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Thread: unusual fabric... any suggestions?

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    I found this large, 2 yard square, piece of fabric at the thrift store. It's so unusual and quite large. The photos show it folded in half. The other half is exactly the same as the half that shows, so it's a full circle in that pattern with the designs in the corners that fills out the square. It is all cotton I think, from the feel of it.
    Does anyone have any idea what this piece of fabric might represent or be used for? I can't even decide if I like it or not. LOL. Sometimes I like it and other times I think it's ugly. I am clueless what to do with it, but for $1.00, I had to get it. Sorry the one photo is a touch blurry.
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    Add more borders and applique on them to continue the theme, I think it would be very pretty :D:D:D

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    I love that!!!!!! I would use it for the center of a quilt.

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    OR you could cut out the different elements and applique them onto other fabric :D:D:D

    This reminds me of what you would buy and hang on your wall in the late 60's and 70's 8-)

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    Looks like a design from India....pretty

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    i think it's wonderful!!

    i would add a border all around, either black and one of the other colors, or just black if not. i, myself, vote for all black. i would make the border 10". it sounds like a lot, but that panel has a lot going on, there. the total would then be 90". a great size for a queen bed. i would quilt around the motif. wow!

    the alternative is to send it t me and i will send you more than $1.00. should i pm my address?

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    Wow. I'd love to see what you do end up doing with these!

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    The color's would be great for a Pitt. Steeler's theme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    i think it's wonderful!!

    i would add a border all around, either black and one of the other colors, or just black if not. i, myself, vote for all black. i would make the border 10". it sounds like a lot, but that panel has a lot going on, there. the total would then be 90". a great size for a queen bed. i would quilt around the motif. wow!

    the alternative is to send it t me and i will send you more than $1.00. should i pm my address?
    Yes, exactly. It would have been for the center panel of a quilt. Just add borders and ta-dah, you'll have a quilt top.

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    I really love the unusual look of this, I would not cut it up. I would use it for the center and then quilt around the design. or even use it on the back of a same colored quilt. I can't wait to see what you do with this. Great find!I will be glad to buy it for a profit if you decide you don't like it :-D

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    Our LQS had fabric similar to this, at least 70" wide and they were french tablecloth prints. They retailed for $70 per panel, you made a great buy.

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    Ohh, I hope you don't cut it up. I like the idea to use it for backing. Let us know what you decide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdiane318
    Our LQS had fabric similar to this, at least 70" wide and they were french tablecloth prints. They retailed for $70 each.
    WOW, maybe I'll put it on ebay. LOL.

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    Did you do the burn test to see if it is 100% cotton? I think it is very pretty HOWEVER if I knew I could get around $70 on ebay I would sell it and buy fabric that I would LOVE.

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    Gorgeous just add borders

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    you beat me to it, I was going to make make almost the same off. I will double your money and send you $2 LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    i think it's wonderful!!

    i would add a border all around, either black and one of the other colors, or just black if not. i, myself, vote for all black. i would make the border 10". it sounds like a lot, but that panel has a lot going on, there. the total would then be 90". a great size for a queen bed. i would quilt around the motif. wow!

    the alternative is to send it t me and i will send you more than $1.00. should i pm my address?

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    I agree, just add borders, I can see some wonderful quilting when it is finished in the feather pattern which is already present in the fabric shown. It is very unusual and striking, looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

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    I love the idea of maybe getting $70 for a piece of fabric you're not even sure you like. I don't think I'd cut into it until it spoke to me. If it starts talking, let us know what it says. :)

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    I like all the advice you are getting. I'd add a couple of borders, put backing on it and then I'd have a fun time learning more free motion quilting on it.

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    it was probably for a table cloth originally...it has tons of potential in quilting from using it in the center and going from there to cutting it up and using it :thumbup: or table linens

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    you can't really do a burn test because there's nothing you can spare to cut off. however, if you use it as a large center panel, it doesn't matter what it is as long as it's washable. i would still make the borders out of cotton that has been preshrunk, as the panel should be. in fact if there's a doubt in your mind that there's any rayon in there. shrink it 2x.

    it's really a great find and would be a beautiful and striking quilt, if not for yourself, then as a gift.

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    Just do it as a wholecloth quilt. It will be fabulous. I wouldn't cut into it, you'll ruin the design.

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    I like it alot

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    That looks a lot like the scarf panels that are sold in import shops. They are usually cotton, but if it has not already been washed, would be likely to shrink, as these fabrics usually have not been preshrunk.

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    I do think, from the feel of it, that it may have already been washed.
    It spoke to me, and whispered in my ear that it should go to be with someone special who really loves it. Soooo, the winner is stewyscrewy!!!

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