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Thread: Brocade quilt

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    Has anyone done a brocate quilt? I have fat quarters of brocade material & I'm not quite sure what to do with them. Any suggestions?

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!!!!!
    I nave never made one out of brocade. Maybe someone else on here has!

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    maybe a crazy quilt???

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    It would be nice and warm :D:D:D

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    We have a quilt made from heavy brocade patches on the front, midweight denim on the back, no batting; my husband's uncle made it for us. It's heavy and warm and we love it, but I'd buy a couple of heavy-duty needles before piecing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by misseva
    maybe a crazy quilt???
    I am collecting shiney and sparkley fabric for a crazy quilt. With brocades, I get twice as much because both sides are different. -- as for some kind of block pattern and borders, I can only imagine a brocade quilt would be beautiful.

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    Welcome from Ireland

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    Welcome from Iowa. How renaissance like that would be (am a big fan of renaissance stuff). Not made a quilt with brocade, but hope someone can enlighten us here on feasibility. It would be beautiful IMHO.

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    I decided to do the 10 minute square. Boy, cutting the material is a big undertaking because they fray so much! Also aligning the edges with pins & taking them from the table to my sewing machine is a pain. so what I did was run the edges thru the candle flame to prevent fraying. The result is ok, but pretty bulky. will post pics soon. I've finished 9 squares but cannot decide what to use for backing. any suggestions? should i also use batting in the middle?

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    If you're considering using brocade for a quilt that is intended for actual use, consider whether there are cats or dogs in the home that might get at it--brocade shreds easily under a cat's kneading claws where a cotton quilt would stand up for years.

    You can seal the edges of brocade with a fray stopper (basically just crazy glue--you can use standard crazy glue, too). But sometimes that leaves sharp, hard edges (like the bulkiness mentioned above) if you use too much, so if you don't have a lot of experience working with brocade (and even if you do), you might want to consider running an overlock (or zigzag, if your machine doesn't do overlock) stitch along the edge of each piece as soon as you're finished cutting it--it takes a lot more work, but it results in a softer finished product--you can never wash out burnt or glued edges.

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