Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
I'm only starting out, so I don't have a huge fabric stash to draw from. When you started out, did you buy fabric quilt by quilt, or did you buy fabrics you liked and then create quilts from what you had? There are so many wonderful things out there, but this can be a really expensive hobby!
I'd love to hear how others have built their stashes.
The Building of The Stash is nearly as fun as the entire quilting process itself, though not nearly as gratifying as holding up that finally finished project! I started out quilting by tearing apart free fabric sample books from a semi local upholstery store! My mantra was (and still is!) if it survives the washer and dryer...into a quilt it goes!! When I progressed into using more "traditional" quilting cottons, I found a whole new craving that I had not previously known existed! I'm now a "collector" of anything and everything that tickles my fancy...whether I have for it an intended purpose or not! You are right, this IS an expensive habit! But is easily justified by the moments of piece-and-quiet and the looks of love and appreciation when "gifting" that perfect quilt to that special someone! It is all worth it!
yah you look at the blue and i do too...and the blu reds blacks etc. it is so diff for me to shop for the stash and not get out of my color rut..
i only go outside my favs when i use stuff that came to me unexpectedly or when i have a specal order in a specific color. otherwise, i figure i might as well buy and use what i like. more enjoyable that way. ;-]
my thoughts for a long long time. then i see some gorgeous creation in a magazine that uses golds and yellows and greens...all colors i just don't like ...but the way some people are able to use them...ergo...long story short..i have started trying to pick up a few colors that definitely take me outside of my personal comfort zone. i only buy small quantities since i figure i would not use them much or only mixed in with others..
since i am GIVEN so many outside my preference, i don't have to buy anything but what i love most of the time. ;-] but, i understand many quilters do stretch themselves this way.
Mary, unless your stash overflows out of your sewing room ... no need to be embarrassed. ~~hehe~~ that is what sewing rooms are for. if you can still walk thru and use sewing machine, cuttin area, etc. it all good!!!
When I started out I bought just what I needed,as I also make place mats, I would have leftovers.
In the last year I have accumulated stash. I also buy fabric I like for future projects. It can indeed be very expensive. I also have lots of threads as I have a sewing/embroidery machine. Yet I love looking at fabrics and have built up a list of fabric stores online that I shop or just drool over.