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    I use to buy 1 yard of a fabric I just couldn't live without. Then I'd go to make something and didn't have enough, so started buying 2 yards. That didn't work either so have gone to buying 3 yards of fabrics I really like. As for fabric collections if I really like it I'll buy 3 yards of 5 to 6 of those fabrics. That is usually enough to make anything I want. I always use wide fabric backs for my quilts because I hate to pieced backs.

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    When I first started quilting I would buy small pieces...maybe 1/4 or 1/2 yard...That was a mistake since when I started trying to use some of my 'stash' I didn't have enough of anything. So now I buy at least 2 yards regardless of whether I have a difinite idea for it. When I see several matching fabrics I'll get at least 2 yards of each of them and the one I like the best I might get 4 or 5 yards. Now my stash is pretty full of yardage that I do something with.
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    I buy at least two yards of a fabric I like and may want to use later on.

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    I would buy the FQ collection if I had the money. I think you need to know what types of quilts you really like. I am now leaning toward quilts that are made from jelly rows, charms squares or layer cakes. With this in mind, fat quarters seem to fit the bill and I have plenty left over. I made a quilt for my daughter which was Eleanor Burns Love Knot and only yardage would work for that. But I really didn't care so much for that, I tend to like more scrappy quilts even if they are from a collection of charm squares etc. Find out what you like first, and then buy the fabric.

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    I just saw the Moda Collection Enchanted Pond and want to buy some but have been only quilting for a year so still learning how to build a stash.



    Oh, if only I didn't know how to build a stash. . !

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    I bought a yard of a fabric I fell in love with. That was about three years ago and the fabric is still waiting. My experience has been that one yard is not enough to do anything with--so I would either buy more or simply leave the fabric in the store. For me one yard was simply a waste of money. Of course I can still look at the one yard. (Ha, ha.)

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    yardage or at least FQ's

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    Welcome to the Board!

    I like to buy enough yardage plus coordinating fabric for a large quilt. Put the fabric together until you have a pattern in mind. Put a picture and instructions for the pattern with the collection of fabric. You are then set to go. I do have a stash of fabric that I consider my POP fabric when needed and I use this stash for small projects as well.

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    I bought too many fat quarters when I was just starting and eventually figured out that I am just not very scrappy. Now unless it for a particular quilt (in my mind at least) I buy 1 1/4 yards - it makes a nice square -or it did when fabric was 44'-45' wide. Also I have a friend with similar color tastes and we occasionally will buy border fabric and split it lengthwise down the middle.

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    I live in an area with NO quilt shops locally. When I order on line I usually buy FQs or Layer Cakes (think 10 Min. Block). I love scrappy.
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    When I first started quilting, I had enough $ to buy what I wanted. I spent many years and $ buying for all the different types of quilts that came along and developing my own "voice". I've finally found my "voice" and wish I'd kept the $. Although it did provide a lot of entertainment while on vacations, I think I've been in every LQS from here to the Canadian border. On the other hand I'm never at a loss to come up with a plan and fabric when in a pinch. And I'm not getting rid of any of it. It'll come back in style eventually.
    When a friend started quilting, she was on a tight budget, she let the guild know she wanted anyone's scraps. 15 yrs later people still give her scraps and she makes the most beautiful scrap quilts, often winning ribbons. She has added art quilts to her activities.

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    I tend to get at least one yard - I can usually get two Bow Tucks bags out of that, plus my bags are unique with limited fabrics. However, if I see something that jumps into my cart, for example, I would buy 2-3 yards, depending on my budget, then I might buy a couple 1 yd pieces to coordinate. However, once my girlfriend and I were visiting a LQS that had a discount bin of fabric at $2.99 - the owner said they were making room for new fabric and thus willing to charge less,even though it was the same quality fabric. Well, at the time I had picked up several 6-8 yds. of several different fabric to use as backing fabrics. Never let it be said that fabric does not talk to you - when making a raffle quilt for my church's holiday fair I went looking through my stash and lo and behold, one piece I had purchased for backing, refused to be a backing and wanted top billing, so it became my focus fabric,I picked up a yard or two of coordinating fabric and I ended up with a gorgeous quilt that made over $1000 for the church. When fabrics talk - I listen. LOL. But if there's a piece of fabric I just have to have I will try to buy at least 2 yards of it, especially if it is on sale. Now that my husband and I are both on SS, I am so glad that I had been able to buy that fabaric when I did, now I only need to pick up an occasional backing or background fabric and I'm good to go. It's nice to shop in the convenience of your sewing room.

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    I'll buy a yard or so of a fabric I fall in love with even tho I don't ahve any plans for it when I buy it, if I can afford it at the time. I seldom buy fat qtrs unless it's "just perfect" and I can't find any yardage of the fabric. I don't do that very often tho, that can get expensive fast. I haven't bought any jelly rolls...yet. I've been using what I have in my stash when I need that size for a quilt.
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    I bought Audra's Iris Garden because it has the absolute best to die for color of deep purple. I looked for a pattern to make a king size quilt to go along with this collection because I knew it would be gone if I didn't get the fabrics now. If you see something you love you should decide what you want to do with it when you see it because it will most likely be gone when you go back to get it.
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    I always buy yardage.

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    I seem to buy at least two yards of any fabric I love...same for my wife...seems we have gotten some really great deals on fabrics this year and Saturday we are going to a quilt show and have 50 % off coupons for Hancocks and JoAnns along with an extra 25% off total ..so look out wallet here we come
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    It does depend upon the type quilting you do. Most of my yardage is 1/2 yrds. I do art quilts. Some peoplelide to coordinated fabric quilts at least lap size. These take ~4 yrds, twin ~5 yds for the top. Also depends upon the size of the design and if you'll use large pieces of it and also a border. When I first started quilting, I didn't have a clue what my ultimate "voice" would be so I bought things that don't fit my current "voice". As some people have said, they don't buy for stash. They buy for projects and the leftovers contribute to the stash. You don't need to be in any hurry to collect fabric or a lot of beginner projects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christine- View Post
    I bought Audra's Iris Garden because it has the absolute best to die for color of deep purple. I looked for a pattern to make a king size quilt to go along with this collection because I knew it would be gone if I didn't get the fabrics now. If you see something you love you should decide what you want to do with it when you see it because it will most likely be gone when you go back to get it.
    I bought a layer cake of Audra's Iris Garden when it first came out. You're right about the purple. Great color. I have yet to make anything with it as I have several quilts to finish first. But I'm slowly pulling fabs from my stash and buying coordinating fabs for it. So far I have pulled another purple from my stash from Together by Brannock and Patel by Moda which is similar in color and design and bought a gold that coordinated with the gold. I'm hoping to find a great green to coordinate, too. Can't wait to start the quilt.

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    Oh, my favorite subject!! I usually buy a fat quarter bundle for around $129 and a jelly roll and then a couple of yards of my two favorite fabrics from the collection for sashing and borders. I then stash it for later. I have so many of these on my shelves and am so happy that I bought the collection. I wish I could have bought enough fabric for backing, but, oh well. I am so delighted I bought the collections!!!
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    If I see it and love it... It is in my stash. If I never get it made, I get to look at it and pet it everyday. lol

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    Last spring I found a whole collection on sale - I purchased 3 yards of each dark, 5 yards of each light and some I purchased 9 yards for backing. I was lucky to get about 85 yards of fabric for only $200.00. I'm now working on the third fabric using just that collection. Will be able to make 4 -5 more using those colors.

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