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Thread: Fabric Question

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    Is it completely "no" to say combine a cotton print with a soft suede and/or chenille? It is just that the color I want is soft suede and cotton, and I saw some chenille that was great also.

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    It is your quilt, make it however you want it. :-D As long as you are happy it will be lovely.

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    You make the rules for your project :-)

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    Rules? What rules?

    It's quilters choice. You do whatever you want to do. It sounds yummy. We want to see when you're done.

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    Just remember that chenille doesn't wash too well. The strands tend to pull out if not handled carefully. (At least that's my experience with store-bought chenille.)

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    check out vintage crazy quilts? cottons, silks, velvets.. total mix up. Its just how you wash them later that things need to be looked into. you follow I think (key word) the directions for the fussiest of the fabrics. Hand wash probably or dry clean only.

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    I pick my fabrics according to my likes and how the quilt will be used. A utility quilt may not be the best choice for delicate or dryclean only fabrics, unless you don't mind the cleaning bill.
    A bedquilt that gets gentle use would open up more choices.
    A wallhanging is pretty much in my mind an anything goes, as to fabrics.

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    thanks all for your input - it's for a quilt that I hopefully can make king size - nothing like starting in the middle and working your way out, right?

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    Do what you want. It's your quilt and it sounds like it will be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    So if it is for a bed to be used and frequently washed, I wouldn't mix fabrics.
    Yes, I agree. One reason is because of different amounts of shrinkage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by many craft person
    thanks all for your input - it's for a quilt that I hopefully can make king size - nothing like starting in the middle and working your way out, right?
    I would definitely prewash the cotton and chenille, as the suede shouldn't be shrinking. If you don't mind the dry cleaners bill, Go for It :D:D:D

    One other thought...the chenille and suede are a heavier fabric...you may want to consider what type of batting/if any, to use with this quilt. Also, maybe check into quilting on chenille and suede :wink:

    My first quilt was paper pieced...it was fun and easy...it was until afterwards I was told that paper piecing is harder than traditional :roll: So I am not one to hold back on a first project either :lol::lol::lol:

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    I started my last quilt from one square of fabric I loved and worked out from the middle. I sketched it out on graph paper so I could be sure to get the dimesions right at the end. It is a combination of silks, cashmere, ultra suede and polyester blends. I gave the recipients a $20 dry-cleaning gift certificate with it.
    If I think a fabric is going to fray or come apart, I back it, before cutting it, with ultra-lightweight fusible webbing and overlock the cut edges before sewing them together in the quilt. Top-stitching the seams with a decorative pattern like a blanket stitch adds interest and strength, also.
    Not a very "traditional approach" to quilting but, the tears of joy I got from this last quilt made all the extra efforts SO well worth it, I will continue this method for as long as I can do this! I also use just a simple, low-end Singer machine with about 60 pattern choices. I keep it cleaned and well-oiled and it chuggs along for me whenever I ask it to!
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    And here I am thinking that there was only ONE rule in quilting and that was that there were NO rules in quilting.

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    Glad to know we read the same "rule book"!! Love being a part of this group!

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    Quote Originally Posted by many craft person
    Is it completely "no" to say combine a cotton print with a soft suede and/or chenille? It is just that the color I want is soft suede and cotton, and I saw some chenille that was great also.
    I have a friend, excellent quilter, who made a cotton and chenille quilt. She purchased the chenille at an antique shop for pennies. It was a not so lovely lime green! After the quilt was combined with neutral cottons it was beautiful!
    As several others have said...Its your quilt, go with what you want!

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    you're right about the washing - I may need to stick to cottons - however, the suede I am thinking about isn't (real) suede, it's one of the new fabrics that looks like suede and washable - still thinking - thanks everyone.

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    Me too treeboss.

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    I haven't seen any quilting police roaming the streets lately, do you can do whatever you want. As a friend told me, This is American, if it suits you that is all that matters.

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    Thanks (Honey)

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    thats the one thing about quilting it is what you like but i do agree with the washing part about

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    Quote Originally Posted by many craft person
    you're right about the washing - I may need to stick to cottons - however, the suede I am thinking about isn't (real) suede, it's one of the new fabrics that looks like suede and washable - still thinking - thanks everyone.
    I have an ultra suede coat and it cannot be dry cleaned. I held my breath for the entire time it was in my washing machine and the dryer...it came out beautiful...
    sooooooo, if it's the ultra suede, I don't think that you need worry about the washing.......and the chenille throw I made, had to washed and then dried several times to get the chenille effect........

    that's been my experience with suede (the ultra suede) and chenille.

    Although, I would definitely make sure that it isn't regular suede......

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    Remember that song. It's your thang do what you wanta do. You sew what ever you want. My mom has an old quilt that my gm made & I think it has wool & cotton patches in it. Don't know how to wash that.

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    It's your quilt, so do what you want to do to get the look you want.

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    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debra Mc
    Remember that song. It's your thang do what you wanta do. You sew what ever you want. My mom has an old quilt that my gm made & I think it has wool & cotton patches in it. Don't know how to wash that.
    OMG!! I sooo remember that song. LOL

    :lol: :lol: :lol:

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