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    I bought this fabric to make my son a quilt. I didn't realize it when I bought it all the animals are not going the same direction nor are the boxes are the same size. If I used a large piece of this for the quilt center (say 42 x 42, then put borders all around, do you think this would look okay? If you have any other ideas, please let me know. Thanks in advance. (The fabric is Timeless Treasurers and I got it from Joanns.)
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    love this fabric. Can't wait to see what you do!!

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    You have many options. If you just add a border to it, no matter which side you look from, the quilt is always straight. I vote for that. On another idea, if you cut each block and add a border to make them all the sale size, your borders will not be all the same size, but if you cut them again a little smaller but arranged in different angles, it wouldn't matter. You can then make them all face the same direction. Was that one as clear as mud?

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    But if you cut them you loose the beautiful birds in between the blocks.

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    It would look nice with borders around it. Or, maybe you could make strips using the blocks that are the same size, with sashing between the strips, and then border it.

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    There's a pattern in the new issues of Quilts N' More (the one with felt donuts on the cover) that is for those big prints you can't bear to cut up.

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    Do you have enought to fussy cut and put a border or two around each fussy cut? I think that is what I would do with it. It really is beautiful fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    You have many options. If you just add a border to it, no matter which side you look from, the quilt is always straight. I vote for that. On another idea, if you cut each block and add a border to make them all the sale size, your borders will not be all the same size, but if you cut them again a little smaller but arranged in different angles, it wouldn't matter. You can then make them all face the same direction. Was that one as clear as mud?
    Sweeterthanwine, Maride makes some awesome quilts. She knows her quilting! I vote for keeping it a wholecloth like she suggested. I love the fabric.

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    I go for whole cloth also. or piece another top & use this for the backing. just too great to cut apart.

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    I like your idea of leaving it the way it is and add boarders to it! Nice fabric! :)

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    If you make the quilt center square, and make the borders non directional and keeping it square, it could be turned any which way :D:D:D

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    Love the fabric, I would hate to see you cut it up. Would definitely just add some kind of border and leave it at that.

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    I looked on the timeless treasures website lots of wonderful free patterns for their collections, I didn't see this one off hand but maybe if you spend a little time on the sits and know the name of the specific print you can find a pattern.

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    I would leave the fabric together & have brown & navy borders. One navy top & side & the same for the brown border

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    I like the idea of keeping it all in one piece and putting borders around it and then maybe quilt around some if not all of the animals. That would make the animals stand out more. It is beautiful fabric!

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    Gorgeous fabric. Wow Not seen that one. Will be interesting and make a beautiful quilt!

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    I would have a hard time cutting that up. It would look wonderful as a center panel with borders.

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    Thank you all for your wonderful ideas. Now I just have to decide on what to do. Have some thinking to do. Again, thank you. I have learned so much from this site since joining in September.

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    This would make a great backing. You might want to fussy cut one of each of the animals to use as corner stones in the quilt top to tie it all together. You have lots of options. Don't forget the pictures when you're done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneMoreQuilt
    This would make a great backing. You might want to fussy cut one of each of the animals to use as corner stones in the quilt top to tie it all together. You have lots of options. Don't forget the pictures when you're done.
    That is a great idea too. When I get it done I will post pictures. Hopefully will get it done before Christmas.

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    I made a King size quilt for my son, using Horse material like this. I used a 36" X 36" panel of the material for the center.
    I did a quilt as you go method and quilted along some of the lines of the blocks. When I ended up, I had a big square.
    I then cut 15" strips of other horse related fabric, drew me some lines for quilting ending up with long quilted strips. I then attached these to the center square by adding long strips of fabric to the back of each. Brought the joining strips to the front and folded one to the left and one to the right and stitched them down. It turned out more than just breath taking if I do say so myself......I grafted it all out on graph paper first.
    don't forget to add your 1/4" seam allowance to what you cut.
    For my joining strips, I cut those at 2 1/2".........kw

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    I am suggesting that, if you have enough fabric that you use it as a large central block. Use a wide sashing around it and then use this lovely fabric again as a border. It would looke wonderful.

    However, if you found another fabric in the same theme, you could make a quilt from that in the normal peiced way, and use this gorgeous fabric as a backing and you then have a reversable quilt.

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    I did exactly that, put borders around a horses panel, which had 5 different sized panels. Then I backed it with fairy fabric, thereby satisfying my grand daughter's two passions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    You have many options. If you just add a border to it, no matter which side you look from, the quilt is always straight. I vote for that. On another idea, if you cut each block and add a border to make them all the sale size, your borders will not be all the same size, but if you cut them again a little smaller but arranged in different angles, it wouldn't matter. You can then make them all face the same direction. Was that one as clear as mud?
    And Maride also wrote: if you fussy cut themyou lose the birds.

    You could do both and save the birds for the border or maybe another project. What ever you do, I'm sure your son will love it. :o)

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    I'd use a large panel, in the center, and add borders. No matter which direction a person looked at it, there would be animals going in an upright direction.

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