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When you have your main fabric for a quilt but need to add more
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Date: 8/14/13 3:21 PM

I have gotten fabric for at least 3 or more quilts, but need to add more fabric. That goes with what I have already bought. How do I take a sample to the fabric store to buy more? (ex. 5 yards is a lot to carry around the store).

I thought about taking the fabric to the store but I have a number of them I want to add more to. I thought about cutting samples, and putting them in a binder... but not sure. I can't always buy everything I need at one time. I need to gather it over time.

How do you all keep track of what fabric ect. you need to add to a project?

Thanks for your ideas
Debi
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Date: 8/14/13 3:33 PM

Samples is the only way to go. I staple small squares ( 1" - 2" depending upon the print) to an index card. Each quilt gets and index card. Best of luck with finding your fabrics.
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Date: 8/14/13 3:51 PM

Thank you that was one of my ideas. I was thinking about doing a binder or something with samples in it. I do have lots of fabric that i want to use for the main color. With some other pieces.

I got about 4 different fabrics for this one quilt, but not happy with how they match up, to the main fabric. It is tan with butterflies on it, the butterflies have shade of purple and yellow (almost a mustard color). Not real crazy about they way they look.

This is just one example of the mess, I have gotten myself in. The mind doesn't always remember.

Thank you Debi..

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Date: 8/14/13 3:52 PM

Make a journal with a "chapter" for each project.

Paste in the swatches with a glue stick then add notes: where and when purchased, thread/type/color, pattern as well as it's location. Who was the quilt for and when was it completed.

Also add notes as to any snafus encounter and your resolution.

If only I were so organized I could then find the magazine I used for a quilt I made a few years ago and then gifted.

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Date: 8/14/13 4:00 PM

Glue stick good. Thanks. I know what you mean. About being organized. I am so organized, that I put things in a safe place, but can't remember where the safe place is. (ie. 3 tier hanging basket for fruit, put it in a safe place, can't remember where, have torn the house up 3 times. Still NO basket).

My mother how is in her mid-70'S just laughs at me. She has that problem all the time now. LOL.. She says I am old. or this is what happens when you get older. She is always making jokes about my age now. I am in my mid-50's.

Thanks. Ideas are running around in my head now..
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Date: 8/14/13 9:00 PM

I am close to your Mother's age. Please share with her; if you don't look for it, it will invariably appear. LOL.

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Date: 8/15/13 1:44 AM

I think I have one of those 3 tiered hanging fruit baskets too. No idea where it is. Would be great in my sewing room though.
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Date: 8/15/13 2:56 AM

I do the "index card thing" and then put the cards in a small "brag book" (a $1.00 photo album I find at Joann's or some dollar store). That way, it's small enough to take with me.

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Date: 8/15/13 7:51 PM

I think it depends on what sort of block/design you are doing.

If you have a specific block in mind, then you might want to do a glued on mock-up of that block on paper and take it along so you make sure you get the darks and the lights and medium tones in the right places and in the right amounts.

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Date: 8/15/13 7:51 PM

I love all these answers! I do a three ring binder with samples stapled to paper slid into sheet protectors where I can write out notes and problems and yardages, etc. I have a section for each quilt I'm planning and accumulating fabric for.


My grandmother taught me to quilt by hand. As a widow, she brought up five boys during the Great Depression. She taught me to use the 'wrong' side of the fabric as well as the 'right' side to double the number of fabrics you have for a quilt. The wrong side almost always coordinates well with the colors of the right side, it's just more muted.

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