I'm rather proud of the basic tools I use in my craft hobby, I don't need no fancy stuff to make my works of art!
I have to agree. It doesn't take much talent or creativity to run a machine or use special materials to do your crafts for you. I'm not being critical of you Margerie, just a general comment. I have absolutely no artistic talent, for example, yet even I can make cool stuff using some of the kits available. But the real beautiful stuff comes from doing things from scratch.
My wife does a few "crafty" like things. But she can do for practically nothing what many people spend big bucks on. Anything you find at Michael's you can find at Walmart, thrift stores, or flea markets for 1/10th the cost. Sometimes, depending on where you live you can even collect stuff out in nature, although that is probably less likely for quilting. There are also very few tools you should need and you probably already have those.
Can you make your own yarn and do everything as traditionally as possible? Think what that would do for your tips! You might even be able to sell your work on ebay or something if it is completely handmade.
Honestly, even aside from the issue of saving money, it is a lot more impressive to me when people do everything from scratch.