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    How do yall build your stash? do you buy bolts or left over sale bin fabrics? Im about to devote a lot of time to this and need pointers on the best way to build a stash . Thanks

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    There was a thread here yesterday on this very subject!
    :icon_wave: Lynn

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      #3
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      http://forum.missouriquiltco.com/qui...ht=build+stash
      Here it is!
      ~Kathy~

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        I buy a yard here, two yards there, sometimes half a bolt.....depends on my mood and my pocketbook and the fabric!
        pat.

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          Originally posted by lynnl55 View Post
          There was a thread here yesterday on this very subject!
          wow thanks for you very helpful input I did not see that thread and im very sorry I bothered you

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            You could never bother us!!
            pat.

            No rain....no rainbows!


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              Originally posted by bubba View Post
              You could never bother us!!

              What I would say !
              :icon_wave: Lynn

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                I personally never mind when a similar question is asked more than once. It is so easy to miss a thread, this way, the topic has a better chance of being seen, answered and learned from. So unless someone asks if it's been posted before, I just answer and let the new thread run its own course. We are not such a huge forum here that we can't have more than one thread on the same subject running.

                But as for stashes, when I kept one (I don't have much of one anymore because I found I wasn't using it much. Over time, I discovered that it was much more fun - and a lot more cost effective - for me to buy fabric at the time I was starting a new project, but that's me, certainly not most quilters!) I would buy at least a half yard, often one yard if I loved it a lot or thought I would like it in a border. If I could buy end of bolt, even better for the discount I would get. I rarely bought from the discount bin - I didn't seem to like what was in there any more than anyone else, which is why it was in there in the first place!
                Courage is being scared to death, and saddling up anyway. ~John Wayne

                Quilting is my passion . . . chocolate is a close second!

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                  I buy here and there depends where I am and what they have . Could be a couple fat quarters or a 1/2 yard. If I think it will be used a lot I may buy a yard or 2. sometimes its just some precuts. what ever the mood and purse strings allow.
                  sigpic:icon_hug: Iris Girl = April = fabric, Fabric FABRIC!!
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                  Sigmund Freud

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                    A good topic is always worth repeating for those that miss it the first time.

                    My stash building is not systematic by any means. I buy what's on sale, what I like, and also look in the remnant bins for pieces I like. I think something to keep in mind is to choose "neutrals" as well, it is easy to pick out the pretty eye-catching fabrics and overlook those that are good for backgrounds. The amount I buy varies on budget that day, how many fabrics I see that I want, what I think I might use it for, lots of factors. I have found that if you are wanting to buy just a little of each, a third yard (12") is a good size - easier to work with than a quarter, usually.
                    Donna

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                      I've been building my stash by overbuying the fabric I need for a specific pattern. Usually by a half a yard or so. Then of course if I'm in a shop or online and just have to have something, get it. Depending on my mood, I'll buy either a yard or only half. It's rare for me to buy any larger than that unless I have a specific project.

                      Of course there are all the precuts I've started amassing. I like these since I'm bad at color choices and it's one less thing to think about when making a quilt.

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                        Cool! Thanks yall ! I have been sooo bad ! I just looked at my MSQC account and I have ordered the DD the last 4 consecutive days! HOLY COW!! Its like I have become a DD junkie in 4 days!! I need to deactivate my account before I find myself in the street beggin for change! hahahahaha

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                          I've done that before. I made myself go a whole week after that without looking at the DD until it was bedtime because by that time of night it was sold out.

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                            First, I would caution you to go easy. It is very addictive and expensive habit! I took that advise from many on this board and other forums. Too much can be really overwhelming. PLUS I don't have a dedicated sewing room, so I only have one book case to hold all my fabric and crafting supplies.

                            Here's how I GRADUALLY built up my stash: I started by buying what I needed for a specific project and rounded up - getting a yard instead of 1/2 yard, etc. If (when) a fabric line comes out that I absolutely fall in love with, I will usually buy a charm pack or layer cake (sometimes eve a fat quarter bundle!) so I can see/own every fabric in the line. Then, depending on the project, I will buy a yard (or more) of my very favorite designs in that line and 6-8 yards for the backing. I keep my fabric stash organized by project / collection and right now I can easily see that I have about 7 quilting projects ready to go! If a fabric in that line goes on sale later on, I usually buy more. After I finish a project, I inevitably have left-over scraps. If it's ALOT then I will make another quilt or matching throw or pillow shams, etc. Smaller scraps (2 inches or larger) go into bins for scrappy projects.

                            I've learned the hard way that it's better to have more fabric than a pattern calls for than not enough. Because my favorite design will sell out by the time I get around to making my quilt and can't be found! Ugh...I really hate it when that happens! January is the best time to stock up on next year's Christmas fabric (usually on sale) .... after Easter for fall/winter and valentine fabric. August or at back-to-school time for Americana and spring/summer fabric, etc. I love getting a good deal on fabric!

                            There will ALWAYS be more designs/lines - I'm surprised at how quickly new lines are introduced. And eventually most will go on sale. I may go several months without buying anything more than I need for a project and then WHAM! I fall in love with like 10 new lines or designs all at once. Ahh, but since I didn't spend money on the so-so fabric all those months, I have enough saved up so I can splurge on the new ones that blew me away!

                            I wish I could afford, and had the space, to get a yard of fabric a day! But due to my finances and space limitations, I really like my system - it's very manageable! I signed up for a class next month and was able to find almost everything I needed for the quilt in my own stash. It's a fabric line that I really liked and bought without any particular project in mind. I almost hate to make that first cut because I loved just looking at it! But I keep telling myself it's going to look even nicer on my bed or couch in a few weeks!

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                              Something else to think about when building your stash, however you decide to do it,,,, are you going to use it??
                              Or are you going to just hoard it, afraid to cut into it, letting it grow uncontrolled until it takes over your sewing room, every closet in your house & uncounted totes in the garage??? Don't laugh, this could happen to you!!
                              This is the story of my addiction. LOL. I have since pared down my stash by using it, donating what I didn't LOVE anymore to Project Linus & giving it away to friends. What I have now I am determined to actually use, so I shop my stash before I buy anywhere else.
                              Sure, I have the occasional relapse, especially when I'm on vacation & go to a new quilt store in another state. But mostly I am sticking to my plan...
                              May the road rise up to meet you...
                              May the wind be always at your back...
                              May you be in Heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead...
                              Patt :icon_wave:

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