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Thread: I learned a valuable lesson

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    Senior Member Cagey's Avatar
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    I learned a valuable lesson

    Last week my DH and I took a trip to Shipshewana to go to the flea market. Afterwards we went to Yoder's General Store and I just about fainted when I saw their fabric department. It was huge. My DH had been there last year (without me!) and said they had fabric. That was an understatement. So there I was amidst all that fabric and none of my patterns with me. Talk about frustration. So the lesson that I learned is anytime I'm going on vacation, take a bundle of my patterns from my "to-do someday" just in case.....

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    Or start a notebook with the details in and keep it in your car!

    I keep a tote bag in my truck all the time, complete with any fabrics or patterns that I am kinda-sorta looking for or to coordinate with, but not in a rush to find. Also, a OBW mirror, and an address book with LQS info, filed according to town. You wouldn't believe how often it has all come in handy, whether locally or at a distance.
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    idea for your next trip...

    I use a photo brag book to carry swatches of my stash with me whenever I travel near or far. Sure helps with shopping for fabric or even if I happen across fabric in unexpected places.

    I also added the names of quilts and yardage needed in the back of the book. It has been so helpful and so easy to carry.
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    Wow Oma66 that brag book is a great Ideal.
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    Oma, you are a genius!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oma66 View Post
    I use a photo brag book to carry swatches of my stash with me whenever I travel near or far. Sure helps with shopping for fabric or even if I happen across fabric in unexpected places.

    I also added the names of quilts and yardage needed in the back of the book. It has been so helpful and so easy to carry.

    Exactly what I was meaning ....... a picture is definitely worth a 1,000 words!
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    Another thing that you can do if you have a smartphone, make a list on your computer and put it on the skydrive (it goes into the cloud - don't ask me how it works, it's a mystery to me). That way you can access it from your phone wherever you are. I do this with books I want to read so I have a list when I go to the used book store.

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    I would have just gone crazy and started buying fabrics. All the while thinking I would come up with something later. That is how I have bought most of my fabrics anyway.
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    I'm like Jingle
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    OMG that is *way* too organized for me!!
    Fly by the seat of my pants, that's the sort of gal I am. Phooey on what the pattern says, I'm listening to what my heart says about the fabrics it loves and "needs" to take home!
    Everything is just a design opportunity, especially without a pattern.

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