When I start planning fabrics for a project, I cut a small swatch of each fabric, chainpiece the swatches together, and label them. I then can wear the swatches around my neck for easy access when I'm shopping for threads for appliqué or additional fabrics.

-Karen Grover
Rockford, Illinois

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