Hello! I recently came across my swatch book I started in the early 1990s. I thought you might enjoy some pictures of it.
I will begin at the beginning and show the first three pages here.
I wanted to make a reference for myself as I was learning about dating fabrics. But let's be honest, I also loved the fabrics and this was another way I could enjoy them.
I bought a gorgeous mustard yellow leather binder that is stored in it's own fabric covered box to begin. The pages are oversized rectangles and required special plastic pages that were archival.
Do you have a swatch book you've made? It wouldn't have to be dedicated to reproduction fabrics, it could any fabrics. Some people save the selvedges. I have...... somewhere.
What is yours like? What made you start it? What do you use it for?
I'll share more pages soon. Maybe you'd like to share yours here if you can post pics in the comments.
On my Quilts for Sale Antique & Vintage FaceBook page I put up 6 BAQ and Red & Green applique books this morning, as well as a rare early-mid 1800s quilt top. Here's a sneak peek
The entire top is made of tiny parallelograms forming railroad tracks!
I'd love to hear about your swatch book, or that this has inspired you to start one. Feel free to ask any questions you might have and I'll get back to you through the comments or my FB page.
May your summer be warm and lazy, filled with time to quilt and craft!
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