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Which way to go fabric first or pattern

Old 05-28-2013, 06:49 PM
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wondering which way to go look for fabric then pattern of pattern then fabric, sometime it just come to you but other times I'm not sure which way I should do it.

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I usually find the pattern first and the fabric follows - but I do buy a lot of fabric just because I like it, and no idea what I am going to do with it.
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Old 05-28-2013, 07:03 PM
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I think either way works....of course....but I tend to select fabric and then go looking for a pattern online. If I can't get inspired that way, I just reverse it. Not much help, am I?

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It really depends. Sometimes I find a fascinating pattern and then buy or find fabric to enhance it. Other times I get a fabric set I like and look for a pattern that will set it off well. My favorite is to design my own patterns, but even then sometimes I have the fabric first and others I go searching for the right fabrics.
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I've collected fabric for years before I started quilting. So mostly I have the fabric and figure out what to do with it.

Of course I see quilts I like and then put fabrics into the design and discover I need one or more fabrics I don't have. So it does go both ways.
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Both equally.

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Old 05-28-2013, 10:19 PM
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Like others have said - both! I love to collect quilt books (especially love Kim Diehl's) - so many quilt patterns I want to make! But whenever I'm out & about I find fabric I just have to have and usually don't have a pattern. THAT's my problem - I end up buying so much fabric because I'm afraid I won't have enough & it will no longer be available once I decide on a pattern!
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Old 05-28-2013, 10:53 PM
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wondering which way to go look for fabric then pattern of pattern then fabric, sometime it just come to you but other times I'm not sure which way I should do it.


More often than not, I see fabric I must have---------------then figure what design I want to use. But then there are special patterns like STORM AT SEA that I spent months looking for just the right fabric--------------and I've still not started on it.
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:14 AM
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Either way works. I often have the fabric before I choose the pattern to use. But if I see a panel for a baby quilt, that may just be the quilt. I add borders and backing, which sometimes are purchased with the panel, but often, I know I have something at home that will work.
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:28 AM
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I usually find a pattern first, then get the fabric. I really don't have room for a stash and am terrified that after spending all that money on fabric 'just because' that my tastes will change and I'll not use it. I have a bit of a stash from left overs from projects but that's about it. It works for me.
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