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    Super Member LucyInTheSky's Avatar
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    To continue my threads demonstrating my insanity (see "do you see faces in fabric?"), I was wondering if the fabric or finished projects ever tell you where they want to go?

    I was working on a tablerunner UFO. I started it a few years ago, and was finishing it for my Feb UFO. I had no idea who it would be for and then out of the blue, I knew it was going to my boss at work and his wife. Well, specifically, I thought of his wife. And to me it feels like the tablerunner was saying that's where it wanted to go. I've had that happen with a few quilts where I've liked the pattern and fabric, been working on them with no recipient in mind, and then -bam- I know where it's going, and it turns out it's their favorite color palette. So does that happen to any of you? Or am I really just that crazy?

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    I had some fabric scream at me to buy it last summer in an LQS. Does that count? (I totally listened and obeyed!) :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    I had fabric talk to me this week.

    I was pulling fabric for a quilt from my stash.
    I had originally intended to use one fabric but another fabric just screamed at me from the drawer "USE ME!" so I am.

    Cindy Carter

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    Definately! If I'm not sure what fabric(s) to use, I just lay them out together and let them fight over who gets to be in the quilt. Keeps them from yelling at me later. :lol:

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    Oh yes! My fabric also tells me what pattern it wants to be in too (most of the time anyway). :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    I had some fabric scream at me to buy it last summer in an LQS. Does that count? (I totally listened and obeyed!) :lol: :lol: :lol:
    This seems to be happening a lot lately and yes, I do think it is screaming at me!

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    I recently had to back out of a swap and when I moved those blocks that were already finished, they told me what they wanted to be and where they wanted to go when finished.

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    Oh yes. So nice to know I am not the only person who hears it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToucanSam
    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    I had some fabric scream at me to buy it last summer in an LQS. Does that count? (I totally listened and obeyed!) :lol: :lol: :lol:
    This seems to be happening a lot lately and yes, I do think it is screaming at me!
    I thought it was just me! :roll:
    Everytime I go to my LQS, this happens.
    They are ALL screaming for me to take them home. :lol:
    I thought I was crazy! :lol: :roll: :lol:

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    Shhhhhhhh.......it's the room down the hall to the left......shhhhhhhhhhh.......quick before someone sees you!


    LOL....Just kidding, fabric talks to me all the time....especially Asian fabric......most of the time I don't know what it is saying but kanichiwa is good enough..LOL!

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    They sure do! And they even talk to each other! Sometimes they play nice together & sometimes I have to separate them. ;-)

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    I bought this set of fat quarters, I really loved. I started making a turning twenty quilt for myself. About halfway through it I started "hearing" it tell me that my daughter Kelli needed it. Well, I finished it and my dh's first comment was, "Did you make that for Kelli?" Needless to say, Kelli has it and really loves it.

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    If your fabric didn't talk to you then you probably wouldn't buy it. I had a box of scraps that told me to send them to someone else so they could be used. So little by little they are being shipped out as I have the money to send them.

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    I'm going fabric shopping tonight and hoping some of them yell at me! I"m a little too good at ignoring the voices. Need to loosen the purse string!

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    It certainly talks to me.

    As soon as it hits the store where I work there are two sometimes three or four of us fighting over the same fabric (we share). If only one of us is working at the time, we know what the other likes and it tells us to save it for her until she comes in for work.

    I also have fabric I bought (because it told me to) but it hasn't told me what it wants to be yet. I keep checking but it says "not yet".

    It's always best to listen when fabric talks to you.

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    I thought the little voices were only talking to me.

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    On of the best compliments I have ever received came from my Uncle and Aunt when I sent them the finished project - made from fabric that screamed at me to use it for them.

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    Yarn also talks to me. I heard navy and cream talk to me once to crochet a granny square afghan. Had no clue as to why as those colors were nowhere in my house or any house that I knew of. Until it was time for our pastor and his wife's anniversary --- their LR was navy and cream! And by that time the afghan was done just waiting for a home.

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    You're not crazy! It happens to me all the time. The bolts jump off the wall and scream "pick me"! At least, that's the excuse I give when I get home with my selections! LOL

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    Fabric talks to me also! Didn't want to say anything. Didn't want people to think I was nuts!
    But more than anything the quilt talks to me as I am piecing it. Sometimes I have a quilt I am making for someone in mind but another person pops in my head that the quilt should go to.
    If I go with the flow things go really smooth. If not I end up taking apart blocks like crazy.
    I have a quilt now that I don't know where it should go. It has no home as of yet! I guess it wants to stay with me! :D :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by DazzleMe!
    Fabric talks to me also! Didn't want to say anything. Didn't want people to think I was nuts!
    But more than anything the quilt talks to me as I am piecing it. Sometimes I have a quilt I am making for someone in mind but another person pops in my head that the quilt should go to.
    If I go with the flow things go really smooth. If not I end up taking apart blocks like crazy.
    I have a quilt now that I don't know where it should go. It has no home as of yet! I guess it wants to stay with me! :D :lol: :lol:
    Good luck keeping it. I did a wall hanging for ME! Sold it before it was done!

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    Yes, fabric talks to me, too. Sometimes, it screams really loud! I have had quilt tops talk to me as well. They tell me to get a certain fabric out of there or how they need to be quilted. I am so glad that I am not alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyInTheSky
    To continue my threads demonstrating my insanity (see "do you see faces in fabric?"), I was wondering if the fabric or finished projects ever tell you where they want to go?

    I was working on a tablerunner UFO. I started it a few years ago, and was finishing it for my Feb UFO. I had no idea who it would be for and then out of the blue, I knew it was going to my boss at work and his wife. Well, specifically, I thought of his wife. And to me it feels like the tablerunner was saying that's where it wanted to go. I've had that happen with a few quilts where I've liked the pattern and fabric, been working on them with no recipient in mind, and then -bam- I know where it's going, and it turns out it's their favorite color palette. So does that happen to any of you? Or am I really just that crazy?
    No crazier than the rest of us :) Fabrics talk to me all the time.

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    I also hear them speak , and I have made Quilts a many a time for one person and then to have it go to a person I had no ideal
    when starting it that it would end up with, so yes I think they choose who they go to .

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    You betcha. Once I was going to buy fabric for a quilt class. We didn't know what the quilt was going to look like, only that we needed to bring a light, a medium and a dark fabric. My plan the whole time was to bring a deep blue, medium green and lighter purple (my favorite colors). When I was at the store, for some reason, a bright yellow kept saying 'make me the light one', so I did. Turns out my deep blue, medium green and light yellow were the same colors the instructor had used in her demo quilt! And I loved the way mine turned out.

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