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Thread: Why you should buy fabric when you see it!

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    Several years ago, there was a collection of fabrics manufactured and printed based on fabric and quilts in the York County Historical Society collections. I thought it was pricey but now, I wish I would have bought some. And wish I would have kept the newspaper and other articles on why the fabric was made!

    Another reason as to if you see something you like, get it. It would be available forever!

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    How true!!! Or else you pay a premium price for it on ebay :roll:

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    Lots of times if I see fabrics I really like, I buy it then and I don't just wish I had.

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    Lots of times if I see fabrics I really like, I buy it then and I don't just wish I had.

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    True....I have often bought a tiny amount of fabric, then later want more, and they no longer have it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarrieAnne
    True....I have often bought a tiny amount of fabric, then later want more, and they no longer have it!
    Yeah! How dare they sell out when I was wanting more? I do that, too.

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    And that is why my stash is getting SO BIG :wink: :lol: :shock: LOL

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    Fabric: If you like it get it. If you love it get double the amount you first intended to buy.

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    cool thread

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    I completely agree with you. A few have gotten away from me over the years, but for the most part, if it speaks (it whispers or sometimes YELLS psst over here Janet, buy me, buy me) I will in fact buy it.
    The clerk will ask me, "Oh, what are you going to make with this". I can't tell you how many times I say that I don't have any idea, I just have to have it. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    If I can' I but it because It won't be there long. They usually make on run and that's it.When it's gone it's gone.

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    Seems like some fabric lines have shorter runs than others.

    Alexander Henry comes to mind.

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    When I see something I love it buy it. Someday it will be a quilt.

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    I have troubles with this. I know a fabric line won't be around but for one, maybe two seasons and then it's gone. So if I love it I know I should buy it, but I can never decide how much I'm supposed to buy when I have no project in mind. I'm sure as I become a more experienced quilter I will understand what I typically need for different projects. I just don't have that knowledge yet! :)

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    It doesn't matter how much you buy or how experienced you are -

    One buys too much of something one doesn't need and not enough of one that one wants to use sometime in the future.

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    Twice now, I've been able to find a fabric online somewhere and been able to order more for a project. This doesn't always work tho, especially if it's been 6 months since you bought it in the first place. Some fabrics have shorter lifespans than others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    It doesn't matter how much you buy or how experienced you are -

    One buys too much of something one doesn't need and not enough of one that one wants to use sometime in the future.
    Truer words were never spoken! :D :D :D

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    In some ways I think fabric that one intends to make quilts from is more difficult to determine the amt. Now if I'm making a shirt for hubby, I know it will take at least 3 yrds of 45". If it's denim, and the price is great I'll take the whole bolt.

    If I get good fabric for regular sewing, I can use the scraps for quilts...

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    I, too, as a novice quilter have had this problem, just buying a little of something that I liked, with no particular plan for the fabric. What I have found is that when I find a pattern that I would like to stitch, I never have enough of the required fabric amounts of any of the fabrics. What I have learned to do, is if I really like it, I purchase 2 1/2 to 3 yards so that it can be used in a future quilt. (although all of those 1/4 and half yard pieces do work into a scrap quilt today...so all is not lost! I live and learn! Andy

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    I'm a Batik kind of gal and yesterday while I was in my quilting class the teacher told us they had Batik's on sale and just got 6 new fabrics in. She was getting some cut for her and I told her to have them cut me some too...without looking I might add. If it's Batik and on sale...I'm in!!! And the fabric was gorgeous I might add.

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    Why not just buy ALL fabric you see???!!! Its better than using drugs or being a drunk! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    I just don't have room to store all the fabric that I see and love...so I have to limit myself... :cry: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by marsye
    Why not just buy ALL fabric you see???!!! Its better than using drugs or being a drunk! :lol: :lol: :lol:
    Hey, I'm doing my share! :thumbup:

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    When it is a fabric that is really call to me, I get at least 3 yards. More if I can. None of it gets wasted. After I make my quilt, there is probably going to be enough for a table runner and then the rest goes into scrap quilts.

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    This is something I struggle with all the time! If I really like something I get at least 3 yards, often getting the rest of the bolt is the prce is right. But I am seriously running out of room to store it all. I am trying to use more of it, meaning cutting it and actually sewing a top.

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