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Thread: What do you do?

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    What do you do?

    When you see a collection of fabrics that you LOVE and want to add to your stash but do not have a particular project in mind?

    Do you buy a jelly roll, fat quarter collection, charm pack, layer cake or just buy some yardage of the fabrics that catch your eye and hope you get enough for a future project?

    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.

    I have been lurking for several months and am learning so much, this is my first post.

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    if i see something i like i usually get at least a yard.

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    I would buy yardage and add to my stash.

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    I buy what I love and what I can afford. I very seldom buy fat quarters or any precuts. To me it seems more economical to buy yardage. I almost always buy with a coupon or on sale and try to buy at least a yard. If it is a fabric that will go with a lot of others, like a blender or something like that I try to buy more.

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    I learned the hard way...if I really love something,I get 3yards,plus 1yard cuts of 2 or 3 pieces to go with it. Then there is enough to do a pretty good sized quilt. My stash is full of beautiful fat 1/4 s and small pieces...just encourages the creative juices.

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    I usually buy some of each fabric in the collection.

    Once I get home with the fabric and depending on how much there
    is I will put it all into a zip lock bag (usually a 1 gallon or the 2-1/2 gallon)
    it there is a pattern that goes with the fabrics (and I have a copy of it) it
    goes into the bag with fabrics also along with a details notes I make with
    my ideas, thoughts etc.
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    I pile up fabrics to my stash, usually buying at least 1 yd, if I really love it, I get 3-4 yds. That's usually enough for bigger quilts too, and occasionally I donate some to my mom if I can't come up with a good project and she has something on mind.... :-)
    Occasionally I buy charm packs or fat quarters as far as the precuts go but I have found it be more useful to have fabric by yard - there is always some use for it! More than once I have gotten an inspiration from my fat quarter stash, just to find that I would need a few certain color fat quarters more .....

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    If there are several fabrics in the collection and I love them all, i might buy a 2-3 charm packs and yardage of a couple of my favorites to go with them. That way I will have some of all the fabrics but won't break the bank.
    I don't want to brag but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school.

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    It depends on what size quilts you like to make. Let's say you are thinking of a wall hanging or lap size quilt i would buy 2 of the same precut and then couple of the different fabrics to coordinate (at least 2 yards each) for borders and sashing, then you could use all what is left to make a unique backing.
    If you like big quilts then i wouldn't buy less that 3 yards of each fabric and like (4-5) ones to make the full quilt with borders and sashing whatever needed.
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    It depends on what I see the fabric becoming. If I "see" it becoming a specific pattern I buy enough for various parts of that quilt. If I don't know the pattern yet but it would be great borders I get at least 3 yards. If it's likely to be a focus fabric in the blocks and the borders then I get 6 to 8 yards. For the supporting fabrics in a quilt I generally get two yards.

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    I only make small wall sizes quilts so I usually just get fat quarters or charm packs. That way I get a bigger stash with more varity that I couldn't afford in yardage. So it all depends on your style and plans for the quilt size.
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    I rarely make small wall-size quilts and don't care much for scrappies, so I never buy the precuts - charm packs or layer cakes, etc. I rarely buy fat quarters. If I think a fabric would make a good focus for a quilt, I would buy 2 or 3 or 4 yards. If I think it would make a good accent fabric, maybe a yard or two. If I am thinking the back for a quilt, I might get 5 or 6 yards. If I have no idea what I would use it for, but I just love it, I would probably get 2 yards.

    Like Kathy Osterby said above, it all depends on your style and your plans. The more you quilt, the better you will get at knowing your style!

    BTW - welcome!

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    If I see something I really love, I do not put off buying it. Everytime I have, when I go back to buy, there's not enough of the fabrics I wanted to make a large quilt.

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    For me it depends on price, if it's a sale price and I absolutely love-love it then I'll get up to 5 yds of each fabric in the collection that I love. Most of my quilts go to charity so I tend not to look at the non-sale fabrics. I'd go bankrupt. 5 yds is roughly what I need for backing. So I know I have enough to do something with.

    I had bought just 1 yard or a fat quarter of something I loved in the past, but I've found that sometimes it's hard to find good coordinating fabric a few years later. Or it's not enough for my idea.

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    I would buy two yards each of the fabrics in the collection that I liked the best but never the entire collection, just the main ones. I can find supporting fabrics in other places and then whatever I eventually make won't look like a manufactured selection.
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    I first pick all the fabrics that I like in the line. Then I decide what fabrics would work for each part of the quilt. If it is a large print that would work for a border then I buy according to the size of quilts I usually make and most of the time that's 2.5 yards. Then if one of these fabrics would be sashing again based on the size of quilt I usually make buy accordingly. The remaining fabrics I would probably get a yard each.
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    Its your choice, precuts can be more expensive, but it can also be an easy way to get a variety of coordinating fabrics. There are many patterns for precuts.
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    Thank you so much for all the suggestions. I think I would like to make a large quilt from this line some day so I am going to choose a few of the fabrics I like and order some yardage of those.

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    This is a really interesting thread for me. I haven't been quilting very long and was also wondering about the best way to go about building a stash - so far I have only really bought FQ for stashing, but I have bought yardage for a specific quilt. I have found that often the FQ's just don't last as long as I would like so will be thinking of buying larger quantities next time.

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    I will usually buy yardage at least a yard. Depending on the price. But trying really hard to use up what I have ha. I lost this battle Sunday when Joanne s had some nice fabric at 1/2 price. Oh well there's always tomorrow to try again!
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    I love your idea of using zip lock bags to store fabrics that are coordinates!!
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    I use to buy a yard of each I liked. I have learned to to buy 3 yards to have enough to sew most any quilt pattern. For backing I buy at least 7 yards, 9 for a King size quilt.
    Got fabric?

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    I usually always buy 2 yards of a fabric I just love. If you decide later that you need it & go back for it, it may just not be there. Learned that the hard way.

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    If I REALLY love it, I buy a layer cake so I can see and feel it and decide what yardage I want to buy. I'm sitting on an "Audra's Iris Garden" layer cake right now and I really want it all but that's just not possible. So I will sit on it a while longer.

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    Fortunately my favorite fabric haunt offers layaway. So I usually get a yard to go and 2 to 4 yards go in layaway. This works great for me until I get them out of layaway -- then the real problem begins -- what to do with them. But as you might have guessed, I manage.
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