Easy quilt patterns for large-print fabrics

Example of large print fabric

Novelty fabrics, theme prints, pictorial prints too;

What in the world will I DO with you?

Most every quilter is guilty of the scenario. You see a BIG print—gorgeous, inspiring, whimsical, sentimental, or all of the above—so you buy a half-yard, a yard, or more. You bring the new fabric home, thrilled with your purchase. You place it lovingly on the tippity-top of your stash pile. But over time, that fabric sinks deeper and deeper into oblivion.

It’s not that you’ve stopped loving the print. You’re just stumped about what to do with it.

Big-Print PatchworkIf you’ve been looking for a large-print fabric quilt pattern without success, you’re not alone. They’re few and far between. And finding just the right pattern for your particular print can be trickier than fishing a hand-appliqué needle out of a box of quilting pins. But Sandy Turner, author of the new book Big-Print Patchwork, has created a simple formula for making big prints the star of the show. The rest of the fabrics become supporting players in her quilts, acting only to make the star shine brighter.

In her quilt patterns for large-print fabrics, Sandy starts with one of three traditional quilt-block patterns: Rail Fence, Birds in the Air, and Around the Twist.

Large-scale fabrics with patchwork blocks
Examples of Rail Fence, Birds in the Air, and Around the Twist blocks in Sandy’s quilts.

Combine these blocks with small-scale patterns and solids, and you’ll create a grand stage for your big prints to take a bow.

Sandy shares several tips for working with big prints in the following excerpt from Big-Print Patchwork. Let her advice—and the slideshow of her quilts below—inspire you to dig up that beautiful yardage you fell in love with. It’s time to start your next quilt!


Sandy Turner“I love the fabric, but what do I do with it?” is a phrase I hear over and over again while visiting quilt shops.

What type of fabric are customers talking about? I call it “pictorial fabric,” the artistic and often large prints that could qualify as art. Imagine tigers lurking behind jungle foliage, beautiful Japanese ladies in their finest attire relaxing during a tea ceremony, or playful zebras enjoying a quiet afternoon on the open plains of Africa. Or, fabric printed with themes of cats, sports, cars, trucks, beautiful florals, wine country, or a bountiful harvest. You get the idea; the list of pictorial prints is endless.

During my twenty-plus years of teaching quiltmaking, I have been attracted to and inspired by pictorial fabrics. I enjoy experimenting with them by combining them with simple, traditional block designs to make stunning quilts. Sometimes I add broderie-perse appliqué to blur the hard edges of a block and reunite a tail with a bird or leaves with their flowers. The results are both unexpected and breathtaking.

Now, let’s take a closer look at pictorial fabrics. They are essentially conversational prints with large motifs that are featured either in an allover print or in a panel of very organized blocks or units. There are a few simple tests that will help you choose a perfect fabric.

Be wary of white. Any time white appears in an otherwise colorful fabric, the eye is drawn to the white area and distracted from the design as a whole, as seen in the examples below. [Ed. note: If you’re in love with a white-splashed, colorful print, keep this in mind and make sure your overall design works with your fabric.]

Examples of large-print fabrics
White areas draw the eye and can distract from the overall design.

Examine the scale. Step back so you’re about 10 feet from the fabric. If you can clearly distinguish the print’s central figures and determine what they’re doing, the scale of the print is good for  making these pictorial-style quilts. In general, the smallest appropriate measurement for figures is 2″. In any quilt using pictorial fabric, the main objects in the print must be discernable from 10 feet away. There’s no limit to the largest measurement except the size of the quilt itself.

Consider contrast. Contrast refers to changes in color or value (lightness/darkness) between the fabric background and the pictorial figures. A lack of contrast produces uniformity across the fabric and makes the pictorial print less interesting to use in the quilt. While it’s fun to look for a cute little kitten in the pictorial fabric, could you find it from 10 feet away? High to medium-high contrast between subject and background is the key.

Low-contrast vs better-contrast fabrics
Low-contrast vs. better-contrast fabrics

Avoid monotony. Fabrics with monotonous overall repetition or a lack of diversity in their printed designs limit variety in a quilt. Look for variations in color and motif as well as scale and contrast.

Too much of the same image
Too much of the same image

Good contrast, but not enough diversity
Good contrast, but not enough diversity

Better variety
Better variety

The specific fabrics shown in Big-Print Patchwork may not be available since new ones are created and older ones retired each season. But you will always find gorgeous new prints for making your own masterpiece: new floral beauties, fun fish, exotic or cute animals, sports themes, and more. Choose what appeals to you.


Sandy, thanks for the tips—you’ve inspired many quilters to make that first cut into their “just can’t cut it” fabrics!

What pictorial print have you been saving for the perfect quilt pattern? Tell us your stash story in the comments and you could win a copy of the Big-Print Patchwork eBook plus this gorgeous bundle of big prints from our friends at Michael Miller Fabrics! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you’ve won.

Comments are closed for this post.

Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Sherry, who writes:

“My husband and I play Texas Hold ’Em poker. I have at least 30 fat quarters of poker fabric, and yardage of money fabric, and more poker fabric. Some of the fabric has poker hands, and some is just cards. I want to make him a poker quilt, but have no idea how to arrange the prints.”

Sherry, we’ll email you about your free eBook and fabric. Congratulations!

Cosmos Collection bundle
See more from the Cosmos Collection by Laura Gunn
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Outside the Fence

"Outside the Fence"

Jungle Hooves

"Jungle Hooves"

Feathered Friends

"Feathered Friends"

Butterflies in the Moonlit Garden

"Butterflies in the Moonlit Garden"

Snowy Slopes

"Snowy Slopes"

Around the Orchard

"Around the Orchard"

Harvest Time

"Harvest Time"

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From the gallery: "Oriental Rose Garden"

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From the gallery: "Mythical Horses"

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From the gallery: "Under the Sea"

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From the gallery: "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"

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From the gallery: "Christmas Floral"

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From the gallery: "Pretty Bird"

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From the gallery: "Fenced-In Zebras"


222 Comments

  • I have a stash of Westminster Prints; Kaffe and Martha Negley. I LOVE them but everything you say is true; the more days that pass, the more difficult it is for me to cut into them. I’d love some inspiration to get these on my bed in the form of a quilt!!

    —Sandra on January 8, 2013
  • Oh my goodness! The Cosmos Collection is my favorite! I answered with that for a previous giveaway some where out in the world, but sadly did not win. I have very little experience working with big print fabrics but I did just purchase two books on the Modern Quilt Movement. I will be happy to begin my research right away, and add in Big Print Patchwork to help with the plan.

    Michelle Harrison on January 8, 2013
  • I mainly collect batiks and Asian fabrics but I do have a collection of large print Asian fabric. I have avoided cutting most of it because they are such beautiful large print that I don’t want to "ruin" them. Now, I can be inspired.

    —JoAnn L on January 8, 2013
  • This is the answer to a dream. Roberta Horton wrote about this idea in her book, "Calico and Beyond." This book grows the idea and inspires going way outside the quilt frame. Thank you! If I don’t win a copy, I will be purchasing it. Happy Sewing.

    Janie Holbrook on January 8, 2013
  • I have a few; but they’re put away and too hard to get to right now. LOL!

    —Nancy B from Many LA on January 8, 2013
  • Love love love the ideas here.. and the big print fabric! I use my stash of big-prints for landscape pictorial quilts!! So much can be done with all those designs and colors found on those pieces of fabric!

    —Kay on January 8, 2013
  • The giveaway fabric is SOOOO beautiful!

    —Jenny Mahieu on January 8, 2013
  • I love big prints and have quite a few but have never used them in a quilt as I just can’t picture how to use them. This would be the perfect book to get me started.

    —Rina on January 8, 2013
  • Several years ago, our only local fabric shop closed their doors. After that, as a quilter where one can never so say no to shopping for more fabric, I would try to shop a little bit when I travel and notice a fabric/quilting shop. Last year, I was doing a challenge quilt, and stopped by this shop on my way somewhere where they had these wonderful kitty and flower larger design fabrics. Of course, I had to get some… I got them in one yard cuts, instead of fat quarters, etc. One, I used a cut of in the challenge quilt, one or two others in other projects since, the rest is still in my stash awaiting opportunities for use. I am going to have to get the book "Big Print Patchwork" and get ideas to use more! Have a nice day! 🙂

    —Tamara McCall on January 8, 2013
  • I have a beautiful fabric, Florentine screen print D#5086,(Robert Kaufman metalic) and truly don’t want to cut it, but feel compelled to use it somehow in a wall quilt. It’s a large print and I’d love to utilize as much of it as possible. I’d love to read the book to help me in this decision. Love the website. Thank you.

    —Nancy Brieschke on January 8, 2013
  • I have a print with cats that I have been saving to make something for my daughter. She loves cats, but can’t have one in her apartment, so I thought a cat quilt would be the next best thing!

    —Cecelia on January 8, 2013
  • This sounds like the book for me! I’ve got a couple of unused Christmas panels, leftover large-print yardage from some one-block wonders, I binged on large, leafy autumn prints a couple of years ago, and this last fall I won my quilt guild’s fat quarter drawing that also included a couple yards of some gorgeous, Japanese prints. Beautiful, beautiful fabrics, but I think I need some help to decide what to do with it!

    —Meredith Miller on January 8, 2013
  • I was given several large print lovely fabric pieces. Your post has put a queary in my mind as to how to use these in an interesting way. I look forward to enjoying the design book and fabrics. Thanks for the tips and to opportunity to win!

    —Helene on January 8, 2013
  • I have a very big floral that I don’t know how to use, but love it.

    —Wanda Heath on January 8, 2013
  • I would love to be a winner in this contest. If the print is really big & petty i could use it in fussy cut Applique . The book i am sure i could use & may even give me some tips on the large print. Thanks

    —Elizabeth Dent on January 8, 2013
  • My stash has several large scale collections. My favorite contains large multiple flowers, but I also have large Japanese motifs and flamingoes. I would love to win this book to add variety to my quilts (I usually start with a large center as if a panel, and go from there). Thanks for this opportunity!

    —Michelle Hunt on January 8, 2013
  • What an inspirational book! My stash includes large scale florals and early cartoon characters. Would be fun to play with the two together in a quilt.

    —Sara on January 8, 2013
  • I love all the big prints. I especially love the Oriental
    style. I would love to win the ebook and fabric collection.

    —Patricia D. Roberts on January 8, 2013
  • I have some truely beautiful large scale print fabrics in my collection. I would really like to find a use for them. The book sounds great.

    —Maria Perez on January 8, 2013
  • My husband and I play Texas Hold-Em poker. I have at least 30 fat quarters of poker fabric, and yardage of money fabric, and more poker fabric. Some of the fabric has poker hands, and some is just cards. I want to make him a poker quilt, but have no idea how to arrange the prints.

    —Sherry Starr on January 8, 2013
  • I have some big Asian prints and an adorable Masha D’ayans umbrella print that I’ve been saving for the right inspiration! This looks like the very thing!

    —Jean Blythe on January 8, 2013
  • Butterflies for my Grandaughter!

    —Tanya on January 8, 2013
  • I use to own an exotic bird store and both my husband and I were hot air balloon pilots…so I have a collection of large print fabric with exotic birds and hot air balloons that I’ve been trying to figure out how to use it – especially in a quilt since I’m new to quilting and looking to expand my knowledge and experience base in this new passion! Thanks for the opportunity to win this book – it sounds like it’s exactly what I need for those fabrics to get used!

    —Diane Dashevsky on January 8, 2013
  • I don’t usually buy large print because I don’t know what to do with it! The book sounds wonderful as does the free fabric! Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Heather H on January 8, 2013
  • I have some African/safari prints that are large scale that I have been saving for the right pattern. I love these prints, but don’t want to cut them up too much.
    Thanks for this chance to win.

    —Denise on January 8, 2013
  • I have some Flower Fairies fabric that has been aging nicely in my stash. I love it so much I have hesitated to cut into it…. this may kick me into gear!

    edie

    —edie on January 8, 2013
  • …I just love this book … and I want it. That’s all.

    —Sandra McFerran on January 8, 2013
  • While fairly new to quilting, I have always been drawn to the fabric. Fun, bright prints have become my focus but finding just the right pattern is a challenge. What a fun way to explore new ideas and techniques! Thanks!

    —Letitia on January 8, 2013
  • I have several yards of beautiful, large scale butterflies in shades of blue with touches of gold. It is so elegant. It is for my niece who associates butterflies with her mother who passed away. I’ve been looking for the perfect pattern to let these butterflies shine and your book is inspiring!

    —Debora Carreno on January 8, 2013
  • I have several theme fabrics which could use some inspiration which I think I just found! I also can’t stop buying sale fabric that catches my eye – but need to collect and put into a quilt for "Festival of Sharing – backpacks of love" quilts for kids. Thanks so much for great ideas. cindy

    —Cindy Wienstroer on January 8, 2013
  • I love sunflowers and have my kitchen decorated with many sunflower items. Several years ago I found a sunflower border fabric that I just fell in love with and had to have so quickly bought enough for a lap quilt. It is a very unique border fabric because the scale is quite large. The colors are so vibrant. I’m still patiently waiting for the right pattern to come along so I can utilize this fabric I have been saving for that "special" quilt!!

    Diane H. on January 8, 2013
  • I have a ton of big print fabrics!
    But right now I want to use the Micheal MIller French Journal

    —Katherine on January 8, 2013
  • I’ve had a large snowman print since I started quilting years ago…too great to cut up but need to use it

    —barbara on January 8, 2013
  • Love quilting for my family—always looking for new things

    —Pat Varney on January 8, 2013
  • I’ve got 2 large panels that are both Asian inspired — one is in blues and the other in browns. They’re beautiful but I am scared of them. lol I have them tucked away until I decide how to deal with them. 🙂

    —Jane S. on January 8, 2013
  • For years I’ve had a very beautiful orientalish print that would be nice for a large scale quilt. I’ve just never wanted to cut it into small pieces, so one of these quilts might work very well.
    thanks!

    —Linda E in AZ on January 8, 2013
  • Having recently moved into a new and much smaller home, we have a very neutral background for some beautiful splashes of color. Cosmo happens to be one of my favorites. I will be using my stash to make quilts and pillows to color our new home. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to win. This book is so inspiring and at a very opportune time. Judy C in NC

    —Judy Currie on January 8, 2013
  • I have some gorgeous floral large print fabrics just waiting to be made into something spectacular. I am always on the lookout for patterns suitable for showing off these fabrics to their greatest potential and winning this book, plus more fabric, would be most welcome~!

    —Cindy R. on January 8, 2013
  • I love Asian fabrics and have in my stash waiting for the ‘right pattern’ several Geisha panels as well as some large scale ribbons and florals I had completely forgotten about but with this Big Print Book I can drag them back out.

    And I love Michael Miller fabrics, especially the novelty ones!

    —Peggy Forbes on January 8, 2013
  • Hi! My name is Cindy Garlotte and the Michael Miller Fabrics and the Laura Gunn Fabrics are awesome,and BEAUTIFUL as well,I am working on a crazy quilt for my 36yr.old son,and I have never thought of using Big Print Fabric I think that would be WAY COOL!,as the saying goes these days. And,I am also,working on a new table runner for our Dinning Room Table for the New Year and as well as one for Christmas. So,I get all the scraps of Fabric from HobbyLobby,Wal-Mart as much as I can.So,I would love to win this awesome gift since I haven’t won anything yet not even last year.Just because I don’t facebook or twitter,well,I don’t believe in it.I trust the old pen and paper and E-Mail,as well as snail-mail.Thank-you all,and have a BLESSED New Year! Cindy

    —Cindy Garlotte on January 8, 2013
  • I also love large scale prints, but as others have said, it is hard to cut into them. Love the many examples you have shown for inspiration!

    —Judy Bowes on January 8, 2013
  • I have an ecclectic mix of birds, animals, coffee paraphanalia, village scenes….you name it. They are all waiting to tell their story when they find their way into a quilt. Thanks for such great inspiration!

    —Paula on January 8, 2013
  • I love large prints, but am one who never knows what to do with them. I have a few batik panels that my sister-in-law brought me from Indonesia 10-15 years ago that are still waiting for an idea. I can hardly wait to get this book. I am sure it will get lots of use.

    —Judi Maxson on January 8, 2013
  • i absolutely love the ideas that these examples gave to me! i have some large scale fire/rescue fabrics that i have been trying to come up with an idea for. i think i have found an idea in the pictures you posted. Thank you!!!!

    —patti murphy on January 8, 2013
  • I have some larger scale prints from Westminster Fabrics.
    I love the Cosmos Collection.
    I always have trouble cutting into these beautiful fabrics.

    —B. Fama on January 8, 2013
  • I LOVE color, bright and dark and jewels, color, all kinds. I especially love color in large print floral’s my favorite. I have a number of these fabrics in my stash and i look at them when contemplating my next project but don’t know quite what to do with them to bring out their best. Would love this e book to give me ideas.

    —Patricia Garcia on January 8, 2013
  • Tropical Fish – Big, loud tropical fish print. I don’t want to simply frame the fish – too boring – but what else? Need help!

    Terry SailingKnitter on January 8, 2013
  • I love large scale prints. My favorite hands down is anything Kaffe Fasset which comprises a fair amount of my stash. This book looks like it’s loaded with good ideas.

    Anne on January 8, 2013
  • I have a gorgeous fabric with Chinese folk art toys that I’ve been saving for something very special! Thank you for the inspiration and for the chance to win! ☺

    Maree on January 8, 2013
  • Oh, my, how I would love this!! Thanks for the chance.
    My big print fabric is one with great big dishes and fruit. well, I thought I was going to fussy cut the dishes to make them on placemats, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Then I thought I might just use if for a table cloth and add borders. I
    am still in an indecision mode. BUT – I enjoy looking at it over and over again.

    —Jane on January 8, 2013
  • Love the big print fabric especially animals make great appliqué projects.

    —Larry Dent on January 8, 2013
  • I love elephants. I have been collecting them for over 40 years. When I spy a fabric with elephants I have to buy some. This could be the answer to creating a quilt with some of my larger prints. Thank you!

    —Diane on January 8, 2013
  • I love big print fabrics and I hadn’t thought of the neat ideas presented in Sandy’s book. My favorite big print fabric that I own is the Petals fabric from Michael Miller’s Antiquity collection. It has humongous roses, in gorgeous colors. I have at least six different shades of them and I have been saving it for something fabulous. Thank you!

    —Amanda Best on January 8, 2013
  • I love large print fabrics! It’s funny that I almost posted a discussion about not wanting to chop up such pretty fabrics, only to sew them together again and lose the effect… so, I say again – I love large print fabrics!

    The samples shown are artful!

    Jessica on January 8, 2013
  • I have some fabric with panels of the everglades from the national parks series. The panels are so lovely that cutting them up seemed senseless so they are still neatly folded with the coordinating fabrics carefully in my fabric stash! National parks series! wonderful!

    —diane on January 8, 2013
  • I am certainly guilty of buying those large prints. I keep lamenting that so many patterns don’t allow those kinds of prints to show. Part of quilting is providing a beautiful environment to display beautiful fabrics.

    —Dorene Morris on January 8, 2013
  • I am a pushover for beautiful Japanese prints–huge flowers, cranes, koi–in rich saturated colors. I now have over 50 in my stash! The ideas for using them in this book are inspiring. I’m feeling the courage building to actually cut into them. I am going to get this book.

    thanks

    —Susan McRae on January 8, 2013
  • I have two peacock panels and a flower of the years fabric metre that would look great with the florals…As their large I’m still trying to see the best pattern for them…

    —Darlene Krystal on January 8, 2013
  • I purchased 8 years about 7 metres of large African animals print, with the sole intention of making table place mats for my home and for gifts etc, however when I set about cutting this fabric, I realised that some of the animal fabric strips were naturally suited to becoming quilted wall hangings, which I duly undertook to do, using free motion quilting to enhance the animals. I then made matching place mats to accompany the wall hanging, to the delight of the recipients of these delightful gifts. Infact, I discovered about 6 months ago that I have a full set to include 4 place mats and a wall hanging for my own home. So yes these large fabric prints are an absolute delight to work on. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share my enthusiam for this type of quilting on large prints.

    Pamela on January 8, 2013
  • I don’t have any large scale prints yet – but love the look of the Cosmos Collection!

    —diane on January 8, 2013
  • I have been collecting cat prints for years and this book will be wonderful to finally make something out of them. I have already ordered the e-book. thanks!

    —Debbie H on January 8, 2013
  • I have a large scale jungle print that would be perfect in the "Jungle Hooves" pattern.

    —Sharon Lichter on January 8, 2013
  • 4 fabulously bright,larger than life-size floral fabrics called out to me several years ago. I couldn’t bear to cut them into itty bitty pieces, so they’ve languished in my stash, neglected, pining away for the opportunity to strut their stuff. These patterns are perfect to showcase them at their best.

    —Sarah Silk on January 8, 2013
  • Oh wow this book is so what I need!!! I’ve only been quilting for a year but early on I bought some gorgeous giant Pansy fabric. I just can’t bring myself to cut it tho! I keep pulling it out to look at it, but still no ideas… so maybe this book will lead me in the right direction?

    —Pam W on January 8, 2013
  • I have a lot of prints, I have a snowman batik and a snowflake that I am trying to figure out how to use. I also have some animal and lighthouse prints. I love big prints and they make fast and fun quilts.

    Karhy Rummel on January 8, 2013
  • I have some Butterfly Japenese fabric, as well as some panels that I need to plan a quilt around. Big prints of Kenworth trucks…..(I wish someone would make Peterbilts) what to do??? Roads, road signs, maps, these are the things I consider for that one. Lots of plans for 2013. I would love to win the book for further inspiration 🙂
    Thanks

    —vickie van dyken on January 8, 2013
  • I have several pieces of a gorgeous sunflower print that is super large scale. I finally used one piece but have more that I’m still trying to make a plan for.

    —Lisa Marie on January 8, 2013
  • I do not have a big stash. I have only been quilting for 3 years, making me a virtual baby. These are beautiful fabrics! I have an older sister who has been my anchor throughout my life (I am now 60). She had a beautiful cutting garden and loves the strength and fragility of Cosmos. Every year we visit her, there are small vases throughout her home featuring these flowers. She lost the entire cutting garden in Super Storm Sandy this year and we were all greatful that she and her family and home were spared. I would love to present her with some cosmos to brighten her indoors and let her know how very much she means to me. This opportunity is the door opening.

    —Marvelle Buechel on January 8, 2013
  • I love the big print but have yet to figure out exactly what to do with it. I would love to win this book and fabric! The Zebra Quilt is just gorgeous! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    Amy@SewIncrediblyCrazy on January 8, 2013
  • I don’t have a large stash as I am just beginning to quilt. The book and free fabric sounds wonderful. Thank you.

    —Theresa C. on January 8, 2013
  • I usually end up using smaller prints in my projects. I have some large prints, I have been contemplating what to do with them. I hate just sticking one in the center and add around it. I like to create quilts that every fabric has a relative match with each other and creates a flow. I would love that book, I know it would help me clear out some of my stash so I can buy more fabric.

    Now I absolutely love the designers at Michael Miller Fabrics. I have something in almost every room that is made with fabric from them. Winning the collection Cosmos Collection by Laura Gunn along with the book would be a great start to use larger prints in my quilts and projects.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    ncjeepster@aol.com

    —Karen Propes on January 8, 2013
  • I decorated my grandson’s entire nursery with Michael Miller material. I loved the quality and would like to work with more of his material.

    —kathy on January 8, 2013
  • Last year when we were in Hawaii I picked up a number of large print fabrics. Some are floral while others are sea life. One of the florals is a Michael Miller made specifically for the Kapaia Stitchery shop on Kauai. I have been toying with a number of ideas, but I really like the ideas as sampled here. They really make the flowers pop. I am really baffled as to what to do with the sea life though and hope to get ideas from this book.

    —Rose Marie on January 8, 2013
  • I have quite the collection of Kaffe fabrics & other Westminster/Free Spirit Large scale fabrics by Martha Negley, Phillip Jacobs, Valori Wells, Jane Sassaman, etc. I love them but hate to destine them to obscurity on the back!

    —Judy Forkner on January 8, 2013
  • I have collected a number of Asian pieces – too lovely to cut up! I was delighted to see "Oriental Rose Garden." Several quilts in this book would jump to the top of my "To Do" list!

    —Gina M on January 8, 2013
  • I have a big floral pictoral panel that I have been saving because I don’t know what fabric to combine with it and what to make with it. I would love to have enough fabric to make a whole quilt with it, but so far I don’t have enough to make a whole quilt so it sits in my stash waiting.

    —Marcia K on January 8, 2013
  • My collection of Ghastlies fabrics: the dinner party, the landscape pattern with the spooky house, the Ghastlies portraits. I just can’t seem to find a pattern that does each of them justice.

    —Michelle H. on January 8, 2013
  • We lived in Tokyo many years ago, and my heart yearns for Asian designs. Every time I see a beautiful Asian print of Geisha girls, cranes, gardens, etc., I must add it to my collection. Over the years I’ve managed to use some of my treasures but have many that are simply "too beautiful to cut." Help! My stash runneth over and is crying to break free of its dreadful storage container in order to fulfill its destiny of blossoming into incredible creations.

    —Jackie Pierce on January 8, 2013
  • I have a several large floral prints (gorgeous!) and a couple of Asian-inspired prints with large motifs. This book sounds just like the right prescription for my dilemma!

    Sheryl on January 8, 2013
  • Wow…this book looks like a must have for me. I have several large scale floral fabrics and one underwater scene fabric that are beautiful and horded away. I do believe I will be inspired to use them now.

    Debbie Clarke on January 8, 2013
  • I don’t have any large prints in my stash, but would love some. Thanks for the opportunity.

    —Nancy on January 8, 2013
  • I don’t really have any of these large scale prints in my stash. I would love to win the Cosmos collection and the ebook with directions on how to make a large scale print shine in a quilt design.

    —Sherril on January 8, 2013
  • I have a big floral print on RED! I’m not sure how to handle as this was a gift to me and I am not a very experienced quilter yet. I do love to create!

    —Mary on January 8, 2013
  • I didn’t realize that I don’t have any large print fabric till I read this artical. I think it’s a matter of not knowing what to do with them once I have them. This book and fabric would be a nice addiction to my stash and I might just find that working with the large prints aren’t as hard as I thought.

    —Gervaise on January 8, 2013
  • I love Laura Gunn’s collections and have recently purchased a fat quarter bundle of her "Garden Wall" collection".
    I need the perfect project to display these fabrics at it’s best! Hopefully with the tips from your article I will be inspired.

    —Rochelle on January 8, 2013
  • I have a few large print fabrics that I fell in love with and are waiting for the "right" project to come along. One is a pastel floral with soft shades and another is a seashell fabric I bought when I first got interested in quilting over 15 years ago! This book may contain the right project for one or both of them!

    —Michelle Pease on January 8, 2013
  • I have a Christmas panel with cats it. I contemplate it quite often, but have yet to settle on an approach to take. One day…

    —V Abney on January 8, 2013
  • I have several large scale vintage fabrics that had been in my grandmother’s stash that I found after she passed away. As of yet, I have not seen a quilt pattern that inspired me enough to cut into these gorgeous prints. ( I guess my grandmother had the same problem!) This book might help me to create a lovely piece that would do honor to both my grandmother and these vintage fabrics. Thanks!

    —Jennifer Fauble on January 8, 2013
  • "Feathered Friends" is the most interesting fabric pattern to me. I am a Ohio Buckeye which the State bird is the Cardinal and Quilting is my biggest hobby. I don’t sell my quilts they are only used as gifts or my own furnishings. The color and size of the print is perfect for any quilt pattern it just needs to be used and feel needed. Thank You – Crystal

    —Crystal on January 8, 2013
  • I have bird prints and flower prints, both large scale. I also have some Asian prints, with beautiful figures I don’t want to cut. the book sound like it would be helpful.

    —Debra B on January 8, 2013
  • Ooh, I have a good-sized piece of Laurel Burch horses left from a project. I see it in one of the gallery photos. And fish/sea prints, also left over, and featured in the gallery.

    —Sandy on January 8, 2013
  • I have some beautiful butterfly print that I bought a few years ago. I told myself I’d make something for my granddaughter who loves butterflies. I’ve yet to cut the fabric. Every time I see it in my stash I have to "pet it". You’ve given me inspiration to finally use it.

    —Rebecca Vivanco on January 8, 2013
  • I’m still in Christmas mode and have been saving a yard of Holiday Skaters by Michael Miller until I find the perfect quilt design to show it off properly. As a fabric lover, I run into this situation often, and so I would truly love to win this book, and of course the fabric. I have to say that "Feathered Friends" is gorgeous.

    —Joanna on January 8, 2013
  • I’ve been saving "Flower Show" by Benartex – I have it hanging in the sewing room waiting for a chance to use it. Bright red and sunshine yellow large flowers…waiting…waiting .. this may be the book that shows me how to best use it!

    sue on January 8, 2013
  • I let mine explode on the borders and I cut them up for the color they create.

    —Patricia Hersl on January 8, 2013
  • Wow, a chance to add some awesome Michael Miller fabric to my stash! I do have some big beautiful Tina Givens fabric in my stash waiting for the perfect pattern. Oh wait, I see some of Sandy’s patterns that might just work. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Joan Rodriguez on January 8, 2013
  • I have some really darling fairys that need to be made into a quilt that this would be perfect for. I love novelty prints and have a lot of fun useing them in Project Linus quilts. The book sounds great and the extra fabric will fit right into our next get together to get the quilts made for the deserving children. Thank you in advance!!! Hint Hint!!!!

    —Pam L on January 8, 2013
  • I have collected alot of Designer bundles when they release, now not having the variety to work the prints. Verses I should have chosen my own fabrics are studied abit more on quilting. last year I started now i need to make some quilts.

    shirley tener on January 8, 2013
  • I have a beautiful large butterfly print that has been waiting for the perfect pattern. This book would provide many useful tips and a number of creative ideas for my quilt.

    —Bonnie on January 8, 2013
  • A large print fabric is perfect for making a One Block Wonder quilt – all it requires is patience, patience, and perfect points.

    —Sandy Navas on January 8, 2013
  • I have one particular fabric that has giant scarlet Gerbras all over it. The colour is stunning!
    I know exactly what to do with it, I just haven’t got to it yet :D, I’m going to make Chenille cushions.
    The large scale print will be obvious but broken up, and the layering of yellow fabric beneath will introduce background colour highlighting the yellow centres of the Gerbras.
    Well I guess we all know what I’ll be doing this weekend!! Lol!

    —Kayt on January 8, 2013
  • I love big prints in quilts! And they are great in a quilted pillow top, too.

    —Karen on January 8, 2013
  • With the beautiful, large prints being created, I have an ever increasing stash. I enjoy finding a great print, then searching for the perfect coordinating fabrics for my quilt. Just yesterday I added a fabulous Oriental themed fabric of reds, golds, and teal which I am planning for a big print quilt; then, today, I shouldn’t have, but I did go into a local quilt shop and feel in love with a gorgeous, large print paisley of muted pinks and greens with flowers and an ecru background…so of course I now have it in my stash…I’m looking forward to finding just the right pattern to showcase the prints, and eager for the challenge to find just to right fabrics to pull it all together. I really think the "Cosmos Collection" is going to make a wonderful quilt with it’s crisp colors, and authentic looking Cosmos.

    —Barbara Garris on January 8, 2013
  • Most of my large prints are florals, but I also have some cats and fairies stashed away. This book is just what I need to get them out of the stash and into a quilt!

    —Barb Colvin on January 8, 2013
  • I have the Christmas floral panel and have spent a lot of time looking at it and in constant fear of cutting it! I had a lot of yardage of a beautiful piece of a black, blue and lavendar Asian print that I waited at least 10 years to use. My mother was visiting and we made beautiful duvet covers out of them. It was the last sewing project my mother worked on before she lost her eyesight to macular degeneration. Thank goodness I didn’t wait any longer. Use that beautiful fabric now!

    —Christine on January 8, 2013
  • I love the big prints and have fussy cut and made a few quilts but nothing like these I love the ideas and I have a draw full of fat quarters and a shelve of very large prints lol

    love it
    Thanks

    —Nancy Bonnete on January 8, 2013
  • I hope I have not set a record for hoarding a big print: my favorite is from Hoffman International "Scenics" in a bright tropical blue that came out in the 80’s, I think. I have added a few more prints, some medium, some overall and small, over the years. But until Sandy’s suggestions, I was totally intimidated! Thank you for the examples: I am ready to start this quilt now!

    —Cecilie Hudson on January 8, 2013
  • I have a few beautiful Japanese prints and the "Oriental Rose Garden" has my attention…………really!!

    —Carole Tutko on January 8, 2013
  • I love these large scale prints but have only bought a few because I didn’t know what to do with them. I have looked at this book and it is just awesome and I’m going to buy it. Winning these lovely fabrics would fit right in with my new book. YAHOO – PICK ME – PLEEEAAAASSSE

    —Joanne Freeman on January 8, 2013
  • I have several Christmas prints and border Christmas prints that I bought at least 15 years ago that I absolutely adore. I’ve made a few small projects out of them but nothing of signaficance due to the size. I’ve mainly "fussy cut" some of the objects from the prints and appliqued them to other projects. I would love to have a project book to inspire me toward putting a quilt together for these special fabrics.

    —Cynthia H. on January 8, 2013
  • I have a wonderful pieceof Kaffe fabric designed by Brandon Mably. It is huge colorful cartoony bass-like fish with fat lips and goggle eyes which make me laugh aloud when I look at them. I was waiting to make a quilt just to use them for a back but there are ideas here that might change my thinking.

    —Sandy Wilcox on January 8, 2013
  • Since I just started quilting 2 years ago, don’t have too much stash, but I do have a large print safari theme. I just love the wild kingdom theme.
    Your web site is exceptional- great for all us ‘new’ quilters.
    Happy New Year!

    Norma C. on January 8, 2013
  • I have some a stash of Hawaiian flower prints that need an appropriate pattern to make them into a quilt.

    —Rosalind Gutierrez on January 8, 2013
  • I LOVE using big prints! Right now I have some yardage of a very large floral that looks like it was hand painted by an impressionist, along with a wide floral border that may or may not go with it. Also have some large scale landscape prints that are calling to me from the interior of the large plastic storage bins where they reside. Then again, I need to do something with the fish fabrics. This book sounds like EXACTLY what I need to get these fabric out into the light of day!

    —Marilyn Rose on January 8, 2013
  • I’m in the quilt guild with Sandy and she does indeed have great ideas for using the prints you love but don’t know how to feature them. She has lectured at our guild several times and the quilts are wonderful. I especially love the ideas for using the birds in the air block.

    Jennifer R on January 8, 2013
  • I have a blocky print with Asian touchs – kimonos, etc, and also fabric with Japanese writing. I don’t know what I’m going to do with either but couldn’t pass them up!

    —Geri on January 8, 2013
  • I have a large collection Japanese fabric not how to use it. I think this book would help me a lot. Sometimes you get a brain freeze and cannot figure out the lay out.

    —Kathy on January 8, 2013
  • I purchased some large print fabric that caught my fancy. Actually I was trying to get out of my comfort zone with bright colors and unusual subject matter. It is very colorful, has women at the beach drinking fruity drinks and chatting, but their torso shapes are like fruit and their swimsuits are colored like the fruit (peaches, pears, etc). I don’t know what to do with it. That fabric quickly comes to mind; but if I glance at my stash I’ll so many other large prints which I was drawn to their color pallets.

    —Deb on January 8, 2013
  • I have a lot of bright primary colored cartoon prints that I would love to use in an "adult quilt", they would also blend very well with the Cosmos Collection. I have no children in my family to use them for, but I keep collecting them, as I can’t resist how fun they are. I know someday I’ll find a quilt that will show them off.

    —Cindy Hanrahan on January 8, 2013
  • I loved "Outside the Fence"!! I love how she appliqued lilies peeking over the fence. Very creative and unusual way to enhance a traditional block. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    —Diane V on January 8, 2013
  • I have a couple big novelty prints that I love, but don’t know what to do with. This books looks like it might offer some good ideas! Thank you!

    —Paula on January 8, 2013
  • I have a large stash of floral prints, some lighthouse fabric and large prints for children. They just sit there looking wonderful since I have no idea how to use them. The book would be great to own since I could give those large print fabrics a chance to be something wonderful.

    —Cathie on January 8, 2013
  • I love bright bold florals- like these! I have trouble knowing how to sew them together to showcase them to the max. These are gorgeous!

    —Martha C. on January 8, 2013
  • I have some Marimekko Unikko that I have been hanging onto for years, waiting for the perfect project. I think I need this book!

    —mo on January 8, 2013
  • I am making my mother a lap quilt with birds. She is 74 and lives to feed her little friends! I found a print that had lovely birds in earth toned 7 inch blocks. This is my first and I’m going to tie it off as opposed to machine or hand quilting. ( not quite up to that challenge yet) She would absolutely love the "Feathered Friends" featured above!

    —Linda Tillis on January 8, 2013
  • I keep telling myself I’m reducing my stash but the inventory keeps growing. How DOES that happen?? Love the large print quilts. Hope I’m selected to win. I believe I have enough fabric !

    —Carolyn Williamson on January 8, 2013
  • I don’t have a big print stash yet – but if I win Laura Gunn’s collection, I’d have some. I love Laura Gunn’s designs, always have. thanks for the chance to win this.

    —Pat S on January 8, 2013
  • I’ve got a nice collection of Australian prints that I don’t want to cut up. This book would be very helpful to turn these into quilts.

    —amy losordo on January 8, 2013
  • My fabric stash is Way Too Big, but the one type of fabric that never gets used are my large prints–most are Asian, but year-before-last, I bought 2 yards of a Michael Miller (I think) very large Iris bouquet print. Even started to fussy cut it and then realized I had no idea what to do with it! My best friend loves irises and I now will have some help in planning her quilt!

    —Sharon S on January 8, 2013
  • I have a large print in a 30’s repro fabric that I want to use in a border or medallion center, but haven’t found the perfect pattern yet. This book would help, I think! 🙂

    —Sandy A in St. Louis on January 8, 2013
  • The fabric in my stash I can’t bear to cut I’ve had for many years. It’s floorplans of houses, with the rooms all labeled: Kitchen, stash, living room, stash, bedroom, sewing room, stash…

    —Jenny on January 8, 2013
  • I have a gorgeous Japanese style large print fabric that my daughter bought for me in San Francisco two years ago. I have been stuck as to how to use it without ruining it. I think the ideas in this book could be the answer to my dilemma!

    —Roberta Kennedy on January 8, 2013
  • I have several large floral prints…..I always have trouble with what to pair them with, so they sit 🙁

    —Elaine OConnell on January 8, 2013
  • I have three yards of Japanese scene fabric that I have not cut into as it is sooooo beautiful.
    thanks for the inspiration

    —Doris on January 8, 2013
  • I have a large Valorie Wells fabric that I just can’t cut into. Why is this? It’s just too beautiful to hurt it with my cutter! A book of inspiration would be so appreciated! New fabrics – adored! thanks!!

    —Margo on January 8, 2013
  • I have three yards of Japanese scene fabric that I have not cut into as it is sooooo beautiful. Also Hawaiian print fabric …. got it as a gift and can’t cut into it …too nice to chop it up.

    thanks for the inspiration

    —Doris on January 8, 2013
  • A quick look revealed the usual large motif flowers and fruit and then – dinosaurs! My grandsons are still fascinated by them, but I’d better get to work soon on using those fabrics!

    —Jane on January 8, 2013
  • Since my name is Robin, I have collected bird prints over the years. Some of them are very large prints or panels, so I would love to incorporate them into a quilt that was not just the fabric quilted.

    —Robin Maguire on January 8, 2013
  • I have some large print flowers that I haven’t used for this very reason. I’d love to win this book and finally put them in a new quilt!

    —Pat on January 8, 2013
  • Large floral prints are so eye catching yet difficult to work into a quilt. This book sounds fabulous!

    —Betsy on January 8, 2013
  • I don’t have much in big prints in my stash; but, this book really motivates me to add them. Beautiful patterns!

    —Linda on January 8, 2013
  • Six years ago, I bought a large scale floral print because I liked it; but have yet to cut into it because I was afraid that what ever cut I made would ruin the flow of the print. I sure could use some help as my daughter, who also loved the fabric, keeps telling me that she is so cold in the winter time and sure could use that quilt!! I hope that I win!

    —Terry K on January 8, 2013
  • My fabric stash is extensive but I don’t really have any big print designs. I would love to have the collection and give it a try.

    —Diane Wright on January 8, 2013
  • I have a lot of fabrics with bees on them. My husband is a beekeeper. I would like to make a quilt for :My Honey" that would promote the raising of bees for our World. He was successful this year and got 22 pints of Honey.

    —Nora on January 8, 2013
  • I love large print fabrics. I have big floral prints that I have been saving for a few years now and the line of fabric is no longer available.Still don’t have a pattern I have picked to use them. Sounds like the book would be a great solution. I love the give away fabric and the posted tips from Sandy were very helpful.

    —Elyse on January 8, 2013
  • My daughter-now 16- has been building a beautiful stash of Asian prints for about 10 years. I would love to win this book (and fabric) for the great ideas on how to use these prints and make her an awesome quilt to take with her to college!

    —jeannie on January 8, 2013
  • I love working with large prints in fabrics. When making quilts or pillows I will often hand quilt around the area. Sometimes I stuff behind the large print to make it stand out just a little. I love seeing the examples of large print quilts and how others create with them. Thank you so much for sharing.

    —Loree on January 8, 2013
  • I have some big Hawaiian prints I love but don’t know what to do with them. I’d love to win this to learn and break my fear of cutting into to them and wish I hadn’t.

    —Lynn D in NC on January 8, 2013
  • I have several large print Asian fabrics, and I have been looking for just the right pattern. This book sounds like the answer.

    —Laurie on January 8, 2013
  • my last vacation with my son’s was in Hawaii were I purchased some large Hawaiian flower print. I have been looking for the perfect pattern so I could make one with the fabric. My oldest son to this day talks about that trip it was one to remember.

    Debbi Dove on January 8, 2013
  • I’ve been saving a print with large birds on it. I love the fabric but don’t know what to do with it.

    —lindawwww on January 8, 2013
  • I have some lovely large floral prints I’ve hesitated to cut into. I think the book has some great ideas for using this fabric.

    —Judy Allen on January 8, 2013
  • I have some large scale florals, Christmas panels and a very beautiful cardinal fabric. I would love to know what to do with the cardinals for my husband. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book and fabric.

    —Kathy on January 8, 2013
  • I am a huge dog lover and a pug lover in particular!! I found a wonderful "Pug" fabric…..but haven’t found that perfect pattern for it yet!! Maybe it’s waiting for me in this book!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Barbara Spurr on January 8, 2013
  • I have many large print fabrics. They are on the bottom shelf of my fabric cabinet. I would LOVE ideas for putting them to use!

    Denny on January 8, 2013
  • My favorite flower is the iris. I have a beautiful piece of fabric with large groups of irises all over. When I bought it, I thought I would make a kaleidescope type quilt; however, every time I look at it, I question whether that is the best thing to do with it. So it sits until I’m sure I won’t ruin it.

    —Virginia/AK on January 8, 2013
  • I have a large cut of poinsettia fabric … another Christmas just passed without an idea of how to use it 🙁

    Some great ideas here!

    —Lynn on January 8, 2013
  • I came across my mothers stash when cleaning out my basement. It held many memories of things she had made from Quilts and Curtains to Dresses and Clothing. I mixed the large print florals with the small print florals, the solids, stripes, plaids, animals and kids prints. It has inspired me to do a project with all Large Floral Prints. I have no stash left and this would be a wonderful gift to start a new project.

    —Shell2u on January 8, 2013
  • I have a large piece of fabric with birds, text, and leaves–I don’t even know what it is called, but I’ve been petting it and admiring it for years but haven’t found the right pattern yet. Now I know where to look, though.

    —Beth T. on January 8, 2013
  • I have over 4 yds of a very large floral that I have been loathe to cut up til now. Sounds like a winner!

    —Pamela Reim on January 8, 2013
  • A few years ago I made a Hawaiian costume for my daughter for Halloween. It’s big red leaves on a white background.I have quite a bit of the fabric left and want to use it in a quilt but I have yet to find the perfect pattern for it.

    —Marilyn R on January 8, 2013
  • I have several large prints of a variety of designs, fruits and vegetables, Hawaiian theme and novelty fabrics that I could really use some suggestions on how to use them in a quilt. I love the prints and colors, or I wouldn’t have purchased them, but have been stumped on what to do. Perhaps this book will give me the push I need. thanks for the opportunity to win something really useful.

    —Rosemary on January 8, 2013
  • I adore large scale prints. Asian, tropical, novelty, jungle…dozens! These patterns are exactly what I have been waiting for. Thank you so much Sandy Turner. And everyone knows Michael Miller fabrics are amazing. Win or not, Big Print Patchwork is the book for me!

    —Maureen on January 8, 2013
  • I guess I consider my stash as vintage as until recently I have been on a hiatus (sp) from quilting. I starter "collecting" about 30 years ago. Have lots of little calico prints and desparately need to add these lovely large prints.

    —Ellen Fayard on January 8, 2013
  • I have a few large prints and have looked for just the ‘right’ quilt pattern to use them in. This book looks like what I’ve been saving my precious fabrics for.

    —Linda Yannikos on January 8, 2013
  • I have this wonderful jungle print I’ve been staring at for years. It has parrots, trees, etc. Never had the courage to cut it. Maybe I will now.

    —Chris on January 9, 2013
  • I’ve been looking for a pattern for, of all fabrics, Cosmos. I don’t want to buy it till I knew what to do with it. Now I could win the fabric and buy the book and both issues would be solved. I absolutely love this fabric and hope I can win. Thanks for sponsoring the giveaway. cdahlgren at live dot com.

    —Cindy on January 9, 2013
  • I have fabric that depicts wild animals as in bears, wolves, deer, and the great outcoors, and while I do want to make something with it, I don’t want to cut it up either. I, did, however in the past make a fussy cut Lion quilt with a double border frame around each Lion square which overall, made the Lions stand out. Some of the large scale fabrics I have; I’m still wondering why I bought them in the first place? Maybe, just maybe, I had a brilliant idea that escapes me now.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on January 9, 2013
  • About 5 years ago our local WalMart was remodeling and closing out their fabric department, I know, I still get teary thinking about it. All the fabrics were marked 50% off and I could not help myself and bought what was left on the bolt of several large, asian prints and have been waiting for the right inspiration to do something with them. I don’t mind cutting into them, just don’t want to, not love, the final project. I think I may have just found that inspiration with your book.

    —Sally Rozycki on January 9, 2013
  • I too love those big Asian fabrics and panels but never know how to set them off in a quilt without destroying their beauty.

    —Merlie Brown on January 9, 2013
  • I have some handpainted panels of my own from college that I never thought I would cut, but….this might be the time! Thanks for the giveaway.
    Deborah

    —Deborah on January 9, 2013
  • Like so many others, large print fabrics are waiting in my stash for just the right project. Looking at the inspirational illustrations from this publication kicks my creative wishes into high gear, can just imagine what having the entire book would do!

    Thank you for the opportunity – hope you pick me!!!

    —Garnet on January 9, 2013
  • I don’t have any large print fabrics at this time. I’m inspired by reading your book review and am thinking of all the possibilities for future projects using large prints. Thanks sew much for this chance to win. 😀

    —Patricia S on January 9, 2013
  • I have some Tammis Keefe prints from Michael Miller that need a big pattern – I hate to break up the action by using small pieces. Thanks for the give away!

    —Jacklynn Grimm on January 9, 2013
  • My favorite large print that I look at without knowing what to do with it is a Southwest design with beautiful pottery and cactus on an earthtone background. Now that I have moved away from Arizona, I really want to use this fabric as a reminder of happy days spent there. I hope this book will inspire me to make this wish a reality.

    Jeanette on January 9, 2013
  • I love Sandys ideas on using big print fabrics and look forward to seeing how she pulls it off in her book. I have seen her work and enjoy it a lot.

    —Bonnie on January 9, 2013
  • I especially love the big oriental flower print fabrics. The quilts in the book show off fabric beautifully. Would love to work with the amazing florals in the collection.

    —Elaine B on January 9, 2013
  • I too have a stash of large print fabrics. I’ve made seven quilts from them, one of which I rotate on my own bed. I’m still looking for matching/blending fabric to peice together two large panels (28×40)that are remains from another quilt.

    —DeEtta Burney on January 9, 2013
  • This book looks inspiring! My love of large prints has often made a dent in my stash! Recently, though, I picked up 2 vintage pieces of fabric; sort of oriental or African in nature with tree silhouettes, low lying hills, placed on edge of a bay. They are just sections of yardage. I have been saving ideas for blocks, transitions, etc. This book appears to offer MANY ideas to help me complete this project..Will be the most challenging project I’ve tried yet!

    Linda D on January 9, 2013
  • My husband & I were fortunate to be able to go on a trip of a lifetime & spent a month in Australia where we fell in love with the country & the people. Since then I have been collecting a stash of the Australian Aboriginal fabrics to eventually make a quilt out of. They are quilt large prints & i haven’t found the right pattern yet. This book could be just what I need to do create the perfect ‘memory’ quilt. CarolCat

    —Carol Gearey on January 9, 2013
  • I have many large scale prints but the one that has stumped me the most has postcards and a focal print. This book, Big Print Patchwork sounds perfect and the sample quilts are such an inspiration. Would love to win!

    —Joyce Rejba on January 9, 2013
  • I love these quilts! I can’t wait to retire so that I can spend the day buried in fabric!

    —karen on January 9, 2013
  • In 2011 my husband and I went on what we called our "Trip of a Lifetime". In Alice Springs, Australia, on the morning after going to Uluru, we discovered a shop with fabrics that were reproduced from aboriginal art. I was mesmerized by them, and could not make a decision. My husband took over, and we left the shop with a significant piece of each design, along with a ‘cheat sheet’ that explained the meaning of the symbols on the fabrics. I look at them frequently, spread them on the floor, and ponder how best to use them in a quilt. No way should they be cut into little pieces! Your author’s tips in this post about analyzing and using large scale prints were instructive. And I know if I am patient, some day the perfect pattern will cross my path. Thank you for reminding me of the Australian outback on a cold wintry morning in Alberta.

    —Carol on January 9, 2013
  • I love every fabric in my stash! I can’t get pass the feeling that the quilt i use them for must be just right,
    Therefore I’m still waiting to cut into them, since I never know which quilt is just right! 2013 resolution , use
    My beautiful stash!

    —Patty McLean on January 9, 2013
  • Beautiful fabrics and I would love the book for the inspiration it would bring. Here’s hoping I can win. Thanks

    —Susan on January 9, 2013
  • I lean toward smaller prints but would love to try a large print quilt.

    —maryl willard on January 9, 2013
  • My Dad was the traveling salesman for a auto and home upholstery company, accumulating enough mileage driving Monday through Friday to go around the world twice a year. He did this until he was 87 years old. He was always bring me samples of discontinue fabrics. Some to heavy for quilts but great for bags, floor pillows or patio cushions. I have so many samples that are 36″ by 59″ that are so beautiful. Every time I de-clutter my sewing room I can see several projects but then making that first cut. OUCH! I think of the fact that I can’t run down to the store and buy more….then I think…of Dad and what he would say: PLAN, PLAN,PLAN! BE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO MAKE . .. SO YOU HAVE ENOUGH FABRIC. He always wanted his customers to buy enough to complete the project but he did not want them to spend more than they had too…even if it affected his commission. So stuck in the GRIP of fear I would love to have the inspirations found in this book. Thank you for such wonderful photos.

    —Debi Bielawski on January 9, 2013
  • Love the new book, it may have the right Quilt for a print I can’t seem to use yet. A fairy world being spent in a purple and deep pinks(greens)tulip land on a black background. I hope, I hope. The shown quilts are so beautiful, there are so many good Choices.

    —Bonnie Laing on January 9, 2013
  • Several years ago, my husband and I went to New Zealand and Australia. I found another quilter on the tour and together we searched out and shopped quilting shops everywhere we went. I ended up with a whole new carryon to bring home my treasures. A number of the fabrics have large scale motifs and I have not been able to bring myself to cut them up.

    —Beth Burnett on January 9, 2013
  • I have at least one bird print, a butterfly print and a dinosaur print that would work well with these patterns. Very beautiful projects. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Cindy on January 9, 2013
  • I began collecting stash as a crazy quilter and tended to look for theme ideas in addition to luxury and exotic fabrics. On a website devoted to African inspired fabrics I found a sale item featuring a Sheena of the Jungle type pin-up character. I have no idea why it appealed to me except it reminded me of the jungle themed comic books my father bought me and the expedition/exploration/adventure type radio broadcasts that fascinated me as a child. Heck, they still do — ‘cept I’m more likely to read them on a Kindle or watch them on TV these days. At any rate the purchase of that "Sheena" fabric got me to start collecting exotic African or tropical themed fabrics with the idea of someday creating a quilted homage to the old jungle comic books. Many of my prints are large making me think in terms of a whole cloth quilt or a collage — I’ve got so much that co-ordinates colorwise. This book has reminded me to think again about the project I’ve never gotten around to plus some different ways to approach it.

    —nancilyniti on January 9, 2013
  • I have a very beautiful horse print that I have been saving for just the right pattern, one that will allow the beauty of the horses show through and not cut them into small pieces. I so would love to win the book and fabrics. Thanks for allowing us to try to win these items so we can become more creative.

    —Elizabeth on January 9, 2013
  • I have a few of those big bold prints, sometimes think I should just quilt and bind the yard and just have the wonderful color that attracted me when it was on the bolt. I really love the Jungle Hooves, but that’s not what I have to work with, better work on what I have first. Thanks for sharing picts and hints.
    Cheers, Carol

    —Carol on January 9, 2013
  • I don’t have much of a stash yet. YET! haha

    —robin on January 9, 2013
  • I am collecting prints of birds that were local to where I grew up in Adirondack Mountains. My mother had a number of bird feeders and was an avid bird watcher. She also was a very active quilter, making all by hand. She would cut out patches during winter nights and put them together early spring. She made "memory" quilts using fabric from Dad’s shirts, my dresses, etc. I would love to use these fabrics along with the new that I would like to win. The quilt would be sort of a memorial to my mother, my quilting inspiration. I want to try a technique I have seen called attic window. The birds would look great as if looking out the "window" at them like my Mom did.

    —Florence Duheme on January 9, 2013
  • I purchased a fabric print called "Soul Sister" that is so colorful and beautiful, yet, I haven’t decided what to do with it. After seeing this article, it gives me some ideas. I’d love to win this contest!

    —Julia on January 9, 2013
  • I have a really huge floral print that I’m going to use in a scrap type quilt. The pattern calls for assorted block sizes, large of course. I am just about ready to begin cutting.
    Thanks

    —Valerie A. Clark on January 10, 2013
  • I have both some larger scale prints of birds and one of cats that have been sitting on my shelves for ages. This book definitely gives me some ideas for how to utilize them.

    —Nancy on January 10, 2013
  • I’m not sure what the line is called, but I have several fabrics of a line with a very big flower print in bright hues.

    —robin on January 10, 2013
  • I have a gorgeous piece of fabric of brightly colored bunnies! Red bunnies, blue bunnies, green bunnies, orange bunnies, yellow bunnies, lavender bunnies, pink bunnies, and teal bunnies! Lots and lots of bunnies in a wide variety of quirky poses. Rather than cutting the fabric into blocks, I’ll make a quilt and outline each bunnie with a contrasting thread. Then I will bind it with binding made from the fabric. Can’t wait to get started! Bunnies galore! Thanks for the inspiration!

    —Kay Day on January 10, 2013
  • I have a collection of butterfly fabrics that I’ve been saving. They are probably 10 years old, so no idea of the fabric line.

    —Ginger on January 10, 2013
  • What great nuggets of information. I can’t wait to share this with my students!
    Thanks,
    Kathleen

    —Kathleen on January 10, 2013
  • I have a beautiful Asian print I bought about 15 years ago at Daisy Kingdom in Portland (which has long since closed). The print is water and fans in browns and blues. It was very expensive so I only bought 1/2 yard. Because it’s so special I want to put it in the "perfect" quilt! Sandy Turner’s quilts from her book are fantastic. I will now be thinking about cutting up my fabric!

    —Karen M on January 11, 2013
  • I have a couple of large print florals. One of them I had about 10 yards of it and just used about 6 yards of it to back a quilt. It worked out really well. The quilt is king size and the front was a pieced LoneStar and the back with the big print floral. It can be used both ways as they both turned out beautifully. I would really like to figure out how to incorporate them into a quilt top since I love them so much. It would be great to win this book and the fabrics to go with it.

    —Margo S. on January 11, 2013
  • I’ve become a Kaffe collector (I say collector because I really haven’t used much of it)- I am trying to acquire at least a fat quarter of most of his fabrics. Once I have them, I plan to make myself a postage stamp quilt with them, with a few larger blocks to showcase the large print fabrics.

    —iHeartQuilting on January 11, 2013
  • In my stash is some ladybug fabric I bought, thinking I would make a "stack and whack" quilt for my grandson. It hasn’t happened yet, 7 years later. I also have some jungle animals on a black background that keeps staring at me from my stash, just begging to be used in a child’s quilt. The book definitely would help solve the problem of big print fabrics.

    —Carolyn on January 11, 2013
  • Sandy, I love your quilts with the large scale prints. I don’t really have many because I am not usually drawn to them, but now I might start looking at them.

    —Barbara on January 11, 2013
  • My son lives in New Zealand. I wanted to make a quilt with ‘Kiwi’ fabrics. I found beautiful fabrics in an online shop. And one had big prints: typical New Zealand animals and green nature. And I used it. It’s a gorgeous quilt. Very green, like the country is.

    —An on January 11, 2013
  • I have two large print fabrics, one has red tulips the other a waterfall surrounded by flowers. Both are very colorful, beautiful prints that I have had a long time with no idea how to use them! Sandy spoke at our guild last year and I have been waiting to buy her book ever sence! If you think her quilts are beautiful on line, you should have seen them in person!

    —Jen on January 11, 2013
  • Your quilts are spectacular! They inspire me to work on larger pattern fabrics!

    —LisaD on January 11, 2013
  • I have a variety of fabrics I’ve been collecting throughout the years. I finally have some ideas on how to use these great prints. Some of the fabrics are also my mom’s stash and she has passed away. I try to use something of hers whenever I plan a quilt. It makes me feel closer to her.

    —Patricia Sherman on January 12, 2013
  • My stash of large print fabrics usually all have a 24″ repeat. I use them to make large lone star quilts using Shirley Stutz’s method, kaleidoscope effect blocks, and "One Block Wonders" quilts using Maxine Roshenthal’s method. I will love to add the techniques in Sandy Turner’s book.

    —Crazy Cuban on January 12, 2013
  • I have a beautiful floral graphic print that I bought as inspiration for my bedroom. It has beautiful large flowers similar to Marimekko flowers and I’ve been waiting for years to figure out what to do with it. I have several different authenic Marimekko yards that I bought as remnants that I would love some guidance in how to use.

    —Abra on January 12, 2013
  • My stash story? Summed up in one word – ginormous! And I love it! I love all the colors and prints and the feel and just all the great suff i make. It makes me so happy!

    I LOVE big prints and never fear that I can’t use one. There’s ALWAYS a new idea waiting around the bend!

    —BarbaraG on January 12, 2013
  • I don’t have any big prints right now, but I love to put them in the middle and add coordinating fabrics around them. I can’t wait to read the book, and the fabrics you are giving away are beautiful!

    —Karrie Smith on January 12, 2013
  • I have about 3 yds of a gorgeous large floral print in orange, a deep pink, and red with green accents. It looks like dahlias or some similar flower. I pull it out and pet it occasionally but I haven’t found the perfect pattern for it yet. Until I do it will have to wait because it needs to be something to show off the print. Looking forward to the book!

    —Sharon on January 13, 2013
  • I made a quilt for my daughter using stylized horses. My husband picked out a great pattern to use with them. Would love to try again with some new fabrics!

    —Maggie Avrit on January 13, 2013
  • It’s the new year. A perfect time to inventory my stash. Yes, I did find that "perfect" fabric that I had to have, yet there it sits a few years later. And, yes, it is a large print fabric. I still love it, just don’t know what to do with it. LOL. Love these ideas… things that should have "come" to me, but didn’t. 🙂

    —Linda on January 13, 2013
  • I don’t know if I have any big prints in my stash – I’ve kind of shy’ed away from them.

    —Carmen on January 14, 2013
  • What a great book. I have this amazing print with a medieval garden scene, but was thinking I had to use it as wallpaper if I wanted to use it at all. But the examples showing how bits can be combined without losing the drama make me excited to unearth it from my stash mountain.

    —Lyn Sweetapple on January 14, 2013
  • Great tips!!! I have several large print pieces in my stash that I thought might end up being used in quilt backings rather than cutting into smaller patches……lots of ideas now on other options….thanks.

    Laura Gunn is a fantastic artist and fabric designer. Would love to make a quilt with her Cosmos collection prints. What a great oppportunity with both the book and fabric!!!

    —MaryJ B. on January 14, 2013
  • This was a first time for me ordering e-books from Martingale and I decided to browse their site. And there is this lovely GIVE AWAY. I just love big prints so to win this book will be such an honour

    —Marthie on January 15, 2013

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