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    What would you do with this fabric

    I found this fabric at a thrift shop near me and picked it up without a clue as to what I would do with it. I looked online to see if I could find the pattern and get ideas from there but didn't see anything. Would you use the panels as they are or cut them up?
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    If you have enough of it, you could do a stack and whack design.

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    Ummm I have about 20 yards or more

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    It is pretty enough for a whole cloth quilt. You could look up some patterns for bandana quilt tops.

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    with 20 yards, you could try all kinds of things! How big are the rectangles? Are they big enough to be pillows? or small enough to be pot holders?
    They make me think of picture frames...
    I love the floral pattern in your closeup picture -- might be a good one to use to practice FMQ -- do a quilt sandwich with a nice plain fabric as backing, and FMQ following the pattern in the print. Use a contrasting thread in the bobbin, so that the backing side is really your finished work.

    It's really a rather odd print, isn't it. A big flowy skirt maybe?
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    Wow..how did you come across 20 yrds of it? I looks like hankies to me. Sweet print.
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    I really like your fabric. It sounds like you could do several quilts with it. What about a whole cloth quilt. There was someone on the board that made a log cabin type quilt with fabric that had a border like this. I am sure you will get lots of ideas from people on this board.

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    stack and whack was my first idea also... very pretty
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    You could look up the pattern that uses old hankies to make butterflies. I have one of those started using a block print for my butterflies. on your thrift store deal.
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    Stack and whack is a great idea, and you have lots to back it too! I have some big pieces from a friend who cleaned out - one is 15 yards (it's a floral - pink roses on a navy background). I have been thinking about using it - I think stack and whack it will be!!! I even have the ruler ...

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    Thanks for the many ideas. Since I have so much of this stuff I may try one of each.

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    I look at that fabric as being basically 2 different prints.
    A flowery one and a blue one.
    You could cut out the blue centres, and cut the floral into pieces and use them to in two totally different quilts, introducing other fabrics like white, green and pink.

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    You could use the printed borders as frames and use the middle fabric in quilts, you could cut the printed borders and use them as borders, you could try broderie perse. You could make pincushions, needle cases, chemo caps, cosmetic bags, tote bags, beach bags. You could use them as backing and applique something in the middle. You could make a summer skirt or caftan or cut it into strips and make a little jacket. You could make potholders, place mats, hot pads, or a table runner. You could introduce other fabrics from your stash and come up with a ton more ideas. Have fun with it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chester the bunny View Post
    I look at that fabric as being basically 2 different prints.
    A flowery one and a blue one.
    You could cut out the blue centres, and cut the floral into pieces and use them to in two totally different quilts, introducing other fabrics like white, green and pink.
    This is a good idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfli19 View Post
    You could use the printed borders as frames and use the middle fabric in quilts, you could cut the printed borders and use them as borders, you could try broderie perse. You could make pincushions, needle cases, chemo caps, cosmetic bags, tote bags, beach bags. You could use them as backing and applique something in the middle. You could make a summer skirt or caftan or cut it into strips and make a little jacket. You could make potholders, place mats, hot pads, or a table runner. You could introduce other fabrics from your stash and come up with a ton more ideas. Have fun with it!
    Thank you for the great ideas.

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    How about a 4 patch pansy. There have been several photos on this site. It is like a Stack n Whack but done with four squares instead. Instructions were found on Connecting Threads website. Have fun !!
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    Another idea is to cut the individual "tiles" apart and use alternate blocks of a coordinating fabric with killer quilting. But, a stack and whack is my favorite so I use it whenever I can.

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    I'd do the stack & whack on one side and use the remainder for the backing fabric....and use a coordinating color from the fabric for the borders, sashing and binding. It would be beautiful.

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    I'd cut them apart, hem them, and use them for hankies or bandanas.
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    Here's another one...MSQC. Has a tute called exploding squares---I think that's the name...anyway looks like square in a square..using these as the centers....solid as the other part...maybe set on point........20 yds..wow. Have fun whatever you do....

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    I see all different ideas with this fabric but my favorite are the stack and whack and the "hankie" butterflies.

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    Pretty! Stack and whack comes to mind .ooh wait a min....20 yards? Wow...it's pretty enough to just make a quilt from it by a solid border to pick up lighter color from it. And quilt it as is! Then make shams from it for bed.
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    Here's my intake on this fabric: shoulder wrap, 2 of them make wrap skirt, pants, panels for quilting, one lady had great idea, stack/whack, frame them, and wall plaques, blouse,

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