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    Ombre fabrics - how do you use them?

    Fabrics like this confuse me. I'm not sure what to do with them.

    This is a picture of the full width of the fabric, from selvedge to selvedge.

    Having very little imagination, the first thing that comes to mind is "trip around the world" because I can spy six or seven distinct color areas.

    But that's not really a very creative idea, so...

    ... do you have any suggestions on how to use fabrics like this?
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    Check out Nancy Zieman's website. She did a whole series of ombre quilts.

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    i've used it for log cabins as the colors are already coordinated
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    I love these as they give me so many choices of colors that blend. They look great as a background or as strips for different blocks.

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    They make great backgrounds for applique - the shading can make the applique look like it's floating on the quilt surface. Ted Storm made a quilt a few years ago using an ombre that went from black to grey. Her applique was done in pale shades and white - it was a stunning effect.

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    It would work well in optical illusion quilts.

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    check out Toad You Sew patterns. They use a lot of ombres. That is a beautiful fabric.
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    I have used ombre in making my avatar.
    Also jely roll quilts and tube quilts.

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    I like them alot and the one you posted is particularly nice. I use them in all kinds of piecing. Its like getting fabric pre-coorindated, when cut up into small pieces they really are nice. I love them for borders! Is that manufacture showing other fabrics to coordinate? There is great value in purchasing an ombre.
    A few years ago I bought a few yards of a goldish color ombre, today I wish I had more. It gave great depth to the piece, with out the harsh transition to its neighboring fabric. Surrounding a complicated block with an ombre can have very pleasing results.
    Using and ombre for the outer area of say a mariners compass can be a bit tricky , and have a bit more waste , but the results are worth it.
    I see many quilters shy away from them in the quilt shops. I think the manufactures need to do a better job of guiding the consumer on how to make use of them .

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    I can see a nice background with this fabric. Either water to beach or sand to skt..very pretty.

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    It would also make a gorgeous backing. Not very imaginative, I know, but it would be beautiful.
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    I used one that was shaded a bit differently as the background for a celtic knotwork wallhanging. I cut it so that the primary color remained relatively consistent throughout, but shaded toward the other colors near the edges. I really liked the effect it created.
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    I saw a wonderful use of ombre' in a quilt in a shop......flying geese in strips running vertcially up and down the top, ombre' in geese running one way and the opposite ombre' in the background running the other way. Very colorful and attention getting. Should have taken a picture of it!

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    I consider them as stash builders. Sometimes they come in real handy if one is looking for a very specific color for a quilt or wall hanging.
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    I once saw a "Sewing with Nancy" show, in which she used ombre fabrics in quilt making. I found the DVD online:

    http://www.nancysnotions.com/product...by=shortAscend

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    Beautiful fabric. I wonder if a kaleidoscope style would work? I could be way off base and if so..sorry.

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    I have used them as a background fabric in y embroidery

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    What a great start for a watercolor quilt, color values are already there to guide you.

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    Wow, I love that fabric. My brain hadn't wrapped itself around any exciting ways to use an ombre fabic either... but now, after reading all these posts I am itching to give some a try! I checked out Debra's http://www.toadusew.com/ suggestion. Now I'm enthralled with Karen's lead to Nancy Zieman. As well as the TV episodes, she did a book on it too: Versatile Ombre Quilting. And Jan, aren't you just hankering to try that flying geese border?
    You all are terrific!

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    They are the perfect transition fabrics giving a subtle effect from one color to another, your fabric is goregous.
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    You can cut them into long strips and use them to make varigated 3D flowers; as if you were using varigated ribbons. You could also cut a block from each side indepently; they'd bo beautifully in a quilt and even the center could be used to be a two tone block; there are so many possiblilites.
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    Nancy Zieman has a great book for quilts with Ombre fabrics. I would love to find some nice ombre florals!

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    I did one of Nancy Zieman's quilts and it turned out great. Love the ombre fabric.

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