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Thread: When you buy fabric! How much do you buy? (Enjoy!)

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    When you buy fabric how much do you buy?

    I was wondering this as when you buy fabric do you have a specific project in mind (of course you buy what calls for on the pattern)

    or do you just buy the fabric, because you like it and will use in sometime in the future for projects???

    I have been surfing the internet to find answers about this, so I thought I would ask here on the board for our members to answer.

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    Also do you like buying fat quarters?

    Do you also buy the specialty cuts?

    charmpacks
    jelly rolls
    layer cakes
    honey buns
    turnovers
    fat eighth bundles
    dessert rolls
    twice the charms
    bali pops
    jolly packs
    combination of cuts

    this is a link to describe the different specialty cuts (so much to learn)

    http://www.fatquartershop.com/guide-and-glossary.asp

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    Over time I have found that I like to buy one yard at a time. That way I'm not anxious about cutting into it (for fear it will be gone and I'll never have any more of it!).

    I find that I do not use the fat quarters I have purchased. It always seems like there is not enough of any one fabric to act as a focus for a quilt.

    I have occasionally purchased 3 to 5 yards of a fabric that I think I might want to use as a border; however, I have rarely used them so have stopped doing that. It works better for me to shop for border fabric after the quilt is pieced.

    Once in awhile, if a fabric seems awfully expensive or something I won't use much of -- such as a pop of yellow or orange -- I'll buy only half a yard. Once in awhile, if I really like a fabric, I'll buy two yards of it.

    I try not to go shopping for fabric anymore, because I have so much in my stash already! For the last few years, the only fabrics I have purchased have been batiks. I gave away a lot of the JoAnn Fabrics type calicos I bought years ago when I started quilting. My tastes have changed a lot over time!

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    I am a bit of an impulse buyer, buy something just in case I need it. If I have a project in mind I buy what I need but if I see something I love, especially with roses, I have to have it and I just want to look at it and put it away again. I hate cutting into it unless it is for something extra special. I guess I am a collector.

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    If I'm out fabric shopping( like when am I not) I purchase at least one yard if I don't have a project planned. Most of the time I have some idea what I will use it for, but I would much rather have too much fabric(no such thing) then to start a project and run short. I used to buy fat qts but would rather have yardage( the more the merrier). Happy to make scrappy quilts.

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    If I am just buying fabric because I like it, I buy 1 yd. cuts. But I usually have different projects in mind. (easier to justify) BUT, before I get that project done, I see more fabric and think of another project, so the prior goes to my stash. Sick, sick, sick! LOL

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    if i see a fabric i absolutely love but is expensive i will buy 1 yard...if i have an idea what to do with it i will get 2 or 3 yards...3 if it would be good for a border. once in a while i will buy a charm pack...usually because i have fabrics to go with it but need a little more variety...or it is for applique. i very seldom buy fat quarters...only for gifts, or for applique if i would have no use for yardage in that print. mostly though my purchases are for 2-3 yard cuts unless i just want a piece of that, for no purpose other than liking it.

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    I used to buy a lot of FQs. I was making several FQ quilts, so that worked fine. Now I seem to be buying at least 1/2 to a yard minimum. If I think I'll use it for borders, I'll get 2-3 yds.

    I like charms, jelly rolls, layer cakes and turnovers. I've only used the layer cakes so far (another WIP), but have all the makings to do a pinwheel with my Moda Swanky turnovers.

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    at least one yard; usually 2 or 3

    up to 6 if i think it will work as a "neutral" background fabric or for the back.

    even more if i know i'll want to use it for more than one quilt.

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    I like to buy end of the bolt cuts. They tend to be about 1/2 off the regular price. I do like to buy FQ they are not as hard for me to handle when I'm cutting.

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    If its areally nice cat or animal one, usually half or a full yard....usually fat quarters of the 30's prints.

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    I like to buy at least 1 yd. Hardly ever buy FQ's, I don't seem to use them much. I've never bought any of the other special cuts. Recently bought about 50 yds. of the $1.50 WM fabric (different colors) to use as backs (it's so soft). If I have something special in mind, then I'll get at least 3-5 yds.

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    If I am buying for a specific project, then I buy what the pattern says. If it is an impulse buy, most of mine are, then usually 3 yards. This week I found a really nice Marcus Bros purple pattern that looks like blueberries sort of, on the clearance table. I bought the whole bolt, 8 yards, at $3 a yard!

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    usually 3 to 5 yards, Kona black by the bolt

    only buy FQs if it's a 'to die for' batik and the shop doesn't have yardage, never buy FQs online, and never buy any other precuts (I find cutting fabric very relaxing :oops: )

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    I would much prefer to have no stash and to buy what I need for each project. A stash presents a storage problem for me. My experience is that what I have is either not quite enough, wrong shade, or sometimes too big a piece that I hesitate to cut into it. Also, my taste changes and what I thought was gorgeous today, I may wonder "What was I thinking" next year. There is no way not to have a stash because we always buy too much when starting a project for fear of running short.

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    I buy 2 yds. at a time and only buy sale fabrics. I have my stash in open view and easily accessable. I check out what colour groups are low and buy those colours that need restocking. Sale charm packs I keep on hand for my DGD to sew together and keep her occupied when she joins me in the sewing room.

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    I buy 1 yard if I like it, 2 yards if I love it, but not sure what Im going to do with it & 3 yards if I just have to have it because a hundred ideas are going thru my head!

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    When I first started quilting I started with FQTs - now I buy 2-3 yards. When buying for a specific pattern I usually buy extra - I'm always afraid I'm going to run out, especially if I make an error in the cutting. That's been known to happen a time or two!

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    I've only bought FQs once or twice-not enough fabric to do anything with for me.
    I usually buy 1-3 yds (depending on how loud the fabric calls to me LOL) and try to add to my stash what colors I'm lacking. I have a small stash but try to keep it varied.
    I recently ordered from ConnectingThreads and they had a quilt kit on sale for $17.00. I liked the fabrics but not the pattern and there was lots of fabric in it-worked out to about $2.50/yard.
    I run into probems with backings and usually run out to get fabric for that after I finish the quilt. Have to watch for sales on backing fabrics.

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    If just purchasing fabric because I like it, I get 3 yards. If I have a project in mind, I get the required yardage, plus 3 yards (just because). I have purchased fat quarters if I need just a bit more variety for a project. I have never purchased charm packs, jelly rolls, just can't justify the expense. I did get a 10 inch collection of some landscape and building material fabrics to use for applique.

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    They shop owners always 2 yds and if u can afford it 3-6 yards. I don't always listen to them 1-4 is my range of buying.

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    It depends. I was stash building batiks a while back and was buying half yard and 1 yard cuts. If I see something I like but no project in mind I buy 2 yards. If it is a good deal and neutral or good backing fabric 5 to 7 yards.

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    I have a HUGE stash and never mind adding to it. I buy in everything from fats to bolts depending on the price, how well I like it, and what I want to do with it. If I don't know what I want to do with it, I just get 2-3 yds unless the price is really low then I buy as much as I can afford.

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    I buy a lot of remnants or end of bolts, I like to do scrappy and baby quilts, it doesn't take a lot of yardage for these types. I do buy 3-4 yds. for borders.

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    I buy more often than not just because I like something. Sometimes I have a pattern in mind, but not that often. If I love it, I'll buy 3 yards, really like it, 2, like it, 1.
    I do buy precuts because sometimes I just want to get some fabric and like to have all the pieces from a collection right there. :)
    I do shop online a lot and try to hit the sales, but more often than not, what I love isn't on sale. Though sometimes I get lucky!

    And I buy it much, much faster than I sew it. I really should rein it in, but you know once it's gone, sometimes it's really hard to find....

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