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Thread: My dilemma

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    My dilemma

    I somehow acquired this fabric and have absolutely no idea what to do with it! Any suggestions? (PS: the magazine is for a visual and the Helper is because she's nosy!!)
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    Without knowing how much fabric you have, it's hard to know if my suggestions may be do-able.

    My first thought was that with such a large floral design, it would work well in a 4PP, OBW or SAW.

    Others ...
    * backing of a quilt
    * FC some of the florals, and border them up in some way ... strips, stars, etc.
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    I think your pooch is trying to help you decide
    Really pretty fabric but no ideas. I'm brain dead these days!
    Edit- just realized it looks Hawaiian- maybe search for Hawaiian quilts?
    I have fabric from our trip to Hawaii and haven't used it yet.

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    I like big bold patterns for quilt backing. I always get a AHHHH at show and tell when I turn over my quilt.
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    I’ve not made one, but a block on my bucket list is a one block wonder. If you google it, lots of tutorials come up. It’s one that seems to lend itself to large prints with bold colors, but seems maybe wasteful of fabric. But maybe not if you plan it carefully.
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    I think it would look good in a BQ2 quilt (or most of the BQ patterns)

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    Your little Mini poodle is the twin of my late little sweetie! Precious little one!!

    The fabric is nice also. I was given a couple of yards of it also... a few years ago. Since I am making only baby quilts now-a-days, I am struggling with it too. Well, not really 'struggling," because it is buried in one of the bins, boxes, piles, shelves, of my out of control stash.

    Someone said that if you cut fabric in small enough pieces, you can do anything with it.

    When you come up with a solution, please let me know!!

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    There isn’t enough pattern for a OBW for a good variety of blocks, in my opinion. I think I would either use it for a back or fussy cut the big florals for Warm Wishes or another large block quilt top.

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    Definitely something with huge blocks, or leave it whole. That print is too big to cut up. I have a friend in Hawaii who makes beautiful Quillows with Hawaiian large prints like this. Or you could use it as a quilt back.

    It would also make a great muu muu!
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    You need more movement in the background for a OBW. With this fabric you would wind up with a lot of blocks that were almost all solid red. I would use it as a pretty quilt back.

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    I would make a 4 patch posie with it. If you google it, there are many options for settings introducing other coordinating colors for sashing.
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    It's a gorgeous piece and I think should remain whole, as a back, and inspiration for a front with those colors.

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    I think your fabric would be gorgeous in a quilt like Meyert put a link to. It is gorgeous, love those colors.
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    I would use it as backing for a pineapple quilt that pulls from those colors. Really pretty fabric!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PamelaOry View Post
    I would use it as backing for a pineapple quilt that pulls from those colors. Really pretty fabric!
    I like this idea, a lot!

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    I bought a flat fold bundle of 5 5yard cuts in different Hawaiian prints and plan to use them as backing because they are cheerful. I vote for backing if you have enough, or some pillows? Very pretty fabric and adorable helper!
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    Oooh, backing for a pineapple quilt sounds good. although only you would know they "match". and we would of course!!

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    I can see it as a large fussy cut checker board quilt. But I am partial to checker board quilts.
    A quilt is like a good life. It's full of mistakes, but, in the end, it looks pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I think your fabric would be gorgeous in a quilt like Meyert put a link to. It is gorgeous, love those colors.
    I do like the BQ patterns, though would this fabric get lost with the BQ block cuts?
    What I am meaning is that the link that MeyerT shows, the fabric shows little background colouring, and an allover design. Whereas Ooftas, has a lot of background colour, so the blocks would each have a a lot of background and a chunk of flower. KWIM? Unless you did a lot of FC work?


    For the OBW naysayers, there have been a lot of impressive OBW shown here on the QB using non-movement fabrics. Also a lot with more background than print. Those quilters have proven to us that the rules don't always need to be followed to have a really nice quilt!
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    If you don't have enough to use for a backing and don't want to fussy cut it, what about making a summer picnc table cloth or place mats?

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    I agree with others, it would be a great backing.

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    I would go with backing or a wide border. Shops here are showing large print borders and they are quite effective.
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    It appears this isn't a lot of fabric really. Maybe treat it as a panel and come up with an idea of bordering it with either plain strips or your favorite blocks. Such pretty colors in this that we'll be anxious to see what your decide!

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    I would go with Illinois suggestion. Use the fabric for the center of the quilt like a panel and make blocks to go around it in colors pulled from the fabric to compliment the center. Beautiful fabric though!

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    One block owner is very good use of fabric. Once it's stacked it's cut into strips and there is very little waste!
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