a confession.


So, I have a confession to make. Another one! (my first was the number of unfinished quilts I have in my closet!). This time it’s about fabric. When I first started sewing and quilting I bought fabric – lots of it. It would seem that I thought that I was going to use the same fabric in a bazillion quilts (not so). Lately I’ve tried to be better about my buying habits – more often buying fat quarters and then waiting to see what fabrics I seem to reach for often before buying bigger cuts. And that seems to be working (that, and the fact that there are so many great new lines coming out – faster than I can sew them into quilts!).


(pretty (and soft!) Anna Maria Horner velveteens – several on sale at Hawthorne Threads)

Despite being good about buying smaller quantities for quilt tops, my weakness seems to be for sale fabrics or unique prints that ‘might’ make a good quilt backing. Apparently I’m able to justify a larger than necessary purchase with the thought of “wouldn’t this be great as a quilt back?” And sure, maybe it would make a good quilt back, but if you don’t have a quilt needing a backing then perhaps it’s not very useful. Looks like I need to make up a bunch of quilt tops…



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22 Responses to a confession.

  1. 1
    Meagan says:

    Thank goodness I am not the only one! I do the exact same thing.

  2. 3

    But you got such good ones! I don’t ever buy my backing until I have my quilt planned or finished, but if its on sale, then why not? That velveteen will make the most glorious backing for your part of the world. I do wish there was more of a need for it here! Also, don’t you make quilt tops faster than anyone I know? MMM. Yes. I think you can find a way to work this out. Consider yourself enabled. 🙂

  3. 4
    Stephanie says:

    Ashley, you are in good company. I used to buy several yard cuts when I was into sewing clothing (you know, when I was the same size for more than two years (two babies in two years squashed that real quick)). Lucky for me, I now have more than enough for quilt backs – except now I keep buying more beautiful fabric too. As I often reply to my husband’s question of whether I will use it all – “Of course! Some day.”

  4. 5
    Emily says:

    Sale fabrics – and sale patterns, too! – are definitely my weak spot, too. I’m trying to use up more of my stash lately…

    The ‘free shipping on $35+’ at fabric.com gets me, too. I needed a yard and a half of fabric the other day. But I needed to get to $35 for the free shipping… so of course I bought more than I needed.

  5. 6
    debra says:

    been there, done that, picking out the fabric to have the shirt made 😉

  6. 7
    Elinor says:

    I’m a sucker for the ”but it’s on sale!” argument and have a growing pile of ‘quilt backs’ – only when I actually need to back a quilt I never have quite the right one and have to buy it new!

  7. 8
    Andrea_R says:

    I have the opposite problem! I buy a lot of precuts and scraps and smaller pieces. Recently I sorted and organized my stash and have maybe 6 lengths big enough for quilt backs.

  8. 9
    Barbara says:

    I have the same problem! Of course now I really love pieced backs. I also bought a lot of fabric that I loved back then and now I wonder what I was thinking!!

  9. 10

    Great backing stash! It never hurts to have great options on hand. If you’re super worried about it, I would be be more than happy to buy those Lizzy House stars off you 😉 thanks for sharing your backing confession, it’s fun to see what you’ve picked out as future backs!

  10. 11
    Sarah says:

    I’m guilty of scooping up yards and yards of fabric for for quilt backs when it’s on sale, banking on the hope that I’ll use it someday. Also, I scoop up 2 or 3 yard cuts of fabric I think will make good bindings when it’s on sale too. It’s getting ridiculous. I just ordered three 2 yard cuts from FQS’s 50% selection.. I’m not working on anything and don’t have anything upcoming that any of these cuts will work with…but maybe someday! 😎

  11. 12
    PennyDog says:

    OR how about some pretty skirts?

  12. 13
    Debbie says:

    But when the fabric is so it is so hard to resist…..

  13. 14
    Malini says:

    Oh! I totally with you on this one! I do exactly the same. This year I am trying to buy at my LQS as much as possible rather than online. Sometimes, I just end up buying more online for the same reasons as you mentioned. Either the fabric is on sale and would made a nice quilt back.

    Thank you for confession :-). It sounded like I was reading my fabric buying confession ;).

  14. 15
    Laurelle C says:

    I can relate! I live in Australia and buy fabric online from the U S as it is half the price as it is here. If I am going to pay for a $23 postage envelope I make sure to squeeze in the maximum amount of fabric I can, usually around 9 yards! So if it’s half price I buy yardage for backings 🙂 I got a lot of Pam Kitty from FQS when it was 50% off and it has been perfect for kids quilt backings 🙂 My whole family think I’m addicted to buying fabric, maybe their right!

  15. 16
    Laurie says:

    Oh my gosh! That seems to be my new m.o.! I recently bought 3 6-yard cuts of fabric (they were each less than $5/yd. One was $3.50/yd. See me justifying that purchase? Sigh.) because I couldn’t make up my mind which one I wanted to back my quilt with. I figured I’ll end up using the others for quilt backings eventually. They’re all really nice. And if not, I could always make curtains. Yeah, that’ll happen. 😀

  16. 17

    It appears there are a lot of us! Unfortunately, I’ve got lots of tops that have never gotten paired up with all those backings I’ve acquired.

  17. 18
    Sarah says:

    Unique prints, or prints I don’t think will be in stores for long are huge downfalls for me too. My husband recently told me I buy fabric like baseball cards, trying to spot the collectable ones while they are new!

  18. 19
    Laura says:

    What is the big red butterfly print on top of the stack in the first picture? I love it!

  19. 20
    Jamie says:

    Ha! I needed to read this. I just had my first year of quilting mark hit a few weeks ago and I’m astounded at how much fabric I’ve collected. I’m trying to be better about getting fat quarters as well, but then it is always tempting to buy lots more fat quarters since they are cheaper and smaller:)

  20. 21
    Liza Miller says:

    I am seriously missing the days of buying tons and tons of fabric and this post didn’t help, haha. I have done ZERO sewing/quilting since my son was born 9 months ago. How do you do it with two kids? I think you should devote a post to that…unless you already have and I’ve missed it!

  21. 22
    Barb N says:

    Haha – I don’t know how you knew to write about me, but you nailed it! Maybe we could share some ‘backings’ as I’m finding my great buys from months ago aren’t matching my quilt tops that I’m making today. Live and learn….

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