How Much Does Beauty Cost?

I guess that’s an unanswerable question, isn’t it?  How can you put a price on what each of us deems beautiful?

Since we’re quilters, our stash is a beautiful thing, one we would loathe to put a price on.  Those quilts are works of love going to cherished family members, people in need, and our own tables.  But the supplies do cost, don’t they?

They may be far less expensive than you think, and here’s why:  by making a few small changes, you can afford far more beauty in your quilting supplies than you ever thought possible.  I know, because I’ve done it.

My husband and I both started small businesses years ago, and we lived on our savings for four years.  Yes, that’s right.  Four entire years.  We weren’t independently wealthy; we simply were people who saved on a consistent basis, watched what we spent, and were able to benefit later when we wanted to develop our own businesses.

During that time, I still bought fabric, thread, batting, notions, and books.  All of it.  But I did so on a budget.  So, if you think beautiful quilts are out of reach because times are tough, think again.  I’ll show you how you can do it.

My latest book, The Frugal Fabriholic, gives you a 12-step plan for saving more cash for your quilting stash.  You can get all the details on the website here, and I’ll be posting a few tidbits and sketches on how I saved my family $13,000 last year and was able to use a portion of that for my quilting supplies.

Here’s a sketch from my journal that gives an example.  Symphony on the Green is an event we enjoy each year, and it’s free.  I also cooked a picnic dinner, instead of having it catered.  I saved enough from that one night to splurge on some lovely fabric supplies.