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    Howdy y'all :-D

    I was given this adorable piece of antique fabric. Isn't it just the cutest thing? But obviously, there's nowhere near enough of it to make a quilt with. Maybe a wall hanging or something? Should I fussy cut around each cute little print and mount it onto something or other, or what? Any ideas? I really would like to make SOMETHING with it, but don't have any clue exactly what. Help!

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    How big is the piece you have?

    Maybe use it as a wide band in one of those wide band/strip quilts?

    Use it as the center strip/band and coordinate for the rest of the pieces.

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    As you said, fussy cutting is probably your best bet when you don't have a lot of it. The blocks wouldn't all need to be the same size/shape. And you could build them out with borders or even log cabin style. Another possibility would be D9P, if you can fussy cut all the same shape/size.

    The possibilities are endless! Have fun and we'll look forward to seeing it.

    I have a piece I've been considering doing the same with ... I've marked it with chalk a few times for the different possibilities, so that I'll get the best use and waste the least.

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    What about fussy cutting it and using it in the corners of a quilt? Make a quilt with alot of colors pulled from this fabric and then use some sort of pattern in just the corner of the borders and then use a solid for the rest of the borders. I think they are called "cornerstones." A good block might be a churn dash with this fabric in the center. Inside the quilt, you could do a series of smaller churn dash blocks with the other colors. You could also use some of it on the back of the quilt just to echo the idea from the front.

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    I would use the fabric like it was a cheater panel and border it out to the size you want. Maybe using some reto reproduction fabric. Just love your piece of fabric:)

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    Don't rush it. I just had some fabric for almost a year before I found the perfect use for it. Gather ideas, keep it in mind when looking at any pattern/project. The perfect project will find you!
    Love the fabric!

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    How about a pillowcase?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hudgoddess
    Don't rush it. I just had some fabric for almost a year before I found the perfect use for it. Gather ideas, keep it in mind when looking at any pattern/project. The perfect project will find you!
    Love the fabric!
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    Unfortunately, if this was in my possession, I wouldn't cut it for anything! I have several vintage fabrics and I can't bring myself to use them for anything. I like to get them out to look at and pet but then I refold them and put them back on the shelf. I'm of no help to you!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    As you said, fussy cutting is probably your best bet when you don't have a lot of it. The blocks wouldn't all need to be the same size/shape. And you could build them out with borders or even log cabin style.
    I like this idea. Love the fabric!

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    I would use the fabric like it was a cheater panel and border it out to the size you want. Maybe using some reto reproduction fabric. Just love your piece of fabric:)
    Ditto!!! It would look great as the center with borders all around

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    I have a pattern called Easy Breezy that uses a 1 1/3 yard piece (I think that is for the crib size, you can also make a throw size) as a center panel and then it has a border of scrappy squares. That might be an idea depending on large your piece is. But a pattern like this could easily be adapted to any size center panel you want. Here is a link:

    http://www.virginiaquilter.com/cgi-l...bl7085ff6c106c

    That being said - I would still take my time in deciding. No need to rush into anything. Very cute fabric.

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    I love fussy cutting then building the design to highlight the fussy cut pieces.

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    aww! sew cute!

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    I'd go with it as a full horizontal width, no cutting. then I would add other horizontal borders to get the height and then add framing borders.

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    Oh, yes! Fussy Cut with the different sizes at a varied placement location. I think it would be a cute child's quilt. the colors are wonderful.. I will have to start looking for this a antique shops.

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    use as centers to my blocks or as a border with solid color blks

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    That is super cute! I would hold onto it until the perfect idea hit me.

    Some log cabin type blocks would be cute.

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    I love that fabric!!!!!!! There's something about vintage fabric that speaks to me. I love the almost primitive (compared to nowadays) pictures.
    That's adorable :)

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    I don't know if I could cut it. I've fussy cut things before and you lose a lot of what is next to it if you know what I mean, so it ends with you not having too many blocks to play with.

    If you have a favorite little girl in your life, maybe a couple of pillows for a bed. Put a cute little ruffle around and a different color back and maybe you'd get 2 pillows out of it.

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    Yes, I would fussy cut each of those pictures and alternate with solid color!

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    Yes, that was my first thought fussy cut!

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    How about a retro apron?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    How big is the piece you have?

    Maybe use it as a wide band in one of those wide band/strip quilts?

    Use it as the center strip/band and coordinate for the rest of the pieces.
    The piece is very small. It's only about 30" wide and maybe 12" to 14" tall. There's not a selvedge to be seen anywhere. So even though there are several of the little pictures in it, there's not much width/length to it at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    As you said, fussy cutting is probably your best bet when you don't have a lot of it. The blocks wouldn't all need to be the same size/shape. And you could build them out with borders or even log cabin style. Another possibility would be D9P, if you can fussy cut all the same shape/size.

    The possibilities are endless! Have fun and we'll look forward to seeing it.

    I have a piece I've been considering doing the same with ... I've marked it with chalk a few times for the different possibilities, so that I'll get the best use and waste the least.
    I agree

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