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Old 03-14-2011, 06:49 PM
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Okay - ya'll may be doing this, but I just realized maybe not everyone has thought of it!!! :mrgreen:

When I'm cutting a pattern that has lots of cuts, I copy the fabric cutting guide (instructions) and use the copy as a guide. Every time I make a cut, I check off that line. It's sure helped this poor old mind remember what the heck I've done....especially if I get interrupted!!!! :thumbup:

on edit: from reading below it reminded me. I always write which fabric for each cut. If I have 3 colors of fabric, I decide which ones get which cuts. Especially if you're changing out the colors...it's just too easy to get mixed up.

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Great idea. Wish I would have read earlier before I cut 5 strips of the wrong fabric.
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Great tip!
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Old 03-14-2011, 06:52 PM
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Good idea!!!
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Old 03-14-2011, 06:53 PM
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Thanks alot for this tip. I would do something like this.
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Old 03-14-2011, 06:55 PM
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What a wonderful idea. I love it.
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:14 PM
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When I was making my BOM for Pam Bono's "Pieces of Baltimore" (with almost 5,000 pieces in the quilt & some of those were tiny!) - that is what we did with the patterns each block. We would have gotten lost otherwise! Plus you didn't mess up your pattern just in case you wanted to make one of the same blocks for a different quilt in different colors. Kept our BOM patterns and the working copies in a 3-ring binder.
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Yes I do that too - actually I have to or else I get lost.
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:53 PM
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Originally Posted by amandasgramma

on edit: from reading below it reminded me. I always write which fabric for each cut. If I have 3 colors of fabric, I decide which ones get which cuts. Especially if you're changing out the colors...it's just too easy to get mixed up.

Happy quilting!

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Great idea, I always take a picture of each fabric and then make a swatch card out of it, you can even do this in Paint which comes standard with Windows! Then I write next to it what needs to be cut from that fabric.
I just got done photographing 15 fabrics for a bargello I am getting ready to start! this way I know which fabric I wanted in which spot!
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I definitely will be doing this from now one. Thanks for the great idea!
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