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    I have 2.5 yds of a fine-wale, teal corduroy that was given to me eons ago. I get it out...pet it...noodle over what I can do with it, to no avail. Help!
    Things I have considered:
    1. Rag quilt with flannel on the back.
    2. Cutting it into squares and turn them so the light hits them and looks different...again with the flannel on the back (no batting).
    My questions:
    1. If I went the rag-route - does it work to rag corduroy?
    2. If I do the second option - how would you hold the layers together? Big toe-nail catcher stitches or knotting. (Machine quilting is not an option)
    3. If I go the primitive stitches route - what kind of thread should I use so that it shows up?

    Or any other ideas? I want to stick to some type of quilt. I thought of hand/totebags but can't bring myself to chop it and not use every last inch in one fell swoop.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeamRipper
    I have 2.5 yds of a fine-wale, teal corduroy that was given to me eons ago. I get it out...pet it...noodle over what I can do with it, to no avail. Help!
    Things I have considered:
    1. Rag quilt with flannel on the back.
    2. Cutting it into squares and turn them so the light hits them and looks different...again with the flannel on the back (no batting).
    My questions:
    1. If I went the rag-route - does it work to rag corduroy?
    2. If I do the second option - how would you hold the layers together? Big toe-nail catcher stitches or knotting. (Machine quilting is not an option)
    3. If I go the primitive stitches route - what kind of thread should I use so that it shows up?

    Or any other ideas? I want to stick to some type of quilt. I thought of hand/totebags but can't bring myself to chop it and not use every last inch in one fell swoop.

    Thanks!
    Combine 1 & 2
    Why not rag quilt it and turn each block a quarter turn so up have the different light effects.

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    When I did a corduroy quilt, I had a variety but that doesn't matter. I did large squares (8 inches maybe) the same size front and back. Heavy as all get out! Tied with about 3/8" wide varigated ribbon I found in the crochet section of the craft department at each intersection. Used a big yarn needle to poke the ribbon through and pulled with needlenose pliers. It turned out great and my friend loves it...even named it 'Blankelroy'.

    Doing yours turning the fabric in different directions would work much the same as having several different colors.

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    Can't really give you any great suggestions,except that corduroy is very messy to work with. I wonder how it would be in a rag quilt. Would it be shedding forever? Something to think about.

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    Would it work for a purse?

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    Do you have a serger? I saw a denim quilt in which the squares were serged together wrong sides together (so the serged stitches were on the top) with red wooly nylon thread (a thick and stretchy thread). The serged seams were then sewn down flat with a sewing machine.

    I think this could work well with corduroy too, especially in terms of keeping the edges confined so they don't "shed".

    In order to make a flannel backing for the corduroy, I would just layer a square of flannel behind a square of corduroy and serge all edges together at the same time. In order to avoid slippage, you could secure the two layers with a machine stitch in the valley between two wales in the middle of the square (or sew an X in the square the way rag quilts are done) before serging.

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    Wow - I'm experimenting with some corduroy that I very recently purchased on sale, so am Planning a rag quilt. This Corduroy is very stretchy...hadn't realize that. I plan to X in the middle as I put the layers together, then sew them together. I plan a plain checkerboard pattern, but might throw in a few pinwheels for interest. I made one pinwheel and found that the seams are very bulky, which might make the quilt uncomfortable. I had to put fuseable facing on the blocks to make the pinwheels, which adds more work to it - and I'm not big on making work for myself!

    I sure hope it works!

    Good luck!

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    I used my upholstery fabric and corduroy for backing on table toppers. It felt so nice there.

    ali

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    Pillows. I made a few pillows oh heck over 30 years ago from corduroy & they're still going.

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