Saturday, December 22, 2012

Fabric for the quilt shop

From the time I was about 12 to about 15 years ago. I made a good portion of my own clothes and a lot of Sean and Leanne's when they were small. When we moved to the condo, I got rid of almost all my fabric stash but since then my stash of small pieces of fabric suitable for minis has grown to huge proportions!

I've used virtually none of it but the lure of fabric is SO strong that I'm constantly buying fat quarters, pieces of fabric at miniature shows and picking up used clothing (particularly silks).

Stacked in the closet...

Spread out and opened...
LOTS of pieces (about 80) that should be suitable for the quilt shop:

TIP: It's not always easy to tell at a glance if a print is small enough to be 'right' in miniature. Here's a little tip you might find helpful.

Cut a one inch square in a piece of cardstock that's at least 4" x 4" - large enough that you have a good sized border around the hole. Tuck it in your purse or wallet so you can check out any fabric you're looking at.

Place the card on the fabric and you will see what a square foot of the fabric would look like in RL.

Here is how it looks using seven different pieces of fabric. It really focuses your attention on the scale.

Now the fun (?) begins...I'll cut pieces 4" x 4", fold them in half to wrap around the fabric bolts; more pieces 1.5" x about 1" for fat quarters. (I know the scale size would be 1.5" x 1.833" for the fat quarters but the thickness of the fabric would make them too thick with the extra fabric length.)

I know a quilt shop should have jelly rolls but I don't know if I feel quite up to that - maybe I'll try making one or two.


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  2. SORRY... hit the "send" way too soon...
    also wanted to say thanks for the fabric idea of the square...

    You write how, I dont know how you got all that fabric, I always need to buy small pieces for each project, never has lot laying around....
    I better copy cat.....