Don’t be an idiot (like me…) Part 2

I have a feeling you guys are going to get sick of seeing these squares! Especially since, to the untrained eye, it looks like nothing is happening with them.

While it *is* in fact slow-going… it’s at least going. If you’ll pay special attention to the bag in the upper right corner, you can see it’s well organized while the other bags are in complete disarray. I’ve sewn all those squares into duos and have IRONED THEM. (I never iron anything. Unless I really really really really REALLY have to. And this time I really really really really REALLY had to.)

Which brings me to my point.

I am not at all an expert on fabric. I’m learning a bit at a time, especially as I follow other bloggers. When Mary at The Curious Quilter said there should be no homespuns included in the swap, I literally had to Google it. Now I know what a homespun is (or I at least have a clearer picture), and I went through my swapping fabric and pulled out all the probable homespuns.

But I’d already learned a valuable lesson during my ironing sessions. When I was ironing out my duos, some of my fabrics MELTED. Yes. They just shriveled up into a crunchy mess. So, my assumption is that some of those fabrics were synthetics. I am systematically having to go through my bags of squares and pull out the offenders and test the suspects. I am really excited that I get to personally touch all 3000+ squares at least 20 times each. (Sarcasm.)

So, don’t be an idiot like me. Learn your fabrics. Know what you’re using. And if you’re in doubt, test before you cut, sort, and sew.

So, you fellow swappers out there, I am sorry if you get my fabric!!! I am definitely trying to do this right, and I can assure you that you will not have anything that I *think* is a homespun, and you will not have anything that will melt!


Here’s a sad little shot of some of my swapping squares. I have so many duplicates, it’s not even funny. I am making sure that each set is without duplicates, but I have the potential to create LOTS of sets. 🙂

3 thoughts on “Don’t be an idiot (like me…) Part 2

  1. LOL, Stop over-thinking! They are all fine!!! And this is a fun (and forgiving) project to help you learn more about fabric.

    I bag up sets to sew into quilts, 3-4,000 in a gallon baggie. They are smooshed in every-which way. No pretty stacks.

    (Learn about homespuns on my blog too!)

    – Mary

  2. I’ve been an avid fabric collector for years since working in a well-known chain fabric store, and there’s always something to learn. Matter of fact, I have a few vintage fabrics that I had to do a double take to determine whether they were 100% cotton. No need to stress though, since I suspect we all have bigger things to worry about if we let ourselves. This is supposed to be relaxing.

    I am having fun going through and cutting up my squares for the swap. It gives me a reason to dig out each and every piece and fall in love with them all over again. Happy cutting!

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