So I look for deals. I use coupons. I root through stacks of sale fabrics. I search online. I buy vintage fabrics at flea markets and in antique stores and at rummage sales. "Pre-owned" fabric doesn't bother me at all.
Last year at a local quilt show I scored an amazing, if slightly odd, deal. The It's A Stitch show always features a booth they call Granny's Attic, which is like a quilter's rummage sale. They sell fabrics, books, patterns, etc. donated mostly by their members. I of course went to their booth first (before even glancing at the quilt show. Shopping is important!).
On the table with the fabrics were several bags of quilt squares. These were gallon sized bags, stuffed with squares cut from all sorts of print fabrics. They were priced at $5.00 each. I snagged 4 of them, for a grand total of $20.00. (I bought a lot of other stuff there, too, of course, but I'm talking about the squares here.) I especially selected bags with kid fabrics, since I love to make quilts for kids.
When I got them home and went through them, I found them to be mostly rotary cut to 4 in. square. A few were blends, but most were good cottons. There were hundreds of these squares.
These were so easy to use for leaders and enders. Here are some of the quilts I have made from them so far.
I just have to wonder about the person who used to have these fabrics. Why did she (probably a she) cut them all into 4 in. squares? This must have been yards and yards. It must have taken a long time. They don't look die cut, like they would if they were sold commercially.
I wonder how many more quilts I can get out of this pile? Anybody got any good ideas for using squares? I'm getting a little tired of 4 patch and 9 patch. Leave me a comment with suggestions, please!