Do you ave any special fabric sizes you just have to have every time you go to the store?
I love fat quarters! Yep, if I don't buy anything else I have to get at least 1 fat quarter!
I usually get at least a yard, if I really like it, I'll get 3 yards.
My quilting buddy gets 1 yard or 3 yards, just like Beverly. I tend to shop fat quarters, even if I don't "need" any, unless I'm looking for something specific for a quilt I'm planning. I rarely buy more than a fat quarter on impulse.
I am not an impulse shopper, I actually hate to shop! But I love fabrics.....I had a lady tell me last year in a quilt shop I had visited out of town to buy 1.5 yards as a minimum if you just had to have the fabric- that way you can always use it as a border.
In my LQS, I always check the little baskets of remnants - they are usually 12" or less. I have gotten some really nice fabrics in a variety to use for the lottos & Birthday blocks.
If I really like the fabric and may have a use for it, I go for 1 1/2 yards. If the FQ is something that would be neat down the road, such as holiday fabric, and I really like it - I get what ever it happend to come in, FQ, yardage, remant, etc.
I never get fat quarters because I seldom use that little. But I get anywhere from 1 to 3 yds of something that I must have. If there are only a couple of yards left on the bolt, I will buy it all figuring I can use it for borders or backing.
I love my fat qt.. They work well with scrappy quilts. If I have a specific project then I buy in quanity--usually a bit more so have left overs for my stash. If I fine a "great" bargin I will buy more depending on the pattern. Sometimes I have regrets that I didn't get more and then go hunting.lol.
I love collecting fat quarters ... however, if I find fabric I really love I usually end up buying 2-3 yeards even if I don't have a specific project because you just never know ...
I can clearly see from the comments here that I am not buying enough fabric! I pledge to fix that and start purchasing some yardage as soon as possible!
Because I mostly hand applique, I am a fat quarter addict!