Monday, November 8, 2010

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200

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Wow, I can hardly believe it, this is the 200th post for my blog!!

Friday's post is a perfect example of one of the many reasons why I enjoy blogging. It all started with a simple little story about an ugly block I put together for Mocha Trail. First off, without my blog, who would I share my quilting stories with, so even after I had wasted my time and fabric making that ugly block, this is what popped into my mind, "Oh well, that will make for a good blog post".

No one else in my family quilts, so it's nice to always have someone to share my little quilting experiences , accomplishments, and yes even my boo-boo's with.

But the best part of that post, the comments! You are a smart bunch! Here's what I learned, maybe red in the background fabric does work, maybe the block will look good once it's mixed in with the rest of the blocks, and most importantly, it's not one block that makes that pattern work, it's ALL the blocks, working together! So while wanting to make each block better than the last is a fun goal, really, my main purpose should be making a set of blocks, that make the whole top better! Wow, thanks so much for that perspective, which was really totally lost on me!!

This is just one example of why I've enjoyed writing all 200 posts and loved hearing what you had to say about them.

So here's a little thank you, from my sewing room to yours....

How about a fat quarter bundle . . .




A fat quarter bundle of Fresh Palette by Carrie Nelson for Henry Glass Fabrics.

21 fat quarters of cheerful, bright, and downright lovely fabric.

I just love the assortment of colors, a nice fresh palette.

Plus, this is Carrie's first family of fabrics, how often do you get the opportunity to own the first family of fabric by a designer.....almost makes me want to keep it, hoard it, leave it on my shelf and pet it!

But that's not all.....

How about some fresh rulers too?


The other day, I noticed all the corners on my favorite square rulers were wonky, I'm hard on corners. Buying rulers is not a fun way to spend my sewing money, but sometimes, you've just got to break down and resupply. So while I was replacing my favorites, I picked up a few extra for you,
a 9 1/2" , 6 1/2" and 3 1/2 ruler.

Rules for giveaway;

Leave a comment, by Wednesday, November 10th, 5 am, Central Standard Time. No location restrictions, if the post office can find you, you're in!

Please leave a comment about your guidelines for buying fabric. Do you prefer fat quarter bundles, only buy for a pattern, buy too much so you don't run short, don't worry about amounts, there's always fabric to be had, follow the 3 yard rule for fabric you love....whatever, just pass along what seems to work for you when you go shopping.

I'll announce the winner Thursday, November 11th.


No sewing for me this weekend, but I'm still plugging away on my hsts for Belle Meade.




I don't know if the 656 hsts that I need will fill this basket, but the 236 I have made are looking pretty good! I'm loving my Easy Angle and plan to do a tutorial on using that ruler sometime this week.


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127 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your 200th post! I enjoy reading about your quilting adventures and viewing your quilts. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  2. Thanks for the great giveaway! When I buy fabric I try to have a specific project in mind. I try to buy way more than I really need so I don't run out. Plus I like scrappy quilts so I figure I will use the left overs somewhere. I'm starting to think that fat quarter bundles are the way to go since I would only buy one if I really love the entire collection.

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  3. I love fabric and I have no rules. Sometimes I buy fat quarters other times I buy yardage. I just buy and have lots of fabric and I love it. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  4. Wow congrats on your 200th post! And I agree about blogging. It's such a wonderful outlet to share with other quilters. I love fabric, the smell, the feel, the look. I usually buy fabric that I love, with no rules that apply :-) It's just love at first sight.

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  5. I really enjoy your blog. One more thought on your block that you were disappointed in. I thought the size of the patterns needed adjustment. For example, the background print should be small and maybe the large brown print was too large also. When I buy fabric- if I love it, I buy some becaue I can't always find it again. I am really happy with the new fat eighth bundles since I like scrappy looks. I wait with buying borders, binding, and backing so that I can choose those after the quilt top is pieced. Thanks for the chance at the give away. Congrats.

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  6. I have so enjoyed reading your blog. Congratulations on your 200th blog. Keep it coming. I tend to buy fabric I like. I love scrappy quilts so I just use the excess in them. I have been looking at the fat eight bundles. I have never bought a bundle so they might be just my size. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  7. Happy 200th Post! Loved this post...those are all the same reasons I love Blogland! I don't have a lot of rules about buying...I love fat quarter bundles, and those new fat 1/8th bundles are really fun...if I find a background that I love I get at least 3 yards...I usually buy 1/2 yards of pieces to just add to the stash for scrappy projects. I buy the fabrics I love!

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  8. Congratulations on your 200th post - enjoy your blog! I have been waiting for the Fresh Palette fabrics to come out - beautiful!! I buy fat quarters, yardage, for projects, just to have - in other words, I love fabric.

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  9. Congrats on your 200th post! I buy what I like. Usually I look for good background fabrics, fat quarters for scrappy quilts and sale fabrics that would make good backings. If I have a particular quilt in mind, I buy for that quilt.

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  10. 200 posts is a terrific milestone! I'd like very much to enter your give-away. I try to buy fabric for a specific project, although I will buy a complete FQ set of William Morris. Recently I've been making quilts from scraps and just buying what I need to finish them. Which yields more scraps. Etc.

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  11. Congrats on the 200th post. I am new to your blog and have enjoyed looking around and reading it. For fabric - I sew clothes and some quilts so I usually get 3 yrds if its something I love! I love cutting up my own fabrics.
    Thanks for the lovely giveaway!
    butler83atoldotcom

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  12. I'd love to be entered into your giveaway! Congratulations on 200 posts! I always find your blog a real source of inspiration.

    I buy fabric that hits my eye - usually fat quarter bundles. There is so much that you can do with them - that is if you can get yourself to cut them up! :o)

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  13. Congrats on the 200th post. Love the fat qtr. bundle. I used to just buy fabric that I liked and hoped I figured out something to do with it. Now I'm a little more into buying for a specific project or at least buying a big enough bundle that has been put together to make something. 21 fat qtr. bundles --- would love to win --- I have the perfect pattern already picked out.

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  14. 200 blog posts!? Congratulations!!
    And about the give-away...truly? The rulers really got me. I love rulers. As for buying fabric? Most often it is fat quarters just because. But if there is a specific line that I am particularly drawn to, I may some fat quarters then a couple of larger pieces at 1/2 yard each. If there is a particularly wonderful piece of fabric, maybe 1 yard. And if there is something that I think would be a perfect backing, then at least 2-3 yards. If I don't use it as backing, then I'm in luck for lots of fabric for another project. But the bottom line is that I don't buy anything that I don't like. Period.

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  15. Congrats on so many posts and thanks for the chance at the giveaway. I just started quilting and am always overwhelmed by all the choices. I'm starting to buy FQ bundles so I know the fabrics will coordinate.

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  16. Congratulations on your 200th post!! Quilty bloggers just add a lot to life don't they? I wonder if non-quilters understand? Probably not. I buy really great neutrals in yardage (one to two yards); if I find a really good sale on some great fabric I'll buy 5 yards to have on hand for backings; I buy a lot of fat quarters; I am trying to be better about buying for projects and using up stash; sometimes I'll buy a yard of something I don't know what I'll use it for just because I like it.

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  17. Congrats in 200 posts. I have missed a bunch lately. I try to only buy Fabric on sale. Fabric in Canada is about double the price so when my favourite LQS has a sale I go a little crazy. I buy at shows too or online when there is free shipping. I guess I am a frugal fabric shopper always looking for a deal

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  18. Congrats my friend on reaching this blogging milestone! And thank you for such a great giveaway!

    Regarding your question, well, you know me and my stash, so you probably already know that I don't have any buying rules other than to buy what I like when I see it LOL. That said, if I find a fabric that I think will make a good border, I buy two yards. That has served me well as 95% of the time I can find the border fabric for a quilt in my stash.

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  19. Thanks so much for the fabulous give away! My fabric purchases have evolved over my quilitng career depending on what kind of quilts I'm making at the time. Right now I'm buying quarter to half yards since I'm making scrappier quilts.

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  20. Congratulations on the 200th post!! I like to buy fabric on sale. But sometimes I come across a fabric that just jumps into my arms and clings to me saying, "Take me home!!!". And I do. If I really love it I make get 3 yards otherwise it's a yard. Trying to use up what I have for now... Great giveaway! I love Creative Grid rulers-they are just the best. Carrie Nelson's new fabric line is wonderful! Thanks so much!

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  21. First, congrats on your 200th post!

    I have no hard and fast rules for fabric buying except I only buy fat quarters unless there is a need for a specific amount of yardage for a project. I almost never buy with a specific project in mind.

    Thanks for the chance to win Carrie's fantastic new fabrics!

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  22. Congratulations on 200 posts!! What a gorgeous give aways!! That fabric is stunning!...and man, do I need new rulers!! So please throw my name into your give away hat!
    I am a Fat Quarter girl...they are fast and easy and you can get a lot of different fabric for your buck!! So I usually buy a lot of FQs and then a couple yards of the fabric from that line that I really love (for binding and sashing) This works for me!
    Take care and thanks again!
    Paulette

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  23. Congratulations on 200 th posts on your wonderful blog !
    As international buyer I have often to buy half yards in place of FQ, but I love to have leftovers for scrappy quilts & specific amount for back, border & background because of the expensive shipping charges...

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  24. Congratulations on your 200th post! I am a faithful lurker and enjoy your blog very much. Thanks to you it dawned on me that you can buy a pattern before buying the fabric. :-) I love charm packs for baby quilts, and buy fat quarters and half yards to get a nice stash. I love 'shopping from my stash' as I sew mainly scrap quilts.

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  25. I'm new to reading your blog but do enjoy it. I wish I had discovered it sooner! 200 posts - what a milestone. Congrats on that. And what a great give-away!! As far as buying fabric, I used to just buy one yard pieces. But, more recently I have found fat quarter bundles a nice way to buy a "collection". And if I find something that I think would make a good background or borders, I buy two to three yards.

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  26. Congrats on 200 posts! Recently I have been buying fat quarters or half yards, to help build my stash, but If I love it, I buy more.

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  27. Wow 200 - already! WooHoo!!!!

    I don't have any real fabric buying rules - used to buy lots of fat quarter bundles but it was an expensive habit. LOL And, I've gotten more selective in my buying. I do enjoy buying layer cakes, jelly rolls and such.

    I've already had the pleasure of working with Fresh Palette and it's stunning! :-)

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  28. I love reading your posts! I also love seeing your shoes as I love shoes too:) congrats on 200 and keep it up! I love fabric but use lots of scraps and lately have been working on ufo's for my church sale. I enjoy the work of others and we have lots of donated things that we repurpose or finish. When I do buy it is usually by the yard for a special project like my next granchild due in March. Lots more special that way. I love the new fabric you are giving away and what would we do without our rulers........thankyou for all the blogs...Georgeann

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  29. Congratulations on post 200. I really enjoy your blog because of the tips and the quilting information. I usually by fat quarters and yardage for one quilt at a time. Leftovers I use in a scrappy quilt or for a binding. I'm very conserative. Thanks again for sharing your quilting expertise.
    M_Davies@Q.com

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  30. Congrats on post #200! I used to buy fat quarters but I have changed up my buying habits to purchase 1/2 yard of the fabrics I like (sometimes even a yard if it is a large scale print). I try to buy 3 yards of Kona solids at a time (for backgrounds or sashing) and I'm now thinking I need to add some neutrals to my stash as well, for backgrounds, so will likely buy larger pieces. I live in Canada where fabric is about double the cost in the US so I like to stock up when I do end up shopping. Erica

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  31. You are the most generous blogger, Thelma - and you always have the most styling prizes! As for fabric buying, I don't have a hard and fast rule. I sometimes buy FQ bundles of lines I feel like I can't live without. I tend to buy yardage when I think it might make a good background, and I always buy backing on sale - fortunately there are enough frequent good sales that I can always find something that I really like for less.

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  32. Thanks for having the giveaway! I enjoy your blog. Love fabric. Hate high prices. I mostly buy on sale, on line, half yard cuts but sometimes yardage. Congratulations on the 200th post!

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  33. Congrats on 200 posts! I too love the blogging community...so many wonderful people making beautiful things. I don't buy fabric too quickly. I love bundles that look so good on my shelf but I usually just buy when I need something or once in a while just because I like it :)

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  34. Congrats on 200!!! Please don't stop now.
    As for choosing fabric, I usually walk around the fabric store waiting for something to call to me. Then I start looking for coordinating fabrics and start thinking about what pattern they will all look good in.
    And I buy as much as my checkbook will let me. :)

    Please email me @ marilynjw1971@gmail.com when I win!!!!

    Thanks again for the give aways and the great ideas on your blog.

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  35. Congrats on 200 posts! I really enjoy reading your blog. You make the most beautiful quilts!! Most of the time I am a random fabric buyer. I usually start a project with the random fabric on hand and then buy complimentary fabrics to finish with. Once in a while a line comes out that I feel I must have a piece of each fabric and then I buy fat quarters bundles. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win such a lovely prize.

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  36. WEll, I would like to say that I buy only for the pattern that I have in mind, but my eyes get the better of me and sometimes I just have to have some of that fabric that calls my name! Congrats on your 200th post - lovely blog.

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  37. Congratulations on your 200th post! Thank you for showing your quilts. It is always inspiring and it motivates me to sew. As for fabric buying, I used to buy 4 yards when I saw something I liked but had no project in mind. Due to economic times, it has changed to one or two yards. When I do have a project in mind, I usually buy an extra 1/2 yard for those just in case moments. I probably would buy fat quarter bundles if it was sold here.

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  38. no set rules .... if I like it a buy it and the more I like it the more I buy - (maybe I need some rules?)
    marksey3@msn.com

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  39. I have really enjoyed your blog, so I am glad you are sharing your quilting with us :) With fabric, if I LOVE it, I buy a 1/2 yard, I like to collect fabrics. Also, I love pre-cuts like the fat quarter bundles, or jelly rolls. They are too pretty :)

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  40. Congrats on 200 posts! I enjoy reading your blog and seeing the lovely quilts you make. I try to buy for each quilt, but sometimes I see something I just have to buy because I love it!

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  41. Congrats on all the 200 postings--love to read your blog! On buying fabric, unless I only need a specific small amount (like a special color for an applique or am just buying to see if I like it before buying a back's worth), I rarely buy 1/4's. I prefer 1/3's as my smallest size--and they seem to wash up better too. Most often I buy 1/2 yards, but if I really like it or if the scale of the print is large I will buy more depending on how well I like it--up to about 1 yard. IF the fabric is something I truly love and think would be a great border, I will buy 3 1/4 to use for borders and to have a bit left (I don't like to piece most borders--depends on the pattern). I am a fabric addict though!

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  42. Congrats! I agree that comments are some of the best parts of blogging...we learn so much from each other. As far as fabric...I really like fat quarters...if I can I get half yards and always try to buy backgrounds in 2-3 yard pieces. You know I'm not good about stocking up on outer border and binding fabric, lol!

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  43. I waffle between buying FQ bundles and just what I need for a quilt. Depends on how much I love the fabric line.

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  44. What a GREAT giveaway! Thx so much for the chance to win.

    As to buying fabric, I usually buy a fabric cause I really respond to it, and in half-yards if I can. Every once in awhile, I spring for a bundle and then just look at it for a long time. Like I will when I win yours. *crossing my fingers*

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  45. Congrats Thelma!! I've enjoyed all your posts, even though I haven't got to comment lately!
    The online community is so wonderful, and like you I'm the only quilter so I enjoy having my virtual quilting buddies!

    I don't have rules when it comes to fabric. I seem to go in spurts but I have to say I love layer cakes. I have found them to be super versatile and fun. I try to buy a yard or two in a coordinating fabric, either for background, borders or backing. I figure it'll find a use, and if I don't I'll wish I had!

    Again congrats! And here's hoping for many more!

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  46. WOW-ZER!! 200 posts!! That is FABULOUS!! I simply LOVE, LOVE, LOVE fabric; I buy it every which way possible! Doesn't matter to me how it's cut!! I've got it all goin' on!!! The more the merrier!!

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  47. I have read your blog for a very long time and I always look forward to new posts. Thank you so much for keeping it up.
    I love fat quarters but they are sadly not available in my LQS. If I see a fabric I really like I buy half a metre, if it is a good blender I buy 1 metre. I have tried Jelly Rolls and Charm Packs but because the shop does not stock any of the fabrics on the bolt I have decided against buying more of them.
    Thank you for doing a give-away - you are very generous.

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  48. Congrats on your 200th post ! You are such a inspiration for me. I also have no friends or family near me that quilt. So every morning with my cup of coffee in hand I read your blog. WHat a great way to start each day watching you as you make all of these gorgeous quilts . I usually just buy fabric that I love and then figure out what quilt I will make with it later. Same with backing fabric if I love it I buy it and usally buy 3 yards. Thank you for the chance to win your giveaway !

    Sue Babich

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  49. Congratulations! I do love your posts. What a great giveaway - wow! I really just started buying the precuts. When I do buy a FQ bundle or layer cake (typically I buy two) or whatever, I try to decide which fabric I love for a border and by 2-3 yards and a 1/2 or 1 hard of an inner border fabric. If it will need a background I'll probably get 1-2 yards This way I figure I'll have what I need for whatever pattern I want to make and then can make a small quilt or table runner with the leftovers - or they can go into stash.

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  50. So I'd like to think that I have the mindset that I buy what inspires me, knowing that I can buy something to match it later. But my fabric stash says I'm definitely a "just in case" fabric shopper. Congrats on 200 posts!!

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  51. Congratulations on 200 posts! It goes by pretty quickly doesn't it? I'm with you on sharing quilting dilemmas solutions. I can mention them to my husband but he really doesn't get it. But other quilters certainly do!

    When I buy fabric, I'll either buy with a specific pattern in mind or I look at the fabric. If it can be a good background or border, I buy 3 yards. But I also love pre-cuts and LOVE to buy charm packs. I get a snippet of each fabric without breaking the bank.

    I'm in the process of replacing my rulers with Creative Grids because I like them so much better than the Olfa rulers. Winning this would help me out. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  52. OMG, what a wondeful givaway! Thank you!! When shopping for fabric, I just go with my gut... love FQ and yardage and precuts! And if they have a clearance shelt, i look there for 4 yard pieces for backing... Polly

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  53. 200 posts -- wow! Congrats. You are incredibly generous. That Fresh Palette is just beautiful -- can't wait to get my hands on some...I know what you mean about corners of rulers....I have a tendency to drop them on my pergo flooring so not only are the corners chipped, but now the floor is too! (we won't tell DH about the time the sharp, little snips landed standing upright in the floor!)

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  54. ooooo! i love Miss Rosie's mom!
    sometimes i buy fabric because it tells me to ... who am i to argue with a big old bolt of batik (or a fat quarter) who calls out my name as i am walking by?
    did you know when you started blogging that you had so much to say?

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  55. I don't usually buy fabric unless I have a plan.
    But if it's fabric I really love, I buy two yards.

    That happens a lot.

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  56. What a fantastic giveaway...Thank you for the chance to win!

    If I see a fabric that I really love and I can't bear to leave the shop without it then I buy a fat quarter but that's an occasional treat! Other than that I work out how much fabric I need before leaving the house...(my credit card really appreciates the effort!) If it's background fabric for a big quilt I round up by half a metre (in case of oopsies!) and then I can use any leftovers in another quilt! As I'm on quite a strict fabric diet I try to buy what I need and no more but it doesn't always go to plan!
    Congratulations on your 200th post, love your blog!

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  57. congrats to your 200th post!! Great!!
    I do different everytime I buy fabric... some I just have to have, some I need for a special reason, mostly just to fill up my cupboard! :oD

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  58. GORGEOUS FABRIC BY CARRIE!!!!!!I have been a fan of hers forever, so excited she's taking the fun venture of designing fabrics too! Congratulations on your 200th post! When buying fabric it just depends on my project in mind, and my mood. I have to admit fat quarters can be too tempting to pass up if in a cute bundle. I'm also getting too addicted to charm packs, layer cakes and those darling jelly rolls. ( I can afford more collections if I can get by with smaller quantaties. he-he)I'm sorry if this shows up under my sons account, Colton, I keep trying to leave messages on blogs and his name comes up, I'm not very computer savy, I'm too busy blog reading and quilting!!!!

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  59. Congratulations on 200 Thelma! I love visiting your blog. :-)
    As for fabric buying, if I really love it and know it will end up as borders in a quilt, I'll get 2 or 3 yards. Since my favorite quilts are scrappy~ and the more scraps the better in my mind, I'll pick up FQ's if I need more of a particular color, but otherwise I go for yardage. I've fallen in love with layer cakes so I hope to add a few to my stash soon to do more Schnibbles big quilts. ;-)

    Have a happy day and thanks for the fun!

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  60. Way to go Mama! Congrats on #200!
    Please don't enter me for the giveaway.

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  61. Congrats on the 200th post! I make a lot of scrappy quilts so I like having a stash so I tend to buy fabric I see and love. The snowball quilt I made last year was mostly from my stash. I also buy for specific projects and Carrie's fabric would be perfect for one of those. I love the colors.

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  62. Congratulations on your 200th post! I'm only coming up on my 100th soon. New fabric line from Carrie is a huge treat! Thanks for the chance to win some of it. I love Carrie! I first fell in love with Rosie first, of course...this is a pattern with me. I know all the dogs in the neighborhood, speak often to their owners, but only remember the dogs name...oh well.
    As to fabric buying...I generally happen upon fabric I like and try to put together enough to go for some kind of quilt pattern and ALWAYS lean towards buying too much! I don't like running short because it's always my favorite out of the bunch. Following my DH's habit..if a little is good, too much is not enough :-)

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  63. Thank you for an awesome giveaway - woo hoo!! I buy fabric by what I like, whatever catches my eye basically. I probably never buy enough because I was once told that if you love the fabric you should buy at least 3 meters... that's alot! I also seem to buy with an idea for a project. Thanks for the chance.

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  64. A big CONGRATULATION on 200 blog posts Thelma!!! I think of all the blogs I visit, you are far and away the most consistant poster I visit and that is a pretty big deal!!! Thank you for that! Sometimes I comment, often I just lurk, but who's going to lurk when there is a giveaway going on??? Not me, LOL. A wonderful giveaway too, I love Carrie's new fabric and I could also use some rulers without wonky corners so I'm way excited! As for my fabric buying guidelines. Well, mainly financial considerations dictate my buying habits. I usually pick up fabric as I am going to use it but often see something I can't live without and will pick up 1/2 yd to add to my stash. I thought I had a fairly decent stash until I finally set up my own sewing room last week (at 60 years old, lol) and when I got my fabric on the shelves I found some of them very empty and sorely lacking in variety, something I intend to fix over time. I adore fat quarter bundles and think it is the perfect way to buy fabric but just am not able to do that. I have never owned a 'bundle' but keep thinking I'll give in one of these days. But in the mean time, I'll keep my fingers crossed for the giveaway. Thank you again so much for your generous giveaway AND for a wonderful blog! Wishing everyone GOOD LUCK!!!

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  65. 200 posts! and all of them so interesting! Congratulations!

    I have no rules. If I can't leave the store/website without something, I will probably get 2 yards. Mostly I get 1/2 yards. *budget restrictions* When it is necessary, I look for big sales to restock basics like white and off whites for backgrounds. I heard that cotton prices are going to skyrocket, so I pre-ordered some that I MUST have and they don't come out til February!

    If prices really do shoot up I will have to behave and just use what I have. Which is enough to last me several years, I think!

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  66. Thanks for your lovely blog and generous giveaway! Like most I have good selection of fabric bought without any specific project in mind! I joined a JellyRoll club for a few months and what a joy everytime the gorgeous little roll arrived in the mail. I also like buying charm packs and layer cakes, simple because I am not an accurate cutter and that way I can get a good variety of fabric without too much waste. I am dreaming about buying more fat quarter packs , but they don't come cheap! Sometimes I buy fabric according to a pattern I want to make, other times i will look for a project to suit the fabric already bought. That works for me!

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  67. When I started quilting I used to do a lot of fusible applique so I always bought a FQ or long quarter of fabric. Over the years I have increased the amount I buy to 3 yards but nowadays if I estimate it to be anywhere under 5 yards I just say "I'll take the rest of the bolt"!

    Congratulations on your 200th post and thanks for the giveaway!

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  68. Congratulations on your 200th post. I really don't have any set way that I buy fabric. I buy what I like in anything from a fat quarter to a yard. I also buy more yardage for projects. I have way too much fabric, but I love it.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    lraetaylor@gmail.com

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  69. What a great way to celebrate a blogging milestone. Congrats! I try to buy with a specific project in mind. Whenever I jsut buy a fat quarter bundle because I love the fabric, when I get around to making something with it, I don't have enough of one fabric or another. I just need to buy more at the start!!!

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  70. You rock!! Congrats on reaching 200 posts!!! Hope you have at least 200 more. :) I prefer to buy fabric for a particular project. I wish that I could see a fabric I like and just buy a yard of it, but when I get ready to do that, my brain starts niggling at me saying "What are you going to really use this for?" "What if 1 yard isn't enough? What if you need more and there's none left then?" "Why are you spending this money when you have no project in mind?" Then I break out in a sweat, throw all the fabric back on the shelves and leave quickly. It sounds like a good thing, but I actually would love to have more of a stash, but it'll never ever happen. So I find a project I want to make, then buy fabric for it. I always buy a little extra so I have leftovers and those are my slowly building stash.

    Rachel

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  71. Congrats on #200!! I buy fabric each and every way - specific amounts for a project, yardage that I like when we're on a 'fabric road trip' and charm packs becasue they are just so cute! There are so many amazing ideas online for just about any purchase, I know I'll eventually use it. Of course, I'll have to quit my job and live to 108 at this point. Thanks for asking.....piece.

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  72. If I have a project in mind, I usually over-buy in fear of running out. If I am buying it just because I like it - I will usually get two yards.

    Congrats on the 200 posts! And thanks for the great giveaway.

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  73. Doesn't it make your time accountable when you are thinking of stuff to blog for all of us "lurkers"??? I adore watching your quilts grow and congrats on the blog-aversary.....hugs...Susan

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  74. Thelma, you are one generous blogger! Your site has inspired me so much, and you are just the friendliest person as well. It's so nice to see your new posts.

    I buy fabric when I see what I like, unless I have a project in mind. I used to stick with FQ's, but I have moved to yards now. I guess I ran out too often when I would buy less. Because most of my quilts are scrappy, a yard can help me out quite a bit.

    Now onto your next 200 posts!!

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  75. I've been reading your blog regularly ever since you and your blog buddies came to our guild when you were following Carrie! And I LOVE it! Congratulations on your 200th post!

    I love fat quarters, but if the fabric is one I love, I'll buy yardage. I never buy for a pattern.

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  76. Congrats on the 200th post to your blog! I read it everyday!
    As for buying fabric...I don't have a stash. I DO buy for a particular pattern. But...I also make exceptions and buy a fat quarter bundle that I really love and find a pattern to use it in. When I do that, I also buy some yardage because I don't want it to be gone when I find just the right pattern!
    Jan

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  77. Congratulations! What a milestone! What do I buy? Pretty much depends on what's on sale of course. Lately it seems to be fat quarter bundles.

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  78. Depending on the mood I'm in for the day, my purchases will change. It's usually what ever strikes my fancy, but mostly I buy FQ bundles, especially if they are on sale.

    marie

    mariebeers@hotmail.com

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  79. 200 posts!!Way to go.
    My fabric buying has evolved over the last 20 years. I used to buy a lot more at a time, fearful of never having enough. Now I have too much! I found myself "saving" my favorite fabrics, not wanting to cut them up and use them up. So now if I find a fabric I love, and want to use as a focus fabric, I'll buy two to three yards, and make it work with that much (and hope for a little leftover for another project). Otherwise I usually buy for a project. If I really love a fabric line, and can't decide what I want out of it, a bundle is the answer.

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  80. I am attracted to the charm square as a general way to be introduced to a fabric line. Once I make something small, I find I get hooked on a particular line and then go all the way to design a project around this. The most recent examples were Awesome and now Pure.

    Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  81. Congrats on your 200th post. And what an amazing giveaway. I only buy fat quarters or fat eights as I find they are easy to handle. My quilts are usually scrappy so I like to have a lot of different fabrics to choose from. I don't put borders on my quilts anymore because I always have a problem cutting them straight. Maybe I need new rulers? Hint, hint.

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  82. I may be crazy but I love rulers and like to try different ones so I am always buying them. I often misplace them too so having lots is always helpful. I am a matchy-matchy type so I love buying bundles so I have the entire line and end up with a quilt that flows well. I usually buy 3 layered cakes or charm packs and when I find that fabric that I can't live withou...5 yards it is. If I fall out of love with it then I can use if for a backing but won't ever be sad that I don't have enough. Thanks for your blog...I love your style.

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  83. Happy 200th Post! I love that you post just about every day! When I buy fabric, I usually buy with a project in mind. However, if I find something that I really like, I will buy three yards. I love to buy FQ bundles, but I don't seem to be able to cut them up and use them in anything. So, I had to stop that! I also like to buy jelly rolls, but again, the same thing happens. I guess I will just keep buying fabric for certain projects or start using all my scraps!!!

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  84. Congrats on your 200th post! You are giving away some prized beauties for your giveaway. Guidelines for fabric purchases - There are absolutely zero guidelines in my fabric purchasing. I've yet to find a fabric cut that I can't sew. I can make deals with myself but I won't stick to them. I guess I buy what I find appealing to me which changes daily. I do like variety. But if I don't absolutely like what I'm sewing, it is a disaster in the making. Kind of becomes a chore which isn't much fun.

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  85. just found your blog today. i'll be sticking around to read more for sure. i'm pretty new to quilting. i made 2 quilts (irish chain) about 12 years ago when i was a kid and lately am getting back into sewing after many years away. i have a slight addiction now. when i buy fabric, i often have a project in mind, but then sometimes later decide to use it for something else. i ALWAYS buy more than i will probably need because i would hate to run short. i don't usually buy fat quarters but instead buy yardage and usually only on sale. i am a college student afterall. one day i will make a true scrap quilt with all my leftovers. i was actually at my local fabric store just today and was going to buy some new ruler squares but had forgotten my membercard meaning i would have had to pay full price so i skipped them today. i never can decide which rulers i should get. being that i'm a newbie i haven't started exploring more complicated paterns yet. but i like to think i'll get there.

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  86. Congratulations on 200 posts! I discovered your blog about a year ago and have thoroughly enjoyed each post since. Buying fabric: I TRY to buy only for the newest quilt project I have in mind, but am easily seduced by beautiful fabrics into buying "just a bit". Thanks for the chance to win those lovely fat quarters!

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  87. Congrats! I'm a new follower (found you through the at-home retreat), but am loving your blog! I buy two different kinds of fabric for my quilts: the first set I agonize over for an hour in the store, picking up different bolts and asking for opinions. At that point I decide it's all wrong and I go to the store and pick out a different set of fabric in 5 minutes. And I use that.

    Looking forward to reading the next 200!

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  88. 200 posts! That's awesome! I greatly admire and appreciate all of you who take the time to blog. I could never do it.
    As far as fabric buying, I wish I had a system. I am very sporadic. I sometimes buy specifically for a project, I often buy precuts such as jelly rolls and charm pack because they are just so pretty to look at (and I do actually use some of them), I randomly pick up fat quarters or one yard pieces when traveling to new shops - sort of like souvenirs, and have been drooling over some fat quarter packs but have never actually bought one. As a result, I have lots and lots of fabric. Sometimes I feel so good when I need something quick and can just go in and find something that works perfect, but I also get very frustrated because I seem to have a lot of cool stuff that doesn't go with anything else.
    Thanks for a great giveaway. Carrie's fabric looks absolutely delicious!

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  89. Congratulations on your 200th post! That's really quite an accomplishment.

    I'm not sure I have a fabric buying system. I'm a sucker for the fat quarter bundles and the layer cakes. If I see a fabric that I would like to use for borders, I'll sometimes buy 2-3 yards of it, but I generally buy large yardages only when I have a specific thing in mind.

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  90. Congrats on reaching 200 posts! At the rate I am going, I won't make it in this lifetime. LOL! I really try and envy anyone who does post intesesting things on a regular basis. I guess I love to read them MORE than write my own! ANYWAY, about my fabric shopping habits. When traveling, I HAVE to get at least one piece that represents the area. I used to always buy fat quarters, but don't do that too much anymore. I buy alot on line at places that offer free shipping. Usually buy 1-3 yds if I really like it.
    Thanks for offering this giveaway and again, congrats!

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  91. Guidelines are just guides. I try to be sensible but I love fabric. And if I don't buy it when I see it, it probably won't be there when I want it later. So I try to be sensible but I just buy what I like when I see it if I can afford it.
    Congratulations on the 200th. I really enjoy reading your posts.

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  92. I try hard to never pay full price for quilt fabric! If I get stuck and cannot find just what I want, I may succumb to paying full price. But my entire stash has been built by sale fabrics or yard sale finds!

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  93. Congratulations on your 200th blog post. I really enjoy reading your blog along with Sister's Choice blog. You both have the most wonderful way of picking fabrics for your quilts. I tend to buy fabric if I like it, but not know what I'm planning on using it for. I seem to not buy enough of it by the time I figure out what I'm using it for. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful ideas and pictures of your beautiful quilts. Thanks, Karen M

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  94. Hi, Im new to your blog. I love reading blogs, the show and tell really motivates me. I've collected so much fabric in the past that I try to shop my stash before going to the quilt store. Carrie's new line is beautiful and I can't wait to see it in person. Thanks for the chance to win some.

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  95. Way to go on your 200th post. I'm not a blogger just a blog reader. Your post are so much fun to read, not to mention all the information you share with all of us. Thank You!

    When I first started quilting, I bought lots of fabric...only to discover...I didn't get it used up fast enough. So now after about 5 years of collecting way to much fabric....I buy only fabric I love and usually 1/2 yard cuts. FQ are sometimes not enough. I also like charm packs for fun little quilts. It's all so addicting. My friends say I like gathering fabric.

    Your giveaway is spectular and very very generous. I would love whatever you would like my rural carrier to deliver to me. HEHEH Thanks!!!!!

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  96. WOW! Look at all these comments!! I like to buy fabrics with a pattern in mind or a pattern I've already purchased. I see fabrics I love all the time and if I gave in and bought every fabric I loved, well I'd need to be featured on the t.v. show Hoarders!! Bliss is my first fabric bundle. I love that bundle so much that I will order bundles again. I like getting a taste of each fabric in the collection.

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  97. By the way, CONGRATULATIONS on your 200th post!!!! I've enjoyed everyone of them!

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  98. Congrats on your blogiversary! I like to "collect" fabric in fat quarter amounts and like to use lots of them in every quilt. So instead of 2 yards of one colour, I'd rather use 8 fat quarters that read as that colour. I hardly ever buy yardage unless it is on sale or I need it for a backing.

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  99. Congratulations on reaching 200 posts! I used to buy fabric in half-yard pieces for my stash; 3 yards if I really loved it and thought it would make a good border. But since more pre-cuts came out, I've been going for those, plus some yardage for finishing. I don't think I actually wind up buying any less!

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  100. Congrats on #200! When I buy fabric there seems to be no rhyme or reason. Sometimes I will buy a bundle of FQ's and some matching yardage for a border or I may buy a kit or sometimes I just buy it because I have to have it! I have to admit, I love to hoard it. :D

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  101. Congrats on a successful blog! I love, love, love fat quarter bundles of an entire line of fabric. I like to make what I call "controlled scrappy" quilts and these bundles are perfect for this kind of quilt. I looked for Carrie's fabric thia past weekend but couldn't find it - so I'd love to WIN this one.

    Deb S.

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  102. Congratulations Thelma on your 200th post . . . wow . . . that is incredible in such a short time . . .

    about my fabric buying habits . . . I am ADDICTED to charm packs . . . can't pass them up for some reason and always buy 2 !!

    if I see a fabric collection I like . . . without a project in mind . . . I will usually buy fat quarters . . . if I really love it . . . I buy half yards . . .

    now if I see a single fabric that I really love . . . I buy 3 yards . . . LOL . . .

    keep up the terrific posting !!

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  103. Linda, from The Quilted Pineapple has me hooked on your blog. Congratulations on the 200th post, love how you write. I tend to buy kits and when I see fabric I like I will buy about 1 1/2 yards at a time. I don't usually have a pattern in mind so I need to buy enough to do whatever pattern I choose.

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  104. Wow! 200 posts...that is awesome. I just buy fabric...love it and hoard it! That's my problem...if you consider that a problem. But I love scrappy quilts so I constantly pull and use a bit of this and a bit of that. I mostly buy fat quarters and kits. Sometimes yardage, especially if I love it. But then I hate to use it. Catch 22. But I may have to rethink everything. I hate not having matching border and backing fabric for my non-scrappy quilts. I'm like you and don't have quilty friends nearby, so your blog is heaven to me. Thanks so much!

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  105. I've been reading your blog for a while now and thoroughly enjoy it -- and always learn something. Your quilts are beautiful, and I envy how quickly you can get them done.

    When I started quilting a few years ago, I bought any fat quarters or bundles that caught my eye to "build my stash." Usually, it was the color assortment that talked to me. Then my husband started buying fat quarters and now I have enough or several livetimes. So I'm now a bit more selective. If I see a fabric that really calls to me, I may buy a yard of it. (After all, I have a lot of fat quarters to match.) I will still buy bundles if the colors/patterns really attract me. I look for sales for backing material. And, of course, I still visit stores and pat the fabric to satisfy my fabric addiction!!!

    Thanks for sharing your work with all of us.

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  106. Oh, the dreaded fabric question... I know I buy too much! And I know I could possibly have a problem! And I know I have been quilting a LOOOOONG time. And, until recently, I have been pretty good about using what I was buying. I do know that I still love rich, saturated colors - and the reproduction fabrics. I try really hard to only buy for specific projects. Today there are way too many choices compared to yesteryear, so I keep adding and adding. Yep, like I said before...I might have a problem! :) Anyway, thanks for the chance - and congratulations on your 200th post.

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  107. My rules vary widely. I have lots of fabrics that I love and I tend to buy 'border amounts' of those. I also seem to be addicted to jelly rolls and layer cakes when they're on special. I buy all my fabric on-line and that does work well for me.

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  108. I just found your blog today - and I really needed the reminder why I'm blogging. What you say is so true. So thanks! I'm not allowed to buy fabric just because I like it until the ecomony is better - and what helps is I buy only what I need. (But shhh...I actually will admit I buy more than I need - cuz what if I run out?!)

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  109. Congratulations on your 200th. I don't know exactly when I came across your blog, but I've enjoyed reading it and always keep up on it. Wow. I do it all: fat quarter bundles (I love), the three yard rule, usually a safe bet.I figure it like this. Quilting is like baking. You buy a whole bag of nuts when you only need a cup and just try to keep your supplies on hand when you have a craving!Only difference is you can always buy nuts, but that one piece of fabric you want can sometimes be hard to find, so Yes - but it now!

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  110. Wow..........200 posts, congrats. Thanks for the chance to win your generous give away, Maybe I'll get LUCKY! I love to buy fabric, period! I am trying to be better though!

    Love reading your blog

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  111. Congrats. I think blogging has been one of the best outlets I have ever had and I love reading others. I have two rules I tend to spend by: 5 yards if I really like the fabric and 3 yards if it will make a good filler inner. I used to buy fat quarters but don't very often now: I am using up most of what I have by doing applique. I almost never buy a line of fabric as I really enjoy putting the quilt fabric together, first out of my stash and then off to the quilt stores.

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  112. Rules for buying fabric? Never heard of such a thing. I guess if it's something I absolutely LOVE and can envision a quilt around it, I'll buy the 3 yards. Normally I just buy for the project I am planning, but always plan on extra to add to the stash. Congrats on 200!

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  113. Congrats on 200 posts. I have really enjoyed them. I would love to try one of those new rulers. I think they would be a great addition to the quilt room.

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  114. Congratulations on your 200th post, Thelma. I hope there are many hundreds more to come.
    My guidelines for buying fabric: If I like it, I buy it. :-)

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  115. congratulations on your 200th post! i love following your blog. i tend to buy my favorites within a particular fabric line and with a pattern's yardage requirements in mind. but i do keep my stash happy and growing with 1/2 yard pieces, fat quarters and those irresistable charm square packs!

    cindy b

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  116. Thanks for a great blog and for a fun giveaway. I generally pick up fat quarters, but almost always buy more fabric than I need.

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  117. Congratulations on 200 posts! I'm coming up on number 200 myself.

    I usually buy fat quarters, but I am going to be making some changes about how I buy fabric in the future.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  118. Congrats Thelma! What a great give away. Thanks for the chance to win.

    I use to buy fat quarters. If I liked the fabric I bought it. After stashing way too much with no idea what I'm making, I've now changed my ways. If I find something I love I try to figure out a pattern before I buy. I have been into layer cakes lately. They have come up with some great patterns for those. If I don't have a project in mind, I try to buy a charm pack so I at least have something small I can drool over while deciding what big project to make!

    Thanks again for the great posts and give away!

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  119. 200 posts, wow! Keep up the good job! I really like picking up random fat quarters of a fabric I like or a good blender. But I have plenty of those, so I have recently been trying to just buy with projects in mind. If I find a good background on sale, I get 3-4 yards.

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  120. 200 posts, congratulations!! I tend to pick up lots of fat quarters that I like. I use them in my quilts and finishing pieces that I cross stitch. I have been know to buy a fat quarter bundle or two, as well!!!

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  121. What a fun way to celebrate your 200th post. As far as fabric buying goes I can only buy fabric when I have a specific project in mind. Otherwise I stand around in a daze not having a clue how much to buy.

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  122. This giveaway is now closed, Thanks for stopping by!

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  123. wel lthats what I get for having my internet down for two days
    congrats on hitting 200 posts I am looking forward to the next 200 posts!
    I need new rulers too...
    funny how we wear them out!
    I buy bundles of fabric love those fat quarter bundles or half yard bundles, alway seems there a few fabrics in the bundles I would not have chosen but then I add them to quilts and thrilled with the look.
    so I find that they add to my stash and push me to use fabrics I wouldn't normally buy...

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  124. I love your blog. I just found it and am going to love looking back at all 200 posts!

    I have to put restrictions on what I buy for fabric or I would not have enough money for milk for my girls. LOL.

    Lately I have to buy just for a specific project. However, I am very good at making up projects to suit the fabric I want to buy.

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  125. Congrats on 200 posts! Wooo-Hoooo!!
    Buying fabric is such fun! Mostly I just buy for a specific project, and will usually buy about 1/4 yard extra of each piece for a bit of safety in case I make a cutting mistake. But when I'm seduced by lovely fabrics that just HAVE to come home with me, I tend to buy 1/2 yards, although fat quarters are always a big temptation. If it is a print I think I might want to make borders with, I'll go for 2 1/2 yards. (I hate to piece borders).
    Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

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  126. Congrats your 200th post! Your blog is always so interesting to read. It is fun reading about your quilting experiences and seeing your quilts. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    Nancy E quilt4fun1 at gmail dot com

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  127. I sure hope i'm not to late for this. Congrats on 200 posts. Keep up the great work

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