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Thread: Fabric Swatches

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    Junior Member antiquegirl68's Avatar
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    Does anyone have any suggestions on how to use Fabric Swatches. I had a fabric store give me 40 plus fabric swatches from all different materials and all different colors none are the same. It is a good size for pillows but that would be alot of pillows, if you have any suggestions please let me know.

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    How about pincushions and potholders?

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    If they are large enough you could do a stack and whack quilt. Good luck, I'm sure you'll get some great suggestions here! :)

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    what about mug rugs? or mini quilts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charleen DiSante
    If they are large enough you could do a stack and whack quilt. Good luck, I'm sure you'll get some great suggestions here! :)
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    stack and whacks take 6-8 identical repeats of fabrics......

    jodi

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    Thanks for the ideas.

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    cut blocks and piece them to make fabric for shopping totes to Go Green.

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    Or a crumb quilt!

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    What about a crazy?

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    Actually I have seen a pattern where you take the same SIZE of sqares and cut them at an angle (not corner to corner) and move one piece from the top to the bottom and sew the the different pieces together. Then you iron and re-cut at a different angle, move one portionto the bottom of the pile and sew again. This is what I mean by the stack and whack, sorry it wasn't clear that I did not mean the one referred to :) (The teacher called it stack and whack about 10 years ago)
    Quote Originally Posted by jodimarie
    Quote Originally Posted by Charleen DiSante
    If they are large enough you could do a stack and whack quilt. Good luck, I'm sure you'll get some great suggestions here! :)
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    stack and whacks take 6-8 identical repeats of fabrics......

    jodi

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    Are they all the same type of fabric?
    And how big is each piece?

    How about a HST project?

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    A scrappy quilt?

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    depends on the shape of the swatches. They usually are the same width but different in length. I usualy cut the width into increments to use up the entire width. For instance if they are 12" wide, I might cut into 6" width and then sew from end to end and make strippy type quilts. Fast and Easy. I find usualy that the swatches are not very useful to me unless I need a mixture of fabric or a little bit of a specific color. Scrappy type works good. I got a group one time that were all about 3"x5". I just sewed them end to end and separated by a solid color and made strip quilts. Looked great. Dont sweat it over a dynamic design but rather the best way to use up what is there

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    Some of the material is heavier than others. Every piece is a different color. Some of it feels like it is thick enough to redo cushions on chairs. They are basically the same size about 12 inches. I do not have a lot material just starting out. I am unemployed and really do not have the money to buy more so I thought I would use this material for now don't want to waste not a single piece with the price of material.

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