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Date: 5/19/12 5:48 PM

Just curious if anyone has a standard amount of fabric they buy when they see a print they really like. I am a garmet/costume/quilter and my quilting stash is extremely mal-nourished. I see lots of prints I like, but am always afraid of getting too little or getting way too much. Recently I have been going out and purchasing only enough fabric for whatever project I am going to attempt, however I find that If I need to change something from my original idea, I have to make another trip to the fabric store because I have no "stash" to raid. I typically make queen or king size quilt tops. And while i know it will vary greatly depending on the pattern and needs of lights/darks/mediums, I was just wondering if any of you all have a pre set amount you purchase when just buying fabric on a whim. i.e. 1 yd, 1.5 yd, etc?

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Date: 5/19/12 5:59 PM

2 yards. I'm tiny.

3, if the fabric shouts "Statement Coat!".



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Date: 5/19/12 10:41 PM

I am in the same boat as you- not much stash to pull from and I buy per-project still.

I have decided to get 2-3 yards from now on-mainly because I like sashing/borders in one piece and I am SO TIRED of having to re-order fabric!

I don't have stores nearby- I do most of my shopping online.

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Date: 5/19/12 11:25 PM

Well, it varies, mostly based on how much money I have to spend. Usually, I like more fabric(s) than I can afford. I told DH that if I ever win the lottery (to which he dryly said, "You have to play it if you want to win it" which is fair) I will buy tons of fabric (to which he said, "and that would be different from now how exactly?") and white porcelain with beautiful flowers.

You have to figure that the average quilt will use 10 yards for the top. Yes, some use less and larger ones more, but it is a good average, allowing for the borders and binding.

You also have to decide if you want a scrappy look, which I, personally, love to bits, or a more coordinated look. There is no right or wrong, and it will vary for each quilt.

If I think that I will use a particular fabric for the border and binding, I buy three yards. If I think I will sew something for DD, I might buy four yards, or even five if I also want it for quilting. For example, from the Wizard of Oz fabs I bought enough of the red shoes on the yellow bricks to make her a simple dress and for me to quilt with.

For the most recent order I made, I bought only half-yards because that is what I can afford at the moment. I would rather have two different fabrics and have less of each than more of just one.

Lately I have been making pillowcases as presents, and then I buy a yard and a quarter, or a yard and a half so that I can make the pillowcase and still have some for quilting.

I have fat quarters, but sometimes I prefer the long cut quarter.

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Date: 5/20/12 3:26 AM

Thinking I'll go with 3 yrds. (unless cost prohibitive and then shoot for 2) and whats left is even more for scrap quilts later. I also like to have all my sashing match, however the one quilt you (cat and bull) posted with the blue and yellow and orange sashing was awesome! I love how it popped.

I say the same thing about winning the lottery/fabric (add books and embroidery supplies to my list) and my husband reponds the same way as yours...but i also threaten with a longarm sewing machine and of course a studio big enough to hold all this fun stuff :)

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Date: 5/20/12 9:51 AM

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Thinking I'll go with 3 yrds. (unless cost prohibitive and then shoot for 2) and whats left is even more for scrap quilts later. I also like to have all my sashing match, however the one quilt you (cat and bull) posted with the blue and yellow and orange sashing was awesome! I love how it popped.



I say the same thing about winning the lottery/fabric (add books and embroidery supplies to my list) and my husband reponds the same way as yours...but i also threaten with a longarm sewing machine and of course a studio big enough to hold all this fun stuff :)

I LOVE that multi-colored sashing too!

When I said I like the sashing/border all one piece, what I SHOULD have said to be more clear was that instead of piecing strips for a border/sashing of one color, I prefer it to be one piece.

For backing fabric, I can't remember how much to allow for! I thought someone said 5 yds for a queen? Maybe it was 7?

Backing fabric is where I usually have trouble.

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Date: 5/20/12 10:18 AM

I keep a list in my purse for how much fabric for a blouse/shirt pants etc. If for quilt...3 yards sounds good...I would buy the backing specifically for each quilt as finished...otherwise your stash would be uncontrollable. If it's for home dec...I've been known to just pick up the whole bolt. This is a great topic. I am taking notes!!!
I have just finished a day of "play" time in my sewing room, fondling, sorting, organizing all my fabrics. I also went through all my patterns. I put sticky notes on some of my patterns and wrote "good for purple fabric" ...now a year later I am thinking...huh? which purple fabric!??? I think it is better to tag the fabric itself with ideas for the pattern to use with it ( did that too and the notes make sense even years later...hmmm try 25 years later)...otherwise it is continuous mystery as to what the devil you bought the stuff for...pretty as it still is. It never ceases to amaze me how much I can forget!!!!!!
I will now even write on the fabric as to why I purchase it...for ex. fabric for purse lining...as silly as it seems at the time...the stuff gets stored and a year I'm scratching my head...now what was that for?
Another thing I have learned is to ALWAYS attach a piece of paper with fabric content!!! Even if it is obviously 100% cotton...write it on the fabric right at the store if possible!!! I won't even tell you all the yardage cannot even imagine what it is. Bought a bunch of silk in China and then mixed it with slinky US polyester...now the mystery needs to be unravelled...
My day yesterday was very helpful in learning how to manage stash better....obviously from what I've been doing wrong!

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Date: 5/20/12 5:41 PM

I hate that it might be years later before I go to puchase backing fabric and if that current year trends towards a different color pallete then the fun really begins trying to find something that is appropiate in the style of the quilt as well as the colors/feel of the quilt. But backing is something I will just continue on my current way of dealing with since not all quilts that I start out make it to the original planned size and buying enough backing for every quilt to be a King size quilt is a bit overkill.

I desperately need to start labeling the content of the fabric when i purchase it as well as the size. Currently I probably measure the same batch of fabric like 6 times before I use it because I keep forgetting to label it :confused:

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Date: 5/20/12 6:05 PM

I'm a either, or, buyer.

Either......a piece for a particular single garment.

Or......enough for two bottoms, one long sleeve topper and, if the fabric weight will work, enough extra for a shell.

If the fabric is a bargain in a basic color suitable for exercise, I'll double up. Between the gym and tai chi, I need to keep a stash of work out wear on hand.

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Date: 5/20/12 6:37 PM

I don't stash anymore unless it's something I can't live without. I have a fair amount of fabric but still find I've got to the fabric store. I usually brought 2 yards if something I really like. But when I did stash I just brought stuff I liked and colors I like. Purple, greens and blues are my favs so I have a lot of that.
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