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Thread: Polyster knit material to make quilts

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    Does any of you know if polyster knit material can be used to make quilts?, Any suggestions as to what can be made with it?

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    Use whatever you want. i've seen people quilt with some pretty wierd stuff. polyester knit should produce something quite interesting. :-)

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    I hope somebody besides me replies. My dad's wife gave me a top pieced from polyester blocks the other day and I'm not too sure what to do with it either. I guess it shows that a top can be pieced from poly, I just don't know where to go next.

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    Oh my oh my......my MIL made tons of quilts out of polyester and gave me her stash, not to mention 11 of her quilts to "finish".....I'm still in progress of doing that! I will post some pics, in the pictures section for you!

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    The first quilt I ever made was made of double-knit fabrics. It lasted forever, but the seams seemed to come out fairly easily, probably because I was mucher younger and more stupid then and was using my mom's old 1949 machine that didn't have a stretch stitch. So keep in mind that stretchy fabric will need a little extra care. Hope this helps.

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    I posted pics in the pictures section!

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    My now deceased aunt used every scrap of anything. She made dozens of poly/knit quilts and just used a cotton sheet as backing. As someone else said, the seams do come out fairly easily. I inherited the entire stack of quilts, many of which I gave to my kids, but the ones I kept get plenty of use covering all our unholstered furniture where the cats and dog make their nests. Very easy to wash and dry also.

    She did make some puff blocks......put a tiny pleat in each of the 4 sides of a block, then sewed them together.

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    Love that profile pic, On The Go!!! Us flatlanders don't ever get that kind of color.

    My son is sleeping under a poly quilt right now. They do have to be stretch stitched to keep the blocks together, but you can do anything. Tie them, outline with decorative stitches, but I've never tried to hand quilt them. They are exceptionally warm, so be careful what you put on as a backing is my only real suggestion.

    Don't y'all remember wearing that horrible unbreathable stuff?? Oh, I get it, to young huh? OK, just don't make a dress or jacket out of it. It doesn't breathe. lol lol

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    Sharon, the avatar picture was made last year. We're still green here...that is, what hasn't died from the drought. Some of my shrubs and a holly tree appear to be dying. The trees were turning in CO last week.
    We were supposed to fly back to CO yesterday....but hubby got a blood clot while we were there last week and is taking the Lovenox shots in his belly and coumadin. Dr. said "STAY HOME FOR NOW".

    I'm NOT too young to remember polyester knit. I loved it for sewing...call me crazy. I worked in an office where we had to "dress". I often bought fabric on the way home from work, made a dress at night and wore it the next day. Now that could be attributed to many reasons.....the patterns were simple usually...2 side seams, 2 bust darts, 4 waist darts and a zipper up the back..??? And it was 60" wide so I could get a very short dress out of a yd....remember mini-skirts.??? And I was very thin in those days. Gotta get off this road 'down memory lane'.


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    I'm not a natural fiber fanatic either. I don't like ironing clothing.

    I wouldnt' try to hand quilt poly quilts - tie them. They are kind of stretchy for machine quilting, but you could try.

    I have made a LOT of them as charity quilts for orphanages, nursing homes, hospitals, fire depts, etc. I sew them on the serger.

    I'm from Wisconsin, where we LIKE hot heavy quilts. ;)

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