Thursday, February 16, 2012

budget quilting - it can be done!

Precuts containing an entire line of fabric? Amazingly genius, but potentially very expensive.

I am a quilter on a very tight budget and I don't think I've ever spent on the 'whole package' when it comes to making a quilt... meaning that my projects are usually based on something I truely love paired with something I've found that works with it. I'm a believer that name brand does not necessarily a beautiful quilt make.

I took a little fieldtrip south of the border yesterday with a couple of girlfriends. It just made a regular Joann's run more fun. I brought my Reunion jelly roll along for the ride, in the hopes that I could find some affordable yardage to work with it. I love the new Denyse Schmidt print that I ended up with (on sale!) and I have big plans in place for this combination... now I just need the time!

Here's another bit of yardage to blend with my Hometown jelly roll and charm pack... a couple of fabulous pindots that are the perfect counterpart... I bought them at 50% off from Fabricland. Now I just have to work up the nerve to cut into them... oh, how I love me some Hometown!

And this is a FQ bundle I found at Walmart of all places. It cost less than a game of bowling, which fit the budget just fine. I need to take it with me next time I'm bargain hunting... I'm sure the perfect yardage is out there somewhere, and hopefully on sale. Then, I'll just need a little inspiration to strike.. sorry, bad joke, I know.
How do you feel about mixing your precuts with outside fabrics? Are you a bargain hunter like me, taking something as your starting point and going from there? Or do you prefer to build your quilts from a complete family of fabrics? 'Cause inquiring minds want to know, you know.

11 comments:

Impera_Magna said...

I don't have a bit of problem mixing fabrics... it's all about what looks best together. Looks as if you found some perfects coordinating fabrics for your jelly rolls and charm pack!

I love me some Hometown... the red is amazing!

Tracy said...

Oh I agree! Mix it up and you have a fabulous eye. I think that is what makes quilting so beautiful too, no two are alike! If we all used the exact fabric...well that just wouldn't be fun! I love your choices!!!!

Heather D. said...

I can totally identify with this. I don't have the funds for designer fabrics all the time, so I do what I can do. I shop sales, I shop Wal-Mart (yes, I do, and I am realizing that their fabric is sometimes very thin, but I'd rather quilt with it than not quilt at all), and I mix together whatever I feel like mixing together!

QuiltNut Creations said...

that DS fabric that you got, I wish I had bought more, it's such a fabulous print! and I must get to Fabricland to pick up that grey pin dot; love it!

Carmen at Old House Kitchen said...

I wish I had the eye for the coordination of fabric like you do! I love the matchy matchy, but not the price. Then again I have to finish all the half done projects in my craft closet before I start anything new!

Valerie said...

I completely relate, I'm on a tight budget as well. Family of five on one income. ;)

I really love quilts with really coordinated fabrics but I rarely make them! I usually start in my scraps and then add in some fabric from my stash cupboards. I mix ALL types of fabrics together...I am not a fabric snob in that sense! Lol* My feeling is, I wouldn't buy it if I thought it was inferior material...and just think of how long quilts of the past of lasted after being abused and used for decades. Fabric and dye is much better quality these days, even with the inexpensive stuff...so mix and match and use it all together. Or not. ;) It's all yoru preference!

Anonymous said...

I like to mix fabrics, but there's times I do buy wallhanging kits. I have several just waiting for me. I'm new to quilting, and your work really inspires me. Bev

Michelle said...

I am absolutely a bargain hunter and will mix anything and everything to make it work. Designer fabric is a big splurge for me, nice to have, but not the only fabric out there!

quiltmom said...

I like to mix my fabrics and generally go and use my stash first. I rarely buy pre cuts as they are expensive ( I have a couple in my stash that I got for a great price but usually I cut from my yardage.
I like combining my own colors and designs- to me that is part of the fun.
Regards from Alberta,
Anna

Marianne Penner said...

I like to mix it up. Looks like you found yourself some great coordinates.

Kenna said...

ahhh i might be the lone dissenter. I used to mix prints and buy from walmart and whatever was cheapest...BUT I had a quilting teacher once tell me to use the very best I could afford and I never knew why....until I put away the scraps and started using only the quilt shop quality fabrics. I'm on a quest to finish UFO's and I have some older projects made with cheaper fabrics and now I see why. They just don't hold up as well. I have a MAASSIVE 120 by 120 quilt done all in blues and half of the fabrics are cheap and it's already wearing poorly. NOW...that's not to say that I don't like a bargain....we have a HUGE fabric store near by that sells last year's fabrics for a hell of a deal ($4 a yard for Kaufman, timeless treasures, Michael Miller, etc) and so I buy a LOT of that!!