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February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?

If cotton fabric prices rise this year as many industry insiders are predicting, how will if affect your quilting habit?

Simply post your answers -- serious, humorous or otherwise -- below. Winning responses are picked at random from all of the entries we receive. Each winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to the Keepsake Quilting online store. We'll announce the winners here in the Community Marketplace blog.

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Diane wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Saturday, 12 February 2011, 10:56 PM

Well my husband just bought me a Janome Horizon and there is not anything going to stop me now!!  :)

Barbara wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Saturday, 12 February 2011, 11:37 PM

Prices have been going up on everything else so if it goes up on fabric ,I'll try to find fabric on sale or clearence, but if nothing else I'll still pay the prices. I find in my later years I don't care if they go up,at least not to badly. I still have to use it.. Barbara

Kelley wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Sunday, 13 February 2011, 7:05 AM

Sales and coupons are the key to be able to get sewing...lol..I am glad I have the stash I have...

sadiemartha wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Sunday, 13 February 2011, 7:34 AM

I love the feel of fabric, I need a yard so Ask for a yard and a half and leave with 2 yards, so might have to settle on a yard and a half!

Joan L. wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Sunday, 13 February 2011, 7:52 AM

I have noticed a large price increase in prices over the last few years. Shopping smarter is all we can hope to do. Take advantage of sales and try to control our impulse buying.

Diane Bremer wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Sunday, 13 February 2011, 8:42 AM

I would still buy fabric. I'm lucky enough to work in a quilt shop, so I get a discount on whatever I purchase. But, If I wasn't working in a quilt shop I would probably be a little more discriminating in my purchases. I would probably shop in my own store in my sewing room more often!LOL

johanne wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Sunday, 13 February 2011, 9:46 AM

I have a good stash now, so, if fabric prices get any worse than they are, I can coast along and wait for deals. I live in Nova Scotia Canada, our prices are already too high.. I purchase a lot of fabric from Connecting Threads. They have nice fabric and good prices.

Roze wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Sunday, 13 February 2011, 11:03 AM

I'LL USE WHAT I HAVE STASHED AWAY AND JUST LOOK FOR BARGAINS.

I LIVE IN TAXACHUSETTS SO I'M KINDA USED TO HIGH COSTS.

NOW THAT HANOVER FABRICS HAS MOVED FROM HERE, THERE IS ONLY ONE CHOICE NEARBY.

I'VE STARTED USING THE NET FOR PURCHASES. MAY HAVE TO PAY S&H BUT IT'S WORTH IT.

WILL STILL GET FABRIC SOMEWHERE.          ROZE

Diane Morgan wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Sunday, 13 February 2011, 4:27 PM

I don't think the higher prices will have any affect because I don't buy fabric. Just because fabric jumps in my shopping cart when I am not looking has nothing to do with me going to a store to buy fabric. And just because my weak lily livered floppy charge card can't say no to anything has no affect on me.  So the prices don't bother me because I don't buy fabric.

Judy Isgar wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Sunday, 13 February 2011, 5:06 PM

I will show the sales, look for bargins on the Internet and use coupons.  I am just getting started with my stash so don't have a lot but I will use what I have when ever I can.

Ann Abele wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Monday, 14 February 2011, 8:37 AM

Well, I am not sure that it will effect my quilting as I have decided to "use up my stash".  Since most of it is in smaller pieces, not yardage, I will be making lots of scrappy quilts.  They are always fun as the results are always different.

Sometimes there is no cost to great to "feed a habit".

Ann

Nana wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Monday, 14 February 2011, 10:29 AM

I may be more selective in what I buy but I will still buy fabric.  Can't live without it.   I have to be able to feed my habit at least occasionally.

Dawn wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Monday, 14 February 2011, 11:05 AM

coupons and I will still buy the fabric if I need it, I still like my fat quarters, to feed my addictions!  

:-)  Everything seems to be going up, so . ..

Linda L. wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Monday, 14 February 2011, 7:10 PM

I think I will start looking for bargains now to "beef up" my stash. Then, if prices go too high, I will just go cold turkey on the buying and use up my stash. Until I get a 40% off coupon, that is!

Pat M. wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 15 February 2011, 7:54 PM

I have known for some time that the price of cotton was "sky-high".  On the news today, it was noted that the price is the highest it has been in 150 years (contrary to what some of my family thinks, I was not around at the time!).  I have been buying fabric and batting like crazy.  This also may push me into more scrap quilts--something I usually don't do-I always used to discover that there was always a great piece of fabric out there that I just had to have.

Diana Lawson wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Wednesday, 16 February 2011, 9:26 PM

Every holiday I have my family buy me gift certificates from my local quilt store. Between Christmas, my birthday, Mother's Day and even my anniversary the only thing I get is gift certificates. I can go to the quilt store and buy anything I want without worrying about prices. These gifts are spaced out over the year so I never run out!

mjworkman@roadrunner.com wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Wednesday, 16 February 2011, 10:23 PM

If I want to use good fabric, I will have to pay the price.  You can feel good fabric -- nothing like it.  I justify it by saying "my time is very valuable.   So valuable, that I could not use anything but good fabric".  Find something else to give up.

mjworkman@roadrunner.com wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Wednesday, 16 February 2011, 10:23 PM

If I want to use good fabric, I will have to pay the price.  You can feel good fabric -- nothing like it.  I justify it by saying "my time is very valuable.   So valuable, that I could not use anything but good fabric".  Find something else to give up.

gini wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Thursday, 17 February 2011, 2:35 PM

right now i am depleting my stash.  i figure i'm saving so much money,  i will have plenty to buy more when  the time comes     gini

Wendy wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Thursday, 17 February 2011, 5:40 PM

I don't see it having much of an impact on me. I have a large stash and have not bought much fabric for two years now.  I am trying to rotate out older fabrics. I tend to buy whole collections so I figure I can coast with what I have for a while longer. Being in the retail industry, I tend to wait until things go on sale for closeout.

Marsha Thompson wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Friday, 18 February 2011, 10:49 AM

There goes  my iced coffee treats and it looks like my family is going on a diet!  Nothing comes between me an my fabric!  I'll use the library more to find books for patterns.  I do belong to a guild that has a library and I can request them to bring in books.  But I can't go without my fabric.  I can never have enough fabric.  Fabric is like flowers on a gloomy day.

Jean Deal wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Saturday, 19 February 2011, 7:30 AM

I will shop the sales and only buy what I need.

I have acquired quite a stash in a short time!

Jean Deal wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Saturday, 19 February 2011, 7:30 AM

I will shop the sales and only buy what I need.

I have acquired quite a stash in a short time!

Eileen wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Sunday, 20 February 2011, 9:20 PM

If I want to continue quilting for a long time, I will need quilt and fabric shops! I love to be able to look at and handle the fabric so I rarely buy fabric online, so I will continue to support local shops - and shops where I travel. The price of most things has gone up at one time or another, so why should I let rising prices of cotton stop me?! I always have my stash to fall back on if it gets real bad but I'd like to see the shops remain open, too :-)

mars92 wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Monday, 21 February 2011, 3:04 AM

luckily, I have a large enough stash I can live on for quite a while. I may have to pick up a few things but I think I could do quite well. Also I am a "bargain" shopper at my favorite quilt store with their sales and 50% off area. they also have coupons to use regularily. So I use them to help out too. I am always looking at fabric 50% off first! It may not be the latest thing but I have found some great things just markdown there. I will cut back like others on other things but when I run out of stash I gotta have some fabric!

sgrehome@earthlink.net wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 1:25 PM

I'll work more out of my stash (an ongoing goal), look for sale fabric, or bite the bullet and pay the price!

mcisr0215 wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 1:33 PM

I will still be buying kits and working on them.  I find that if I buy a kit I tend to finish it rather than having a UFO or two (or a hundred) sitting around the house.  Right now I have two waiting to be started.  Just like everything else is going up so will fabric but it is a hobby my husband doesn't mind that I spend my money on.

vfernjones wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 1:34 PM

HEYYYYYYYYYYY...isnt fabric another word for "food"??  Food prices keep going up...we keep eating...fabric prices go up....we keep quilting...what is the big deal???

dogcookie@gmail.com wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 1:35 PM

I buy way too many patterns that I will never use.  So I will cut down on patterns and save for fabric.  Course I could piece the 20 odd patterns and fabric I already have!!!!

Monique Smyth wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 1:37 PM

Being a new quilter my stash isn't all that big yet..I am though quite bitten by the bug. If prices go up to high well, Hmm I guess i can use the scraps that are around, and start cutting into my husbands shirts, our sheets, our towels, Oh then there is my Uncle family  that lives behind us. And it just might mean that the kids don't get that new toy they are eyeing..Who needs things to wear, sleep on or dry off with? Not us. They will have have quilts that i made them. So if you hear on the news about a new nudist colony due to high cost of cotton, and mama needed to get her fabric from some where, Yall will know who it is =)

nstew51@hotmail.com wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 1:43 PM

If I use up my stash and can't afford the prices, I guess I could start cutting up my husbands clothes and then move on to mine.   Mom and Grandma didn't buy much quilt fabric.

Ada wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 1:48 PM

You start with using your stash, then you can trade for fabric, then you can beg for fabric, but let's don't go so far to steal fabric...even from your sister:)

Roberta wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 1:53 PM

I'll be raiding my stash.  It's the only way I can continue until prices level out.  Watch out hubby or your shirts will start disappearing.

MICHELLES-2 wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 1:53 PM

I'm already lining up scrappy quilts that I want to make.  I'll also have to actually start setting aside a "savings" for quilt fabric.  The biggest thing I'm already doing.....finishing those quilt projects that I've previously bought.

I'll still support my local store, though.  No matter how much planning goes into a quilt project, there is always a fabric that isn't going to work like I thought, or batting that is needed, or quilt back material, etc. etc.  And, I can still buy gifts there for my quilting friends.  (It's important to support our local stores or they won't be able to remain there & support us.)

Barbara M wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 2:10 PM

I will finally, finally, get to the UFO's. Also, there are at least 10 kits that I haven't even begun to work on.  If anyone needs fabric from my group, I'm willing to trade out. I would support my local quilt shop before going to the grocery store, so I would finally, finally, lose some weight!

pfaffmobile wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 2:11 PM

I'm going to use more of my stash.  Frankly, I think the price of quilt fabrics has gotten out of hand anyway.  I think for GOOD cottons around $8 per yard is reasonable.  I'd also like to see more fabrics processed as products of the USA.  I'm really tired of seeing so much stuff out of China shipped back in here.

Barbara M wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 2:11 PM

Always remember... Quilting is much less expensive than a shrink and does a better job of relaxing me!

melinda in tulsa wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 2:24 PM

I've got a fairly decent stash and have also been saving old cotton clothing for quite a while.  I'll shop for sale prices, yard sales, etc.  At least I can make alot of scrappy quilts!  As long as I can quilt, I'll be okay sanity wise!  Of course, I'm sure I'll break down and buy a yard here and there.

Diane Baranowski wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 2:25 PM

I have pretty big stash of fabrics and very few of my fabrics make me cringe and think "Why did I buy this?". I can only guess that I was a victim of a "quilter's high". And, there's something else that will give me that  same "rush" and that's going to purchase fabric with a friend. Then we BOTH get the "rush". I purchase fabrics in 1 yard quantities, that way I don't get into buying more than I should and I can have a greater variety of colors and patterns. I have always enjoyed and purchased top quality fabrics that are generally better quality than the fabrics at JoAnn's, although there's nothing wrong with purchasing from them. So, if I have to pay a dollar or 2 more than I previously did, I'm OK with it. If I have to come home with a smaller bag because of that, oh well. There's always the next time. I also shop the sales both on line or in my local quilt shops. I'm out and about often enough that when I see something on sale that I previously lusted over, I can finally purchase it with less "quilter's guilt" than if I had made the purchase earlier.  Needless to say, the more you shop both in stores and on line (I get newsletters from a zillion of them) the more you get tempted. Oh well, that's that's the quilter's lot in life!  

celestepawlicki@gmail.com wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 2:35 PM

Looks like I will finally put a dent in my stash!

CHERYLG-3 wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 2:41 PM

I've been building a stash for the day my husband retires.  Guess what?  This June is the big day.  I'll start using the stash and stay away from quilt stores.  I can't believe I just said that!  My quilt buddy and I always spend time together at quilt stores and then do lunch.  Not giving that up for anything.  I'll try not to buy on a whim and like everything else the price of anything is always going up.

geegeenancy wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 3:03 PM

As a novice quilter, I went absolutely crazy this year buying fabric (both yardage; fat quarters; and pre-cut pieces of all sizes).  I also purchased numerous un-finished quilt tops.  

After I finish my income tax return today, I'm going into my quilting room and re-organize everything.  I have more than enough to last me several years and still donate unfinished quilt tops to our church guild.

I checked my quilting expenses for the 6 months I've been building my stash and it turns out I spent more than 25% of my income on fabric.  Now that I'm retired, I don't have that luxury anymore (nor do I have the room).  

loretta82@sbcglobal.net wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 3:03 PM

I will go to my stash to see if I have what I need first, however, if it is a fabric I really like, I will buy it anyway.  This is my hobby and I knew going into it, it was not an inexpensive hobby.  I will try to find the best price online if possible.  I will also pay more attention to when my LQS is running fabric on sale and go then for fabric.

Joy wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 3:03 PM

My stash is still growing despite the increasing costs - but as long as there's a project to do, if the stash can't handle it, then on to my favorite fabric haunts to find the perfect fit. Gotta love those stores that give you a birthday discount - the older I get the better it is! Too bad it's only once a year.

Carol W wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 3:08 PM

I have plenty of stash to keep me busy for awhile, but when I do have to get my 'fabric fix' I will hit the sales.  Otherwise I'll just get more creative with what I have on hand.  I will also request fabric (or gift card to fabric shop) for all gift giving occasions!  Where there is a will there is a way!!

Kaylace wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 3:09 PM

I think I have a basic stash large enough to hold me through a year or two. Now I might have to purchase a coordinating fabric or a specialty if it is a challenge quilt or something like that but I am fairly well supplied right now... but like others have said... shop those sales and clearance sections.

K

ChrisH wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 3:12 PM

I will make more scrappy quilts with the stash I have.  But it is so hard to resist the beautiful fabrics in the shops and I also want to support the quilt shops so they can survive!

grannybear1942@aol.com wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 3:36 PM

I am lucky in a way.  I have a large stash of prints, so the only thing that will hurt me is solids and that one color that does not match.  AND my husband follows the commodities closely and told me about 9 months ago to stock up on cottons and any jeans I might be needing.  Since I am almost at the end of a weight loss battle, I bought my jeans a size smaller and also loaded up on a couple yards each of the primary colors and pastel solids and 12 batts of cotton.  I used to get a little mad at myself for my fabric stash, but not now.  They now have fabric on sale for what was the regular price.

Granny

QUILTER OVERWHELMED wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 3:53 PM

re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?

I haven't bought fabric for a planned quilt in years.  Now WHEN I shop at a quilt shop, I usually only purchase fabric from the clearance/sale table.  I put it away until I figure out what to do with it.  I have also shopped more at Jo Ann's with coupons.  Now I have to be much more selective because $10 a yard is too much.

Teri wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 4:17 PM

FAT QUARTERS & CHARM squares!! Charm squares usually run between $5-9, and fat quarters are running about $2-3 here in Iowa. But I like scrappy quilts.

Denise Cunningham wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 4:35 PM

I will never stop buying fabric.  I love to quilt and sew.  I will use my coupons and club cards to get what I need.  I will also be looking for sales.  Prices can keep me down because I can work around them.  I can be very resourceful.

Nina Christman wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 4:41 PM

I will go to my closet and make one of the kits "I just had to have" years ago.  I also 'saved' money by buying a new book on  scrap quilts.Nina

ameswf wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 4:46 PM

I will definitely cut back at $10 a yard.  I built a stash of batiks and prints, solids and collections for 4 years before I retired. I'm now on a reduced income, and I'm a tightwad anyway, so I rarely pay full price for my quilting fabrics.  I like scrap quilts and I could make those for, oh,  probably 5 years from pieces that friends and my LQS give me for project Linus quilts.  Yeah I'm the one who digs through the quilters class trash cans for usable scraps.  I prefer good quality fabric too - so I use online stores, and coupons.  Two tricks I have used for years are to save each five-dollar bill I get in a special "stash basket", and twice a year I carry our change jar to the bank and divide up the money among the family.  When I need backing or more expensive supplies, I have the cash to buy what I need.  

DBLTurtle wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 5:39 PM

Here are a few ideas:

   Make smaller quilts (buy fat eights, instead of fat quarters...)

   Use wool batting instead of cotton

   Make wool quilts (or use other fabrics)

   Buy plain cotton fabric (pfd) and paint/print it myself

Finally...use up my current stash!

I imagine, I'll still buy fabric, just look for sales, though sales prices may be higher than they used to be, though higher prices would be an incentive to explore other fabrics, and also use what is at hand.

Denise L.

ANNETTEB wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 5:50 PM

When the price of fabric goes up I will have to budget the amount of yards I purchase. I will shop smarter to fulfill my project needs and use fabric from my stash when I can. I will continue to sew as it is more than a hobby it is therapy:)

Pat Morgan wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 5:57 PM

I have been acquiring my "stash" for a number of years now and it needs to "diet" a little!  I would hate to spend more than $10/yard for fabric and probably would never have to buy another inch of fabric the rest of my life!!!!  What i need to do is to ORGANIZE what i have so i can see what is really there.  I can tell everyone from experience NOT to buy WalMart fabric; buy the best you can afford because it isn't worth sacrificing your hard work to save a few dollars.

Then, in the meantime, go out and buy everything you can afford before prices increase!  :-)

janicep-7 wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 6:20 PM

I will go to my stash first and if need to, shop sales.  I have alot of UFOs to finish. The picture of the farmer hoarding the cotton bales is not that shocking when you consider how many of us quilters buy fabric and STASH it or have those pieces we just can't cut into and still we buy more when a good sale comes along.  This will make me plan my projects and not start something and put it away as a UFO. Bonnie Hunter has a good idea on her website of repurposing clothing for scrap quilts. She has a book out called Scraps and Shirttails and now Scraps and Shirttails II. Her site has a lot of wonderful paterns for using scraps. I made one of her scrap mystery quilts and love the finished quilt. I will be making a lot of scrap quilts from my leftovers.        Janice

shookje wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 6:38 PM

I love to sew and quilt. I will always buy fabric but maybe not as much as often if the prices jump.

But I will still buy fabric. Something else will go because not buying fabric is like not breathing. You got to have it.

Marcia Gilbreath wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 6:43 PM

I'll finally have to resort to using my huge stash.  I hate to do that, but if I have to....!

Kathi Brill wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 7:05 PM

I guess my husband will have to stop fishing and buying all that gas, worms, line ect.. That way I can buy more fabric.. but really.. I don't look at the price I find the perfect fabric for any project and go from there. I may follow yardage suggestions abit more closely instead of estimating up to nearest yard. I guess a Carmel machiato is the first thing to go then fishing, but I would buy fishing fabric to make him a quilt to remember it all by..

Norma Anderson wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 7:06 PM

I have been building my stash for many years in anticipation of retiring. Now that I am retired I should be using my stash but... I LOVE to shop. I will use coupons and sales to add to my stash. I can not go to the fabric shop--need to touch and smell!!

stripeyquilter wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 7:14 PM

Unattended laundry baskets beware!  Don't leave your clothes on the clothes line without a security patrol.  You never know when a fabric starved quilter might see something irresistable.  

On the serious side, I'll be starting from my stash first from now on and scrappy pattern books are going to be even more popular and so will recycling fabric. We'll be selling our husbands flannel shirts on E-Bay!

Doc Ann wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 7:15 PM

I think the price of fabric is currently high priced.  In my area, Eastern Tennessee, it goes for about $9.95 a yard.  If fabric goes up, as my quilt shop perdicts, around a dollar a yard, then we really are not looking at whole lot more money.  If you want quality fabric then you are going to have to pay the price.  My average project is about 5 yards of fabric and that would end up with an increase of about $5.00.  If I am stash shopping I might only buy 3 yards instead of 4 yards on that shopping event to offset the price increase.  I think I could work around this increase without much effort on my part.

Connie Steinhart wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 7:24 PM

I will continue to buy but be more selective.  Will also finally get to all those kits and and other items in the stash that I "just had to buy" but have not gotten around to making yet.  There is enough there to keep me busy for close to a year.

rcjohnston@frontier.com wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 7:35 PM

I have enough stash to keep me busy for awhile, just to make sure I have enough I'd better keep buying more until the prices go up!! ; )

linny49 wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 7:52 PM

If fabric prices go up I'll buy less new fabric and use more of my stash because I already have stash in excess of life expectancy (lol)

Pat wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 7:52 PM

I built a substantial stash before retiring 2 years ago. Now when I make a quilt I have most of the fabric already, sometimes need one maore piece, so just watch for sales and use the stash.

Also a lot of my quilts are for charity and the fabric has been donated, so it is fun making quilts from other peoples stashes for injured soldiers or cancer patients etc. and saving your own stash for family quilts or quilts for sale.

Pat wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 7:52 PM

I built a substantial stash before retiring 2 years ago. Now when I make a quilt I have most of the fabric already, sometimes need one maore piece, so just watch for sales and use the stash.

Also a lot of my quilts are for charity and the fabric has been donated, so it is fun making quilts from other peoples stashes for injured soldiers or cancer patients etc. and saving your own stash for family quilts or quilts for sale.

cwilson3 wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 8:06 PM

I will most likely dive into my stash deeper and utilize the fabrics I already have.  I will still continue to shop, but will be more selective with my materials I purchase.

parrot48111 wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 8:13 PM

I inherited fabric from my Grandma, and used to work in a fabric store, so I have enough fabric to keep me going for many years!

michgano wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 8:57 PM

I'll eat less food, drive less, turn off the air conditioner in the summer and furnace in the winter.  But not buy fabric??  NEVER!

Kathy wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 9:08 PM

Ah, I will buy the bolts and put them in my car that runs on the most expensive price of gasoline and drive to my home where I am paying the most expensive price for vegies and fruit and make more quilts for my family who is spending too much money on other things!

It's the circle of life.  Seriously, I suppose I will buy wiser and use some stash --- finally.

manavin10 wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 9:14 PM

I just bought a Bernina 830, I'm not going to let that baby sit.  I will shop for bargains, and then there is always my stash

Betty wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 9:25 PM

I will continue to buy more fabric because I love making quilts for my grandkids (16) and counting.

I just bought a new embrodery machine to go with my other machines so I say bring on the fabric and lots of new patterns to make get things.

mamabear229 wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 9:55 PM

I'm new to quilting so,  my stash isn't that big yet.   I guess I need to add to it before the prices go up.  But coupons and sales will be the way to go for me.  My friend and I have to shop at least once a week for retail  therapy and we always end up at a fabric shop.  

lauraedits wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 11:23 PM

I will have to get very, very serious about using that stash I've accumulated when fabric prices go up. Also, that $5 a yard table at my favorite local quilt shop is looking really good!

Mary Orton wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 11:31 PM

Sales! Sales! Sales!  I'm addicted, what can I say?

Susan Griffin wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 11:40 PM

I will simply hunt harder and longer for the fabrics I want and not be lulled into  every store sponsored pattern or program.  Our manufacturers can do better on quality and price, so can our shop owners.  We can control what we are being fed, and what we will pay for quality by being more demanding.  It's the nature of our system.  In this day and age, with the tools we have available to shop smartly, there is no excuse for paying too much, or settling for second best.

mafsews wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Wednesday, 23 February 2011, 6:11 AM

I know I will still buy fabric, but will probably be more selective. My favorite quilt shop has a shopaholics club that you can join for a discount. I joined. Sewers can never stop buying their favorites.

Dana Balsamo wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Wednesday, 23 February 2011, 7:12 AM

I've always shopped smart, using coupons and sales, and used my stash when I could.  The price of everything has been going up...I remember quilt shop fabrics being an average $5/yard...12 years later that has doubled.  So, 0f course I will still buy fabric!  It's an addiction!

donsol2 wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Wednesday, 23 February 2011, 7:39 AM

It depends on how much of an increase in the price of fabric.  If the increase is minimal to moderate, then there will be no change in my fabric shopping habit.  If the increase is HIGH then I'll have to be a bit more selective in my purchases or learn to go without groceries because after all I am a FABRIC JUNKIE and my favorite high is buying fabric.

chelius@enter.net wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Wednesday, 23 February 2011, 7:42 AM

I am a die hard bargain shopper, so it will really need to be special to be purchased if it isn't on sale!

grannie1320@embarqmail.com wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Wednesday, 23 February 2011, 9:16 AM

I will use my coupons and continue to buy fabric.  I have quite a large stash but I love the new designs they keep bringing out.  There are some fabrics That I see that I just have to have so If the price goes up, I'll have to find a way.

Cathy Parker wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Wednesday, 23 February 2011, 12:08 PM

If you love quilting and have that special gift to buy or make for someone, as you would be buying a gift for them anyway, why not put it to buying quilting fabric and make a quilt for that person. You get to make that unique item you have been thinks about, buying the fabric and giving that person a part of you and hope they treasure the rest of their life.  The cost will go up for the gift as well as the fabric, this way to get your cake and eat it too.  SEW HAPPY Cathy

BettyOwens wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Wednesday, 23 February 2011, 3:00 PM

Every good thing comes with a price attached to it, and quilting is no difference.  If fabric prices go up, which they will,  I'll just cut back on the snacks and goodies I bring to classes and still have enough for fabric and quilting comraderie.  Quilting, sewing and chocolate are therapy for the soul.  If I have to give one up  it is going to be chocolate first.  

wdlak72493@dobsonteleco.com wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Wednesday, 23 February 2011, 4:15 PM

My husband told me prices would go up, and I should probably stock up on coffee.  i told him - coffee, I can give up coffee, but I had to have fabric!  We quilters have our priorities!!!!!!  

Ilene wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Wednesday, 23 February 2011, 5:12 PM

I'll  still  buy  fabric.  I  have  a  large  stash  so  I  could  be  more  careful  about  buying  only  things  that  will  compliment  what  I  already  have.   I  will  continue  to  buy  local  as  much  as  possible  but  I  do  like  to  go  to  a new  shop  whenever  I  get  where  there  is  one.  The  price  of  gas  has  gone  up,up,up  and  we  still  travel  so  I'll  keep  buying  fabric.

Lyn wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Wednesday, 23 February 2011, 5:48 PM

I'll still buy fabric as I need it to fill in where my stash is lacking, but I will definitely have to be more creative with the fabrics I already have in my stash. Guess it'll be time to get serious with all those quilt tops I've put away to be completed later. It'll be time, also, for using up my stash to piece backings. After all I can't take my fabric treasure with me when I go. But I do have to have new fabric --- too much good stuff out there! And there is no rehab for my fabric addiction available.  

Renee wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Wednesday, 23 February 2011, 6:04 PM

Luckily I have a large stash, so I can work from that for quite a while.  However, some fabrics just call my name so I will continue to buy.  I may slow my purchases down, but I can't imagine ever not buying more fabric.

Donna wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Wednesday, 23 February 2011, 7:16 PM

I see a diet in mu future!!!  BUT, like my other attempts at diets, it probably won't work.  So, needless to say----I will still be buying fabric.  Just maybe in moderation.  They say that is the best way to diet

Donna

Susan T wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Wednesday, 23 February 2011, 7:29 PM

I have so much fabric stock piled now, it will take me years to sew it all up.  Everytime we go by Keepsake Quilting my husband insists we stop, and of course I have to buy. ( I think he does it to justify his gun hobby).  I must have enough of the fabric strips that they tie the customers bags shut with to make a quilt.  But if I should run out, there are always old clothes that could be sacrificed!  Church second had shops would be a good source also for cloth salvaged from old clothes.  

Just J wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Wednesday, 23 February 2011, 7:40 PM

I'm sure I can last for quite awhile sewing only from my stash.  I'll probably limit my shopping to sales.

Grandma Sal wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Wednesday, 23 February 2011, 7:57 PM

I do have a large supply of fabric in my stash, but that does not mean I can always find what I need in that stash... so I will go buy fabric if I need it.  I buy my fabric in spurts, and not always when I have a specific project in mind... so if the price is too high, and it isn't something I need for a specific project, maybe I will pass it by... or maybe not.  When you find a beautiful fabric, it is real hard to put it back on the shelf without at least a yard or two or three.

wackyquilter64@yahoo.com wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Thursday, 24 February 2011, 8:04 AM

Guess I will be FORCED to use more of my stash.  LOL

mghunt1@yahoo.com wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Thursday, 24 February 2011, 12:06 PM

I'll  be shopping the stash!  The fabric is beautiful (there isn't much quilting fabric that isn't, lol), and I'll be very discriminating (ie, think twice, purchase once)if I have to purchase fabric to complete a project.  I would like to add here that I am VERY disappointed with the 'big box store' eliminating the fabric section in most of their stores:  I do not use their fabric in quilts or other cherished projects,  but I do use it to teach children to sew and in making children's clothes.  I suppose we can go back to taking clothes, etc apart and repurposing the fabric, buttons, zippers - but who has the time?

hpetrik@yahoo.com wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Thursday, 24 February 2011, 12:37 PM

I will go to my stash and all of those "some day" projects that are waiting for me.  I'll also watch the sales, just as I do now, but I may have to buy only 1 or 1 1/2 yard instead of 2 yards (you know...that "just in case I need more" attitude).  Aside from the practicality of quilting, this is my hobby, collection and therapy.  Most hobbyists or collectors just become a little more discriminatory when prices increase.

Eliz wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Thursday, 24 February 2011, 1:33 PM

Our grandmothers were very resourceful when fabric was scarce so I think I could be if the price of fabric gets very high.  One way that Bonnie Hunter is know for is shopping at thrift stores for good cotton shirts to cut up for fabric.  I am thinking of giving it a try.  I have been trying for a couple of years to reduce my large stash so high prices might help me for a short time.  I hate to think about long term.  

Wismom wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Thursday, 24 February 2011, 4:36 PM

I do have a stash (although probably no where as much as some of you lol) but will still buy. When you need a fix, you need a fix, and I can certainly say that this fabric junkie will succumb to beautiful breath taking fabric as needed. Alas I am hooked (or is that quilted?)

By the way, thanks for the quilter mentioning the batting. You can bet my next trip to joanns' will include batting as well. Sometimes the mermaids song of the fabric makes you forget about the other parts you need!

npreston77399@gmail.com wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Thursday, 24 February 2011, 7:18 PM

I will back my quilts with a good quality muslin to save money and still be able to purchase the fabrics I want for the quilt tops. I have quilts I've used for 40 years with muslin backs and the backs have held up as well or better than the tops. I usually purchase the muslin in the width that will cover the entire back of the quilt. With no seams to split, the backing is stable. On occassion I have tea dyed the muslin to make it a little darker than the unbleached muslin. Also, I watch for a 50% coupon from JoAnn's for the muslin backing and batting. Online sales have helped with the costs of batting and backing! Leftover muslin remnants are great for the backs of pot holders and for mixing with other fabrics for the "top" of potholders.

Calicobear wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Thursday, 24 February 2011, 9:41 PM

I too have quite a Stash......tho a Newbie to Quilting!  LOL  Have sewn clothes & such.....and saved the scraps for looooong time!  Can't pass a Remnant Bin.....ever!!  Flannel fabric is my "weakness"....so have alot of flannel scraps. Save all the jeans.......even the grown Kiddo's bring 'em home when no longer needed! LOL

I will always buy Fabric....coupons & sales are ALWAYS used here!   :)

Joanie Korte wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Thursday, 24 February 2011, 10:33 PM

I'm sure that I will be forced to admit that I have a fabricoholic problem and start using my stashes.  I could start a fabric exchange in my quilting bee groups. Example, I need 2 yards of yellow and I have 2 yards of green that I will trade and throw in one fat quarter for the deal.  Or...I will skip the manicure to make up the difference in fabric costs. I can't even imagine not Fabric Shopping!

Harriet wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Friday, 25 February 2011, 12:52 PM

I will still buy fabric - just not so many "impulse buys.  

Donna wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Friday, 25 February 2011, 8:29 PM

Fabric has been on the rise ever since I started making quilts, I'll just keep buying it it is my passion.

If it skyrockets to high I'll just buy what I can't live without. As my husband falls off the couch Laughing his head off.

Been stocking up for this I guess I have enought fabric to last me my life time.

turbodog wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Saturday, 26 February 2011, 10:01 AM

I started competing for the title of, "She who dies with the most fabric wins", a long time ago.  All of my fabric was on sale or purchased with a coupon.  I may lose the contest, but I plan to start shopping in my own sewing room.  I have three daughters, they sew, but do not quilt.  With price of fabric on the rise, even on sale, I plan to use the stash I have.  I bought the fabric because I liked it and I usually buy at least two yards.  This gives me a lot of flexibility in the patterns I make and in some cases makes me more creative in how I design a quilt.  I am an award winning quilter, so I must be doing something right.

rpettapiece@hotmail.com wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Saturday, 26 February 2011, 7:09 PM

I think I'll try to wait out the farmer and the shortage.  I have enough projects lined up to keep me easily, and happily, quilting for 3 to 4 years, and that doesn't even touch the stash.

rolan@nls.net wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Sunday, 27 February 2011, 9:18 PM

If I see something that I 'just have to have' I'll probably buy it.  But since my stash is overflowing my sewing room I really should try to use that fabric up first.  I figure I have enough to last me about 50 years!

Cora Jo Ciampi wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Monday, 28 February 2011, 9:45 AM

Fabric prices go up??? My heart is whacking away at the thought...but, hey, my heritage says save the clothes we outgrow and I think my quilts will become more like my ancestors would have made...from real scrapes instead of purchased scraps. Ladies, wake up, we can do this, we are Quilters. amen and amen

Jane wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Monday, 28 February 2011, 8:46 PM

If they go up much more, I will have to rob a bank. So if you should read about a bank robber with a quilt over her head....armed with a rotary cutter.....you will know it's me.

Lori Hatch wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 1 March 2011, 1:17 PM

If fabric prices go up I will have to resort to selling my husbands fishing and hunting gear...You don't think he will miss them do you?

Katy wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Tuesday, 1 March 2011, 7:43 PM

My stash is looking better and better.  My husband would be so surprised if I used what I already have.

JUDITHH-10 wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Thursday, 3 March 2011, 2:52 PM

I have already started working on unfinished projects and plan to only buy what I need for a new class or project.  Of course, if I see something I really love I may not be able to control myself!!!  I have a large stash of fabric so I think I will be okay [I just need to stay away from vendors at quilt shows and avoid quilt shops]. I just had a thought,  why not ask for gift certificates to quilt shops for special occasions like Birthdays, Christmas, Mother's Day, Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day, President's Day, your kid's Birthdays, your husband's Birthday, the cat's Birthday, etc.!!!!!!

Meadowview Quilter wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Thursday, 3 March 2011, 6:44 PM

I have sooo much fabric and kits stashed away I could quilt for a million years!  seriously, I HAVE to quilt -- so even if prices go up, I'll still buy it.  Like most quilters, I'm addicted to fabric!

Sheila wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Sunday, 6 March 2011, 1:36 PM

If gas prices continue to go up I will continue to sew, sew, sew.  Making this possible by ordering material on line, also more quilt shop hops with friends with everyone helping with the cost of gas.  The area I live in is remote, we have only one quilt shop that is fairly close that has made it necessary to either travel in groups or order online so this really will not change a thing plus if need be I could break into my stash!  

ellen peters wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Friday, 11 March 2011, 2:41 AM

At last I've done something right!  I knew two years ago I'd better be prepared with a "quilter's retirement plan".  I already had a respectable stash.  It included not only the leftovers of all my years of quilting, but, lucky me, (no sarcasm here, I really mean it), I'd also inherited my mother's stash, and  a stash from my grandmother.  

Then, the owners of my favorite quilt shop decided to close it and we all had lots of fun trying to win their contest for buying the most fabric before closing day. I came in 5th, winning a nice stereo system.  With all the stash I already had how was I going to explain to my family that I had bought more fabric, costing hundreds of dollars?  

"It's my Retirement Plan!"  I smiled.  And, now that the price of cotton is going up, it makes me look pretty darn smart!  

Marsha Landry wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Wednesday, 23 March 2011, 4:34 PM

THANK GOD FOR ONLINE STORES.....Gas Prices will not affect my quilting.  I'll just mow the yard every two weeks instead of every week.  Will have to steal gas from the lawn mower supply or syphon it out of the lawn mower.  Now that's is desperate thinking.....

Nancy Woodcock wrote re: February's QCA Survey Contest - What Will You Do If Fabric Prices Go Up?
on Wednesday, 30 March 2011, 9:16 AM

Like so many others I will shop from my stash.  In fact, this year I took every class my quilt guild offerred, that's 2 a month, and I shopped from my stash for every one!  I ,of course, always need backgrounds so I will definetly be shopping for those.  And there is that project I HAVE to do and nothing in my extensive stash suits so what's a girl got to do?  SHOP.

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