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Old 06-12-2008, 06:27 AM
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I don't have a stash of fabric. Right now I have to have a project before purchasing fabric. I see some beautiful fabrics but I don't buy them because I don't have a project in mind.
If you don't have a project in mind and you see fabric you just can't live without what is the general rule for how much to purchase.
Would some of you share your fabric purchasing practices with me.
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Old 06-12-2008, 06:37 AM
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When I was a new quilter & I saw a fabric I had to have, I bought a half-yard piece. Now that I'm not new any more - guess I've been quilting about 15 years or so - and a fabric calls my name...I try to buy a minimum of 2 yards. If it's right after payday, and the fabric is shouting really loudly, that could go up to 4 or 5 yards. :wink:
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Old 06-12-2008, 06:42 AM
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I've been buying a yard of fabric of each that I find that I like. That way I will (probably) have enough for a project of mine and have a FQ (or 2) left over for those fun swaps!!
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Old 06-12-2008, 06:49 AM
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For the most part I just buy a yard, cause I like to mix up my fabrics for a scrappy look, but those ones that shout at me I buy at least 3 yrds, The ones that scream at me I will buy 4 or 5 cause I just might use it in more than one project. Take into consideration the ones that look like good border fabric and buy accordingly.

Where are you, it just says middle of Oklahoma? I am west of Enid.
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Old 06-12-2008, 07:01 AM
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I am in agreement with the other but if it calls and is on sale.......I buy A Lot................lol :roll: :roll: 8) :P :P :shock: :D
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Old 06-12-2008, 07:12 AM
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I am different than everyone else. I like to have LOTS of different fabrics, so if I have no idea what I will ever use it for but I like it anyway, I just buy a 1/2 yard. That way I have money left to buy another 1/2 yard of something else that catches my eye. :D My stash is so big now that I am on a fabric buying moratorium. I need to use up (or share) some of what I have before I buy more.
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Old 06-12-2008, 07:44 AM
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When I first started quilting my instructor gave us this guideline:

If it's really shouting at you and you love, love, love it - buy 3 metres.

If you love it and think you'd like to make something out of it someday - buy 2 metres.

If you like it and just kinda think you may use it - buy 1 metre.

If it's just you're in the store and can't leave without buying something - buy a FQ.

Here, the fabric I buy costs around $20 per metre so buying 3 metres would be a substantial investment.
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Old 06-12-2008, 08:15 AM
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If it looks like backing fabric, about 8 yards.
If it looks like background fabric, about 5 yards
If it looks like border fabric, about 3 yards
If it's just a fun fabric that appeals to me, between 1 and 3 yards.
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Old 06-12-2008, 08:20 AM
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Where are you, it just says middle of Oklahoma? I am west of Enid.
I am in Chickasha 50 mi southwest of Oklahoma City
I notice your user name has Shaw in it. Is this a last name? Just curious because that is my maiden name.
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Old 06-12-2008, 08:25 AM
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You mean we're supposed to have a project in mind?LOL. If I like it and the price and I figure I can sneak it in, I get it.
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