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Thread: Quilting on minky

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    Quilting on minky

    I am thinking of backing a quilt with minky and not using batting. I am going to spray baste it. My concern is will it stretch or move around much? Should I maybe do the machine quilting on the back side? Or if I bat it would that be better. Thanks in advance

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    Don't use batting. Minky is warm enough. I used batting once and regretted it from the get-go. It was much harder to quilt than when I didn't use batting and even though it was a "big" baby quilt, it was very heavy.
    It will tend to slide around so use the spray baste and pin or baste also. Don't use satin stiches or any stitches that are too close together. The minky will pucker and look horrible.
    Good luck.

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    I just finished a large baby quilt using Minky, batting and flannel....I wanted that baby to stay warm up there in Chicago! I used liquid glue to baste and had not one problem with the Minky moving or stretching. I just did crosshatching, 2 inches apart. It turned out great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnye View Post
    Don't use batting. Minky is warm enough. I used batting once and regretted it from the get-go. It was much harder to quilt than when I didn't use batting and even though it was a "big" baby quilt, it was very heavy.
    It will tend to slide around so use the spray baste and pin or baste also. Don't use satin stiches or any stitches that are too close together. The minky will pucker and look horrible.
    Good luck.
    I was thinking of big meandering the front of the quilt is 8 1/2 inch blocks with photos in five of them.

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    Does fleece behave the same way? I am thinking of backing some wheelchair quilts with fleece and am wondering about batting, and whether the fleece will stretch or behave nicely during quilting, so I will be watching this thread for any information and tips!
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    KnitnutBZ, that should be fine. Just don't meander too closely.
    Maggiem, I haven't done too much with fleece, but I didn't encounter problems with it. Batting would make it a very thick and maybe too warm quilt also. Fleece is very warm by itself.

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    The few times I have used Minky I have both spray basted and pinned. Did a larger stitch and a large cross hatch and it came out great!! Good luck and hope to see a picture
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    Using batting will be too warm. I did a fleece quilt that way and it's too warm. I like to use a layer of flannel instead of batting. And they are right about not stitching too close. I tried a ladder stitch and my machine did not appreciate it a all! Some stitches are way too close. Live and learn. I'm doing a quilt now for the couch that will have minkee on the back with flannel inbetween. I plan on quilting it with just the flannel, then when I have all the seams secured with close quilting, lay the top/flannel on top of the minkee and just do some major quilt lines to hold it together.

    Also, when I use minkee or fleece for the back, I pull it around to the front and hem it. There are several tutes already for hemming a quilt - just go to you tube and search for it. That fleece/minkee is a lot more durable then the fabric you normally use for binding. I have a couple of quilts in my living room that the binding on one needs to be replaced - it's thread bare, while the fleece quilt, which is roughly the same age, shows no wear. I say, if it's going to be washed a lot - like a baby/small childs quilt, don't use the binding - just him it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maggiem View Post
    Does fleece behave the same way? I am thinking of backing some wheelchair quilts with fleece and am wondering about batting, and whether the fleece will stretch or behave nicely during quilting, so I will be watching this thread for any information and tips!
    Maggiem! I have used fleece and berber (spelling?) and both worked well and quilted easily. I made a pink & black cat quilt for a Board member's wife who was having cancer surgery. The feedback that I received from her husband was that it was her and her grandchildren's favorite quilt and that they snuggled under it in her bed. This feedback was very much appreciated. The quilt had no batting. They received many quilts from Board members so I was delighted that she did use mine with the GKs. My only concern about fleece is buying one that doesn't pill. After all the expense and work piecing the front, I really don't want to do something that will take away from the piecing.

    I am just now trying to decide whether or not to back my crib quilt with minkee. I am not a great fan of minkee, however, it is luciously soft. Will have to think about this for a while.

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