Can I just confess that I'm somewhat of a fat quarter queen? I know that the love of fabric is not a new concept to anyone on this forum. I pretty much like it all. And since I'm somewhat of a scrap quilter, I always felt I could justify buying a little bit of EVERYTHING rather than a lot of any ONE thing.
Well it sometimes gets me in trouble, because in between times of picking up what basically amounts to overgrown fabric samples, I will start a project and have just the right FQ for a quilt and need EXACTLY THAT PIECE in yardage. Since said FQ could have been purchased anytime over the past 20 years of my quilting life, that means the odds of matching even the color and value, let alone the fabric itself, hovering somewhere around zero. As Barbara Graham would say, "Shazzbott!" (Sorry, Barbara, if I spelled that wrong.)
Color and dye lot fads come and go. There is not just (insert color here), there's a bazillion different shades and values of said color. I'm usually way behind the current color trend.
After spending half the day trying to run down yardage of a specific color and value that is apparently no longer available on the planet, I'm resisting the urge to buy FQs and I am waiting until I actually have a plan/pattern in place and then buying yardage. What a concept!
I may have to, ahem, "scrap" the current plan that included yardage and revert back to the scrap quilt plan using my FQs.