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    Quote Originally Posted by LivelyLady View Post
    . Coffee filters for stabilizer, chalk backing tubing for pinmoors, carpet blades for rotary cutters, recycling containers for storage, homemade ironing board, and the list goes on and on. I save so much money from their innovative ideas that I'm able to buy more fabric. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    Coffee filter for stablizers?! I've never heard of that, and I am so glad you threw that out there! Thanks!

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    I guess I'm somewhere in between. All of my 4 machines are at least 40 years old, my stash fits in a 5-drawer dresser, I don't really buy much fabric. However, what I do buy is good quilting quality from the LQS where I work, I have quite a few books and patterns, and so many scissors I lost count.

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    Not me either. I have 5 machines, only cut with my rotary and have a semi decent stash.
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    Yes, I have a Brother LS 2125i I bought at Wal-Mart four years ago. I have one pair of material scissor which I hide from the family. And I use clothes that I used to be able to wear and ones that my daughter out grew for some of my material. I go to the local thrift store and look for sheets, pillow shams and various other large material items looking for the best bargains. I am terribly addicted to my local Hancock's Fabric and troll the sales tables, desperate for as much material as I can get for $20. I am currently a college student so there is no extra money but if there is and I get my hands on it, baby it goes for fabric. I gather all the great free quilt patterns and keep them on a 4 GB flash drive. Yes, I am very frugal at the moment.

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    Not me...I'd rather go without food than let my fabric appetite go unsatisfied. I don't buy tools, patterns, books, rulers, machines or any of that stuff...just fabric. lots of fabric.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EvelynJ View Post
    Yes, I have a Brother LS 2125i I bought at Wal-Mart four years ago. I have one pair of material scissor which I hide from the family. And I use clothes that I used to be able to wear and ones that my daughter out grew for some of my material. I go to the local thrift store and look for sheets, pillow shams and various other large material items looking for the best bargains. I am terribly addicted to my local Hancock's Fabric and troll the sales tables, desperate for as much material as I can get for $20. I am currently a college student so there is no extra money but if there is and I get my hands on it, baby it goes for fabric. I gather all the great free quilt patterns and keep them on a 4 GB flash drive. Yes, I am very frugal at the moment.
    You rock for accomplishing this hobby as a broke college student, I remember those days, and there was little money. I remember living off mac and cheese, so kudos to you.

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    I am totally FRUGAL.....about everything BUT, quilting and plants...I have a total of 8 machines, a huge stash, too many quilt books and templates and always on the lookout for anything more that I might like or use. I love collections of fabrics and collections of plants....have about 45 roses plus 50 more that I started last year for myself and my 2 kids that are ready for transplanting, over 150 colors of tall hybrid bearded iris, over 125 colors of daylilies, and approx. 30 or more hosta, 10 hardy hibiscus, 15 hydrangeas 20 perennial types of daisies and a gazillion other plants...too many to mention
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    I am totally FRUGAL.....about everything BUT, quilting and plants...I have a total of 8 machines, a huge stash, too many quilt books and templates and always on the lookout for anything more that I might like or use. I love collections of fabrics and collections of plants....have about 45 roses plus 50 more that I started last year for myself and my 2 kids that are ready for transplanting, over 150 colors of tall hybrid bearded iris, over 125 colors of daylilies, and approx. 30 or more hosta, 10 hardy hibiscus, 15 hydrangeas 20 perennial types of daisies and a gazillion other plants...too many to mention
    I am definitely going to have my husband read this!! He will feel so much better about all the plants I've bought in the last couple of days!!

    I've been a good girl lately as far as quilt shop purchases, but I'm feeling some withdrawal, so I think I better go there tomorrow...
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    I am very frugal....sew on a 50's machine purchased for $20.00 at auction in the early 80's. Did splash out $100.00 on a functioning treadle (needs restoration, but think of the electricity I'll save). Buy all my fabric on sale/thrift stores/ebay (other quilter's scraps/rejects). Buy all my quilting mags second hand and save coin for any books that are really worth buying (if I can buy used....all the better). I do own a rotary cutter, mat and rulers and do subscribe to the internet (but quit the satellite tv service to save money). I also just purchased tickets to the Craft and Quilt Fair which is on in town next week. I am taking my recently widowed Mother as a bit of a treat....so I do have my "unthrifty" moments. Guess it's become a lifestyle choice....and a bit of a game. Fortunately I have a husband who is much the same.....some people probably think it's a bit weird....but hey...we're happy.

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    Ah hmmm. Would a frugal quilter have a computer? Just sayin.
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    I guess I fall into that catageory in a few ways. I do a lot of chairty sewing. I make about 20 Linus quilts a month, sew Princess Pillowcase dresses and have volunteered to make hospital gowns for children in Haiti. I shop for fabric for those projects in particular everywhere and anywhere. I probably average less than $2 a yard for fabric for those projects by hitting sales, using coupons and thrift stores. The little dresses use bias tape for the shoulder straps. I purchase the quilt binding size tape and cut it lengthwise into four pieces. Each dress requires two pieces 32inches long. By cutting it that way I can get 4 times as many sets of straps out of one package of bias tape. Our local Walmart is expanding into a Super Walmart and they just added a fabric department. They have pretty floral fabric for just $2 a yard. It is poly but it is perfect for the little dresses as it is light weight and will look good without ironing. Between it and the tape trick the little dresses cost me less than $2 a piece to make. I do own four Bernina machines and a Brother embroidery machine but each is used almost daily and I have made literaly thousands of items over the years. I don't smoke, or have my nails done I color my own hair and mostly read books from the library or yardsale paperbacks. My biggest vice is going out to lunch with my friends. Most of my clothing came from Walmart, on sale when ever possible. Lets face it I'm cheap.
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    When I see the people with 3 and 4 machines, I think I am frugal--till I remember how much I paid for my Bernia 820 LOL--then not so much! We all try to save where we can I suspect, while still getting the stuff we think we need.

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    I think the most frugal quilter would be those that use selvages to piece with.

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    If it weren't for last year's purchase of a MC6600P it might be me. Prior to that my most expensive machine cost $100, two had belonged to my grandmother and one - the treadle - to my husband's grandmother and prior to that maybe to her mother too. My preference is for making very scrappy items out of off-cuts because, for some inexplicable reason, I find it nerve wracking to cut into proper yardage. On a quilt retreat I took projects but spent the entire time making little phone covers out of scraps someone else had threatened to throw away. I found the thought of 'good' fabric being trashed almost upsetting. I make aprons out of my husbands old shirts and am now a whizz at letting out fishing trousers using the inside of pockets or hems to accommodate an expanding waistline. I felt quite frugal until my husband bought me a Studio fabric cutter for an anniversary present; now I just feel blessed. So clearly I'm not going to come close in this contest but I'm very interested to see who does.

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    I only have one machine and I always shop my stash before going to the fabric shops. I bargain shop for needed supplies such as batting or cutting blades, never full price and always use JA's 50% coupons. I have begun to go to some local quilt shops for specialty fabric or special colors/prints but I shop the bargain bins. For instance, yesterday I needed fabric for a backing and binding or a mystery quilt I finished a year ago. (Quite gorgeous even if I do say so myself.) I found a wonderful choice in the bargain bin. It was priced at $6 per yard WooHoo! I was so pleased. But if it took all on the bolt 8 yards, I got it all for.....$3 per yard. This shop was participating in a three month shop hop, so I got another 20% off the total. Now that is bargain hunting! I have three extra yards of good quality fabric that I can then use when I stash shop another time.

    Frugal, yes but I spend from time to time when needed. I do emphasize ..... needed not wanted.

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    I was very frugal the first time I made a quilt. I had only one machine (from the 70s), scissors, no rotary cutter, and used scraps from clothing to make the quilt. The backing was an old sheet, and brought to the front to make the binding. I used yarn ties instead of quilting.

    I still use mostly older machines, but now I have rotary cutters, rulers, and a new-to-me quilting machine. I still like to make scrappy quilts.
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    I'm proably there just in the gadgets respect. I own 4 rulers, 1 rotary, 1 mat. I use old quilt magazines for patterns and a few new ones. I own 4 quilting books and 10 patterns. I currently have two brother sewing machines both under $200. 1 iron and board. Mostly due to the DH I try to make due with those things. Now fabric is different I love fabric, he indulges me on it because he knows I love it! He still complains but I don't spend on anything else!!! I just got done with "the warm quilt" which is done with cord, jean, flannel, fleece, homespuns because I have material left from making the kids clothes. I don't buy pillowcases either because you can make them!!
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    Certainly isn't me since I own 8 machines counting 2 sergers and my brand new Pfaff Creative emb machine. I also like all the gadgets I can afford and the latest fabric I see.
    Lorraine

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    Definitely not me and I have a sewing room full of quilting "stuff' to prove it.
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    Quilting is my artistic indulgence. I enjoy the process and creativity, and only make things that appeal to me. In my mind, every penny I spend on quilting is recreational, so I tend to spend wisely. My weakness is rulers, of all things (not frugal). I'm always looking for something that is more accurate and that I can see better. All three of my machines, a vintage Bernina 830, a restored Singer 15-91, and a Brother serger were gifts. (frugal) I use them all for garment sewing, but only one of them for quilting-- my Bernie.

    Most of my quilting fabrics come from Thousands of Bolts because of the low prices (frugal?) and the site organization by colors. I have a cutting plan for all fabrics so they don't hang around in stash forever. (frugal?). I don't upcycle clothing or clothing fabric scraps in my quilts because the fabric is rarely suitable. (not frugal) So far, I haven't been able to find a local source for quality used men's shirts for a few dollars. Most of them are more expensive per usable inch of fabric than yardage from Thousands of Bolts. However, since I love shirting plaids, I will buy them-- (not frugal).

    If I was guided only by frugality, I would spend much less money on cheaply manufactured bedding and use the quilting time for canning home-grown vegetables or some such activity. All in all, my hobby is not very frugal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    hmmm... I don't think the frugal quilter would be on the internet, wasting time like the rest of us...
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    I don't think frugal AND quilter can be used in the same sentence (back in the day maybe, but not in todays world). The bulk of my stash was all purchased from estate sales, but at the same time, my toy room is filled w/toys.

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    I have only one machine on our RV, does that count? LOL Seriously, most of probably have enough stuff to outfit a new quilter with everything she would need. I'm bad, I see it, want it, I buy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    Oooooh, ooooh!!! I've been using up bits and pieces of odd spools of thread and bobbins, on parts of things that won't show! That ought to count for something!
    I have been doing the same thing. Thread is not suppose to last forever. They say if you keep it in the freezer it lasts longer. Do I dare suggest we purchase anther freezer just for thread........ DH would really think I need to be committed.

    I just used all my mauve and yellow on a scrappy quilt. Scrappy quilt, scrappy threads!
    I do try to watch the amount of dollars spent on this. I have all the "good stuff" but when it come to specialty things (rulers for just cutting dog ears?????) i pass.

    I have a fantastic stash. I purchase sale sale fabric. I am now in training. When there is a new project I HAVE TO USE SOMETHING FROM MY STASH to go with it.

    Then I crazy quilt, old clothes go into the bin after I cut it up. <---- i am hoping this qualifies me.
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    The most frugal quilter I ever knew was my late mother. Cut her squares from a paper pattern by hand with scissors. My Dad bought her a Singer when he went to Korea in 1952 and she never had another machine. Stitched all her quilts together by hand. I look at them and see fabric from my old maternity tops (also made by her), curtains and daughter's childhood dresses. Though they would not be of much value to anyone else, they are priceless to me.

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