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Thread: Do you ever not want to cut the fabric up.

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    I have two pieces of fabric that I realy can't see cutting up and think They can be made in to large blocks to show off the fabric. Do you ever run into this??

    Have you ever completed a quilt around one central block and just added borders?

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    I have a lot of fabric that I don't want to cut! I think it's just too pretty!

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    Always alot and then I think what am I thinking? Thats what I bought it for is to make a quilt!!!

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    Yes, some fabrics want to stay together! 9 patch pizazz shows how to use some of those wonderful fabrics in larger pieces with other coordinating fabrics. Sometimes I want to use them as back of throws so I can reverse and see the fun stuff! :lol:

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    I have a few pieces of fabric like that. Just can't bring myself to cut it. Just take it out and look at it once in a while.

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    I bought an angel fabric that just begged me not to cut it. I used it as center and put cut squares 3 rows around it. they set it off so well it looked like I planned it. my daughter in law loved it. So if it is speaking to you, listen to it, and work with it. you will be glad you did.

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    On my trip to visit my brother in Indiana, I bought a two yard piece of this beautiful fabric, with very large peacock's on it. I want to make a quilt out of it, but I just can't bear to cut into it. So, I too understand how you feel.

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    "Thimbleberries Tree Farm Throw" and "Thimbleberries Street Scene" are two great patterns that use a large cut of fabric for the center of the quilt and then surround with interesting boarders. I think these are both ideal for showcasing those fabulous prints that I don't want to cut. Nita

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    Another suggestion: :
    "Just Can't Cut It All Washed Up" You can find the pattern on the Fat Quarter Shop link. I don't have that one, but might need to buy one for myself. Nita

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    I bought a length of fabric that has betty boop on it,to make a quilt for my mom,but I couldn't cut it it would lose the pattern and not make much sense so I left it whole, put a few different width of borders around it and made a "whole cloth "quilt out of it

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    Oh yes, that has happened before. Sometimes I would wait a couple of weeks before I cut it...I kept fondling it..lol.

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    Yes, my bunny fabric. I just can't stand to cut up my little bunnies and see half faces and bottoms. :wink:

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    Yes! I'm very good at procrastinating. It seems like the pieces I don't want to cut, that I DO actually cut, I MESS Up on the measurements or something!

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    Yes, lots of my fabrics just get taken out and admired because if I cut them......I won't have them any more. Makes sense to me. Just this week I finished my first-ever batik quilt using fabrics I've had for several years. It was time. BTW, I did exactly the same thing with Betty Boop (cowgirl) fabric that "azdesertrat" did. Added some borders, quilted around each Betty motif, and she became an instant whole cloth quilt.

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    I run into this all the time!:))I sometimes use the fabrics for decorating, espec around holidays. If it is a whole line I can't live w/o...I then will find a big block quilt. One that really shows off the fabric in larger squares or rectangles. We all love our fabrics! Skeat

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    I sure do. Thats why I call myself a fabric collector rather then a quilter. I have several L. Burch fabrics i just cant cut apart. I love just looking at them.

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    I'm always more than ready for a fabric massacre. Jack the (seam) Ripper would be proud.

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    I have a hydrangea fabric by Lakehouse. Took me a while to find it; but oh so gorgeous. Not sure if I can make the first cut. :?

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    I know what you mean...

    Maybe... Make large alternating squares to go with some equally beautiful patchwork. Or fold it up, put it on a shelf and fondle it once in a while because it makes you happy. Maybe you need the right inspiration.

    I don't really know what to do... I have this problem every time. Sometimes I have the wrestle with myself to make the first cut, or build up excitement over the completed project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilting G
    I have two pieces of fabric that I realy can't see cutting up and think They can be made in to large blocks to show off the fabric. Do you ever run into this??

    Have you ever completed a quilt around one central block and just added borders?
    This is my dilemma...any suggestions? Thanks, 80

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilting G
    I have two pieces of fabric that I realy can't see cutting up and think They can be made in to large blocks to show off the fabric. Do you ever run into this??

    Have you ever completed a quilt around one central block and just added borders?
    Definitely!!
    As a matter of fact I am about to start one around a beautiful lighthouse panel a friend gave me , just gonna add boarders.
    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by eightylady
    This is my dilemma...any suggestions? Thanks, 80
    Here is a quilt that I made with Laurel Burch fabric that just could not be cut into small pieces. It would have just ruined the pattern of the fabric. I cut it into large rectangles, made sashing for it and quilted. I really liked the effect.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-79671-1.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilting G
    I have two pieces of fabric that I realy can't see cutting up and think They can be made in to large blocks to show off the fabric. Do you ever run into this??

    Have you ever completed a quilt around one central block and just added borders?
    Yes I have ... and it turned out great ! Some prints are just too beautiful to cut up !

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    That's what I call my "permanent stash". They won't be cut until I either find the perfect project for them or run out of other fabric.

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    Have you seen the pattern "Sidelights" by Mountainpeek Creations? It features a panel or theme fabric on the left side and features blocks, and borders around the right and bottom. I have really enjoyed using this simple pattern to showcase beautiful material I don't wish to cut up. I have also used the unsymetrical pattern design as a starting point for other kinds of side blocks. Its an easy pattern.

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