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Thread: How do you cut & carry swatches for fabric matching???

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    Senior Member dahlshouse's Avatar
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    I have been looking for a good way to carry swatches with me to quilt shops to match when I need additional fabrics for a project in the works.. I rarely buy coordinating fabric when I initially pick one up...(as usually do this on a shop hop)... figure to get others when I am ready to start that quilt...
    Also wonder what is your favorite or best way you have found to take a small swatch of main fabric
    Thank you in advance for all your ideas... such a great group of people on this board...

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    I cut the part of the selvage edge w/ the color dots. Takes no room at all in my purse or pocket.

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    i usually cut at least 2' sqs. and and put them in a small baggie. they stay clean and all together

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    Quote Originally Posted by meemersmom
    I cut the part of the selvage edge w/ the color dots. Takes no room at all in my purse or pocket.
    Omg, is THAT what those dots are for?!?!? Lol! I never knew!!! Now I'm going to go look at all my selvages!! Hahaha

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    One thing that works is to use a cd holder that has plastic envelopes. Easy to carry, easy to access in shops

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    A dear friend here on the board sent me this very flat brag book. I think it is the cat's meow--she said it is for swatches to match fabric. And I went to the store the other day for fabric and I had to wing it as I had forgotten it already!

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    I have a brag book that I use. I cut a piece of cardstock to just fit the pocket. I then use double sided tape to put the piece of fabric on the cardstock. On the card I write how much I have of that fabric. I tape the color dots on the back of the card. If I am working from a planned pattern - i.e. purchasing fabric for a specific pattern - I print out an outline of the quilt blocks on the back too. HTH

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    the color dots on the salvages are the true colors used in that piece of fabric (all of them)so the salvage dots will help you match colors perfectly-
    an actual swatch will help with design too-
    often 2" is just not enough to show the true feel of the fabric- sometimes it is (if it's a very small print)
    i generally try to cut a 4"-6" piece of fabric-an extra 1/8 yard gives you an extra 4 1/2" strip of fabric--
    a small project notebook is nice= you can glue strips of each fabric you are using along with pattern information- and any key notes all together to refer to when ever you need to= it also lets you go back at a later date and see exactly what you used for any given project....i keep one for projects and a separate one for battings

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    I use a zip lock bag.

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    Right now I'm using a notebook that has an elastic to hold it shut. I make notes on the pages about the project, amount I have of each swatch and what I'm looking for. I either pin the swatches together and attach to the page or sew them to a strip of cardstock and attach to the page. It also makes a quilting diary of sorts since I keep notes about the projects. Might try the brag book next time around.

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    When I try to match up batiks for a banner, I take the pieces that I have in a bag over to the shop in Wytheville and lay them out in a corner and pull bolts that will blend with what I have or make a better choice than what I already have. I've done this process several times. The ladies there offer assistance when I need it. I always let them know what I've brought with me and let them see it. Then I ask if it will be alright to try and match some of their fabrics to go with my project. They have never told me no.

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    These are great ideas. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by dahlshouse
    I have been looking for a good way to carry swatches with me to quilt shops to match when I need additional fabrics for a project in the works.. I rarely buy coordinating fabric when I initially pick one up...(as usually do this on a shop hop)... figure to get others when I am ready to start that quilt...
    Also wonder what is your favorite or best way you have found to take a small swatch of main fabric
    Thank you in advance for all your ideas... such a great group of people on this board...
    Thank you for asking this question, I have been wondering this myself for some time. Thank you everyone for sharing your ideas.

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    I just snip a small square and toss in my purse.

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    I usually take a small piece of each and put them on a safety pin. Pin that to the top inside of my purse, and it's easy to get too. Sometimes I don't even have to unpin it to match!

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    I carry my samples in a manilla folder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glassquilt
    I carry my samples in a manilla folder.
    Ok how do you incorporate paint chips???

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    I take 1.5 inch strips about 2" long and sew each piece of fabric that I am wanting to match together in a long strip. I then take a marker and write how much fabric I need of the matching fabric. Then I safety pin it to my lapel for easy access.

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    I have a fairly simple method-though after seeing Glassquilt's picture, mine probably won't work! I have one of the small reusable grocery/lunch bags. I keep my fabrics in there, but I don't have swatches. I take the entire piece(s) with me, but my little bag easily holds 6+ yards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LLWinston44
    Quote Originally Posted by Glassquilt
    I carry my samples in a manilla folder.
    Ok how do you incorporate paint chips???
    I asked for paint chips so I knew we are both talking about the same color. There are so many shades.

    When I find a fabric I carry it to a window and compare with the chip and fabrics. The chip keeps me on the right track - too easy to find fabrics that look good together but aren't true to the originally requested color.

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    I safety pin small pieces of fabric together and toss them in my purse. Yeah, I usually lose them in there, but eventually I find them. If I am looking for border fabric, I take my whole quilt top.

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    I cut a two inch sq and tape over it with clear packing tape, punch a hole in it and put it on a ring that opens and snaps closed. I take them off when the project is complete

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glassquilt
    Quote Originally Posted by LLWinston44
    Quote Originally Posted by Glassquilt
    I carry my samples in a manilla folder.
    Ok how do you incorporate paint chips???
    I asked for paint chips so I knew we are both talking about the same color. There are so many shades.

    When I find a fabric I carry it to a window and compare with the chip and fabrics. The chip keeps me on the right track - too easy to find fabrics that look good together but aren't true to the originally requested color.
    You asked for the paint chips from who??

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    I feb been know to take a block from the quilt to match fabric (if I am missing borders or something other wise I take generous cuts of each to match - audition needed fabrics

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