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Thread: What to do with this?

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    What to do with this?

    LQS had this on sale 60% off. So I got some. Now what to do with it? I am very beginning to sewing so my first thought was just add a flannel batting and another flannel for backing and sew along the stripes. But the woman at the shop mentioned all the good borders in this piece. So now I'm wondering. I still need practice just sewing so my stripes will work for that. But I did my last piece like that and want to try something different.

    Also please notice that on one of the stripes the butterfly flies into the stripe. Not sure what to do with this either.

    Help and thanks in advance!!

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    Oh and I have a bright pink swirly flannel for backing and do NOT do curves well at all.

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    how about a sampler. maybe a row of four patches, then the row of bees, then a row of rail fence, then the row of butterflys, etc. something like that.

    regarding the place where the butterfly goes into the green, i would just split the green so half goes with the butterfly and half goes with the bees.

    it is charming fabric and you will make something really nice, i am sure.
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    I would cut a panel from that fabric and add borders around it to showcase the center fabric. It will be cute no matter what you decide.

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    I think it would make a very cute quilt the way you are planning. perhaps use some basting spray to hold the panel to the flannel until you do your stitching. good luck and have fun!!
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    Thank you for your suggestions. Don't think my skills are piecing level yet. I do not have a crafty/creative cell in my body so this is slow learning -- no natural ability whatsoever (and I am not kidding). But the panel with the borders sounds intriguing. How would make the panel?

    Thanks!

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    A panel with borders would simply be a rectangle of this fabric the size you'd like it to be, with four strips of coordinating fabric sewn on all around, one strip on each side. You decide how wide to make the border strips, depending on what size you want the finished quilt to be. Then you can sandwich and quilt along the stripes in the center fabric as planned, and also quilt along the seams of the borders. Just make sure you don't make the borders wider than the farthest recommended quilting distance for the batting you are using in the quilt. Good luck! The fabric's really cute, and it will make an adorable quilt!

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    Great price! Baby quilt? A backing for a garden quilt. Or you can do what I tend to do, purchase fabric on sale, then put it away and one day I end up finding another perfect fabric for it, or find a pattern that is perfect for it. It is super cute!
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    Love that fabric! It would be beautiful just as it is with possibly borders added around it.

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    Just be sure to wash your flannel before you make a quilt - it usually shrinks a lot.

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    pdcakm's suggestion is a good one. Don't know if you've seen any of the tutorial yet but if not you should check them out. You can go to Youtube and search quilting, or you can go to www.missouristarquiltco.com. they have a lot of tutorials. Then bookmark or add to your favorites. One link can lead to another. Then for some really good deals hit the thrift shops in your town or towns nearest you and also the yard and estate sales. Then have fun and play. Some of the patterns and tutorials you can download and have fun. Got some clothes of your own? Use them. I save some of my husbands shirts and jeans. Have fun! You'll be surprised also how nearly any photo or drawing will give you inspiration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tessagin View Post
    pdcakm's suggestion is a good one. Don't know if you've seen any of the tutorial yet but if not you should check them out. You can go to Youtube and search quilting, or you can go to www.missouristarquiltco.com. they have a lot of tutorials. Then bookmark or add to your favorites. One link can lead to another. Then for some really good deals hit the thrift shops in your town or towns nearest you and also the yard and estate sales. Then have fun and play. Some of the patterns and tutorials you can download and have fun. Got some clothes of your own? Use them. I save some of my husbands shirts and jeans. Have fun! You'll be surprised also how nearly any photo or drawing will give you inspiration.
    Went to an estate sale today of a known quilter. The woman running the sale threw away all of her fabric!!! She said they just didn't have space for it and didn't want to fool with it. But they had an entire room of wrapping paper and flaked Christmas tree balls. The woman running this sale is new to this business. She said I was the 5th person asking about the fabric and that she had learned her lesson. I guess that'll have to do!!

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    All I see is curtains or a little girl's sundress...
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    just quilt it


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    Whatever you decide will work out great. If you have your 1/2" seams perfected, try something with patches now. You will increase you skills. Might be a little nervous at first, but you certainly can do it. Have fun

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    An awesome fabric. Do you know who manufactured it or where you got it. I think must be talented and artistic or you wouldn't have fallen in love with this fabric. Just allow yourself to let your talent flow.

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    How about burping pads?
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    Quote Originally Posted by saraquilts View Post
    An awesome fabric. Do you know who manufactured it or where you got it. I think must be talented and artistic or you wouldn't have fallen in love with this fabric. Just allow yourself to let your talent flow.
    Fabric is Spring Fling by David Walker. I've decided a bright purple border and MAYBE hot pink corner blocks. Now waiting on husband to go fishing and off to find fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2blackcats View Post
    How about burping pads?
    I hadn't thought about making those but daughter will need them -- hmmmm!

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    How about using some as a center panel and then bordering it with colors that are in the material. If you use it for a border, it will cut into the design.
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    Gorgeous fabric. Good luck on a design.
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    Do you do much hand quilting yet with your start with quilting? I think some hand quilting would be wonderful around the flowers and small pieces. Then stitch on the lines like you mentioned wanting to do. A border of the same fabric after a small border of one of the colors in the fabric. After the border of the same fabric, end the work with a solid color of probably the Pink. Do the binding with the Blue, and I think you would have a lovely piece.
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