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Gramsy3 posted on Thu, Mar 15 2012 5:22 PM

How much fabric do you recommend buying when building a stash?

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Answered (Verified) Ramona replied on Thu, Mar 15 2012 6:39 PM
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Gramsy3,

As much fabric as you can!! lol   When I first started buying for my "retirement stash" I would buy three yards of everything. I then realized that in making king size quilts sometimes 3 yards wasn't enough so I would try to decide which I might use as the border and binding and then buy 4 or 5 yards of that fabric. I also went to a few of the Hancock store closings and purchased all of what they had in fabric I liked or thought I might use. I continually add to my stash thinking of that "one day" quilt I'm going to make or thinking "I need more lights".  I guess there used to be that 3 yard minimum but now I buy what I can. I know what I have in mind for the fabric  may not be what it ends up being. :-)

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Answered (Verified) Dara replied on Thu, Mar 15 2012 8:00 PM
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Hi Pam,  Welcome to the group.  For a while I bought a couple of yards of this and couple of that if the fabric appealed to me. Now I try (I don't always succeed) to buy only what I really need. I'm trying to use up what I have.

    Mineral Wells, West Virginia

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Answered (Verified) Ramona replied on Thu, Mar 15 2012 6:39 PM
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Gramsy3,

As much fabric as you can!! lol   When I first started buying for my "retirement stash" I would buy three yards of everything. I then realized that in making king size quilts sometimes 3 yards wasn't enough so I would try to decide which I might use as the border and binding and then buy 4 or 5 yards of that fabric. I also went to a few of the Hancock store closings and purchased all of what they had in fabric I liked or thought I might use. I continually add to my stash thinking of that "one day" quilt I'm going to make or thinking "I need more lights".  I guess there used to be that 3 yard minimum but now I buy what I can. I know what I have in mind for the fabric  may not be what it ends up being. :-)

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gini replied on Thu, Mar 15 2012 6:49 PM

hi gramsy, welcome to the group.  you can't have too much stash

gini in north idaho

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Thanks Ramona.  I LOVE your quilting room!

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Hi Gini,  Thanks for the welcome!  I've never been a part of a message board before.

 

Pam from Anchorage, Alaska

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Ramona replied on Thu, Mar 15 2012 7:10 PM

Gramsy3,

Thank you. I'm sorry I missed welcoming you to the group.

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Answered (Verified) Dara replied on Thu, Mar 15 2012 8:00 PM
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Hi Pam,  Welcome to the group.  For a while I bought a couple of yards of this and couple of that if the fabric appealed to me. Now I try (I don't always succeed) to buy only what I really need. I'm trying to use up what I have.

    Mineral Wells, West Virginia

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Hey there I'm with Ramona when it came to fabrics, I bought at least 3 yards if I liked it a lot, 2 yards if I was thinking tote bags or purses from that piece. Then I started stash busting last year 2011; using what I had on hand was my sewing room motto. I have used much of the stash for swaps and for mystery quilts. My fabric stash has been depleted a bunch and now I am only buying what I need to complete a project or compliment my stash.

I have about 300 FQ, several Jelly Rolls and a few charm packs but on the whole my yardage is going away,slowly.  Perhaps you need to join a swap to build a scrappy stash of cuts. I may own only 300 yards now. My room used to look like a fabric shop as does Ramona's. LOVE IT.
On the other hand I have about 500 spools of thread.. LOL that is another thread.. LMAO 

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Hi Gramsy3,

I buy what i love, usually a metre at a time, i also buy fabric bundles from places like equilter.com. I find there selections give me a different choice of fabrics that i wouldnt normally buy, but that i sometimes need. I just havent worked out when to stop buying it.

lots of love

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Welcome Gramsy,

A stash by definition is that you fill every nook and cranny with as much fabric as it will hold,LOL!

Much like a squirrel stashing nuts for winter! One can never have enough NUTS! (quilters) 

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abbey replied on Fri, Mar 16 2012 9:50 PM

I tend to just buy three yards all the time. Even  if it is for a specific project and I don't necessarily need that much for it. I really like scrappy quilts, so I'm fine with that.

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