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Elizabeth P. Posted: Tue, Oct 11 2011 6:05 PM

When I plan a new quilt, I  go thru my fabric stash as the first step in choosing fabrics.  Then I usually have to head to the quilt store or on-line to find additional fabrics.  In addition to swatches from my chosen fabrics; I take the information printed on the salvages.  This will show the fabric manufacturer, collection, and fabric name.  This information is very helpful in finding coordination fabric in the collection.  It also sometimes includes small dots of the colors used in the fabric print, which can also be helpful in finding coordinating fabrics from other lines.

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gini replied on Tue, Oct 11 2011 6:20 PM

isn't it fun that we are all so different.   i rarely use more than one fabric in a collection.  i might buy several in the collection, but i don't use them together.   i like to mix and match my own palette.  but you can tell by how i dress that co-ordination is not a strong point with me.  i only buy socks in black and white so i don't have to match them. 

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Karla replied on Tue, Oct 11 2011 7:47 PM

gini:

isn't it fun that we are all so different.   i rarely use more than one fabric in a collection.  i might buy several in the collection, but i don't use them together.   i like to mix and match my own palette.  but you can tell by how i dress that co-ordination is not a strong point with me.  i only buy socks in black and white so i don't have to match them. 

A person after my own heart.  When I buy fabric and start a quilt, my daughters often comment that they think my choices are horrible.  However, they change their minds when they see the finished product.  I have, on occasion, used fabrics all from the same palette, but they usually look so drab to me, unless, of course, it is a very bright and colorful palette.  They also do not like my choice of colors for my wardrobe, and I just tell them that it is great to be older and retired and not have to worry what other people are going to think of my color/style choices. 

 

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Gini, lol...I only buy socks in black and white also!  Who needs to spend time matching socks??  You know the washing machine is just going to eat one of them anyway!

I usually buy whatever floats my boat.  This results in lots of blue fabric in my stash.  I had to ban myself from buying any more blue fabric for a while, as a matter of fact.  Usually I pick out fabrics for a quilt, fold them and lay them next to each other on my cutting table, and leave them out for a day or two.  That way I can look at them as I go through the rooom or just randomly while I am doing something else, and make sure that it's not just an ill-advised whim that made me put something odd in there.  There have been times when I have changed my mind about a fabric a day or two later.

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I will use more than one fabric in a collection in a quilt but I also like to add in other fabrics from different collections as well.  I love the idea of mixing and matching fabric collections to keep things from getting too boring or blah.

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Kris replied on Tue, Oct 11 2011 11:34 PM

gini:
i only buy socks in black and white so i don't have to match them. 

Gini,

you can buy socks that don't match. I love them. LOL

I also use whatever I think go together. 

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