2-Cent Tuesday

Hello Friends, I am back again for 2-Cent Tuesday. I hope you are doing well. March is national quilting month, and I hope you are enjoying working on your WIPs, and even new projects! Here is a quilt recently returned to me from an editor – Sudley in Spring. This quilt is featured in a new Fat-Quarter-Friendly pattern book. You may purchase the book HERE.

My two-cents today will be short. It’s something I just started doing recently. I don’t know why I hadn’t done so earlier before.

Go ahead and label your BACKGROUND FABRICS (white/cream/neutral solids) leftover from projects because — there is white, there are snow white, cream white, parchment white; and there is also ivory white!

WRITE DOWN on your labels: Fabric Manufacturer and Sku identification.

For the longest time, all my leftover cream and white and light gray yardages were just thrown into a bin after I complete my quilts. While cleaning out my bin recently, I was overwhelmed by the various whites and creams that had accumulated over time with me not know what fabric is which.

I have a few go-to whites and creams, and chances are you do too. The good thing in labeling your background fabric leftovers is that you might accumulate various leftover yardages of a certain background fabric over time, enough to make an entire quilt without having to purchase any background fabric!

That’s my two-cents for today — it’s now your turn!

Have a lovely rest of the week. I will try my best to visit with you again before the end of the week. Happy Quilting.

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7 thoughts on “2-Cent Tuesday

  1. I’ve been doing that for a few years now and it generally helps. But, even with the SKU number there can be a slight difference of color in dye lots. Not detectable unless you put the two fabrics from different dye lots next to each other, as in using them in the same quilt. (Ask me how I know!)

  2. I sometimes mix the background fabrics in the quilts I make. I keep whites with whites and creams with creams. Especilly in controlled scrap quilts. The quilts look fine.

  3. I try to do this on all my solids, reds and whites and grays. I use a pigma pen to write on the selvedge, just have to remember to cut on the opposite side first.

  4. I need to start marking my leftover batting pieces. I typically use Quilter’s Dream Select, but occasionally buy a different brand on sale. You can’t always distinguish between some of the leftover pieces unless there’s an obvious difference in weight or fiber content.

  5. Oh Wendy, you are so, I don’t know the word, but you and my husband are of like minds! I’m fine making my backgrounds “scrappy”. haha! But many of my best friends will love this idea!

  6. I have several bolts of different whites/creams and in addition to keeping them all labeled, the scraps go in a small bag and I use a binder clip to attach the bag to the bolt so extra strips, squares, or small scraps can then be used on the next project. In addition, I also have a note in the bag telling me which quilt(s) I made with that bolt. It most likely serves no purpose, however, I just like to know.

  7. I am always amazed at how different the “color” of white is. The fabrics appear the same until they are placed next to each other. White is like all other colors, there is a difference. Sometimes it matters, sometimes the “scrappy” look is the perfect choice. thanks for this reminder, Wendy 😊.

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