Most of the people who will come through 52 Photos may not understand why quilters need to have lots and lots and lots of fabric. Frank is in that crowd as well! But my quilter friends will understand!
These are just a few of my newest additions. I can't even begin to tell you how many hundreds of yards of fabric I have. I really don't want to know. But I can tell you in 2014 I bought more than I
|Yards used this year||-166|
|Yards bought this year||218.75|
|plus or minus||52.75|
For those uneducated in the many ways to buy fabric now, these are called Jelly Rolls. They are forty 2 1/2 inch by width of fabric (generally 41 inches) strips. Manufacturers do this so you can get a little bit of the entire collection of that designer.
These are from Moda and originally sold for about $40. Each one will make a lap or full sized quilt when you add fabric for the background and then of course the backing and binding.
That is another level of eduction for non-quilters. When a quilter makes a quilt for you, it can cost $150 to $300 for just the fabric, more for the batting and thread to piece the top. That doesn't take into account the time of the quilter or the wear and tear on their machines. Then it costs about $150 to $300 to quilt the entire quilt. The quilting is the sewing lines you see on the quilt top
So when someone gifts you a quilt, you are being trusted with a work of art that is worth way more than most people are willing to pay for it.
One time, a quilt of mine won Best in Show and a viewer got very upset when I turned down her offer of $150 to buy my masterpiece! To say I was insulted, is an understatement!
Not that I would have sold the Elephants of Sri Lanka anyway!