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Thread: Two questions about this quilt . . .

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    1. would you use the light blue tropical print with the flip-flop blocks (the border fabric is just laying there, not stitched yet)

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    2. if you would use that fabric, does it matter that it's actually a 'shirting' fabric (still 100% cotton, but with the shirting fabrics in the store).

    thanks for any help it's a birthday gift for my sister-in-law in late april.

    :)

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    I think it looks great with the fabric, and why not? I've seen every imaginable type of fabric used in quilts. :thumbup:

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    That looks great as a border. If it's going to be machine quilted, shirting should be fine. Hold a piece of it and the quilting cotton up to the light and you will see the difference in how tightly woven it is in comparison.

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    thanks steve and moonpi . . .

    never knew how to tell the difference! interesting!

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    That looks like a perfect fit for the border, I've used shirting fabric in my quilts with no trouble at all. Very cute quilt I'll have to try one myself.

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    Walmart gets shirting in extra wide for a dollar a yard, I use it for quilt backs . Some is cotton some is a blend.........I think that fabric is perfect looks like it was in the same color group

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    Adorable quilt! I'm glad the fabric you picked will work, because it is so cute! :D :D

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    The border material looks great with the quilt. I've used shirting material before in quilting with out any problems. I do look at the material's weave up to the light to make sure they are similar also. Very cute!!!

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    Everybody!!! Say it with me now!!! Altogether ... anda 1 anda 2

    "WE DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' RULES!!!!" :lol:

    I'll bet it looks great! :P

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    Oh my gosh! I opened this thread and saw "Flip-flops in Paradise" by Pat Sloan. I made this quilt for my son's girlfriend for Christmas! I loved making it, she loves having it! If I can figure out how to post pictures, I will post one. It was so much fun picking out fabrics for the flip-flops. I added a couple extra blocks to make it a little larger. I love the fabric you have for the border, it works perfectly with the theme. :D

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    thanks everyone! i got a 1" bright pink border put on and will attempt to get the other on in the morning.

    julie - how did you quilt yours? all over, around the flip flops, in the ditch?

    would love to see your picture! it's so easy to do. or e-mail it to me and i'll post it here for you!

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    I hand-quilted an outline stitch around the flip-flops, and machine quilted in the ditch for the rest. I'll get the picture posted when my hubby gets home soon to help me. I have this fear that I will blow up the computer if he's not close by! :roll:

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    I think it looks great as a border.

    Kyia

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabricluvr
    thanks everyone! i got a 1" bright pink border put on and will attempt to get the other on in the morning.

    julie - how did you quilt yours? all over, around the flip flops, in the ditch?

    would love to see your picture! it's so easy to do. or e-mail it to me and i'll post it here for you!
    I love the border you have with it, and I was going to suggest a 1" border to off set it, but you're ahead of me.

    Be sure to pre-wash the border.

    M

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    :( The picture disappeared!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissTreated
    Be sure to pre-wash the border.
    funny you said that. i found a bright pink floral border in my stash and at the last minute before cutting i remembered it hadn't been prewashed! didn't take long. the light blue border was prewashed when the rest of it was.

    thanks for looking out for me everyone!

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    I thought, at first that you had purchased a kit because the fabrics look so good together!
    There are so many different fabrics used now a days, I think its a matter of personal taste.

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    oooh this quilt is making me wish my trip to Cuba was closer!!!

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    Have you gotten enough affirmations yet? It looks Mah-velous!!!

    You use whatever fabric you like!!! Great choice! And I have seen this pattern finished with beads and ribbon trim popping out as the straps on the flip flops. Not really washable that way, but it sure was cute!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmaker101
    Have you gotten enough affirmations yet? It looks Mah-velous!!!

    You use whatever fabric you like!!! Great choice! And I have seen this pattern finished with beads and ribbon trim popping out as the straps on the flip flops. Not really washable that way, but it sure was cute!
    oooh what an awesome embellishment idea!

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    yes, i've seen those types of charms, etc hanging on the flip flops. my SIL has dogs, so this needs to be VERY washable. but the one i'm making for my other SIL, watch out! anything is possible!

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