Since we had some great comments on record keeping, I decided to add my VERY simple system here. I am always looking for new color combinations. Before I do a new hue, I dye a 7 in swatch first, rather than a fat quarter or yardage. Here below is my plan, sketched out on paper to show cut lines and how I staple my dyeing parts recipe on the fabric swatch, and store them for my records. "334" upper left is my recipe in parts: 3 parts yellow and blue, 4 parts red. When the 7" square is done, I rotary cut off the top 2" with the recipe attached. I have swatches hanging by safety pins for future dyeing. I like having them at hand, hanging in front of me on my pegboard (see heading at the top of the page). The second rotary cut on the right side is for my records. I do not do this for all my colors, but if I want to make Hue Sheets, I can cut my 2" square from this piece. The bonus that is left: a 5" charm square for fun - if I like the color.
The end result: hanging swatches on my peg board, at easy reach when I need them. The shelving is a 5 shelf unit from Menards. It comes with the wood and each shelf can hold 500 Lbs. I split them up into an ironing space and a cutting space, both the perfect height - for about $60 total. Of course, net book in the photo tuned to Pandora.
Meet The Procion Princess
Mother of two teenage boys, and married to my great husband for nearly 25 years. I have been quilting for the past 20 years. I am addicted to fabric dyeing, mixed media with thickened dyes, art quilting, and quilt pattern design in EQ7. I live in suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin.