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Thread: "Paper Doll" Quilt Question

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    Senior Member Grambi's Avatar
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    I quilted two quilts that a friend had pieced to give to her grand-nieces. Her pattern instructed her to put fusible fleece on the back of the clothes and she did a few to send for me to test after the quilts were washed. Well, even after washing they don't stick at all. I used Heat and Bond Lite to fuse some flannel to the backs of those and that definately works better. Plus with the fusible fleece layer, they have much more "body" to them. I imagine that flannel fused directly to the clothes would be pretty flimsy and would wrinkle up when stuffed back into the fabric envelopes sewn on the backing to store them. Soooo.....my question is: Does anyone have any suggestions of the best way to make these clothes? Any other products that may work better?? Thanks in advance!!!

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    For my paper doll dresses, I used Ultrahold (no-Sew) heat-n-bond and fused a good quality flannel to the back of the dresses. Works great and they hold up just fine. If they get a little bent, just iron.

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    I'm going to make one of the quilts for Olivia next year. Already have the fabric so I'll be watching this thread closely.

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    Are the "clothes" sewn or fused on - or are they like the old paper doll ones that can be put on and taken off the doll body?

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    Do you have a pattern to share for this quilt...sounds really cute...!

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    I'm running out the door. Will get the answers to above questions in a couple of hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grambi
    I quilted two quilts that a friend had pieced to give to her grand-nieces. Her pattern instructed her to put fusible fleece on the back of the clothes and she did a few to send for me to test after the quilts were washed. Well, even after washing they don't stick at all. I used Heat and Bond Lite to fuse some flannel to the backs of those and that definately works better. Plus with the fusible fleece layer, they have much more "body" to them. I imagine that flannel fused directly to the clothes would be pretty flimsy and would wrinkle up when stuffed back into the fabric envelopes sewn on the backing to store them. Soooo.....my question is: Does anyone have any suggestions of the best way to make these clothes? Any other products that may work better?? Thanks in advance!!!
    Pellon makes a craft backing that is quite stiff. A couple layers and the girls can walk by themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tellabella
    Do you have a pattern to share for this quilt...sounds really cute...!
    I think the fabric is in Keepsake Quilting catalog.

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    I have the fabric, just need to get them made for my DGD.

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    In answer to a couple of the above questions, the quilt is made with fabric that has little vintage-looking girls (dolls?) on it who are only dressed in bloomers and such. With the quilt fabric were sections of fabric printed with the clothes to dress the girls in (dresses, hats, stockings and shoes, etc). You cut out the clothes and, after fusing them to the flannel, the clothes can be stuck on the little girls. My friend got free instructions with a kit that she bought at her LQS on one way to piece the quilt. She made two quilts and each has nine different little girl blocks. She just put sashing between each block with corner stones and then added a border. The fabric did come from Keepsake Quilting and she remembers that they used to have fabric available with Christmasy clothes to cut out. I do think that the best way to prepare the clothes will be for her to just fuse flannel on the back of them and their mom's can iron them as needed. My job is done--she has to cut out all of those clothes:) :). I only promised to do the quilting part. Thanks for the responses!

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