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Thread: Quilting Budget

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    For some reason, starting in late September, I get quilting fever, which means that my buying urges increase. I have just been looking over my purchases, and I need to rein myself in. The problem is that I see projects here on the board, and hear about patterns, fabrics, or notions here or elsewhere and that gets me going again. So I am wondering if people have a quilting budget. Do you allow yourself so much money a month to spend? Do you put a certain amount of money aside each month for future projects? What do you do?
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    I spend and it's totally out of control. I have to tell myself not to go to the quilt store. I need nothing right now, just want to keep buying fabrics. Kaffe Fassett is my latest splurge, so I want to build a stockpile of his stuff. Oh my, it gets soooo expensive.

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    Well I work part-time at my LQS....so I just try to spend no more than what I earn. I like to bring ohome a check ...but if I don't that is fine as long as it doesn't cost me anything out of household fund.

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    It's very easy to buy more than needed and spend more than one "should"

    A lot depends on what the household income and expenses are -

    If one bought sewing stuff and didn't pay the gas bill - not a good thing.

    If there is "extra" money for discretionary items - that can get sticky on who gets to spend it.

    I buy in spurts - I can go for a while (now) without buying anything - I've been in and out of JoAnn's and Hancock's- and not seen a thing I wanted badly enough to buy. I do "binge" sometimes when WalMart's seasonal fabrics go on sale. I have a pretty good stash of Halloween fabrics now.

    But I have years of accumulation staring at me - and I remember going through my Mom's stuff - - - -

    I can relate to the need/desire to acquire - - -

    It truly can act like an addiction.

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    I'm on a restricted budget, my husband says no more fabric. I need to sew up at least some of what I've got.

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    I'm trying to cut back. DH mentioned he's seeing too many charges on the credit card. But I just splurged and got some layer cakes. Now I'll need the matching yardage. Where's a good place to hide that bill when it comes? :D

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    I am GETTING out of control. I told myself not to start any new projects until I finish some others. However, I keep buying more fabric. I have even dipped into funds meant for other things. I am "attempting" to rein myself in too.

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    I learned years ago not to hide purchases from my husband, because I had a friend who did and I was nervous wreck for her. My stomach was in knots. ick! So when I want fabric, I need to rememeber that feeling in my gut. I always ask if it is going to be a big purchase, and I say it will be ok if he says no. But he also has to be ok with me :cry: . I don't have a budget but I usually know when not to ask. I do have quite a stash and always love more. Backing is what I always lack. And batting is getting low cuz fabric is so much prettier to buy...long story...oops! :? BTW my husband doesn't have a budget either for fishing, golf etc. My mom & dad always fought about money...we don't!

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    Sometimes I wonder if this September urge goes along with the change in seasons! I start to buy more fabric in the fall, and then spend the winter trying to get it sewn - hasn't happened yet :roll: :lol: Well, I try...

    I have a credit card I use specifically for my fabric purchases. I keep the amount to what I can pay off monthly without taking out of the household budget.

    And my quilting time, rather than budget, is taken in direct relation to the time my sweetheart spends fishing! :lol: :lol:

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    I had a little trouble with hubby at one time about the purchases I was making. But then I sold a couple quilts and crafts for a decent amount of money, and made him a quilt of his own. Now he doesn't mind.

    I usually buy with a quilt in mind. (Or a garment) So I am not building up a UFO stach. But, it does look as though I need to do some serious catching up in my material closet. (insert a embarassed face here) Really much of the extra fabric is from people who gave me yards of fabric they had not used.

    I think soon I am going to go through and donate some of this to chartity. Then I won't feel so overwhelmed opening that closet.

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    I have a set budget that I stick to most of the time, if I do go over it is not by much...unless I go shopping with sharon b ***hanging my head down....she is SUCH a bad influence*** :shock: :roll: :roll: LMBO

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    I have no stash. Of course, I just started this, but I have never bought fabric without a purpose in mind. So far, I've put the fabric to the intended purpose.

    I'm totally in charge of the money here. My husband would have no clue if I spent it all on fabric, but I'm frugal by nature. We both are, so it works for us.

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    Heck I remember when Joann's had calico fabric for $ 1.99 per yard. Not so long ago! I bought several blots, but if I had known fabrics would go through the roof, I would have bought more!I've yet to buy from Thousands of Bolts.com but that is something I would love to do. A friend loves that place!

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    They do have nice fabric :D

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    I am trying to use up my stash as well..I am bad about buying thinsg just because I like it or because it is on sale...and there is usually a reason why fabric is on sale..hard to match....it isn't all that great of a peice...although there are those times that you find a wonderful peice. SO I have alot of stash that just needs to be used. As much as I know I can find a better peice at work to match what I am doing I am really trying to use what I have..there is no sense in owning a bunch of stuff I don't use.
    Now I just see my project list growing as I buy whoel projects at a tiem rather than just peices of fabric I like...so i guess it is a toss up as to which way is better??

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    I too try to limit myself each month...lately I have been buying only for specific projects that I am now finished with or am in the middle of doing. For one of the swaps on this board I actually used stuff out of my stash....imagine that!! I work full time, so I have my own money to spend, of course after the bills are paid. My DH has other hobbies besides quilting, and he spends his own money on those. So, neither one of us gripes at the other, and we get along fine!! :roll:

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    I have no budget, but maybe I should. Another thing I should do is finish a few UFO's!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskasunshine
    I learned years ago not to hide purchases from my husband, because I had a friend who did and I was nervous wreck for her. My stomach was in knots. ick! So when I want fabric, I need to rememeber that feeling in my gut. I always ask if it is going to be a big purchase, and I say it will be ok if he says no. But he also has to be ok with me :cry: . I don't have a budget but I usually know when not to ask. I do have quite a stash and always love more. Backing is what I always lack. And batting is getting low cuz fabric is so much prettier to buy...long story...oops! :? BTW my husband doesn't have a budget either for fishing, golf etc. My mom & dad always fought about money...we don't!
    LOL! This so reminds me of my mother. She will buy something and stash it in the back of her closet (usually clothes). After 4-6 months she will pull it out and use it or wear it. My father would ask, "Is that new?" And of course she would respond, "NO! I've had this for awhile now." Then she would give him a look like he was an idiot. It got so that he was afraid to ask whenever he saw anything new. Well, one year she dyed her hair BRIGHT red. It was so red it glowed. My father didn't say a word. An entire month went by and she would complain bitterly to me that he didn't even notice. I think he was afraid to say anything, in case he got the usual response. :lol: :lol: :lol: I don't do that!

    I don't really splurge on my quilting. I buy what I need, which is usually thread, batting, a particular fabric to finish a project. I will save up and spend a couple hundred during my area's local Shop Hop in May, but otherwise I have to keep things pretty close to the belt. Thankfully I have some amazing friends who give me their scraps and I make most of my quilts from these. However, it looks like we will be getting rid of some bills this coming year and that means extra money - and yes, I have lots of plans to splurge. Hubby thinks we should be able to do all our playing (which is what my quilting is to him) on $100 a month. I can live with that! :-D

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    My problem is not my budget but the space! I'm out of storage in my sewing room, so I haven't been buying much lately. I have discovered jelly rolls and charm packs don't take up much space at all and I'm having a hard time resisting those. I have to use up what I have, I feel like I'm being a fabric glutton by just buying more. :oops: I am very independent and have never asked or wanted DH's permission to purchase anything. He wouldn't be my DH if I had to hide purchases and vice versa. :-D

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    I buy when I need and when I don't need. I have been trying to build my stash and it seems when I do a new project there is still one color or type of fabric I don't have. My stash has become fairly big now so I'm not spending as much as I used to. I have found there is no end to my wants when I am in LQS!

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    I handle the finances simply because for ten years I was the only one to handle them. I keep the budget pretty tight, but it includes an allowance for both me and hubby. So there is no resentment when it comes to buying something we want...we have our allowance. :)

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    I've been taking care of my fabric & equipment "inventory" for so many years now that there is very little left that I need. When my children were little, one of the bedtime stories I read to them was called, "Mr. Grabbit", about the rabbit who was a compulsive buyer. If he needed an umbrella, he bought 10 unbrellas, for example. Well, I'm a Mrs. Grabbit who is still prone to buying things in large quantity, but is now at the point where if I don't need, I don't buy it. I have gadgets that will work well for a variety of purposes, so I can make do with what I have for the foreseeable future. At this point in my "quilting life" the biggest investment I see in my future is more quality thread, mostly machine embroidery thread, replacing some colors and adding some new. I have enough M.E. designs now to last several normal lifetimes and enough fabric to keep me quilt making until either I die or forget who I am and/or how to sew.

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    I only have to answer to myself for what I spend. I have set am amount I can spend every month. During the Christmas months it is 0 because I have other extra things to buy.

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    I don't have a monthly quilting expense. Honestly, I could probably quilt for 3 years and not spend a dime, but where is the fun in that? I go on my own personal shop hop at the LQS and when I get a bee in my bonnet I have to have a fabric excursion.

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    I do alot of 'window' shopping and drool over magazines and catalogs. If I am feeling the urge to splurge, I pull out a magazine or get on-line and look at fabric and quilts. For some reason, this satisfies my desires.
    I realized a long time ago, that if DH did't have to fight with the bills to make ends meet, he was a much nicer person to live with and so was I. Paying the electric bill, insurance, gas, etc. are more important and keep DH and my relationship in a better place.
    I don't 'have to' buy things anymore.
    When I did go through that stage of my life, the deceit, hiding, and fibbing, were more than this old girls stomache could handle. I grew up and out of that stage for the most part. I am more content with less now.

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