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Thread: Quilting w/Upholstery Material

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    I found this material at a garage sale last summer. I had no idea what I was going to do with it but it was only $2.00 so I bought it. Anyway, I'm running out of material and was wondering if I could use this, or is it too heavy.

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    Any upholstery material I've seen would be too heavy, I think unless it was paired with snother heavy material like denim. And they usually aren't as closely woven, are they?

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    I guess in general it depends what ae you doing with it and what other materials you plan to use with it. I wouldn't use anything light. Try to match the weight of the fabrics. On the other hand, I see it as the perfect material to cut out the flowers and applique them on the center of a plain block and either echo quilt around them or do so fancy free motion quilting.

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    I think I'd team it with denim and tie.

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    i also recommend you coordinate that fabric with others of similar weight.

    use a 50-wt or 40-wt thread and a size 14 or 16 needle. if the fabric is all-cotton use cotton thread. otherwise, use polyester.

    the bigger you make it, the more you'll have to wrassle with it, but that's good practice.

    you might consider using it to make a duvet (which is just a fancy name for a comforter case) instead of a quilt. much easier to handle as it gets bigger but still very pretty and useful.

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    I have a friend at work who's mother made a quilt with upholstery fabric and denim. It is a very warm quilt. She tied it. No way to quilt it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    I think I'd team it with denim and tie.

    Great idea! It does have some blue flowers so denim would work. I'm thinking a 'girly' denim quilt. Too bad I didn't take the huge bin of denim she was giving away :cry:

    I'll add this to my list of quilts I want to do as I'm still working on my first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    i also recommend you coordinate that fabric with others of similar weight.

    use a 50-wt or 40-wt thread and a size 14 or 16 needle. if the fabric is all-cotton use cotton thread. otherwise, use polyester.

    the bigger you make it, the more you'll have to wrassle with it, but that's good practice.

    you might consider using it to make a duvet (which is just a fancy name for a comforter case) instead of a quilt. much easier to handle as it gets bigger but still very pretty and useful.
    Thanks Patrice, for the info. I would have used whatever needle and thread was on the machine. :shock: I love this website!

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    I made my first king size quilt with upholstery material, along with some cottons. It was my second quilt. (1st quilt was a baby blanket) When I washed it, it shredded. My thoughts is that the weave isn't tight enough. I used a 1/4" seam.

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    I made a lap quilt from a sample book from a furniture store. They were throwing the book in the dumpster and my DIL said "OH NO, MY MIL CAN USE THAT"

    I made crazy scrap blocks and quilted each of them individually......and then added the sashing, butting the batting in, and then handsewing on the back.. Turned out rather nice......even if I say so myself.

    Never did another though........one was enough......

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