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In my stash I have two vintage fabrics. One is a 1 yard piece of my great grandmother's apron. It is navy blue with little sprigs of flowers. Another is 4 or 5 yards of woven plaid (green & black) flannel. For many years woven flannel was not even available; flannels were all printed. This was given to me to use as a quilt back but I don't want to hide it there. I can't bring myself to cut them into little pieces unless I can show them off somehow. What would you suggest I do with these lovely old fabrics? PS. I don't want to put them in the same quilt.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on April 11, 2015 at 8:32pm
Great ideas! I hope you'll post photos of what you end up doing.
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on April 11, 2015 at 8:06pm

Isn't it wonderful having those vintage pieces that are so precious and full of memories?  Great suggestions.   We've been at our daughter's for a couple of days helping them with a construction project and it is late now, so I'll try to post when I'm a little more coherent.  I'm not sure I'll have any good ideas, but I'm too tired to think straight now.  :D  We did have a great time seeing "the little."  He'll be 18 months on the 19th.  His little legs walk miles in a day.  It's so much fun trailing him around, watching him discover things.  

Comment by Jodi Cramer on April 11, 2015 at 2:09pm

Thank you for the suggestions! I like June's suggestion for an apron "for show". I could embroider on the pocket where the fabric came from, etc. And using the plaid in large blocks is also a good idea, I realize after I posted this that I could have, should have, included pictures of the fabric. My bad. I will post pictures next timer.

Comment by Bonnie on April 11, 2015 at 9:29am

How about a big  9 patch out of the plaid alternating with a green or black solid and a solid block in between, maybe set on a diagonal?

Comment by Pam/NY on April 11, 2015 at 6:44am

I was thinking a runner from the apron...June has great ideas also...just jump in and it will come to you...

Comment by June Johnson/Wi on April 10, 2015 at 5:45pm

Apron fabric:  How about making an apron to hang in your kitchen just for show; not to actually use.  Plaid flannel:  Use a pattern with large pieces made into large blocks; make sashing between blocks and borders from complementary colors.  Or, just cut flannel into large blocks ( i.e. 12-16 inches) and complementary colors for sashing between and borders.  Backing could solid black or green.

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