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« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2006 03:59:49 PM »

Looks like you hit the jackpot with that ebay auction!

I was going to suggest checking out any thrift stores you're near, particularly the senior citizen's and charity type thrifts. They often bundle bits and pieces of fabric together for a grab-bag type sale. Such a great place to luck into some great buys!
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« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2006 07:26:43 PM »

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« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2006 06:04:34 AM »

old-timey quilters sometimes make "charm quilts" -- quilts where the rule is that no fabric is repeated.  If you do a google search on "fabric charm" or "fabric charm pack" or variations thereof, you can sometimes find stores that sell packs of little squares (maybe four or five inches) where every fabric is different.  This can be fun for little projects -- I once quilted a table runner using a little of my stash, but mostly one of those packs. 

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« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2006 06:47:54 AM »

great  quilt.  sorry I can't help I use blends adn woven material.....  but I was  going to   suggest Ebay.
some textiles will send you "samples"  for  material if  you request them.  Google  and see what  you can  find that  way.  I  have  recieved anywhere from a  2X2 inch piece all the way up to a 1/2 a yard "sample".  That   would  be a  great  way to get  1 of a kind colors and pieces I think.  and  most  will allow you to request  several colors  at  one time.

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« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2006 07:17:55 AM »

I'd buy cheap second hand clothes and cut from. At least here, they seem to have sales on clothes for every season when you can buy old crappy clothes with great fabric for almost nothing. If you have kids, an idea is to take old clothes that are worn out or too small and maybe have a stain or something that makes it not so very fun to save for future use. That way you'll have a memory aswell.
I'm not patient enough for quilts though. I'll just stick to corsets and stuff Smiley

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« Reply #15 on: September 08, 2006 01:03:43 PM »

Thanks for the great suggestions.  I'll check into samples, and I've been haunting the Goodwill near me -- I've heard that there is a much better thriftstore in my area, so I'll check it out too.

I love scraps!
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« Reply #16 on: September 08, 2006 08:00:32 PM »

Church sales.  I was at a sale earlier this summer (before I caught the quilting bug) and they were selling TONS of quilt squares, some even all cut out and ready and bagged to go, it seemed like they were life-long quilters that were cleaning out their stash.
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« Reply #17 on: September 11, 2006 10:09:20 AM »

Here are some steps to getting great fabric scraps:

1.) Go to your kitchen and get some chocolate.
2.) Consume this cocolate.
3.) Now go into your closet.  Not the one with all the useless bargains that you bought (Why did you buy that onion-ring cutter or fish tank shaped like a building?) but the one with clothes in it.  (If you must move things out of the way to access the path of the door, your clothes must live in your laundry room.)
4.) Look at the clothes you used to love.  The ones that are still lovely  but now don't fit so well since you consume chocolate before embarking on any activity.
5.) Pick out items you have not worn in 2 years or more.
6.) Be ruthless.
7.) Enjoy them again in your quilting adventures.

If you are especially tricky, you can con your sisters and friends into letting you help declutter their homes too. heh heh heh.

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« Reply #18 on: September 12, 2006 08:06:51 AM »

Here are some steps to getting great fabric scraps:

This is sheer brilliance!  Thanks!
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« Reply #19 on: September 12, 2006 06:02:14 PM »

I have some scraps left over that I can part with.. I need to get rid of before I'm allowed to buy new.. *hubbys rule - pouts*  and I think I quilted/sewed myself out of these fabrics.. kinda makes me sick to look at them anymore, so if you're interested, just PM me.  I'm sure I can come up with a ton.. they're probably all different sizes and all.

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