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    I got these two panels from the Scrap Exchange in Durham a couple of months ago for just $3. When I saw them I knew I had to have them. The question now is what to do with them? Any ideas??????

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    I would but fabric markers and color them and make a wholecloth .

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    I would have a blast painting that!

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    I think I would embroider them

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    If you want heirloom, embroider them, otherwise, fabric paint them. They are gorgeous!

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    Henry, this is an awesome find!!! Are these all cotton or a blend? If they are all cotton I would use fabric markers to color them in and they would be beautiful wallhangings. If they are a blend, the markers may not work as well, you could do some thread painting on them. Have fun with these treasures :D:D:D

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    I was looking at them again, and you can also have a lot of fun with the quilting in these...accenting parts, outlining...Woo Hoo....so many possibilities :D:D:D

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    How big are they?

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    Henry I love them!! I'm not sure what I'd do but I'd either paint or quilt them and then hang them on the wall. What a great buy-good luck and please show us what you end up doing.

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    What fun! I'd go mixed media - markers for finest details, and embellish with all sorts of things, like buttons, tiny silk flowers, and such. Look up "Painted Ladies" to get some color suggestions.

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    I love those!! You have to color them. It will be so beautiful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    How big are they?
    They are 45 inches tall and 35 inches wide.

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    I can't wait to see what you decide to do with them :D:D:D

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    They are cotton.

    Designed by Janet McCafferty for Better Homes and Gardens (c) 1978 Meredith Corp. (this is printed on the first panel)

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    I would frame it! Make great wall art as is!

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    Embelish! Make embroidery threads, little buttons, golden floss, pompoms, etc. Make it 3-D.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy
    I would but fabric markers and color them and make a wholecloth .
    If I use fabric markers what brand do you suggest?

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedum
    I would frame it! Make great wall art as is!
    Hmmm what place could frame them as big as they are????

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    So many great ideas!

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    Henry, you can get the basic powdered dyes in the primary colors and mix them with a little bit of aloe vera clear gel. When you paint them on, the gel helps keep the color in place. You can mix your own colors and it will not be as expensive as fabric painting pens. The aloe washes out when you are all done. You would need to use a setting agent on it. If you use acrylic paints which are cheaper, can thin them down with the gel too so the fabric will not be as thick. This will not bleed or cause problems when laundering. I just heat set it when I am done with an iron and a paper bag on top of the fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    I think I would embroider them
    Does it matter if I cant make really tiny stitches????

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    If you have a friend with a chop saw they could cut the frame for you. Then take a router and route a little lip in the frame, then get thin plexiglass cut to fit and use window triangles to hold the plexiglass in place :wink:

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    what about fabric paint one and embroider the other one? Whatever I do i want to make sure that they still look great and retain the charm that drew me to them in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    If you have a friend with a chop saw they could cut the frame for you. Then take a router and route a little lip in the frame, then get thin plexiglass cut to fit and use window triangles to hold the plexiglass in place :wink:
    Thats a good idea cause I want to frame them when i am done with them anyways. I want to put them up in my living room.

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    You can embroider and paint too :D:D:D
    You don't have to do little stitches...many of these can be done with longer stitches side by side

    http://www.stitchingcow.com/about/us...n-satin-stitch

    there are many tutes out there on how to do a "filled in" stitch for this kind of work

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