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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.  

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Comment by Charlotte Gustavson on April 18, 2015 at 7:24am

It's a curse! LOL

I'll bet if you posted a photo of the fabric you need to match, one of us has it to share with you!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on April 12, 2015 at 5:27am

Thanks, everyone, for all the help, encouragement and suggestions.  

Peggy, DH was not watching Simply Quilts with me.  At that time, it was a morning show.  He'd been outside working, stopped by the house for something and just happened to pass by the living room when he caught the phrase "fabric collector."  It stopped him in his tracks because he was afraid it hit too close to home.  :D

Betweens - My original plan with this quilt was to do a scrappy sashing or scrappy borders around the blocks of my feature fabric.  I felt the feature fabric needed to be in a bigger block and I'd pulled several bundles of scraps to coordinate with it.  Easy and fun.  However, this is to be a wedding quilt for a friend of DS.  DS likes my scrap quilts, too, but for the recipients of this quilt, he suggested sticking with 2 color families to - not really subdue it - but give it a more coordinated feel.  (That still isn't really the phrase I want to use, but it's all I could come up with this morning.)  That changed my plan a little bit and I decided to go with a Garden Maze setting, so I wanted my  narrow strips in the sashing to be one fabric - or at least one color and value.   I didn't have enough scraps, even, in that color/value to pull it off.  When I went to the quilt shops, I didn't necessarily look for the same fabric - just a similar color and value to no avail.  I ended up ordering a Kona solid.  The rest will still come from my stash.

Comment by betweens on April 11, 2015 at 9:29pm

PQ I would like to suggest something since you are a scrap lover why not keep with your original work but change the fabric it does not have to match but have a different spectrum that is the joy of having a stash. My mother brought her BOM to work on while she was here for Easter had fabric for finishing darling daughter and creator that I am knew I had a "better" fabric in my stash pulled it out and she was happy. Play with your collection and try to think up something I know you can!! would love to see what you have done for now and what you have for your options.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on April 11, 2015 at 8:44pm
How did you get your husband to watch "Simply Quilts" with you? Or at least give you custody of the remote so you could watch while he did something else?
I'm a fat fan (and I don't mean I weigh too much). I definitely prefer scrap quilts to those that use a coordinated line of fabrics. My philosophy is have some lights and some darks. Mediums can be either, depending. I vary plaids, stripes, geometries, textures, etc. with prints. If I love a fabric with a high-contrast large (relatively) patterned fabric, I get enough for a border or to use for alternate blocks and setting triangles, or backing. I definitely don't like to match colors. If a blue-green and an olive green play together well, they can do so on a quilt top. Having said that, you have to do what you like. Unlike math, there are no wrong answers; just answers you prefer.
Comment by AidaCJ/NH on April 11, 2015 at 6:08am

Thank goodness I'm not the only one having this 'serious' problem.  I, too, have fabrics from so many years of impulse buying. Too much of one color, but never enough for the rest. It did get worse when the FQ's started coming out, one set is never enough, so why not buy the yardage. 

Take plain white fabric for example - no two manufacturers ever make the same value.  Years ago I bought some plain white muslin, which was perfect for embroideries and applique. I just about ran out of this so I tried to match it with today's muslin. Yuck, I'd say, today's muslin is so flimsy and not even suitable for a dress lining.  So the last time I bought 'white' fabric I bought 10 yards of Moda, which is what I have been using for the Hawaiian applique and embroidery patterns I am currently working on.  I hope this would last me through the last block of blue embroidery  patterns I have to finish.

I guess I also need to just keep on making scrappy projects.  It will surely keep me occupied for the next 10 years.

Comment by LKC on April 10, 2015 at 7:11pm

I am feeling the same problem. Different values of the same colors can help make the quilt have more movement. To see the same few colors can be boring or is it just boring to make the same thing 30 times? I have been playing with scrapes of the last 20 years. Nothing goes together, but busy scrape quilt or the wastebasket here it comes.

Comment by Cheryl A on April 10, 2015 at 8:52am
I'm chuckling as I read this post. And the comments. I fit right in. Been there done that. Frustrating but it's sew much fun buying fabric.
Comment by Joan on April 8, 2015 at 7:00pm

Or, if anyone out there is like me, you put your foot down and resolve to not do any more fabric buying; only to accidentally run into a fabric line you just love about six months after it's release and then have to scramble to find the leftovers online or the LQS shelves.  

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on April 8, 2015 at 4:26pm

Perfect, Jodi!  That might fit me as well, but don't tell my husband.  He once heard the term  "fabric collector" in passing on Alex Anderson's TV show that I was watching, and it nearly gave him heart failure.  

Comment by Jodi Cramer on April 8, 2015 at 3:35pm

Actually, I am just a fabric collector. The fact that once in awhile I actually make something quilty is purely coincidence.

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