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Thread: Stash or New?

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    Super Member Homemother's Avatar
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    When you plan a new project, do you end up using fabric from your stash or do you find yourself buying new fabric? I'm beginning to build a stash and wonder if I would save more money by waiting for the project to come along and buy what I need instead of perusing the sales ads and stocking up the fabric here at home.

    Please only respond with which you do the most.

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    Honestly, it depends on the project. If it's a pattern that I've seen in a magazine, or online, or somewhere, I usually just pull from my stash. If it's a pattern that I design myself, I make one from stash and buy new for another version.

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    I buy what I need when I need it. I don't want a huge stash. The only stash I have fits into two plastic shoe boxes and is pieces suitably sized for applique.

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    I do both. I know that's not the answer you want but with all prices getting to sky rocket building a stash quickly is a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer22206
    Honestly, it depends on the project. If it's a pattern that I've seen in a magazine, or online, or somewhere, I usually just pull from my stash. If it's a pattern that I design myself, I make one from stash and buy new for another version.
    Thanks, Jennifer. This is the type of answer I'm looking for!

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    Your responses are very honest and to the point! Thank you so much gals!

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    I always try to use my stash. But there are times that I don't have a complementing color. So I'll buy new.

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    99% of the time i work from my stash. it seems the only time i'm buying for a specific project is when someone commissions me to make a baby quilt.

    i don't typically make anything for babies or even young children so i end up having to buy items to meet the need.

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    I buy then add to my stash.. So I usually buy more than I need for the quilt itself.. But then again i'm a fabric-holic...

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    I really LOVE the coordinating lines of fabric, so most often buy new - at least a few of the fabrics in the line. Then I try to fill in with my stash. Occasionally, if I am doing a magazine or manufacturer's pattern, I will buy all the fabrics for it, but really search hard online for the best prices.

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    i have such a stash that i mostly work from there. i only buy fabric now if it really catches my eye or if i have a special/specific order.

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    I usually start from my stash and then go buy stuff I need to go with it!!!

    Of course I am always buying fabric that catches my eye. Just got a whole big box of fabrics from fabric.com!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    I usually start from my stash and then go buy stuff I need to go with it!!!

    Of course I am always buying fabric that catches my eye. Just got a whole big box of fabrics from fabric.com!
    Yep, this is me to a tee.

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    I have had many years to build my stash and it is a nice variety. For now, I try hard to stick to stash. That said, I am also in some group projects where I have no control over who does what. When I have nothing to match, I will go buy but my fabric purchases have decreased dramatically.

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    When planning a new project, I go through my stash first, then
    if I don't have everything that I need, I go buy some. It always
    makes me feel good if I already have what I want to use.

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    Definitely stash but occasionally I end up buying fabric like now I am making a lot of I Spy baby quilts and I realized I had no prints or anything fun for kids. So brights I use from my stash but I had to trade and buy prints and still am not there.

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    I make projects almost exclusively from my stash, and I add to it when I see good prices for good fabrics, or when I visit my LQS (which also has good prices), because I want it to stay in business.

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    My current approach is to use as much stash as possible and only buy if I absolutely have a need. I came to a realization that I was 'saving' stash for future use, but never using it.

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    I always shop my stash first, and I add to my stash when I see a great deal on fabric I love. I do seem to shop for borders when it's time to finish a quilt.

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    Stash but if I need a fabric will buy.

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    Most of my quilts start with stash and scraps and then I have to add new fabrics. I've only managed to make a few small ones entirely from my stash. Lately I've been thinking it would save me money in the long run to just buy when I have a specific project to work on, but I'm not sure if that would work with my style of inspiration.

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    Oops, double post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k9dancer
    I always shop my stash first, and I add to my stash when I see a great deal on fabric I love. I do seem to shop for borders when it's time to finish a quilt.
    Ditto!

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    with YEARS of collecting, i am now in the process of choosing from my stash.. can't quilt fast enough... i'm getting older!!!:)

    i just think that in the end, one has a tendancy to pick colors they love and eventually they all blend pretty well for a project that requires X amount of colors... and then there are always SCRAPS to piece...

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    Like alot of people I started my stash by collecting fat quarters, so I have alot of those. I mostly have to buy to get the yardage I need for any new project.

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