Saturday, September 16, 2006

Buying Fabric and Blog Etiquette

Gail posted a survey about our fabric choices. Here are my answers:

What is your favorite color to use in your quilts?
Purple is my favorite color and I used it a lot when I started quilting. Lately I’ve been using a lot of green in my projects. I did go through a pink phase earlier this year. I guess I’m destined to go through different color phases. That’s fine with me.

Do you have a favorite style, ie. depression repros, 1800 repros, geometrics, florals, plaids, batiks, marbled, etc.?
I’m not a fan of batiks or orientals. Other than those I haven’t decided if I have a favorite style.

Do you have a favorite line of fabrics, ie. Kaffee Fasset, one of Moda's lines, Jo Morton, etc.
I like Moda marbles. They go with everything.

Do you tend to buy a particular subject , ie. butterflies, strawberries, cats?
Earlier this summer I visited a new quilt shop in town and a fun polka dot fabric found it’s way into my hands. Since then I’ve been on the lookout for fun polka dots.

Did I miss a category here?????
How about why we buy fabric? For fun, for a specific project or because it was on sale and you just “had to have it!?
Other than the polka dot fabric I still buy fabric with a project in mind or at least at a WHIM. I seldom buy fabric if it’s not on sale unless I absolutely need it. My dad taught me to be thrifty with my money and always look for a good deal.

One more question: if you are buying fabric that is not for a project how much do you buy?
I have given up buying FQs. I like to use fabric in a few projects not just one. Now when I’m buying fabric I buy at least one yard, sometimes two. That way I can also cut an FQ to send as a RAQ if I need to send one out.

Judy has posted her October Hour a Day quilt. I've wanted to try the maple leaf block and this is just the quilt to do that. I can't wait to get started.

I have a blog etiquette question. I certainly appreciate all the comments I get from everyone, but I'm wondering are you supposed to acknowledge every comment personally. Sometimes I do and sometimes I don't. I don't want to offend anyone so if it's considered proper to reply to everyone I'm sorry if I haven't acknowledged your comment in the past. What do you usually do with the comment you receive?

I haven't had my Saturday class today. We are going to Boston today and attending The Who concert tonight. Tomorrow I have to work a few hours and then it is football time. That means I'll be hand quilting tomorrow afternoon. I'm off for the day. I hope everyone has a great weekend!


Patti said...

I think if we responded to ever comment we received we'd never have time to do anything else but sit at the computer! I try to respond personally to comments that include questions. If I get a lot of similar comments on a post I try to acknowledge them in the next post. If I'm motivated to say something because of the comment then I do. Otherwise I don't worry about it. That seems to be the way people respond to my comments so I think this way works for many of us anyway. I think none of us expect a response to every comment.

floribunda said...

I agree with Patti. There do seem to be a few people who respond to every comment, though, so I've been asking myself the same question!

Nancy said...

There's no way I could ever respond to every comment left me and get anything else done! If someone asks a question that requries an answer I send a personal email. IF they have it set up where I can see their email. But if it comes to my mailbox as the no-reply blogger one then I don't put any effort into answering. Now if someone leaves a comment that I think the answer would be of general interest I make a post about it. Also I rarely answer a comment in my comments because it's been my experience that most people don't go back and re-read comments to see what else has been said. I used to but as there are more and more good quilt blogs out there I just don't have time to go back and re-visit posts like I used to and I imagine most people are the same.

EileenKNY said...

I agree with the first 3 who answered this question. I can't answer every comment and still have time to read other people's posts. Besides, I think what they're saying is a whole lot more interesting than what I usually babble about.

Libby said...

Sometimes I respond and sometimes not -- just depends on my mood I guess. But it's kind of like sending a thank you note for a thank you note, it could just go on into perpetuity.

Cynthia said...

i was wondering the same thing myself the other day.
I do the same as Patti or you would spend sooo much time on the computer.

Gail said...

Thanks for your answers to my poll, it is very interesting to see what everyone says. I like the questions you raised to my last question, maybe I will ask those questions individually in the future (when I am out of photos to show....LOL)

Norma said...

I don't think it is possible to respond to each and every comment personally--there is not enough time in a day. I try to get back to people who pose questions though. Unless answering the question would be worthly of another post. In that case, I use that question to spring board me into another blog subject.

sewnut said...

buying fabric:***Always good quality, then certainly aside from budget available I have gone through stages, I used to purchase FQ's which would work together, then for a while I did half metres, if it was on sale then 2 or 3 metres. A few times I have purchased 8 or 9 metres of a sale fabric ($5 or less per metre/yard) and I think that is the best. If the price is great then go for enough to do a backing and a bit. As long as you really like the fabric it will end up somewhere but I like having a stash of ready to use backings that cost me less than $50. You also then have lots for backgrounds, or swaps if that comes up.