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Old 05-08-2017, 05:03 AM
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I have a friend who is blind and I'm thinking on making a quilt for him. Since I'm recently interested in recycling fabrics, I'm thinking on utilizing corduroy slacks that the elastic waistband has deteriorated. This way he can "feel" the fabric and design to know the quilt is his. Any suggestions as to direction of nap, other fabrics to add, etc? It should be simple, I think, and I plan to tie it, perhaps use fleece or flannel on the back?
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Old 05-08-2017, 05:17 AM
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I recently made a baby quilt with rag applique that I thought would be good for the baby to "feel". Here's a close up of how the applique looks. You might try to incorporate something like that in the quilt for him.
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100_0405.jpg Or maybe something like this, backed with fabric and tied. There's pockets, zippers, belt loops, seams, bits of silk and lace for a different texture.
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i made one with corduroy and plain cotton squares. rag quilt. still love it.
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all great ideas!
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Like the corduroy idea. Maybe combined with denim and other textures. I think it would be nice as a rag quilt with flannel on the back. Lots of stuff to feel. Tied or quilted with a big x through each block before sewing them together would be easier.
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Old 05-10-2017, 05:44 AM
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I like the idea of adding denim! Hadn't thought of doing that. Will corduroy rag well? I thought it might be too tightly woven but would sure make this go faster and eliminate the need for being tied.
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I like the idea of adding denim! Hadn't thought of doing that. Will corduroy rag well? I thought it might be too tightly woven but would sure make this go faster and eliminate the need for being tied.
I wonder too.
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Corduroy doesn't rag well. Even using pinking shears the material still frays and pills up. I usually use the serger on seams when sewing with corduroy.
I like the idea of rag applique or just applique some designs.
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This is why I like crazy quilts so much. You can put in anything you want-velvet, men's ties, silk, tulle, lace, pompom trims, buttons, zippers, hand stitching with yarns/twines...whatever. They make great fidget quilts for my peeps with alzheimer's too. They can get heavy tho...
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