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Thread: Help! I can't bring myself to cut it up

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    Help! I can't bring myself to cut it up

    I hope I'm not the only one that feels emotional attachment to fabric and gets upset when having to cut into a beautiful piece of fabric.

    i have 5 large pieces (10xWOF) of this Royal Orchid fabric that I received from my Grams stash after she passed last year. I adore the beautiful flowers and don't really want to cut it into smaller pieces, but am wondering if this looks ridiculous? Thinking a small black border and then FMQ around the flowers. Thoughts?

    Thanks in advance for your help!
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    I think it would be lovely with a white/cream border and a black binding. A good "remembrance" of your grandmother.

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    A small black border would be nice and if you had more of the red black stripe a wider border then you could miter the corners.Mary

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    You're not alone. I have a piece with no emotional ties like you with your grandmother, but just love, love, love that fabric and every time I think about using it I break out in a sweat! I think you have come up with a good solution above - doesn't need to be a fancy quilt, just needs to be something that reminds you of gramma. I like Queen's idea above, narrow black inner border then more of the stripe - if no more stripe, put a red border on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingme View Post
    I think it would be lovely with a white/cream border and a black binding. A good "remembrance" of your grandmother.
    Ditto here! This was my first thought as I read your post. Beautiful fabric and a white border with black binding will leave you with wonderful memories of your DGM!
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    I think that it will make a beautiful quilt just the way you have it. I agree with quiltingme about the borders.

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    I think this looks great. How about a narrow black strip on each side of the stripe material too! Maybe 3/4" wide!
    Wow! And what will the backing be?
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    It will be beautiful like that. It is lovely fabric and easy to see why you don't want to cut it smaller. I agree to a black binding and possibly a cream border. You are lucky to have such a lovely reminder of your grams.

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    Thank you all! I think cream border would be perfect, and lighten it up a bit. Do not have any more stripe, was lucky to find this leftover piece tucked away. Haven't thought about the backing, but might just do black. Thinking my sister needs this one. She doesn't sew (the horror )and didn't end up with much from Gram, and black would work well for her.

    Paulswalia, That makes me feel better! I have a few of those fabrics too, but something about this one really got me. Been working through the stash though, and it just felt like the right time.

    I knew you all would have the answer! Thank you!!

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    I just have to share this with you all....my Mom was a tailor/seamstress extraordinaire: I never saw the woman break a sweat over ANYTHING until she was about to take scissors to a $36 per yard irreplaceable silk piece (it was bought in China by her customer)...she whined over that enough to make me think that material that expensive would NEVER cross my cutting table and cause me that much anxiety...and that was at least 40 years ago!!! And by the way, the custom made ladies suit she ended up making was beautiful! I don't believe I have EVER paid that kind of money for a yard of material...so at my house, it's all fair game! Cut it if it requires!
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    Those fabrics work wonderfully together and like others have said use a light and dark neutral for the "framing".
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    I can see why you do not want to cut it smaller.it is beautiful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by momto5 View Post
    ...so at my house, it's all fair game! Cut it if it requires!
    love that and need to remember it!

    That just made me remember... A few years back I made Gram a family quilt. Each of her daughters (3), son in laws, sisters, grand kids, great grand kids, etc. picked a fabric that represented them and I sewed up a simple little block quilt for her. During that process I got my aunts square in the mail and when I opened it was shocked to realize it was part of her wedding dress, that my Grandmother had made and beaded by hand nearly 40 years before. Gram so loved that it was in her quilt, so Cut it if it requires is right! You only live once.

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    I think it looks really pretty just the way you have it!

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    yup gotta say this is a winner. great idea!
    Quote Originally Posted by Tweety2911 View Post
    Ditto here! This was my first thought as I read your post. Beautiful fabric and a white border with black binding will leave you with wonderful memories of your DGM!
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    I can certainly understand your attachment! Some of my material is for petting only, lol! I think what you've done is very nice and I agree with a white/cream border and black binding. I can't wait to see it quilted.

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    very nice fabric. Make something that you can cuddle up in

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    It is beautiful fabric & I totally get not wanting to cut it smaller... and yes, I also have 'fabric seperation anxiety' issues when cutting or parting with some of my stash. You mean this is not considered normal ?
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    No, I would not cut the fabric up. I love the way you have put the fabrics together and I think that it works very well. I have read everyone's post and there has been so much mention of a cream border which I think is quite nice but considering the combination you have, would stand out quite a lot especially if it is a thick border. A black border will more or less blend into the quilt as there is a fair amount of black in there already but could make it a little dark. A combination of both would be interesting. I think that it is really your preference as to what sort of effect you want. I will be looking out for your finished quilt to see what you have decided to do. Thank you for the opportunity to offer you my thoughts on this already lovely combination of fabrics.

    P.S. Looking at your arrangement again, you could choose to split the red and black stripe fabric and insert a thin cream strip between them and join the 2 flowered strips to either side. That way if you choose to use a cream border that could help balance it a little perhaps? Just a thought. Best wishes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulswalia View Post
    You're not alone. I have a piece with no emotional ties like you with your grandmother, but just love, love, love that fabric and every time I think about using it I break out in a sweat! I think you have come up with a good solution above - doesn't need to be a fancy quilt, just needs to be something that reminds you of gramma. I like Queen's idea above, narrow black inner border then more of the stripe - if no more stripe, put a red border on it.
    Me, too. Getting ready to start next week after a year of humming and hawing. Just time to get it done!

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    Since it reminds you of grams, keep pieces as intact as possible, make a sewing machine cover. That way every time you go in your sewing space you can see the fabric and enjoy it.

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    It looks wonderful...

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    That is a beautiful fabric. Black border / red binding maybe?
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    I think this would be a great way to use the fabric. It would be a great way to remember your grandma by.

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