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Thread: double knit quilts anyone?

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    I found some really nice double knit material, anyone use this to quilt with? What other projects can we use this with? Help appreciated!

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    I've seen several quilts done with large squares that were double knits. Probably would not need batting as it will be quite heavy already. Maybe use fleece for the backing?

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    Lots of quilts were made of double knits in the 60's and 70's. I am told they are collectors quilts now.
    Nor reason why you can't. Just respect the nature of the fabric. It is heavier and may not need batting or rather very thin batting.

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    simple shapes work best with double knits.

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    I have 2 quilts out of double knits that my grandmother made. They have been washed many times and still look like they did when she gave them to me (in the 70's & 80's). One is just 5" squares and the other one is a crazy quilt. When my kids' friends are here to watch movies, those are the first quilts they grab because they are so comfy!

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    I would go for it, shouldn't be a problem at all :D

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    trying to get a needle through them is like trying to sew through ... wood...
    they are not good for any hand work it is very hard to sew through polyester double knit, but by machine not so bad, remember to use a ball point (stretch) needle

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    My grandmother made me machine appliqued quilt of polyester double knit back in the early 80s. I used it on my bed for years and I still have it (but I don't use it anymore) and it has held up very well. She did tie it instead of quilting it but I don't know if that was because it's hard to quilt through or if that was just her personal preference. She used that fluffy polyester batting in it and it's still rather fluffy.

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    I had a double knit quilt that a lady made about 18 yrs ago, I bought it from her and my kids used the pudding out of it. Over the years I wondered where it went, til a few months ago, our married son was home for a visit and opened the trunk of his car for something and there it was! Said he has used it all these years. Still looks great except the binding needs to be replaced. I love the double knit quilts, so I got to try! Thanks for everyone's help and suggestions!

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    My husband won a double knit quilt in a raffle around 1980. It was tied with twine instead of being quilted and was pretty. But someone made one for my daughter and tied it with yarn, which looked nice until the quilt was washed. The yarn balled up into hard knots and needed to be removed and replaced with something that didn't knot up.

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    Don't mix it with cotton fabrics. Ask me how I know.
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    My MIL made many quilts in the '70s out of double knit and tied them with yarn. When my kids were young and still at home, they used them all the time. I always joke that in 200 years when they are unearthed by archeologists, they will be in as good condition as the day they were made.
    Yes, they are heavy, but wonderful to snuggle under in cold weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarbaraTX
    My MIL made many quilts in the '70s out of double knit and tied them with yarn. When my kids were young and still at home, they used them all the time. I always joke that in 200 years when they are unearthed by archeologists, they will be in as good condition as the day they were made.
    Yes, they are heavy, but wonderful to snuggle under in cold weather.
    Same here. My MIL made several many years ago and they look today just as good as they did when new. She tied them all because it's so hard to quilt through them, and they weigh a ton. I think BarbaraTX is right about them still looking fine in 200 years.

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    Those old poly double knits will never die!!! I seem to remember there was a group that was using them to make quilts for the homeless.

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    My first quilt was 4 or 5 in squares from double knit, at least 30+ years ago. I made it for my daughter, who is now 38. She still sleeps with it every night and takes it with her if she is gone for more than a few days. We have re-backed it 3 times now, using sheet blankets usually. Patched it with receiving blankets. Originally I used a poly batting. I think that has all decinigrated though. --- My second quilt was also made from double knit. I have a sheet pinned to it now for re-backing. --- My last double knit quilt is still squares in a box waiting. One of those mia's. It has been in the same spot for about 25 years. I learned to appreciate patchwork. I am now retired and plan to drag it out and finish. --- That is what patchwork quilts was all about. - left over fabric. My mother made all our clothes and her own. Double knit was high fashion in the late 60's - 70's. I had a large selection of colors and textures of double knit. I would add a picture but I am out of town.

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