Secrets/Tips – Fabric Selection & Design 3

FINALLY!, this is the final installment in this particular series, stay tuned for other tips for other categories. Oh, yes, there will be more!

8. Decided you were in the pre-wash camp because of a bleedover. Apparently, there are those who pre-wash everything and those who pre-wash nothing or very little.  I’m in the everything.  Granted, I don’t want a quilt ruined because of a bleedover (which did happen twice, once even though I pre-washed several times, and once because I forgot to – and yeah, those color catchers didn’t totally work), but I also have so many vintage fabrics from Mom that I don’t know which were washed and which weren’t.  So, to be consistent, I wash everything. Cept, I’m trying to figure out how to wash or get away with precuts???? Ugh, I can’t wash a jelly roll!

9.  Love the idea of pre-cut fabrics, but hate the price. Is there really anything I can add to this?  Other than the fact that fabric makers are evil wise and name these little pre-cut goodies with yummie sounding names like Honeycombs, Honeybuns, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, Turnovers, Candies, and Charm Packs? Now, if you consider a Jelly Roll as having 100″ – almost 3 yards of width of fabric (WOF – 40-44″), paying $39 doesn’t seem quite so bad, that is if you usually pay $13 a yard for fabric.  Well, they did “precut” and assemble with a variety of prints for you, so that has to be worth something, right?  Therefore, they can serve some purposes so you could buy 11, 12, 20, 25, 35 or 50 fat quarters (in a bundle) instead of 1/4 of a yard of 6, 10, 13, 19, or 25 different prints or 1/8 yard  of 11, 12, 20, 25, 35, or 50 different prints for a scrappy quilt.  I almost bought a layer cake (40 10″ X 10″ squares) this past weekend because it had two of each of 20 different food prints (planning to make “pie” potholders).  I may still get it, but instead, I bought a yard of an apple print to see if I like doing these latticed pie potholders.

10.  Realize the dots on the selvedge  or selvage (why do I want to use the British spelling?)  edge are actually the colors in that piece of fabric.  Ever wonder if two fabrics go together, and couldn’t tell by placing them side by side?  Instead of looking at the fabric print as a whole, check out the dots on the side and see if any of the colors of each fabric match up.  Oh, that’s what those dots are!  I will admit I tried this once, and unfortunately, not all my fabric selections, as I was shopping at the fabric store before ordering a cut, had these dots.  Argh!  Well, when they are there, they can be most helpful.

11.  Considered buying stock in Joann’s or Moda.  Seriously, ya know what I mean!

12.  Have the Craftsy app on your phone or tablet or better yet, both!  Do you, let me know?  I do!  There are some awesome free classes and patterns, but I admit, I have paid for a few!

13.  Know what Blitsy, Etsy, MSQC, and AQS stand for.  How do you even pronounce Etsy?  And, I’m sure there are more acronyms I have not mentioned here!

I really need to step up my game here.  I started this series ??? ago.  Maybe doing one thing per post, but very short, is the way to go after all?   I may try that!  Next up… Cutting Secrets/Tips…  Stay tuned!

What tips do you have pertaining to fabric selection and design?  Let me know!

One thought on “Secrets/Tips – Fabric Selection & Design 3”

  1. It was like learning a foreign language in a few places … Honeycombs, Honeybuns, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, Turnovers, Candies, and Charm Packs … but at least I have heard of fat quarters, even if I’m not exactly sure what they are!

    I’ve downloaded the Craftsy app to my tablet. Awesome.

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