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Creating with the Experts Paula Barnes / Vicki Bellino / Pam Buda / Carol Hopkins / JoAnne Louis / Aimee Newell / Maria Peaglar / Cathy Perlmutter / Prints Charming / Nancy Rink / Judie Rothermel / Anita Grossman Solomon / Lisa Shepard Stewart / Jean Ann Wright

Love working with large-scale designs? Or maybe you like the look, but you're not sure how to use them. Try these simple but effective tips from Cath & Kirsten of Prints Charming:

  • Cut large panels to use as a "feature" fabric. For example, our rocket quilt uses a 34" square as the centre panel. Create a picture with the fabrics.
  • Make great backs for quilts, especially the hearts and large flowers. Using a large scale print for the backing makes the quilt instantly reversible.
  • Although the "popsicle" print (N439) is a large design, it takes on the look of a stripe when used as a binding. The oversized flower also gives a wonderful effect when used as a bias binding.
  • Cut large scale prints on the bias to create interesting effects.
  • Try simple running hand-stitching around the large motifs. "We use Perle #8 threads and just have fun!"