Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
I'm wondering how other quilters keep track of their fabric. I often ask others whose fabric they used in a particular project. Most of the time they are able to tell me. I would draw a big blank. Do you document your purchases, keep a swatch, know who the manufacturer is, the designer and the name of the line? Inquiring minds want to know!
Ok then.....I thought it was just me...not being organized or something. They must be OC. I have been keeping a journal with all the pertinent info like when I started it, the finished size, and I do keep small swatches for the journal and photograph it but there is nothing there that tells me whose fabric I used, etc. Sometimes a person can be too organized and then where is the creativity?? I did rearrange my fabrics recently so that all the florals, batiks, geometrics, solids (of which there are few) are together. I'm taking a class tonight to learn the double wedding ring. There isn't a single piece of solid fabric anywhere in my design. My mind does not go there because I like patterns soooo much, although I know that it's the quilting that makes the quilt beautiful, especially on the solids!! I'm going for the 3 x 3 ring on my first go-round, just in case.
I don not consider the manufacturer, designer and line. I pick what I like. I only buy good quality however. I purchase from quilt stores, not chain stores. I don't document unless it is a pattern that I like, then I write down problems and solutions, how much thread it took and if the amount of fabric suggested was enough. I do however write everything down when I design my own quilts. I use publisher to create the design and then after I make the quilt I write down the amont of fabric it took. This is my latest design. The colors aren't exact and my borders will probably be different. I will post the finished project when I get back from quilt camp. (if I finish that is.)
Really nice quilt Cheri!
Have been meaning to ask about quilt design programs on computer. I am challenged when it comes to technology! Who used them and what do you recommend?
Publisher is a Microsoft office program. I use it to do our church newsletter. But it is so easy to manipulate shapes so I do not have to have a dedicated quilt design program. It has Microsoft word, excel, outlook email and publisher all on one disc.
I saved your link Rogue, I am going to post it on Carla's page for links in the Batik Strip Page. Thanks.