Yes, you read that right ONE DOLLAR per yard. When my local quilt shop sent out a sale email stating that their clearance fabric section was going to be $1/yard, I was either sure I had read the email wrong or that they would only have a few bolts in the clearance section. I still went, but with suspicion in the back of my mind, trying to restrain my excitement. Boy was I wrong. They had HUNDREDS of bolts of fabric on sale! I had my new baby with me, but I also had the stroller, which I loaded up with at least 20 bolts of fabric. At that point, I started making a stack on the floor as well. They had several lines that I loved, including Sugar Pop, which I already had at home in a nice fat quarter bundle. This was definitely the time to stock up on backing fabric.
The cutting lines were long, but SO worth it. Most of my bolts I finished off because how can you not at $1/yard? I couldn’t even go to walmart and buy the transparent fabric for that, and this was top quality quilting cotton. Most of the other ladies were getting measly 1 yard cuts of less than ten bolts. I still think they were crazy, but they probably thought the same of me!
All said and done, it took me about an hour and a half to get my fabric cut, and I came home with 142 yards of it. I still find myself thinking that I should have bought just a bit more. Still, I probably won’t be able to use what I did buy for several more years at least. I couldn’t even lift the box. My husband (who was with the kids in the car) had to lift it for me. I brought the family because, like I said, I just knew I had read the email wrong, and we could go on with our day once I discovered my error. He was a great sport about it, though, and they just watched a movie in the van while I happily watched my yardage adding up. He was also great about me spending the money—not a word about it except to congratulate me on such a great deal. He does know how much fabric normally costs, though, so he was probably happy at the long-term savings, too!
I’ve been back to the quilt shop once since then, and (blush) they remembered me. I think I bought more than anyone else that day, which again I find hard to believe. What quilter wouldn’t be making some serious additions to the stash with prices like that? Normally a person could spend that much on around 10 yards of fabric plus a few fat quarters. One thing that I do love about my $1 fabric is that I’ve noticed I’m a bit freer with myself when using it. I’m not hoarding it like I usually do. Now, I’m not wasting it, either, but it’s nice to not feel such pressure to find exactly the right project before I cut into it. That mentality has also spilled over into other areas. Just this week I pulled two squares from a layer cake—yes, I broke up a set for just two squares! It wasn’t even all that painful, and I’m honestly pretty proud of myself.
Since I have so much fabric now, my goal for this next year is to pull mostly from my stash for projects. I hesitate to vow to “only use from my stash” because I know I’ll need to buy solids at some point, and if there’s a gift or something important that needs just the right print (not to mention another killer sale), I’ll be setting myself up for failure because I know I’ll cave. However, this gives me a reason to start using up what I bought instead of continuing to buy new.