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Thread: knitted fabric quilt?

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    Super Member watson's mom's Avatar
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    My son's girlfriend died unexpectedly one year ago and today he gave me 3 bags filled with her clothes. He asked me to make some kind of quilt out of them and of course I said I would. Now What!? A lot of these clothes are good quality KNITS and I can't imagine how to quilt using these fabrics. I am asking anyone with any ideas to please help. I am open to all suggestions. Thank you all so much for even reading this. Carol

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    Backing the fabric with fusible interfacing will help with the stretchiness of the fabric.

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    Double-knit fabrics wear like iron. It's best to tie that type of quilt.

    If they are thin knits that are going to stretch on you, I can recommend nylon tricot as an iron-on stabilizer. Many stabilizers make the fabric too stiff; nylon tricot is better than most.

    I have never worked with knit fabrics, but I would think you could also make a quilt with them using a foundation technique -- either muslin or paper.

    In any case, you don't want to try an intricate pattern. I would try to keep the pieces large -- perhaps all squares with sashing -- and plan on tying the quilt. Warm n Natural is good for tying because it is very stable and the ties don't have to be too close together.

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    Thank you amma and prism99. Both are good ideas and I think I will try a small piece before going too far. Thanks again, Carol

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    glad you will be making a nice memory quilt

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    It may be a good idea to stitch round the edges to stop any unravelling, also if any is "dryclean only" put it through a gentle wash cycle to see how it will go with the other items.

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    It will definitely be a winter quilt.

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    I made a double knit quilt in the 80's when I was teaching myself to quilt. I still have & use it. Wears like a dream. I didn't have any raveling at all, but when I cut it out I used pinking shears. If you plan to rotary cut, you can buy a wavy blade to cut with....that will take care of any ravels.
    Made if from my MIL clothes that she out grew!
    Hope this helps you.
    So sorry to hear of your son's loss.

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