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From: JoanieB
Date: 02-08-2006, 12:54 PM (1 of 8)
My DH and I found a beautiful piece of fabric a few months ago for a quilt for him. It had a scenic design of dolphins and ocean with mountains in the background. I put it away for a few months trying to decide what pattern to make it into. We decided that no quilt block/cutting it up would do it justice, so hubby suggested why not just leave it whole , add a border and use some of the motif in the design to quilt around. It actually turned out pretty good and he loves it. Has anyone ever done this when you've had a fabric you did not want to cut up and did not know what to do with it?

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From: Chrysantha
Date: 02-08-2006, 09:17 PM (2 of 8)
I do it sometimes...because I buy fabric I NEVER want to cut up. (I'm a fabric/thread hoarder)..but I often have to get rid of 'stuff' to make room for more stuff. I like a LOT of Asian prints and they're way too lovely to cut up.
Sometimes a plain, no piece quilt with beautiful quilting is better than a busy many pieced one. ( I guess I'm a rebel too :bluewink: )

User: Chrysantha
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From: Bama
Date: 02-08-2006, 09:53 PM (3 of 8)
I love doing that for a quick quilt with a large print fabric. I've just added borders, but I saw one on TV recently (can't remember which quilt show) where they added blocks for the borders.
User: Bama
Member since: 03-21-2000
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 02-09-2006, 07:14 AM (4 of 8)
I haven't done it yet but my cousin was given a piece of fabric with lighthouses on it. She tried to figure out different ways of cutting out the lighthouses but finally decided that she just couldn't do she added a small red and a larger black border. Then she quilted around the light houses outlining them and quilted stars in the rest of the areas...since the background colour was a marbled navy blue/black it looked like the night sky. The quilt looked great and is used to coverup when she is watching TV.
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From: plrlegal
Date: 02-09-2006, 02:12 PM (5 of 8)
Joanie my church quilt group used pieces of fabric like that (they called them focus fabrics) for a round robin and the quilt tops that were done are all really gorgeous. Each person picked a piece of fabric that was a picture, (lighthouses, eagle, cabin themed, etc.) and at the end, everyone who participated in the round robin had added 1 border to each focus fabric. About 15 people out of the group participated, so 15 members now have quilt tops that are ready to be sandwiched and quilted.

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From: grandmasue
Date: 02-10-2006, 02:16 PM (6 of 8)
If you really want to do something with that panel check out the quilting style called "attic windows" I have purchased several of those beautiful panels and used this pattern with them and everyone loves them! It really makes you think you are sitting in front of a big picture window looking out into the world. and there are so many ways you can design your "window". you can use the traditional "9 light" window or a picture window with 2 sidelight panels. I am sorry I don't have the title of the book at hand but I found it at my library and it had great ideas on using panels with the attic window pattern. It might be something of interest to you.
Grandma Sue

At the end I am not showing up at my grave all pretty and well preserved...I am coming in sliding, yelling "What a ride!"
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From: gardenquilter
Date: 02-10-2006, 02:43 PM (7 of 8)
did one for a christmas gift, called chinese vase, really a beautiful panel, quilted around a lot of the flowers and the designs of the vase making it dementional, was vwery pleased with the results
User: gardenquilter
Member since: 02-05-2006
Total posts: 3
From: MaryW
Date: 02-10-2006, 04:52 PM (8 of 8)
Gardenquilter, hi and welcome to Sew Whats New. It's nice to have you here. I have also heard of framing a particularly nice piece of fabric. Some of them are just so beautiful.
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