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    Okay, I've got 3 colors of fabric to make a table runner for my bathroom cart. The cart top is 13 1/2'' x 28''. See, I have a tropical fish wallpaper border up in there, and would like a little coordination. I feel stuck in the whole process and don't want to be crippled entirely! I just can't see a pattern with these fabrics... I sure would appreciate any ideas, even adding another color perhaps.

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    How about a simple rectangle with the fish, bordered with one of the other fabrics? You could add a dash of color with piping or a flange in red or yellow. You need something with a large block to see the pretty fish print!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astramorgaine
    Okay, I've got 3 colors of fabric to make a table runner for my bathroom cart. The cart top is 13 1/2'' x 28''. See, I have a tropical fish wallpaper border up in there, and would like a little coordination. I feel stuck in the whole process and don't want to be crippled entirely! I just can't see a pattern with these fabrics... I sure would appreciate any ideas, even adding another color perhaps.
    Thanks, your question so early in the morning is waking up my brain! I started playing with your fabrics (I think I got all three correct) and rearranging them into different (very simple) patterns. I don't know if I like my end result but it might spark your creative juices. Good luck!

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    That pattern you made up is great!
    what about a disapearing 9 patch design?

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    The disappearing 9-patch has been mentioned many times on the site but I've never made one and can't quite get my head around it. But, just from the name, it sounds like something that would work. Be sure to post the result!

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    Disappearing 9 patch.
    what is it you can't get your mind around..it may just be to early in the morning!

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    Thanks for that, QBeth! I had thought of something similar, but being a beginner am scared to start! I'll have to get my graph paper out and play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watterstide
    Disappearing 9 patch.
    what is it you can't get your mind around..it may just be to early in the morning!
    Caffeine, I need caffeine!! Thanks for the explanation; very clear. I kept wondering where the 9-patch concept came into play. Guess that's why they call it disappearing; i.e., you can't see it in the finished product, per se.

    Where is that caffeine?!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astramorgaine
    Thanks for that, QBeth! I had thought of something similar, but being a beginner am scared to start! I'll have to get my graph paper out and play.
    If I had the $$, I'd buy that EQS (whatever its called) program that allows you to design on the computer. The suggestion I sent earlier was done using MsPowerPoint and a screen snap utility. But, not everyone has these on their computer. Lucky me, I have it here at work.

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    QBeth, I love your concept!

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    Quote Originally Posted by beachlady
    QBeth, I love your concept!
    Thanks! And that was before overdosing on Diet Pepsi, my route to caffeine.

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    i think you should do the aquarium look, it would look great in the bathroom

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    The disappearing nine patch is super simple, no templates needed just a good ruler for cutting and it would really showcase the fish. I second the block for the runner. Did one at the holidays and everyone fell in love with it.

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    watterstide, thanks for that example. I have some other fabric that would work for. I think I have a good idea of how to get this started, thanks!

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    Good, What ever you do, try to do a mock up with scrap fabric, like muslins, or cut it out on paper..Don't forget the seam allowances.
    the finished D9P is 12 inch..or 12.5 unfinished.. the cut strips used to make the 9 patch were 4.5
    if anyone has a math mind..you can check my numbers please..
    i am one of those math people that thinks if she has checks, she has money! ROLFMAO!

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    I vote for just the fish fabric - wholecloth. :D :D :D

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    I'm going to follow Qbeth's design, but now I'm stuck on seam allowance and measurements. I want my finished size to be 12" x 26" The design looks like I can just strip cut(thanks) and then sew. If the strip measures 2" in the design, should I cut an extra 1/2" on fabric to allow for the 1/4" seam allowance?

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    Jingleberry, I had that thought too :) It is nice, and I was lucky to find it! It's not exactly the same as the wallpaper I have, but it's close enough for what I want it for. I want to incorporate the batik (the one that looks like water) in with the fish prints tho. The solid will be the binding and border. The back will be the batik. Maybe I can fussy cut some of the fish to look as if they're swimming after each other in the blocks :) Just gotta figure out what size I'm cutting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QBeth
    Quote Originally Posted by Astramorgaine
    Okay, I've got 3 colors of fabric to make a table runner for my bathroom cart. The cart top is 13 1/2'' x 28''. See, I have a tropical fish wallpaper border up in there, and would like a little coordination. I feel stuck in the whole process and don't want to be crippled entirely! I just can't see a pattern with these fabrics... I sure would appreciate any ideas, even adding another color perhaps.
    Thanks, your question so early in the morning is waking up my brain! I started playing with your fabrics (I think I got all three correct) and rearranging them into different (very simple) patterns. I don't know if I like my end result but it might spark your creative juices. Good luck!
    really cute.

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    Here is what I came up with... I reinforced a lot of what I have been learning today, and I really feel like I will be called a quilter someday :)

    The fishy runner, thanks for all the help!
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    Forgot to add that it's not finished completely yet, but tomorrow is another snow day, and I have all the caffeine I'll need so it might just be a functional piece tomorrow! I used downy's wrinkle releaser for pressing instead of steam, and am happy with the results.

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    I really like the pattern you came up with.

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