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    Senior Member Aully's Avatar
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    Does anyone or has anyone used satin, lining, suiting and polyester material all non stretch for quilting? I have alot of this material and am wondering what to use it for.

    Does anyone or has anyone used upholstery fabric for quilting? I have a lot of this material too.

    Thanks!

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    I have used satin, lame, and lining fabrics (gold) in some very fancy smanchy Christmas stockings. I did paper piece them however and that stabilized them for a beautiful finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwessel47
    I have used satin, lame, and lining fabrics (gold) in some very fancy smanchy Christmas stockings. I did paper piece them however and that stabilized them for a beautiful finish.
    That is a fantastic idea! Did you use or follow a pattern?

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    Yes to all. Satin makes great trapunto, as well as silk. Is tricky to use, but very much worth the result. Upholstery fabrics make excellent pet quilts because they are strong, as well as quilts to be used outdoors to sit on. I don't want my very expensive cotton used for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    Yes to all. Satin makes great trapunto, as well as silk. Is tricky to use, but very much worth the result. Upholstery fabrics make excellent pet quilts because they are strong, as well as quilts to be used outdoors to sit on. I don't want my very expensive cotton used for that.
    What is trapunto?

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    Here is an example of trapunto, additional batting is added to the trapunto areas.

    http://www.mariyawaters.com/Trapunto_Oval_Wreath.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Here is an example of trapunto, additional batting is added to the trapunto areas.

    http://www.mariyawaters.com/Trapunto_Oval_Wreath.jpg
    Oh my that looks hard. lol!

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    You could use the "fancy" fabrics for crazy quilts. The upholstery fabrics could be used for making totes or purses, which is what I plan on doing with mine.

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    I just put together some blocks that I found in a Carol Doak book. Just block patterns - not stocking patterns. In the plain (white) areas I used gold thread for hand quilting. Don't have them anymore or I would post a picture. I also use satins, etc. for covering piping cord or sashings when I want to dress things up a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pocoellie
    You could use the "fancy" fabrics for crazy quilts. The upholstery fabrics could be used for making totes or purses, which is what I plan on doing with mine.

    yes, I've done these things as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aully
    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Here is an example of trapunto, additional batting is added to the trapunto areas.

    http://www.mariyawaters.com/Trapunto_Oval_Wreath.jpg
    Oh my that looks hard. lol!
    Go check out this free show at TQS. Is not that hard. I love it.

    http://www.thequiltshow.com/os/shows.php/episode/606

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    My "thing" is - are these fabrics washable?

    Some satins, etc are -

    I would do some practice with seams and make them deeper/wider than 1/4 inch - satin is notorious for fraying/raveling.

    I had made satin (it was washable - whatever it was) pillowcases and one of our grandsons dragged it around with him for about a year.

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    I have found to my knolege that using the same thickness, weight, stiffness makes very good Utilities Qt. One I was raised with them. then I used them, It was what I had, what I could afford, I learned the hard way. I have evan sp?? made pholly-nits-streach Quilts. They seem to last forever. Still have two in a trunk. I'm saving My five yards 36"x 13" times 5 ys for a blouse. I was told that it is lead silk hand woven in Japan. This was a speacillist in Fiber or something or other. The Faberic looks very light, but is actaully real heavey so it must be hung from the shoulders. Theresse

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