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Thread: Can I use heavy felt in a child's quilt?

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    I'm making a lap robe for my daughter's forth grade class in Killeen,
    Texas, right out side Ft. Hood, a very large Army Post.

    In her class are usually a lot of Army dependents, some of whom are
    upset about Dad or Mom being sent off to war. So I'm making a quilt
    that I'm also having fun with, it will have masses of ice cream cones of
    flavors that even Baskin/Robbins will love! But the prettiest fabric I can
    find for the individual cones is a large piece of heavy felt that I've washed
    in hot water and dried. Even cut in cone sized pieces, it is very difficult to
    pull apart.

    Have any of you ever used felt in quilts? This one will most likely be washed
    every week or so, considering how many germs most kids bring
    to a school room! Her children absolutely love the school room's two plastic
    adult skeletons, (kids who finish their lessons get to sit beside them) Fred and Ethel (who has her own story!) and a computer that runs pictures of baby animals for those who finish their lessons ,so I thought that a snuggle quilt of well loved desserts would comfort them.

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    Don't know about the felt but I just love your idea!

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    the felt might react differently than the other fabrics if washed often.

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    What a wonderful idea for a quilt. I'm not sure about using felt. It may not hold up as well as the rest of the fabrics.

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    I'm not sure about the felt either it has a way of warping with regular washing and could break down quicker than other choices.

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    It pills terribly - I have a quilt that a friend made for me for our son and it has felt letters for his name - it has sagged and pilled ugh!

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    would it be for applique or for direct piecing?

    it might work better for applique than for the piecing..
    seems brown fabrics wouldnt be so hard with so many making autumn designs all the time :D

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    Sorry, I dont know! But I wanted to say I loved your idea!

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    I don't think it would wash/wear well at all. Especially something that will get a lot of washing. (unlike a wall hanging)
    It would be best to use 100% cotton fabric like the rest of the quilt. better safe than sorry after all your work/time/cash.
    good luck in your project.

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    Maybe using a heavier iron on fusible behind them and stitch them down well on the quilt. If you stitch a lot of lines through them in a cross hatch, like a cone has, that may help the felt hold up better.

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    At this late date, I'm quickly making another one that is of Robots. I got a surprise when she innocently informed me that she had decorated her room in Robots and space stuff.
    So the Robot quilt will go to her, first ice cone quilt will go to other daughter then the second ice cone quilt (minus the felt, sigh, will also go to teacher daughter.)

    Just because both sisters are a little bit over the half century mark doesn't mean that you can make something for one and not get the other one something like it!!! Just like when they were 5 and 6 years old.....the other one heard from another family member what her sister was getting, and wanted one for her grandkids to cuddle up in when they visited her!!!!
    I wonder when they will grow up?????? If ever.

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    is the felt wool or acrylic? i have used wool felt in many projects they hold up well through all kinds of abuse and will still look good years from now...the acrylic felt tends to disintergrate with time (it is usually called craft felt and not meant for washable projects) wool felt and wool felt blends (like those put out by marcus brothers) hold up well and are great to work with

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