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Thread: Double-knit Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt question

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    My mother, in the 1970's, handmade 63 "flowers" for a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt. She used her sewing scraps which at the time were double-knits. She never got around to putting them together. She has been gone over 10 years and I am now hand-sewing them together. I would appreciate any suggestions, tips, etc. regarding what type of batting and backing to use and any other general ideas. Thanks in advance!

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    My MIL has made poly knit quilts and since the fabric is already heavier she just put a very lightweight batting and backed them in flannel. They turned out really nice and snuggy and are some of our families favorites!

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    My mom has a double knit hourglass quilt that is just backed with flannel and tied. It weighs about a zillion pounds and is very warm even without batting.

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    I wouldn't think a batting would be necessary unless you live in an extremely cold climate. I would probably tie it too, the fabric can be stretchy and may not be so easy to quilt.
    I can't wait to see it :D:D:D

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    :mrgreen: been there. i used thin poly batting. tied it because it was too thick where the seams crossed. tie it a lot. the weight needs a lot of support. i used the embroidery twist, not the regular embroidery thread. it's held up for over 20 years. i also used bigger units, to have the fewest seams as possible. good luck with this project. show it when it's done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    It weighs about a zillion pounds and is very warm even without batting.

    :lol: :lol: :lol: they surely do LOL!

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    oh how neat! I learned to hand sew as a girl on little double knit hexagons!!! good memories :D and the colors just beautiful! I should see if my mother has anymore.

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    Thanks for all the replies! It will take me awhile hand sewing but I enjoy it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WvHmmngbrd
    Thanks for all the replies! It will take me awhile hand sewing but I enjoy it!
    good luck, be sure to show pics.

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