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Old 06-19-2013, 02:00 AM
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A fellow quilter who is cleaning up her sewing room, gifted me a HUGE bag of velvet clothing she had been collecting to try to make a crazy quilt. I was thinking of just cutting like 8 inch squares and making a simple throw with them. Do you all think it would work? I plan to just tie the intersections of each square. Would it be a bear to sew? would it wash ok? Suggestions, thoughts, input appreciated! Faye
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:20 AM
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Large squares of velvet shouldn't be too difficult to sew but washing the completed quilt may pose a problem. Some velvet is washable and some gets all crumpled looking.
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Large squares of velvet shouldn't be too difficult to sew but washing the completed quilt may pose a problem. Some velvet is washable and some gets all crumpled looking.
I agree with this. You might want to look at the labels and only use the ones with similar washing instructions. However, you might like the crumpled look! Another option is just toss the garments into the washer before cutting (use a delicate cycle & woolite). I think the big issue is going to be the dryer. Use a low heat setting and remove promptly. Then just discard the items that didn't make it thru. You might want to consider using a little larger seam and maybe tie in the middle of the blocks in addition to the corners. I'd get out my button box and put a button in the middle of each square. The knap makes the velvet 'creep' a bit when you sew it. Pin, pin, pin and use a walking foot if you have one. And my final comment is have the knap going in different directions on your blocks. The colors will be subtly different and make it look like you have used even more fabrics than you did.
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:24 AM
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Ditto what paper princess states.
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:28 AM
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great tips... have fun with it and let the adventure begin I say.... lol
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PaperPrincess, your reply is very informative. I learned a lot, Thanks
Thanks Faye for asking this question.
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excellent advice!
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Also consider the weight when choosing your quilting design. My sister made one out of corduroy and velvet & found that with just stitching along the ditch some of the seams started to fray.
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all terrific suggestions... I think I will prewash, sew and say a prayer. Maybe make smaller snuggle quilts for the grands. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!
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I'd sure like to see it when it is done.
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