Jill has another question for us:
Since I have been learning how to coupon and save money, I’d like to know how you save time and money while quilting. Share any and every way that you can. Nothing will be considered silly if it saves either time or money! And you may be doing something that the rest of us have not thought of.
I don’t know that I have anything original to offer, but here are a few thoughts.
1. Scraps. It has been said before, but throwing them away costs $10/yard. Some of my favorite quilts are make primarily from scraps. But, don’t use scraps if you don’t love them. And don’t allow them to accumulate out of guilt. That is its own kind of wasteful. You can always give them to someone who does love them. *hint*
2. Shop at home first. Use your stash. We all have one. Even if you only use a little stash fabric on your next project, you will be saving that magical $10/yard. And using fabric you fell in love with once upon a time.
3. Don’t jump on bandwagons. There are so many ideas out there, and some of them are very popular. And, for some people they must be OK, but not every project is for me. Or you. Just do things you REALLY want to do and will make you happy. Not just because “everyone” is doing it. This saves both time and money.
4. Sales. Don’t buy it just because it is on sale. 20% off can make us quilters lose our minds. But, if you don’t really need it or love it there isn’t enough of it in the world to make you happy.
Anyway, I hope that doesn’t sound like a lecture. It is just a few things that help me. Quilting isn’t a cheap hobby, but it isn’t supposed to break the bank either. It is possible to quilt on a budget (money and time) and be happy, too.
Thanks, Jill, for another thought-provoking question.