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    Cotton/Poly Gingham - What do you do with it?

    I am cleaning and reorganizing my sewing room. I came across this bundle of cotton/poly gingham and I don't know what to do with it! I have several yards of the different colors. I am at a loss as to whether I should keep it or not. What do you use cotton/poly gingham for?
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    Cute for bed skirts - I just hem it on all sides and then tuck it between the mattresses. Leave it longer than you need so you have enough fabric to tuck in. You can gather it by just pushing more fabric together or leave it boxed. You can change it easily if you change quilts on the bed. I use this in my guest bedroom because I like to change the quilts often and hate the bed skirts that require you to lift the whole mattress to remove. I use this method for my bedroom also.
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    Someone posted a picture of a chicken scratch quilt, it was great. I think a quilt made of different chicken scratch designs would be pretty. Chicken scratch is where you use embroidery floss to stitch on the gingham squares to form patterns like hearts, stars etc.

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    This looks like you might have enough for quilt backings. One of the problems with poly cotton is it likes to pill and beard when used in a quilt. I had some seersucker that I serged for quilt tops to be given to the Lutheran Mission Quilt project. If you decide not to keep it, donating to a church for mission quilts would be a good alternative.
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    It is gorgeous (I'm drooling on my keyboard :-P) I can see oodles of children's quilts made out of and backed with it!
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    I have done lots of chicken scratch on gingham, a number of gingham quilts , my favorite is a pleat and tuck baby quilt, using the 1 " gingham. ( 1 " gingham is SO hard to find... and when I do it is usually red.. which is a nice color.. but I love more variety.)

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    All of those colors would make such happy quilts when you put them together.
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    make children's quilts and don't worry about it being poly/cotton unless someone else doesn't like them.
    The wear like iron cloth, wash up beautifully and snuggle comfortably.....
    I have an old directions where the checked poly/cotton was made with just two layers of fabri with batting, edge finished in prairie points, and then turned and tied. It's almost a one day quilt and oh so comfortable and usable
    I even published one in a magazine many years ago

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice View Post
    make children's quilts and don't worry about it being poly/cotton unless someone else doesn't like them.
    The wear like iron cloth, wash up beautifully and snuggle comfortably.....
    I have an old directions where the checked poly/cotton was made with just two layers of fabri with batting, edge finished in prairie points, and then turned and tied. It's almost a one day quilt and oh so comfortable and usable
    I even published one in a magazine many years ago
    I was concerned about using them in quilts because they are poly cotton - thanks for easing my mind! I had invisioned some colorful pinwheels or 1/2 square triangles. . .
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    My aunt made a quilt of out hand-stamped embroidered blocks - all cotton - and sashed with poly/cotton fabric which included gingham and I now own it - THRILLED - as she passed away - it is on my bed at all times and gets washed several times a year and it is still in perfect shape. There is some pilling on the backing - but don't really know what it is - just white fabric.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NikkiLu View Post
    My aunt made a quilt of out hand-stamped embroidered blocks - all cotton - and sashed with poly/cotton fabric which included gingham and I now own it - THRILLED - as she passed away - it is on my bed at all times and gets washed several times a year and it is still in perfect shape. There is some pilling on the backing - but don't really know what it is - just white fabric.
    That was going to be another question: whether I could put 100% cotton with the poly/cotton fabric. Now I know!!! Thanks for sharing.
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    I would love to make aprons out of some....love aprons..if you would like to sell some...
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    Quote Originally Posted by sak658 View Post
    I would love to make aprons out of some....love aprons..if you would like to sell some...
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    I would definitely keep it and use it. As well as quilts, gingham makes great placemats (quilted of course) and aprons. I am doing a string quilt using all kinds of scrappy strings, including some cut up clothes belonging to my stepson's fiance (the quilt will be for her), some of it is poly cotton gingham....in it goes...I am stitching to a foundation and so far it's looking pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    I am cleaning and reorganizing my sewing room. I came across this bundle of cotton/poly gingham and I don't know what to do with it! I have several yards of the different colors. I am at a loss as to whether I should keep it or not. What do you use cotton/poly gingham for?

    I'm not a purist so if the checks look good with something else I had, I'd use them Or just find a fairly simple pattern to use all the checks on.

    How about the checks for the body of pillow cases and then add prints that match as the borders.
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    I use gingham on all of my appliqued baby quilts. One of my GD just brought me the first quilt I made for her when she graduated to a big girl bed 15 years ago. The gingham is still in great shape but the 100% cotton applique needs to be replaced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice View Post
    make children's quilts and don't worry about it being poly/cotton unless someone else doesn't like them.
    The wear like iron cloth, wash up beautifully and snuggle comfortably.....
    I have an old directions where the checked poly/cotton was made with just two layers of fabri with batting, edge finished in prairie points, and then turned and tied. It's almost a one day quilt and oh so comfortable and usable
    I even published one in a magazine many years ago

    I made many baby quilts in the 80's with gingham. As long as you are not mixing, I don't see any problem...some of those quilts are still around. I had to do a bit of repair work on one that was my niece's. She wanted it fixed when she was pregnant with her son. Another niece has her teddy quilt saved for when she has kids.
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    love your gingham
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    Have a great day and happy sewing !

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluteddi View Post
    I have done lots of chicken scratch on gingham, a number of gingham quilts , my favorite is a pleat and tuck baby quilt, using the 1 " gingham. ( 1 " gingham is SO hard to find... and when I do it is usually red.. which is a nice color.. but I love more variety.)
    This is a similar to my pin and tuck quilt. But use the 1 " gingham

    http://sew4home.com/tips-resources/s...ake-wave-tucks

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluteddi View Post
    This is a similar to my pin and tuck quilt. But use the 1 " gingham

    http://sew4home.com/tips-resources/s...ake-wave-tucks

    Thanks for that link; I see some pretty pillows in the future!
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    OMGosh , I've never seen so much. I love it all. IF ya decide to get rid of it , let me know. drooling , drooling and dreaming.
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    I think that the "quilt police" have scared the wits out of the 21st century quilters. Poly cotton was used for decades in quilting, when quilts were used to keep warm and be loved, not as objects to be gazed at in adoration. Make some fun quilts to be used as quilts were intended to be used.
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    Donate it to your local women's group at church. There are always ways to use fabric you don't want/need any longer.
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    You can just send it to me and I will make good use of it. Great for kids clothes.
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    Is there anything we need to do differently if we use poly cotton? Will an iron set for cotton cause it to shrink?
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