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    Fabric Panels help

    I am going to my Quilt Guild retreat at the end of March. I am taking a fractured quilt class while there. The supply list I received says I need 9 to 16 repeats of the same fabric panel. I have searched online and most panels come with only 1 repeat of a design per yard. I would then need 9 to 16 yard to get what I need. I sure can't afford that! Anyone know of somewhere to get that many repeats of a single panel without breaking the bank? Otherwise I will have to drop the class. Thanks for your help. YOu guys on here always have such good suggestions.

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    you may want to contact the shop that gave you that supply list & ask for clairification- i've made a couple fractured quilts- we used a (printed fabric) not an actual (one picture panal) much like the fabric selections for one block wonders- except they did have a specific repeat of a picture (like- one lady's was butterflies) anyway---before (breaking the bank) call the shop & talk to them about what exactly you need
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    sorry- just noticed it's a (guild activity) so call one of the guild members who are part of this program.
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    It means the repeat of the pattern in the fabric. When you go to your LQS, I'm sue they can explain it better.

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    I used a length of fabric with large print motifs ( mine was flowers). I love this tech....you get amazing quts. Have fun!!!

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    I would ask about the recommended size of the repeat (panel). If you can get away with a small one, like 12", then you can find a large print to use. If the repeat is 12", and you need 9 to 16 of them, that is 3 to 5.5 yards
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    Yes, using the term "panel" is confusing in this context - they mean repeats in the pattern of the yardage. As Paper Princess just said, decide on the approximate size you want to work with, then purchase according.
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    I'm not finding any panels I like or can afford since there is only usually one repeat in a yard. The retreat is 2 guilds combined and the instructor is in the other guilt. I am trying to get her email since her supply list is pretty brief and unclear. I just looked at Joann for a large print I can fussy cut. They didn't have anything good. I didn't have time to stop at Hancocks. Maybe tomorrow? I have a while to look for something. If I knew it was a technique I liked it wouldn't bother me as much to shell out the money for fabric. There are also quite a few LQS here so I will look. I was hoping someone here knew of somewhere that sold panels. I did find a shop that specializes in them, but it was still a lot of yardage. Thanks everyone for responding.

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    Hey Meanmom what guild do you belong to in Butler County?
    I have often thought about joining one.
    Goodluck finding those cuts.
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    I like the Oxford Guild. It is a little far for me, 22 miles but I don't care. There is also a guild in Middletown but I don't have any info on it other than the name. PM me for more info.

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    I believe the word "panel" is misued. I suspect it is repeats and not panel. Repeats are usually 22"-24" and you will need the number of repeats the fractured cut requires. If there are 6 cuts then you will need 6 repeats. Get a clarification of the terms and buy accordingly.
    And remember the "repeat" is only accurate down the side of the fabric. The same repeat on the other side may not be in the same registration as that down the length of the fabric.
    This can be misleading as they may look the same. the other side can be used for another set of blocks.
    Last edited by Holice; 01-21-2013 at 04:38 PM.

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    Here is a link to a tutorial for a fractured quilt, maybe this will give you an idea of the type of fabric to look for

    http://sewlandia.blogspot.com/2012/0...-tutorial.html
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    Thanks for the tutorial. I have never done one but have seen a couple completed ones. SHe is asking for 9 to 16 repeats is where I am confused. A friend told me she thinks one of the LQS, kinda far away, might be more familiar with the one we are doing. I have never been to this shop so i might take a trip there Saturday.

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    I hadn't seen this before. When I looked at the tutorial it hurt my eyes lol, made me feel dizzy. Then as it went on I thought how great this would be to do with a fish printed fabric. It looks , to me, as if things are under water and the ripples are going by.

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    I think they are referring to repeats in the pattern on the fabric and not an actual panel. I just did one and it had a 10" repeat in the fabric, and it took less than 3 yards.

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