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Thread: Which comes first...the fabrics or the pattern?

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    My stash is growing weekly. (When I bring home new fabric or receive it in the mail it feels like I ate chocolate!!). I Have downloaded lots of patterns and have so many books but I am getting confused about what fabrics should go with what patterns. How do you all figure this out?

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    Which one calls out to be used in a quilt! I call it my inspritation fabric and pull colors from there.

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    Click on My Profile at the top of this page. Easy from there.

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    I bundle them together. If I have a pattern I want to make I put it and all the fabric I have for it to date in an extra large zip lock bag.

    Cuts down on confusion!

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    But when you want to use the fabrics how do you choose the "right" pattern? I am getting overwhelmed by the choices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SharBear
    I bundle them together. If I have a pattern I want to make I put it and all the fabric I have for it to date in an extra large zip lock bag.

    Cuts down on confusion!
    Smart

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    Hello. Go my 'My Profile' at the top of the page, open it and way down on the page is your location. You can change it there. You may have to save changes.

    I have to know who I'm making a quilt for, choose the feature fabric that suits that person , then find a pattern and back up fabrics.

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    I have alot of patterns and a very little stash. So I will find a pattern and than find the fabric that goes with it. Because of how small my stash is I normaly have to go out and get it. I only buy what I need for a project with only a small amount of extra for mistakes. The rare time I don't mess things up cutting it out, I have stash builder. Normaly only 1/4 or 1/2 yard. So you see why I have to buy as I go.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rn8or
    My stash is growing weekly. (When I bring home new fabric or receive it in the mail it feels like I ate chocolate!!). I Have downloaded lots of patterns and have so many books but I am getting confused about what fabrics should go with what patterns. How do you all figure this out?

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    Should I use a regular computer instead of my ipad to do profile stuff?

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    I usually start with the purpose of the quilt.

    Who is it for?
    What is the purpose?
    Will it be a heavily used quilt?

    Then knowing who it is for, I can determine the pattern and fabrics.

    Seems to work for me this way easiest.

    (I love the new fabric feel too....might be the reason for the pile of fabric)

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    Hello. Go my 'My Profile' at the top of the page, open it and way down on the page is your location. You can change it there. You may have to save changes.

    I have to know who I'm making a quilt for, choose the feature fabric that suits that person , then find a pattern and back up fabrics.
    That's a good method. I make quilts for myself (family incl.) but wanting to use the fabric and then finding how to use it makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rn8or
    Should I use a regular computer instead of my ipad to do profile stuff?
    Try. It won't hurt anything. My son just came to visit and showed me how to post a picture. I just couldn't make sense of the directions.
    :oops: :oops: :oops:

    As for deciding "what with what?", find a quilt you like and use it for inspiration. Don't make a carbon copy but see if you have something in your stash that might work. Don't fret. It's a learning experience......experienced quilters make sample blocks to evaluate pattern and fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicki W
    I usually start with the purpose of the quilt.

    Who is it for?
    What is the purpose?
    Will it be a heavily used quilt?

    Then knowing who it is for, I can determine the pattern and fabrics.

    Seems to work for me this way easiest.

    (I love the new fabric feel too....might be the reason for the pile of fabric)
    Cutting is such a committment but I shouldn't be such a cuttophobe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenheron
    Quote Originally Posted by Rn8or
    Should I use a regular computer instead of my ipad to do profile stuff?
    Try. It won't hurt anything. My son just came to visit and showed me how to post a picture. I just couldn't make sense of the directions.
    :oops: :oops: :oops:

    As for deciding "what with what?", find a quilt you like and use it for inspiration. Don't make a carbon copy but see if you have something in your stash that might work. Don't fret. It's a learning experience......experienced quilters make sample blocks to evaluate pattern and fabric.
    You're right. And if I screw up there is always more beautiful fabric in the store!

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    I have a fairly large stash now, so I usually, though not always, start with the fabric. I get a "feel" for what pattern will suit it. Then I start looking through books and magazines with only that group of fabrics in mind, something will usually jump out at me, if not, I don't force it, I will just keep looking maybe for weeks before I find just the right way to use the fabric. If I do see a pattern I love, I will go to my stash and look through it with that pattern in mind and see if some group of fabrics "jump" out at me. I have my fabric stored in groups that I intend to use together, so it is easier to envision them in a quilt without going through all my fabrics individually. Once I have the basic idea and fabrics set, I might need to add to the fabrics or take something out that doesn't work. This is the most fun part of quilting for me.

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    Usually I find a pattern and then get the fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rn8or
    But when you want to use the fabrics how do you choose the "right" pattern? I am getting overwhelmed by the choices.
    The right pattern is the one that calls to you. I don't think there is really such a thing as the "right pattern". You are doing the work, so it needs to please you. If you are gifting it then you may want to consider the person who is getting it, in your decision. I let the fabric tell me what it wants to be. Remember, quilting is SUPPOSED to be fun, so don't make a big fuss about your decisions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rn8or
    Ps... I am not hiding... I don't know how to edit my profile!
    Success! Ipads don't work for this. Had to use laptop.

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    Pattern - most of the time.

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    Always the pattern. I choose my design. Look into the stash and if I can't find what fit my fancy. Off I head to my favorite fabric places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyquiltlady
    Always the pattern. I choose my design. Look into the stash and if I can't find what fit my fancy. Off I head to my favorite fabric places.
    I think I will dive right into this head first. I am bugging myself with indecisiveness. I will pick a pattern then the bundle to use. Or I will post picks of my fabric choices and ask for pattern suggestions...

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    I try to only buy fabric to go with a pattern. That way I get only correct amount neede for that pattern. And then I put pattern with fabric in a plastic box and try to mark pattern or paper which fabric is to be used where. It is very easy to get confused and forget which pattern or where the fabric is to be used. I try not to buy fabric for which I do not know which patterns since I can not afford to have too big of a stash. That said- I do have fabric with pattern for about 10 quilts for myself! New pattern means new fabric!

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    Why donīt you go through your stash and put it in colour batches. This way when you choose your pattern its not such a huge pile to go through each time you want a colour.
    Just a thought, hope it helps.

    Me well, its usually the pattern first and then I decide on my colours.

    Elle

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    Sometimes the fabric and sometimes the pattern. You see one you just have to make or you see, (or are given) fabric that you just know what to do with.

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