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Thread: Fabric Recommendations?

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    Good Morning all! A friend and I are planning a new baby quilt for an expecting mother. We have this idea of elvish Rivendell (lord of the Rings) inspired quilt. We found a pattern we love, but are concerned about fabrics. Our dream is to use green velvets and gauzey silvers. Can anyone offer their experience with using such different weight and texture materials? Are there special treatments we should know about ahead of time?

    Thanks to all you excellent quilters! It's inspiring to us newbies!

    Shaminey

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    I have not worked with mixed fabrics in a quilt before. Hopefully someone else can help you better. I would probably just make it in 100% cotton and then back it in flannel or Minke and maybe even bind it in a Satin. You can find some shimmery silvers from Michael Miller, it is called Fairy Frost. Sorry I wasn't a whole lot of help
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    I would use soemthing besides velvet if the quilt is going to get a lot of use. Maybe polar fleece or flannel or even minke, but not elvet. I am not an expert simply expressing my opinion. If you want a shimmery fabric, look for soemthing in a 100% cotton and prewash everything to ensure even shrinkage. Good luck.

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    I have ready your interesting idea and The Lord of the Rings sound very different, however, guess your waiting on the however, I personally would not use velvet for a baby quilt. It will not stand up to the frequent washings a baby quilt will need. Also velvet has a pile much like fur and needs to be cut all the one way or it will look odd. Not easy when you are working with small pieces of cut fabrics.

    I am meaning this to be constructive and hopefully you will find some of the many beautiful and innovative fabrics out there that will give you just as nice effect as velvet and stand up better in wear.
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    Elle

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    I agree with the others, I don't think velvet would be a good choice for a baby quilt...UNLESS it's one to hang on the wall, then you could use any fabrics you'd like!
    But if you want it to be used, how about Minkee for a similar 'soft & fuzzy' texture? And that Fairy Frost is a 100% cotton that is wonderfully shimmery. What ever fabrics you pick, definitely wash them all first, as Vicki said, to make sure they are pre-shrunk & ready to go.
    Good luck & be sure to post pictures of it when you decide! :D

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    Hi and welcome from Mass. I too would not use velvet for a baby's quilt. You need to dry clean the quilt.

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    I love mixing fabrics for wall pieces. I wash thoroughly first, and use a lot of stabilizer. I would not reccommend them for bed use, especially for a baby who could chew on them. Also, baby stuff "should" be fireproof, and those lovely gauzy things burn right up.

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    Are you making this baby quilt to be used or to hang on the wall? If you plan to have it be used I agree with all the above comments. Also, no matter what shimmery fabric you use it will be scratchy on baby's tender skin.

    Maybe turn your idea into a wall hanging and that leaves you wide open for all sorts of textiles.

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    I made a Christmas tree skirt using cotton and gold lame.. the lame kept fraying.... where it is so shimmery and lightweight, I had to fuse fusible interfacing to the back of it. But it turned out very nice and its been washed many times. Every time we take out the Christmas linens, we also wash and freshen up the tree skirt too where it was stored away for 12 months :) I'm not sure though if lame would be good in a baby quilt providing it was very well sewn and no frays showing. It is also not the softest material for a baby quilt.

    Moonpi makes alot of valid points there... Lame might not be the most fire retardant friendly.... so delete the above note... lame is good in anything besides baby quilts :cry:

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    Sounds like a really unique choice. Im afraid Im with the others though, and wouldnt think that velvet and gauzey fabrics would withstand the washing required for a baby quilt.

    However I reckon you could get leafy or wooden patterned cotton fabric fairly easily, and some printed cotton fabrics do almost look textures, and so would be a good replacement for the velvet. Then to make the LOTR theme have you considered using the fabric stuff that you can print your own pictures on? Im sure there are plenty of pictures or whatever that you could print out, and I understand (though someone might correct me) that it would probably wash a lot better.

    Whatever you decide I certainly hope you post a picture when your done!

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    what if you found some fabrics with elves on them?

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    Some of those shiny rayon and holographic threads would give you some great results, too. A nice cotton velour could substitute for the velvet, and polyester sateen with an iron on interfacing would work. If you have some nice decorative stitches, the background can be pieced, then crazy-quilted with fancy stitches, maybe varigated thread there.

    Now I'm getting jazzed! Do you have any sketches yet?

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    i agree with everyone else but i also want to add
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    I wish this picture was better, but it was before I had a digital camera. The fairy wings on top in the middle panel do not show at all, but you can see the lame "mirror" for Snow White. Red Riding Hood's wolf has a bonnet made of lace, and the bedcovers are lace applied over satin.

    A lot can be done, but it won't stand up to everyday use as a bed covering... especially when babies leak from any available orafice.
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    There are two fabrics that I could be used for the velvety feel in a quilt that would survive washings well:

    (Although I'm not sure about current availability - these are fabrics in my stash)

    Brushed arnel - remember that stuff that robes used to be made of? Only thing that wrecks this stuff is very high heat - as in a burn - or cuts - very abrasive resistant and washes very well.

    Cotton velveteen - behaves a lot like cotton corduroy.

    How about a very fine wale cotton corduroy?

    Preshrinking is a must for a baby quilt (In my opinion)

    For shiny - I don't know. There may be some polyester satins out there. I obtained some satin from my Mom - who got it at a garage sale - that I washed in HOT water (not the best thing to do - but I was going to make it into pillow cases and I wanted to know what it would do) and it survived nicely. I even ironed it on low cotton setting with full steam.

    If you are going to do stunts like that - do it on a small piece first so you don't wreck the whole chunk of fabric. I didn't have much invested in this piece, so it was kind of a "whatever happens, happens" thing.

    I would recommend washing in warm or cool water (generally not much warmer than body temperature).

    Back to the satin - it FRAYS and/or RAVELS. So you would either have to leave wide seam allowances or put fray check on it, or overcast/serge it to keep it from pulling out.

    Sturdy satin does work - my grandchildren had satin pillowcases that they loved to shreds.

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    Woweewow! Thank you so much for all the suggestions! I"m taking notes now to bring to my local fabric store. Hopefully there will be some hidden gems I can work from. Since this idea is still in its infancy, i don't have any sketches yet. As I'm reading this I'm getting a stronger feeling that I could go in the direction of more green leafy pattern fabrics, with some silver threading and leaf quilting. I'm going to chat with my partner in crime and see if she thinks we should go with wall quilt or something more functional...that should narrow it down some.

    Great ideas everyone. I really appreciate it!
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    Shaminey

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    My opinion is that if the baby quilt will be USED, the fabric should be 100% cotton. If it will be a wall hanging or just "for show" then use whatever fabrics you care to use. When I make little baby quilts I don't make the "Heirloom" variety. I tell the new mom that this little quilt can be thrown in the washer and the dryer. The baby can play, pee, poo, and puke on it and it can be cleaned up and used again. Cottons are so much more comfortable, too.

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    Gail is so correct that a baby quilt will get "anointed" with one thing or another!

    Babies are leaky creatures.



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