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Thread: Large print fabric - now what?

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    Large print fabric - now what?

    I bought 2.5 yards of this fabric. All the shop had. Absolutely love it, but now that I've got it at home, I don't know what pattern to use. I'm afraid to cut it up and mess up the design. Any suggestions?
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    How about fussy cutting squares to get the most design you want in each square and alternating those blocks with a nine patch or four patch of coordinating fabrics. Or, cut a whole vertical strip and put blocks in between. There's also a pattern called Too Pretty to Cut that you may want to look at. I am sure others will have more suggestions. I forgot to say that I love the fabric!!!
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    How about a lap quilt, with it as the backing?
    Or .... because you like it so much, do it as a whole cloth top and outline quilt the pattern designs, with the backing being a coordinating plain fabric where you'll see the outlines from the backside too.
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    oh I would fussy cut some then cut the rest up like regular so you get the color without the pattern it would be very nice. the birds, cut those
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    You could cut a large section of it and use that like a panel in the quilt, then put 3 borders on it. The first one and the third one could be coordinating fabrics and the 2nd one could be the rest of the focus fabric. That's easy to do and preserves/highlights the beauty of the fabric for you.

    Have fun with it, whatever you do with it.

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    That fabric is just lovely.

    Would you consider a quilt by Modern Quilt Relish? I did one (see below) and it was so much fun. Your fabric may work. The one I did is called TV Dinner. http://modernquiltrelish.blogspot.ca...tern-shop.html
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    Liked this so much I bought one, too. Thanks for the link.
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    Beautiful quilt.

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    I just bought a 9 inch heagon die...that material would be awesome. Jenny D has a template and a turtorial on how to do an easy hexagon quilt

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    I have often seen people pull the main colors and theme out of the large print design and make a top with it, and then use the print for the border. That is what I would do.
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    I had some fabric I just couldn't cut, so I put borders on it and just quilted it. I was very happy with the results. Let me see if I can find a picture of it, just in case it might work for you. I love your fabric!!

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    I found this one while surfing yesterday. It lends itself to large patterns.
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    ETA: Love the kitty pattern/quilt!

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    Is that the talavera something-or-other?

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    4 patch posie woud be awesome
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    Wow Vivian...very nice quilt and i went to the website and they have many nice patterns that i would love to make. Thanks for sharing.
    Quote Originally Posted by YukonViv View Post
    That fabric is just lovely.

    Would you consider a quilt by Modern Quilt Relish? I did one (see below) and it was so much fun. Your fabric may work. The one I did is called TV Dinner. http://modernquiltrelish.blogspot.ca...tern-shop.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luv Quilts and Cats View Post
    How about fussy cutting squares to get the most design you want in each square and alternating those blocks with a nine patch or four patch of coordinating fabrics.
    I've done that and it's a fabulous way to showcase your fabric. The one I did, I used the feature fabric in the 9-patch as well, so it looked like the 9s were floating in the feature fabric.
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    If you have enough a Kalidedascope really lends itself to large print fabric

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    I kept mine until I was doing a quilt it would make a lovely backing.
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    I'm following this thread with great interest - you've all given me some great ideas. I have some beautiful fabrics that I do not wish to cut into small pieces but I now know what I'm going to do with some of them. Many thanks.

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    Have you ever made a "Stack and Whack" quilt. This material would be perfect. This quilt is sometimes called a Kaleidoscope Quilt. he fabric is cut in a specific order and sewn back together. It comes out looking like the old Kaleidoscopes images we had as children.....
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    Love YukonViv's idea -- your fabric is lovely. Either that, or I'd take my cue from the fabric and choose colors from that and do a D9P and use the fabric on a wide border, too.

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    It is one of those fabrics that will lose a lot of its charm if you cut it up in small pieces. I'd keep a lot of it in tact and work with the other colors that are in for blocks around it etc.
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    Very cool!

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    I think I would make blocks with a larger center square of your focus fabric - sawtoothed star, for example. Then I'd use also it in the border. You'd be surprised how fast your 2.5 yds. goes once you cut the borders.

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