How much fabric do you recommend buying when building a stash?
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. :-)
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
hi gramsy, welcome to the group. you can't have too much stash
gini in north idaho
Thanks Ramona. I LOVE your quilting room!
Hi Gini, Thanks for the welcome! I've never been a part of a message board before.
Pam from Anchorage, Alaska
Thank you. I'm sorry I missed welcoming you to the group.
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
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
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)
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.