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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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    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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    That brag book is wonderful, and a trip to Shipshewana is an EXPERIENCE. Yoder's store is not the only place with loads of fabric. Next time you go look around town, some of those stores have basements full of fabric. It may take you a couple of days to take it all in. Wish I lived closer to there , but can only go if I'm going to visit my Michigan relatives.

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    Jan, I'm with you! Fabric calls my name and follows me home.

    Most of the time I don't even use a pattern. I just find something I like and figure out how to make it. Then I have to find more fabric to finish it. What a sacrifice! Lol!

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    I love Yoder's General Store ! I think the thing that is the best is the solid colors. I was looking for a strange color of green and they had it, no-one else did. It's a fabulous store and I always end up buying more than I need. There is also a great Bernina store next to it if anyone needs Bernina parts.

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    What a great idea. I think I will just have to start one of those.

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    Half of my stash is from there. We lived in Indy for 20 yrs and that was one of our favorite places. I never left YGS without ''enough fabric to cover the state'' But DH always paid and carried my purchases to the truck with a chuckle. He was always the first one to tell my MIL about my latest treasures.

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    WOW !! ya all have good ideas and one item to add to my "organizing" the sewing room .. Thanks !!
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    Love this idea. Could even fold the pattern and insert it!

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    I downloaded full patterns on my to do list to my Kindle. Convenient, always with me and fits right in my purse.

    I have pictures of my fabric I need to match with more fabric on the Kindle too.
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    Got fabric?

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    When I travel I usually look for fabric and buy either 1 or 2 yards of what I like. If I find several that go together I get some of each. Might want to put some of my really really want to do patterns in a bag and then I would have them when I travel.
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    Ok but I have to ask. Yoder's General Store is not far from "Lolly's" is it? Lolly's is a huge fabric store downtown Shipshewana. Hopefully you didn't miss out on Lolly's.
    Great idea Oma.
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    That is a great idea! Problem for me is that I'd need a three ring binder with lots of pages and it would be too heavy to carry around. Maybe I need to de-stash a little bit.

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    That is one of the best ideas ever. I carry swatches pinned together, but don't have specific yardage listed anywhere. The next time I'm out I'm going to get an inexpensive photo book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    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.

    Jan in VA
    I agree !! Me too!

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