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    I've seen it a hundred times...

    The threads on organizing fabric by folding on a ruler, so I thought I'd try a yard- I LOVE IT- LOL, so 1 1/2 hours later I had to make myself stop folding! My definition of scraps changed along the way so I started a basket for future ISpy quilts. Great motivator to use fabrics I forgot I had!

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    Going through my fabrics is like a visit with old friends, what a pleasure.

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    I have trouble keeping the ruler/fabric from slipping so my fabric isn't as flat as I'd like it to be. Am I doing something wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoisM View Post
    I have trouble keeping the ruler/fabric from slipping so my fabric isn't as flat as I'd like it to be. Am I doing something wrong?
    It works best for fabric that is at least 1/2 yard. It's a great method that works wonderfully without extra cost!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoisM View Post
    I have trouble keeping the ruler/fabric from slipping so my fabric isn't as flat as I'd like it to be. Am I doing something wrong?
    I have a 3" X 15" ruler. I fold over the fabric on the larger ruler, put the smaller one on top, matching the edges, roll the fabric then slide both rulers out.

    QUESTION: what do you do with larger cuts, like 4 yards and above? The roll is so thick you can't fold it. Larger ruler?
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    I folded my fabric that way, stacked it by color or theme. Then I was thinking about getting the comic book boards, so on a whim I put those folded fabrics vertical, wondering how much room they would take up that way vs. in stacks. They stood up without the boards!!! I was so thrilled. I now have most of my fabric standing vertically (much easier to take a piece out that way) and am not having to buy boards! All the pieces I did this with are 1 yard or more.

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    This might sound stupid, but I keep reading about "I Spy" quilts. What are they? I have no idea. But I would like to know exactly what they are.
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    Dunster, Wow, thanks for sharing this. Never thought of putting them on end without a board (I just stack mine by color). My shelves aren't high (about 14" on some to 18" on others) so I'd have to fold them in thirds.... hmmm have to think this out. Thanks for the new approach!

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    An I Spy quilt is made from any fabric that a child can play the game I Spy with. You use easily recognizable fabric prints like cars, trucks, train,bugs, alphabets, colours (boys) and butterflies, dolls, kitties, candy etc. for girls. Some people do them with 2 matching squares hidden around the quilt for a matching game also. There are some good examples on QB.

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    the ruler folding works even better since i put the anti slip dots on it----i made 3 I spy useing multiples of 6 1/2 [ruler size] that way you can incorparate large pieces like trains at 6 1/2 x24 1/2

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    I haven't looked at layouts for ISpys yet, thanks for the ruler tip because I do have some train and plane prints along with the radio flyer wagon which is a must have. I am tickled my shelves look so much neater already with the folding. My husband just shook his head when I was showing him how pretty it all looked stacked, he did laugh when I pointed out his dinner could be found amoung the neatly stacked soup cans in the pantry! Back to folding...

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    I'm also a ruler folding convert. I have a lot of fabric and am still slowly getting it all ruler folded. I like it better than the comic book board version - not to mention it's cheaper than buying comic boards. I also love the way it looks on my shelves, all nice and tidy

    I haven't made and i spy quilt yet. One of these days. I have been collecting tidbits to make one someday. I just don't have a reason to make one yet. Maybe by the time my kids have children... hopefully that will be a long way off. My oldest is only going on 12!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jemma View Post
    the ruler folding works even better since i put the anti slip dots on it...
    Thanks, Jemma. I think that's the answer - for me anyway.

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    I never thought of folding fabric over a ruler.
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    Tartan, thanks for the description. I've heard of I Spy quilts but had no idea what they were. That would be a great way to pass the time with kids or grandkids on a road trip, or any trip.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    An I Spy quilt is made from any fabric that a child can play the game I Spy with. You use easily recognizable fabric prints like cars, trucks, train,bugs, alphabets, colours (boys) and butterflies, dolls, kitties, candy etc. for girls. Some people do them with 2 matching squares hidden around the quilt for a matching game also. There are some good examples on QB.
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    I hadn't heard about ruler folding for fabrics, so I'm glad the method was described. I may just have to organize my stash again - for me the feeling is what I imagine rolling in money is like. Should I organize by color? by theme? by end use? So much fun!

    Re the I Spy question - I've made several "I Spy Through Attic Windows" quilts and have started to make them with themes. Just finished one with only farm animals made for a baby whose parents are large-animal veterinarians. I think one with Laurel Birch animals would look great too, as would one with a transportation theme.
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    Where can I find the thread on how to fold the fabric using the rulers. Must have missed it.
    Thanks, Eldene

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    I am with Eldene.... I think I missed it as we'll. Could anyone explain this? It sounds like you fold fabric around a ruler but mine just collapse! What am I doing wrong? I really need to organize my stash and haven't found the perfect way yet. Any input?

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    I have other questions about ruler wrapping: What size ruler do most of you use? Is it basically personal preference? I have the usual 6x24" ruler but it has the finger projector on it so it wouldn't be a tight wrap. It seems that the piece needs to be at least 1/2 yard, but that wouldn't stay together if a wide ruler was used, would it? And if you are using a more narrow ruler, how do you put it on the shelf? It seems that if you simply lined them up a lot of shelf space behind would be wasted. Do you lay it down? Do 1/2 yard pieces look like the rolls of "ends of fabrics" in the stores? My mind isn't wrapping around this as well as I had thought. And what is the biggest piece people wrap using the ruler method. I think this may be what I should do (rather than stacking pieces on top of each other), but I haven't got an image in my head yet.

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    I missed the thread too, but I folded the larger pieces on a 6x24 ruler then folded them in half if they were not too bulky and stacked them on top of each other. I staggered each color back 1/4" so I could see them all.

    The smaller pieces I folded on a 3x15" ruler, folded them in half or thirds and stacked upright in wire basket.

    I grouped everything by color.

    I do not have much stash. I prefer to shop for each project as I do it, so this worked for me.
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    Here is the thread on how to fold fabric: http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...ost992489.html
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    I keep hearing about folding material with the ruler. What exactly is that and how is it done?

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    What is the ruler folding method?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I folded my fabric that way, stacked it by color or theme. Then I was thinking about getting the comic book boards, so on a whim I put those folded fabrics vertical, wondering how much room they would take up that way vs. in stacks. They stood up without the boards!!! I was so thrilled. I now have most of my fabric standing vertically (much easier to take a piece out that way) and am not having to buy boards! All the pieces I did this with are 1 yard or more.
    Thanks for the idea. I have mine ruler folded and stacked. I'm going to try standing mine vertically. It would be much easier to get to the fabric I want. I always want what is on the bottom of the stack. lol

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    Go to Missouri Start Quilt Company and they have an I Spy Jar Quilt that I am making. Oh so cute and so much fun. They have a tutorial on it.

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