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    i've never had that problem.. my problem is when i have a really special fabric.. i don't want to use the last pc of it..

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    I am doing a quilt now that i love the material. I have taken a large piece and am making a lap quilt. I am putting other material around it to make a frame for it. The rest i am going to do the same except make smaller versions of the big one. It seems as if fabric talks and wants to be done in a certain way. If that makes since to you

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    Quote Originally Posted by paula153
    Having trouble cutting into your fabrics, I love some of mine soooo much that I have a great deal of trouble doing the first cut. I think maybe I should save it for a better project etc, any ideas how to get over this ?
    Bought some beautiful suede fabric for a suit several years ago. Yep! It's still on the shelf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paula153
    Having trouble cutting into your fabrics, I love some of mine soooo much that I have a great deal of trouble doing the first cut. I think maybe I should save it for a better project etc, any ideas how to get over this ?
    Boy, howdy! Having grown up to be very careful and not waste anything, that I get paralyzed that I might make a mistake with this beautiful piece of fabric and thereby waste it. As a result I let too many opportunities slide by.

    Now as soon as I get the piece washed and ironed, before I put it in my stash, I cut a piece of it. That takes some of the fear out of cutting it in the future.

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    I've made whole cloth wall hangings out of a couple of pieces that I just couldn't cut. They still make me smile every time I walk by them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilrain
    I was once told "Those beautiful fabrics that you just can't cut into.....do it......otherwise your grandkids will inherit that fabric and make Halloween costumes out of it"
    LOL..how true!

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    Don't try to get over it, it will never happen! Use it as the center panel in a quilt or cut big squares or rectangles. Or just enjoy looking at it.

    Ricky Timms said in a seminar I went to that we don't have fabric stashes, we have fabric collections because we have stuff that we will never ever part with. So true, so true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paula153
    Having trouble cutting into your fabrics, I love some of mine soooo much that I have a great deal of trouble doing the first cut. I think maybe I should save it for a better project etc, any ideas how to get over this ?
    It happens, that's why you go out and shop for more fabrics!

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    I share a lot of that feeling.....but then I get so excited to see what it would look like in a quilt.....I take a deep breath and start cutting.....It is always a surprise to me how the finished product will be!!!!

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    I do not know the answer as I have that same trouble. Maybe if we sewed something from it for our own home we could enjoy it. Laying in the drawer we are the only ones that can enjoy it.

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    I too had that problem with my "Day of the Dead" fabric collection. I took a class on making a quilted jacket from a sweatshirt. It's a crazy quilt on a sweatshirt concept. Anyhow, my quilting instructor had us stack the fabrics and just slash cut them. I could not do it, so she made the first cuts for me. It was easy after that....
    As you can see from my photo, the end product was shown a our local quilt show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilrain
    I was once told "Those beautiful fabrics that you just can't cut into.....do it......otherwise your grandkids will inherit that fabric and make Halloween costumes out of it"
    LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkiris
    Take a look at the post under the "Pictures" section titled "Quilter wanna be" by Kendallsmom on 3/12/2011. She is a new quilter and sewer who has made some beautiful tops with large pieces of fabric that would be perfect for those pieces you don't want to cut. We could all take a lesson from her! :thumbup:

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    Oh and there was just a "cake walk" quilt on this board that beautifully displayed large print fabrics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gollytwo
    I tacked up two Japanese fabrics, that I can bear to cut, like they were art works (which, actually, they are). One is in my bedroom, the other in the Quilt Room.
    What a great idea!

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    I recently saw a quilt on here where the panel was cut to use for the background squares for an attic windows type quilt. It was beautiful and I think I may have to try that idea with one of my fabrics I don't want to cut up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilrain
    I was once told "Those beautiful fabrics that you just can't cut into.....do it......otherwise your grandkids will inherit that fabric and make Halloween costumes out of it"
    You got that right. My girls wanted to make doll clothes when they were little I told them we would just get a old dress out of my closet an they could use that.
    So one day when the babysitter was there they wanted to do the same with some of the neighbor girls so they got a old dress that had bee in the back of the colset for a long time. I got home and got to looking at the fabric and lace that looked all so formulary to me and I ask them were did you get this and they said right were you told us to. It was a old dress that has been there for ever. What could I say but youl dolls look just as pretty as I did on my wedding day. It WAS my dress they cut up. All the girls in the neighbor hood had bride dresses.

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    Oh, I know the feeling. I found a pattern by Makower and bought every yard I could find, now I don't want to cut it. Have decided whatever I use it for it will be the main focus of the quilt. Also patterns of puppies, have yards of different kinds and I'm hesitate to cut into it for fear I'll mess up. This is sounding unhealthy, fabric should make us happy - right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lobster
    It's not so much the cutting, it's the hoarding. I find that I don't want to use any of the fabric up, because I might need it later!

    If you're not sure if a pattern is right for a fabric, put up photos here and ask us.

    Yes that is me. I hoard the fabric and I love it all. I will go out and buy more for a project rather than use my fabric on the shelves.

    I have been to estate sales and seen fabrics jut thrown about ot be sold and it reminds me that I should use mine but still have a hard time making myself do so.

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    Like to cut mine and make a quilt to show it off.

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    It will still be beautiful when you get the quilt made. I don't
    know how to over come cutting into it. I just go for it.

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    From the looks of you quilt pic you don't need to worry about your skills needing improvement. I like that one.

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    No clue on that one but I find I cut easier than I used to.

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    That does it for me: "Those beautiful fabrics that you just can't cut into.....do it......otherwise your grandkids will inherit that fabric and make Halloween costumes out of it" Snip snip snip!

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    I know exactly how you feel. I have a large (maybe 2 yds) piece of fabric that looks like a painting of an indian village. Its very beautiful. And I just can't bring myself to cut it.

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    Cut it girls just cut it up. Make a quilt called the Prints I Love and you will love it in a quilt to.

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