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Thread: Chenille Quilts

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    Chenille Quilts

    I want to make a chenille quilt using panels. How many panels do I need? The backing will be a plain fabric. Do I use batting?

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    When you ask how many panels you would need, do you mean how many layers? And why do you want to use panels? Is this for a baby quilt or toddler quilt? I can't imagine making a large quilt with this technique. I do not believe you use batting in a chenille quilt; the many layers of fabric create enough weight and warmth on their own.

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    I made chenille quilt using 5 layers of flannel and no batting. I don't understand the thought behind using a panel because any design will be completely lost in the cutting. Unless you have a lot of panels to use up.
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    here's a tut of sorts showing how to do this and the panel pattern still shows just fine. http://www.moores-sew.com/blog/cheni...panel-blanket/
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    There is one on u-tube. I think she uses 4 panels.

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    I made one a few years ago using panels, I think I used 3 panels and flannel for the backing. It has been a long time so I'm not positive, but it can be done and it is really cute. I cut it on the diagonal so when it frayed it gave it a diff pattern.

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    Thanks, everyone. Sounds like I need 3-4 panels for the layers and no need for batting.

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    I love chenille. This just gave me an idea for a new project. I am looking forward to seeing your finished project.
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    You've all inspired me. I'm adding a chenille quilt to my list of "wanna do" projects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    When you ask how many panels you would need, do you mean how many layers? And why do you want to use panels? .............
    Actually layering the flanellette panels and then "chenilling" them can be very effective.

    Try it .... you just may like it!

    I have seen them done with five panels ...... and one they used seven.
    They were so cuddly and beautiful.
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    There is a woman on YouTube named Laura who made a beautiful snowman quilt and she used 4 panels. I believe her chanel is Sew very easy, hopefully not giving you the wrong name. I just ordered 3 more Olaf panels so I can make it for my god daughter's grandson.
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    The one we played with in quilt club this month had 3 of the same panel with a different backing piece. And thin batting.

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    The quilt guild I belong to makes quilts for abused children. This really piques my curiosity and I plan to do it-soon. Thanks for the idea. I have already copied the instructions.

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    At a quilt show once, there was a chenille cutting tool. I didn't buy one, but bought the jacket pattern. Can't remember who was selling it. I'll search around my "collection" to find the name.
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    What happens if you use only one panel and several plain ones instead of all the matching panels? Do you lose the design or would that work? I'm thinking several layers of flannel might rag easier??

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    Quote Originally Posted by illinois View Post
    What happens if you use only one panel and several plain ones instead of all the matching panels? Do you lose the design or would that work? I'm thinking several layers of flannel might rag easier??

    When I have seen the panels used, they were flannelette,
    so there was no problem with the ragging process.

    Using the same panels layered together,
    you get a lovely shading effect that would not come through
    if using different fabrics/colours on the layers.
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    Yesterday was tools day at my LQS. They demoed the chenile quilt with panels...4 panels, a piece of flannel for the base AND backing. If you use a seperate backing you can-t quilt it, so just cut the 4 rows of panels, square and bind. Super quick. Draw the cutting lines before sandwiching everything!

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    Made this for our grandson almost 4 yrs. ago now. I used 4 identical flannel panels and a camo backing (no batting) and then sewed the chenille rows. Just be careful when you cut that you don't cut through the last panel, which was the base, or the backing fabric. In this case, you would only chenille the top 3 layers. It came out plenty cuddly and warm with all those layers.
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    Since the panel was too narrow, AFTER the panel was cut for chenille, I added the camo border by putting right sides of the border face down on the front, and put the back border with right sides facing the backing, and seamed. You can sew in the batting or just butt it to the seam allowance after each side is sewn. Then I FMQed the borders and bound. Hope this is clear. This picture was taken prior to washing.

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    You only use the panels on top as that is the pattern you want seen. I just finished two of these and used scrap fabric for the layers as only the edges are going to be seen. Make sure the color you want seen most is the first layer under the top panel.

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    I just saw a demo of this somewhere this week. She used 4 matching panels and a plain backing fabric (flannel I think.) Be sure to line up the panels exactly so the same pattern comes thru on all layers. (Put a pin thru all layers at the exact same point on the panel and pin. Do this in several places so that the pattern stays secure.) When cutting be sure you are only cutting the panels and not the backing. It give so much depth that you would not get by using just one or two panels. I want to do this soon as I collect/buy 4 of the same panel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pennyhal View Post
    At a quilt show once, there was a chenille cutting tool. I didn't buy one, but bought the jacket pattern. Can't remember who was selling it. I'll search around my "collection" to find the name.
    It's an Olfa chenille cutter. Had one demonstrated at a fair once.
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    Well, I'll be...
    Learned something new today as I did not realize the pattern would remain intact. How cute is that!
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