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    Make sure you wash it first. Sepending on how it was stored , there could be bugs in it , or it could be deteriorating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PJisChaos View Post
    Some people have told me not to touch them or it will ruin the "value".
    Well, last time I checked, there were no museums for uncut fabric. Lol. I'd be tempted to ask whomever said that to me how much they're willing to pay me for such valuable fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PJisChaos View Post
    Just need some ideas and input from ya'll.
    I spent all day yesterday, working my butt off digging through a shed full of boxes at a friends. My payment for this deed was being able to keep any fabric I came across that I wanted. Fair pay for a hard days work, imho. So, a 1-ton truckload of boxes and boxes of fabric is what is now in my shed and dining room. My problem is this...
    95% of this fabric is from the early 60s to late 70s. It ranges from extremely vivid to ... muddy(?) prints. Everything has tags and receipts with dates but only a handful of these receipts are still legible and have dates from 1962 to 1974. I am really wanting to take my time and use the fabric in a way that showcases the vintage-ness(is that even a word or just my own?) of some of the prints. So if it was you, would you use patterns from that period or use them in modern "things". Maybe create your own? I am talking Scooby-doo Mystery Machine colors on a lot of these, talk about overpowering the pattern in a quilt! I totally love them all though, even the muddy green/brown/hot pink/in-your-face orange mix prints. LOL!! Tons of B-I-G flowers and colors, man, lots of colors. ^_^
    Oh, and enough yardage is not a problem as most of the cuts are atleast 4yds each. One piece is 11 yds and only cost 77 CENTS!!! That is just... well, sickening! What I would give to be able to buy even 1 yd for 77 cents.

    So, what do you think? Any and all ideas welcome, and thanks!

    What about some blankets for kids out of the cartoony stuff? Just a piece of print on one side, other print on back and battting. Tack a bit and make a kid's day for him or her.
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    The only "value" I can think of would be to put it on eBay and see if someone is willing to pay $10 or $20 a yard for funky vintage fabric, but you know darn well they'd cut it up too. So you might as well have all the fun!

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    Lucky you, have fun with it. One pattern that would showcase the prints is the snowball, using solids to make the corners of each snowball. It makes a great scrappy quilt. Other suggestions, apple core or hatchet, or tumbler--all are that era patterns.
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    Take a look at some of the patterns by Kaffe Fasset, they play well to large scale bold/wild prints.

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    Definitely use it! Can you post pictures so we can rejoice with you? !!! I think it is so neat.

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    Have fun! We thought we had the market of FLOWERS and COLORS back in the day. Just remember that polyester and poly blends work differently than 100%cotton. Do what you feel like with pattern choices. I like to think that our colors and flowers were a direc t reaction to the avacado greens that our parents decorated our homes with. LOL

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    "Mid Century Modern" is a decorating trend of today. Those fabrics in the right designs would fit right in. I would do some research and perhaps even contact some museums to use their style books. Even our big library has some. Check what was used with the designs of the time to get ideas. I like a lot of the "modern" quilts being done today with the big prints toned down a little with light fabric.

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    I would choose patterns modern or "vintage" that work best with those particular fabrics. Those loud prints would be perfect in some of today's more modern patterns. The muddy would work well with the traditional settings....when you make those quilt labels, I would definitely include the story of how they were rescued and turned into treasures!
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