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contra85 posted on Wed, Aug 14 2013 7:42 AM

Ever buy a beautiful piece of fabric, that you have fallen in love with ? Its perfect for multiple projects ? But you just can't bare the thought of cutting into it ? I think I have fallen into that trap. Afraid that it won't look as good as I hoped in a project, and now I can't use it for anything else ?

 

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It seems to me there are patterns designed for just such this situation - they utilize large cuts of the fabric so you can appreciate the gorgeous prints.  Anyone know the names of some of those?


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eparys replied on Wed, Aug 14 2013 7:56 AM

LOL - Oh Yes!!

5 years ago I bought 7 yds of this wonderful wild print for a stack and whack. It has been moved, patted reinspected and refolded many times. I just can not bring myself to cut it.

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Diana replied on Wed, Aug 14 2013 8:04 AM

I have a pattern called 'Just Can't Cut It' that I've used dozens of times and it's so easy.  Uses 12 inch finished blocks to showcase that fabric and 5 coordinating ones.  I even reduced the size to 6 inch finished blocks for baby quilts.  Hope this helps.

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I think that's why I have a while room of fabric I've never used. Heehee

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Dawn replied on Wed, Aug 14 2013 10:56 AM

Yep, I think that is why I don't make a lot of quilts, just can't cut into the fabric!  I got some fabric in Hawaii, and I did find a pattern that uses large pieces of fabric.  Haven't made it yet . . . .  :-) 

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gini replied on Wed, Aug 14 2013 6:19 PM

oh, my, yes....  i have a room full of those

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Melissa Halpain:

I think that's why I have a while room of fabric I've never used. Heehee

I meant a "whole" room!

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Definitely yes. It was a beautiful floral that called out for a fussy cut to capture all the bouquets. They made the same print in yardage of:  one with a white background and another a deep burgundy red, both so beautiful. I sat on this for a long, long time and I think I finally have just decided on a fussy cut block pattern that's simple and surrounded by strips with a block on the corners. The fussy cuts will be about 10 inches.....Simple, and elegant. I can do the corner blocks any way I want, but the focus will be on that main fabric.

     Outside of that traditional thinking, big blocks are in for modern quilts, And I've seen so many I love. Take your focus fabric and chunk it out with coordinating colors in larger blocks, strips. Cut a few pieces in various sizes and lay them out.

And if that doesn't work, why not just use some of your  fav in a top and back it totally with this fabric so it could be reversable?  Make it yours, and make it something you, or a loved one loves.....   

   

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Patti replied on Wed, Aug 14 2013 10:47 PM

I know.  I just went to my fabrics to look for something, and I must have spent half an hour just petting a few of my favorite pieces.   I am afraid I'll do something that is not as special as the fabric itself.  Kind of like my "good" set of dishes.  I finally decided, if I didn't use them, they'd end up in a box at some yard sale after I'm gone.  So I took the everyday dishes to a yard sale and started using the good.  They have a few chips in them now.  But so what.

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Agnes replied on Thu, Aug 15 2013 10:02 AM

My best motivator to make use of whatever I have is my son. He'll just use the dumpster when it comes to the point where he has to clean out my apartment. I sold one set of china and didn't get much cash but it did allow me to really beef up my fabric supply at the time. I still have some china to just feast my eyes on. I could have said that I had fabric too pretty to cut when Marge P sent me the Birthday Flower line. Nope. It has given me a vast number of projects that worked up quite quickly because I cut large blocks. I also discovered you can make very pretty quits without a triangle in sight.

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Frances replied on Thu, Aug 15 2013 11:08 AM

yep this is some of mine that i cant bear to cut into.

 

 

 

 

And this is just a few, i used to feel like that about my Kona bay fabric but after a long period of treatment consisting of touching it lots i seem to be getting over it.

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Frances replied on Thu, Aug 15 2013 11:14 AM

Diana:

I have a pattern called 'Just Can't Cut It' that I've used dozens of times and it's so easy.  Uses 12 inch finished blocks to showcase that fabric and 5 coordinating ones.  I even reduced the size to 6 inch finished blocks for baby quilts.  Hope this helps.

Diana in East TN

Diana,

I think im going to have to invest in that pattern, it looks just right for me.

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Nana replied on Thu, Aug 15 2013 11:00 PM

Frances

I think a pillowcase for that top one so that you can drool on those gorgeous  specimens of manhood all night.

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Frances replied on Thu, Aug 15 2013 11:03 PM

Nana,

You could be right, I wonder if they will ever make Mark Harmon fabric, now that would make a great pillowcase.

lots of love

Francesxx

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