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Thread: Stripes - do you use them? How?

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    Robert Kaufman is coming out with a new collection of striped fabrics - 14 colorways in all. That's a lot of stripes!

    Do you personally use stripes? What do you use them for?
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    I often buy stripes, especially multi-coloured. I like doing the binding with them if colours suitable.

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    I guess I haven't bought any stripes because I'm not sure how to use them either. If I did more clothes sewing, would buy them for that. I wish the powers that be would make more clothes with stripes, especially tops as they tend to make a person look taller and slimmer and I could use that.

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    I have used them in borders and in sashing, but these stripes are a bit much. I can also see them used in totes. It will be interesting to see what patterns they offer to showcase the fabric.

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    i love stripes! there are so many ways to use a stripe, going (long ways) cross cut, mitered, sashing strips, borders, accents...pick up a couple and experiment, you will have fun!

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    I just recently found a nice striped material to use with something in the future... maybe sashing or borders. stripes next to a print are nice too.

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    I do not use them myself, but maybe someday :)

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    I agree that this would make a great tote for summer. I also use stripes as lining for bags and purses.

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    I Cut on the bias and use as my binding. Gives a lot of interest to the edge of a quilt. When I see a strip4 I buy it and sometimes look for fabrics with the same colors and plan a quilt around the stripe that will be the binding.
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    I think they look good as blenders but never use them as I get totally frustrated if they do not stay straight up and down. Sure are pretty though.

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    I use them as the bottom part of a bag, as in a tote bag as a contrast to the main fabric.

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    I love stripes for borders, binding or even sashings.

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    I love stripes, they are really good for backings, bindings and borders.

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    I have two quilts planned that will use stripes. One is a variety of striped fabrics, mostly bright colors, simply cut in large squares and sewn with a wide white sashing. I plan to alternate the direction of the stripes in each placement. My aunt has a quilt made up like this on her porch swing and it is darling!

    The other is a Warm Wishes quilt with the strip block having 5 strips. The two outer strips will be my striped fabrics, and will be sewn adjacent to the focus fabric. I am hoping this will add movement to the layout.

    Now I just hope I will be able to cut those striped fabrics straight!!!

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    I have used directional patterns (not stripes) and they require a special forethought so they go in the "right" direction in the block or the border. I always notice when mine don't and I get upset that I didn't notice before sewing them down. (Generally I leave them as is though)

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    Stripes are also really good for pillow case cuffs, especially for young ones.

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    Stripes can be very effective in diamond patterns - like stars - as long as you plan your cuts. I have used them in flower baskets, also

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    I don't like stripes.

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    I love stripes, but agree that they are hard to use.

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    I like using stripes, but prefer a more decorative rather than just plain ones like these :D:D:D

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    I like them for borders too.

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    I usually don't buy stripes but I love the idea of using them in a border.

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    I love striped fabrics !
    I wrote a tutorial about how to use them, it is here:

    http://cadouri-din-inima.blogspot.co...h-stripes.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geta
    I love striped fabrics !
    I wrote a tutorial about how to use them, it is here:

    http://cadouri-din-inima.blogspot.co...h-stripes.html
    Wonderful tutorial! Thanks for the ideas!

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    I love experimenting with stripes. String quilting is good as well as so many others. Be adventurous.
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