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Thread: pattern or material first?

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    when planning a quilt for a specific person- which do you pick out first- the pattern or the material??

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    Super Member donnajean's Avatar
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    Pattern 1st. I don't need to add extra to my stash so like to just get what is needed if I don't already have it.

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    Now that I have a fairly decent stash, it's mostly pattern first (except for fat quarters. I'm a sucker for those, anytime!).

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    Depends. If it's for a specific person, I'll pick a pattern first, or if they share their color preference I'll narrow the pattern down by that.

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    I mostly get pattern first. Then I know how much and how many different fabrics I need.

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    color first -have to use my stash - no buy budget

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    Super Member BKrenning's Avatar
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    I pick my pattern first and then go to my stash and make it work. I have to reverse my lights & darks sometimes or change my color scheme but I make it work.

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    Pattern first then I find colors I think they would like and would work well.

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    It depends on the person or the occasion. Sometimes I sleep on something and it comes to me in my dreams. Then I act on the impulse.

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    I get the pattern first so there is little waste. Sometimes I find a beautiful fabric that I want to use in a project and I'll buy 3-5 yards of it and later find a pattern to use it in. This fabric usually gets "petted" for months before I find a suitable pattern.

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