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Thread: One man's trash is another man's treasure

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    One man's trash is another man's treasure

    I was given a pile of fabric sample books from someone on Freecycle. Although some of the fabrics were 100% cotton, in general they are very large scale florals and very large scale toiles. In addition to the scale of the prints, because they are fabric samples there were maybe 5 of the same design but in different colors x pages and pages of different designs.

    I thought it was a great challenge to find a use for these fabrics and debated how to organize the prints - by color, by theme - etc. I decided to make my first lap quilt using all fussy cut flowers in huge blocks. Each block is 9" square. I'm thinking of this quilt as a "spring" theme since I'm so sick of the snow!

    I have enough fabric to make a few more like this, but with different flowers and I can make couple of quilts with the toiles too. I am pleased with how it looks and hope you enjoy seeing it.

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    Looks good! I am very fond of flowers and you have a great variety.

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    Good use of the fabric. It sure looks like Spring to me
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    Turned out beautifully.
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    nicely done
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    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this. It's a quilt for all seasons. Who doesn't like flowers!

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    very nice use of your fabric! colorful too

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    great upcycle. we need some flowers now too.
    put off till tomorrow what you can do today, and if you procrastinate long enough, you may never have to do it.

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    What a great idea! Nice that you recycled these fabrics in such a creative way. It really is a very lovely quilt. You can bet I am going to keep this in mind for a future quilt. Thanks for posting.

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    Very interesting

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    You did a great job.

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    very unique'
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    Have a great day and happy sewing !

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    That is really a job well done. When given scraps, make a quilt and you did it successfully.
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    Love the way you put it together. The solid really sets it off. great quilt.

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    I love it! A perfect quilt for this time of year when we're all looking forward to Spring. This was definitely the solution for those large florals.

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    How sweet it turned out! You are very creative.
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    You did a great job. Now you can have your garden with you no matter the season. BrendaK
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    Several years ago I went garage saling with DDIL in Ohio I found a sale with hundreds of sample books and they were free. We loaded up about 15 my granddaughter has made doll cloths we made pot holders, coasters and have been contemplating a quilt! So many choices I even made a purse.

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    Very clever use of the fabric. And it sure looks like spring!

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    Great design!!! Lovely spring quilt.

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    Nicely done, if it were me I'd still be staring at the design wall wondering what to do!

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    Great job! The solids definitely help to focus on the flowers. And definitely very 'springy'.

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    very springy quilt. Nice use of free fabric.
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    It's georgeous, love the fabrics and how you put them together......great rescue too, the planet thanks you.

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    What a great "recycle".

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