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Thread: I think this fabric is gorgeous! What to do with it????

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    I think this fabric is gorgeous! What to do with it????

    After 40 something years, my mom went back home to the Philippines. She visited her family, especially her mom (my grandmother) and had a class reunion. Someone gave her two of the same panels of this fabric (It feels like batik, maybe wax printed, I dunno) no name on selvage, and each panel measures 42 inches wide by 68 inches long. It is absolutely gorgeous! The colors are so rich and vibrant!

    The question is what to make with it? I'm thinking do two throw size quilts OR wall hangings, and give one to my mom and keep the other for myself. The other 2 issues are 1) how to quilt it because i'm not that good at it, lol and 2) I'm afraid to wash it, what if the color runs???
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    It is lovely, indeed. What about backing it and quilting around the design?
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    Put a wet washcloth on a corner and see if the dye bleeds on to the washcloth. Very pretty panels!

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    This is the perfect size for a lap robe... it can drape across the sofa in the day time, a nice wrap while reading or watching TV in the evening, an extra layer on those cold winter nights. Since it is already a "fussy" print I think your best bet would be to quilt by outlining the design already in the quilt. You could make two of them and back each one with a color you think would be enhancing or complimenting.... Actually this would be best because it is very hard to match up sewing lines on both sides precisely.

    Have fun!

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    use synthrapol to wash, hand quilt it and put a border around it to adjust to the finished size you want. Beautiful
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    That is so beautiful. When we were in the Far East I brought a lot of beautiful fabric home. I found that most all of it did bleed and did shrink quite a bit when I washed it.

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    that is beautiful-I can see it as wall art.
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    I would start by covering my ironing board with paper and give it a good press to heat set the colours and remove any wax residue if it is wax resist batik. I would then buy some synthrapol and mix it up in a bath tub of water. I would gently swish it around in the tub and see if any colour bleeds into the water. If it does bleed, give it another go in the tub and check to see if any colours are bleeding into the cream. If it is good, then dry it.
    I would then use it like wholecloth panel, sandwich and quilt around the different patterns in the panel.

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    Beautiful, thank you for sharing
    Have a Blessed day
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    Those are beautiful panels! Good luck with whatever you do with them, but sorry I'm no help!

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    I think i'd use the synthropol method above, and find a green batik that goes with the greens in the panel for backing/binding/border if you want one. As to quilting I think you could have some gorgeous designs by just echo quilting around the main designs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I would start by covering my ironing board with paper and give it a good press to heat set the colours and remove any wax residue if it is wax resist batik. I would then buy some synthrapol and mix it up in a bath tub of water. I would gently swish it around in the tub and see if any colour bleeds into the water. If it does bleed, give it another go in the tub and check to see if any colours are bleeding into the cream. If it is good, then dry it.
    I would then use it like wholecloth panel, sandwich and quilt around the different patterns in the panel.
    The best answer, and what ever you do don't cut it up, keep it as a wholecloth panel.

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    very lovely fabric
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    No ideas, it is beautiful. Make wall hangings and you won't have to worry about bleeding.
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    So beautiful!!!

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    It's a gorgeous panel. I would just quilt it and bind it off! It will make a great quilt!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I would start by covering my ironing board with paper and give it a good press to heat set the colours and remove any wax residue if it is wax resist batik. I would then buy some synthrapol and mix it up in a bath tub of water. I would gently swish it around in the tub and see if any colour bleeds into the water. If it does bleed, give it another go in the tub and check to see if any colours are bleeding into the cream. If it is good, then dry it.
    I would then use it like wholecloth panel, sandwich and quilt around the different patterns in the panel.
    You might also use a few color catchers in the wash water to collect migrating dyes.
    Boy, I would have a ball quilting that!
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    would make beautiful wall hangings

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    its beautiful i would do a wallhanging of some kind
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    The panels are very pretty. You could use a color catcher sheet when you wash them, they really do work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krystyna View Post
    It is lovely, indeed. What about backing it and quilting around the design?
    I agree!! It's gorgeous.
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    Gorgeous fabric. I can see it as a wall hanging.

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    So beautiful! Actually I think this is easy - what to do with it? - send it to me!! LOL - be sure to post pics of what you end up with!

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    Take a peek at Margie's Cheater Quilt here on QB.. I don't know how to get the link here, but I did a "search" for "cheater" and found it again.. Her quilt is fantastic, and I'm sure yours will be, too!

    You have a lovely piece!

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    they are beautiful

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