Is it cheaper than therapie? Probably not - ROFL.

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    Hello I am Lisa and I am a fabric-aholic. I have a pretty good size stash. I don't buy fabric for specific projects unless I am looking for a specific fabric for a project i am working on and don't have exactly what I need.
    I buy fabric every few months when I can get to a quilt shop and afford it and then I buy whatever strikes my fancy. I have a quilt journal that I take with me and in that journal I have basically drawn my quilts (all the ones I have been thinking of doing and getting the ideas out of my head and down on paper) and put down ideas of colors I would like to use .I also have a swatch of every fabric I own in it. Okay its more of a BIG binder then a journal. This way I make sure I don't buy the same fabric twice. And I always buy at least a yard of a fabric I like.
    My mother-in-law also helps build my stash up. She sends Christmas and all birthday presents wrapped in fabric and do I get some way cool fabrics.
    I saved up all the Christmas fabrics for a few years and made my MIL a nice patchwork lapquilt for Christmas.

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    MadQuilter.. speaking of therapy. I actually started quilting because my therapist said I needed a relaxing hobby. I was in therapy for major stress issues. After a few months of quilting I had to decide I can either afford therapy or Quilting...lol. Quilting WON!!

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    I usually only buy fabric for certain projects, but, it's only true in a sense.

    If I see a fabric I love, I look through books and get ideas of what I want to make. I love the planning stages of a quilt. I will buy enough of each that I could use them for most any pattern I would like to. Then I have enough of all the fabrics for a quilt.

    My stash has come mostly from swaps and extras from other quilts. I've also been given lots of fabric. I don't usually buy just a FQ here or there or just a yd. I'm big on 3 or more yds of each fabric so I know I will have enough.

    I have several large drawers full of fabric w/ pattern for specific projects.

    Lynette

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    Quote Originally Posted by peaceandjoy
    I think that would be considered abnormal, possibly bordering on needing intervention... :twisted:
    I agree with you, peaceandjoy. I once saw an older woman buying a pattern and a few cuts to make it with. I backed away slowly so that I wouldn't catch whatever she had.

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