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Thread: Fabric ID

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    Fabric ID

    I took advantage of the 'Mirage' fabric that Connecting Threads had on sale, and bought 48 different 1 yd pieces
    I had bought a bit of that fabric before, liked it, and wanted to have samples here at home to use. I didn't 'need' them, and I had no immediate plans for them. Then, as I was waiting for them to arrive, I thought, oh no, how am I going to ID them when they come and when I store them?
    I don't remember them coming this way before, which may just be my remembering problem, they may do all fabrics like this, but each piece came with a sticker attached, with it's name/number.
    So, I cut a 1/2 inch by 1 1/2 inch piece of each fabric and folded the ID sticker around it. That way, as I use one and find I need more, at least I can identify it.

    (I have a son that just got out of the Navy, who was in the nuclear propulsion dept. He really thinks things through, and organizes, and really pays attention to detail, we always call it as 'nuking something.' I think I nuked fabric organization!)
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    Super idea! Now you will know the name of the fabric you are searching for and cannot find.

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    You are so clever.
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    I would also get myself a small notebook of some sort and glue those pieces to pages, that way they won't get lost and are easy to see. I do that with most of my fabric swatches. Great quick reference, specially when I need to go get matching fabric, just take the swatch book with me.

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    Yes, indeed you did nuke fabric organization.
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    I'm glad you agree! (especially since I'm a Veronica too!)

    I like the book idea, beats my 'stuff in a plastic bag' idea
    You know that feeling when you've finished all your quilting projects and your studio is perfectly clean???? Me neither.

    It's not how fast you sew, it's how well you sew fast! Wait, I think that's supposed to be MOW!

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    I did something similar - except taped my swatch to an index card having the swatch go over the top edge (taped on back) to better compare different fabrics. Using my printer used the postcard setting creating a grid I whipped up and mark where I got it from, how much it cost, where stored, how many pieces, plus length. Sounds complicated but was super easy and visually easy to see/read. I file in 2 index card boxes - one box is by color, 2nd is for my 1/8th inch and below blenders, child fabrics, and non-cotton fabrics.

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    That does sound like a good system. So good, I expected you to end the post with "I was in the Navy too"
    You know that feeling when you've finished all your quilting projects and your studio is perfectly clean???? Me neither.

    It's not how fast you sew, it's how well you sew fast! Wait, I think that's supposed to be MOW!

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    Great idea, wow if I could only do that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MamaHen View Post
    I would also get myself a small notebook of some sort and glue those pieces to pages, that way they won't get lost and are easy to see. I do that with most of my fabric swatches. Great quick reference, specially when I need to go get matching fabric, just take the swatch book with me.

    Or get the multi pocket plastic pages for ring binders that you use to hold business cards, or coins or stamps (whatever size fits) and just slide the fabric swatches in.

    They'll be nicely protected and easily seen.
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    I also do genealogy and i use sheet protectors for baseball cards for wallet sized pics, this might be a good size for your small swatches???
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    Great idea, thanks for sharing!
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    I think putting a swatch of all my fabrics into a notebook would be great. Whenever I want to make a quilt I could pick the fabrics out of it. Would take me a month or so with all the fabrics I have.
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    way too organized-I never thought of that.mirage is a beautiful line.
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    Great idea!
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    Very clever! Thanks for sharing.
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    Great Idea!!!!!

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    Yes, I'd say you nuked it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MamaHen View Post
    I would also get myself a small notebook of some sort and glue those pieces to pages, that way they won't get lost and are easy to see. I do that with most of my fabric swatches. Great quick reference, specially when I need to go get matching fabric, just take the swatch book with me.
    Get some of those plastic baseball card pages that go in a 3-ring binder. Also I would highly recommend including where you purchased the fabric for quick reference in the future. Before my stash exploded I kept a small photo album in my purse with a swatch of each of my fabrics. Now it would take a pirate's trunk to haul it all around!

    Great idea tho! Kudos and keep it up!
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