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Deadly Taffeta quilt- Backing and batting?

Old 10-09-2020, 11:01 AM
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Default Deadly Taffeta quilt- Backing and batting?

Hi all,
Newbie here looking for advice on finishing one of my momís less-practical projects from 30 years ago. She gave me 20 blocks of fan-pattern made from taffeta, assembled on squares of old flannel sheets. Four and a half of the blocks have hand embroidery so I will have to complete the embroidery on the rest (thanks mom)!

This is obviously going to be a wall hanging rather than a quilt that will be used on a bed. I certainly wouldnít want to wash it!

Given that, what should I use for batting and backing? Something that wonít stretch and will provide stability is what I am thinking. Or should I use batting at all??

I was going to put narrow sashing of black cotton between the blocks when they are sewn together. I donít want to make it too large (a giant wall hanging needs a giant wall) but I donít want to sew the taffeta blocks directly to each other.

I havenít thought much about the actual quilting but would probably do just stitch in the ditch around the outer edges of the fans and along the sashing seams as minimizing the number of needle holes in the taffeta seems wise.

thanks in advance for any advice! Hoping to finish this in time to give it to my sister for Christmas.

Rrainea in Canada
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Old 10-09-2020, 05:03 PM
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Instead of trying to put a lot of squares together - you could take each block and frame it - you would probably need to use archival types of matting - several framed blocks displayed together could make a statement - or if you want to share them with several family members - you would have several pieces available.

The only other suggestion I would have would be to put enough squares together to cover a decorative pillow - for looking at only.

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Old 10-17-2020, 01:48 PM
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I think bearisgray is on the right track. The taffeta will continue to stretch and give you fits if you try to make it behave like cotton. There are lots of smaller projects that could bring you pleasure, as bearisgray suggested. Also, tote bags, purses, album covers and whatever else you can think of that you'd actually enjoy working on.
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Old 10-18-2020, 06:17 AM
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I'd use a fusible batting or just another layer of flannel since it's to be a wall hanging and quilt everywhere but the fans. Maybe make one for you and one for your sister? Or will you not want to look at them once you're done? I'd think stretching will be minimal. Using for anything else, sooner or later the item will need to be washed. But I would Scotchguard it heavily.
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Old 10-18-2020, 12:36 PM
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Before I would attempt to sew them together into a quilt or smaller project I would put some kind of stabilizer on the back of each block. These are beautiful memories to be cherished. This might help to keep them solid no matter what direction you decide to go.
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