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Thread: Does anyone make a quilt using gingham ?

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    Does anyone make a quilt using gingham ?

    I have collected all colors of gingham which I got shopping at my various thrift stores. Yesterday I cleaned out my sewing room and wondered if I was saving them for nothing. Since they are not 100% cotton, I wonder if they will fray when repeatedly washed in a quilt. I have many really old quilts but I don't think they have gingham in them either. Do any of you quilters here on the board use gingham ?

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    One of my first quilts (30 years ago ... ) was all gingham checks, different sizes and colors, tied, with flannel back - it was the first quilt I remember making ... it may still be out there somewhere, I had so many things 'lost' in all my moves over the years.
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    They will make a lovely, cheerful quilt. Gingham is just a happy fabric (smile). Looking forward to seeing your pictures as you progress.
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    I think gingham has many uses in quilting, especially with applique. I've been trying to collect bits of gingham for a while, it is such a quaint and tidy type fabric. Enjoy what you have and try it out!

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    I have used some gingham squares in quilts and haven't had any problem with them fraying out. Sounds like you could make a very colorful quilt.

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    I have used gingham with no problem. I to had stash that I needed to use and made a baby quilt out of it and turned out very nice
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    My first quilt years and years ago also had gingham in it. I learned a lesson with that..........don't press with hot iron because it will shrink!!! I never did finish that quilt but still have some of the blocks that I would like to do something with.
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    I have a well-worn and often washed hand embroidered quilt on my bed that my dear Aunt Mary made MANY years ago and it was sashed with gingham and it is in perfect shape. Very soft and comfortable. Wouldn't trade it for all the money in the world.
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    I'd like to do a Sunbonnet Sue with ginghams for her dresses etc. I do have one quilt done with red and white gingham that I bought at an auction - unfinished; it looks like a patchwork tablecloth moreso than a quilt top - so I may just finish it as such - using a flannel backing and no batting.. the do SID to quilt it - Its a truly different look.
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    I made an all-gingham quilt in 1980 when I was expecting our first child. Both our babies used it and my daughter used it with her two kiddos. It's still in use, but mostly as an oversized doll quilt now . Obviously that gingham has held up well!

    See Bonnie Hunter's post today for pictures of quilts made from Dan River Mills gingham http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2012/...ver-mills.html

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    I made a crib quilt using gingham several years ago when Dan River gingham was plentiful. It was well-loved and went through many washings. It finally "died" when my son used it for window coverings in his tree house. An estate sale find had a stash of gingham which I am turning into a yo-yo quilt for summer --- another UFO. Making enough yo-yos got real tedious!
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    Thanks for the link to the BHunter post mem. Really interesting.
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    I have a quilt top that is made from chicken scratch blocks. It is so pretty. So, my answer is Yes. You can use Gingham.
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    I made the cutest baby quilt using all the light colors. It was so cute. And, no, I have no picture of it (story of my life! I guess I am so anxious to get them to the recipient I forget to photograph it!)

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    I do and they are adorable. I have made several baby quilts with gingham and I really love how the binding looks if you use it on the bias!
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    I made a D9P with different sized and colored yellow gingham. It was a beautiful quilt but I really didn't like the way it felt even after I quilted it. I don't plan on using gingham again.

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    I have two quilts that were made for me in the early 80's. Both have been used very frequently and washed just as many times. The gingham has held up just fine.
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    My mom used gingham in quilts she made for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren (some over 50 years ago) and after all this time and repeated washings, they are still going strong!!

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    I have used a LOT of gingham over the years making baby and toddler quilts. As far as I know, they are all still alive and well. (The quilts, NOT referring to the kids...)
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    I have used it and mixed the squares with squares of polka dots, stripes, etc.

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    ...or make a few aprons.....easy and back in style....I always wear an apron in the kitchen....actually have some that I bought at antique stores - gingham with chicken scratch embroidery on them and they wear like iron!!!!!!

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    I've made gingham quilts for all my grandkids. They drag yhem around all over and they have been washed many, many times. They're great!

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    I have been using gingham for many years on baby quilts...never had a problem...always prewash fabrics and back in flannel baby prints or zoo animals or numbers...interesting things to grow with the child...great to study at naptime

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    I too made a quilt of gingham for my daughter. It was a replica of a quilt I had made her over 30 years ago (Holly Hobbie) which she had until it was ruined when she was 20 by a ex boyfriend. So I made this replacement quilt around 10 years ago and it has been washed over and over. Since gingham does ravel just make sure that it is well quilted.
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